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Changes to the VCAL program in 2023

As parents and students may have noted from the Victorian Government’s new advertising campaign there are system wide changes coming to the structure of learning in the vocational and applied learning courses under the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) banner.

From 2023, the Vocational Major (VM) in the VCE and the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) will replace the Intermediate and Senior VCAL Certificates. The Vocational Major and the Victorian Pathways Certificate now both sit under the VCE umbrella, rather than being a “separate” program.

An aim of these changes is to better allow students to discover how to apply what they have learned in the classroom by doing, experiencing and relating acquired skills to the real-world. A focus will be integrating Vocational Education and Training (VET), school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs), or structured workplace learning (SWL) into their VCE studies.

At Fairhills, we have begun planning for these changes in 2023 and how best to implement the programs into our school to meet our students needs. There will be more information coming to parents of students in Year 10 and those families of our current Year 11 VCAL students. This will be done as part of VCE Information Evening early in term 3.

Year 9-10 and 11 Exams

Year 11 Exams begin next week (6–10 June) for all VCE subjects in the Performing Arts Centre. Students need to make sure they have revised and prepared for each exam, are on time to each session and have the correct materials (including pens, etc. in a clear plastic bag and a clear water bottle) with them. The Year 9-10 Exams begin on Friday 10 June and run through to the 16 June. They will also be held in the PAC.

A few useful tips on exams can be found at

Paul Donaldson
Assistant Principal and Senior School Leader

VCE Studio Art and Visual Communication 

Students in VCE Studio Art and Visual Communication enjoyed their excursion to ACMI and NGV Australia.


  • they learnt about the Story of the Moving Image in an interactive display at ACMI
  • saw artworks by VCE Art students from 2021 at the Top Arts Exhibition
  • completed a self guided exploration of the Australian artworks and exhibits at NGV Ian Potter Centre


Year 10 Work Experience 

A reminder that Year 10 Work Experience placement will run the last week of term 20–24 June and is for all Year 10 students.

Any students who have not yet returned their Work Experience arrangement form – signed off with the employer, student and guardians please ensure you have done this by 8 June.

2023 Year 12 Jumper/Jacket Survey

Year 11 students have been sent a Compass post with a link to the 2023 Year 12 Jumper/Jacket survey where they can choose their preference of either the Rugby Top or the Varsity Jacket.  Voting closes on 20 June 2022 and the item with the most votes will be chosen for 2023.

Year 12 Formal

Students and staff are counting down the days for the Year 12 Formal being held on Friday 10 June at Sky High Restaurant.  We hope you enjoy the celebration and night.

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