3rd Letter Home from the Alpine School Campus - Term 1 - 3 March, 2014
Clear and Sunny
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 Johnston’s for a night of camping, before returning back to school via the steep climb of dead timber hill. 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 (on the Sunday return) to immediate family members?
Pick-up times are between 9.00am and midday on Saturday 8th March, and join us for a cup of tea or coffee on Sunday 9th March 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.
We always have the potential of poor weather at this time of the year. Please allow extra time for these driving conditions and the winding road. 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)