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Mark Reeves Print E-mail
Mark Reeves -PrincipalPrincipal - Schools for Student Leadership

Mark Reeves has always had a keen interest in and passion for leadership, physical and outdoor education and health and wellbeing which is reflected in his qualifications including a BA specialising in Recreation, Post Graduate degree in Organisational Change and Graduate Diploma in Education. He has certification in Outdoor Pursuits from Plas-Y-Brennin in North Wales in the UK.

He has held a range of positions including Director of Outdoor Education at St Michael’s St Kilda, and Director of Marshmead Residential Year Nine School at MLC.

In 2000 he was appointed as the foundation principal of the Alpine School in Dinner Plain. The school was an initiative of the Kennett Government which aimed to offer a residential program for Year 9 students at government schools where students could experience the multiple challenges of developing leadership skills, their own personal development and outdoor education.

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Bronson Valpied Print E-mail

Bronson ValpiedCampus Principal

I have been a teacher for a number of years now, not only here in the south-west of Victoria, but also in Argentina and England. On a couple of occasions I have also taught English on a volunteer basis in Spain.

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Angus McLaurin Print E-mail

Angus McLaurinCurriculum Coordinator

I started out as a science teacher in sunny Yarrawonga. Then I heard about this incredible school where students share their lives with like-minded year 9’s from across Victoria. So I became a liaison teacher and saw the impact that the experience had on students as they returned. When I got the opportunity to work here I jumped at it and have loved the environment for students and staff. There is so much to learn and grow in and that’s before you even start classes! I find the process of constantly improving learning fulfilling, and the role of Curriculum Coordinator allows me to do that.

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Darren Brumley Print E-mail

Darren BrumleyHi my name is Darren and I've been in the hospitality industry for 36 years in a variety of roles.

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Sam Barker Print E-mail

Sam BarkerExpo Teacher

Hi, my name is Sam Barker and I feel excited and privileged to be working at Gnurad-Gundidj.

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Phil Dennis Print E-mail

Phil DennisExpo Teacher

Phil Dennis has now entered his fifth year of teaching at the Gnurad Gundidj Campus of the School for Student Leadership. After overcoming cancer a couple of years ago, Phil strives to live life to the full and is not afraid of trying new things and let opportunities pass him by and he encourages his students to do the same.

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Helen Vogels Print E-mail

Helen VogelsChef

Hello, I am Helen, Kitchen Assistant at Gnurad Gundidj. After 20 years at Terang and Mortlake Health Service as Second Chef, I thought it was time for a change.

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Andrea Moloney Print E-mail

Andrea MoloneyAdministration

Andrea is the office manager for the Gnurad Gundidj Campus. She has a background in libraries and administration. Andrea is a local and lives on a diary farm with her partner Phillip – only 2 minutes from Gnurad Gundidj.

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Christine James Print E-mail

Christine JamesChristine James was born on 29th February 1956, which makes her 13 years old. She was raised in McLeod, a Melbourne suburb and lived at the same address until she married and moved to Terang and lived on a diary farm in 1980. She now lives just 10 minutes from campus as has called Terang home for the past 20 years.

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Mikel Dyer Print E-mail

Mikel Dyer

Expo Teacher

I have a passion for working with Year 9 students and have been doing so in a variety of teaching roles over the past seven years. I wholeheartedly believe in the idea that building strong, working relationships with students allows them the opportunity to grow and develop in a caring and supportive environment.

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Kylie Moroney Print E-mail

Kylie MoroneyExpo Teacher

Kylie comes with a background of circus skills and musical theatre. With a degree in Performing Arts, she has spent 15 years working in theatre as a stage manager. During this time, she discovered a passion for outdoor adventure whilst trekking mountains in Nepal, which has lead Kylie to her role at the School for Student Leadership.

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Brett Easton Print E-mail

Brett EastonExpo Teacher

Experiential Education has brought me to the School for Student Leadership’s Gnurad Gundidj campus. Through my studies and professional practice I have found education through experience to be one of the most effective methods for sustained learning.

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Claire Bishop Print E-mail

Claire BishopGeneralist Teacher

I’ve been working at Gnurad-Gundidj for over 3 years and continue to enjoy being part of such an innovative and transformative program for young people. My background is in Environmental Studies, youth work, and the visual arts, and I endeavour to integrate all of these interests into my teaching.

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Bruce McIntosh Print E-mail

Bruce McIntosh

Overnight supervisor

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Cheryl Helman Print E-mail

Cheryl HelmanCheryl grew up in Melbourne, lived in Gippsland and now resides in Warrnambool with her family. She has 4 children, all boys and all living at home. As a family they enjoy travelling and have been actively involved hosting exchange students.

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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.