A Christmas message from the Cocoon!

Here we are at the end of our year in the Cocoon group, and what an incredible year of learning it has been! A significant part of this year has been the many opportunities we have shared to build the sense of community we so deeply value here at Minimbah and Woodleigh School. A key characteristic of thriving communities (thriving, active and engaged communities that people want to visit and where members contribute regularly) is a sense of belonging. A sense of community is essential for a thriving, ongoing, sustainable community.

Over the year, we have shared opportunities for socialisation and exchanges, which place communication at the heart of building the values that enrich a sense of belonging. The core values at Woodleigh are the 3 R'S of respect for self, others and the environment.

This year at Minimbah, we have shared as a community; Mother's and special friends' celebration, Father's and special friends' breakfast, Grandparents Day, whole school assemblies, IDAHOBIT day, Reconciliation Week, Book Week and the Dream Puppets, The Little Mermaid Minimbah Production, "In Living Colours" Woodleigh VCE art exhibition.

In the ECC, we have shared our creek day; neighbourhood walks, visits to Derinya Reserve, incursions from Wildlife Exposure, Vikki Conley, Valanga Khoza, visits from Uncle Lionel and Uncle Shane, excursions to Willum Warrain, family mystery readers, yoga with Jordan, music with Jules, specialist classes that include, dance, art, PMP, music, the Cocoon Art Exhibition, and the Body Safe program.

"It takes a village to raise a child" is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must provide for and interact positively with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. This certainly has been reflective of our experience together this year.

Thank you to all our families for your contributions, support and engagement over the year and for sharing your beautiful children with us. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing, restful holiday break.

Warmest Wishes,

The Cocoon Educators