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Celebrating 20 years of Wesley at Clunes

The iconic Sunrise Walk at Clunes
On a clear day you can see forever - many students over the past 20 years have enjoyed the iconic Sunrise Walk

Close to 7,000 students have now experienced the Clunes Year 9 program, one that many graduates say is their most memorable Wesley experience. In 2020 we celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the program and you’re invited!


The year 2020 marks a significant event – 20 years of partnership between Wesley College and the township of Clunes, and we’re inviting former students and staff, along with the people of Clunes, to join together on 22 March to celebrate.

Come and share your Wesley at Clunes story and see how the program has developed over the years. The day will feature student-led tours, workshops and demonstrations, musical performances and a specially curated exhibition featuring every Clunes group since 2000.

Our refreshed Year 9 program, trialled in 2019, means we can now provide even greater opportunities for experiential learning in and around Clunes. Our ‘classroom’ has always centred around the people, stories and historic built environment of the town and surrounding district. Students’ learning has encompassed the Dja Dja Wurrung perspective, the impact of colonialism, the transformational influence of gold on the region and contemporary issues facing regional communities. These include sustainability, renewable energy, modern farming practice, mental health and wellbeing and the role of sporting clubs in regional communities. Alongside this has been a focus on social and emotional learning as students navigate the challenges of shared living.

Clunes, the Next Chapter, our roadmap for the future development of programs and infrastructure at Clunes, will be officially launched on the day, coinciding with the Clunes Group 81 Festival Day. It’s hard to believe that close to 7,000 students have now experienced the Clunes Year 9 program. We look forward to everyone rediscovering their 15-year-old self and getting a glimpse into the future of learning at Clunes.