3rd Letter Home from the Alpine School Campus - Term 4 November 6, 2015
Cloudy with shows clearing today...
What a busy term we have had already. A mixture of sunshine, rain and wind has certainly made our expeditions interesting. The first expedition groups have headed-out and returned already. They donned backpacks to make their way out to a camping location known as Mother Johnsons for a night of camping, before returning back to school. The students were well prepared and so full of excitement, apprehension, “coolness” and worry, all mixed into one! We know, however, that what they will learn through their undertaking will put them in great stead. One of the concepts we use in designing our type of educational experience is to move from the known to the unknown. In moving to, and living at, the Alpine School Campus, students initially are in a much unknown environment (socially, physically, emotionally, geographically and so on), which they soon become comfortable and familiar with. It is a very deliberate part of the process of learning both leadership skills and to be enterprising.
The visiting weekend is this coming weekend by the time you receive this, and we look forward to seeing you again. Can we stress that it is a family occasion, for parents’ benefit, and should be limited to immediate family members?
Pick-up times are between 9.00am and midday on Saturday November 14th, and join us for a cup of tea or coffee on Sunday November 15th between 3pm and 4pm. We ask that you return with your son or daughter by 3pm and depart by 4pm. Some families may wish to arrive and leave earlier due to the travel involved or family commitments. The school will be staffed from Midday on the Sunday.
Please allow extra time for the winter driving conditions and the winding road and remember vehicle chains must be carried by law and fitted where the road signs indicate (if necessary). If any families are unable to attend, or wish to seek alternative arrangements, please let us know as soon as possible and we are able to assist.
Mark Reeves (Principal) & Russell Shem (Campus Principal - Alpine School)