Term 2 has been extremely busy yet highly productive one within the Cranbourne Secondary College VCAL program. This term has focused on the "Employability Skills", Communication, Teamwork, Problem Solving and Planning and Organisation.
Our applied learning component of the course has led our senior students to run a unit of work for the intermediate students resulting in them completing the Berwick Heritage Walk and the Melbourne quest. The unit then culminate with the "Cranbourne Secondary College Amazing Race" around the Melbourne CBD.
Senior students have also completed their "My Kitchen Rules" unit in Literacy which required students to plan and develop a restaurant proposal including the creation of the restaurants signature dishes. These were researched through excursions to both the Dandenong and Caribbean Market and then their proposals pitched to both staff and fellow students.
Intermediate students have also been challenged and have developed their personal skills through participation in the "Wilsons Promontory Camp" including a hike up Mt Oberon and visit to Coal Creek to explore industry in years gone by.
In Literacy intermediate students have visited the "Melbourne Holocaust Museum" to investigate and to gain further understanding of immigration and cultural diversity following on from their "Freedom Writers" text unit.
Two of our intermediate classes have also started their preparation for their second semester community projects focused around renewable energy sources and participation in two Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) races one in the City of Casey and the other in Maryborough in November.
Both cohorts have continued to make industry links and further prepare themselves for life after Cranbourne Secondary College through our structured Workplace Learning program (SWL) and through participation in a number of "Try a Trade" and "Career Expos" held throughout the term linked to industry specific skills and career planning.
At the start of the year the Senior PDS students went on an overnight camp to Torquay. This was a great opportunity for students to develop their skills in outdoor education and to get to know each other.