CLPs - An overview Print E-mail

All school teams are selected to the School for Student Learning based on, amongst other things, a project related to their home communities.

Community Learning Projects (CLP) are chosen for their valuable contribution to the communities to which students belong. They address real and pertinent issues such as environmental concerns, social injustice, community safety, positive youth engagement and the like.

If youth are to be valued they must be participants of the society to which they belong. They need to be given active roles in making decisions and improving their communities. Community Learning Projects allow students to choose issues which they are passionate about and which the community values. They place students in an adult role and give them adult responsibilities and thereby assist in this transition from childhood to adulthood.

Community Learning Projects may be proposed by students or be an existing project. Students spend time in the first few weeks planning their project and doing any preliminary work to get these under way. The latter half of their time at Gnurad-Gundidj Campus is devoted more intensively to completing these.

Students are expected to have the planning and promotion of their project completed on leaving the Gnurad-Gundidj Campus but may not practically implement this project until they return to their communities. The implementation phase of their projects is often undertaken once they return and may involve the rest of their home school community or year level. Students are required to develop a comprehensive action plan prior to leaving Gnurad-Gundidj Campus.

A major focus for projects is on the process and students are required to regularly reflect on this and plan to implement necessary changes.

Example Projects

Students and teachers can view past examples of CLP projects completed by school teams attending Schools for Student Leadership campuses at the following links:

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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".
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.