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Teams in Residence - Term 1 2017

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS in Term 1 2017 are from:

Southern Metro Region

  • Dandenong High School
  • Doveton Secondary College
  • Sandringham Secondary College
  • Rosebud Secondary College

Gippsland Region

  • Mallacoota P12 College
  • Wonthaggi Secondary College
  • Swifts Creek P12 School
  • Koo Wee Rup Secondary College

The Term 1 2017 SSL program at the Snowy River Campus runs Sunday 5 February 2017 (Student Arrival) – Saturday 1 April 2017 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.2

Parent Bulletin 22nd Letter Home from the Snowy River Campus, Friday 17 February 2017

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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.

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”?

Hiking on the beach during the students' first expedition

This week and next week the students will head out on expeditions for the first time. I am sure this will challenge many of them, as it involves carrying a back-pack, hiking up the beach to a beautiful fresh water lagoon and camping overnight. They have undertaken some terrific team building activities, such as “bridge building” where the team has to construct a jetty out to a “sinking boat” and rescue all the treasure. I know the students enjoy learning in these practical and hands-on ways. I also note how much the students enjoy using their laptop computers and hope you have received lots of emails (or “real” letters, which I might add are highly valued by our students) and maybe some photos about their life here at Marlo near the mouth of the Snowy River!

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

Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 1 // Arrival Day!

Parent Bulletin 1ARRIVAL DAY! First Letter Home to parents of Snowy River Campus Students,
Sunday 5 February 2017

Welcome to the community of the Snowy River Campus for our Term 1, 8 week program

During the course of the next 8 weeks we shall be emailing you a number of times. These emails will also be posted on our website and a student blog will be enabled for you to see and read about current and daily events. The content of the communications is to assist you with your side of the Snowy River Campus Experience. The emails will not necessarily deal with individuals and their achievements, but more about the living and learning process all students will be undertaking. We want to provide you with some early reminders and information for your arrival day and to perhaps help you on your return and continued journey.


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

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.