Term 4 2014



Almost a Whole Week Print E-mail
Almost a Whole Week

Having been at Snowy River for almost a whole week now, I feel like I have settled in very, very well and I am really enjoying myself. Food, weather and classes have all been great. Yesterday I was the student leader. Basically I had to make sure everyone knew where they had to be and get them there on time. I was lucky enough to get to facilitate the evening class along with Simana - the other student leader. Being student leader was lots of fun and I’m glad I got the chance to have the role early on in this program.

Lessons so far have included bridge building (building a bridge out of wood and rope to get to a boat moored in a river); an introduction to bike riding; and looking at how we think and learn. We have formalised a community agreement with the staff and each other. Our community agreement lays down how we should behave and what our rights and responsibilities are.

Today we were lucky enough to have Darren McCubbin (google him) as a guest speaker. He spoke to us about beliefs and values and got us to challenge our own and those of others. It was a very powerful and thought provoking session. All in all, it has been a very positive start to our stay at Snowy.

David - Braybrook College




A Day of Certificates, Mud and meeting an Ironman Print E-mail

Yesterday was mine (Bailey) and Tiffany's first time being student leader, we both thought it was very fun and interesting. We both enjoyed it a lot and look forward to doing it again further on in the term. Getting everyone there on time was reasonably good, most classes we had everyone there and ready for their class. Yesterday we had a food and hygiene course in the morning that we had to get 100% to get a certificate at the end of the year. It was a very interesting course, after lunch we had orienteering which was really interesting and fun. We were all separated and put into groups of people we didn’t know. Then we got a map and a card and drew all the markers on to the map, we had to come up with a name and then get a time of when we left so we would know how long it took us to complete the course. Some challenges for orienteering were the massive mud puddles we had to go through to get to some of the points. For our evening class we had a guest speaker come in and talk to us about setting and achieving goals, his name was Dave. He is a former two time iron man. He wanted all of us to think of goals and stick to them and try to achieve them no matter if they were long term or short term goals.

Over the last week and a bit has been amazing and we look forward to the rest of the time here. 

Bailey- North Geelong and Tiffany- Camperdown College

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School For Student Leadership

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.