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Teams in Residence - Term 3 2018

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS in Term 3 2018

North Metro Region

  • Reservoir High School
  • Thorbury High School
  • Melbourne Girls College
  • Viewbank College

Loddon Region

  • Werrimul P12 School
  • Red Cliffs Secondary College
  • Irymple Secondary College
  • Bendigo South East 7-10 Secondary College

Term 3 2018 SSL program at the Snowy River Campus commences:
- Sunday 22 July 2018 (Student Arrival)
– 22 September 2018 (Student Departure)

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS CHINA Program in Term 3 2018

  • Beechworth Secondary College
  • Mansfield High School
  • Numurkah Secondary College
  • Yarrawonga College
  • Bright P12 College
  • Koo Wee Rup Secondary College
  • Swan Hill College
  • Alexandra Secondary College

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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.


Final letter home to Parents of Snowy River Campus Students Term 3,
- 17 September 2018

Letter Snapshot...

Hello again and for the last time this term.
Our Core 2 Pirates during Raft Building

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?


Thank you for contributing to the Term 3 Snowy River Campus for 2018. The “Separation Phase” of the Snowy River Campus Experience concludes for the community of Term 3, 2018 on Saturday 22 September, signalling the beginning of the “Reintegration Phase”!

Pre departure ceremony on Departure Day: SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

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/guardians. 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 9.30am 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]

Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 4

Fourth letter home to Parents of Snowy River Campus Students Term 3
- 5 September 2018

Hello again! I trust you all enjoyed your Visiting Weekend. I have heard the usual (for us) mixed reports from your sons and daughters about the week, but more good than otherwise, which is totally normal! Some said, “It was great to see mum and dad, but I couldn’t wait to get back “HOME…!”And the home they refer to is ....sorry to say this…here. You need to be assured that the time of real settlement at Snowy is now happening for your son or daughter. Paradoxically, the time of departure is also fast approaching. I am sure you will notice the difference in your son or daughter between the recent visit and the conclusion on Saturday 22 September 2018.

Exploring on the 3 Day Expo

Reminder: Departure Day

Don’t forget that you are invited to be a part of the Departure Ceremony.
Be here seated by 9.30am (no later and enjoy seeing the development of your child) on Saturday 22 September. seated and ready to watch your child’s documentary, the presentation of certificates and student reflections on the term and the student farewell story read by staff.

Some parents and families may wish to make arrangements for their son’s/daughter’s to travel home alone, on alternative transport or with other families. The tone and type of departure and the ability of parents to participate in that symbolic gesture are, from our experience, incredibly powerful and necessary components of the experience. If parents wish to or need to make alternative arrangements, please contact us at the school, either via your child’s teacher here, directly to us. Please visit this pagehttp://www.alpineschool.vic.edu.au/application/application_forms.htm and download the Unsupervised Travel form to enable us to let your son/daughter travel alone from here, and email/fax us this form and advise our office manager at the desk.

Our students share with us that the time here is going too fast for them; but we know as adults know that life seems to do just that!

With every good wish.
On behalf of the team of staff at Snowy.

[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)

Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River Campus
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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.