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Lockdown Circuit Breaker #2

I trust today’s Messenger finds you all well and the children are ready for a return to remote learning for the next four days. I am looking forward to welcoming our ECC students and essential worker group onsite tomorrow and checking in the zooms with different classes. Now would be the perfect time to be practising GEM from the Resilience Project: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. I have you all in my thoughts and want you to know I am here for any support you or your children may require. Please do not hesitate to reach out. We will see this latest lockdown out together.

It’s Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week runs until 3 June.  It was terrific to welcome members of the Indigenous Outreach Project who performed a dance item for us and conducted workshops with the children throughout the day. Our student contributions to the assembly were mighty and brought our visitors to tears. To witness such profound and raw emotion was very special indeed. Our students demonstrated such incredible respect and insight. They embody the 2021 theme for reconciliation: “Reconciliation – More than a word, it takes ACTION”. Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – individuals, families, communities, organisations and notably as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian and Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Please find a great resource from our partners at The Resilience Project, which may support positive conversations as a family and centred around building more robust relationships overall. 

Farewell Mrs Smart

After a stellar career as a primary teacher and school leader and after nearly nineteen great years of service to the Woodleigh School, Mrs Jo Smart will retire from teaching at the end of this term. Jo joined the school in 2003 and, across the years, taught Foundation, Year 2 and Year 5. She has been an incredibly caring and committed classroom teacher.  During her time at Minimbah, she has also taken on several responsibilities, including leading our Literacy Program and the Deputy Head of the Campus. Jo has been of immeasurable support to me as my Deputy for many years, and I will miss her friendship, counsel and unwavering encouragement. Jo’s support of students, parents, and staff is unapparelled, and all members of the Woodleigh Community will greatly miss her.  Jo leaves us to explore new horizons. I invite you to join us on Thursday 17 June at assembly and afterwards for a light morning tea to say goodbye to Jo.

An Update on our International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) Journey

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 – 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong learning journey.  Here at Minimbah, the PYP offers a student-centred, conceptual inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework for children from 3yo ECC to Year 6. It reflects the best of educational research, thought leadership and experience derived from IB World Schools.  As a school, we aim to provide an experiential and real-world learning program that promotes and supports all students to develop skills and dispositions necessary for learning and living at school and beyond. The PYP supports this approach by focusing on strategies for learning, including thinking, communication and self-management skills and the attributes of the learner profile.

As a candidate school for the past three years, staff and students have been working to embed PYP philosophy and approaches in all our learning areas and experiences. Teachers work together to plan relevant, significant, challenging and engaging learning opportunities that incorporate the elements of the PYP. We plan to move through the process of ‘authorisation’ early in 2022.

Woodleigh App

If you haven’t already done so, please download the Woodleigh App to your smartphone.  We use the Woodleigh School App to update you on important dates, excursions, meetings and other events. The App is available in the app stores for both Apple and Android devices. Once downloaded, you can adjust your settings to filter which messages you receive along with notifications. It is possible to filter for Minimbah Campus only.

PFG News

I would like to acknowledge the incredible support of the PFG. The recent Mother’s Day Stall was a perfect example of the very generous support coming from the PFG. I am sure you will agree, the gifts were terrific this year. These would not have been possible without the financial backing from the PFG. Many thanks!

Please note, the scheduled PFG Disco coordinated jointly by the PFG and Year 4 has been postponed and is now scheduled for Friday 16 July, at the end of Week 1, next term. If you have already purchased your tickets, these will be valid for the rescheduled event.

RODNEY DAVIES
Head of Minimbah Campus