Our 3/4 Outdoor and Environmental Studies class have recently braved the chill up at Mt Hotham on their Year 12 Snow Camp.
Over the 3 day camp, students participated in various activities in which they explored sustainable living practices on the mountain.
Firstly, students visited the Oriental Gold fields just out of Omeo as part of their study into human perceptions of the environment and their subsequent interactions and impacts on these environments. They will use these examples in assessments during the year and in the end of year exam.
From there, they traveled to the Ski Village at Mt Hotham where they undertook ski and snowboarding lessons. They then spent the next 2 days enjoying the beautiful snow fields and practicing the skills they learnt during their lessons.
Students also attended a lecture from Bev Laurence, an Environmental Manager on the mountain who discussed the various programs that help make living and interacting with the environment on the mountain sustainable. This included how waste is managed, native revegetation programs, the breeding and protection program for the endangered Pygmy Possums, water management and governance of the use of the mountain in the Alpine National Park.
All in all camp was a great success, congratulations to all the students involved. Also a big thankyou to Mr Robbins, Ms Killeen and Jake Hutchins for accompanying the students.
Outdoor Education is an elective first offered in Year 9 and runs for a semester. At the VCE level, students elect Outdoor & Environmental Studies and attend more adventures and activities.