TAFE swaps classroom for Top End

AS grey clouds swirled over Warrnambool, South West TAFE students have sunscreen and ice-cream on their minds as they prepare for a temporary tropical transition.

South West TAFE VCAL students (from left) Jorja Dart, Allan Munday, Kaitlyn Flook, Mitchell Dowsley and Darien Alexander are jetting off to the Northern Territory.

South West TAFE VCAL students (from left) Jorja Dart, Allan Munday, Kaitlyn Flook, Mitchell Dowsley and Darien Alexander are jetting off to the Northern Territory.

Six students from the institute’s Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) class will be heading to the Northern Territory next week as part of six-day excursion to learn about indigenous culture and history.

Senior VCAL co-ordinator Emma McDonald said the class was excited about the prospect of ditching the region’s gloomy winter and experiencing what the Top End has to offer.

“It’s not every day that you get to go to Darwin as part of your studies — it’ll be a lot of fun,” she said.

“The whole idea is to get an appreciation of indigenous history, see first-hand how it shapes the region and what’s involved for the people that live in those areas. You learn more when it’s outside the classroom and you can see it for yourself.”

VCAL students Kaitlyn Flook and Mitchell Dowsley were both enthusiastic about the excursion.

“Darwin is a lot warmer than here, so I’m looking forward to a little less of the cold winds that you get here in Warrnambool,” Ms Flook said.

alex.sinnott@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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