Happy holidays from Mr Baker

As this is my last Messenger article for 2022, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a very merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

As I prepare today’s message, I have had time to reflect on what has been a successful year, and a year full of optimism and hope for the future. Personally, 2022 has been my first full year at Woodleigh, without interruption from pandemic-related matters, and my first chance to see everything this school has to offer.

It has also been a year to set our direction for the future, to determine our vision and be clear about the school we want to be and become. Our Learning to Thrive strategic plan is ambitious, hopeful, and most importantly provides clarity about our purpose as a school: the purposeful development of creative, compassionate, skilful and resilient young people who can thrive in an ever-changing world.

This document, while incredibly ambitious, provides the reference point we need to progress as a school and ensure that we continue to challenge the current norms about education, making courageous choices about how best to engage and purposefully develop the young people in our care.

This is an exciting time, yet in 2023 the hard work begins. This work starts with developing a shared understanding within our community about the projects we are embarking upon, a shared commitment to ensuring we deliver on what we promise, and a core belief that our actions will significantly benefit our students. Building capacity, building practice, and building community will be at the heart of these efforts.

In the interim, we will all stop, take a deep breath and enjoy some downtime with our families over the summer break. In order to be effective in the new year, we need to be refreshed and energised by some time away from school.

My hope is that all of our families will have a great Christmas break, will enjoy time together that is joyful and nourishing for the soul. Enjoy some time to read that book, ride that bike, or surf that wave.

Merry Christmas and take care,