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Secondary School Outreach

The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce warmly invites secondary schools to participate in outreach activities specifically designed to enhance student skills, build confidence and extend knowledge in College-related disciplines in the following areas.

For more information or to book please contact assc.outreach@latrobe.edu.au

Archaeology and History

Caring for the past: archaeology workshops

Curriculum: Year 7 Humanities

Dates: Multiple dates in 2017

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) and Shepparton campus

The Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University and the Australian Institute of Archaeology invites year 7 Humanities students to participate in a series of workshops that include the Institute’s significant collection of artefacts, archaeological material and its authentic cat mummy.

Workshops include:

  • Conducting a dig box
  • Recording Artefacts
  • Reconstructing Papyrus
  • Reconstructing Pottery
  • The Mummy Experience


VCE Business Forum

Curriculum: Year 11 Business Management

Dates: February (Melbourne campus) and March (Regional campus)

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) and regional (TBC) campus

The VCE Business Forum is a whole day event that introduces commencing Business Management students to key aspects of Year 11 curriculum. Keynote speakers inspire students to be business innovators. Industry and academic experts lead activity-based workshops in human resources, marketing and business concept development by offering students professional insight, tips and skill–based activities.

VCE Business Plan Competition

Curriculum: Year 11 Business Management

Dates: July

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) and regional (TBC) campus

La Trobe Business School invites VCE students to enter their business plan and pitch an original idea to industry and business experts. The competition runs in terms two and three, is open to year 11 VCE business management (or NSW equivalent) students and offers entrants the opportunity to highlight their ideas and win exciting prizes.

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Story Slams

Curriculum: Year 10 English

Dates: May, June, July & September

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora), Bendigo and Shepparton campus

Story Slams are creative writing workshops that aim to develop student confidence in language skills such as sharpening plot, structure and genre. They offer insights and tips into the analytical reading of texts and aim to inspire a sense of joy in storytelling. Presented by some of Australia’s leading prize winning authors, Story Slams enable students to learn directly from published authors about how to write for clarity and power.

Young Writers’ Awards

Curriculum: Year 10 English

Dates: Opens July

La Trobe University invites Year 10 students to practice their writing skills and submit an original creative writing piece to the La Trobe University Young Writers’ Awards. Entries are judged by writing experts who provide feedback to top 20 entrants, award prizes and then join family, friends, teachers and La Trobe staff at the Awards’ Night to celebrate highly commended entries from Victoria and border school communities.

For tips and advice from our previous top 10 entrants please visit our Young Writers’ Awards page.

2016 top 10 entries can be read in full in the Young Writers' Awards Anthology 2016 [PDF 368KB].

Global Politics

Model United Nations Conference

Curriculum: VCE Global Politics

Dates: May

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) and Bendigo campus

Hosted by La Trobe University on behalf of The United Nations Association - Victoria.

Each full-day conference simulates a session of the United Nations General Assembly through role-play and debate. Participating VCE Global Politics students step into the shoes of country ambassadors and draw on negotiation and diplomacy skills to ensure their views are heard. Students interact with other delegates during the caucus sessions, present their country’s position to the General Assembly and move amendments to a draft UN Resolution and its specific recommendations.

Participants receive student and teacher information packs developed by UNAA Victoria.

Secondary School Mooting Competition

Curriculum: Year 11 Legal Studies

Dates: March - September

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) and Bendigo campus

The moot competition introduces students to real court-room settings and challenges them to research, prepare and argue a moot criminal problem using appropriate legal terminology before a University expert, barrister or judge.

Participating schools receive:

  • Teacher professional development on substantive legal issues and mooting techniques
  • Student workshop on legal research and the use of legal databases
  • Classroom resources
  • Ongoing University support from the La Trobe Law School
  • 3 hours coaching for teams from La Trobe Law School students (equity schools only)

The top four teams from the general moot rounds participate in the finals held, when possible, in the Federal Court, Melbourne.

For more information regarding the secondary school mooting competition please visit the Law and Secondary School Mooting pages.

Media Studies

Making the News

Curriculum: Year 10 Media Studies

Dates: February, June & November

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) campus

In this workshop, students use La Trobe University’s Mac computer laboratories, video and audio edit suites and the multi-camera television studio to learn the craft of television production. Working in teams (crews), students develop film and television production skills by writing, filming, editing and producing original story packages before selections are included in a live recording of a news broadcast.

Technical staff work alongside the students to assist them as they take on the role of presenters, camera operators, audio operators, vision switchers and more.


Curriculum: Year 11 Media Studies

Dates: June & October

Location: Melbourne (Bundoora) campus

Students discover the world of filmmaking and the importance of continuity in this hands-on work-shop for media studies. Students are guided through the three stages of production while producing their own short sequence film using digital video cameras and Premiere Pro. Students also learn the theory behind the production of a continuity sequence - one of the building blocks of videography and cinematic storytelling.