Teams in Residence -Term 2 2016

Schools teams in attendance at GNURAD-GUNDIDJ during Term 2 2016 are from:

  • Camperdown College
  • Western Heights College
  • Dromana College
  • Derrinallum P-12
  • Bentleigh Secondary College
  • Edenhope College
  • Kaniva College
  • Hopetoun College
  • Horsham College
  • Mordialloc College
  • Lake Bolac P-12
  • Warracknabeal College

17 April 2016 (Student Arrival) – 25 June 2016 (Student Departure)

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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 5

5th (and FINAL) Letter Home from Gnurad-Gundidj Campus - Term 2 - 21 June 2016

Here we are at the start of week 10, only a few days to go, and I think that students see that their time at the Gnurad Gundidj Campus is now definitely finite! Four sleeps they keep telling us. Mind you, many students are ready to leave. There are still many important tasks for us all to attend to, and I welcome the greater independence and personal drive I witness in our students, your sons and daughters. It is a delight to work with young people in our environment and see them “doing”! They just get on with the job now, for the most part, and set their goals and review their outcomes.

We describe the Gnurad Gundidj Campus experience as having three phases: Preparation, separation and reintegration. The final, reintegration phase for the community of Term 2, 2016 is just beginning. Make no mistake, the reintegration phase is the longest phase (it can go on for all our lives), and can be the most challenging. It may require some pre-planning on all your behalves, and I hope I can provide some ideas or thoughts to assist this phase. Your school holiday may be a real challenge and they may be the most fantastic you have ever had together.


Thank you for contributing to the 2nd term of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus for 2016.
The “Separation Phase” of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus Experience concludes for the community of Term 2, 2016 on Saturday, 25th June, signalling the beginning of the “Reintegration Phase”!
Please note: students will greet you at 10am (sharp). We will allow 30 minutes for families to laugh, cry, hug etc and we then invite you to witness a short presentation from students. We will be finished by 11.30.

If any other travel arrangements have been made, please advise us immediately because until you assume in writing responsibility of your son/daughter again, we are entrusted with their care.

With every good wish on behalf of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus Team

Mark Reeves and Michael Castersen




Photogallery 7 - CLP Day and more ...

Students presenting on CLP Day, working on their Passports, walking up Mt Noorat on Rest Day, having fun with Duck Production, doing a number of tasks on Project Day, and undertaking the Teams Challenge at Bullen Merri.

Term 2, 2016 - Dairy and Cheese

VIEW THE IMAGES - Photogallery 7



Western Heights College - Media Release

Term 2, 2016 - Western Heights College Media Release

Western Heights recently completed EXPO 2. A 3 day hike at Mount Eccles venturing over rocky paths and into tight spaced caves on the way. It was a long journey with lots of memorable experiences on the way. We became closer to our group.

Our most interesting class of the week was presentation skills, we got to make a one minute presentation on a topic of our choice. Amiee’s was about her favorite pizza shop and Michael’s was about Star Wars. 

We are looking forward to Enviro-Farming which is helping out on the farms by herding the cows and milking cows

Our favorite quote that has been relevant to our group is, 'The grass is greener where you water it', because we have learnt that others can’t help you make things better, only you can help yourself.




Photogallery 6 - Schultz Organic Farm and Timboon Cheesery - Paddock to plate

Core 1 visited Schultz Organic Farm and got up close & personal with the locals! Feeding calves, milking cows, bottling milk and making cheese...and sampling the local organic cheese too!

Core 2 visited Timboon Cheesery. Feeding calves, bottling milk, making cheese and exploring everything in between from paddock to plate!

Term 2, 2016 - Dairy and Cheese

VIEW THE IMAGES - Photogallery 6



Camperdown College Media Release

Term 2, 2016 - Camperdown College Media Release

 A couple of our favorite things our team did this week and last week was doing community service, expo 2, adventures at the Otways and when 1B ran last week’s night class. Our favorite class has been Presentation skills because everyone did a fun presentation and everyone got into it and did a good job.  We are looking forward to doing surfing again, because it was fun learning how to surf and different ways to catch a good wave. 

A quote that we think fits our team best for the past week is::
"Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success." ~ Henry Ford

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 2
- May 30 2016

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 25th June 2016.

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. That lack of communication is perhaps one aspect of the “immersion”. Be assured; in our experience it is normal and it is not about deliberately keeping you uninformed! For those of us who have experienced the monosyllabic “grunt” responses from teenagers (you know the ones, Q: “how was your day at school?” A: “Good” in a muffled, sandwich-eating way as more food is grazed from the fridge…), ANY form of communication is a bonus! No news is, truly and often, good news! If there is an issue, we will definitely call you!

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

Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River Campus
The Alpine School Campus

School For Student Leadership

School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) 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".
Our school community acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Bidawel and Gundijmara people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which our school campuses are built. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their Elders past and present, and especially whose children attend our school.