My Time as Student Leader Print E-mail

Yesterday, 30th of October 2014, I was one of the student leaders, the other being Dylan. It was a great chance and nowhere near as scary as I originally feared it would be. The talk with the other schools in the morning was really good and it was great to know some of the issues (like Milo and sugar restrictions) were happening there too. It was also nice just being in contact with people outside our campus who are actually experiencing similar situations as me.

Getting everyone’s attention after morning class was definitely the hardest bit but the rest of the day was very fulfilling. For morning class I had LLP (local learning project), which was really good because my group is much ahead of track with it all. I’m doing mine with Nathan, Brayden and Jasim and we’re doing an orienteering activity that consist of showing younger students had to read a basic map and then sending them out on a pirate themed treasure hunt in groups. This treasure hunt would include some hidden clues and activities along the way until the reach the end and they get the mighty treasure. LLP is a fairly fun class but passport 4 was evening better because we had an artist called Cynthia come in and talk to us about the different types of portrait drawings and then gave us an opportunity to have a go at it. The person I was drawing was Brayden and neither of the two styles I drew (basic shape or a never ending portrait) seemed to end up looking like him but they weren’t too bad… I guess. Either way it was fun being taught by a professional in the field a skill we can actually use in our passport. It was quite a good change up after the other, not so eventful, passport classes.
When it came to choosing what table was up first for dinner it was a funny yet difficult thing to choose since everyone was suddenly your best friend and pulling the saddest puppy dog faces. Another hard thing to do was to watch everyone eat when I was so hungry, but all up the dinner was worth the wait.

Our evening class was run by three Food For Thought members (David, Josh and Tiffany). We were put into pairs and told to research a certain topic. I learnt quite a bit from the other groups on actually how much we waste; I also learnt that Nathan and Tejay were definitely the people to choose if you ever want to make a guilt tripping video.

But all up being a student leader was definitely an awarding experience and did help me talk to everyone in the community, and not just my friends, which is a nice way of properly getting to know everyone.

Courtney- Camperdown 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.
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.