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Teams in Residence - Term 4 2016

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS in Term 4 2016 are from:

Eastern Metro Region

  • Templestowe College
  • Blackburn HS
  • Upper Yarra SC

Gippsland Region

  • Swifts Creek P12 School

South-Western Vic Region

  • Baimbridge College
  • Ararat SC
  • Terang College
  • Phoenix P12 Community College

The Term 4 2016 SSL 10 Week program at the Snowy River Campus runs Sunday 9 October 2016 (Student Arrival) – Saturday 17 December 2016 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - Final

Final letter home to Parents of Snowy River Campus Students Term 4,
- 9 December 2016

Hello again and for the last time this term.

Here we are at week 9, and I think that students see that their time at the Snowy River Campus is now definitely finite! Mind you, many students are ready to leave. There are still many important tasks for us all to attend to, and I welcome the greater independence and personal drive I witness in our students, your sons and daughters. It is a delight to work with young people in our environment and see them “doing”! They just get on with the job now, for the most part, and set their goals and review their outcomes. They are finalizing their CLP work for when they return home, and the presentation day, when Principals, Council Presidents, representatives from the Department of Education and other key local stakeholders were here, was a triumph. I hope you can all cope with these skills and abilities upon their return, and that your sons and daughters use these skills appropriately?


Pre departure ceremony on Departure Day: SAT 17 DECEMBER

Thank you for contributing to the Term 4 Snowy River Campus for 2016. The “Separation Phase” of the Snowy River Campus Experience concludes for the community of Term 4, 2016 on Saturday 17 December, signalling the beginning of the “Reintegration Phase”!

Join us for our pre departure ceremony on departure day and delight in their physical, emotional and personal growth over the last 9 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 9.30am sharp so please do not be late. Arrive between 9.00 and 9.30am 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 9.30 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.

Enjoy the return of your wonderful sons, daughters or siblings who HAVE grown so much!

With every good wish on behalf of the Snowy River Campus Team,

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

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




Terang SC Year 9 Student Leadership Team on a ‘special’ leadership journey

Our school leadership team at the Snowy River Campus consists of Tegan, Brett, Mahni, Tom and Isaac. The reason our team came to the School for Student Leadership is because we all wanted to become better leaders and to expand our knowledge of how we think together and separately, we wanted to learn life and leadership skills. We also would like to learn more about ourselves and expand our horizons.

Our Community Learning Project (CLP) is to help the special students from the local Special School get more involved in the community as we think that they are often a lost part of our community. As a whole we will achieve this by running some activities with the special students with a focus on developing relationships with our P4 campus and the Hampden Special School.  The P-4 campus and the Hampden special School share the same school grounds as it is but we feel they don’t have enough time to form friendship bonds with them.

Our team’s vision for our CLP is to make the students and other people around see the students from the special school as normal people and not as different but as equal people. Our motto is ‘better relations, better minds’. This motto is relevant to our cause because most people we have met see people with disabilities as ‘lesser’ people, so we feel that we need to change their attitudes by getting them to get more involved with the special students and broadening their minds and understanding. The reason we choose this project is because the special school is often not involved in the community and not many people have an Idea what goes on in the school or understands people with disability. So we thought it would be a good idea to bring light and recognition to the school.

CLP Team - Terang Secondary College

Here is a photo of our CLP team. We all come from a small town called Terang which is about an eight-hour drive from the Snowy River Campus.  As a team we get along well which is a good thing. When we are working on our CLP we get the work done in the time given to us.

The way the Snowy River Campus is different to our school and a normal school is that every day we have a two student leaders who leads the student community and presents throughout the whole day goals, the program and the duties which we have to do every day which could be from doing dishes to feeding and putting the away the chooks.

Also, Snowy is different from a normal school because we stay on Campus for most days and get up at 6:30am and go to bed at 9:30pm. We have expeditions where we leave the campus for three days and go hiking or canoeing and also do other outdoor activities including surfing and indoor classes focusing on how we learn best. To date, our time at the Snowy River Campus has been great and I would recommend the experience to anyone.  

2017 Important Dates - School for Student Leadership - Snowy River Campus

2016 SSL - Snowy River Campus Program Key Dates

Year Term DEECD Staff Start SSL Staff Start SSL Student Start PV Weekend CLP Day

Student Departure

Staff Finish Date DEECD Finish Date
2016 4 3 Oct 3 Oct 9 Oct 12 - 13 Nov 9 Dec 17 Dec 17 Dec 20 Dec

2017 SSL - Snowy River Campus Program Key Dates

Year Term DEECD Staff Start SSL Staff Start SSL Student Start PV Weekend CLP Day

Student Departure

Staff Finish Date DEECD Finish Date
2017 1 30 Jan 30 Jan 5 Feb 4 - 5 Mar 24 Mar 1 April 1 April 31 March
  2 18 April 18 April 23 April 27 - 28 May 23 June 1 July 1 July 30 June
  3 17 July 17 July 23 July 26 - 27 Aug 15 Sept 23 Sept 23 Sept 22 Sept
  4 9 Oct 9 Oct 15 Oct 18 - 19 Nov 8 Dec 16 Dec 18 Dec 22 Dec

Expressions close last week of term 2 in the year prior to the program.
Notification will be given in term 3 of the year prior to the program.
Community Information evening conducted as time and local requirements dictate in the term prior to program.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:57



Local Learning Project Day - 9/11/16

This Wednesday Snowy River Campus had our LLP day which stands for Local Learning Project. Orbost Primary School came for the day and we all had the best time with them. The task was for us to get into small groups of about three and create a presentation for our local primary school kids. We were all given a topic we had to teach the kids about. Some of the groups presentation were rock pools, bush safety, native animals, whale and lots more. We were all really eager for LLP and when the day came everyone was excited.

The day started off by us getting our buddies and playing games with them. After a few games each we got into our rotation groups and went to our first class with the kids. We then moved onto the second class after about 20 minutes and then sat down and had morning tea with them. It was great because everyone was getting to know the primary school kids and I enjoyed getting to know my buddy and all of the other kids. We then had rotation 3 and 4. I really liked interacting with kids, I loved planning the presentation and teaching the kids about the local area. I hope the primary kids learnt a lot and took something away from all of our presentations. We all had lunch and then said goodbye.

My highlight for the day was after lunch playing Food and Water and a big game of tag with everyone. We all had so much fun and it was a great way to finish off the day. LLP was a great learning experience for us being the teachers and learning to keep our presentations interesting. All in all, it was a wonderful day and a beneficial learning experience.

By Charlotte S and Grace B

Local Learning Project Day

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.