​Woodleigh School's Penbank Campus is a small school providing a warm, caring and secure yet challenging environment directed to the development of the child in all areas of social responsibility and intellectual learning.

Catering for children in 3-year-old Early Learning through to Year 6, our small group sizes enable teachers to know and care for each child in an individual way. The school offers a complete academic education including extra curricular programs, rich in stimulating and innovative activities in which every child has the opportunity to excel.

Strong emphasis is placed on building self-esteem and confidence, and maintaining an environment in which children love to learn.

Now a campus of Woodleigh School, we are proud to join together to provide an enriched, progressive education, where children develop as young people through involvement in a broad range of academic and life experiences.

Early Childhood at Penbank

The Penbank Campus Early Childhood Program reflects our philosophy and provides an experiential learning environment where children understand the world around them through co-operative play, exploration and enquiry.

Our Objectives:

  • To provide a program that will foster the individual development of each child.
  • To develop the intellectual, social and emotional growth of the child through imaginative and creative play.
  • To provide a stimulating environment that invites the child’s participation in all areas.
  • To provide a caring and nurturing environment that will encourage independence and will build upon the child's self-esteem.
  • To provide an open and friendly atmosphere that encourages active participation and communication with the child and their family.

The program incorporates daily sessions from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Our 4-year-old program runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Our 3-year-old program runs on Monday and Friday.

Learning @ Penbank

At Penbank, we value the importance of integrating the curriculum, and consider that much of the content should be expressed through an integrated approach. We provide quality programs in English, Mathematics, Music, Art, Drama, Physical Education, Health and Personal Development, Indonesian (LOTE) and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to develop concepts and skills, which have considerable intrinsic value.

International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme 

Woodleigh School introduced the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) at its Junior Campuses in 2019. The implementation process is a multi-year initiative that will see teachers and school leaders from Minimbah and Penbank gradually adopting the PYP to guide collaborative planning, teaching, learning, assessment and reporting from ECC to Year 6. The PYP is a natural fit for the Woodleigh School Personalised Learning Model which aims to develop independent, resilient, creative and compassionate individuals who can find personal success in life, while making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live. **


We use a multi-sensory, structured literacy program to teach English, which involves explicit teaching of skills in a set sequence of instructional procedures. It combines the teaching of speech, writing, spelling and reading and integrates the teaching of comprehension strategies. The teaching of phonics and analysis of the sounds and composition of words is taught in spelling sessions and is a vital component at all year levels. 


The Mathematics curriculum follows a 'hands on' activity-based approach with extensive use of concrete materials throughout all year levels. Our program allows for children to proceed along a continuum without the barriers of year levels focusing on enquiry and questioning, with problem solving and thinking skills forming an important part of our program. We also consider ICT and calculators to be powerful tools and provide students with the opportunity to investigate a broad range of mathematical ideas and applications using the school property and outdoor projects for inspiration.

ICT - Information, Communication Technology

At Penbank children are given the opportunity to gain skills in the ICT area through small workshop sessions and classroom-based programs to support all areas of learning and communication. We believe computers are an essential tool for learning and encourage frequent use through an integrated model to develop skills in information processing and creative graphics, and as a means of assisting learning through drill and practice, tutorial programs, simulations and problem solving games.

The Sciences and Social Education

Through an integrated approach to learning, the areas of science and sociology broadly encompass the following areas as a Unit of Study:

1. S.O.S.E. Study of Society and Environment
2. Science and Technology
3. Health and Personal Development
4. Outdoor Education
5. Values Education

Broadly, the areas of learning include:
- Family and Community
- Our Country's Identity
- Different Cultures of the World
- Responsibility for the Environment and All Living Things
- Our Coastal Region and the Elements
- Australian Studies - Our Aboriginal Heritage and European Settlement
- Healthy Living for a Healthy Life
- Personal Management and Organisation
- Government and Leadership

Sport and Physical Education

An understanding of physical activity and movement, food and nutrition, health, safety, human development and human relations are vital aspects of children’s education.

Healthy children need an understanding of their bodies and how they work; opportunities to enjoy and develop skills in a range of physical activities and an understanding of the role of physical fitness in their lives. Children also need opportunities to explore concepts of identity, relationships and physical development in a secure and supportive environment.

The Penbank Physical Education program includes the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for children in Prep and Grade 1. This program focuses on skill development in fine and gross motor activity (i.e. throwing, catching, rolling, jumping, tumbling and balancing). The students receive the following sessions of Physical Education per week:

Prep- 2 PMP/ 2 PE

Gr 1 – 2 PMP/ 2 PE

Gr 2 – 3 PE

Gr 3 -6  – 2 PE and Friday Sport 

Penbank’s structured Outdoor Education Program (Camps) begins in Year 3 and is an important element of the Health and Physical Education domain.

Students are offered many opportunities to participate in school sport. All interested students are given support and encouraged to participate. Interschool (Gr 5/6s) and District Sports – Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics (Gr 3-6) are wonderful opportunities each year to represent our school. When appropriate, opportunities are provided to compete at division, regional and state level.


  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Volleyball
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Tee Ball


Homework is a time for children to share with their parents the different activities and topics that they are introduced to at school. It is a time where children can practise certain skills that they have learnt, by reading to Mum, Dad and the family, doing a shared Maths activity, practising a musical instrument or revising spelling and tables.

Communication from school and home is encouraged through reading record books and, later on, via the child's personal diary. As the children progress through school, greater emphasis is placed on the child organising and planning the set homework for the week. This helps to develop organisational skills and allows for the child to take personal responsibility for any set tasks. Most importantly, homework must be meaningful and enjoyable.


Continued evaluation to ensure the effectiveness of the learning environment, in order to achieve the highest possible standard, is vital to the child's overall success as a learner. Goals are set and achievement assessed regularly on a number of different fronts. We believe in an overall evaluation of each child and assess progress in all areas (i.e. intellectual, social, physical and emotional). Likewise, we evaluate the content and appropriateness of the school's curriculum and educational programs, and the effectiveness of teaching strategies.

Student Assessment Portfolios include:

- A complete selection of the student's works, covering all areas of the curriculum.

- Notes of observation of each student.

- For administration and class purposes.

- Teacher's records with samples of generally complete and best work.
- Tests, internal and standardised, external state wide assessment - NAPLAN.
- Written reports to parents.
- Relevant information that needs to be passed on to the following teacher.

** Woodleigh School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes. The school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its academic programmes.

Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

co-curricular programs

Visual Arts

At Penbank the children enjoy experiences that encourage creative self-expression, whether it be in a timetabled Art/Craft session or as part of classroom activities in other curriculum areas. The whole curriculum is seen as an opportunity for such creativity.

Specifically, we follow a thematic or unit-orientated approach to planning art activities, which is complemented by ideas gleaned from many additional sources.

Art activities generally fall under these headings:

- Drawing
- Painting
- Textiles/Threads
- Modelling/Clay Building
- Construction/Collage
- Printing

Music and Drama

The Music curriculum is comprehensive and includes aural and visual comprehension of music through the experience of singing, instrumental playing and general music making.

Drama and Music is enjoyed at a whole school level and supported by extra small group activities.

All students in Years 3 to 6 are encouraged to learn a musical instrument. Private tuition is available in violin, piano, guitar, drums, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone and recorder.

Penbank has a strong tradition in Drama and Music and productions are staged accordingly.


The Library Program is designed to assist the student in becoming a confident and competent library user and to promote an enthusiastic attitude to reading and research. The program offers an introduction to the children's literature collection as well as instruction in the basics of library research and usage.

Children are given frequent opportunities to visit the library through timetabled class sessions and lunchtime activities.

LOTE - Indonesian

As participants in a 'global village' it is important to equip our children with language to be effective in communicating and understanding others.

For the enhancement of world economic, social, cultural and environmental activity, with communications technology dominating exchanges, we have the responsibility to our students to develop within them sensitivity to the social conventions of different cultures. We are also responsible for giving them a love of languages and the skills necessary for the production of a foreign language. The language taught at Penbank is Indonesian.

The Wugubank Partnership

Wugubank is the title given to a developing partnership involving two schools, Penbank and the Wugularr School at Beswick, an hour's drive east of Katherine, Northern Territory. Both schools are small with a similar level of enrolment.

The Wugubank Partnership began when a teacher from Penbank took leave to work in the Northern Territory – the Wugularr School was his post. During his 18-month period of leave, a number of Penbank teachers, including the school principal, visited the Wugularr School. When at Wugularr, they worked in a voluntary capacity, supporting the school in areas of need such as Art and Library.

Since then, strong and supportive relationships have developed between teachers and students. Wugularr students enjoy regular visits from the Penbank teachers and have the opportunity to visit each other’s school at least once a year. The first trip to Penbank for the Wugularr Mob was August 2010, and the following year the Penbank Year 5 and 6 students visited the Wugularr School. They are always amazing times together!

"​When you see the children together, they are mates. They play as children do."

For the Penbank staff, the focus has always been on the schooling. “When we looked at the talents of the children, we saw that they’re artistic, they’re athletic, they’re rhythmic and musical. These are their strengths, yet there was not one teacher who could support those specialist areas of the curriculum. Yes, they need to read and write and understand Maths, but that’s not what’s going to hook them in.”

The purpose of the Wugubank partnership is to provide an educative experience through relationship building and school visits. It is based on the premise that young children naturally interact with each other and are not unduly affected by the barriers of culture or language. Children are generally free from prejudice and purely love to play and learn. In a school setting, and through structured and culturally respectful educational exchanges, the Wugubank Partnership enables the children from each school to understand and influence each other about their world. The Wugubank Partnership aims to develop long-term relationships over time, thus establishing trust, personal respect and connections with the view of broadening horizons for all.

A key feature of the Wugubank Partnership is the importance of learning through personal connections, genuine respect and consideration of others. The Wugubank Partnership reinforces that school is a normal thing to do for all children and young people that is enabled through quality experiences at a joint level when Penbank and Wugularr students come together.

student care & wellbeing

As you drive into Penbank, you are immediately touched by the peacefulness of the surrounds and the space that is available to children for learning and playing. The general environment highlights a value and respect for living things, and is presented in a way that teaches us that we are not the only people in the world, but a small part of a diverse community.

Woodleigh is a school where knowing all students and families is vital. Calling a student by name, and knowing something about each child is important to a humane and caring environment. At Penbank, children are able to flourish, as the small student/teacher ratio greatly enhances the quality of interactions, and therefore the quality of learning.

Woven into the academic curriculum are a broad range of options to develop and strengthen children’s skills and talents. The Spalding Approach to Reading and Writing is the basis for teaching English, due to its comprehensive phonetic, multi-sensory approach. As part of a rural and environmental landscape, delivered through an inquiry-based and integrated curriculum, involvement in the sciences and outdoor programs enable children to learn through investigation and experience.

Importantly, there is opportunity for all children – it’s not just the best who get a go!

As a family-oriented school, parents and teachers work in partnership to nurture and develop the children to be the best they can be. A strong emphasis is placed on relationships, knowing that it is vital to be fair and honest, thus preserving and fostering values in tolerance and respect for oneself and the world. Penbank is a place where children thrive and achieve in all areas of social, physical and intellectual growth. As a campus of Woodleigh, Penbank is proud to provide an education that today’s children need to prepare them for their futures.

The Penbank Environment

Situated on a delightful 35-acre rural property on the Mornington Peninsula, Penbank is a family oriented non-denominational junior campus for boys and girls. Within an attractive setting, comprising excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, Penbank offers a progressive approach to education and is an inspiring and happy place to learn.

The excellent facilities, including spacious, naturally-lit classrooms, multi-purpose halls featuring natural-timbered walls and structures, provide a homely setting. Open fireplaces are a feature, and a minimum of corridors provides an open and welcoming feel.

Parent Resources

​These resources are provided to make the business of being a Woodleigh School parent as easy as possible.

Please contact Penbank Campus Reception on 5978 8425 or email if you have any questions regarding the content available here.

2019 Term Dates


  • Y7 & 12 students begin 31 January
  • All other students begin 1 February
  • Homestead Camp week 4-8 March (Week 6)
  • T1 Ends Friday 5 April


  • Students begin 24 April
  • T2 Ends 21 June


  • Students begin 16 July
  • Activities Week 12 – 16 August
  • T3 Ends 20 Sep


  • Students begin 8 October
  • Term 4 Ends for ECC–Year 9 students 6 December


Parent Teacher Online (PTO)

Bookings for Parent/Teacher interviews are handled via our PTO system. It can be found HERE.

Resource Links

Internet Contract

eSafety Resources

TRAG – Teenagers Road Accident Group

DARTA – Paul Dillon Resources

South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault SECASA

Bully Stoppers

Helping Those who are Grieving

Penbank Uniform

The uniform is a combination of any of the following items:


  • Summer dress – new design
  • Knitted jumper – new design
  • Navy blue socks with striped trim (ankle length) – new design
  • Black leather school shoes
  • Taupe Woodleigh branded shorts (girls and boys) 
  • Taupe Woodleigh branded skort (girls)
  • Navy blue ribbons or matching scrunchie as per summer dress
  • Woodleigh branded short-sleeved shirt to go with skort or shorts
  • Woodleigh branded navy, green, grey and white rugby top – new design
  • Woodleigh branded taupe broad-rimmed sunhat – new design


  • White Woodleigh branded long-sleeved shirt
  • Girls' Winter pinafore – new design
  • Woodleigh branded taupe trousers (girls and boys)
  • Knitted jumper – new design
  • Navy blue socks with striped trim – new design
  • Navy blue tights – to be worn with Winter pinafore
  • Black leather school shoes
  • Woodleigh black weatherproof jacket (sport jacket as well) – new design
  • Skort and rugby top as per Summer for in between seasons

Physical Education (not required for ELG children)

The following are to be provided in the Woodleigh sport bag at the beginning of each week. Minimbah and Penbank sport uniforms will differ for one more year.

  • Penbank sport shorts
  • Penbank sport polo shirt
  • Penbank basketball uniform for athletics and external team sports, Years 3–6
  • Woodleigh branded navy, green, grey and white rugby top – new design
  • Runners/jogging shoes
  • Woodleigh branded anklet sport socks
  • Woodleigh branded taupe sunhat – new design
  • Penbank weatherproof tracksuit/Woodleigh jacket (new design) for all external competitions, Winter P.E and excursions


  • waterproof smock to cover clothing completely
  • Woodleigh branded school bag
  • drawstring library bag
  • Woodleigh branded sport bag
  • Woodleigh branded homework/reader satchel

All clothing is available from the Bob Stewart online store the Bounty Shop, 11 Thompson Street, Frankston.

Please ensure that all articles of clothing are clearly and securely named. Name tags are also available from the Bounty Shop. The ‘sew-on’ type embroidered name tags are the best. We require children to be neatly and practically attired in the above-mentioned school clothing at all times.


The ​Penbank Campus of Woodleigh School is situated on a 35-acre rural property at Moorooduc on the Mornington Peninsula. An extensive bus network brings students to the Penbank Campus from areas all across the Mornington Peninsula.

Penbank and Minimbah operate a direct bus service from Flinders via Shoreham, Red Hill South, Red Hill and Mount Martha for Primary Students.

For more information about bus services at Woodleigh School contact: Robyn Kent – Bus Coordinator at Senior Campus on or by phone on 5971 6100.

Penbank Campus PFG


Our Parents and Friends Group meets regularly to organise social and fundraising events. They can be many and varied but most of all are creative, lots of fun and designed to build community across the school.

The Committee comprises a Class Parent Representative from each Group and other parents depending on the level of interest. In recent years we have had wonderful support with a strong membership.

Penbank PFG Statement of Purpose

At Woodleigh School’s Penbank Campus, the junior school parents’ and friends’ association is known as the Parents and Friends Group (the PFG). The PFG’s purpose is to facilitate:

Community, Connectedness, Communication, Creativity  & Contribution.

The activities of the PFG are at all times in line with the goals and objectives of Penbank/Woodleigh and all decisions made are for the benefit of the school community.

A volunteer committee of class parent representatives, and other parents, administers of the PFG along with the Head of Penbank (Vivienne Wearne) and other administrative staff. Each committee member has specific responsibilities. In this way the PFG can effectively manage the range of activities that contribute to School life. The PFG committee is greatly assisted by the Penbank Woodleigh staff and a network of volunteer parents and friends from the Early Learning Centre to Year 6. 

The PFG play a significant role at Penbank and work to build the participation of parents in the life of the School – whether in terms of social events, fundraising or the celebration of special occasions. Without this vital ongoing parental contribution the PFG activities would not be possible.

Some examples of where the PFG and volunteer parents are involved:

  • Tuck Shop Days per term
  • Orientation days/nights for new parents
  • Anzac Day Morning Tea
  • Between The Bays Festival
  • District Cross Country Tuck Shop
  • Wugubank Tuck Shop
  • Mother’s Day luncheon/activities
  • Father’s Day Breakfast
  • Provision of funds towards agreed and defined objectives

The PFG is proud of its efforts to build a very strong sense of community among all Penbank Woodleigh families. PFG meetings are held towards the beginning and end of each term (around Weeks 2 and 6) with all details on the Woodleigh App. Attending these meetings gives a broader understanding of the day-to-day life of the School. It also demonstrates to our children that we consider the School to be a very important part of family life.

The PFG warmly invites all parents and friends of Penbank to attend the regular PFG meetings and encourages parents and friends to become involved and participate actively in the Penbank Woodleigh community. Please contact Tessa Pizzey at Penbank Reception for further information on or or use the Woodleigh App (click here for Android version) and press the PFG button! We look forward to connecting with you! 

We look forward to connecting with you!