School for Student Leadership
Is a Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development 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".
Each year, Fitzroy High School applies for 6 positions (3 boys and 3 girls) at each of these leadership campuses. Typically, we successfully apply to at least one of the campuses. For students to attend, they must first apply outlining the reasons they believe it would benefit them to attend this program.
They must also explain how they will use their leadership skills on return to Fitzroy. Lastly, they need to outline what their Community Learning Project (CLP) idea is, which is a requirement as part of the group attending the leadership school.
In the past, students have attempted Community Learning Projects in mentoring for Year 7’s, development of a rain garden, installing of indigenous foods to the school kitchen garden and recycling of mobile phones for the Melbourne Zoo program “They’re Calling on You”.