Second Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community
Welcome again to the Gnurad Gundidj Campus. Here we are after more than two weeks already. Time has flown by and I am really pleased with how things are progressing at our school.
Homesickness is a normal emotion at this time in the program, although it does tend to diminish. If you think that your son or daughter is still unreasonably homesick, do call us and we can compare notes, so to speak. None of us can really predict how this anxiety may manifest itself. Our staff members really do make a priority of ensuring students’ wellbeing during these first, more unsettled weeks.
Soon the students will head out on expeditions for the first time. I am sure this will challenge many of them, as it involves long distance bike touring and camping overnight. They have undertaken some terrific team building activities, such as “bridge building” where the team construct a bridge to rescue stranded figurines. I know the students enjoy learning in these practical and hands-on ways. I also note how much the students enjoy using their laptop computers and hope you have received lots of emails (or “real” letters, which I might add are highly valued by our students) and maybe some photos about their life here at Noorat and the surrounding lakes and craters!
Other classes they have undertaken include team work on their Community Learning Project, individual and team thinking and learning profiles, learning about the daily reflection time (DEAR; drop everything and reflect) and lessons about the personal learning interviews and passports. The passport is their “report”, and the students develop and build this as they progress their way through the time and experience here.