From the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our Year 7 Da Vinci Codebreakers team. They recently competed in the Regional Schools Championships and came out on top as winners. As a consequence they have been invited to the State Championships of the Da Vinci Codebreakers. I thank Marney Pope for her leadership of this group and we congratulate its members – Jaime Chadwick, Ronan Coster, Ava Drayton-Benson, Sophie Graeme, Jaxon Hartley, Alastair Jones, Patrick Seymour and Imogen Tabacco.

Read more about their day here.

We also had some more great news this week with Joey Butland and Charlotte Hastie being nominated to perform in the Regional Finals for the 2019 Plain English Speaking Awards on the 28th of May. We wish them both all the best and look forward to hearing a rehearsal of their speeches during English Week.

Congratulations also to those students who were selected from the Woodleigh Swimming Squad to represent the Southern Independent Schools (SIS) team in the Victorian School Associations Competition (VSAC). This was a highly competitive competition at MSAC on Tuesday night and we congratulate Alice Bertram, Liv Marshall, Charlotte Gray, Ethan Bam, Merrick Imer, Lachlan Jeffries and Hunter Savage on their achievements in making it into this representative team selected from all the students who compete in the 15 schools which make up the SIS sporting competition.

I was also delighted to have an opportunity to talk with the Year 11 Sports Leadership Graduates who over the course of the last Activity units have achieved a Community Coaching General Principles qualification from the Australian Sports Commission. They are looking forward to putting their newly acquired coaching skills into practice at our Minimbah Campus later this week.

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, it was great to be able to acknowledge International Women’s Day with a luncheon last Friday. This year we had a wonderful speaker, Christina Lee, who at 21 has created a library in Batase, Nepal, as her response to combatting the human trafficking that occurs there. The lunch raised around $2,000 to help to fund a librarian to keep the library open. We also had a team of staff and students make 40 reusable sanitary kits, so the girls of the community are free to leave home every day of the month to use the library.

Congratulations goes to Helen Billett, Quincy Seagren-Hughes, Skye Ginsberg and the organising committee for running this event and to all those who contributed by assisting in the making of the sanitary kits and for shining a spotlight on women’s issues in our world.

Jonathan Walter