​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.

Teaching & Learning @ Penbank

At the heart of a Woodleigh education is our commitment to the holistic development of every student within our school. We provide a nurturing and challenging environment that supports students in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they will need to thrive at and beyond school. We aim 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.

Woodleigh is an IB candidate school and uses the IB Primary Years Programme as a framework for teaching and learning at our Junior Campuses.

The IB Primary Years Programme

The IB PYP is an internationally accredited framework for learning specifically designed for students aged 3 to 12 and caters to their particular learning needs during this stage of life. It provides a design structure through which the content areas of the Victorian Curriculum are taught while enriching the learning and empowering students. The PYP is inclusive in nature, providing opportunities for all students, including gifted and talented and those needing support. At Woodleigh School, the PYP is undertaken by all students in ECC to Year 6 and leads into the IB Middle Years Programme offered at our secondary campus.

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a holistic curriculum framework focused on supporting all aspects of student development. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The framework builds from a central focus upon the student to include rich learning within and across traditional subject areas, the integration of real-world contexts and the development of deep conceptual understandings by students. The curriculum structure replicates the key learning areas set out in the Victorian Curriculum, with the traditional subject areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Arts, Science, Physical, Social and Personal Education all retaining their relevance.

Significantly, the PYP offers opportunities for a transdisciplinary approach, with students provided with opportunities to engage with learning that has relevance across subject areas and connects with the real world. The key aspects of the PYP include:

Approaches to learning, helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management

Key and related concepts, helping students explore big ideas that matter

Transdisciplinary themes, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for their own development and in the real world

Inquiry-based learning, a focus on structured, purposeful inquiry that engages students in their own learning by drawing on their prior knowledge, providing provocations through new experiences, and offering opportunities for reflection, and the consolidation of knowledge, skills and understandings.

Importantly, the introduction of the Primary Years Programme provides a shared framework for planning, assessment and reporting across the junior campuses of Woodleigh School. There is also a strong alignment between the structures and language used in the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), providing a common curriculum framework to support students through their learning journey at the school.

Transdisciplinary Programme of Inquiry

Learning and teaching in the PYP is organised within a programme of inquiry that provides students with a broad, balanced, and connected learning experience from 3-year-olds to Year 6. The programme of inquiry is structured around six transdisciplinary themes that capture ideas, concepts and issues that are relevant to understanding and appreciating the world in which we live. At each year level, students explore units of inquiry in each theme which incorporate knowledge, understandings and skills from age-appropriate learning and subject areas aligned to the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework and the Victorian Curriculum. The following overview outlines the key understanding and concepts explored at each year level.

Primary Homesteads

The important role of building capabilities for living and learning through social and emotional development is reflected in our Year 5 and 6 learning environments, the Primary Homesteads. The term ‘Homestead’ reflects our vision of the classroom as a home in which our students feel safe, known and engaged, as part of a vibrant learning community involving their peers and teachers. Our Year 5 and 6 Homesteads include a communal kitchen and gathering spaces, as well as open-plan classroom spaces that allow for flexibility in the way the areas are used. The teachers and students across the 2-year levels also collaborate on many elements of learning. The use of a Homestead structure is a central feature of a Woodleigh Education that is shared across all three campuses of the school.

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.

Download our Primary Years Curriculum Document

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.

2021 Term Dates

Term 1

Friday 29th January – Thursday 1 April

  • Monday 18 - Thursday 21 January SLT planning days
  • Wednesday 20 January New Staff Day
  • Thursday 21 January New Staff Day
  • Friday 22 January Professional Learning Day
  • Monday 25 January Professional Learning Day
  • Tuesday 26 January Australia Day Holiday Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 27 January Professional Learning Day
  • Thursday 28 January Professional Learning Day
  • Friday 29 January Day Zero Y12 and Y7 students only
  • Monday 1 February All students return
  • Monday 8 March Labour Day

Term 2

Tuesday 20 April – Friday 18 June

  • Monday 19 April Professional Learning Day
  • Sunday 25 April ANZAC Day
  • Friday 28 May Report Writing Day TBC (student free)
  • Monday 14 June Queen’s Birthday

Term 3

Tuesday 13 July – Friday 17 September

  • Monday 12 July Professional Learning Day (student free)

Term 4

Tuesday 5 October – Friday 10 December

  • Monday 4 October Professional Learning Day (student free)
  • Monday 1 November & Tuesday 2 November Melbourne Cup holiday
  • Friday 5 November Report Writing Day TBC (student free)
  • Term 4 Ends for ECC-Y9 students – Friday 10 December
  • Monday 13 December Staff Day
  • Tuesday 14 December Staff farewells
  • Wednesday 22 December Office closes 4pm

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.


Conveyance Allowance only applies to students attending the Senior Campus located at Langwarrin South and students attending the Penbank Campus located at Moorooduc. These families can get help with the cost of transporting their children to their nearest school or campus. The conveyance allowance is a contribution towards transport costs and is not intended to cover the full cost and is available to students travelling by public transport, private car and private bus.

The Victorian Minister for Education has amended the definition of the closest appropriate school/campus (Instrument of Specification). This may impact some of our families who have been unable to make a claim in the past or deemed ineligible.

Both Woodleigh School and Bayside Christian College are registered the same and classified as same type schools.  Therefore, previously if you lived closer to Bayside Christian College you would have been deemed ineligible to receive the conveyance allowance. However, parents can now apply for consideration by providing a “signed letter” to the school why the closest school of the same denomination is not appropriate for their child. You must include your child’s name and demonstrate the below points:

  • The student does not belong to, or associate with, the school’s particular religion, or engage in religious activity associated with the school’s religious doctrines; and
  • The relevant school’s compulsorily requires its students to engage in religious activity associated with that religion or religious doctrines.

The Department of Education and Training will review individual applications on their merits. Please note that you must still meet the main criteria listed below.

Completed conveyance application forms must be signed by the parent or guardian (page 4) and submitted to the School.

If you have previously submitted a form and there is no change to mode of transport or address details you are not required to complete a new form for 2021.

New forms must be completed for students attending the School for the first time or existing conveyance allowance claimants who have a change of circumstances affecting eligibility. For example:

  • Moving residence or changing their mode of transport;
  • Changing schools/campuses. Ie Penbank Campus to Senior Campus

The Department of Education and Training’s main criteria for student eligibility is:

  • The School attended is the nearest appropriate school. (Or attach a supporting letter as per above)
  • The student resides more than 4.8kms from the school by the shortest practicable route.
  • Students are of school age 5–18 years and enrolled at school for 3 or more days per week.

To apply for a conveyance allowance, parents are required to complete the appropriate forms.

  1. Travel by contract bus: “Conveyance Allowance Application – Private Bus Travel”
  2. Travel by myki bus: “Conveyance Allowance Application – Public Transport Travel” Must provide proof of purchase; i.e. a copy of receipt or ticket.
  3. Travel by car: “Conveyance Allowance Application – Private Car Travel” will need to be completed for each student, listing all students travelling in the nominated vehicle.
  4. Combined travel: Each appropriate form will need to be completed as above, e.g. drive further than 4.8km to catch public transport (Private Car/Public Transport).

Please note for Senior Campus families: If you live within 4.8km of public transport (ie one of our myki buses) and choose to travel by private bus or car you will not be eligible to claim the conveyance allowance.  

The School will lodge 4 claims a year (1 per Term) with the Department of Education and Training. The Department will reimburse the school and the allowance will be credited to your fee account in instalments. 

Contract Bus 

Reimbursement is determined on the basis of the shortest practicable route from the student’s residence to the school and not the actual distance travelled in the bus.

Public Transport 

The cost of fares is fully refundable.

Private Car           

Reimbursement is made on the basis of the one-way distance travelled per vehicle and the number of students in that vehicle. Payment is made to the family operating the vehicle.

If you have any queries please contact Robyn Kent on 5971 6100 or email

Download 2021 Conveyance Allowance Public Travel

Download 2021 Conveyance Allowance Private Bus Travel

Download 2021 Conveyance Allowance Private Car Travel

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! 

OSHC – Outside School Hours Care – Camp Australia

Camp Australia. Guiding children

Camp Australia – Guiding Children’s Growth

We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program.

Camp Australia programs are centred on child enrichment, while ensuring a reliable, engaging and hassle-free OSHC service at our school. Their engaged educators foster a safe, inclusive environment where children can relax, have fun and grow.

Camp Australia. Guiding children

Your OSHC – OSHC that inspires

Your OSHC is Camp Australia’s before school, after school and pupil free day program, tailored to the likes and interests of each child in service. Camp Australia’s educators design enriching experiences to inspire your children’s confidence, independence and imagination. In any one week, they could be participating in science experiments, active play, creative expression and more - they believe in learning through experience so that each child can grow.

Click here to find out more about Camp Australia's program at our school, including hours of operation and fees. To attend care, you must register your child. Register now for free.

Parent Teacher Online (PTO)

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