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​Legally Blonde is AMAZING!

Musical theatre is playful. Often, musicals work with stereotypes or caricatures of parts of our society. Legally Blonde confronts many social stereotypes. This does not mean that the stereotypes are being endorsed, in fact it is often the reverse – they are being held up as a mirror reflecting aspects of society’s narrower attitudes so that the audience can reflect on their own preconceptions. As much fun as Legally Blonde is, the show also confronts some outdated patriarchal themes. The musical even portrays some characters whose thoughts and behaviour go against modern values, such as the “#MeToo” movement. Ultimately, Elle is successful because she is kind, considerate of others, a strong leader and intelligent. This is a Woodleigh kind of story!

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Beanie Festival Success!

​A big shout out and thank you to everyone who made it to this year's Beanie Festival! Such a great celebration of culture, creativity and craft, food, and feel-good fun! Events like this don't happen without the support of a huge band of supporters, students, staff and most importantly, parents and community members. (Special mention must go to Cathy and Jacki for their drive and stewardship of the event over the past four years!) So to all of you, a big warm hug of thanks and appreciation for your time, effort and talent! All funds raised go toward the Indigenous Community Partnerships Fund – more feel-good vibes right there!

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Comedy Night Gold!

​A big thank you to all of the parents and friends who made it to Saturday's Comedy Night #8! Fiona O'Loughlin​ and Des Dowling were absolute gold! Beyond the hilarity, we also managed to make some money to support the Minimbah Campus PFG.

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Big Sleep Out & Big Buy Back

​Two BIG student-driven community awareness initiatives happened at the Senior Campus this week. The first, the 'Big Buy Back' sought to re-home over 300kg of clothing, shoes and other personal effects from the tardis that is the lost property box, to avoid it going to waste! The second, was last night's 'Big Sleep Out' which was designed to give an insight into the hardships that many school-aged people in our community face day to day. Featuring guest speakers from local support agencies, the event highlighted the many issues related to a transient, uncertain life, either on the streets, temporary accommodation or crisis care. Congratulations to Francesca (Y11), Maks (Y12), Raia (Y10) and Dylan (Y12) for your leadership with these programs!​

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Minimbah Supporting Mums Supporting Families in Need!

Sophie, Lola, Lily, Jackson, Tom, Olivia, Bridget and Will from the Round Square Activity group at Minimbah Campus organised a Pyjama Day today! Instead of a gold coin donation, students had to donate a new pair of pyjamas, socks, undies or slippers, with all goods going to the local Mums Supporting Families In Need Inc. charity. MSFIN is a volunteer run charity assisting Victoria's most disadvantaged families with their material needs. Congratulations to these Year 5 and 6 students for helping to make sure that fewer local children will go without the essentials this winter.​​

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Winter Musicale 2019

Did you see it? The performance? Were you there? Or the livestream? Did you see that? It's available you know... Or you can just take in these images from last night's splendiferous Senior Campus Winter Musicale - a true showcase of Woodleigh's musical talent, from Year 7 through to Year 12. Classical, solo, Jazz, Rock, Choral... it goes on, and it goes well. Thank you and farewell too, to one of the most delightful people of the Jago universe (and that is saying something), Merilyn Green. After 20 years as the Music Secretary at Woodleigh, she is sailing into retirement... best wishes and love from us all!

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ReimaginED – curated by the Woodleigh Institute

Woodleigh School has been taking the lead in 'Reimagining the educational pathway for Senior Secondary students. On the Saturday before Camp Week, we created an opportunity for educators from government and private sectors to come together to reimagine a better way. This session involved over 80 participants in a generative dialogue punctuated by provocations from a range of local and international guest experts who gave their time and expertise to be a part of this exciting forward-thinking discussion.

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Grounded in Truth – Walking Together with Courage

We were delighted to welcome special guests and visitors to Woodleigh School during National Reconciliation Week. At the Penbank Campus we welcomed Wugularr School teacher, Mitch Noy, and teacher assistants, Libby Turner and Lucas George, to our school. Their visit was a part of a teacher exchange with Wugularr School. In return, Lorraine Ford and Chris Dinnage travelled to Wugularr to mentor staff. A most successful time for teachers to model practice and brainstorm ideas, we also enjoyed the times when Libby and Lucas shared their culture with children through art, drama and storytelling.

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Gen Z Mind Shifters: 2019 Round Square Conference @ Woodleigh

I was one of the students who had the opportunity to be a Barraza leader at the Woodleigh Round Square Conference. Being a Barraza leader meant that my partner and I were leading a small group of students on discussions about various topics, whilst playing games to have some fun. After we had listened to a speaker or had some activities, all of the students would break into our groups and discuss what we had just learned about. We used the games to make everyone feel comfortable and get to know each other. Once we had achieved this, we had some really valuable conversations about how we could apply what we were learning at Round Square into our schools and communities. In my group, there was a mixture of personalities which made some tasks hard, but I was glad to see that by the end of the week everyone seemed to be quite comfortable.

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Homestead Camp Week 2019

Surf, food, nature and sunsets... Twice a year, lessons at Senior Campus stop for Camp Week – a critical part of the educational experience offered at Woodleigh! Our Homestead Camp and Activities Week Programs offer a week-long, immersive program where students are directly engaged in real-world learning. Out of the classroom and working together, Woodleigh students have a chance to live by the consequences of their actions and, as a result of the 24/7 nature of the experience, develop deeper relationships with their peers, while connecting with staff on another level. Collaboration and teamwork are non-negotiable! As a result of the challenges faced by students, they stretch beyond their usual boundaries, developing new skills, resiliency and taking the opportunity to put their personal values into action.

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