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Teams in Residence -Term 4 2014

Schools teams in attendance at GNURAD-GUNDIDJ during Term 4 2014 are from:

  • Kew High School
  • Yea High School
  • Doncaster Secondary College
  • Euroa Secondary College
  • Mullauna College
  • Boort District
  • Scoresby Secondary College
  • Wangaratta High School

12 October 2014 (Student Arrival) - 13 December 2014 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 4

Parent Bulletin - No 4Fourth Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community

Fourth letter home to Parents of Gnurad-Gundidj Campus Students Term 4
- Wednesday 19th November 2014

Hello again! I trust you all enjoyed your the Parent Visiting Weekend. I have heard the usual (for us) mixed reports from your sons and daughters about the weekend, but more good than otherwise, which is totally normal! Some said, “It was great to see mum and dad, but I couldn’t wait to get back “HOME…!”And the home they refer to is ....sorry to say this…here. You need to be assured that the time of real settlement at Gnurad is now happening for your son or daughter. Paradoxically, the time of departure is also fast approaching. I am sure you will notice the difference in your son or daughter between the recent visit and the conclusion on Saturday 13th December 2014.

The time following Parents Visiting Weekend is, in our experience, a time when the communication may further decrease, perhaps after an initial “flurry” of correspondence just after the weekend. I am not sure if it has been the case with you? It is almost as if students need to see their parents again just to make sure everything is still okay at home so they can have “permission” to really immerse themselves in the final weeks.

Our students share with us that the time here is going too fast for them; but we know as adults know that life seems to do just that!

With every good wish.
On behalf of the team of staff at Gnurad.

[This is a snapshot of the most recent letter - please download and read the letter for full information]

Mark Reeves and Michael Castersen

 
Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.3

Parent Bulletin - No 3Third Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community

"Hello Again!"

Letter 3 from Gnurad-Gundidj Campus for parents of Term 4 students, Monday 11 November 2014

By the time you read this, the first expedition groups have headed-out and returned. They have ridden around our local Lakes and Craters environment, camping out at Glenfyne and put into practice all the skills learned in their expedition preparation sessions. The students were well prepared and so full of excitement, apprehension, “coolness” and worry, all mixed into one! I know, however, that what they will learn through their undertaking will put them in great stead. One of the concepts we use in designing our type of education experience is to move from the known to the unknown. In moving to, and living at, the Gnurad Gundidj Campus, students initially are in a much unknown environment (socially, physically, emotionally, geographically and so on), which they soon become comfortable and familiar with. I am sure this is conveyed in correspondence, and will be obvious at the visiting weekend.

The visiting weekend is this weekend and we look forward to seeing you here. Can I stress that it is a family occasion, for parents’ benefit, and should be limited to immediate family members. Your sons and daughters can be collected from 9am and 10am on Saturday 15th November and returned between 3pm and 4pm on Sunday 16th November. The Campus will be vacant outside of these hours.

Mark Reeves (Principal, School for Student Leadership) and Michael Castersen (Campus Principal - Gnurad-Gundidj Campus)

 

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Scoresby SC - Week 4 in Review

Scoresby Secondary College - Our Week in Review

Scoresby’s week in review:

  • This week we had our first surf lesson and we went mountain biking through Warrnambool. The mountain biking really allowed us to see Warrnambool from a different view and really test ourselves throughout the tracks.
  • On Monday we had our leadership conference where we learnt about the many different aspects of becoming a leader. How is leadership like a Helicopter?
  • On Saturday we prepared for our LLP (Local Learning Project) where we take in a small group of primary school kids and run a small class of our choice, the primary school we have this term is Terang Primary School.
  • Our quote this week -
    “Never be afraid to try something new, just remember, amateurs built the arc, professionals built the titanic.

Scoresby Secondary College - Week 4 Media Release

 

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Nov

Doncaster SC - Our Week in Review - Week 1

Doncaster Secondary College - Our Week in Review - Wk 1

This week was our first official week at Gnurad Gundidj and it was amazing.

It was tricky at first to settle into our new community however we all had something in common, we are all great leaders.

Our Highlights of the past week:
Climbing Mt. Noorat, meeting new people, rest day (going to the beach), getting used to our new school, teams day and watching Alex stack during intro to bikes.

This has been a great first week and all of us students are excited for the great moments and memories yet to come.

Doncaster Secondary College - Week 1

 

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Nov

Week 3 in Review - Mulluana College

Highlight for this week

Our highlights for this week would have to be expo 1 and canoe day. We really enjoyed this as we got to work together as a team, and we got to explore our local area. Expo 1 really pushed ourselves and we got to do things out of our comfort zones.

Most interesting class

Our most interesting class for this week was thinking and learning 3, as we learnt about how we best learn and our behavioural skills. This was interesting as we all learnt something new about ourselves.

What are we looking forward for the week

This week we are looking forward to photography, surfing, and first aid 2. We are looking forward to photography because we are interested in this topic and we enjoy taking photos. We are very excited for surfing as we are an enthusiastic bunch and are all very keen for a challenge. First aid is a chance for us to gain knowledge that we can apply in the future.

Quote

"Fall down 7 times, stand up 8"
This is relevant to our team as we try to live by this rule and we are committed to never give up. We motivate each other to not stop trying in the challenges we face during our experiences.

Mulluana College - Media Release Wk 3

 

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Nov

Community Agreement and Passports

Term 4 - Community Agreement and PassportsCreating our community agreement - Students develop a 'code' the community live by, sign it and abide by it.

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School For Student Leadership

School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students' home regions. There are three campuses in iconic locations across Victoria. The Alpine School Campus is located at Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps. Snowy River Campus is near the mouth of the Snowy River at Marlo in east Gippsland. The third site is adjacent to Mount Noorat near Camperdown in Victoria’s Western District, and is called Gnurad-Gundidj. After consultation with the local aboriginal community, this name represents both the indigenous name of the local area and an interpretation of the statement "belonging to this place". It opened for students in term 1 2009.