Term 2 2014



Friendship Print E-mail

Friendship is a word that is carelessly thrown around in modern day society, but the definition of friendship is “a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection someone who is loyal and caring to a mutual extent.”


The friends I have made here at the Snowy River Campus are real friends that I will keep forever. I have only known the people here for a little less than four weeks but the people here are so genuine and caring and are true friends. I find it easy to befriend people here as there is this common kindness and trust that everyone shares. At school there are groups and a popular ranking but I love how here at Snowy everyone is at the same level and there is no specific group and everyone is always approachable. The friendships I have made here are ones I plan to keep forever. We are only in week four and we are already planning road trips and visits for when the dreaded day of having to leave my new home of the Snowy River campus must arrive. Although I am already afraid of that horrid day I am rather appreciative that I have had the chance to meet such amazing people and form such long lasting friendships here.

Montana (22/05/2014)




3rd Rest Day - Report by Nadine and Jake Print E-mail

So on our 3rd rest day a group of 22 students went to the beach and they all came back with big smiles and lots of stories about how fun swimming in the ocean was and how they were body surfing, walking along the sand looking for shells and splashing around in the shallower water. The rest of the students stayed at the campus and explored the surroundings, painted pictures and some of us and even caught up on some sleep! It was good to see everybody getting outside enjoying themselves and having fun. At about 2:00 a community game was held and we all played a massive game of gang-up chasey which lasted for a while keeping everyone entertained and giving us something to do. After the game finished there was a bit of free time before we all had to get ready for a walk to Spirit spot for DEARR. This was our second time there it’s quite relaxing, but the walk had a lot of us complaining especially walking up sand dunes. At night we watched a movie and settled down ready for bed.  The movie was The Incredibles, as soon as the movie finished everyone helped chip in to pack up the seats. This was the end of our day and everybody went to bed.

- Nadine and Jake (17/05/2014)




Surfing at East Conran with Georgina and Will Print E-mail

Today 2B headed down to East Conran for our second surfing lesson. Many of us were determined and excited to stand up on the board again and carve up the waves. For some of us, it would be our first experience of standing up. The waves weren’t as big as last time, but they were still great for beginners.

We began by doing our usual stretches (focussing on our arched back) before hitting the water. With the help and guidance of surf instructors Pete and Phil, and Mr Dooley, some of us caught a few waves while also Mr. Dooley carved it up. None of us complained about the cold and stayed warm in the awesome wetsuits, although when we first entered the water there were a few squeals. Mr. Dooley was eager to get many snapshots of us surfing on his GoPro camera, just another way to make these memories last a lifetime. We had an awesome day. We enjoyed surfing and it was good to see that deep down everyone was a natural surfer.

Overall we had a radical time and can’t wait to hit the gnarly surf again.

Surfing at East Conran

– George and Will (16/05/2014)




Meeting Mike the Park Ranger and Food for Thought Print E-mail

Meeting Mike the Park RangerToday everyone had their 3rd day of Naplan, this time it was maths and most found it rather dull.

One thing that everyone enjoyed was having ranger Mike come in and share his knowledge and stories about being a park ranger. He was very enjoyable to listen to and it was good to hear about the many different things he does as park ranger. We also got to see his pet water dragon Steve, which everyone really enjoyed. 

However, for most the worst part of the day was food for thought.  The majority of us were peasants and were left without lunch which was difficult for most to cope with. Although we understood the message that the teachers were trying to get across about world hunger and poverty, many of the students were too tired and hungry to understand.   
Morgan and Harry




Naplan Testing and Gender Night Print E-mail

Today everyone had their second day of Naplan. The reading test went for about 65 minutes and everyone thought it was a bit boring.

The one thing everyone really enjoyed including the teachers was Gender night. Gender night was about getting your ideas out about what you thought about your gender and their characteristics. All the boys had a great time mucking around and giving ridiculous answers to the questions and the girls had heaps of fun laughing at the questions and some of the answers that they wrote down in their groups. Then we shared our answers up at Grandma (the fire on the edge of the property.) It was really interesting to hear some of the opinions of the opposite gender and to hear what they really thought about some things. All in all, everyone had a really enjoyable time and we’re all looking forward to our second and third gender nights.

Jess and JT

-by Jess and JT (14/05/2014)

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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 four 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 fourth and newest campus, currently known as the Don Valley Campus is located at Don Valley, Yarra Ranges.
Our school community acknowledges the Gunaikurnai and Monero-Ngarigo people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which our school campus is 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.