Welcome back to a new school term, everyone!
Term 4 commenced very well last week with a very special visit from proud Boonwurrung man, Jaeden Williams (grandson of Boonwurrung Elder, N'arweet Carolyn Briggs). Jaeden lead our first assembly on Thursday with a smoking ceremony and an opportunity to share his language with our students. He reminded us that well before white settlement, Boonwurrung Peoples called the land we now occupy as Minimbah, home!
Jaeden introduced the bubups (children) to many words and had them calling them out as he played call and response with them. He then spent time with all students from 4YO ECC to Year 4 at different stages throughout the day, sharing First Peoples’ culture.
As Term 4 commences, I extend my best wishes to our Year 6 students as they move into their final term as primary students. Naturally, it is a time of reflection for them as they look back on their time at Minimbah. There is, however, much to look forward to as their minds turn to transition to their secondary years. They have been well prepared for the years ahead. They do, of course, have their final camp just two weeks away and the Year 6 Dinner soon after. I look forward to seeing them graduate and celebrating their primary years at the Graduation Ceremony in December. I know they will be looking forward to the traditional pool jump which will follow our final assembly this term.
This week, the School celebrates the arts with its annual Arts Week Festival. We have a visit from musicians, ‘This Way North’, who will share their musical talents with the students and instruct them on the finer details of how to make a performance the best it can be. Year 11 Drama students will also visit and share the original performances they have written especially for our primary students. On Thursday morning, you are all invited to assembly to share in celebrating the Visual Arts here at Minimbah.
On Friday our Year 2 students will spend the night here at School when they have their Sleepover. It’s great fun but it’s also an important first step in preparing them for our Outdoor Education Program. Best wishes to all our Year 2 students.
As we continue to implement the PYP, it has been so rewarding to see the growth in staff and students as they embrace the framework. This term’s Units of Inquiry are varied but will see deep engagement with many different concepts. This week’s Arts Week celebrations complement the Foundation to Year 2 Unit of Inquiry, ‘How We Express Ourselves’. Last week Years 3 to 6 students were engaged in a series of scientific provocations which was a delight to see. Such fun and excitement fosters deep engagement in learning. Our students are indeed fortunate to have such a dedicated team of teachers who plan collaboratively to deliver a truly diverse program for the range of learners here at school.
Head of Minimbah Campus
17 October – Year 7 2020 Family Transition
17 October – Year 1 and 2 Art Gallery visit – Senior Campus
18 October – Year 2 Sleepover
24 October – Year 1 and 2 City Art Hunt
28 October – 1 November – Year 5 and 6 Camp
4 November – Mid-term Holiday
5 November – Melbourne Cup Day Holiday
8 November – Whole School Correction Day – Student Free
13 November – 2020 F–6 Orientation Day
14 November – 2020 ECC Orientation Evening
18 November – Year 6 Water Safety Day
21 November – Principal’s Farewell at Assembly
21 November – Year 5 World Philosophy Day excursion
22 November – Team Athletics Day
22 November – Year 6 Dinner
27 November – Perberkoong (Woodleigh Carols) at the Senior Campus
28 November – Year 6 Expo
29 November – Arty Market
2 December – 2020 Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Morning at the Senior Campus
3 December – Year 6 Graduation
4 December – F–3 Beach Picnic
5 December – Year 4–6 Beach Picnic
5 December – Semester 2 Reports distributed
6 December – Final Assembly at 2.00pm
6 December – Term 4 concludes at 3.20pm
During Term 3, students in Years 5 & 6 completed individual maths investigations, which they shared at their expo in Week 8. All students should be very proud of their efforts and it was great to see students making connections to maths in areas of real life and their areas of interest.
The following students entered their investigations into the Maths Talent Quest Competition, run by The Mathematical Association of Victoria.
Congratulations to the following students on receiving a credit for their work:
Year 5: Angus Singleton, Hywel Matthews, Euan Martin and Alice Seymour.
Year 6: Bridget Mauerhofer
The following students will be attending Latrobe University in Week 2 of Term 4 to attend the MTQ Awards ceremony to receive their certificates of distinction. Congratulations to the following students:-
Year 5: Ellaya Thompson and Maya Wishart
Year 6: Sienna Gardiner & Lily Carter, Finn Coster, Faith Hatch, Jack Schultz and Nyah Andersson.
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Save the date!
The Arty Market, Woodleigh’s Twilight Maker’s Market is on Friday 29 November 4pm-8pm
The market features 100 stalls, selling handmade, unique and ethically sourced items, many of which have been made by Woodleigh students!
Woodleigh students, parents, alumni and friends will be selling a diverse range of goods including, home wares, jewellery, clothing, food and gifts. There will also be live music, performed by some of our very talented student musicians! Delicious food will be available from a selection of food trucks too!
Bring friends, family and market-lovers to our twilight Maker's Market. It's a great opportunity to buy very special Christmas gifts or just a little something for yourself!
The market is from 4pm–8pm on Friday 29 November at Woodleigh Senior Campus, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South.
All very welcome!