VCAL News

This week all VCAL Numeracy classes had the benefit of listening to Jamie from Start Smart, a program run by the Commonwealth Bank. Start Smart changes the way young people learn about money. By making money management interactive, engaging and fun, our students were equipped with the confidence and competence they need to make smart decisions about money. Smart Earning looked at skills students need to be successful in a job, how much they should be paid and tax. They were given different websites to research these things. Smart Saving looked at the difference between wants and needs. Smart Enterprise looked at financial role models, and identified those who had been successful in the business world. Our students learnt that there are three simple steps; do what you know, identify the opportunity and start small. Smart Spending looked at how society is geared to make you spend money. Students were encouraged to wait 24 hours before spending on an impulse buy, investigate if it is a good deal and identify whether it is affordable.

Start Smart changes the way young people learn about money. By making money management interactive, engaging and fun, our students were equipped with the confidence and competence they need to make smart decisions about money. These sessions were covering the Numeracy outcome Numeracy for Interpreting Society. Overall, the program proved to be a highly beneficial experience for students and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

 

Our Year 11 PDS students have for the past two weeks been honing their problem solving and team work skills by working through their first leadership project, constructing a ‘Mousetrap Car’  from scratch and without ANY instructions!

 

 

The group’s hard work and patience payed off this week as they got to race their cars. Unfortunately two cars didn’t make it past race 1 but the remaining competitors modified and improved their cars to take them to the final. Well done to this Year 11 VCAL group who conveyed a real sense of teamwork and dedication to finishing their projects, and a big congratulations to James Smart’s team who were the winning team on the day.

Jillian Davis

Applied Learning Leader