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Term 4 On-Site Return

"“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” "

Like me, I do hope you are relishing the long weekend and have been able to enjoy going further afield. Please remember there is no school tomorrow! It has certainly been wonderful to see the students reunite across the last two weeks of the staggered return to school. There has been plenty of fist-pumping, jubilation, and celebration at drop-off each morning, and that has just been from you, the parents! I am especially looking forward to seeing the whole school on Wednesday morning; what a milestone moment it will be! We can look forward to seeing out 2021 onsite and returning to a more regular and favoured school routine.

All of us at Minimbah extend our thanks for your incredible support of your children and their learning as we navigated the Continuous Learning Program together. None of us underestimates the extra hours of supervision, tutoring and rearranging of work routines to ensure continuity of learning for the children from our ECC to Year 6; what a solid and unique partnership we have forged across the last two years! You have all been incredible, thank you.

I am sure you will join me in thanking the teachers who worked remotely, just like you, locked away for weeks on end, providing a diverse learning program for our children. I also extend massive thanks to the onsite team who supported our most vulnerable children and the children of our essential workers. Words don’t adequately express my gratitude for everyone’s tireless efforts.

As we come back onsite together for the remainder of the year, we can look forward to seeing the return of our favourite activities and special events. The swimming pool will be open again for PE lessons, so don’t forget to send swimming gear in the sports bag. The library will open for lessons again, and students can sing and play their musical instruments!

Staffing News

After 13 years of Service to Woodleigh School, Mrs. Sarah Gow will be exploring new career possibilities. On Friday, November 19, Sarah Gow leaves us to commence a new role as a Disability Inclusion Facilitator with Australian Healthcare Associates. Sarah’s care of students with additional needs has been exemplary. Her compassionate and encouraging approaches have ensured our most vulnerable have always been supported. Mrs. Kathy Sayce will be replacing Sarah from Monday November 22 through to the end of the term. Kathy stepped in earlier in the year when Sarah was away on Long Service Leave.

Our Literacy Support Teacher, Mrs. Susan Bennett, will retire from teaching at the end of 2021 after 13 years of service to the School. Susan’s direct support for children and their literacy development has been impressive. Many students have benefitted from Susan’s careful, measured, and kind approaches. Susan takes with her our very best wishes for a fulfilling retirement.

After only 3 ½ years with us here at Minimbah, Mrs. Vanessa Hodgkiss has accepted a new role at Casey Grammar School for the start of the 2022 school year. Vanessa leaves us knowing she has made a significant difference to the children she has taught during her time here at the School. Her passion for teaching, big heart, and caring and thoughtful approaches will be missed by us all. We wish Vanessa well on the next stage of her teaching journey.

I will update you all when I have finalised the recruitment process for the above vacancies.

Canteen Reopens

Stir Crazy Kids will reopen the canteen from Wednesday, November 3. An updated Term 4 menu was sent home with the children last week and is also available for download from the Woodleigh App.

We will return to our regular drop off and collection routines:

  • All primary school drop off will return to the basketball court from 8.20 am – 8.50 am.
  • Reverse parking, on the far side of the court, if you are accompanying your child/ren to class
  • Please do not drop off on the main driveway; this is for the exclusive use of our ECC families
  • No morning drop off from Piper Crescent either, please
  • In the afternoon, ECC parents commence collection from 2.45 pm – 3.00 pm for children without a primary school sibling
  • ECC students with a primary school sibling should be collected promptly from 3.00 pm
  • Foundation to Year 2 students and their older siblings are collected from in front of Reception from 3.20 pm – 3.45 pm
  • Year 3 and Year 4 students are to be collected from the basketball court from 3.20 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Year 5 and 6 students are to be collected from 3.30 pm – 3.45 pm
  • Parents should initially reverse park on both sides of the basketball court
  • A turning circle will commence as soon as the left-had side of the basketball court clears.

Parents and Visitors onsite – mask and vaccination requirements

In line with current health advice and requirements, all onsite visitors for any reason other than morning drop off or afternoon collection or who attend an event or volunteer must demonstrate they have been double vaccinated or provide evidence of a lawful medical exemption. Parents and visitors to Minimbah must check in using the Services Victoria QR code, and a Senior Staff member must cite your vaccination status. We will record that we have sighted your vaccination status for our records. No further details will be registered. Parents and visitors who cannot meet these requirements will not be allowed to be onsite or participate in organised activities or events.

Masks must be worn indoors by all adults (staff, parents, contractors, and visitors). Students from Year 3 to Year 6 must also wear masks while indoors. Masks are recommended for students from Foundation to Year 2 while indoors.

We appreciate your support of these requirements.

Pinchapoo – Charity Collection

Pinchapoo (slang for Pinch-a-shampoo) is proudly responsible for creating a cheeky hotel toiletry ‘pinching’ movement 12 years ago… and for a good reason! Using this world first, a modern-day Robin Hood concept and landfill stock rescue programs, they have redistributed more than 8.5 MILLION personal hygiene products to hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged men, women and children nationally each year. Pinchapoo is the most prominent national not-for-profit supplier of personal hygiene essentials and works with over 750 leading organisations, community groups and government institutions as a total hygiene solution. Providing a reliable source of customised, culturally appropriate and gender-inclusive packs EVERYBODY in EVERY situation of need. The Pinchapoo team work passionately to advocate access to hygiene products for both men and women EQUALLY. 1 in 5 Australians experience hygiene poverty and are forced to make the heart-breaking choice between buying food and personal hygiene products every week. Their vision is that EVERY Australian has access to this fundamental human right essential to our mental and physical wellbeing and this alarming statistic eradicated. Phoebe Azzopardi from Year 9 has set up a collection bin in Reception for donations of suitable personal hygiene products. The collection bin will be in Reception through to the end of term. Please consider donating.

Woodleigh's Year 12s were able to celebrate their time at the school with a COVID friendly version of the Reflection Service – a special time to remember their time at our school.

Legacy - Remembrance Day – November 11

As the nation pauses to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans this Remembrance Day, November 11, please also spare a thought for their families. Just as we will never forget the fallen, Legacy will always be there for their families. Legacy ensures that no partner or child of a veteran who has given their life or health will suffer social or financial hardship due to their service. The local Frankston Legacy Club has provided some badges, wrist bands and collectables for sale. Students can purchase these from Reception.

School Uniform

We are acutely aware that many children will have outgrown shoes and uniforms, or you may have been unable to source new items. We do request, however, whenever possible, children wear the correct uniform, including black leather school shoes, and the correct school tops and socks etc. A note to me or your child’s class teacher explaining non-compliance would be appreciated. We appreciate your support of the Minimbah dress code.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

ROD DAVIES Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus