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Teams in Residence - Term 3 2019

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS in Term 3 2019

South West Region

  • Braybrook College
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • Buckley Park College

Barwon South Western Region

  • Braybrook College
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • Buckley Park College
  • Lara Secondary College
  • Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College
  • Bannockburn P12 College
  • Ballarat High School
  • Lake Bolac College

The Term 3 2019 School for Student Leadership program at the Snowy River Campus commences:
- Sunday 21 July 2019 (Student Arrival) Concludes: – Saturday 21 September 2019 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - Final

"Parenting teenagers is a bit like whitewater rafting - but I want you to have both sides of the picture. Scary, hectic, and uncomfortable - yes; but also thrilling, stimulating, challenging and ultimately very rewarding”.
- Ian Grant.

“Of all the natural events that occur in the family life cycle, the emergence of adolescence is the one most likely to test parental flexibility and tolerance.” Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg1

Final letter home to Parents of Snowy River Campus Students Term 3,
- 16 September 2019

Letter Snapshot...

“Parenting teenagers is a bit like white-water rafting - but I want you to have both sides of the picture. Scary, hectic, and uncomfortable - yes; but also thrilling, stimulating, challenging and ultimately very rewarding”. Ian Grant.

“Of all the natural events that occur in the family life cycle, the emergence of adolescence is the one most likely to test parental flexibility and tolerance.” Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg1

Hello again and for the last time this term.
Here we are at week nine, only a few days to go, and I think that students see that their time at the Snowy River Campus (SRC) is now definitely finite!

At the end of my letter is a two-page document detailing the learning areas undertaken by your son or daughter, and their relationship with other curriculum areas. The SRC trust that this document also provides another way for you to understand the complexity and depth of learning undertaken in this truly excellent educational program and location.


I wish you all the best for the future and for the holidays. Enjoy the return of your wonderful sons, daughters or siblings who HAVE grown so much! Be immersed in and enjoy the “white-water rafting years” ahead with them. I also highly recommend Michael Carr–Gregg’s books, Surviving Adolescents and The Princess Bitchface Syndrome, details and brief synopsis provided below. If this is your daughter, and our teenage girls all display some of these characteristics, you must read this book!



Thank you for contributing to the Term 3 Snowy River Campus for 2019. The “Separation Phase” of the Snowy River Campus Experience concludes for the community of Term 3, 2019 on Saturday, 21 September signalling the beginning of the “Return Ready Phase”!

Join us for our pre departure ceremony on departure day and delight in their physical, emotional and personal growth over the last nine weeks. Every student will have a significant and important opportunity to share in front of you and all the other parents. The ceremony starts at 9.30 am sharp so please do not be late. Arrive between 9.00-9.30 am so that you can give your child a welcoming hug and have a bit of a reunion before the ceremony begins so that they can focus on their presentation.

If you are not going to be able to be at the departure ceremony please advise your son/daughter via email. There is nothing more despondent than a student waiting for their parent to arrive when everyone else’s parents or guardians are here! They will understand if you are unable to be here by 9.30am if you communicate this to them- it is the not knowing that they struggle with!

If any other travel arrangements have been made, please advise us immediately because until you assume in writing responsibility of your son/daughter again, we are entrusted with their care.

With every good wish on behalf of the Snowy River Campus Team,
Mark Reeves (Principal) & Robyn Francis (Campus Principal - Snowy River Campus)

[This is a snapshot of the most recent letter - please download and read the letter for full information]

CLP Projects - Term 3, 2019

During Term 3 2019, the following Community Learning Projects (CLP) have been developed by each of the School Teams attending the Snowy River Campus as part of their School for Student Leadership Program. These CLPs relate to their home and school communities.

  • Lara Secondary College- Home-less-ness
  • Lake Bolac College - Walk for our Future
  • Buckley Park College (A) - Food for the City – Soup Kitchen
  • Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College - MIND your Health
  • St. Albans Secondary College - Say ‘No’ to Violence Against Women
  • Buckley Park College (B) - You are What you Eat
  • Ballarat High School - Educating Little Leaders
  • Bannockburn P-12 College - Worry less Wednesday
  • Braybrook College - Sleep ‘n’ Tech
Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.3

Parent Bulletin - No. 3Third letter home to parents and guardians of Snowy River Campus,
Term 3 Students - 15 August 2019

Hello again from the community of the Snowy River Campus! We are still flat out here and going strong.

By the time you read this, the first expedition groups have headed-out and returned. They have bushwalked along the nearby coastal bluffs of Cape Conran camping out at the beautiful Dock Inlet, putting into practice all the skills learned in their expedition preparation sessions. The students were well prepared and so full of excitement, apprehension, “coolness” and worry, all mixed into one! I know, however, that what they will learn through their undertaking will put them in great stead. One of the concepts we use in designing our type of education experience is to move from the known to the unknown. In moving to, and living at, the Snowy River Campus, students initially are in a much unknown environment (socially, physically, emotionally, geographically and so on), which they soon become comfortable and familiar with. I am sure this is conveyed in correspondence, and will be obvious at the visiting weekend. The expeditions are another move from known to unknown, from the known existence of the Snowy River Campus into the wild coastal environment and with lightweight tents. The next expedition will be largely canoe-based on the wonderful estuarine environment. The challenges are new and different to the first expedition. It is a very deliberate part of the process of learning both leadership skills and to be enterprising.

2B Jiddelik had a ball on their first Expedition to Dock Inlet --


The visiting weekend is rapidly approaching. You may pick up your son/daughter at 9.00am Saturday 24th August and return them no later than 4.00pm Sunday 25th August. If you need to drop your child off earlier than midday on the Sunday please inform the campus and we will make the necessary arrangements. Remember the weekend is about spending quality time with your son/daughter, enjoying their company and encouraging them to share their experiences thus far. We strongly recommend only immediate family members be a part of this reunion.

Read the full letter...

Mark Reeves (Principal) & Robyn Francis (Campus Principal - Snowy River Campus)
Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 1 // Arrival Day!

Parent Bulletin 1ARRIVAL DAY!
First Letter Home to parents of Snowy River Campus Students,
Sunday July 21 2019

Welcome to the community of the Snowy River Campus for our Term 3 9 week SSL program.

A Snapshot of Letter 1 ...

During the course of the next nine weeks, we shall be using uEducateUs to communicate with you a number of times. You will receive uEducateUs communications via the uEducateUs app or email. You can download the uEducateUs app at Google Play for Android or the Apple App Store for iPhone. The content of the communications is to assist you with your side of the Snowy River experience. The information will not necessarily deal with individuals and their achievements, but more about the living and learning process all students will be undertaking. We want to provide you with some early reminders and information for your arrival day and to perhaps help you on your return and continued journey. We hope to post images on Facebook from time-to-time as well.

The first and primary contact for the care and welfare of your son/daughter will be the Snowy River Campus liaison teacher. He or she will introduce themselves to you today and also go through the enrolment details. Later in the week, he or she will contact you via uEducateUs or phone to share how your son/daughter is coping in their new environment. Moreover, in every instance (be it to do with communication from staff or your child), no news is good news!


Students are involved in a number of important processes this term; discovering their learning preferences, expeditions, working with a local primary, hosting a range of guests, setting goals, developing a digital learning portfolio through Sway and a Presentation of Learning (POL).

Mark Reeves (Principal) & Robyn Francis (Campus Principal - Snowy River Campus)

Term 3 2019 Student Program & Timetable
What's On in Term 3?

The Program Timetable details the NINE week School for Student Leadership program at the The Snowy River Campus for students participating in Term 3 2019.

This has been included to assist liaison teachers, schools, families and the community to stay in touch with what students are doing on a day to day basis. The Term Timetable also highlights how the day unfolds for students.

Snowy River Campus Term 3 Student Program & Timetable
Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River Campus
The Alpine School Campus

School For Student Leadership

School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students' home regions. There are three campuses in iconic locations across Victoria. The Alpine School Campus is located at Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps. Snowy River Campus is near the mouth of the Snowy River at Marlo in east Gippsland. The third site is adjacent to Mount Noorat near Camperdown in Victoria’s Western District, and is called Gnurad-Gundidj. After consultation with the local aboriginal community, this name represents both the indigenous name of the local area and an interpretation of the statement "belonging to this place".
Our school community acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Bidawel and Gundijmara people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which our school campuses are built. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their Elders past and present, and especially whose children attend our school.