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What is it and why should I do it?

It's a really important part of your VCAL course and you have to pass it in order to get a certificate. You won't see it as a subject on your timetable because it's combined into the two subject which are Railway House and Projects. 

What will I do in class?

Heaps! You will work at the Railway House on community projects every day. There is a roster and everyone takes turns in running the coffee machine, delivering donations, looking after the compost and garden, helping community members with their gardens or dog walking, washing cars, delivering leaflets and more. Some jobs you will get paid for and others we offer as a community service. You will be required to interact with all members of the Railway House community in a mature and respectful way. You will also run projects at school. Usually the class chooses the project and they vary from entrepreneurial ideas to fundraisers or solutions to school problems. These are student-led with teacher support and you are required to be organised, energetic and collaborative in order to see the project through to completion.

How much homework will I have?

None except when there is a project that requires you to do something outside of class time. 

How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?

Keep your attendance above 80% and pull your weight in the projects. The manager of the Railway House fills out a chart every week which gives feedback on who has been satisfactory and unsatisfactory. Obviously you need to be consistently satisfactory!

Give me all the details I want to know more:

VCAA Personal Development Skills Unit 1

VCAA Personal Development Skills Unit 2


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