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A Gallery of Week 4 Images from Year 9 Alpine School Students in China - VYLC
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VYLC - A Recap of Our Last Week in CHINA
Ni Hao,
This will be my final email update from China, as we fly back this evening. Here's what we have been up to for the past week...
Saturday Nov 22nd.
We had a very early start for our trip to Longsheng and Yangshuo departing Utahloy at 6am. It was a very long day on the bus. It wasn't too long before we started to see some amazing scenery. It was freeway for most of the journey, but the last 2 hours we headed into the mountains and it was quite a windy narrow road and we got to see Chinese driving at its finest. It doesn't look safe but it seems to work. We had to change to a smaller bus for the last 45 minutes as the road was too narrow and windy for the big bus. When we arrived at Lonsheng we had to walk about 30 minutes to get up to our hotel. There are no roads, just small paths made of rocks that run between the buildings on the steep slopes. It was quite an amazing place. Lonsheng is famous for its rice terraces. We made it to the hotel and were treated to an amazing dinner that was in the traditional Chinese banquet at a round table. The students were 2 to a room in the hotel and were very excited about the softer mattress.
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VYLC - A Recap of Our Week 3 - From China
It is hard to believe that only last Sunday our initial team of Alpine staff changed over and we had the second team arrive in the morning. Since then, we have continued to be busy and that morning the students finished painting their designs onto the doors at the local primary school. The Principal and all local families of students were extremely happy with the end result. The brightly coloured doors helped provide a facelift to the school.

In the afternoon students got to experience a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, which was loud and entertaining. Some students even got to have a turn at playing the drums and getting inside the Lion and having a go at bringing it to life. It was a great way to send off the departing staff members. That evening a talent show was held and some of the finest talent we have seen amongst Alpine School students was put on show. Guitars, keyboard, duet and solo singing, even a magic card trick was shared. Another positive night.

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A Recap of Week 2 from CHINA
This past week has been very positive yet again. We have certainly been kept busy to say the least, as last Sunday we headed to Hong Kong. Getting there was an adventure in itself as this involved two separate bus trips, a border crossing through customs, followed by a ferry ride to a quiet little fishing bay off the coast of Hong Kong Island, then a 30 minute walk up and over a hill to reach a beautiful cliff lined valley with a sandy beach at the bottom. This was Pak Lap Wan, which means Pak Lap Bay. This was wonderful scenery.

...Russell Shem - Alpine School Campus Principal
Read the full Letter to Parents - Week 2 in CHINA
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Reflecting on the first few days of their Alpine-China Experience
Victorian Young Leaders to China Program
Read some enlightening blogs from our young student leaders:

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The Victorian Young Leaders to China Program
The Alpine School Campus of the School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) school specialising in leadership and personal development education for students in Year 9. 

This term we are a pilot program for the Victorian Young Leaders to China initiative. This means we are part of a state-wide program for young Victorians to participate in a new and dynamic cultural exchange.

The program for term 4, 2014 will consist of a week at The Alpine School at Dinner Plain to begin the program, then 4 weeks in China at Utahloy International School, Zheng Chen Campus, and then a final week back at The Alpine School, Dinner Plain Campus. The website is

The Victorian Young Leaders to China Program gives students, teachers and school leaders the opportunity to be part of a life-changing international education experience.  As part of Victoria as a Learning Community and the vision to internationalise our education system, 1500 Victorian Year 9 students will travel to China over five years from 2014. 

At the core, the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program is about students’ developing capabilities for modern ways of living, thinking and working. This includes global knowledge, intercultural understanding and developing thinking and relationship skills for engaging in a global context such as collaboration, communication and linguistic ability. Students will participate in a rich learning program that will help them develop and demonstrate leadership skills, and to empower them to make an active contribution to their schools and communities as young leaders. 

The program complements the Victorian Government’s Vision for Languages Education by supporting students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of another culture and language. It is designed to increase the number of students in all schools who include a language in addition to English in their senior secondary studies.

It is expected that all the rules and policies that apply the Alpine School, School for Student Leadership, will also apply when the students are in China.
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A Winter Photogallery from The Alpine School
Winter Photography Class, Alpine School Campus - School for Student Leadership, Dinner Plain, Victoria.
(The Alpine School is a Year 9 residential school for Victorian government students, which provides opportunities for personal, community and leadership development.)
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Gnurad-Gundidj Campus students featured in todays local newspaper in Warrnambool -  "The Standard".

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Paddle power helps launch SS Teamwork for student leadership group.

School for Student Leadership’s Gnurad Gundidj campus students make a triumphant launch at Lake Pertobe for their self-built raft, despite being drenched from above.

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School for Student Leadership - Video - Application & Selection Process.
A life changing experience for Year 9 students and schools.
Find out more about application and expressions of interest:
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