​ Courage, Change….and Maryborough!

The ‘Courage Creates Change’ showcase this week was a wonderful celebration of our Year 8s and their inspirational ‘courage projects’.

The range of the projects was incredible, with students either making or doing something that required them all to challenge themselves and in some cases overcome real fears. The showcase was launched by Tia Barnett, Dominic Gordon and Jed McKenzie-Smith, all of whom had identified public speaking as a fear but who rose to the challenge to deliver speeches to parents.

All students worked independently through a design process where they are investigated and then planned their courage product. This year many students have linked the projects with our Community Partnership program. As we move towards authorisation as an International Baccalaureate World School, the CCC program will morph into the MYP Community Project in the future.

The students presented their work on Tuesday to Grade 4 and 5 students from Minimbah, to the Year 7s and the school community in the afternoon before the evening parent showcase.

We are incredibly grateful for the support of parents over the year as the Year 8s worked through their projects, and for celebrating the success of the students. Thanks also to the staff who have supported the students this year, particularly Lucy Kane and Gina Bolch for their support of the CCC projects throughout the year.

Talking of courage…

Images from the HPV team's most recent outing at the Casey Grand Finale. A second-place finish gave them third overall in the series. Dylan Dowden (Y10) again rode the fastest lap of all competitors.

It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to work with the Junior and Senior HPV Teams as they prepare for the Energy Breakthrough 24-hour endurance event in Maryborough next week. While the race itself is important, the students are also required to give presentations to a panel demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of their vehicle and team.

Woodleigh has experienced incredible success over the years at numerous HPV races around the state. The ‘Rocky’ theme of this year's presentations at Maryborough references the fact that our triumphs over the years have been against schools with deep pockets but not the student-centred approach that we espouse.

Best of luck to the team next week! You’ll do the school proud as always I’m sure.

Special thanks to team manager Lochy Evenden and to Gavan Dowden, who has spent hundreds of hours over the years working alongside the team as their mechanic.

If you would like to support the team via a sponsorship arrangement, please contact Ben Myatt (Y11), Sponsorship Coordinator via email at

David Burton Head of Senior Campus