My name is Ashley and I attend Wantirna College,
I came to Snowy River because I wanted to become a better leader, learn new things, make new friends, I thought it would be a great experience and it might look good on my resume.
SSL stands for School for Student Leadership. Forty-four kids from around the state have come to 1 of 3 campuses to live with each other and coexist in one area. We are all together and learning at the same time all about different things such as our Beliefs and Values, how we think and learn and we also work on our Community Learning Project.
We do a lot of outdoor activities such as Expos where we go out for a 3 day hike, Bridge Building, Surfing and Canoeing. A lot of these activities are supposed to help us build our leadership skills and get to know our groups.
My highlights so far would be Surfing and our Expo. Surfing was so much fun and it was my first time. Surprisingly I learnt pretty fast and stood up when catching a wave a few times. With our Expo I found it very difficult to walk with the heavy packs. We had to carry all our clothes, sleeping bags, tents and all our food. The hardest part was having to walk along the beach to get to each campsite with the bag. Over the three days I was having trouble with the roles I was given as they included speaking up above everyone and talking control. This was one of my goals I had to work on but I just found it hard to do. In the end I eventually achieved getting to the end but I was in so much pain from walking so far.
Some of the classes we have had have been really fun such as Thinking and Learning where we learnt about our brain and which side is the most dominant. It was good to know this and I can now learn from this but also improve on some of the other parts of my brain.
Some of the other classes we have had have been quite inspirational as we have had guest speakers to come and speak to us about being a leader and achieving goals that they have set. Guest speakers such as Beau Vernon who became a paraplegic after an accident while playing footy. His goal was to be able to do move again so he went into a rehabilitation center where they helped him get some movement back into his body but he has been paralyzed from the torso down and has only movement in his fingers.
Passport is one of the things we do throughout the term here at Snowy River Campus. We put together a learning document where we have to answer questions about our goals and who we were before coming to the Snowy River Campus. When passport is finished we will have a whole document on our time here at Snowy to show our learning progress.
Community Learning Project (CLP)
Our CLP, Community Learning Project, is a project that will help our community back at home. Our CLP is making the transition for year 6’s into year 7 easier. We are putting together a pack for students with information on where to go if they need to talk to someone or if they notice a friend needs help. We are focusing more on the mental health side of things. We hope that by making these packs and going around talking to the students that we can put the pressure and stress down. We want to try and reduce anxiety and let them know that they a not alone. Our name for this project is S.O.S, Support Over Secrecy.
During Term 2 2016, the following Community Learning Projects (CLP) have been nominated and are being developed by each of the School Teams attending the Snowy River Campus.
Eastern Metro Region:
- Wheelers Hill SC – Creating Awareness about Domestic Violence in Monash
- Ringwood SC – Animal Cruelty Awareness
- Mt Waverley (A) – Helping Overall School Transitions (H.O.S.T)
- Mt Waverley (B) – Access to Volunteer Organisations
- Canterbury Girls SC – Life History: The Story of their Lives
- Wantirna College – SOS – Support Over Security
- Doncaster SC – Sustainability Education
- Trafalgar HS – Eat Fresh, Live Well
- Wonthaggi College – Reducing Environmental Impact
- Koo Wee Rup SC – Bring Generations Together
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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’.