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Announcing the appointment of the sixth Principal of Woodleigh School

Dear Woodleigh Community,

​We are very pleased to announce that the Board has appointed Mr David Baker as the new Principal of Woodleigh School, commencing in Term 2, 2020.

As testament to Woodleigh's standing in the education sector, the position attracted an exceptionally strong field of final candidates, including existing Principals and Deputies from local, interstate and overseas schools.  After a thorough and detailed sounding, search, selection and interview process, the Board resolved that David Baker is the community minded, progressive, experiential and holistic educator to lead us in the next phase of Woodleigh’s development. David is very familiar with Woodleigh and its educational philosophy. He grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and is very excited to be returning to a place he holds so dear.


David has been Principal of Gippsland Grammar, a multi-campus school, for the past seven years and brings with him 28 years of education experience from Mentone Grammar as Deputy Principal, Peninsula Grammar as Head of Senior School and Head of Middle School and Wesley College as a VCE/IB Physics Teacher. He is deeply committed to coeducation, is an impressive strategic thinker and already has a strong understanding of the forward facing, student centred and personalised nature of a Woodleigh education. David believes students and staff flourish in a school where they have a sense of belonging and connectedness and that Woodleigh is a school that nurtures that sense, ignites a passion for learning and allows students to be individuals.

We are looking forward to David, his wife Jane and their family joining the Woodleigh community and experiencing all the opportunities it has to offer.

We are also pleased to announce that David Burton will be Acting Principal from December 2019 and has already commenced the handover process. David is well known to you all as Head of Senior Campus. He has a deep knowledge of our community and has held the Acting Principal position in the past.

Thank you to all that have provided input during the selection process. We look forward in Term 4, to celebrating the year that has been, farewelling Jonathan Walter and acknowledging his achievements and contemplating the exciting future ahead.  

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Gabriel
Board Chair