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Finishing in Style

​I can't believe we are at 'that' time of year again.

As you read this Senior Campus Messenger, students have completed their 2021 exams, assessments are being finalised, and staff are well and truly into the swing of writing end-of-semester reports. Year 10 and 11 students are about to embark on 'O' Week and move into their 2022 classes and the 10s, from Junior to Senior Homestead.

The Class of 2021 at this year's Valedictory

Year 7, 8 and 9 students will remain in their 2020 timetabled classes until 7 December, while their Homesteads will have the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their incredible achievements throughout another challenging year.

This week, I want to encourage students to finish their year 'in style' by continuing to seize the opportunities that exist right up to the last day at Woodleigh. Maintaining a positive attitude and solid work ethic is central to achieving this goal, both in and out of the classroom. Work hard, aim high, achieve big. It sounds simple… but it takes a lot of energy and effort.

At this time of year, students can sometimes find it difficult to prioritise, organise and find a balance as the pressure builds as they move through the assessment period and towards the end of a big year. I stumbled over the following passage on a staff member's office wall during the week that I would like to share with you:

10 Tips for Self-Care:

  1. Give yourself a treat
  2. Take some exercise
  3. Eat well
  4. Do something you enjoy
  5. Find time to relax
  6. Be around someone positive
  7. Write a journal
  8. Breathe slowly
  9. Smile
  10. Notice the sparkling moments in everyday

Celebrating our Year 12s

Last week, we celebrated the 2021 Year 12 graduates at their Valedictory. We were so fortunate to be able to go ahead face-to-face and onsite at Senior Campus under the tipi. There have been many trials and tribulations to go with the successes The Class of 2021 have experienced this year. Still, our VCE students have worked with great resilience and dedication toward achieving their end goal.

We applauded their achievements spoke of our pride as educators on the night. Chloe Easton opened the night with a heartfelt Acknowledgment of Country, and David Baker delivered a take-home message that resonated with the audience. The Tutor Reflections were outstanding and showcased how well these students are known and cared for during their journey at Senior Campus.

The following awards were presented on the evening, with students recognised for their commitment, achievements and passion for learning:

Faculty Awards

English: Bella Gosling
Mathematics: Jack Shalekoff
Humanities: Bella Gosling
Personal Development: Ned Murdoch
Science: Jack Shalekoff
Arts: Owen Kirschenberg
LOTE: Ainsley Paton

Principal's Awards

Isabel Allen
Isabella Gosling
Gemma Bond
Ainsley Paton
Ruby Broomhall
Raia Flinos
Alexei Guy Toogood
Olivia Marshall
Charlotte Swayn

Woodleigh Prize

Congratulations to our 2021 Woodleigh Prize winner, Emma Sherrington.

Emma's commitment and aptitude across the academic, music, sporting, and, importantly, our Community Partnerships Programs has been outstanding. Congratulations on an exceptional school career, and thank you for the life you brought to our school.

I would like to acknowledge the work of Haydn Flanagan, Sam Lewis, Bryn Bowen, the Senior Homestead Team, Adam Liddiard and Brett Standham and their respective teams for the work that went into the organisation, set-up and pack down of this event. Also, thank you to the teachers that have made an impact on these young people's lives. And to the parents, I cannot praise you enough for the support and love you have shown your children. Thank you.

Farewell for 2021

I encourage students and their families to reflect on 2021 and consider what they have learned in 2021, which will prepare them for 2022. I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Woodleigh Community for your ongoing support throughout the year. I wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to seeing you upon our return in 2022.

Take care,

NAT McLENNAN Deputy Principal – Head of Senior School