3rd Letter Home from the Alpine School Campus - Term 4B - 9 December, 2013
Overcast with rain forecast later.
The expedition groups have headed-out and some have returned already. They donned backpacks to make their way out to Diamantina Hut for a night of camping, then walked across the mountains to camp a second night at Derricks Hut or Biathlon Hut, before returning back to school via Mt Loch near Mt Hotham or via JB hut 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.
As the departure day approaches, some parents and families may wish to make arrangements for their son’s/daughter’s travel off the mountain with other families. If this is the case for you can you please inform Sally Doyle (our Business Manager) at the Alpine School on (03) 5150 8100 of who else you are giving a lift to if that is different to your son or daughter.
Our students continue to share with us that the time here is going too fast for them; but we know as adults that life just seems to do that! Please travel safely and we look forward to seeing you reunited with your son or daughter on the morning of Saturday, December 21st from 10.00am in the morning.
Mark Reeves (Principal) & Russell Shem (Campus Principal - Alpine School)