Message from the head of campus
Dear Families and Friends,
This is the first Letter Home for the year.
You can expect to receive this ‘big picture’ newsletter during Weeks 3 & 8 of each term. The Letter Home encapsulates the 'happenings' at the Penbank Campus. Each campus issues a similar newsletter; the Penbank Letter Home, the Minimbah Update and the Woodleigh Messenger from the senior campus. At any time you can read the news from each campus in addition to other information by logging onto the Woodleigh App. I find the Woodleigh App a very easy communication tool. I highly recommend all families to install it on your phone.
A number of changes have been made regarding the bus schedule and driveway system each morning and afternoon. Thank you so much for supporting these changes. We are very concerned that all students safely arrive and depart from the school each day.
With all students settling very well into the term, we look ahead to a wonderful year.
There are exciting opportunities for all!
We understand how vital it is to channel student interests to the learning, alongside introducing children to the wonders of our world through Literacy, the Arts, Science, Maths and more. Most importantly, real experiences that genuinely connect with our emotions challenge us to appreciate that learning is essential in our quest to strive for truth and understanding.
Welcome to 2018! We are so pleased to be working with your children, as they again embark on many educational adventures such as last week’s Indonesian Orangutan Fundraising excursion to the Zoo! You can all feel very proud of the way all children have settled in, including our littlies in ELG/3 and our new Preps.
On behalf of the staff, we wish you a sensational year!
Head of Penbank – Deputy Principal, Woodleigh School
Communication is vitally important.
We will be making every effort to ensure there are a variety of avenues for you to retrieve school information. Importantly, we invite you to speak with us by visiting the staff at Reception who can direct you to the appropriate person, arrange appointments or assist you with any questions.
I thank all parents who attended our Information Night last Thursday. Being the first event for parents, it is a very important evening for communicating administrative and logistical procedures, as well as informing parents about the curriculum for the year for each age group. Educating parents about our school, including workshops about raising children, is a priority. Sessions occur across the year, usually held in the evening at the senior campus. I encourage you to have a thorough read of the calendar that highlights all booked programs and events for the term. A yearly calendar of events for Penbank families can be located in the Notices section of the Woodleigh App.
The Information Evening is always an excellent opportunity for parents to meet each other along with staff. I am delighted that our new teachers, Cath Black – Year 1, Hannah Candy – Year 4, Ashton Newton – Year 6A and Peter McGettigan – PE and Outdoor Education, have settled into the routines of the Penbank Campus with ease. Congratulations and thank you to all staff on a very successful start to the year.
If you choose to communicate via email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ensure that your email is passed on to the relevant staff member.
This week, Parent/Teacher Interviews provide another opportunity for parents to communicate with their child’s teacher.
School Meeting – Assembly
We invite all parents and friends to attend School Meeting each Thursday, 8.50 am.
School Meeting is a very important time of the week. It is a time where we come together as a campus to share the learning and celebrate the achievements of students. Music is always featured, providing students with the opportunity to perform by playing a musical instrument or singing in a choir. We conclude each meeting with a song that is sung by the whole school. Singing brings us together as a community with the lyrics often reflecting the focus of the School Meeting. School Meeting is convened by Year 6 school leaders.
Enabling students to develop into strong public speakers, School Meeting is highly valued as a means to develop confidence and leadership across all age groups.
Please join us for this week’s School Meeting… I believe, ‘Love is in the air!’
Congratulations to Prep teacher, Mel, who was married to Seb during the holidays.
At the heart of our school is the desire to develop our students into knowledgeable and articulate young people. We strive to involve our children in work that will enable them to grow with confidence and independence – to have the courage and tenacity to become active and responsible citizens with the capacity to make change.
With energy and enthusiasm, we love to learn, investigate, make and create. We are active, industrious, big thinkers, good friends and more!
Woodleigh’s 3Rs underpin all that we do…
Respect for Self
Respect for Others
Respect for the Environment
So what does that mean?
RESPECT FOR SELF
Means doing your best, or in other words, not letting yourself down
- Making the best use of class time
- Being prepared
- Completing work by due dates
- Being on time
- Planning homework
- Being a willing participant in school life
- Activities, Sport, Camps, Service
- Keeping fit including exercise and eating healthy food
- Taking responsibility for your personal organisation and well-being
- Making your own lunch
- Being on time
- Giving yourself the best opportunities to succeed.
- Giving value to your goals through hard work and commitment.
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
Means always respecting other people’s backgrounds, culture, needs, feelings and opinions
- Being welcoming and inclusive
- Allowing others to do their best in class
- Listening to others in turn
- Allowing others to contribute – in class as well as other areas
- Valuing others’ contributions and opinions
- Being considerate of others’ feelings
- Respecting others’ property
- Valuing others’ achievements and beliefs
RESPECT FOR ENVIRONMENT
Refers to the school, the community and the world environment
- Keeping the school grounds free of litter
- Caring for the classroom and school gardens and bushland
- Conserving resources; reduce, reuse, recycle
- Participating in environmental care activities, both at school and in the local community
- Being aware of global and cultural environmental needs, including being prepared to take action where possible
- Considering personal impact
- Looking to reduce our ecological footprint
For us at the Penbank Campus, very simply, our mantra is…
Be safe, fair and kind!
Conveyance Allowance only applies to students attending the Woodleigh Campus located at Langwarrin South and students attending the Penbank Campus located at Moorooduc.
The Department of Education and Training’s main criteria for student eligibility is:
- The School attended is the nearest appropriate school. Please note that Woodleigh School and Bayside Christian College are both registered schools and are classified as the same school type. Therefore, if you live closer to Bayside Christian College you are not eligible to receive a Conveyance Allowance.
- The student resides more than 4.8kms from the school.
- Students are of school age 5–18 years and enrolled at school for three or more days per week.
Under special circumstances, students may be granted a Conveyance Allowance to attend a school other than the nearest school. In all cases it is the responsibility of parents to attach supporting evidence from the nearest school.
To apply for a Conveyance Allowance, parents are required to complete the appropriate forms. (These forms are editable Word documents, so may not open on mobile devices. Please open on a computer.)
- Travel by contract bus: Conveyance Allowance Application – Private Bus Travel
- Travel by myki bus: Conveyance Allowance Application – Public Transport Travel (Must provide prove of purchase i.e. copy of receipt or ticket.)
- 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.)
- 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 Woodleigh Campus families: If you live within 4.8km of public transport (i.e. 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 four claims a year (one 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.
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.
The cost of fares are fully refundable.
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.
Completed Conveyance Application forms signed by the parent or guardian must be submitted to the School by 23 February 2018 to be included in the first claim.
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 (i.e. Penbank Campus to Woodleigh Campus)
If you have any queries, please contact Robyn Kent on 5971 6100 or email email@example.com.
Each campus has their own PFG. Supporting each campus in various wants and needs, the PFG strives to help others - the purpose to facilitate:
You can be a part of the PFG by being a class rep or more generally by being a volunteer supporting fundraising initiatives and/or social occasions.
PFG news will be forwarded to parents following each meeting.
Between the Bays, a whole school family music festival, is the first major event for the school. A highly enjoyable and fun-filled day for families, I encourage all families to participate in this great day that has appeal for all age groups. With the proceeds going to the Woodleigh Indigenous Partnerships, this event supports the ongoing work involved in partnerships such as Wugubank.
It is with sincere gratitude that I thank the PFG for their offer to raise the funds to support several community members from Beswick and Wugularr School to attend Between the Bays. Please see Julie Torrance or any of the Group Reps if you are able to contribute. The funds raised will support their return airfares from Darwin to Melbourne.
Penbank PFG Positions 2018
Daniel Gales – Parent Year 2 & 4 / Julie Torrance – Parent Year 5
Position to be rotated at each meeting
Sharren Dredge – Penbank: Administration & Finance
Nina Williams – Prep Parent
Communications & Correspondence
Tessa Pizzey – Penbank Administration: Reception & Parent ELG4
Casual Volunteer List Coordinator
Sharon McNally – Parent ELG3 & Year 1
Second-Hand Uniform Coordinators
Sarah Millar-Scott – Parent Year 2
Sara Griffths – Parent Year 2
Nicky Rae – Parent Year 2
Coffee Van Coordinator
Miranda Davies-Tuck – Parent Year 3
Class Rep Coordinator
Julia Swayn – Parent Year 1
ELG 3 – Sharon McNally,
ELG 4 - Tate Muradzi, Justine Gillingham
Prep – Nina Williams, Justine Gillingham, Kylie Cummings
Year 1 – Julia Swayn, Nikki Diaco, Carly Munday
Year 2 – Nicky Rae, Sara Griffiths, Sarah Miller-Scott
Year 3 – Miranda Davies-Tuck, Nikki Diaco
Year 4 – Daniel Gales, Kirsten Scott
Year 5 – Julie Torrance, Taryn James, Tracey Clinch
Year 6 – Paul Thompson (we need 1 more - see Reception if you would like to volunteer!)
Learning at Woodleigh School
Prior to the start of school, the teachers from all three campuses of Woodleigh School gathered for three days of planning, professional learning and collaboration. The first day provided a great opportunity to launch our new Learning and Teaching Policy, and explore the guidance it sets out for this core focus at the school.
The policy was co-created through extensive consultation with students, parents, teachers and administrators during 2017. The document builds on our historical strengths, while articulating our aspirations for the future. Importantly, it is a whole school document that will help support all of our students with their learning journey from early childhood until the completion of Year 12. Particular features of the policy include its clear articulation of the school’s beliefs about teaching and learning, the description of our model for personalised learning, and an outline of some of the strategies teachers use when supporting student learning at Woodleigh School.
Parents and families are welcome to read the policy by following the link below. Further information about different aspects of the document will be shared through the campus newsletters during the year, as staff work on its implementation across the school.
Dr Richard Owens
Head of Teaching and Learning
At the start of 2017, the school made a commitment to the strategic goal of becoming ‘A Global Leader in Personalised Learning’. In working towards the achievement of this vision, the School Leadership Team (SLT) initiated a review of the school’s approach to teaching and learning across all three campuses, in consultation with students, teachers, school leaders and parents.
The findings from this appreciative inquiry included a recommendation from stakeholders that the school explore the potential for the adoption of two of the programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Towards the end of Term 1, the SLT requested a formal investigation of the programmes, with the conduct of the process being delegated to a cross-campus group of teachers and school leaders under the guidance of the school’s Executive Learning and Teaching Team (ELT).
The investigation focused on the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), catering to students from 3–12 years of age, as well as its Middle Years Programme (MYP), catering for students from 12–16 years of age. It evaluated the quality of the programmes and their suitability for implementation at the school, as well as their alignment with the school’s new Learning and Teaching Policy. The investigation also included conclusions and recommendations drawn from document analysis, participation in workshops and lectures, and school visits. A final report on the investigation was completed by the group, with a clear recommendation to proceed with the next phase of the process for the adoption of both programmes. The recommendation highlighted the ability of the programmes to support alignment across all three campuses and the increased rigor offered for a holistic approach to student learning, as well as the structure and clarity the two programme frameworks provided for teacher collaboration, curriculum development and assessment.
After further review, the recommendation from the investigation was accepted by the SLT and presented to the School Board for its endorsement at the end of 2017. As a result, the School has made a formal decision to move into the consideration phase for candidacy for the PYP and MYP this year. This phase includes further investigation of the IB philosophy, the identification of resources required to support implementation, the further analysis of programme requirements and the development of a detailed action plan. The benefits associated with the move into the next phase include full access to IB school networks, professional learning, and formal partnerships with IB consultants and support staff. Further updates regarding these developments will be made available for parents throughout the year ahead.
Dr Richard Owens
Head of Teaching and Learning
PLEASE REFER TO THE PENBANK PROGRAM OF EVENTS 2018 PAGE IN THE NOTICES SECTION OF THE WOODLEIGH APP FOR AN UP-TO-DATE LIST.
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At Woodleigh School we believe that the safety of children is dependent on the existence of a child safe culture within our school community. We have developed work systems, practices, policies and procedures designed to create a child safe culture.
Woodleigh School recognises the value of volunteers in contributing to the school community by giving their time and sharing their skills and expertise with others. Volunteers may have a wide range of interests, skills and abilities that are able to complement our programs, thus giving a wider range of interactions and experiences to our students.
At Woodleigh School, we have categorised volunteers as either Direct Contact Volunteers, Indirect Contact Volunteers or Extended Direct Contact Volunteers. The distinction between the types of volunteer activities is important as it determines the level of screening, induction and supervision that is required to be undertaken by the school.
Direct Contact Volunteers are those volunteers that are involved in providing support, guidance and supervision directly to students and could potentially have direct unsupervised contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service. Examples of Direct Contact Volunteer activities may include volunteers involved in assisting in learning activities.
Indirect Contact Volunteers are those volunteers who are involved in providing support and services whilst not directly assisting a specific group of students. Indirect Contact Volunteers are not responsible for supervising students and would not have “unsupervised” contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service. Examples of Indirect Contact Volunteer activities may include assisting with school functions or fundraising barbeques.
Extended Direct Contact Volunteers are those volunteers that are involved in providing support, guidance and supervision directly to students and could potentially have regular direct unsupervised contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service over an extended period. Examples of Extended Direct Contact Volunteer activities may include volunteers involved in school camps or coaching sporting teams.
To support our Volunteers, we have developed a Woodleigh Volunteer Handbook to provide as much relevant information as possible to assist parents and friends volunteering at Woodleigh. We also require our Direct Contact Volunteers and Extended Direct Contact Volunteers to read our Volunteer Code of Conduct and sign a copy of the school’s Volunteer Agreement.
The new Volunteering documents are accessible at each campus and the Volunteer Management Policy is located on the school’s website. If you have any questions or concerns about Volunteering at Woodleigh, please contact the Heads of Campus – David Burton (Senior Campus), Rod Davies (Minimbah Campus) or Vivienne Wearne (Penbank Campus).
Human Resource Manager
Tony Birch is the author of Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People, and a book of poetry – Broken Teeth.
Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.
Tony won the Patrick White award in 2017. He is the first Indigenous author to do so.
Join us at our Term 1 Words @ Woodleigh event. Books are available for signing on the night.BOOK TICKETS HERE