Welcome to the new school year, everyone!
Looking good in our very smart, new school uniform, we have experienced a wonderful start.
Transitioning into the new school uniform has occurred seamlessly (pardon the pun!). We are absolutely delighted that families have been most enthusiastic to update their child’s school clothing with the additional new items. A reminder that black leather school shoes are compulsory. For a minority of children with foot issues, we will accept a black jogger-type shoe. However, we do expect this footwear to look like a traditional school shoe. Also, accessories, such as ribbons, are navy-blue. Please purchase the new school socks that very nicely complement the whole outfit. Thank you so much for your support of this change.
As a collaborative learning community at Penbank, an important part of welcoming families involves a number of occasions – supporting families to get to know what’s happening in the year ahead at Woodleigh, and most importantly the Penbank Campus. Attendance at school events enables parents to learn too.
We had an excellent attendance at the PFG Morning Tea on the first day, the Parent Information Night, and at our first School Meeting (Assembly). These occasions are vital times where parents can learn about the overall learning environment of the school, while getting to know teachers and parents of your children’s friends. I thank all parents for a most enthusiastic and positive start. It has been a very happy one!
I also sincerely thank the staff for their dedication and commitment in starting the school year. Their effort to provide a beautifully enriching environment for your children to work in, is nothing less than outstanding. Thank you, team!
A nice piece of history ...
It was 40 years ago that children moved into their newly located school at Moorooduc.
Formerly the Mornington Peninsula Community School, the beginning of 1979 was a very exciting year when the original part of our very innovative school building was opened. The original building included the hall and rooms on the northern side of the fireplace. It was an innovative design then, and as the school has developed, we have continued to provide learning spaces that enable children to learn collaboratively, with adequate personal space, and through creative and hands-on endeavours. Now the Penbank Campus of Woodleigh School, we are very proud of our achievements and philosophy that continues to progressively educate growing young boys and girls.
A continuous upgrade …
Forty years on, the summer break was an ideal time to renovate the toilets and bathrooms.
I thank Lindsey (Property Manager) and his team for transforming the toilet areas for our boys and girls. Although they look very similar to the original, everything is brand new from floor to ceiling. Thanks, Linds.
You will also notice the replacement of dining furniture in the hall. Do enjoy the new home comforts!
On behalf of the staff, we are looking forward to catching up with you, and wish everyone a most industrious, purposeful and fulfilled educational experience across the year.
Head of Penbank – Deputy Principal, Woodleigh School
At the recent Parent Information Night, I reminded parents of some well-researched and critical requirements that promote school success for students.
- Be at school every day.
- Be on time – aim to arrive by 8.30 am.
- Contact Reception if your child is late or needs to leave early.
- Be prepared the night before school with diaries signed, readers/books read and homework complete by the due date (older students).
- Full participation = optimum learning!
Supporting Teachers Supports Students
- Attend your first Parent/Teacher Interview.
- Be a partner with your child’s teacher. In reference to a specific issue, do it privately, not in front of your child.
- Normalise challenges – things don’t always go according to plan!
- Make a point never to criticise your child’s teacher in front of your child.
- Be interested in your child’s learning – provide your child with a good night’s sleep, areas for doing homework and/or activities and supervision/limits of all IT devices and technology.
- Know what’s ahead – keep the school calendar close at hand – the Notices and Newsletter sections of the Woodleigh School App are most useful.
- Speak to the right people – Reception staff are your key ‘go to’ people!
- Stay calm!
Respecting School Requirements
- After school routines and options – travel by bus, choir, training, after school care if you are unable to collect your child by 3.50pm.
- Car parking routines – staff on duty will guide you!
- Phones – off limits at school.
- Supporting basic rules such as behavioural expectations and relationship building, uniform requirements and general conditions for positive participation.
Being a Volunteer
- Please acquire a Working With Children’s Check – login: workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
- Participation may include classroom support, excursions, some camps, extra-curricular activities, events, fundraising and the PFG (Parents and Friends Group) – see your child’s teacher to discuss the best way you can help.
- Be there!
It is with pleasure that we welcome to Woodleigh, Jodie Kirchner – PYP Co-ordinator of the Junior Campuses of Woodleigh School. Jodie’s role is to lead the development of this exciting curriculum framework across both Penbank and Minimbah. Jodie has already worked with teachers and is getting to know students while learning about our current programs and practices.
In January, we were very pleased to find out that we have been granted status as a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) at the Minimbah and Penbank Campuses, as well as the Middle Years Program (MYP) for Years 7–9. This is wonderful recognition of the learning and teaching already happening at Woodleigh.
The PYP is an inquiry-based program for students aged 3–12 years old that seeks to nurture and develop active, caring, internationally-minded students who are life-long learners. The implementation of the PYP will enhance and support the five essential elements of learning and teaching at Woodleigh. With a focus on learning that is relevant, significant, challenging and engaging for all students, as well as an emphasis on skills and dispositions for living and learning, the values embedded in the PYP align well to the values at Woodleigh. The following link is a video that has a little more information about the PYP.
As a staff, we are excited to explore the PYP as a framework for learning and teaching and we look forward to sharing this with you as the year unfolds.
The first of our camps during Term 1 involve students in Year 3 to Year 5.
Camps at Woodleigh provide students with a continuum of unique opportunities, along with a community of teachers who nurture experiences that result in self-respect and appreciation for human endeavours. Camps help children learn and grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment.
The benefits of school camp are numerous:
- Development of social skills
- Development of independence skills
- Learning about different ways of living; the natural world, our past and present, other cultures
- Development of decision-making skills
- Increased environmental awareness by spending time in nature
- Learning new skills, discovering new interests
Preparation is key – enjoy supporting your child in packing their gear and making it fun. These adventures at Penbank are just the beginning of the many wonderful and unique experiential opportunities ahead at Woodleigh. The Year 3 & 4 Camp is at Golden Valleys Lodge; the Year 5 Camp – Wilsons Promontory.
Specific camp information will be distributed via CareMonkey.
My Number One Go-To Resource for ALL Questions Regarding eSafety!
Often parents come to me with questions regarding their child’s use of technology. Questions relate to many different things, such as:
- How much screen time should I allow my child?
- My child wants an Instagram account because all his/her friends have one. How do I say no?
- Do you know about a game called Apex Legends? My child wants to play it all the time!
My first response is to direct concerned parents to the website of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. My second response is to go to this resource myself to see what I can learn.
This website is provided by the Australian Government as a resource for all Australians, young and old. Formerly a resource for parents and children, the organisation now recognises that technology and the Internet can cause problems for vulnerable elderly people just as easily as for children, albeit often of a different nature (think elaborate scams).
I urge parents to become familiar with The Office of the eSafety Commissioner as a matter of duty to help us raise children that are responsible, resilient and respectful digital citizens who are capable of reasoning. These 4 Rs were the focus of Safer Internet Day on the 5th of February, and they sum up neatly the fundamental tenets for being safe and well-functioning members of a digital world:
- Respect – I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated.
- Responsibility – I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong.
- Reasoning – I question what is real.
- Resilience – I get back up from tough situations.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a valuable resource. As always, we welcome your questions and we are happy to offer our support, but nothing will take the place of informed adults who actively monitor and manage their children’s use of technology. It is my belief that children should have no expectations of privacy regarding the use of technology, and it is up to parents and caregivers to impose rules governing how, when and why technology is used.
All the best,
Justin de Lacy
School Sport Victoria (SSV) Team Online Registration Process – 12 Years and Under
Registration to trial for AFL, Netball, Soccer and Basketball state teams has traditionally started with nominations through schools to attend district trials.
School Sport Victoria (SSV) have advised that this process has now changed to an online registration process. District trials will no longer be held.
The SSV website www.ssv.vic.edu.au provides important information and a video on the process as well as application forms, and must be visited.
Key points include:
- Parents must consult with their Sport Teacher at the school to ensure their child has a high skill level to trial and represent their school.
- It is imperative that teachers will decide on your child’s capability of representing their school at a state level before registering online.
- This discussion with the school Sport Teacher is necessary, as all students MUST get the Sport Teacher/Coordinator's and the Principal's signature on their registration form prior to attending a trial.
- The Eventbrite ticket, application form signed by the Principal and Sport Teacher/Coordinator and proof of payment must be handed to the Division Trial Coordinator on the day of the trial.
- Applicants will be notified of arrangements for the Division trial once registrations have closed.
Note: Registration for Division trials closes on Friday 1 March 2019.
PE and Outdoor Education
We are delighted the Wugularr students will be visiting Penbank during Term 1 for the first time.
A much better time of year, seasonally, the children will be better able to participate in life on the Mornington Peninsula. As they will be visiting during Close the Gap and Cultural Diversity Week, there will be a range of experiences that all families can be involved in.
Harmony Day, a special feature of the week, is Thursday 21 March. A Harmony Day Twilight Picnic, held at Penbank, in recognition of Closing the Gap and Harmony Day, will be a special occasion for all Woodleigh families and extended Aboriginal communities and friends. Musicians and entertainment will ensure that Penbank’s Harmony Day Twilight Picnic will be loads of fun for all ages!
More information to come.
More historical news …
We have reached a 10-year milestone in our relationship with Wugularr School and the Beswick Community.
January 2009 – Penbank teacher, Craig Pauwels commenced teaching at Wugularr School.
September 2009 - Vivienne visited Wugularr School, voluntarily working in classrooms.
October 2009 – Judy Seager and Janine Everett visited Wugularr School to set up the library and run art classes.
National Reconciliation Week/May 2010 – Wugularr Year 4/5 & 6 students, teacher and community members visited Penbank. Since then, a most successful partnership has developed with Wugularr/Penbank, and now Woodleigh SC students, visiting each other every year.
2015 – Wugularr student, Salwyn Farrell, has his first trial at Woodleigh’s Senior Campus in Year 9, spending a month living with the Everett family. Salwyn is officially enrolled at Woodleigh, March 2016. Salwyn is now in Year 12 and will be the first student from his community to complete Year 12 in another state.
2017 – Wugularr student, Kenita Bush, joins MITS - Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. Kenita moved onto Huntingtower, Mount Waverley, 2018. Kenita is currently in Year 9.
2019 – Kenita’s sister, Tatiana, commences at MITS.
2019 – Former Penbank and Woodleigh student, Charlotte Wearne, commences teaching at Wugularr School.
A remarkable 10 years, many children and adults have learnt so much from this wonderful partnership. Opportunities have immerged due to the trust, friendships and understandings that have developed over time. It is two-way learning – one of sharing, learning, relationship building, respect and understanding, and becoming family. We have much to celebrate in this 10th year of learning and being together.
I am delighted that Andrea Khoza will be taking on a co-ordinating role with the program planning and organisation of Wugubank activities and events. Andy will head to Wugularr in Week 5 to assist in the preparation of students for our very exciting Wugubank Week commencing Sunday 17 March.