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Teams in Residence - Term 1 2019

School Teams attending the SNOWY RIVER CAMPUS in Term 1 2019

Northern Metro Region

  • Craigieburn Secondary College
  • Coburg High School
  • Pascoe Vale Girls College
  • Viewbank College

Loddon Mallee Region 

  • Wycheproof Secondary College
  • Boort District P12 School
  • Tyrrell College
  • Murrayville Community College.

The Term 1 2019 School for Student Leadership program at the Snowy River Campus commences:
- Sunday 3 February 2019 (Student Arrival) Concludes: – Saturday 6 April 2019 (Student Departure)

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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.

“Of all the natural events that occur in the family life cycle, the emergence of adolescence is the one most likely to test parental flexibility and tolerance.” Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg1

Final letter home to Parents of Snowy River Campus Students Term 1,
- 2 April 2019

Letter Snapshot...

Hello again and for the last time this term.

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 1 Snowy River Campus for 2019. The “Separation Phase” of the Snowy River Campus Experience concludes for the community of Term 1, 2019 on Saturday 6 April, signalling the beginning of the “Reintegration Phase”!

I wish you all the best for the future and for the holidays. Enjoy the return of your wonderful sons, daughters or siblings who HAVE grown so much! Be immersed in and enjoy the “white-water rafting years” ahead with them. I also highly recommend Michael Carr–Gregg’s books, Surviving Adolescents and The Princess Bitchface Syndrome, details and brief synopsis provided below. If this is your daughter, and our teenage girls all display some of these characteristics, you must read this book!

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 1
- 15 March 2019


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 6 April.

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 6 April 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. As the Departure Day (6 April) approaches, some parents, guardians and families may wish to make arrangements for their son’s/daughter’s to travel home alone on alternative transport or with other families. Please email Mrs Morton, Office Manager on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need to complete the Unsupervised Travel form, and email it back.

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 - 4 March 2019

Third Letter Home from the Snowy River Campus - Monday 4 March 2019

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, students have completed their first expedition. They have bushwalked along the nearby coastal bluffs of Cape Conran camping out at the beautiful Banksia Bluff and have ridden bikes back to our campus, 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. 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 Snowy River 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 9 March and return them no later than 4.00pm Sunday 10 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 the weekend is about spending quality time with your son/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)
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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.