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Welcome Parents

Congratulations on having your child be chosen to represent your school and community at the School for Student Leadership, Gnurad-Gundidj Campus.

The following is a brief overview of the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus experience from a Parents/Guardians perspective; however more detail can be found in the following booklet:

The GG Experience

During their eight or nine week stay, students will live and work in a very close environment with up to 44 of their peers. There are challenges and lessons on human relationships that will arise from this lifestyle. Great friendships are made, tolerance is learned and teamwork and leadership is created. It will be rare to find a student who will not be proud of his or her involvement or to find an ex-student who does not readily identify with the Gundidj-Gnurad Campus.

Personal Accident Insurance for Students

Parent should be aware that the Department of Education Victoria nor the Alpine School (School for Student Leadership) and its campuses DO NOT provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs.

Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Neither the Department nor the School can advise parents/guardians on whether to purchase a student accident policy or which policy to purchase. It is recommended that parents seek assistance in this matter with their insurance broker or find a suitable personal accident insurer in the Yellow Pages or online.

Arrival at Gnurad Gundidj

Parents may need to plan ahead and perhaps car pool to deliver students to Gnurad-Gundidj on the starting date. Families should plan to arrive between 9:30am and 11am. There is often a rush after 11am, so it is more relaxing to arrive early. On arrival students will meet and be briefed by the student's Gnurad-Gundidj teacher. At 12pm there will be a short welcome for all families, which will be followed by lunch. Parents will be required to depart by 2pm.

Parents Visiting Weekend

The visiting weekend is a vital component of the SSL experience as it draws the family into the experience of the student. Separation anxiety is often revisited for both students and parents. We feel it is worth the effort, as it achieves a shared understanding of aspects of the SSL experience for immediate family that needs to be shared face-to-face. The weekend takes place midway through the term. Specific dates will be circulated at Information Nights. On Saturday, families are asked to pick-up their child between 9am & 10am. On Sunday, families are asked to return with their child at 3.00pm and leave by 4.00pm. Tea and Coffee are provided. If any families need to leave earlier and hence have to drop off their child prior to these times, SSL staff will need to be informed.

Departure Day

At the conclusion of the program, guardians are requested to be at Gnurad-Gundidj by 10.00am, to collect their child and participate in any departure programs organised. Specific details of the departure program will be sent out to families at a closer date. If you are delayed, please call as waiting can cause considerable grief for your child who may think the worst.

 
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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.