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Just in Time
VET Business

27th May 2021

A popular business term for stock arriving at a manufacturing business, Just In Time took on new meaning for Year 12 VET Small Business students on Thursday. With hours to spare, they completed their presentation of an event and then commenced the 7 day period of lockdown, now enforced in the State of Victoria. The event was teaching Year 3/4 students how to make pizza dough in the traditional Italian way. Year 12 students Zach, Mia, Saverio and Harrison can all relate to the rich Italian history of Robinvale and wanted to celebrate that in their final presentation. Thanks to Mr Walsh and Ms Johnson’s classes, Year 3 and 4 students volunteered to learn how to make pizza dough and prepare an authentic pizza as well. A quick survey of these customers eating their pizzas received a resounding ‘thumbs up’, with many too busy eating to make a comment.

Preparation for an event such as this is the major exercise of the Unit VU22525 Assist with the presentation of public activities and events. Whilst the teacher who is a trainer and assessor for this VET Unit guides their learning, Zach, Mia, Harrison and Saverio had all completed 20 hours of learning and preparation prior to this event. The budgeting and ordering of ingredients and resources was very well done and this represents the high level of skill the students have achieved in their second year of this course. Whilst they may have been nervous about their year 3/4 customers arriving in the garden, they soon became too busy to be affected by that. Overall, 60 pizzas were prepared cooked and eaten.

A special mention to Harrison Katis who has now successfully completed this unit along with the other students. Harrison completed all of the work leading up to the event, including the dough making on the day before. Unfortunately he had a medical appointment on the day of the festival and could not be present to participate in the pizza making and cooking. Just as in the real business world people cannot be present all of the time, Harrison showed real diligence in all of his parts of the event preparation and his efforts, like the other students, made this such a great success. Well done Year 12, this rates as one of the best events that I have been part of.
Mr Peter F Hughes


Rats of Tobruk Tour
Year 10 Humanities

28th March 2019

Year 10 students completed a full term of history studies with an excursion based on Robinvale recently. It was marked with perfect weather and a fitting end to some excellent research which has been done by the students. ‘Caught like Rats in a trap’ was a description of the Australian soldiers who grimly defended the shorelines of Tobruk in World War 2. Many took on that depiction and fashioned their own medals depicting a Rat enjoying itself on that shoreline of Tobruk. These soldiers went on to become legends for their tenacity, mateship and the desire to finish a job that was given to them.

Out tour focussed on the soldier settlement blocks of Robinvale. Each road had been researched and each theatre of war was recounted by students as our bus wound its way around the Grape and Avocado district that is modern day Robinvale. A special thankyou to Mr and Mrs Rhoden who operate a dried fruit block in Darwin Road. Here we stopped and heard Mr Dennis Rhoden speak of his family’s history of the area. His own father, Corporal John Alfred Rhoden VX38440, was indeed a Rat of Tobruk and the recipient of one of the highly prized soldier settlement blocks in Robinvale. Lest We Forget.

The finale of the tour was to be lunch in the Robinvale –Euston Memorial Park. A collaboration between the school and the Returned Services League (RSL) president, Mr Brian Handreck, saw the students have a traditional ‘soldiers meal’ in the fantastic setting of our new war memorial park. Miss Emily Knights and her team of students had prepared both a stew and curry with some mashed potatoes for us to eat. So while passing motorists wondered who we were, it was decided by all that the park is a great place to finish our learning in History for term one.

A special thankyou to Leon Johnson and Travis Bussell of the Clontarf Foundation. Their efforts ensured this excursion both went ahead and was a success. And while the veterans that were present observed the students, we all realised the future of ANZAC day and the ANZAC’s rests with these young people. It is very fitting that these students are the first ones to have a meal and some time in our new memorial park.

Peter Hughes



Robinvale College Careers

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Careers Resources

How do you like to learn? is a one-minute video that supports the self-reflection that takes place during Year 7 and 8 career education. Students are encouraged to reflect on what they like to learn and how they like to learn, whilst being introduced to the wide range of opportunities available in secondary school through VET.

Hear what VET students say is a three-minute video that takes students on a visual journey through a diverse range of VCE VET programs while VET students talk about their experiences and outcomes. This video is an effective way to introduce students and parents to the valuable opportunities that VET can provide students during secondary school.

VET prepares students for the future is an informative four-minute video (perfect for information nights and staff meetings) that is designed to inform parents and school staff about the opportunities and outcomes that VET can offer students during secondary school. Former VCAA CEO, Dr David Howes, and VET teachers from across the state share success stories and valuable insights about VET in the VCE and VCAL.

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