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  • Action Area 2 – Learning and Teaching


    Secondary Services

    The Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM)'s Secondary Services Unit provides educational support and leadership for secondary schools and their communities, parish priests and canonical administrators. The Unit works in collaboration, partnership and subsidiarity with schools. Strategic advice is a key component of secondary support to parish priests, principals, teachers and parents.

    Pathways and Transition

    Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) delivery in Victorian Catholic schools is characterised by:

    • a strong commitment to provide a broad curriculum which includes VET opportunities for all students
    • a high level of student engagement across the state in VETiS and VCAL.

    World Youth Day

    In 2013, 55 students with accompanying teachers attended World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The whole group appreciated being part of a celebration of the Faith with 3.7 million people from around the world and were delighted to be in the presence of Pope Francis, whose ability to connect with all members of the Church was a highlight of the celebrations.

    World Youth Day
    Catholic students from the Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrate
    World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro

    Masters in Education Policy (International)

    The Masters in Education Policy (International) at the University of Melbourne focuses on Post Compulsory courses for schools. Eight secondary teachers were sponsored in 2013.

    Catholic Education Week Visual Arts Exhibition

    The 2013 Visual Arts Exhibition was held at the Catholic Leadership Centre for the first time. The new venue proved to be an excellent forum as 79 schools, both primary and secondary, were represented in the more than 300 works of art that were exhibited. More than 600 visitors attended the exhibition in the week it was open to the public.


    Personal Story 

    Action Area 2 

    Daniel Buttacavoli
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Emmanuel College, Point Cook

    The work of the teachers at Emmanuel College is driven by the College motto, taken from John’s Gospel, to live ‘life to the full’. We use it to guide us in our mission to develop our students as a whole individual – academically, socially and spiritually. We are continuously challenged to create and deliver learning opportunities that connect students to their experiences of the world.

    To achieve this goal in 2013, the College began transforming its junior school curriculum. We did this through a staged roll-out of Project Based Learning (PBL) as the key mode of teaching and learning across Years 7, 8 and 9. Using PBL, we can challenge our students with real world issues and problems that really engage them because the topic matter is relevant and meaningful to their lives.

    I represented the College at PBL conferences in New Orleans, Detroit and Dallas to learn more about PBL best practice and innovation – and observed how other schools in Sydney, California and Texas were delivering the program.

    These opportunities provided fantastic learning experiences that I could share with the College staff to benefit our learning and teaching approaches, and at a personal level I was very excited about the potential for PBL to benefit the students in my classroom.


    VAE Kairos Primary Award    VAE Year 12 award 
     Grace Kennedy, Year 6, St Mary’s School, Williamstown, won the Kairos Prize (Primary) for her painting: Mary MacKillop      Sarah Ujmaia, Year 12, St Monica’s College, Epping , won the Catholic Education Week – 2013 Year 12 Award for her artwork: Another Version of Will O’Gorman  

    Other Initiatives

    • Secondary principal reviews
    • New principals (secondary) – induction and mentoring
    • Regional secondary principal consultants
    • Archdiocesan Enrolment Committee
    • Planning for secondary schools
    • Industrial Relations Committee
    • VCAA Senior Secondary Curriculum Committee
    • CECV Grants Allocation Committee (Secondary)
    • Review and updating of the CEOM's Critical Incident Management processes and policy (to promote the safety of students and ensure better support to schools)