Minimbah Update

I trust this Messenger finds you all well and enjoying the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend. Probably not the weekend most of us were hoping for, but a respite nonetheless! I would like to take this opportunity as we head toward the end of the term and the mid-way point of the year to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unwavering support.

Whilst I don’t want to define this term by the recent lockdown and period of remote learning, I do want to acknowledge you – the wonderful Woodleigh community, for the fantastic way you supported your children and their recent online learning regime. It is certainly not our preferred mode of teaching and learning, and I recognise just how challenging juggling working from home and supporting the School’s CLP can be.  From a PYP perspective, all members of the Minimbah Community have demonstrated several of the Learner Profile Attributes. This period of remote learning called upon us to show just how caring, principled, reflective and balanced, we can be when we try! I applaud you all for this support and thank you again for maintaining your good sense of humour and sanity!     

Please join me in thanking the entire Minimbah Teaching, Support and Administration Team.  To those onsite who supported our essential worker and vulnerable student group, I extend my thanks.  To the teachers, who plan lessons well into the night and front up each morning to present a varied, engaging, and meaningful program, thank you too! I know the announcement last Wednesday that we would return to onsite learning was music to everyone’s ears! 

But as I mentioned earlier, our term wasn’t all reflected in our remote programs. A definite highlight for me this term was accompanying our Year 6 students and their teachers to Canberra. With missing out on the study tour last year, it was beautiful that the children could experience everything our country’s Capital has to offer this year. 

The Mother’s Day Stall was also a highlight. Seeing the students so profoundly engaged from the ground up; in brainstorming gift ideas, managing budgets, planning the purchase of materials, and then creating the gifts themselves was all very gratifying. Once again, I extend my thanks to the PFG for their outstanding support of this initiative. 

We have had excellent representation on the sporting field this term, with excellent Athletics results earlier in the term and more recently in the Cross-Country events. Our Year 5 and 6 students have also relished their opportunities to compete against the local schools within the Bayside District through their Winter Sports Program. 

Our Body Safety Program did not go ahead this term, but I am working on rescheduling for Term 3. I will update you all on dates for the program when they are confirmed. 

Semester 1 reports are scheduled to be emailed to you on Monday, 21 June. I will send around information about booking in for Parent/Teacher Interviews held from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 July next term. 

Farewell Mrs Smart  

We farewell ‘the wonderful Mrs Jo Smart’ after her outstanding and committed service to Minimbah and Woodleigh School from a staffing perspective. Whilst COVID restrictions prevent us from conducting the farewell she so deserves, she leaves us knowing just how much we have appreciated her contributions throughout her 19 years with us. We will all miss her warm and caring approach and her fantastic teaching expertise. Still, we wish her well as she moves in different directions and pursues lifelong interests in her retirement- away from teaching. 

I invite you to join us on ZOOM on Thursday 17 June from 8.50 am – 9.20 am as we say a final farewell and good luck to Jo

Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 973 5846 4221 
Passcode: B7k272 

Further Staffing News 

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Kate Bird has been appointed to Deputy Head of Minimbah. Kate comes to us from Xavier College, where she has been Head of Early Years at the Burke Hall Campus. Kate’s previous experience includes leadership positions at Xavier College, Kostka Hall, their Brighton Campus. Kate has also taught at Lowther Hall, Carey Grammar and Toorak College. Kate is also a sessional lecturer at Melbourne University and a PYP educator and assessor. Kate will join us a few weeks into Term 3. 

I am also pleased to let you know that I have appointed Mrs Samantha Dominachi to take over ECC – Year 6 Visual Art Teaching responsibilities. In contrast, Ms Anita Harris takes her Maternity Leave. Samantha joins us from Sacred Heart Primary School in Kew, where she has been teaching Visual Art for the past few years. 

Book Fair 

Next week, the Library will host our annual book fair. All children will have the opportunity to browse the book fair in an allocated time on Tuesday & Wednesday. Children will have the chance to create a wish list and bring it home to share with you.  

To purchase, you will have two options: 

Option 1: Parents can visit the Lamont Book Fair website, where you can pre-purchase credit. Please provide children with the receipt number to bring along on Thursday. This flyer contains further information on how to complete this process.  

Option 2: Parents can provide credit card details at the bottom of the wish list that children will bring home and return them to school on Thursday to be processed. 

That’s about it for now.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and enjoy the forthcoming holidays, which ‘fingers crossed’ will see fewer restrictions.  See you all in Term 3!

Head of Minimbah Campus