Teams in Residence -Term 4 2017

School Teams attending the GNURAD-GUNDIDJ CAMPUS in Term 4 2017

  • Rainbow P12
  • Doncaster Secondary College
  • Baimbridge Secondary College 
  • Daylesford Secondary College
  • Edenhope College 
  • Hopetoun P12
  • Ringwood Secondary College
  • Kew High School
  • Monbulk College

Term 4 2017 SSL program at the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus starts on
Sunday 15 October 2017 (Student Arrival)
– Saturday 16 December 2017 (Student Departure)

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Student Departure

Staff Finish Date DEECD Finish Date
2018 1 29 Jan 29 Jan 4 Feb 3 - 4 Mar 23 Mar 28 Mar 29 Mar 29 March
  2 16 April 16 April 22 April 26 - 27 May 22 June 30 Jun 30 Jun 29 June
  3 16 July 16 July 22 July 25 - 26 Aug 14 Sept 22 Sept 22 Sept 21 Sept
  4 8 Oct 8 Oct 14 Oct 17 - 18 Nov 7 Dec 15 Dec 15 Dec 21 Dec

Expressions close last week of term 2 in the year prior to the program.
Notification will be given in term 3 of the year prior to the program.
Community Information evening conducted as time and local requirements dictate in the term prior to program.



Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.2

Parent Bulletin - No 2Second Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community

2nd Letter Home from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus, Monday 6th November, 2017

Letter Snapshot

Welcome again to 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.

We normally see in our students in their first weeks of living here being very concerned with self. They often ask, “When is dinner? or “Where do I wash my clothes?” On the inside, we feel students are asking, “Who are my friends and how do I fit? Does she like me or what does he think about me?” They are concerned about “me”. This is a very egocentric period. After this normal and possibly “selfish” time, students find themselves comfortable with this day-to-day concern, and tend to identify with their team very strongly: “I belong to ‘‘Doncaster Secondary College’ or ‘Rainbow P-12 college’, or “I am a city/country person”. Students tend to be placing themselves in a category so they can find their position in a “new social/school order”.


Students are currently on or preparing for their first expo. 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!

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.