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Alpine Student Life 2017

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May

Olivia's Expo One Report

We went on expo last Saturday, so a week ago now. It was heaps of fun, although it was really challenging.

We left at about 9:30am from TAS, and we were driven to the Wonderland Trail where we started hiking. We all had our massive expo packs on, which were filled with tents and their equipment, stoves, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and of course food and clothes. So they were a little bit heavy!

We walked until about 3:30pm (including a lot of stops) and then set up camp over the road from Mother Johnson’s ticket box. It was a really nice campsite. Emma and I shared a tent, and we were in a cooking group with Zac as well. Emma and I made the chocolate ripple cake for dessert (which was delicious), so while Zac and Emma were cooking our dinner (Carbonara), I was whipping the cream with a fork for an hour. It was only from a small carton, so that’s why it took so long. Dinner was really great too. We were pretty proud of it.

Emma and I went to bed and slept in our beanies, thermals, fleeces, extra jumpers and t-shirts and two pairs of socks each! It was pretty cold. We were taking photos, and then we thought we’d better go to sleep since we’d have a long day walking again the next day.

We were woken up at 7:15am, because everyone was up, but Emma and I still managed to cook our breakfast, clean up, unpack everything, and bring the toilet back before anyone else had. We were pretty great at that.

We’d hiked for about two hours when we got to the bottom of Dead Timber Hill. It was only 500m up, but it was so steep! I was proud that I wasn’t even tired or puffing by the end. We had lunch on the top of that, did our debriefing there, and then walked back to school which was only forty-five minutes from there.

When we got back, we had to pack and clean everything. After an hour we had finished and we could go see everyone and have a nice long shower.

I never realised how attached I had become with everybody here. I missed them so much! It was such a relief to come back to them and just have things back to the way they were. And this was only for a night!

By Olivia

 

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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.