A hands-on approach

Practical work: Terang College Year 11 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) student Saxson Hull and Year 12 VCAL student Michael McKenzie are part of a group of VCAL students manning the new ‘Country Creations’ store.

A GROUP of Terang College Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students is gaining hands-on experience at a new pop-up shop this term.

Members of the Year 9 to 12 VCAL cohort – consisting of 12 students – are the major drivers behind the ‘Country Creations’ pop-up store on High Street, which opened its doors last week.

Year 11 VCAL participant Saxson Hull and Year 12 VCAL student Michael McKenzie are part of the group helping to sell the students’ works.

Michael said a range of works are available, including metalwork creations, plates, candles and woodwork pieces.

“We got some more stuff coming in,” he said.

Saxson said a roster of VCAL students will be stationed at the store until the end of term, with the VCAL team then set to decide if the shop would reopen in Term 4.

He said there will be a “constant stream” of new works entering the store.

Michael said the store had experienced “great” support from the community so far.

Terang College VCAL co-ordinator Narelle Holliday said the experience would feed back into the students’ targeted numeracy units.

“I think it is going to be really engaging for the kids,” she said.

“The students are learning a lot about supply and demand.”

Between 10 and 20 per cent of the proceeds for each piece will go back to the artist, while the rest of the profits will feed back into the school’s VCAL program.

The majority of students have been taking turns behind the till in two-and-a-half hour shifts, while Michael and Saxson have a full day shift on Fridays.

The ‘Country Creations’ store is open at 65 High Street every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm.

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