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Alpine Student Life 2017

Alpine Student Life + VYLC 2014



2A Returning from Expo

4 Days ago 2A headed off on expo, not knowing what to expect of what seemed like 3 days of non-stop walking.

After discussing our roles and our team motto FECES (Focus, Encouragement, Co-operation, Enjoyment and Smiles), we got in the vans and drove off, down to a car park near Mt Hotham. Starting from this point, we headed off down a 4WD track, on our way to a place called Dibbins Hut. From the get-go one of Hoppers Crossing’s liaison teachers found it hard, as she was not wearing appropriate footwear. After walking for about 9km we stopped at the Red Robin Battery, to check it out. When Ryan, Sam and I returned, we found out that the Hoppers’ teacher had rolled her ankle multiple times, and that she had to return back home with our other liaison teacher. Because of this, we set up camp at the Red Robin helipad, 3km before our desired destination. It was ok as there was a nice river nearby, but there were a lot of ants. After eating dinner and dessert we headed off to our respective tents, in which I shared mine with Ryan and Kevin.

After our pleasant sleeps, we all had breakfast and headed down to the river to sit around in and take photos. AS we were there, we saw Mr Heesohm, coming to pick our teacher up. After she had been picked up, we returned back to the campsite, got ready and headed off to our 2nd day destination, Derek’s Hut. The first 3k to Dibbins hut, where we ate lunch, wasn’t too bad, but as we went up the steep walking track just near Dibbins, we knew that the last 5km were going to be hard. After a fair while walking and a lot of rest breaks, we made it to Derek’s Hut. Where, after eating dinner and playing some games, we had a little birthday party for Alice. That was really fun and we got to roast marshmallows, which was also fun. As we finished our party, we went outside to look at the stars, some were lucky enough to see shooting stars as well. After star gazing, we headed off to bed.

Everyone woke up the next day feeling good and ready for our remaining walk to the car park. Before walking the last bit of the three day expo, we walked, pack-less, to Spargo’s Hut, where we looked around and received a ‘history’ lesson from our TAS teacher, Ms Blackman. The walk back was fairly treacherous as the terrain was rocky and our track was fairly steep. Although, we did get to go bush bashing, which most of us thought was fun.

Getting back to camp, everyone retrieved some water and got our packs. As organiser, I got everyone ready and we started what remained of our trek. Spirits were high and once we got to the car park, everyone was so happy and could not wait to get back to the Alpine School.

Back at home, we packed away our school gear and washed all of the trangias. After this was done everyone had a shower and all was normal again. All up, after 22km, much sweat, blood (and tears) and 3 days with a wash, I (like everyone) enjoyed myself a whole heap and couldn’t wait to get back home to see all of our friends , have a nice warm shower and a good night’s sleep.



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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.