Teams in Residence -Term 1 2017

Schools teams in attendance at GNURAD-GUNDIDJ during Term 1 2017 are from:

  • Mt Alexander Secondary College
  • Numurkah Secondary College
  • St ALbans Secondary College
  • Euroa Secondary College
  • Braybrook College
  • McGuire College
  • Williamstown High School
  • Rutherglen High School

Term 1 2017 SSL program at the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus starts on
Sunday 5 February 2017 (Student Arrival)
– Saturday 1 April 2017 (Student Departure)

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We have 16 guests online

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Victoria's wilderness School for Student Leadership set to be expanded after 'excellent outcomes'

The School for Student Leadership Program and Year 9 students at the Snowy River Campus at Marlo featured in a segment on ABC News, aired Sunday March 5, 2017.
A full article was also published online at

ABC News | Sun March 05 2017, by Jessica Longbottom

A wilderness adventure experience for Victorian public school students has been so successful it looks set to be expanded, giving more teenagers the chance to learn outdoor and leadership skills.

The Victorian Government is looking at establishing two new School for Student Leadership campuses in the Yarra Valley and the Grampians

They would be in addition to the three existing campuses: at Marlo in far east Gippsland, Mount Noorat in the western districts and Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps.

There are no regular classes at the schools. Instead, the students participate in outdoor activities, classes on problem solving and leadership activities.

"If building other campuses was driven by data alone, then we would have ten more campuses," Marlo campus principal Robyn Francis said.

The outcomes for our students are excellent

Approximately 540 year nine students are selected from public schools around the state every year to attend one of the campuses for approximately ten weeks. However that only works out to roughly 2 per cent of Victorian public school year nine students.

But give them an opportunity to do something for someone else and watch them shine. They're fantastic.

Read the full Article Online at
"Victoria's wilderness School for Student Leadership set to be expanded after 'excellent outcomes'"

Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.3

Parent Bulletin - No 3Third Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community

"Hello Again!"

Third Letter Home - March 2, 2017

Hello again from the community of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus! What a busy term we have had already. By the time you read this, the first expedition groups have headed-out and returned. They have ridden around our local Lakes and Craters environment, camping out at Glenfyne and put into practice all the skills learned in their expedition preparation sessions. The students were well prepared and so full of excitement, apprehension, “coolness” and worry, all mixed into one! I know, however, that what they will learn through their undertaking will put them in great stead. One of the concepts we use in designing our type of education experience is to move from the known to the unknown. In moving to, and living at, the Gnurad Gundidj Campus, students initially are in a much unknown environment (socially, physically, emotionally, geographically and so on), which they soon become comfortable and familiar with. I am sure this is conveyed in correspondence, and will be obvious at the visiting weekend.

The visiting weekend is this weekend and we look forward to seeing you here. Can I stress that it is a family occasion, for parents’ benefit, and should be limited to immediate family members.

Your sons and daughters can be collected between 9.00am & 10.00am Saturday 20th August and returned at 4pm on Sunday 21st August. The Campus will be vacant outside of these hours.

Mark Reeves (Principal, School for Student Leadership) and Michael Castersen (Campus Principal - Gnurad-Gundidj Campus)

Gnurad Gundidj Campus
Snowy River Campus
The Alpine School Campus

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".
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.