Students taking VMPDWS—Senior Vocational Major Personal Development 4—have worked on two major projects this year with results very much on show.

In the college gardens between C-Block and B-Block, students have created food gardens to supply food to Bendigo Foodshare, and created murals to celebrate high-achieving past students.

Walking through this area, the gardens are presently overflowing with edibles—from herbs to leafy greens—and flowers that add extra beauty to what was once a rather mundane outlook.

Valuable experience working in teams included a student not even part of the class. Katya Dorer kindly volunteered to help with the drawing of the faces of Kristy Harrower, Lucas Herbert and Joel Selwood, for the murals.

Part of students’ class requirements these projects contribute to their local communities as citizens of those communities, in this case the college and supporting Foodshare’s services.

Speaking with students, the benefits of this class are obvious: Thomas says he has learnt numerous life skills—especially around road safety.

Imogen was particularly inspired by speakers from ‘ABI Road’ who shared with students their experiences of living with a car accident acquired head injury.