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Today I was student leader and I found easier this time as I have had been student leader twice now and had fun last time.

For my class today I had caving I was feeling excited but also nervous as this was a new experience for me. The first cave I went to was called the Wild Cave and now I was excited and less nervous. We all walked down a hill that lead us to the entrance of the cave and I was astonished as  the entrance seemed to be a little gap that you had to wriggle yourself into, once I crawled further into the cave I was amazed on how amazing it was as I stepped into a bigger area.

Once we had got in we started our journey through the cave ducking, crawling and climbing through, we then reached a small gap in between these two rocks with a slope going upwards, the instructors told us to follow them as we watched them climb up and into a hole at the top. The first couple of people went up slowly but they made it look easy. It was my go and I started to climb up noticing that this was hard as, it was slippery, half way up I realised that I was starting to slip and I thought I was going to fall but luckily it was a tight gap as I pushed my back into the rock above me to stop me from moving, this incident didn’t stop me though as I pushed myself to the top and I was proud. At the end we all got our faces covered in mud as our overalls were already dirty enough.

The instructor told us there was one last challenge and it was a wombat hole that was small and hard to get through. I took the challenge and started crawling only noticing at the start that my shoulders were stuck but I kept pushing and I made it through. That was the best moment of the day, other than having a shower. The second cave was the Fairy Cave and it was a bit less active and muddy as there were pathways and handrails leading to where we had to go. It was still good as there were some interesting rock formations but I enjoyed getting dirty and crawling and around in the other cave. At the end of the day I was proud of myself and others for completing that adventure.

Alex - Parkdale Secondary College


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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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