Few secondary colleges can offer the extensive range of Technology Studies and facilities available at Sandringham College. Students with an interest in metal, wood, ceramics, food and textiles are all catered for. Information Technology is a significant component of the Technology Program.
The Campus also provides a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET in the VCE) programs, including courses in Hospitality, I.T (Game Creation and Fashion Design). In addition to this, many other VET courses in the technology area are available off campus.
The courses have been designed to maximize students’ scope for practical work and creative expression, while fostering an awareness of technology in a social, economic and environmental context. The campus has specialist technology facilities.
The work of many technology students has been selected for the annual VCAA Season of Excellence exhibition. ‘Without Pier’, a local gallery, has showcased the works of both the Ceramics and Textiles over recent years, whilst each year the hospitality program concludes with students running Sandringham’s Training Restaurant for a term. This simulated industry experience fosters teamwork and communication skills while at the same time enhancing food preparation and service skills.
The Technology faculty works closely with TAFE Colleges to support the delivery of many of the VET in the VCE programs.
Students attend TAFE colleges, including Chisholm, Kangan, VUT, and Holmesglen, usually one day per week in order to gain TAFE Certificates a the same time as their VCE.
Certificate Two in Hospitality, for example, is delivered in partnership with Holmesglen and allows our students to gain an overall study score in the same way that assessment is undertaken in all other VCE studies. This involves VET in the VCE coursework – a set of tasks undertaken during the year, which are assessed and ‘scored’, as well as a final examination.
Students who do the Applied Learning program are likely to be interested in going onto training at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute, starting an apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing school. However, if you start your VCAL and then decide the VCE is the right option for you after all, it wont be too late to change your mind. In fact, any VCE units you complete as part of your VCAL will count towards your VCE, and vice versa, should you decide to transfer between certificate courses.
A strong focus of the Applied Learning program is involving students in and preparing them for work. One day each week is dedicated to work in on of the following capacities:
- School Based New Apprenticeships.
- Part-time work.
- Structured Workplace learning placements.
In most cases, by the end of the first semester, students are working every Friday. Students’ work skills are assessed by workplace supervisors and reported back to the College. In addition to this exposure to work, students can do extra training at school to improve their employability. For example, those who aspire to work in the Building and Construction industry have the opportunity to do their ‘Red Card’ training, and those aspiring to work in Hospitality can do the ‘Responsible Service of Alcohol’ training module.
Another aim of the Applied Learning program is to develop a student’s Industry Specific Skills. To this end, all Intermediate and Senior VCAL students must do Vocational Education and Training (VET). VET training usually takes place on Wednesdays and some popular examples include: Automotive, Building and Construction, Furnishing (Cabinet Making), Hair, Beauty and Nails, Community Services, Retail Operations, Sport and Recreation, Hospitality and Music.
In Literacy students read and work from the newspaper regularly. A written text or film may be used as the basis for a unit of work but the emphasis is on practical projects and have included:
- Road Safety – study of short films, advertisements and TAC strategies.
- RACV Radio transmissions – students write a submission and script for a 30 second radio advertisement.
- Issue analysis from a newspaper.
- Careers- application letter, resume and mock interview.
- Developing workplace manuals, documents and brochures.
Numeracy projects, once again, are practical and related to real life and work. They have included:
- Moving out of home – renting, buying, furnishing, bills.
- Owning a car – purchase, registration, insurance, running and general maintenance.
- Road Safety – breaking speeds and distances, blood alcohol levels.