Fourth 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.
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Mark Reeves and Michael Castersen