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Have you heard? Our Intensive Learning Support Program (ILSP) will now be known as Nurtja, a Yorta Yorta word meaning ‘forest.’

The change has been made to complement the titles of our Neighbourhoods at Greater Shepparton Secondary College, which are named in language after prominent trees on Country: Biyala (River Red Gum), Dharnya (Grey Box), and Bayuna (Yellow Box).

Following endorsement from the Bangerang Language Circle and and Yorta Yorta representatives, this particular name was chosen to reflect the symbolism of a forest. Just as collective root system of a forest provides additional stability for younger trees, intuitively sharing nutrients where required, ILSP provides the stability to support individual student growth. Supports are well grounded and rooted in the GSSC values.

We wanted to continue to use language throughout our built environments, with links to elements of Country significant to this region and I think ‘Nurtja’ is a great fit for this program.

About the Nurtja program

The Nurtja Program is designed to provide additional supports for students to meaningfully engage in learning.

With a low staff student ratio, learning is customised to suit the individual needs of students. Targeted supports centred on differentiated learning, personal development, social and emotional wellbeing allows students to grow at their own pace.

Student connection to the Hawdon Street campus is maintained with regular classes delivered onsite, with a view to fully reengage in mainstream learning at the conclusion of their individual program.\

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