Ready for learn­ing

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PETER HUNT

WHEN term three be­gins next week, the Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege (MSC) An­nexe on Mt Buller will again be in op­er­a­tion.

The col­lege is ex­tremely pleased with the re­sponse for en­rol­ments to the an­nexe, with 34 stu­dents, 27 be­ing from MSC and the re­main­ing from Mel­bourne and re­gional Vic­to­ria plus one stu­dent from Bris­bane, ready for a term on the moun­tain.

The an­nexe is an ac­cred­ited cam­pus of MSC, which was suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing a ‘seed’ grant from the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Childhood De­vel­op­ment (DEECD) in 2012.

Ear­lier this year the Vic­to­rian Reg­is­tra­tions and Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity (VRQA) granted reg­is­tra­tion of the an­nexe as an of­fi­cial cam­pus of MSC.

“Fun­da­men­tally the MSC Mt Buller an­nexe was es­tab­lished to give lo­cal sec­ondary stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion in an al­ter­nate set­ting, while de­vel­op­ing skills in their cho­sen on-snow dis­ci­plines,” snow sports co­or­di­na­tor Ge­off Walker said.

“In ad­di­tion it also pro­vides Mt Buller res­i­dents and sea­sonal worker’s chil­dren a sec­ondary fa­cil­ity dur­ing the snow sea­son.

“The an­nexe is es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing for emerg­ing ath­letes wish­ing to pur­sue their pro­gres­sion within the ath­lete path­way.”

Morn­ing train­ing is pro­vided through Buller Ski & Snow­board School (all-moun­tain tech­ni­cal and cross-train­ing), Team Buller Rid­ers (moguls and freeride), Tran­si­tion Snow­board­ing and Mt Buller Race Club.

Classrooms are within the Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (ARMB) ‘Alpine Cen­tral’build­ing and MSC credit the ARMB with their gen­er­ous sup­port for class­room space and many lo­gis­ti­cal el­e­ments in es­tab­lish­ing the an­nexe.

Stu­dents will con­cen­trate on the core sub­ject ar­eas of sci­ence, english, maths and hu­man­i­ties sup­plied from MSC and their home schools.

Spe­cial­ist staff will sup­port their stud­ies in four-hour ses­sions ev­ery af­ter­noon from Mon­day to Fri­day.

“The MSC School Coun­cil ac­knowl­edges the sup­port in 2012 from the ‘Mark Adams Ski & Golf Chal­lenge’, BSRA, Buller Ski Lifts, MBRC and ARMB who col­lec­tively con­trib­uted $9000 to the es­tab­lish­ment of the an­nexe,” Mr Walker added.

“The set up costs in 2012 were in the or­der of $60,000, off­set largely from the $50,000 ‘seed grant’and stu­dent con­tri­bu­tions.

“This year, us­ing the bal­ance of the ‘seed’ grant, MSC is able to fi­nan­cially op­er­ate the cam­pus fully in­de­pen­dently of ex­ter­nal sub­sidy and will ac­tively seek av­enues through the DEECD and ARMB for long-term sus­tain­abil­ity.”

The stu­dents are cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to this unique ex­pe­ri­ence with much en­thu­si­asm, which will not only build their on-snow skills, but also equip them with many op­por­tu­ni­ties and life skills not nec­es­sar­ily gained in a tra­di­tional class­room set­ting.

SNOW STUD­IES: Stu­dents from Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege ready for a term at the Mt Buller An­nexe in­cluded (from left, back) Pa­trick Cahill, Flynn Bowker, Jack Christo­pher and Nick How­land; (mid­dle) Vic­to­ria Wal­lace, Remy Pot­ter, Eve Law­son, Xavier Fox and Char­lie Comben; (front) Talae Rod­den, Mary Henry, Kait­lyn Whyte, Daniel Walker and Ned Angliss. (Ab­sent: Ben Christo­pher, Wil­lis Lines, Chris­tian Ra­bie, War­wick Craw­ford, El­iza Pol­lock, Doug Craw­ford, Os­car Yencken, Jarred Rod­den, Lily Te­han, El­lie-May Angliss, Char­lie Mitchell, Mitch Reeves and Elsie McCor­mack.

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