Parents Bulletins & Letters - Final

"Parenting teenagers is a bit like whitewater rafting - but I want you to have both sides of the picture. Scary, hectic, and uncomfortable - yes; but also thrilling, stimulating, challenging and ultimately very rewarding”.
- Ian Grant.

“Of all the natural events that occur in the family life cycle, the emergence of adolescence is the one most likely to test parental flexibility and tolerance.” Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg1

September 13 2019 - FINAL Letter From The Alpine School. (Altitude 1600m).

Letter Snapshot...

Hello again and for the last time this term. I am hoping this letter reaches you before your son/daughter has returned home.

Here we are at the start of our final week and I think that students see that their time at the Alpine School Campus is now definitely finite! Eight sleeps they keep telling me. Mind you, some students are ready to leave. There are still many important tasks for us all to attend to, and I welcome the greater independence and personal drive I witness in our students, your sons and daughters. It is a delight to work with young people in our environment and see them “doing”! They just get on with the job now, for the most part, and set their goals and review their outcomes. They are finalizing their CLP work for when they return home, and the presentation day today, when Principals, Liaison Teachers, representatives from the Department of Education and Training and other key stakeholders were here, was a triumph. I hope you can all cope with these skills and abilities upon their return, and that your sons and daughters use these skills appropriately?

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At the end of this letter is a two-page document detailing the learning areas undertaken by your son or daughter, and their relationship with other curriculum areas. We trust this document also provides another way for you to understand the complexity and depth of learning undertaken in this unique educational program and location.

Thank you for contributing to another successful term of the Alpine School. The “Separation Phase” of the Alpine School Experience concludes for the community of Term 3, 2019 on Saturday, September 21st, signaling the beginning of the “Reintegration Phase”!

DEPARTURE DAY

You can meet your son or daughter after 9.00am on Saturday

9.00am – 9.30am
School doors open for families/guardians to arrive and reacquaint with their children

9.30am – 10.00am
All parents and students meet into dining room for student presentations. Student Presentations will involve a summary of their CLP as a group (1 minute), then each individual student will talk about their most important learning from the program that they can use in the future.
Show the end of term movie.
Staff to read a ‘farewell story’

10.30am
All parents and students depart.

NOTE: If you arrive after 9.30am, please enter the school building quietly as presentations will be in progress
OR If you are running very late (after 10.30am), please call. It can be a source of concern for the ‘last’ students to see all their friends leave and have no idea why mum/dad is late. Please drive carefully.

If you intend your son or daughter having any other travel arrangements not with you, and have not already done so, please contact us regarding travel permission forms or other details.

Lastly, Please drive carefully, remembering that vehicle chains must be carried by law and they can be hired in Bright, Harrietville or Omeo.

With every good wish on behalf of the Alpine School Team

Mark Reeves (Principal) & David Chelbna (Campus Principal - Alpine School)

[This is a snapshot of the most recent letter - please download and read the letter for full information]