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Student Team Report - Ringwood Secondary College Print E-mail

Hello, this is the Ringwood team from the Snowy River Campus (SRC). Our school has over 1,000 people but the four students that were lucky enough to be able to come here are Portia king-smith, Gideon Davidson, Georgia Scotto and Declan Caldecoat. We are dedicated to making a difference in our community and are hoping that we are able to make a difference that won’t just be forgotten, but can be something that we feel will help the community.

Community Learning Project (CLP)

For our Community Learning Project (CLP) we have decided to give aid to the animal shelter in Coldstream. We feel like we could make a difference to animals lives and prevent animal cruelty by helping an animal aid shelter. Our CLP is about making a difference in the community and doing something about a subject that we really care about. Our vision is for a community that is aware of animal cruelty and how to prevent it. We are donating to a local animal aid shelter to highlight our care and pride in our local area and to educate others on animal cruelty and how they can do something that will make a difference. We also want to change the way people think so they won’t just sit aside and do nothing for the community.

 
Student Team Report - Wonthaggi Secondary College Print E-mail

Hi, my name is Erinn Harnden and my home school is Wonthaggi Secondary College. It’s split into two campuses with around 1200 students in total. I attend the Dudley Campus, for students between Year 7 – Year 9. It’s the only public school in the immediate area and it gets its students from about nine primary schools in the Bass Coast Shire. As such, 60% of the school population travel to school by bus. It’s a pretty nice school and most of the teachers are really funny and caring. The students there are generally welcoming and kind. There are six students, including myself, from WSC attending the School for Student Leadership at the Snowy River Campus. Everyone is really nice and we are all trying our hardest to contribute to our Community Learning Project.

The School for Student Leadership is an amazing opportunity for Year 9 students such as myself to become the leaders they want to be and to learn life skills. We learn a lot about team work and social relations and how to better operate as a contributing member of society. We do this through outdoor activities, such as hiking, bridge-building and surfing, but also through class-based activities. Everything we learn here is so much fun and I’m still struggling to believe that this is even real. Whilst we are here, everyone is required to take part in a Community Learning Project. This project can be anything from fundraising for an emergency service to getting a garden bed for a local school. The purpose of doing this is to give us a chance to take what we’ve learnt from Snowy and bring it back to our community at home.

Community Learning Project (CLP)

Our CLP is called Reducing Environmental Impact (REI).
Our vision is for a community where people care for the environment and work to keep it clean, through education and action, so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. As a part of our CLP we have created a motto, which is: ‘Our future, clean future.’ Our CLP is aimed at reducing the litter that scatters the coast in our area. We have two main stages and a possible third that are designed to help us achieve this. Our first stage is all about education. We plan to visit a local primary school and teach them about pollution in a fun and interactive way. Our second stage is organizing a local rubbish pick-up day at one of our local beaches. We will advertise this in the local paper, in school newsletters and with flyers. Depending on the success of this, we may have a third stage. Our third stage involves approaching our local shire/council with a proposal asking for there to be more bins on local beaches. If necessary, we can help fundraise for this to happen. Everyone in our team is really excited and passionate about our CLP and I can’t wait for it to actually begin.

One of my highlights of my time here so far has definitely been getting to know everyone else at the Campus. There are so many funny, like-minded people here, it’s incredible! Another highlight from my time here has definitely been surfing. It’s so much fun to get out and about in the coastal environment around here. It’s a really beautiful place and I’m so glad I get to experience.

 
Student Team Report - Wheelers Hill Secondary College Print E-mail

Hello my name is Jack Gillies. I go to Wheelers Hill Secondary College and for the past four weeks I have been taking part in a 10-week program at the School for Student Leadership, with two other students from my school; Caitlin and Jasmine.

Jasmine came to the Snowy River Campus (SRC) to make a difference, to develop both interpersonal and leadership skills. She enjoys playing with animals, netball and volunteering at a local food shelter. Caitlin came to SRC to build her leadership skills and have a new experience. She enjoys playing basketball, taking her dogs for walks and being active. I’m Jack and I came to the SRC because I wanted to learn life skills and meet long life friends. I like skating, surfing, hanging out with friends, playing music and playing footy.

Community Learning Project (CLP)

The title for Our Project is called 'Creating awareness about domestic violence’
. The focus for our Community Learning Project is to raise money and awareness about domestic violence in our local community. While we are here we will plan an event that will help our community, so we came up with the idea of holding a trivia night to raise funds and awareness about domestic violence, with all funds raised going to the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. This event will be held in our school library at 6:00 till 8:30 in either late July or early August.

Our vision for our CLP is to create a community where people are safe and secure in their homes. Our motto is “Keep our Community Safe”.

 
Student Team Report - Trafalgar High School Print E-mail

Montaser Rahama:

The reason why I wanted to come to the Snowy River Campus is because I wanted to be a better leader for myself and others and also to be a better person, son, brother and nephew for my family because I am pretty immature times. I can give my family mainly my mother some pretty bad days so I want to be better than that so I can be a better person and relative and a better friend.

The Snowy River Campus is one big building with a kitchen. There is a boys wing for boys with rooms and toilets and a girls wing with rooms and toilets. In both wings there are two washing machines and a dryer. Out back is a backyard with a clothes line. The site of the school is smaller than a normal school but compared to the pictures on the school website it looks bigger. For free time here we play a lot of table tennis and I mean a lot! I think table tennis is my new favourite game. I might need to ask my mum to get rid of my basketball hoops and switch it with a table tennis table. The teachers here are really nice and they are willing to help anyone to achieve their goals.

My highlight since I have been here would be meeting new friends and fitting in. In my mind before I came here I thought I would not fit in at this school and would have no friends. I thought it was going to be really nerve racking but I made friends really easily. I didn’t really need to do anything. I just let my dreadlocks do the talking because I had two other guys who also had dreadlocks and we were like the three musketeers but with dreadlocks and no swords or moustaches.

Samantha Simpson

Why I came to the Snowy River Campus (SRC) is because I want to be a better leader and I thought it would be a good experience to have. I want to learn more about being a leader. This is also going to make me a better person and people can look up too.

Whilst I have been here at SRC I have been living in a community with 43 other students. There are duties that happen every day. Living in an all girls wing with a room mate is a good experience. Through living in a community I have learnt the importance of having different personalities and I have learnt how to work with other people and how to share two washing machines with 24 other girls. I have been on my first Expo, which was very hard because I had to carry a 10-15kg bag and had to walk on sand for two days in a row. The Expo was three days long and through this experience I have learnt to push myself when things are getting hard.

My highlights since I have been here would be meeting new people, a new environment that I have fitted into well. There are also lots of fun activates to do every day.

Trafalgar High School Student Team Report

Community Learning Project (CLP)

Our Community Learning Project (CLP)
For our Community Learning Project (CLP) we plan to go into Trafalgar High School to work with young people from grades three and four. We aim to teach the young people about the importance of being fit and healthy. We see this generation not really knowing how to be fit and healthy, so if we teach them about it they will teach the next generation. We hope that this will see an improvement in Trafalgar’s community’s health and happiness. We are going to play some games with fruit and vegetables as in Fruit Salad and flash cards. Our motto is ‘Be Healthy, Be Active’.

 
Student Team Report - Mount Waverley Secondary College Print E-mail

Community Learning Project (CLP)

For the past few weeks, students from Mount Waverley Secondary College have created a Community Learning Project (CLP) here at the Snowy River Campus. The project we are doing is called the H.O.S.T. Program (Helping Overall School Transitions) and our aim is to begin ‘strengthening school support’ between the campus’ in our school, as well as surrounding primary schools.

Mount Waverley Secondary College Student Team

Our team includes: Laura Chauca Diaz, Joshua Griffiths-Hunt, Rhys Incoll, Jessalyn Lim and Jack Sephton. Our vision is for a community where the students, teachers and parents from Mount Waverley Secondary College and surrounding primary schools are connected and are able to communicate between each other to form relationships freely and easily.

We hope to strengthen the bond between our school’s campus’ by getting students to move between the different sites. We will get students from the senior site to play games with the students of the junior school, and have a small information day where we will get them to familiarise themselves with the senior site map. We will also tell them any differences between the junior and senior classes and the overall school days. Senior students will also participate in the junior campus’ classes, and help them with their work during the lesson, to aid them in their learning. All of these activities will get the students to form relationships with the older students from our senior site – who they will see in future years.

We will also work with the year eight leaders and go to different local primary schools to participate in various activities with the students. We will have a small ‘interview’ to answer any questions, and ease any worries, they may have about high school, as well as run a high school simulation day to get the students comfortable with the idea of moving up to secondary.

 
Student Team Report - Koo Wee Rup Secondary College Print E-mail

Koo Wee Rup Secondary College Student Team Our home school is Koo Wee Rup Secondary College. The school is located in South Gippsland in the Shire of Cardinia. We are around an hour’s drive from the city and it is sitting in a swamp area. We have five people attending the School for Student Leadership from Koo Wee Rup. The students are Alana Rodgers, Keegan Richardson, Cohen Tatnell, Lauren Bromiley and Amber Walker.

Some of the classes that have been engaging are when Beau Vernon came and talked to us about his three key values; optimism, resilience and that failing is okay. I think this class taught us a lot of things and gave us a different perspective on life. Another class that we thought was engaging would have to be surfing. This was because we learnt new skills and challenged ourselves in an area we haven’t had much experience in before.

Community Learning Project

For our Community Learning Project we plan to spend time at the elderly citizen’s center. We hope to talk to the residents about our experiences and do activities with them. We would also like to learn about what their lives were like back when they were our age. We plan to run three sessions with them and then we can work out if they want another class done. Some of the activities we hope to do with the residents are cooking, crafts and board games. Our vision is that by talking and interacting with the elderly we are able to bring our generations together. We have named it ‘Regeneration- bringing generations together’. The motto that we have come up with is ‘respect all generations!

 
Student Team Report - Canterbury Girls Secondary College Print E-mail

Hi, we’re from Canterbury Girls Secondary College. Our names are Sophie, Ellie, Maclyn, Jo, Jess and Gab. We have been selected to come to Snowy River Campus for 10 weeks and in that time we will complete a Community Learning Project (CLP).

Sophie is 14 years old and she went to Camberwell Primary school. She has been playing the piano for eight years and flute for three years. Ellie is 14 years old, she went to Wattle Park Primary school. Ellie loves sport and has been playing netball for five years. Maclyn is 14 years old, she went Mount Albert Primary school. She was born America and now lives in Australia. Jo is 15 years old, she went to Roberts McCubbin Primary school. She loves sports but her favorite is Basketball. Jess is 14 years old, she went the Greythorn Primary school. She loves to act and had been in many productions. Gab is 14 years old, she went to Deepdene Primary school. She has been playing Basketball for nine years. We have all been at Canterbury Girls Secondary Collage for nearly three years now.

Canterbury Girls Secondary College Student Team Report

Community Learning Project (CLP)

Our CLP is called ‘Life History: The stories of their lives’. Our school group has decided to make our CLP about supporting the elderly feel valued, respected and important to the whole community. The way we are going to achieve this is by developing a book about the residents at Kew Gardens Aged Care. During term three we will go to Kew Gardens and interview them about their lives and what it was like to live back when they were young. We will include all the interviewees stories in a book to give to them and their families.

When we get back to our home school, we plan to interview and write the stories throughout term. In term four we are going to edit and publish our book. We have already held two fundraisers and so far have raised $500. We are planning to do other fundraiser when we get back to our home school so we can have enough money to publish our book.

 
Student Team Report - Doncaster Secondary College Print E-mail

Hi my name is Elliot Batt. I came to the School for Student Leadership because I like to take as many opportunities as I can. I came here because it was a way for me to learn new leadership skills. My highlights so far are surfing and the ball room dancing. I really enjoyed these two because they are quite active. I liked surfing because it was so much fun and afterwards I was so relaxed and I liked dancing because it is a great way to socialise and talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to.

My name is Keishan Hunkar. I came to the School for Student Leadership because it is a great way to further develop my leadership skills and a great way to develop as a person. There have been many highlights so far this term but the thing that I have enjoyed the most is Bridge Building because it was a great way for our team to work together and become closer as a group and as friends. The thing I have enjoyed learning the most was the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument because it was interesting to learn about the different personalities that people can have.

Doncaster Secondary College - Team Report

Doncaster Secondary College

We come from Doncaster Secondary College, a multicultural school based around 15 kilometers from the CBD of Melbourne. It has roughly 1,300 students and is a large school with many unique facilities.

Being here at Snowy has been awesome. We have all been given so many new opportunities and had so much fun. Each day we have student leaders that facilitate most of the day. Being student leader has helped us develop our presenting skills and our organisation skills. We also have different duties that we all have to do like breakfast setup, lunch pack up, bathroom cleanup and chooks. Doing duties gives us a sense of community as we all have to pitch in to make our time here positive. We have many different committees that we can be a part of like the t-shirt committee, the cooking committee, the sports committee, and many more. The committees are good ways to get different students together and organise different aspects for community. The meals so far have been really awesome and tasty. They have a different meal each night which is also good. The bedrooms are also great and really comfortable but I could use some more wardrobe space. The Expos are awesome. Hiking for three days is something I really enjoy. It also brings us a whole lot closer to the people you are hiking with.

Community Learning Project

Our Community Learning Project (CLP) is Sustainability Education.
We are going to go to our local primary school to teach the year four students about sustainability on water, rubbish, and electricity. Our vision is for a community where young people can learn in a sustainable, clean environment and are aware of how small changes in their everyday life, like flicking the switch, can make a massive overall difference in their community. We hope to achieve this by teaching the students different facts about sustainability and let them share the knowledge that they have learnt. We hope that this makes a major difference in our community and the global community.

 
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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".
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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.