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Upcoming Events

Monday 4 until Tuesday 12 December

Headstart Program


Tuesday 12 December

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 13 December

PSC Annual Presentation Evening


Thursday 14 December

Bridgewater Picnic Day


Wed 13 until Wed 20 December

End of Year Program


Friday 22 December

Last day of Term 4




Thursday 25 January

Booklist pick-up from top staffroom at PSC


Friday 26 January

Australia Day


Monday 29 January

teaching staff return


Wednesday 31 January

Year 7, 10, 11 & 12 students return


Thursday 1 February

All students at school






Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for Years 10, 11 and 12 students who previously have only had the option of the VCE or a normal Year 10.


The VCAL gives students practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work.  And like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) it is a recognised qualification.


Students who do the VCAL are likely to be interested in going on to training at Technical and Further Education (TAFE), doing an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing secondary school.  However, if you start your VCAL and then decide the VCE is the right option for you after all, it won’t be too late to change your mind.  In fact, any VCE units you complete as part of your VCAL will count towards your VCE, should you decide to transfer between certificate courses.  The VCAL is offered at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels.


Within VCAL students can do a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course or a School-Based New Apprenticeship (SBNA).  Further details on the relationships between VCAL, VCE and the complementary programs of VET and SBNA are shown in diagrammatic form in the Senior School Handbook.


Students will be counselled as to their options and parents will be involved in this counselling process to ensure they are fully aware of the options for their child. More details can be obtained by contacting the Careers Advisor at the College.


If you would like to view VCAL student's classroom and field work, click here to download files.


Applied Learning Curriculim 2014

10 Foundation VCAL

  • Applied English
  • Applied Maths - Science
  • Personal Development
  • Work Related Skills
  • Elective
  • VCE Industry and Enterprise
  • VETiS Hospitality


Year 11 Intermediate VCAL

  • Foundation English
  • Foundation Maths
  • Personal Development
  • VET (own choice)
  • Work Related Skills
  • Block D 
  • Assembly

Work Placement begins in March.


Year 12 VCAL

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Personal Development
  • Work Related Skills
  • VET (own choice)
  • Outdoor Ed

Work Placement begins in March.