2015 VCAL Achievement Awards

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19 July 20162015 VCAL Achievement Awards, two photos, first Sacred Heart College, Geelong, representatives including 2015 VCAL Teacher of the Year, Narelle Dixon, and Samaritan House representatives, second Mount Lilydale Mercy College teacher and two students with Education Minister, the Hon. James Merlino MP

On Monday 20 June at the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Awards presentation at Federation Square, Narelle Dickson from Sacred Heart College, Geelong, was named VCAL Teacher of the Year. She has been integral to VCAL program development, promotion of the program within the college and in the community, and the development of community partnerships.

Narelle has helped build the college's Senior Personal Development Skills unit through its partnership with Geelong's Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless men. She established the frameworks that enable the projects to be flexible and student-driven.

Sacred Heart College, Geelong, also received the VCAL Partner Achievement Award for VCAL Promotion with their partner, Samaritan House, Geelong. Senior VCAL students supported Samaritan House through a number of fundraising and practical activities.

The Senior VCAL student team at Mount Lilydale Mercy College received the VCAL Student Achievement Award for Senior Team Achievement. As part of their senior program, the students undertook to refurbish the Kinglake Memorial Reserve garden and plaque, which commemorated the emergency service workers from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.