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Partnered with families. Welcoming friends.

There is something special about the way people respond to each other at Woodleigh. We have our own special character.

Ours is a community where laughter, diligence, curiosity, scholarship, kindness, honesty, excitement and an occasional touch of magic thrive.

While the tangible outcomes of a Woodleigh education can be seen in our excellent Year 12 results and tertiary placement record, the daily rewards experienced by each student continue year after year.

Education at Woodleigh has always been a partnership between school and families. We work with families to raise young adults who have a well developed sense of themselves and a true understanding of their values.

Our current and past parent groups work to support and represent the school. A growing program of past student events give past students many opportunities to re-connect with their old school.

Alumni

After a two-year pause, we're delighted to be reinvigorating our alumni program!

We've got big plans, but first things first, we need to stay connected!

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Thirteen years is a long time to spend in any one place. That’s how long we spend at school. So it’s pretty special when people willingly choose to come back to a place they’ve grown out of.

On Saturday 8 October, former students from 2001, 2002, and 2012 came back to Senior Campus for a Reunion in the Bush Chapel. The sun was shining, the frogs were ba-bonking, the drinks were cold; it had all the makings of a fine afternoon lolling about. But it would have been nothing without the folks who came on down, with their partners and kids, to chat, reconnect and reminisce about their time in this very special place.

It was great to see you all.

Making a Difference in the Community

WE LOVE IT WHEN PAST STUDENTS COME BACK TO SHARE THEIR STORIES!

Tahnee Burgess (2011), Dylan Bolch (2019), Caitlin Russo (2012) and Vanessa Weir (2011) returned to Senior Campus for our ‘Making a Difference in the Community’ Careers Assembly in Term 2. Addressing a crowd of Year 10 to 12 students, they spoke of their post-school journeys through tertiary education, employment progression and the twists, turns and reinventions that make up the passion and purpose-finding process that is building a career.

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Mother's Day Out

IN WHAT IS BECOMING A MUCH-ANTICIPATED STAPLE IN THE WOODLEIGH CALENDAR, MUMS, GRANDMAS AND SPECIAL WOMENFOLK ENJOYED A LEISURELY LONG LUNCH AT MERRICKS GENERAL STORE BACK IN MAY IN CELEBRATION OF MOTHER’S DAY.

During the lunch, guests were treated to a Q & A with two well-respected and admired Woodleigh alumni; Mel Gleeson, Founder & CEO of Endota Spa, current Woodleigh parent and Woodleigh Board member; and Emma Cleine, Founder & Owner of Lumiere Art & Co, current Woodleigh parent and Leader of the Arts Learning Area.

Through an engaging conversation, Mel and Emma challenged Woodleigh women to take risks, to back themselves, and do something they are passionate about. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

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International Women's Day Luncheon

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY THEME WAS 'BREAKING THE BIAS', AND WE WERE BLESSED TO HAVE CURRENT RICHMOND AFLW PLAY & 2016 GRADUATE MEG MACDONALD AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER AT THIS YEAR'S LUNCHEON.

My Woodleigh experience was so rewarding and I feel it supported shaping who I am today. The teachers were quite remarkable, there was so much diversity throughout the school, and you could always find someone you connected with.

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We love having past students and staff back on campus, sharing their wisdom and passion.

Careers, the Camps and Activities Programs, the Visual and Performing Arts, Sports and cultural events – there are so many opportunities for our community to be involved in Woodleigh life after leaving.

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Woodleigh School Alumni aims to maintain and enhance a vibrant community of alumni and friends worldwide.

The purpose of the Woodleigh School Alumni is to promote the welfare of Woodleigh School and to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between Woodleigh School and its alumni.

Woodleigh helps alumni connect with the school and with fellow graduates through a range of different events, services, and activities.

We invite you to join us at one of the upcoming events...


These days it is all too easy to stay up to date with what’s happening at Minimbah, Penbank, and Woodleigh.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and of course, make regular visits to the news sections of this site.

Of course, there's always 'Namalata,' the school's publication for current and past families, which is full of updates and stories of what Woodleigh folks are doing.

Namalata is nothing without your news – and whilst we have a good, functioning grapevine, we’d hate to miss anyone or anything. So let us know what you’re up to! We love hearing the news and stories of our past students and staff members.

We love receiving photos, stories, and other tidbits, please share with us at alumni@woodleigh.vic.edu.au or give us a call on 5971 6147.

We invite you to reconnect with Woodleigh. To update your contact details simply complete the form above.

Namalata

Welcome back to Namalata, Woodleigh's Community Magazine.

If you have any exciting stories to share, please reach out to Laura Maasburg, Alumni and Community Manager, or Adam Liddiard, Director of Community Relations, or call 5971 6100.

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WUGUBANK

Woodleigh School challenges the Adventurous Minds of students when Wugularr School and the Penbank Campus meet in Beswick

Dear Friends,

Your support of the Wugubank Partnership is immensely important to us.

This newsletter is about our recent adventure to Beswick involving Wugularr and Penbank Year 6 students. Growing from strength to strength, the Wugubank Partnership enables children to learn together.

Two-way learning at its best!

Over the years, the Wugularr mob and Penbank mob easily slip into gear when they meet. Whether it is on the Peninsula or at Beswick, it is two-way learning at its best. There is no judgement, simply so much to learn from our very diverse and amazing environments.

To see children sharing their worlds and culture, from the Bottom End to the Top End of Australia, is truly remarkable. Students explored an area known as Top Yard with Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Tango (Frankie Lane). They swam in the pure waters of the Waterhouse River system that runs through the community of Beswick and walked along its banks to see Rock Art created centuries ago by the Aboriginal people of this spectacular land. Children covered themselves in mud and danced around the rocks and the waterways. Such fun was had by all!

The Wugularr mob’s confidence has grown incredibly. At Nitmiluk the children taught the Penbank mob how to dance to prepare for a corroboree. They freely sang together and knew the songs that had been learnt in previous years. There was no shame. These were just a couple of examples that demonstrated how relationship building develops confidence and trust. It was a pleasure to see.


Education beyond and keeping connected

We are always very excited to see the Wugularr and Penbank mob get together. As students move into the secondary years, a number of them are choosing to attend school in Darwin or even in Melbourne. Recently we were very pleased to have Kenita B visit Salwyn currently living in Mt Eliza. Kenita is in Year 7 at MITS (Melbourne Indigenous Transition School) and Salwyn is past student of Woodleigh. Both Kenita and Salwyn enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with Penbank and Woodleigh friends for a Saturday BBQ.

Thank you

Special thanks are extended to David Quin for leading the Wugubank expeditions, the teachers and staff involved from both Penbank and Wugularr School, and importantly, the Beswick community for including us in their lives. It is truly a unique experience and privilege to be involved in this partnership fondly known as Wugubank!


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Woodleigh School Mops Group

MOPS (Mothers of Past Students) is a group of people, who have been associated with Woodleigh as mothers, staff, sometimes ex-students, and even fathers. We enjoy supporting Woodleigh events such as the vibrant Homestead Night and ever-creative Arty Market, and we love getting involved with the energy of the School.

Membership is purely casual – turn up when you can, even if it is only a few times a year. We gather for dinner at the Canadian Bay Hotel in Mount Eliza on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm, and new faces are always welcome.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with Peta Gogan at petagogan@bigpond.com or call our Community Relations team on 5971 6100. We would love to see a few new faces there!

Peta Gogan

MOPS Coordinator

Supporting Woodleigh School

Respect for ourselves, for others and our environment.

For over 40 years, Woodleigh School has relied on the generosity of our community to make our school be the best it can be. This aligns closely with our school’s values – respect for self, others and the environment.

When you give to Woodleigh, you are supporting life-changing scholarships, incredible support programs and investing in state of the art facilities across all of our campuses. School fees alone do not provide the capital needed to shape the future of Woodleigh School.

Every gift makes a genuine difference to the lives of students who attend Woodleigh School.

Woodleigh School Community Fund

Donations to the Woodleigh School Community Fund are not tax deductible. 

Woodleigh School’s Community Fund continues to promote respect, understanding and appreciation of others within our community. The Community Fund helps support Woodleigh School’s Community Programs and Partnerships including links with Wugubank, Ampilatwatja, Miwatj and the Sudanese Homework Club. These programs and partnerships provide valuable experiences for a wide range of students including those from local and remote communities across Australia. 

Woodleigh School Scholarship Fund

Donations over $2 to the Woodleigh School Scholarship Fund are tax deductible. 

Our scholarship program continues to be vitally important for all within our community. This fund provides opportunity to students who in normal circumstances would be unable to attend Woodleigh School. With your help, we can continue to make scholarships available to deserving students from across Australia who we believe will thrive in the Woodleigh environment and in turn make a significant contribution to the life of our school.

Bursaries also provide assistance to Woodleigh families who would otherwise not be able to continue to attend Woodleigh School without financial support.

Woodleigh School Building Fund

Donations over $2 to the Woodleigh School Building Fund are tax deductible.

The Woodleigh School Building Fund provides support for capital work. 

It supports the maintenance of existing buildings, the redevelopment of older buildings and construction of new buildings according to the school needs. 

Masterplans for all campuses at Woodleigh School are large scale, ambitious and long-term. We are committed to providing state of the art facilities in which to teach and learn.

To assist the Principal and the Board realise the exciting plans outlined in the Woodleigh School Masterplan at a pace not otherwise possible, we seek the generous financial and philanthropic support of our community.

For more information about how you can support Woodleigh School, please contact the Community Relations Department – communityrelations@woodleigh.vic.edu.au or phone 5971 6100.

Woodleigh School Smartphone App – Now available to download

Woodleigh’s iPhone/iPad App is now available from the App store as a free download. Go here: http://tinyurl.com/woodapp1

It is also available for Android devices here: http://tinyurl.com/woodapp2

The app is designed to allow Woodleigh School parents to access information about events and daily activities at the School. It will be updated daily to ensure that the information provided is the most current and up-to-date available.

You do not need to receive everything!

One of the features of this app is that you can sign up for only those notices and events that you wish to know about. So, if your child is in Year 5, you can choose to receive only Junior Campus information on the app, and not any information for Senior Campus parents.

There is a notice on the app to assist you with setting up this feature – just look at the notice section!

We trust that you will enjoy the convenience that this app will bring you. If you have any queries, please see below.

Application Support

We welcome any feedback and suggestions you may have, as the information available will continue to grow with time.

Please contact Adam Liddiard by email at aliddiard@woodleigh.vic.edu.au or by phone on (03) 5971 6100 with any enquiries.