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Parents Bulletins & Letters - No 4

Parent Bulletin - No 4Fourth Letter from the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus and Community

Fourth letter home to Parents of Gnurad-Gundidj Campus Students Term 3
- 4th September 2018

Hello again! I trust you all enjoyed your Visiting Weekend. I have heard the usual (for us) mixed reports from your sons and daughters about the weekend, but more good than otherwise, which is totally normal! Some said, “It was great to see mum and dad, but I couldn’t wait to get back “HOME…!” And the home they refer to is ....sorry to say this…here. You need to be assured that the time of real settlement at Gnurad is now happening for your son or daughter. Paradoxically, the time of departure is also fast approaching. I am sure you will notice the difference in your son or daughter between the recent visit and the conclusion on Saturday 22nd September, 2018..

The time following Parents Visiting Weekend is, in our experience, a time when the communication may further decrease, perhaps after an initial “flurry” of correspondence just after the weekend. I am not sure if it has been the case with you? It is almost as if students need to see their parents again just to make sure everything is still okay at home so they can have “permission” to really immerse themselves in the final weeks. That lack of communication is perhaps one aspect of the “immersion”. Be assured; in our experience it is normal and it is not about deliberately keeping you uninformed! For those of us who have experienced the monosyllabic “grunt” responses from teenagers (you know the ones, Q: “how was your day at school?” A: “Good” in a muffled, sandwich-eating way as more food is grazed from the fridge…), ANY form of communication is a bonus! No news is, truly and often, good news! If there is an issue, we will definitely call you!

Our students share with us that the time here is going too fast for them; but we know as adults know that life seems to do just that!

With every good wish.
On behalf of the team of staff at Gnurad.

[This is a snapshot of the most recent letter - please download and read the letter for full information]

Mark Reeves (Principal) and Sean Fitzpatrick (Campus Principal)

 
Parents Bulletins & Letters - No.1 // Arrival Day!

Parent Bulletin - No 1First letter from Gnurad-Gundidj Campus - Sunday July 22 2018

Arrival Day at the Gnurad Gundidj Campus!
A Snaphot of Letter 1...

Welcome to the community of the Gnurad Gundidj for our Term 3 nine week program.

During the course of the next nine weeks we shall be emailing you several times. These letters will also be posted on our website and a student blog will enable you to see and read about current and daily events. The content of the communication is to assist you with your side of the Gnurad Gundidj Campus experience. The letters will not necessarily deal with individuals and their achievements, but more about the living and learning process all students will be undertaking. We want to provide you with some early reminders and information for your arrival day and to perhaps help you on your return and continued journey.

Students are involved in a number of important processes this term; discovering their learning preferences, expeditions, working with a local primary school, hosting a range of guests, developing a portfolio of their journey, presentation of their learning and ultimately a Community Learning Project presentation day for important school and community leaders.

Mark Reeves (Principal) & Sean Fitzpatrick (Campus Principal - Gnurad Gundidj Campus)

Term 3, 2018 Student Team Activities

 
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".
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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.