MINIMBAH – WE VALUE CHILDHOOD
The Minimbah Campus of Woodleigh School has provided an education for girls and boys from Frankston and the Peninsula for more than 160 years. From 3-year-old Early Childhood through to Year 6 we seek to provide an environment where students are stimulated and challenged – where education can be a joy.
Vital and unique to our School are the positive and supportive relationships which exist between students, staff and parents. All Minimbah students are valued equally, and all are given equal opportunities to develop their skills and abilities in all facets of school life.
Our approach to education enables students to become more academically able, encourages them to be more aware of what is happening in the world around them and helps them to develop the ability to make rational informed decisions.
Minimbah provides a wonderful environment where the young child can feel secure and develop a love for learning and life.
At Minimbah’s Early Childhood Centre, the most important part of our program is the child. Children are at the centre of everything that happens here: the teaching, the activities and the environment.
Minimbah operates a purpose-built Early Childhood Centre (ECC), which caters for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. It is staffed by expert and experienced professionals whose work with children is influenced by the work of educators from Reggio Emilia and the Scandinavian Forest Schools. The ECC program is based on socio-cultural theory, inquiry and play-based learning. Our 4-year-olds attend the centre four days per week, Monday to Thursday. The 3-year-old program is run one day per week on Fridays. All groups attend between 9am and 3pm.
Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in one’s life. We are passionate about providing children with a safe, nurturing, warm and happy environment in which they can thrive.
The curriculum at Minimbah is dynamic, engaging and tailored to suit the individual needs and interests of every student.
Foundation – Year 4
The Foundation–Year 4 curriculum is carefully planned to engage students in learning that is purposeful, relevant and promotes the development of the whole child. Teaching and learning approaches and experiences accommodate all learning styles across the curriculum. Classroom programs are complemented by a variety of specialist teachers and support staff. The Victorian Curriculum (based on the Australian Curriculum) content and standards are used for planning. However, what makes us different is how we engage our students.
Through experiential learning, teacher and student guided inquiries with a focus on skill and concept development, our students can connect with learning that is meaningful and relevant to their lives now and into the future. Our academic programs develop confident, literate, numerate problem solvers who have the skills, concepts and understandings to support them as active, capable and mindful global citizens.
The 5/6 Homestead
The 5/6 Homestead is a mindful learning community that encourages the development of independence and personal responsibility. Being part of the community helps students to develop a sense of belonging, while building the interpersonal skills essential to success in everyday life beyond school.
Philosophy and Program
The 5/6 Homestead is an integrated set of purposeful indoor and outdoor spaces specifically designed to promote student engagement and rich learning. Environmental Science is a key focus of the 5/6 Homestead program, with students engaged in a diverse range of learning activities designed to educate them about the world in which they live and how they can help preserve it for future generations.
A key focus for learning in the 5/6 Homestead is the consolidation and extension of core skills across key subject areas such as English, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities. Individual student needs are addressed through a combination of fluid, purposeful groupings that best target individual learning needs and offer an appropriate level of challenge for all members of the Homestead.
Significant learning occurs through our interaction with others. Through the development of a small learning community in the 5/6 Homestead, the quality of interaction between all members is enhanced. Older students serve as role models for younger students by taking a leadership role in cross-age tutoring, Student Parliament, Specialist, Homestead and Activities Programs.
We express our trust and confidence in our students through the responsibilities we give them. Year 5/6 students are guided and encouraged to develop skills that allow them to monitor, manage and direct their own personal learning. It is our hope that through the development of these skills and with the attainment of this knowledge, they will be able to transfer this learning to all other aspects of their future lives.
For many parents, our favourite childhood memories are of outdoor exploration – climbing up trees and down gullies, crawling through the bush and building cubbies. Often, it’s how we grew up.
Many of us also lament the fact that our children don’t have these opportunities – we mourn that safety concerns, perceived and real, have torpedoed these impromptu learning experiences where independence, resilience, leadership and communication skills flourish.
In response to this, and influenced by the Forest Schools’ approach used in many Scandinavian countries, the Early Childhood Centre at Minimbah Campus established their own Nature Program. Every Thursday, Minimbah’s 4-year-old ECC students spend their day at the Minimbah Creek – rain, hail or shine. ECC students engage in the same activities their mums and dads did, and the learning outcomes are remarkable.
Such has been the success of the Nature Program that Foundation (Prep), Year 1 and Year 2 classes have developed their own outdoor learning programs.
The Discovery Day programs continue developing resilience in students by encouraging them to take responsible risks and persist with challenging physical tasks. To see students take pride in their achievements, having overcome set or stumbled-upon challenges – the conquering of a tree climb, the traversing of a rock gap, the climb up a big hill – is brilliant. Leaders appear, supporting and organising fellow students. Turns are taken, problems identified, discussed, and ultimately, solved.
Social, spatial, skills in judgment – the educational benefits are many, varied and importantly, interwoven. Minimbah’s outdoor learning programs truly have something for every child.
The Arts are an incredibly valuable means of expression and communication. Study of The Arts enables students to learn new ways of exploring, developing, representing and understanding ideas, emotions, values and cultural beliefs. Through experience in the Arts, students are able to take risks, be imaginative, question values, explore alternative solutions, develop and refine skills and techniques and share and express ideas and opinions.
At the Minimbah Campus the Visual Art program seeks to foster in children a love and enjoyment of the arts as a means of self-expression and creativity. Visual Art becomes a medium of self-expression as children work in an environment where they are able to observe sense and fantasise. Students from ECC – Year 6 participate in weekly lessons, where student wonderings are developed and explored through the Visual Arts. These sessions are run in our purpose built, Visual Arts studio and are undertaken by a qualified Visual Arts specialist teacher.
Children in 4 Year Old ECC through to Year 4 participate in a weekly dance program. The emphasis of the program is to encourage creativity through movement and dance. A qualified dance teacher runs the program. Opportunities for performances are also provided in a variety of ways.
Through drama, children learn to express themselves creatively and in different ways. Drama is incorporated in to the children’s classroom program from ECC to Year 4.
In Years 5 and 6, Drama is taught by a specialist teacher. Students are encouraged to audition for, and perform in the annual Minimbah Campus play or musical.
The Music Program offers general music encompassing performing, composing and appreciation. The program is based on the Kodaly's philosophy of developing aural perception and imagination before instruments are introduced.
Singing, recorder and percussion are used before students are introduced to the skills of music literacy. A String Program is part of the core curriculum in Year 2 where students learn either the violin or cello as part of classroom programs
Students in Year 5 and 6 participate in a general classroom music lesson as well as Music Workshop. The Music Workshop Program allows each student to learn an instrument as part of the core music curriculum. Throughout the program, students gain skills on a particular instrument and learn how to participate in a music ensemble.
Music is taught in our purpose built music complex. All students are able to undertake private instrumental lessons whilst at school. Students have the opportunity to participate in numerous ensembles including Mini Strings, Orchestra, Rock Band, Vocal Group and Choirs.
An understanding of physical activity and movement, food and nutrition, health, safety, human development and human relations are vital aspects of children’s education.
Healthy children need an understanding of their bodies and how they work; opportunities to enjoy and develop skills in a range of physical activities and an understanding of the role of physical fitness in their lives. Children also need opportunities to explore concepts of identity, relationships and physical development in a secure and supportive environment.
The Minimbah program includes the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for children in 4-year-old ECC through to Year 2. This program focuses on skill development in fine and gross motor activity (i.e. throwing, catching, rolling, jumping, tumbling and balancing). The PMP program is conducted by a specialist teacher. Students from F–Year 4 receive at least three sessions of physical instruction each week. Minimbah’s structured Outdoor Education Program begins in Year 2 and is an important element of the Health and Physical Education domain.
Students are offered many opportunities to participate in school sport. All interested students are given support and encouraged to participate. At Minimbah, the Physical Education program encompasses the main areas of swimming, gymnastics, athletics, ball handling and major and minor games. Students in ECC, Foundation, Years 1 and 2 are also involved in a Perceptual Motor Program and dance and movement program.
Interschool and cross-country competitions begin for students in Year 2. When appropriate, opportunities are provided to compete at Zone, State and National level.
Minimbah Students have the opportunity to compete in the following School Sport Victoria (SSV) – at District, Divisional, Regional, State and National Levels
- Cross Country
- Australian Rules Football
- Tee Ball
- Bat Tennis
- Rugby League Mod 8s
Minimbah also competes in the following Non-SSV Schools Events:
- Snow Sports
- Sport Aerobics
Minimbah is committed to continuing the development of a mindful school culture.
At the heart of this is a focus on the development of effective learning dispositions – The Habits of Mind – for all members of the school community. The Habits of Mind are a set of 16 dispositions identified by Dr Art Costa and Bena Kallick that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.
There are four key elements to this mission - a Mindful Environment, A Mindful Community, a Mindful Curriculum and Mindful Practices and Policies.
- A Mindful Environment begins with visual elements around the school being presented in an authentic manner, which reflects the shared language of learning and thinking dispositions.
- A Mindful Community is a learning community. It is a community where partnerships are formed between students, parents, teachers and members of the wider community, to work in collaboration to enhance student learning and personal development.
- A Mindful Curriculum supports the learning community, by providing structures and procedures to enhance student learning. All members of the community are involved in managing their personal learning, through critical reflection and effective assessment of learning outcomes.
- Mindful Practices and Policies reflect the School’s commitment to mindfulness; an ongoing, evolving process that reflects a commitment to knowledge, best practice and development of school partnerships.
The responsibility of Pastoral Care at Minimbah is of all staff but primarily of the classroom teacher who spends the most time with individual students. Support services within the area of pastoral care are the wider staff, administration team and the School counsellor.
Our approach focuses on the process of learning and lifelong endeavour to achieve the fullest education of a young person. Through our academic, outdoor, pastoral, extra-curricular and sports programs, we strive to develop in our students self-confidence, enthusiasm and independent thinking as assets for life.
Pastoral Care Goals
- Develop a detailed knowledge of the individual.
- Enable students to achieve a self-knowledge.
- Encourage students to accept and uphold those values endorsed by the School.
- Acknowledge individual strengths.
- Give students a sense of student empowerment.
- Foster the ability to relate to others and an understanding of the responsibilities of living within a community.
- Establish effective communication with each student’s family.
- Foster citizenship in students.
- Provide a safe, stable and supportive environment for students.
- Reinforce school discipline codes and lifestyle behaviour.
At Minimbah, our aim is to create a welcoming and caring climate in which all members of the school community respect and uphold the dignity of each person.
We acknowledge the basic rights of all members of our community, regardless of age or status. These rights are fundamental to us treating one another with care and respect.
With rights come responsibilities. Schools by their nature are complicated social environments, but if we expect and trust that our rights are to be respected, then we must also acknowledge our responsibility to follow a code of behaviour that fits with those rights. We acknowledge a shared responsibility for parents, together with teachers to teach appropriate behaviour through a positive management approach.
The Minimbah Campus is situated in peaceful native surroundings. Care has been taken in the development of all Woodleigh Campuses to ensure that the built environment does not overwhelm the surrounding natural environment which is unique and special to our School.
The Minimbah Early Childhood Centre
Education at Minimbah begins in our purpose-built Early Childhood Centre. ‘ECC’ is a fun, welcoming and safe space – specifically designed to cater for the enquiry-based and play-based curriculum that we offer. Students in the Minimbah ECC have their own playground and outdoor classroom areas, bathrooms, classrooms and lockers.
On Thursdays the 4-year-old ECC group spend their day at 'The Minimbah Creek', an outdoor play and enquiry-based learning program based on the Nordic Forest Schools principles.
Minimbah Campus Facilities
The Minimbah Campus (located in Frankston South) features a full complement of specialist facilities including a newly built Music House (2014) recently built (2008) gymnasium and newly resurfaced oval, a school hall, refurbished (2010) art classroom and a dedicated learning support and extension centre.
‘Pathways’, as it is known at Minimbah, comprises a large classroom space and several adjoining withdrawal spaces for individual or group remediation work, reading recovery and extension activities. In late 2009, work was completed on a new Year 5/6 Homestead and library building. This building was specifically designed to promote student engagement and rich learning. The flexible interior spaces support a range of activities and more specialised lessons such as Science, Technology and Film Production.
There are three adventure playgrounds at the Minimbah Campus. Foundation (Prep) – Year 2 students, Year 3–4 students and Years 5 and 6 students each have their own space.
These resources are provided to make the business of being a Woodleigh School parent as easy as possible.
2017 Term Dates
- Tuesday January 31 – Year 7 & 12 and new students begin
- Wednesday February 1 – All other students begin
- Monday March 6-Friday March 10 (Week 6) – Woodleigh Campus Homestead Camp Week
- Friday March 31 – Term 1 Ends
- Wednesday 19 April – Term 2 begins for students (Easter Monday is 17 April)
- Friday June 23 – Term 2 Ends
- Tuesday July 18 – Term 3 begins for students
- Monday August 14 – Friday 18 August – Woodleigh Campus Activities Week Camps
- Friday September 22 – Term 3 Ends
- Tuesday October 10 – Term 4 begins for all students
- Wednesday December 6 – Years 7-9 students finish
- Friday December 8 – Term 4 Ends, ECC-Y6 students finish
Parent Teacher Online (PTO)
Bookings for Parent/Teacher interviews are handled via our PTO system. It can be found HERE.
TRAG – Teenagers Road Accident Group
DARTA – Paul Dillon Resources
- DARTA Presentations
- DARTA Fact Sheets
- DARTA Useful Contacts
- DARTA Useful Websites
- DARTA Student Activities
- Preventing Alcohol Fuelled Violence
South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault SECASA
Helping Those who are Grieving
At Minimbah Campus, children from 4-year-old ECC to Year 6 wear a compulsory school uniform in keeping with the School philosophies and the V Curriculum. At 3-year-old ECC the wearing of uniform is optional.
The uniform is a combination of any of the following items:
- Summer dress
- School jumper or hoodie
- Skort (shorts with a skirt front)
- Long pants
- White or black socks or black tights or ankle-length leggings (black socks with tights/leggings)
- White or green short-sleeve polo
- White or green long-sleeve polo
- Black lace-up shoes or black closed-toe sandals (ECC–Year 2 children may wear elastic-sided school boots)
- School jumper or hoodie
- Long pants
- White or black socks
- White or green short-sleeve polo
- White or green long-sleeve polo
- Black lace-up shoes (ECC–Year 2 children may wear elastic-sided school boots)
Sports uniform – girls and boys
The Minimbah Campus sports uniform can be purchased from BLK via our online store HERE.
- Sport polo shirt
- Sport shorts
- Woodleigh track pants (optional)
- Woodleigh Hoodie
- Woodleigh Track Jacket (optional)
- Bathers, girls and boys
- White Woodleigh crew or ankle socks
- Runners, predominantly white (not available at the Uniform Shop)
- School hat, compulsory Terms 1 & 4
- Backpack school bag compulsory
- Art smocks are provided for use in Visual Art activities.
All academic uniform items are available from The Bounty Shop, 11 Thompson Street, Frankston. Please ensure that all articles of clothing are clearly named. Name tags are also available from The Bounty Shop. The ‘sew-on’ type embroidered name tags are the best.
Lost items of clothing are collected and held in lost property, which is located outside the Hall door. Unnamed items not collected after a period of time will be donated to the Second Hand Uniform Shop. It is the responsibility of the students to check lost property initially and of the staff to organise Year 6 monitors to sort lost items and display these for collection at regular intervals.
Jewellery must not be worn. Rings, bracelets and necklaces can be dangerous in some activities and also cause distress to the children if they are lost at school. It is the responsibility of parents and staff to enforce this rule.
Earrings are restricted to small gold or silver studs or sleepers (no large earrings).
Hair accessories should be minimal and kept within school colours of green or white.
It is the responsibility of students, parents and staff to ensure that the uniform is worn as stated above.
The Minimbah Campus of Woodleigh School is situated at the end of a quiet, suburban court in Frankston South. An extensive bus network brings students to the Senior Campus from areas all across the Mornington Peninsula.
Minimbah and Penbank operate a direct bus service from Flinders via Shoreham, Red Hill South, Red Hill and Mount Martha for Primary Students
There is also a cross-campus shuttle bus which runs from Woodleigh Campus to Minimbah in the morning and from Minimbah to Woodleigh Campus in the afternoon. The shuttle bus links with most contract bus services.
The Minimbah Campus PFG run a variety of events throughout the year, both for the Minimbah students and the wider school community.
We support the school in many different ways. Larger contributions are made possible by our fundraising efforts, like purchasing a grand piano for the Music House, a set of iPads and kindles for the school and the fabulous Year 3/4 playground. We also cook sausages at Beach Picnics, provide fruit for the Mini Olympics and help run the second-hand uniform shop. Events like the Minimbah Fair, the Mother’s Day Stall and Father’s Day Breakfasts wouldn’t happen without the contribution of our parents and friends on the PFG. Needless to say the school is very thankful!
In 2016 we met our objective of building a sense of community within the school by facilitating school social events and providing support to parents and students in every year level. We have continued to support the school with funding for special purchases which enhance both programs and facilities for our children. We also offered support for a community welfare program students are involved in.
In 2017 we will host and support:
- Minimbah Fair
- Grandparents’ Day
- Mother’s Day Stall
- BBQ and refreshments at Cross Country
- Father’s Day breakfast
Our PFG team will ensure new families to the school are welcomed and supported in their transition to life at Minimbah and we endeavour to provide all our families with opportunities to get together and connect. We have and will continue to sensitively provide support to families who need a hand in times of challenge. We also celebrate some important life events for families and staff and recognise efforts of staff members who have gone above the call in supporting school programs. A big thank you in Term 1 2016 went to Noeleen Martin, Matt Boundy, Andy Hicks and Sally Webb for their work in supporting our senior students’ involvement in the Wallaroo PS Breakfast Club and in Term 2 to Anita Harris and Phil Thomas for their support of students in creation of our beautiful Mother’s Day beads and potted seed gifts.
In 2016 we decided to ‘share the love’ by supporting a range of wish list requests made by class and specialist teachers from across the school. Items PFG approved for purchase included:
- Lego Kits - basic, wheels and simple machines for ECC to enjoy.
- A water play set for Foundation.
- A digital SLR camera for Year 3 and a set of yoga mats.
- An indigenous patterned run for Year 5 and a digital display and mount.
- A 3D printer for Year 6.
- $1000 worth of costumes for Drama and Dance.
- A new freezer for storage of PFG stock.
- $1000 contribution to support the purchase of non-perishable food items and kitchen resources to assist the Wallaroo PS Breakfast Club Program – which our Year 5 and 6 students support.
We have also put the call out to classes who have yet to add to the PFG wish list to consider adding a request or two for our consideration!
It is always fantastic to see new faces supporting PFG events! We certainly appreciate fresh ideas, enthusiasm and involvement from new members.
PFG understands that life as a parent is busy and many of you work and aren’t necessarily able to attend PFG meetings. You can always help out in other ways. We work on the principle that any involvement or help is worthwhile! Please make the effort to get involved in our school community, both you and your children will reap the benefits. You can involve yourself by:
- Taking time to attend a social catch up arranged by your PFG Year Level Representative, they’re fun and afford you a great opportunity to connect with other parents.
- Attending a PFG event.
- Offering your assistance to any of the PFG run events throughout the year (e.g. serving tea and coffee at Grandparents’ Day or cutting up fruit for Mini Olympics).
Thank you to everyone who responded to the PFG Parents Survey. We always welcome your feedback and ideas to ensure we’re innovative and responsive to meeting the needs of our school community. Your feedback will assist our future planning.