Stu­dents fo­cus on safety

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A group of Year 9 stu­dents from Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege spent term two at the Alpine School for Stu­dent Lead­er­ship.

The Alpine School for Stu­dent Lead­er­ship is a Vic­to­rian Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (DET) ini­tia­tive of­fer­ing a unique res­i­den­tial ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents.

The cur­ricu­lum fo­cuses on per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and team learn­ing projects sourced from stu­dents’ home re­gions.

As part of at­tend­ing the Alpine School, stu­dents Cooper Ni­chols, Ebony Massey, Daniel Evans, Si­enna Fox, Zoe Le­feb­vreThivil­lier and Ed­ward Men­tiplay-Smith or­gan­ised a com­mu­nity learn­ing project at the Faith­full St cam­pus’ Year 5/6 hub.

‘‘For our project, we chose to run safety work­shops tar­get­ing the prob­lems and haz­ards we see in our town, and how to deal with them,’’ Si­enna said.

She said the project cho­sen in­volved run­ning safety work­shops that tar­geted the prob­lems and haz­ards seen in Be­nalla and looked at so­lu­tions to deal with them.

‘‘We had a mix of stu­dent pre­sen­ters and guest speak­ers from the com­mu­nity,’’ Si­enna said.

‘‘We had the SES come in, as well as the police. To our great joy, the day went very well.

‘‘The year 5 and 6 dents who at­tended stu­our work­shops ac­tively par­tic­i­pated and en­joyed the con­tent pre­sented by us.

‘‘The va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties helped them en­gage with pre­sen­ta­tions, which was fan­tas­tic.

‘‘We chose the year 5 and 6 stu­dents as they are at the age where you be­gin to take more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and are given more trust. They did not let us down. They took part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, group dis­cus­sions and games, all with great en­thu­si­asm.

‘‘So, in the end, the day was a big suc­cess.’’

Prin­ci­pal Bar­bara O’Brien said the stu­dents were for­tu­nate to at­tend the Alpine Stu­dent Lead­er­ship School at Din­ner Plains.

‘‘This is a unique op­por- tu­nity for stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence school in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Ms O’Brien said.

‘‘It helps to de­velop in them the knowl­edge that even as a teenager they can make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I know our stu­dents found their com­mu­nity project very re­ward­ing.’’

Safety aware­ness: P-12 stu­dents met with police as part of the lead­er­ship pro­gram.

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