The Australian Air Force Cadet program at Melbourne Girls’ College has been running at the school since 1998 and is available for students in Years 9 through to Year 12 (and beyond).
AAFC is a cadet program offered through the Advance Youth Development Program on Friday afternoon with support through the Royal Australian Air Force.
Students not only undertake Air Force related studies such as Aviation, Aircraft Recognition, Service Knowledge, and Drill & Ceremonial, but also learn vital survival and bushcraft skills through Fieldcraft and First Aid, especially CPR, achieving Workplace Level 2 Certificate in their second year. The course is very much a “hands on approach” with 3 camps, excursions and Community Parade activities.
Students have access to statewide activities, which include Flying Camps at a minimal extra cost. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is also incorporated, with students taking part in the Bronze award in their first year, Silver and Gold in the following years. The program is designed to equip students with a wide range of skills, which are valued and used in both the wider community and in employment.
Leadership skills are fostered through the rank structure, cadets teaching others in a caring and encouraging manner. Team building skills are particularly evident in the variety of camps and special activities. A sense of belonging is fostered and encouraged by the trained and skilled staff.
More detailed information can be found at the AAFC Headquarters website or email to