Day one at Woodleigh School – a message to families from our new Principal, Mr David Baker

Dear Woodleigh Community,

Today I begin my tenure as the sixth Principal of Woodleigh School. I have imagined my start at the School for the past six months and must admit that my vision was remarkably different from today’s reality. Regardless of the current crisis, I am thrilled to be here and very happy to be home on the Peninsula. I hope that together we can navigate this pandemic and ensure that Woodleigh can recover and continue to be the amazing School that it is. During my many recent visits, I have begun to develop a great love of Woodleigh, and I am looking forward to a time when I can work with you and your children.

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing enormous strain on many members of the Woodleigh community. Now, more than ever, we must come together, draw on our resilience and support one another as best we can. I know that Woodleigh will survive this current crisis, and together we will ensure that it continues to be a remarkable place of learning, connectedness and belonging. The Board and School Leadership Team are working tirelessly to manage the School’s short, medium and long term COVID-19 response, with a focus on our ability to be agile and respond quickly, and appropriately, as circumstances change.
As you know, our immediate response has been to ensure that learning can continue for all Woodleigh students throughout the current period of home isolation. The implementation of the Woodleigh School Continuous Learning Plan has required an enormous amount of planning and flexibility by everyone involved, and our program and offering will continue to evolve after the holidays. Any remote learning situation is not ideal; however, I have been thrilled to read the many positive comments coming in from our families. There is a great sense that we are all in this together.
I want to take this opportunity to thank David Burton and the School Leadership Team for their work during Term 1. Particularly for the clear and consistent communication families have received as the crisis has unfolded. David will continue to lead the response team in Term 2, and you will receive further updates from him and the team in the coming weeks.
With a small team of essential workers, I will be working from the Senior Campus until restrictions change. We will each be working in isolation during this time, ensuring we can respond to any communications coming into the School while supporting staff and families as best we can.
I wish you well for these holidays/home isolation period. I hope you can use this time to recharge and finish a few of those nagging jobs around the home, and most importantly, spend some quality time with your families. Please take care and protect your health.
I look forward to the time when I can meet you all and form personal connections with the Minimbah, Penbank and Senior Campus Communities. Thank you again for your support during this challenging and stressful time. Please feel free to contact me during the coming weeks.
Best wishes, 
David Baker