5th (and FINAL) Letter Home from Gnurad-Gundidj Campus - Term 4 - December 11 2014
Here we are at the start of week 9, only a few days to go, and I think that students see that their time at the Gnurad Gundidj Campus is now definitely finite! Five 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. They are finalizing their CLP work for when they return home, and the presentation on Wednesday, when Principals, Council Presidents, representatives from the Department of Education and other key local stakeholders will be here. I hope you can all cope with these skills and abilities upon their return, and that your sons and daughters use these skills appropriately!
Thank you for contributing to the 4th term of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus for 2014. The “Separation Phase” of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus Experience concludes for the community of Term 4, 2014 on Saturday, 13th December, signalling the beginning of the “Reintegration Phase”!You can meet your son or daughter at any time after 10am that day. Please do not come earlier and definitely prior to midday. If you are late, please call. It is a source of considerable concern for the “last” students to see all their friends leave and have no idea why mum/dad is late.
If you intend your son or daughter having any other travel arrangements not with you, and have not already done so, please contact us regarding travel permission forms or other details.
With every good wish on behalf of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus Team
Mark Reeves and Michael Castersen
Fourth 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
Third Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community
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)
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
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
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.
"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.