Brett Michie

Alpine Observer - - News -

What do you do?

I work at the Alpine School at Din­ner Plain which is a stu­dent lead­er­ship pro­gram for year nine stu­dents from Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment schools. We have stu­dents from about eight dif­fer­ent schools in­volved each term with the kids liv­ing up at Din­ner Plain for nine weeks.

How long have you done that?

I’ve worked up there since 2004. I moved to Bright from Can­berra where I was a Phys­i­cal Education and Out­door Education teacher and youth worker. I started out as an out­door ed in­struc­tor when I was 16 be­fore go­ing on to get a teach­ing de­gree about seven or eight years later.

What do kids do at the Alpine School?

The cur­ricu­lum fo­cuses on per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and team learn­ing projects sourced from stu­dents’ home re­gions. They do a lot of com­mu­nity project work and team build­ing mixed in with out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. They do an ex­pe­di­tion at the start of term and an ex­hi­bi­tion at the end of term while our cur­rent group spent some time in Bright last week for a gen­der camp and also did some moun­tain bik­ing and played some cro­quet with the oldies here in town. There are no TVs and no phones, so it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what they are used to and is a nice break from main­stream school.

What do you love about the job?

I get to ski dur­ing win­ter, do lots of moun­tain bik­ing and bush­walk­ing, all things I love. I guess the thing I en­joy most is see­ing the kids de­velop in nine weeks liv­ing away from home. Most the learn­ing is out­side of class be­lieve it all not, do­ing the chores, vac­u­um­ing the cor­ri­dors, and liv­ing with 45 other peo­ple.

You’re also a mem­ber of the Bright CFA, how long have you been a vol­un­teer fire­fighter?

I joined the CFA in 2004. I al­ways wanted to be a fire­man or an out­door education teacher and I got to do both when I moved here. I’ve been in the bri­gade man­age­ment team since 2007 and am cur­rently First Lieu­tenant. We’re al­ways on the look out for new re­cruits so if peo­ple want to join, sign up, we need you.

What else do you do in your spare time?

I’ve got two young kids, Bil­lie who’s nearly 12 and Dot who’s nearly 10, so they keep my wife and I pretty busy. Bil­lie is play­ing footy this year and played cricket over sum­mer while Dotty is into drama, moun­tain bik­ing and net­ball so we spend most week­ends go­ing off to those things. I ski on my days off in win­ter and play some golf with some old boys from the fire bri­gade. I’m in­volved with the Alpine Cy­cling Club too, so I help out when I can with some of their events.

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