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Teams in Residence - Term 1 2018

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS in Term 1 2018

Western Metro Region

  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
  • Tarneit P-9 College
  • Manor Lakes P-12 College

Barwon South-Western Region

  • Belmont HS
  • Colac Secondary College
  • Terang College
  • Warrnambool College
  • Mortlake P12 College

Term 1 2018 SSL program at the Snowy River Campus commences:
- Sunday 4 February 2018 (Student Arrival)
Concludes:
– Wednesday 28 March 2018 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.3

Parent Bulletin - No. 3Third letter home to parents and guardians of Snowy River Campus,
Term 1 Students - 23 February 2017

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.

1B complete an awesome first expo!

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.

VISITING WEEKEND
The visiting weekend is rapidly approaching. You may pick up your son/ daughter at 9.00am, Saturday 3 March and return them no later than 4.00pm Sunday 4 March.
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 this weekend is about spending quality time with your son or 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.

Mark Reeves (Principal) & Robyn Francis (Campus Principal - Snowy River Campus)
 
Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.2

Parent Bulletin 22nd Letter Home from the Snowy River Campus, Friday 16 February 2018

Letter Snapshot: Settled in and travelling well.

Welcome again to the Snowy River Campus. Here we are after more than a week already. Time has flown by and I am really pleased with how things are progressing at our school.

Bridge Building - 2B Planning and Discussing Strategy

Homesickness is a normal emotion at this time in the program, although it does tend to diminish. If you think that your son or daughter is still unreasonably homesick, do call us and we can compare notes, so to speak. None of us can really predict how this anxiety may manifest itself. Our staff members really do make a priority of ensuring students’ wellbeing during these first, more unsettled weeks; they will give you a normal call in the next week. How are you coping with being “son or daughter sick”?

We have lots of experience from eighteen years at the Alpine School at Dinner Plain and our 11 years’ experience here. This helps us understand about students in schools like this one. We normally see in our students in their first week of living here being very concerned with self. They often ask, “When is dinner? Or “Where do I wash my clothes?” On the inside, we feel students are asking, “Who are my friends and how do I fit? Does she like me or what does he think about me?” They are concerned about “me”. This is a very egocentric period. After this normal and possibly “selfish” time, students find themselves comfortable with this day-to-day concern, and tend to identify with their team very strongly: “I belong to ‘Terang College’ or ‘Tarneit P-9 College’, or “I am a country/city person”. Students tend to be placing themselves in a category so they can find their position in a “new social/school order”. They tend to cluster with familiar friends.

Continued...

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

 
Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River Campus
The Alpine School Campus

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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".
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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.