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Teams in Residence -Term 3 2016

Schools teams in attendance at the ALPINE SCHOOL CAMPUS for our Term 3 Program:

  • Footscray City College
  • Surf Coast Secondary College
  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
  • Brauer Secondary College
  • Taylors Lakes Secondary College
  • Daylesford Secondary College
  • Portland Secondary College
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Melbourne High School

Term 3 2016 SSL 9 Week program at the Alpine School Campus starts on Sunday 17 July 2016 (Student Arrival) and concludes – 17 September 2016 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.3

Parent Bulletin No 3Third Letter Home to Parents - Tuesday August 16 2016

Clear skies and sunny with a cool breeze.

What a busy term we have had already. A mixture of sunshine, the odd shower and cool winds has certainly made our expeditions interesting. The first expedition groups have headed-out and returned already. They donned backpacks and XC skis and skied out to make their way to a camping location known as JB Hut 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 August 20th, and join us for a cup of tea or coffee on Sunday August 21st 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 remember vehicle chains must be carried by law and fitted where 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 may be able to assist.

The Alpine School experience is ultimately a very personal one for parents and guardians, students and families and each experience is slightly different. We thank you for being a part of our community. We looking forward to seeing you on the visiting weekend and please travel safely.

Mark Reeves (Principal) & Russell Shem (Campus Principal - Alpine School)
 
Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.2

Parent Bulletin No 2

Second Letter Home from The Alpine School Campus (Altitude 1600m), Tuesday August 2nd, 2016

Clear skies, windy with fresh snow on the ground.

Welcome again to the community of the Alpine School Campus. Congratulations again on the achievement of being personally, as a team, as a family and as a school selected to participate in this Alpine School experience. The purpose of these letters is to provide you a perspective of the intended program here at the Alpine School. What your son or daughter experiences, and then of course what they may communicate to you, may vary! This is quite normal! We will not be writing about individuals, more about the experiences of the community as a whole.

Team Building Activities

It seems amazing that a couple of weeks have passed already. As we indicate to your son or daughter, the time here seems to pass at an accelerating pace. I think it is something to do with the familiarization of the living situation here. And familiar they certainly seem to be! I am very pleased at how readily our students this term have settled-in.

Visiting Weekend Reminders

Parents/ Guardians visiting weekend is approaching and this time is specifically a weekend about you as a family and about your relationship to you son/daughter, and is an integral part of the whole Alpine School separation and reintegration process. Give them your undivided attention and take the interest in their experience here and their return and reintegration over the Spring period will be so much better for all of you. You will all be changed for the better as a result!

If you are not able to make the visiting weekend or would like to talk to us about any of the matters raised, please do not hesitate to do so.

Mark Reeves (Principal) & Russell Shem (Campus Principal - Alpine School)
 

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CLP Projects - Term 3 2016

During Term 3 2016, the following Community Learning Projects (CLP) have so far been nominated by each of the School Teams attending the Alpine School Campus as part of their School for Student Leadership Program. These CLP's relate to their home communities.

  • Footscray City College
    TBA
  • Surf Coast Secondary College
    Education towards preventing drug and alcohol usage with the local youth
  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
    Raising awareness of mental health in young people
  • Brauer Secondary College
    TBA
  • Taylors Lakes Secondary College
    Improving the Grade 6 - 7 Transition Orientation Day booklet
  • Daylesford Secondary College
    Raising funds to restock the school library with books after it was burnt down
  • Portland Secondary College
    Develop a seating area or raising awareness of youth mental health
  • Rosehill Secondary College
    TBA
  • Melbourne High School
    Holding a fundraiser for helping the school's 100 year celebrations and repairs needed
 
Parents Bulletins & Letters - Arrival Day

Parent Bulletin No 1

First Letter Home for Alpine School Parents, Sunday 17 July 2016
Arrival Day at The Alpine School (Altitude 1600m)

Welcome to the community of the Alpine School Campus for our Term 3, nine week program.

During the course of the next nine weeks we shall be writing to you several times. These letters will also be posted on our website for you to see and read about current and daily events. The content of the communications is to assist you with your side of the Alpine School Campus Experience. The letters will not necessarily deal with individuals and their achievements, but more about the living and learning process all students will be undertaking. We want to provide you with some early reminders and information for your arrival day and to perhaps help you on your return and continued journey.

Mark Reeves (Principal) on behalf of the School Team and Russell Shem (Campus Principal)

FIRST LETTER HOME - ARRIVAL DAY: View Letter 1: 17/07/2016

 
Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River Campus
The Alpine School Campus

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 three 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".
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Our school community acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Bidawel and Gundijmara people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which our school campuses are 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.