Students had an excellent opportunity to explore career pathways after completing their course with a recent excursion to Melbourne. Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College, one of the stops on the excursion, offers courses in beauty, massage, and spa therapy. Owner Alex Zotos, gave the students a tour of the modern campus, which boasts well-equipped classrooms with makeup room mirrors, dry and wet spa areas, and manicure and pedicure rooms. The rooftop lounge area with stunning high-rise views was a highlight. The second stop was BIBA Academy Fitzroy, a Registered Training Organisation with vibrant, hands-on learning opportunities in hairdressing and barbering. Students gained valuable insights and had the chance to ask lots of questions.
Horticulture students create new pond
Horticulture students have been working hard to prepare a pond in their garden. As part of the Certificate III in Horticulture, Landscape Design and Plant Establishment module, students have designed the pond to provide a habitat for frogs, lizards and birds and to create a space for recreation and education. The pond was dug out according to safety standards, lined with sand to protect the polyurethane liner and secured with some temporary paving around the edge. The day after filling the pond with water, students were ecstatic to discover a duck swimming in the pond. The pond is a great start to the planned landscaping and students look forward to fine tuning the pond in the coming weeks.
BCAL had a stall at the recent Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival. It was a cold and windy day, but Renewable Energy teacher, Werner Theinert, and Partnerships and Engagement Officer, Olivia Hurrell, said it was well worth braving the weather. "We made lots of wonderful connections with like-minded organisations and were able to inform people about our Sustainability Series short courses." Several participants from the Exploring Art class and Practical Music course performed at the festival. Thank you to the Bass Coast Landcare Network for organising the wonderful event.