Gnurad-Gundidj Campus has a new website! Visit our new site to access all the latest information for 2024

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.


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.

Bianca Prziovska Print E-mail

Bianca PrziovskaGeneralist Teacher

G’day I’m Bianca, I’ve been lucky enough to be a teacher at the School for Student Leadership since 2011.

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Claire Bishop Print E-mail

Claire BishopGeneralist Teacher

G’day! I have had the privilege of working with young people in Outdoor Education and residential-based settings on-and-off for most of my adult life.

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Bec Swayn Print E-mail

Bec SwaynGeneralist Teacher

When I came across the SSL, the school’s philosophy really appealed to me and I became a teacher with the hope of one day joining the school. I have a background in science and anthropology and have always enjoyed working with young people.

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Cheryl Helman Print E-mail

Cheryl HelmanOvernight Supervisor

Hello I’m Cheryl, I’ve worked at the SSL for 13 wonderful years, I love the program and the interaction with enthusiastic students. My biggest passion is music.

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Helen Vogels Print E-mail

Helen VogelsChef

Hello I’m Helen and I’ve been at Gnurad-Gundidj for 13 years as a cook. I love working here because the students keep me young.

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Linda Conn Print E-mail

Linda ConnCleaner

I have been working at Gnurad-Gundidj for 7 years as a cleaner and I love my workplace because of the opportunities it provides to all the students.

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Mikel Dyer Print E-mail

Mikel Dyer

Generalist Teacher

I have a passion for working with Year 9 students and have been doing so in a variety of teaching roles for almost 20 years.

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Brett Easton Print E-mail

Brett EastonGeneralist Teacher

A passion for Experiential Education brought me to the SSL back in 2009 as a founding member of the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus team, prior to that I studied Outdoor Education and spent a few years coordinating a large school based Outdoor education program.

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Dave Slater Print E-mail

Dave SlaterGeneralist Teacher

Teaching at the School for Student Leadership enables me to work with passionate young people to establish positive relationships and guide them in their journey to becoming wonderful young leaders within their community.

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Bec Orr Print E-mail

Bec Orr  Generalist Teacher

I love the commitment to student learning that Gnurad-Gundidj provides regarding student personal growth and wellbeing.

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Andrea Moloney Print E-mail

Andrea MoloneyOffice Manager

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 dairy farm with her partner Phillip – only 2 minutes from Gnurad-Gundidj.

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Darren Brumley Print E-mail

Darren BrumleyChef

I have been a chef at Gnurad-Gundidj for eight years. I love going camping, doing up old cars and attending music festivals. I have a beautiful wife, two children and two grandchildren.

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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.