Southern Grampians Adult Education VCAL team put healthy options forward

Fundraising and food provision has turned a corner and has a bright and healthy future at Southern Grampians Adult Education (SGAE)!


Back in April 2018, all foundation, intermediate and senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students participated in a GenR8 Change workshop. The students spent time thinking about what makes it easy or hard to make healthy choices in their local environments, and together produced a Causal Loop Diagram, or Systems Map, to represent the complexity and connections between all the factors that impact their choices.
The students then used their new shared understanding to generate ideas for actions they could lead to change some of the factors leading to unhealthier choices, such as; unavailability of healthy foods, cost of healthy foods and knowledge and skills needed to prepare healthy foods.
Since compiling this list of potential actions in April, the VCAL student and staff cohort at SGAE have been chipping away at making changes so that the healthier choice is easier to make by incorporating healthy change into their existing learning environment, fundraisers and curriculum - and look what they've achieved so far! 
  • Students planned, prepared and promoted a number of healthier options at their internal and external fundraising event, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Students spent time prepping and assembling fruit kebabs, rice paper rolls, dips, sausage rolls and veggie quiches. Not only did they build their own skills, but they provided healthy options for guests that had not been present in the past! :) The cohort raised more money this year than last, we think it's thanks to the bright and colourful healthy additions!




  • Students now have a fruit bowl present in their student lounge, making a healthy snack option accessible and free. There is never any fruit left and wasted at the end of the week, and we hear there is now a separate staff bowl provided too. The students have found it much easier to hit their two serves per day when fruit is at their fingertips!
  • The intermediate student group are working towards establishing an SGAE Vege Garden onsite! This is a work in progress with one out of three garden beds being assembled by the students so far. What a great way to test numeracy and team skills! Here's hoping the remaining beds can be assembled by springtime, ready for planting come sunny term 4!


Congratulations to the entire VCAL team at SGAE for making a strong start in turning those workshop ideas into realities! We know all these changes and healthy swaps add up and help to build a healthier culture. We can't wait to share whatever is in store next!


Could your school group, sporting club or workplace benefit from a GenR8 Change workshop to build shared understanding and appetite for healthy change? If so we'd love to hear from you, contact Ebony at [email protected] and an engagement session can be tailored and offered in your setting!

Alternatively, if your school, club or organisation has already taken action to make the healthier choice the easier one, let us know! Sharing is caring! :)