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The Week Ahead at Senior Campus

​Dear Woodleigh Families,

Following Friday's letter from David Baker, I'm writing to outline the details of the Continuous Learning Plan for Senior Campus students next week. Our staff are working hard to continue our engaging programs via zoom until we return to campus and face-to-face learning.

Images from our Reconciliation Week Assembly – featuring a performance by IOP – Indigenous Outreach Projects

The Week Ahead at Senior Campus

Senior Campus students will have a slightly delayed start to the week with a Homestead/Tutor check-in at 10am on Monday. Lesson 2 will commence at 10.25am, and we have swapped Lessons 1 and 4 on Monday, as the Activities Program will not run next week. 

Monday's timetable will be as follows for all Senior Campus students:

Tutor Check-In            10.00am – 10.20am
Lesson 2                      10.25am – 11.30am
Lesson 3                      11.30am – 12.35pm
Lunch                          12.35pm – 1.35pm
Lesson 1                      1.35pm – 2.40pm
Lesson 5                      2.40pm – 3.45pm

Lesson details will be updated on SEQTA pages

65-minute classes will run as follows:

  • 40 minutes face to face - synchronous 
  • 25 minutes independent work - asynchronous 

More detail about the Continuous Learning Plan (CLP), including timetables and other relevant information can be located at: https://www.wscontinuouslearning.com/ from Sunday afternoon.

The following provides a brief outline for students by year level:

Years 7-10 

All students were reminded to take all learning materials home and briefed on setting up and using zoom safely and productively. Students will check in with their Tutor at 10am on Monday and begin Lesson 2 at 10.25am. SEQTA will house learning programs, lesson details and zoom links for each subject area. 

Year 10 ONLY 

The Year 10 exam schedule has been paused for next week, and they will follow their normal timetable via Zoom. In-class assessments may occur over Zoom.

Year 11

Year 11 students were asked to take all resources home yesterday in preparation for next week. They will commence Monday with a check-in with their tutor via Zoom at 10am. At 10.25am all students will undertake a Unit 1/2 English or English Literature exam via Zoom during Lessons 2 and 3. This is scheduled to finish at 12.45pm. They will follow their usual timetable after lunch on Monday, with Lesson 1 replacing Lesson 4 and Lesson 5 as per normal. 

The remainder of their exam schedule for next week has been paused, and they will follow their regular timetable via Zoom. In-class assessments may occur over Zoom next week.

Year 12

We will be sending home an Operoo request asking your permission to allow your child to meet with teachers individually or in small groups. Please attend to this as a priority as students have upcoming scheduled assessments which they are preparing for. Year 12s will commence Monday with a check-in with their tutor via Zoom at 10am. At 10.25am, they will start their normal timetable with Lesson 2 via Zoom. Lessons 1 and 4 have been swapped for the day. 

Tuesday 1 June to Thursday 3 June (inclusive) 

Senior Campus students will keep to their regular timetable and experience partially synchronous (face-to-face) lessons each day. Students will be expected to zoom in for each lesson at the designated time to work with their teacher before continuing with work set asynchronously. The Activities Program will not be running during this time, with students expected to catch up on set work.

On-Campus Support for Students

As advised by the State Government and outlined in David's earlier email, Woodleigh's Essential Services Program will run from Monday 31 May. The Program is provided for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children. The criteria for essential workers is included in the COVID-19 Table of Restrictions which you can download here. You will note that there are several categories listed. We are endeavouring to strike a balance between parents who need support while encouraging families to follow Government guidelines as far as practical to keep this lockdown as short as possible. 

If both parents fit the criteria of an essential worker or there is a concern for a vulnerable child, please email me at headofseniorcampus@woodleigh.vic.edu.au with the following details:

  • Name and Year Level of each child
  • Essential Service category of both parents 
  • Day/s of attendance for each child

Please ensure this communication happens before 11am on Friday 28 May, as Operoo (formerly Care Monkey) permissions will need to be coordinated and sent to families that day.

I've included some links to documents that have been emailed to students. They cover accessing and using ZOOMthe respectful use of online platforms and our expectations of students in virtual classrooms and how to view my learning on SEQTA. If you or your child requires additional support, please email our IT Department at helpdesk@woodleigh.vic.edu.au. Please be mindful that our IT Team will be extremely busy, and your patience with accessing support is appreciated. 

I'm hopeful that this COVID lockdown is short-lived, and we can be back on campus late next week. We've been through this before and will continue to keep you fully informed as new information comes to hand. Thank you for your continued support; if you have anything you would like to discuss further, please don't hesitate to contact your child's tutor, in the first instance, or myself, via reception. 

Other Changes:

Due to the lockdown, we have made the following changes to our upcoming event schedule.

  • The Senior Campus Subject Selection Night, Tuesday 1 June, will now take place on Zoom. We hope all current Year 8, 9, 10, and 11 students and their parents can attend this important event. Keep an eye out for the Zoom link in the coming days.
  • We have decided to postpone our Reconciliation Dinner at the Penbank Campus next Wednesday night, 2 June. We hope to reschedule this important cultural event for Term 3. Refunds have been issued to all ticket holders.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate life with COVID-19 together. We will continue to keep you updated with the most recent information. 

Subject Selection

Woodleigh School is proud to offer a diverse curriculum and has excellent teachers committed to helping students reach their goals. The school provides terrific opportunities for our students with a broad range of subjects from which our students can select. Each year, the school prioritises creating a new timetable to meet the needs of individual students best. The school does its very best to create a personalised program for each student to give them every opportunity to reach their career goals. 

On Tuesday 1 June 2021, both parents and students are invited to a Subject Selection Evening. This session will now take place in an online forum. We will send you a link shortly. 

The evening aims to provide important information, needing to consider when choosing subjects and future learning pathways. The evening is structured to meet the needs of each year level. Essential information will be presented by several different staff, including:

  • Lucy Kane - Head of Learning - Years 7 - 9
  • Amy White - Head of Learning - Senior Secondary
  • Bryn Bowen - Acting VCE Coordinator
  • Gina Bolch - Director of Careers 
  • Derek Kirk - VET Coordinator

The evening contains of 2 sessions:

Session 1: VCE 2022, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Current Year 10, 11 families and students attending this session will focus on the requirements of VCE, acceleration opportunities, Vocational Education & Training in Schools (VET), School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) pathways and Higher Education Study programs in 2022.

Session 2: Year 9 and 10 2022, 7.00pm - 7:45pm

Current Year 8 and 9 families and students are focusing on Year 9 and 10 subject offerings, Vocational Education & Training in Schools (VET), School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) pathways and acceleration opportunities in 2022.

In preparation for the evening, we are asking families to send in questions before the event. We also ask that you take the time to review the subject selection handbooks below.

Subject Selection Handbooks are available via the following links:

VCE Subject Selection Handbook 2022

Year 9 and 10 Subject Selection Handbook 2022

To add further support to the subject selection process, families encouraged to schedule a follow-up appointment to speak with a teacher of a VCE Subject area on Thursday, 15 July. Additional information regarding bookings for this evening will be available later in the term.

Each year level has a variety of support with the subject selection process. These have included: 

Year 8 into Year 9, 2022

Year 8 students will receive links to their Subject Selection Handbooks this week. Students are very welcome to attend the evening with you, although it is not compulsory. Students will have a briefing in the Hall during a Morning Meeting to go through the process of choosing their subjects. 

Year 9 into Year 10, 2022

Year 9 students have also commenced accessing information to support their selections.

On Friday, 14 May, Year 9 students participated in a Careers information session to outline the core and elective subjects. Students were given the Subject Selection Handbook, Acceleration process and senior pathway options, including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and School-Based Apprenticeship'sApprenticeship's and Traineeships (SBAT).

Within the Humanities program, students have commenced ''The changing world of work''. Within this unit, students will learn about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace and begin understanding enterprising skills.

Year 10 into VCE, 2022

Throughout this term, Year 10 students have engaged with a career development program ''Your Future is in Your Hands," during Homestead. These sessions have a strong focus on students commencing career investigations in the light of the subject selection process. Students will also have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with our Director of Careers to discuss their Morrisby results, explore career options and plan a Senior Years program. 

In addition, Year 10 students attended a VCE Subject Expo session with current VCE students. The purpose of this session was to provide an opportunity for students to engage in a conversation about the student's experience and perspective of the VCE and VET offerings. 

Year 11 into Year 12, 2022

Year 11 students will have a subject selection information session within the Homestead program during this term. Students are encouraged to investigate various career options and seek advice from their tutor, subject teachers, and Director of Careers. 

Year 12 – Tertiary or TAFE study, Apprenticeships, work or a GAP year.

Year 12 students have a wide range of careers supports in place. All students were invited to meet with the Director of Careers during Term 1 to establish goals, review study habits, and learn the VTAC and SEAS process. 

VTAC applications open in August, and all Year 12 students have a 1:1 meeting with the Director of Careers. During this interview, the Director of Careers will support the students to complete the application process, SEAS and Scholarships. Students can also request help with Interstate and International applications. The school will also support when results are released and throughout the change of preference time (December) and when offers are made (next January).

We ask families for their support with the subject selection process in ensuring that preferences are logged online and signed subject selection receipts are returned to reception by 9 am Tuesday, 3 August. Any students requesting to accelerate in a VCE study must also have completed and submitted the relevant application form by this date.

We look forward to supporting our students in discussing their future aspirations throughout this period. Should you require any additional support, please feel free to contact the school.

Take care and stay safe,

NATALIE McLENNAN
Head of Senior Campus