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Gnurad-Gundidj Campus has a new online home!

We are excited to announce that Gnurad-Gundidj Campus now has a new website, making it easier for our parents, students and schools to access all the latest information for our School for Student Leadership program.

Visit our website to find our latest Term Program, 2024 Campus Handbook & Parent Information, Year 9 School Teams attending in 2024 and a Snapshot of our unique School for Student Leadership Program & Curriculum.


Gnurad-Gundidj Campus - News & Media



Teens raising awareness of youth homelessness Print E-mail

Wangaratta Chronicle - 27/07/2009 In their nine week stay at the School for Student Leadership, the year nine students from Wangaratta High School took on teenage homelessness as their special (CLP) project.

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Craters to Coast school programs - Funds for Green Thumbs Print E-mail

Corangamite Extra - Funds for Green Thumbs Four community groups and two schools have successfully applied for funding in the Heytesbury and District Landcare Network's (HDLN) and Craters to Coast Community Public Land Rehabilitation and the Craters to Coast school programs

The School for Student Leadership is using the funding in its curriculum.

"Our environmental sustainablity lessons provide students with a practical means to improve the sustainability of their actions, here and now, and the learning from this can be transferred back to their home communities"

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News & Media Print E-mail

Media Releases

Newspaper Articles

The Standard, 22 September 2008

Crafting next leaders
The Standard, September 22, 2008



Terang Express, September 4, 2008


Principal for learning centres
Terang Express, September 4, 2008



The Standard, May 26, 2008 - Part A

New $3m campus
The Standard, May 26, 2008



The Standard, May 26, 2008 - Part 2


Glenormiston rural school
The Standard, May 26, 2008



The Standard, May 26, 2008 - Part 3

Plans 'premature'
The Standard, May 26, 2008



Terang Express, May 1, 2008


$3.77 million Alpine school for Glen
Terang Express, May 1, 2008



Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2009 21:50



Term 3 underway at Gnurad Gundidj Print E-mail
Written by Mr Peter Torey, Curriculum Coordinator   

Gnurad Gundidj is pleased to welcome its student cohort for the term 3 School for Student Leadership program.  

Arrival day saw a range of emotions and feelings being displayed from: "isn't it time to go home mum?" to ""what are we doing tonight?"  - what a positive way to start the term.  After students were acquainted with their surroundings, we embarked on developing meaningful peer and staff relationships through dialogue and a variety of fun and adventurous activities.  Our Campus Principal, Michael Castersen, had the honour of sharing the students' first evening and it was on this night that the student learning experiences began in earnest.  A significant and most relevant aspect of our program is allowing the student time to reflect.  Mr Castersen introduced the students to the concept of "Drop Everything and Reflect" (DEAR).  This is a significant quiet time of the late afternoon/early evening where students employ a newly learnt wide range of reflection tools to assist them in this most worthwhile daily activity.

Photography studentsAs week three is in full swing, the students have already completed many learning sequences to do with peer skills, thinking and learning, visions and values, presentation skills and have embarked on their passports and Community Learning Projects (CLP's).  We have added colour to these classes by also completing a multitude of integrated and complementary learning experiences over their first two weeks; these activities have ranged from canoeing, bike touring, fishing, team building bridge and shelter constructions, walks up Mt Noorat and student generated activities.  Recently we have had the pleasure of welcoming Ted Mellor and David Tatnall, two experts in their respective fields of kite making and photography.  The input into our program from relevant experts in the field really does generate a feeling amongst the students that they should chase their dreams and strive to achieve them.

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Gnurad-Gundidj Campus News Print E-mail

Gnurad-Gundidj Campus nearly ready to open.

Gnurad-Gundidj Main Entrance from The PinesThe new $4.2m campus that is currently under construction has an anticipated completion of February 2009. This is exactly to the construction program schedule.

After an anticipated pilot program in term 1, term 2 will be a fully functioning program incorporating all the known and valued features of the Alpine School, in a new and fantastic location.

The building uses many contemporary design elements that address environmentally sustainable requirements. A solar chimney dominates the north courtyard. This element is used to great effect at the Snowy River Campus. It both heats and cools the building depending on the season. Students are able to interact with this element to manage the comfort of their home and workplace.

The exterior is intended to resemble a western Victorian wool shed or shearing shed. Carefully designed slats on each bedroom window are included to allow or limit sun penetration depending on the season. Much computer modelling was undertaken to get their positions correct: the effect is also intended to look random and whimsical, even though they are extremely specific in their positioning!

The Campus Principal, Mr Michael Castersen, has been appointed. In term 4 2008, working with the Principal Mark Reeves and other leadership team members, the remaining teaching and support staff positions have been recruited.

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School for Student Leadership - Student Equity Fund The Student Equity Fund enables people who share our vision of transformative education to contribute to this outstanding program and help ensure it is affordable and accessible for all students in the public education system.


School For Student Leadership

School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education 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 four 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". The fourth and most recently opened campus is Don Valley Campus, situated on land that was once known as Haining Farm in the Yarra Ranges.
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.