Snowsports at Bright P-12 College
Each winter, the College provides students with the opportunity to participate in supervised Snow Sports, either as part of the college’s general Go to the Snow Program (5 day program) or the more extensive Bright College Snowsports Team (10 day program). Both programs involve students travelling to Mt Hotham on a daily basis where they engage in formal lessons and teacher or endorsed volunteer supervised recreational skiing and snowboarding. Parent involvement in these programs is encouraged and vital to their success.
Go to The Snow 5 Day Program
To find out more about this program, please contact the school office on 03 5755 1166. This option is available for students from grade 4 through to year 10.
Bright College Snowsports Team (BCST) 10 Day Program
Formed in 1999 the Bright College Snowsports Team has grown from its early beginnings of just 12 members to a thriving team of over 80 students, support staff and volunteer endorsed parents. Over the years, the focus of the team has always remained the same – to provide a safe and affordable environment which supports the development of Snowsports activities for students. The BCST is open to all students within the Alpine cluster of schools including Bright P-12 College, Bright P-12 College Dinner Plain Campus, Harrietville, Porepunkah, and Wandiligong Primary Schools. The program caters for all levels of experience from beginners to expert and is open to students from Prep to Year 10.
Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding* or Cross Country Skiing* (10 Day Program)
This program is run through the BCST and involves 10 days of skiing, snowboarding and new for 2018 Cross Country Skiing - consisting of 5 mid week days and 5 weekend days. Students travel to and from Mount Hotham in private cars with their parents. Each day’s program involves students skiing with their parents in the morning and then participating in a 2 or 3 hour lesson (see Program options below) in the afternoon. Racing for Bright P-12 College is encouraged but not compulsory. All students must be able to negotiate a green run unassisted to participate in the program.
Within this program the following two options are available:
Option 1: 2 hour skiing/snowboarding* lesson for 10 days with the Mount Hotham Ski School, or
Option 2: 3 hour Freeride/All Mountain skiing lesson for 10 days with the Mount Hotham Ski School. This option has limited places and is only available to experienced skiers who can ski Black (advanced) Runs competently and are in Year 4 or above. The Program will consist of 30% park and 70% all mountain skiing.
Option 3: 2 hour Cross Country* lesson for 10 days with the Mount Hotham Ski School
*Please note the Snowboarding and Cross Country program will only run if there are adequate participants with similar abilities.
|2018 Season Training Dates|
|Mid Week Days||Weekend Days|
|Day 1: July 18th (Wed)|
|Day 2: July 21st (Sat)|
|Day 3: July 24th (Tue)|
|Day 4: July 28th (Sat)|
|Day 5: August 1st (Wed)|
|Day 6: August 7th (Tue)|
|Day 7: August 11th (Sat)|
|Day 8: August 15th (Wed)|
|Day 9: August 18th (Sat)|
|Day 10: September 1st (Sat)|
|1st make up day: August 25th (Sat)|
|2nd make up day: August 29th (Wed)|
|3rd make up day: September 4th (Tue)|
|Presentation Lunch: September 16th (Sat)|
2018 Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships – Mt Buller
Sunday 5th August
Monday 20th – Sunday 26th August
2018 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships – Mt Buller
Wednesday 5th- Sunday 9th September
When purchasing any program offered through the BCST students automatically become members of the BCST. Those not purchasing a program through Bright P-12 College can become team members at a cost of $70 for Bright P-12 College and Dinner Plain Campus Students (excludes GST) and $77 for Alpine Cluster School Students (Includes GST). This will benefit those competing at Interschools’ Championships – refer to Team Charter 2018.
In 2018, a team jacket will be provided on a rental basis, with the cost built into the Program/Membership price. These will be issued at a designated time, as determined by the BCST Committee. All jackets remain the property of BCST and must be returned at the end of the season. The jacket is for use during lessons only and other Bright P-12 College sanctioned events and should not replace snow gear for everyday wear during the season. A $100 fee will be payable according to the terms and conditions outlined in the Jacket Rental Agreement.
Students will not be allowed to participate in their lesson unless they are wearing the team jacket and are also required to wear an approved snow sports protective helmet when training or racing.
Please note full payment must be made at the Bright P-12 College office by Friday 20th April 2018. No part payments will be accepted. Payment made by one of the following options is preferred:
- Card – VISA, MasterCard or Debit.
- Cheque made out to Bright P-12 College.
Documents & Costs
It is a requirement that all members who purchase a program have ambulance cover. The following documents must be read or completed when purchasing a program through Bright P-12 College.
- BCST 10 Day Program Info Sheet
- BCST Program Application Form 2018 Bright P-12 – one per student
- BCST Program Application Form 2018 Alpine Cluster – one per student
- BCST Medical Form 2018 – one per student
- BCST Parent Agreement and Consent Form 2018
- BCST Charter 2018
Parent Supervision on Program Days
Parent supervision in the BCST 10 day program is compulsory. Parents must accompany their children during free-skiing or snowboarding; before and after lessons.
Mobile Contact Number
Please ensure the mobile contact number you provide on the Application Form is for the mobile phone you will be carrying on the mountain. During the training season the BCST mountain Managers will have a phone that they can be contacted on. The BCST Mobile (on ski days only) is 0477 345 325.
Intention to Ski Forms
The Intention to Ski Form covers all the BCST training days for the season and must be completed and returned to the College Office by Monday 18th June 2018. Should the College not receive this form students will not be allowed to participate in the program.
If there are any changes to this form during the season, ie. a different parent will be accompanying their child/children than first indicated, or the mobile contact number has changed, please advise both the College Office and the BCST Snow Phone. It is imperative we have the correct information for each and every training day.
Gap Ticket Ski Passes
The team is allocated a number of adult gap tickets free of charge These free tickets are available only to parents who purchase a Valley Pass through the BCST 10 day program and are accompanying their children during this time. A Gap Ticket Roster will be formulated at the beginning of the ski program to keep a record of ticket allocations and ensure a fair distribution of tickets is provided throughout the season. Parents who miss out and want to ski or snowboard will need to purchase a day ticket from the lift company and pay a gap fee, on presentation of their current Valley Pass.
Presentation Lunch & Awards
The final event on the BCST season is a presentation lunch where awards are presented. Every member of the BCST receives a participation award.
Interschool’s Snowsports Competitions
Racing for the Bright P-12 College whilst not compulsory is encouraged. Opportunities to enhance skills through racing develop a healthy competitive spirit.
2018 Bright College Snowsports Team Committee:
Executive Officer: Jean Olley (Principal)
Mountain Managers: Simon Ferrito and Dave Russell
Chairperson: Michael Erdi
Secretary: Katie Ferrito
Finance: Lisa Flew
Dinner Plain Liaison: Vacant
Publicity: Lisa Dunne and Heath Anders
Second Hand Snow Gear Sale: Kath Baldock
Uniforms: Sarah Nicolas
General Committee members: Andy Forbes, Jason Brown, Chris McKee, Shannon Crawley, Peter Smith
Teacher representative: Katie Ferrito (Primary) and Glenn Jackson (Secondary)