Students focus on safety
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.