School is in for skiers and snowboarders
IMAGINE spending every morning skiing or boarding uncrowded, midweek slopes with top coaches and a small group of friends.
Imagine going to a school where there are no bells, no uniform and all of the lessons are built around skiing and alpine environments.
For 21 lucky students, this dream has been a reality this term.
This is the life of a student at Mansfield Secondary College’s Mt Buller Annex.
Now in its fifth year, the Mt Buller Annex offers students the opportunity to pursue their athletic pathway in alpine sports without jeopardising their schooling.
It also gives them a greater awareness of the mechanisms that make Mt Buller operate and a greater understanding of Ski Tourism globally.
Topics this year have focused on sustainability and environmental issues.
Students have researched what measures resorts are taking globally to ensure they are moving towards a greener future and have investigated what else can be done to reduce impact.
The Annex was lucky enough to be visited again this year by BioLab, one of the State Government’s specialist Math-Science Centres.
BioLab has a specific focus on sport and human performance and was able to rig our athletes up with GPS units, heart rate monitors and trace units before using all this data to create engaging maths and science lessons.
They also worked with the students on Sports Psychology and Sleep Hygiene, sending each class member home with a Fitbit to record sleep data.
Another special guest this year was five time Olympian and World Champion Jacqui Cooper.
She spoke to the class about what it takes to be a champion and how mental fortitude can help you come back from even the most severe of injuries.
The class ran a thirty minute Q and A with her and came up with some really interesting and thoughtful questions.
As part of our environmental studies unit we took a trip out to Mt Buller’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and learned how waste water is turned back to Class A effluent that can be reused for snowmaking.
Once again the students were very engaged and were able to take much of this information away to use in their ‘Design a Sustainable Resort’ project.
Channel 10 dropped by to film a piece on the Annex for their ‘Totally Wild’ program.
We found some students born to be in front of the camera.
The episode went to air this week - did you catch it?
As well as fantastic educational outcomes Annex students once again achieved some excellent results on the snow.
Some notable mentions from last week’s Victorian Interschools include Ollie Walker, 3rd in Div 3 Moguls, Hayley Wilson 2nd in Div 2 Slopestyle, Ryby Parkes, 3rd Div 3 Boardercross and GS, Ned Angliss, 4th Div 2 Slopestyle and Jem Davies, 3rd Div 2 Slopestyle and 5th in GS and Boardercross.
Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2017 Annex and enquiries can be directed to Mansfield Secondary College - phone 5775 2022.
CLASS IS IN: Emma Ralph from Channel 10’s Totally Wild program with the class of 2016.
ALL SCIENTIFIC: A team from the BioLab presented a workshop to students on physics focusing on sports.
THIS FITS: A BioLab instructor fits out a student with the right gear for snowboarding.
GOING TOTALLY WILD: The Channel 10 crew filming at the Mt Buller Annex ready for going ‘Totally Wild’ a popular kids nature based program.
OLYMPIC VISITOR: Jacki Cooper dropped into the Buller Annex class for a day instructing on how to get the best experience from skiing.
ENVIRONMENTALISTIC: A day was spent learning about the special environment at Mt Buller and how to recycle water to Class A quality effluent to be recycled into snow.
IT’S FUN AS WELL: Skiing on a daily basis is all part of the learning experience for students at the MSC Annex on Buller.