A simple dormitory perched high in the mountains to the north-east of MELBOURNE. This will?
A simple dormitory perched high in the mountains to the north-east of MELBOURNE. This will be home for Prince CHARLES for the first term of school 1966. A branch of the GEELONG Church of ENGLAND Grammar School, Timbertop school is named after mountain whose bluff summit towers above it. The school huddles on a steep, timber-covered slope. It began in 1952, and its main job is to teach self-reliance and independence.
There are one-hundred-and-20 boys at TIMBERTOP. All Fourth Form students at GEELONG Grammar spend their intermediate year in these mountain classrooms. Today, all the talk was about the young who will leave his famous SCOTTISH school and st??? here next year. There is, of course, a special emphasis on religious teaching, and an almost TYROLEAN chapel for formal observance.
For these lads, today's excitement has a second meaning. One of them will be chosen to go as an exchange student to GORDONSTOUN, in SCOTLAND, where Prince CHARLES is at present at school. They live comfortably, but simply, at TIMBERTOP. The study have community recreation at study rooms, and dormitories where, their masters say, the boys are quick to seek refuge from the rigours of TIMBERTOP's outdoor life.
Prince CHARLES, however, will probably have quarters like these. A junior master lives here. Apart from this special treatment, the Royal students is expected to join in all the normal TIMBERTOP activities.
Long hikes, some up to one-hundred miles, are a regular feature. They go in groups of four, in winter and summer, to test endurance and self-reliance of the special kind needed in the AUSTRALIAN bush. At the moment, the TIMBERTOP are busy guarding the nearby forest against the coming fire season. They're hard at it, clearing undergrowth and cutting a firebreak.
Our reporter spoke with Mr. MICHAEL HANLEY, master at TIMBERTOP