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Alpine Student Life 2017

Alpine Student Life + VYLC 2014

Halfway and already we have learnt so much

Well Hi there,

My name is Steph W and I'm from Camperdown College. I was accepted into the Alpine School last October along with 5 of my classmates. We were all counting down from 100 days, and now look where we are? Halfway into this fantastic program. So far I've learnt so much! Just last night I was discussing with my roommate about how much we have achieved in such a short time. We have all learnt to live with 44 other new people and get used to a routine of up at 6.30 and asleep by about 10.

So much has happened! All groups have been on expo 1 and survived, core one had a massive day walk out to Mount Tabletop, we all participated in community service and most recently came back from visiting weekend!

The 23rd of May was a special day for me. It was my first birthday away from home. I turned 15 and had a fantastic day. Everyone signed a card for me and some people even hand-made one. It was weird not spending it with my parents but it was good in a way. It was a big difference to what I'm used to, that's for sure. I got to have a late birthday dinner and presents on the weekend with my mum though and it was really great.

With only 4 weeks to go everyone is very anxious. We have a lot to do in the rest of our time here with the first of expo 2 starting this Friday! We have passports to complete. CLP and POL presentations to do and of course make the most of the snow that has just arrived.

Yesterday we had 2 very special visitors come and see us. We had Deb Gray who was very inspirational woman and David Tatnall who is a very gifted photographer. We spoke to Deb in the afternoon about her life. She is 54 years young and was born with no arms and only half of her legs. She stands 3ft 8 and a half and is one of the coolest people I have ever met. She talked about her travelling around the world, raising her daughter and even her school life. Two things she told me will stick with me forever- that the girl that bullied her (Nola) was the one who made her want to succeed and now Nola was overweight and works in a pub - who got the last laugh there? And also every day is a new day. No matter how tough of a time you're having every day is a new day. David showed us a slide show with some of his photography and we were all amazed. I'm actually off to have my first lesson with him.

Take care and until next time,


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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".
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.