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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)
– Wednesday 28 March 2018 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 4

Fourth letter home to Parents of Snowy River Campus Students Term 1
- 7 March 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 Wednesday March 28th?

Out On Expo - Day 1 - 2B

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 Wednesday March 28th. 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 Mrs Morton 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)

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.

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)
Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River 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".
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.