School is in for skiers and snow­board­ers

Mt Buller News - - NEWS - By SAM McGREE

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.

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