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Capacity Building participants celebrated International Day for People with Disability on December 2nd with fun and food in an event we have called Celebrateability. Participants enjoyed outdoor games of boules, jenga and naughts and crosses, followed by a delicious lunch prepared by BCAL staff. The day ended in an explosion of colour as staff bombarded participants with colour powder in a colour run. The favour was then returned in the highlight of the day when participants gleefully coated staff in their own rainbow. BCAL uses the annual event to celebrate the achievements and hard work of participants throughout the year, and show off their work to their friends and family. The event is kept casual, small and stress-free to ensure participants are able to enjoy the whole day without the anxiety of strangers, dignitaries and formalities.
Kaitlyn Shepherd, a year 11 VCAL student at Bass Coast College is very focused on what she wants out of her career. She currently studies Hair and Beauty with BCAL and plans to progress into her Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Kaitlyn has worked hard at her salon assistant studies here at BCAL. Her family members have benefited with regular new hair styles and colours, with the assistance of our very talented teacher/hairdresser Kate. Kate has many years of industry experience in hair, beauty and education industries. Our salon assistant course is a pathway for keen students to further themselves into a certificate in Hairdressing, Barbering or Beauty services. This experience, and career starter, shows the connections between secondary school, a business in the industry, and an RTO making a difference to a motivated student's life. We are very proud of our progressive students and love to see them step further into their careers. We are what a Tafe is, but smaller, and more connected to our students' needs and wants in their local area.
In October, English as an Additional Language students went on an excursion to teacher, Annie’s farm. After greeting farmer Paul, they headed off to plant 20 trees in a wildlife corridor between two dams. Students had many varied experiences while on the farm such as eating lunch around the campfire, before cooking damper on sticks on the coals. Students checked on a cow who was due to calve before heading home. They enjoyed the wide-open spaces and getting a taste of farm life. Students Winkyi, Jun, Winkyi Win and Thei Mu commented that they loved the funny chickens, black cows, twin calves and planting tree
Talented photographer in the BCAL Photography and Friendship Group, Kate Harmon, was recently on the front page of the Sentinel-Times. She was the only individual recipient of the Bass Coast Shire Council's Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant for her new photographic book which will be published later this year. Kate describes how the course has given her a new lease on life.
Werner Theinert teaches Renewable Energy as part of the Sustainability Series at BCAL. He has a background in traditional energy production and is now passionate that solar energy is the future. Werner worked at the Yallourn power station and in varying middle east roles over many years. Werner’s interest in Renewable Energy started in the late 90s whilst working in Bahrain where he read Al Gore's book - Earth in the Balance, while on holiday in Europe. Werner says that “life in Bahrain for a total of ten years was amazing! Great people, many amazing friends made from all over the world, great employer - Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA). Life in Qatar (12 months) working for Qatar Gas was totally different. Great expat people but the company was totally different to ALBA.” He totally recommends expatriate life “We went for two years and stayed for eleven years 1992 to 2003. Must have been good!”