Ready for learning
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.