Term 3 2015



Well Done Those Men Print E-mail

A man called Barry Heard came in to talk to all the students here at Snowy about his experience in the Vietnam War and when he got out of Vietnam. He talked about what he thinks about war and how it changes people. He talked to us about when he got out of Vietnam and how people treated him. He told us that when he arrived home he was a completely changed man, he never swore but after Vietnam he did.

One of the biggest things that stood out to me was when he told us that people would ‘boo’ you in the street for serving your country and doing what you were told to do. These people were heavy protesters against the war because the government showed what was happening in Vietnam. He told us that they showed villages getting bombed and people would run out of their houses burning alive. He told everyone that he went into hiding because of the mental abuse you would get if people knew he served. He changed his hair and went to a Mental Institution in Melbourne because he came back an alcoholic and an abusive man. In this Institution the doctors there told him to write a letter to his family, he did this but he sent it to all of his Vietnam mates and family. When they received this letter about his experiences in Vietnam they told him to publish it, he didn’t but 8 years later he did. This was to be a book called ‘Well Done Those Men’, it became one of the biggest borrowed book in 2012. Barry has received many awards.

Bailey (Red Cliffs SC)




Tiana's Blog Print E-mail

My Metaphor-

My journey at Snowy has been like an ocean wave. I rise high, feeling on top of the world. And then I crash into a wet, salty state before I rise high once again.

You see a challenge off in the distance and your peers are supporting you to take it. As it approaches you prepare yourself and as it lifts you up, you spring to your feet, unsure of how you will go, but sure that whatever turns out it will be fun, exciting and a new adventure that you are ready to ride. You either come out of it successful and gleeful as can be. Or it dumps you on your face and you are left in a catastrophe. Now at this point you think it's over and you believe you are done, but as the sun shines brightly, so does your opportunity of improvement. It is up to you whether you take this opportunity to re-surface and try rising high again.

What did today's experience have in store?

Snowy and Beyond! 1A spent the whole day off campus today and we visited several places around the area and throughout Orbost. We learnt about the roles the local environment plays in Biodiversity and the officials that take care of the area. I was in charge of Parks Victoria and was playing the part of local Ranger Mike.

We all loved visiting the dairy farm in particular and found it very interesting. The best part was the fact that it’s the beginning of Spring, so there have been baby animals all over the joint! Earlier on in the week whilst bike-riding we came across a goat farm and all got to hold a kid, which was less than a week old! Today we met the calves and they sucked our fingers as though they were their mother’s udders or a bottle. The funniest thing was the city-kids reactions to it all (especially the smell of poo!)

Some of the things that I learnt today were:
-Cows don’t actually have a top row of teeth!
-The Triple Bottom Line in all environments.
-And how little the amount of land is that is appropriate for growing vegetation.

Fair to say today was awesome!

Tiana- Red Cliffs




Super Splendid Success Table Print E-mail

Today we created a Super Splendid Success Table for students, depending on their behavior and actions around the community. We decorated a special table for them with blue bed sheets, beautiful plastic flowers, cutlery, cups and napkins perfectly set out and reserved name places with customized decorations. We had an official ceremony, where all the super splendid people that we saw doing super splendid things throughout the day, received the best reward of all…  AN “I’M COOL” BADGE. The night itself was a great triumph, people showed off their unique and snazzy badges with pride. But to the judges great regret only 9 people could be chosen from the entire community, although it could have easily been anybody on that list. But what the student leaders where trying to really teach to the community was, don’t just do kind and generous things when there is a prize or a reward, just do it from the kindness of your heart.

Aretha (Williamstown) and Liana (Copperfield)




Sunday Funday Print E-mail

Yesterday, which was a Sunday, Callum and I were student leaders so we decided that we should make Sunday fun because Sundays generally aren’t fun. We called it Sunday Funday. It was a day full of fun. We made headcounts interesting, in one of them everyone had to say their number in a funny voice, in another you had to say what you wanted to be in the future and in another one you had to say an interesting fact about your number. We played some games before classes like Evolution and Chicken, Egg and Fox. We also played limbo with the community. When we had to change our beds we decided we would make that fun too by playing ‘The Great Linen Race’. It was boys vs girls. Whoever made their beds the best won, but the catch was that if you got the whole gender out onto the hill before the other gender that gender won an extra 7 points for their team. In the end girls won the extra 7 points and the final scores were 46 for the boys and 48 for the girls. Everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. It was a very fun Sunday.

Aimee- Hoppers Crossing and Callum-Irymple SC




Something We've All Enjoyed Print E-mail

The local learning project was a day long activity where the primary school kids of Orbost Primary School visited us at SRC. The students of Orbost Primary School (OPS) engaged in activities that we had prepared for them. Jacob and I were in separate teams so we had each prepared different activities. Jacob ran an informative class on whales. His segment was named “Wonderful Whales.” My team ran an activity that was named “Snakes Are Real, Hear The Squeal.” This program focused on the dangers of snake bites and how to treat a person who has been bitten. We had a small role play on how to treat a snake bite where a member of our team ran out of the bushes pretending that they had been bitten. This was welcomed by the other people in the team as they treated and informed the injured person and the students.

Overall our program went really well and the kids embraced our activities with pleasure and enjoyment. They learnt about many different aspects of the local environment and how they can respond to this information. We had a great day and got just as much out of the day as the younger Orbost students.

Angus-Williamstown and Jacob- Hoppers Crossing

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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.
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