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We Are The School For Student Leadership.
8 Week Residential Program for Year 9 Students at the Don Valley Campus
Leadership Program

Student Program & Campus Timetable.

Term 2 2024 9 week Curriculum Program
Our Place

Don Valley Campus.

Find out about our unique campus situated in the Yarra Valley Ranges
Information for Parents & Guardians

Family & Home Information

Key Days & Dates in our Program, Campus Handbook & FAQs

It is more than a school; it is a home, a place of play, relaxation, relationships, friendships, emotions, health, sickness, eating, sleeping and waking, learning and adventure…

The School for Student Leadership program is based on experiential learning which, in a nutshell, means we try to learn from all experiences rather than just those that take place in the classroom.

Experiential Learning.

Our students are able to increase the connectedness to the environment and their respective communities, develop their own self-worth and self-belief; and create stronger relationships with their communities of peers, families, and staff.


Don Valley Campus

Don Valley Campus

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Don Valley Campus, School for Student Leadership

Let’s hear from students …

Personal responses from some of our Yr 9 students about their Don Valley Campus SSL experience …

  • My greatest challenge was learning how to bring the best out of myself, as before coming to the SSL I struggled to find how to cope with changes in my emotions and how to reflect upon my experiences. The Don Valley Campus and their staff have shown me how to find that part of myself where I can set goals for myself, how to work for my goal, and how to actually achieve my goals.

    Hudson, 2023

  • During my time at the SSL I have changed so many bad habits. I have already significantly reduced the amount of negative self talk I do, and instead have replaced it with positive self talk. I have been challenged so much and have been able to show a greater amount of resilience than ever before, pushing through every challenge. And there were challenges. I have also been able to look further into myself, learning about different factors on my emotion and why I may or may not feel different things.

    Cadel, 2023

  • My proudest moment was climbing the top of Mt St Leonard and realizing all the moments I’ve had on this camp and struggles I’ve had but still pushing through.

    Aya, 2023

  • I have become more independent, resilient and connected to nature.

    Tayla, 2023

  • My proudest moment so far at SSL was being able to overcome my challenges even when I doubted myself and didn’t think I was capable of doing it; I was able to push myself and persevere.

    Kallin, 2023

Don Valley Campus, School for Student Leadership program for Year 9 Students
MTB Bike Riding Skills & Adventure Activities

Mutual trust, care & respect

School for Student Leadership

As our students, as emerging leaders live, eat, work, play, get ill, socialise and emotionalise at our place 24/7, the total care and wellbeing of our students is number one.

A Focus on Student’s Care & Wellbeing

Understanding how to care, attend to and support students undertaking a significant separation is the first priority of the success of our schools.

Communication between families, students and staff.

A unique residential
education experience
for year 9 students.

Students live and work in a very close environment with up to 45 of their peers;

They sleep, eat, shower and work all under the one roof and the neighbouring environment.

Find out more about Campus Life:

Don Valley Campus Life - Yr 9 students engaged & learning in one of our many unique classroom environments
Don Valley Campus Life - Year 9 Students

Each term, school teams of year 9 students selected from both metropolitan and country regions attend the Don Valley Campus


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