Term 1 2016



Sunrise Sunset Print E-mail

Sunrise Sunset

My time here at Snowy has been like the sky and the colours of the day. It started with a sunrise. The morning star shinning like a light casting hope across the future that I can’t yet see. The nerves and excitement for the new day blending into an orange mix of beauty and worry. But as the sun starts to rise and cast its fiery light across the mist covered land, the nerves slowly leaked away, but the mist still holds thick, with thoughts about the day to come. As the fog lifts I realize that I have passed through the first hardest part. Leaving everything familiar with the previous day as it disappears.

As they sky molds into a blue and I am faced with another challenge. One I will find more difficult than the rest as I move through the world scaling any mountain that decides to turn my way, not alone, but with people to help me along my path. Both friends and allies, catching me as I fall. But as I get to the top of the hill the sky has turned a pinky-yellow. Time to begin the departure for the next day. The sun drawing away with it the people who have helped me along the road. We cling to each other and even when the sun lazily sinks below the horizon we sneak memories and thoughts to stay together even across the next day and the day after that.

The evening star rises as twilight vanishes and dusk starts to fall, throwing a darkness across the land as I think of the memories left behind in the day, but when I look up the moon and stars shine above me. My old friends, my old life. The light draws me back to my peaceful place. It is then I realize that just because a new day has begun, it doesn’t mean my time has been spent poorly. I still have friends and when the sunrise turns that orange colour. The mist rises again, and the cycle begins again. The morning star bringing with it new challenges and the promos of an adventure.

By Rose - Rosebud Secondary College




Community Goal Print E-mail

For our community goal yesterday, we decided to unify the community once more after not having everyone here for nine day- or since expo started. Because the final expo group got back it was perfect timing as well and we wanted to have a little bit of fun. So what better to do then having a dress up for dinner. Everyone was asked to wear a costume of something they wouldn’t normally wear to tea- and be ready by six. We had a fair few people come in onies and their dressing gowns and pj’s. Others dressed up in whatever they could find- which meant we had a few pirates and even a few boys that dressed up in a dress and heels. I just clashed the whole time- with a green spiky wig on and a red woolen overcoat, boots, green top and blue shorts- I was hot and sweaty but it was so worth it. Everyone had a great go at it and even though we had people come back from expo, everyone was really energetic about it and had a lot of fun. My favorite part was coming into the common room and seeing everyone, because half an hour before hand they were wearing a t-shirt and a pair of shorts- now they wore a dress with heels or a pirate costumes. I do think it was nice to do something like that though because I was a bit of fun and it wasn’t too serious. 

By Keely- Mortlake




Holly Can't Get Enough of Caving Print E-mail

Holly Can't Get Enough of Caving

Evening class last night was a class called Metaphors. We learnt about metaphors and similes which I found really interesting. I have always found it hard to explain what they are but this class made it slightly clearer. A simile is comparing one thing to another, for example ‘She’s as pretty as a flower’. A metaphor is a figure of speech that is similar to a simile, it compares to completely different things without using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.  In this class we also wrote our own metaphors. Like my POL (Presentation of Learning), I chose to do the roller coaster of emotions because I am familiar with it and find it quite clever.

Today had been the day that I have been waiting for since the minute I arrived at the Snowy River Campus. We got to go caving! I had heard great feedback from other students who went previously and they said they said it was really good and they had a heap of fun. We went to a place called Buchan caves which I visited with my family on visiting weekend. It was about a 40min drive up the road and once we got to Buchan we were all very excited. We got split into groups that mixed up 1A and 1B which was good because we don’t get to do many activities with 1A. First, my group went on a tour in The Royal Cave which was amazing and before I even entered the cave I knew it was going to be great due to previous experiences. The tour went for around 45 minutes and it was very interesting. Our friendly tour guide talked us through many things like what stalagmites and stalactites were and how old some of them are. An interesting fact is that they only grow about 1cm every 100 years and when you see the size of some of them you would think they would have to be a couple hundred thousand years old. Stalagmites and stalactites are similar in size and shape but they form in different areas. Stalactites grow by the water leaking through the roof and they grow hanging downwards from the rock ceiling. Stalagmites form on the ground and grow upwards and the way they grow is from the stalactites slowly dripping water from there tip. We all leant much more and doing it a second time was definitely worth it.

After lunch our group headed down to a cave called the ‘Wild’ cave. We heard some feedback from the group that went before us and apparently you go real ‘wild’ in there. The cave is quite hard to explain but basically you enter by a small and narrow hole in the ground. Its rocky, cold, muddy and you need to be constantly watching your head because I hit my head at least 20 times. You need to have on overalls, helmets and you have to have a head torch because there is no light down there. Most of the cave is squishy and tight which triggered a few people to get very uncomfortable. One part of the cave really stood out to me and it was what the tour guide called a ‘Wombat hole’. What is was is a little hole big enough for a wombat to fit through- and guess what? We all fitted through it. It wasn’t compulsory to give it a go but most of us did. To get through it you need to get on your stomach and wiggle your way through. I was very surprised that I fitted through it. The ‘Wild Cave’ would have had to of been one of the best outdoor experiences I have had in the time that I have been at Snowy. It was fun and scary at the same time and that’s what made it great. By the end of the day I was so tired so I spent the whole ride home sleeping. 

By Holly- Elisabeth Murdoch




Sophie's IDEARR Print E-mail

Today at the start of IDEARR we read the letters that we wrote to ourselves at the beginning of the term. Many things have changed since writing the letter as I no longer feel anxious about being around the other 44 students. I have learnt so many skills on leadership and I have made heaps of new friends. There is only 3 more weeks left of my time at the SRC and out of these weeks I'm hoping to learn more about myself and others and I'm also hoping to become better friends with everyone here. A goal that I have for these next weeks is: To push myself to become a more tolerant leader and team member.

This weekend was Visiting Weekend so yesterday at about 9:10 am, my family came and picked me up. We had a great time and some of the things we did were go on a small cruise on the lakes, go to the beach and go swimming. When I saw my family I felt very happy as I had missed them. The only challenge that I had this weekend was saying goodbye again, because I felt a bit sad. I didn't have any particular highlight as I had fun the whole weekend.

By Sophie - Goroke College




Seamus' Blog Print E-mail

Quote of the Day: 

"Even the smallest people can change the course of the future" ~ J.R.R Tolken

Seamus' Blog

I was student leader today and it was a bit confusing at first since I was student leader on the first day and this is my second time, so it has been tricky trying to get the hang of it again.​

The first session of the day was Passport 5 refocus​, which was just our whole group getting reminded on what we needed to do next and how we needed to complete it. Its wasn't very interesting. I just listened to music whilst I completed my work.

The second session of the day was Surf 3. Unfortunately, it was our last surf session were we would get marked under level one or two, just as a progression report. Except the waves today weren't the best. The waves broke straight after they formed so there wasn't much time to ride a wave.

Motivated Monday:

  • A positive for me was that we got to go surfing
  • A minus was the waves weren't that good

  • A new skill I want to improve on would be learning more about how to surf.​​ 

    By Seamus- Elisabeth Murdoch College

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