Teams in Residence -Term 1 2017

Schools teams in attendance at GNURAD-GUNDIDJ during Term 1 2017 are from:

  • Mt Alexander Secondary College
  • Numurkah Secondary College
  • St ALbans Secondary College
  • Euroa Secondary College
  • Braybrook College
  • McGuire College
  • Williamstown High School
  • Rutherglen High School

Term 1 2017 SSL program at the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus starts on
Sunday 5 February 2017 (Student Arrival)
– Saturday 1 April 2017 (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 1
- March 14 2017

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 1st April 2017.

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

 

06

Mar

Victoria's wilderness School for Student Leadership set to be expanded after 'excellent outcomes'

The School for Student Leadership Program and Year 9 students at the Snowy River Campus at Marlo featured in a segment on ABC News, aired Sunday March 5, 2017.
A full article was also published online at ABC.net.au

ABC News | Sun March 05 2017, by Jessica Longbottom

A wilderness adventure experience for Victorian public school students has been so successful it looks set to be expanded, giving more teenagers the chance to learn outdoor and leadership skills.

The Victorian Government is looking at establishing two new School for Student Leadership campuses in the Yarra Valley and the Grampians

They would be in addition to the three existing campuses: at Marlo in far east Gippsland, Mount Noorat in the western districts and Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps.

There are no regular classes at the schools. Instead, the students participate in outdoor activities, classes on problem solving and leadership activities.

"If building other campuses was driven by data alone, then we would have ten more campuses," Marlo campus principal Robyn Francis said.

The outcomes for our students are excellent

Approximately 540 year nine students are selected from public schools around the state every year to attend one of the campuses for approximately ten weeks. However that only works out to roughly 2 per cent of Victorian public school year nine students.

But give them an opportunity to do something for someone else and watch them shine. They're fantastic.

Read the full Article Online at ABC.net.au:
"Victoria's wilderness School for Student Leadership set to be expanded after 'excellent outcomes'"

 
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".
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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.