- Penbank Letter Home
- Staff News
- Prep PYP Inquirers in action!
- Centre Stage with Katherine
- Musical Notes with Andy
- From the Sports Desk with Pete!
- Loving the Library with Anne
- Penbank PFG Update
- Student Late arrival & Early Departure
- term 4 events and 2020 term dates
- Mornington Peninsula Writers Festival
- WOODLEIGH ARTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
- PARENT EDUCATION SERIES: PAUL DILLON – TEENAGERS, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
- Parent Education Series: Game Aware
- THE ARTY MARKET: Friday 29 November 4-8pm
Penbank Letter Home
Term 3 has transpired with much activity and new experiences. PYP themes of Sharing the Planet have enabled our younger children to explore many concepts and ideas about the environment and our world. Older children have been investigating different perspectives from their Units of Inquiry about Immigration, Australia’s Vast Land and Indigenous Peoples.
With the PYP well underway, I enjoyed reading the latest Group News by teachers about the various concepts and central ideas being explored.
Newsletters, including this Letter Home, are issued four times a term. These newsletters provide specific information from a whole campus and class perspective. I do encourage you to take a moment to read all about the learning – such worthy news to share.
Learning about Culture through Music
I was delighted to hear the Boite Schools Chorus perform songs written by Indigenous artists; opera singer, Deborah Cheetham, and Jessica Hitchcock. Reconciliation was at the heart of this inspiring music. Over 70 Penbank and Minimbah students sang with joy and enthusiasm with the many other choristers from schools across Victoria. From Prep to Year 6, the multi-aged choir sang out the words of reconciliation loud and clear.
Congratulations to all involved!
It was indeed a coincidence to be on the Darwin flight with Deborah the next day for our annual Wugubank NT expedition with our Year 6 students. True to Deborah’s style, we sang a quick song together in Darwin Airport. Uncle Jack Charles, also on the plane, couldn’t help but join in!
Two recent camps have enabled our students to appreciate and learn about the history and culture of Australia’s Indigenous Peoples.
It was with immense pleasure that I joined our Year 6 students with a team of 10 teachers on the Wugubank NT experience held during Woodleigh’s Activities Week. It is our tenth year of coming together as schools – Wugularr and Penbank. During these times, we share each other’s stories, culture and environments; the Mornington Peninsula and Wugularr (Beswick), East Arnhem Land. Throughout these ten years, we have been learning the truth of our country’s history and to respect the differences in us all while appreciating the beauty of our vast land, its magnificent structures, features and contrasting weather patterns. Importantly, friendships are strengthened - children, staff and communities. Crossing the country regularly, the opportunity for teachers to collaborate and children to learn through a two-way approach, has developed. It is a most worthy thing to do.
Following the Wugubank experience, our Year 3 and 4 students ventured to the scenic Rubicon Valley to experience Camp Jungai. Jungai has strong ties to nearby communities and a long-running relationship with the local Indigenous leaders who provided our children with invaluable insight into the land and its first people. In addition, the children participated in orienteering, canoeing, the possum-pull with ropes, tasted bush tucker and learnt about bush medicine. They especially enjoyed the camp fire gatherings and loved the ‘repeat after me’ songs. Story telling by Auntie Rora kept the children captivated before bedtime. Everyone loved the wealth of knowledge that Auntie Rora shared. According to Year 4 students Charlotte and Caitlin, ‘The Jungai Camp was absolutely 100%!’
Learning through the International Baccalaureate PYP (Primary Years Program) – making connections through camps and experiences beyond the classroom
The IB provides learners with a Learner Profile that describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. These profiles signify a commitment to help all members of the school community to learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.
- encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning.
- able to respectfully engage with people in our multi-cultural country and increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
- culturally aware, through the development of language learning - mother tongue and additional languages.
- involved in programmes of education that can lead them to further study and future pathways at home and around the world.
The learning of these fundamental attitudes and skills is enhanced through the students' experiences and actions involving the school’s camps program. Recent Expos (Year 5 and 6) presented the learning to parents. School Meeting also communicates the learning to parents, visitors and friends. At the Expos and School Meeting, students creatively presented their learning through drama, music, movie-making, composing, storytelling, dancing, reading, writing and research projects.
It is most inspiring to see the work that occurs due to the impact of these experiences.
I thank all teachers and staff for the planning and effort that enables the children to learn through our camps program and out-of-class experiences. I also thank the additional helpers – Vanessa (our resident doctor on the Wugubank Expedition), and Danielle and student teachers, Fiona and Zoe on Camp Jungai.
Being Principled – IB Learner Profile
As a campus we have recently focused on the attribute of the Learner Profile, Being Principled.
Principled. People act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
The significance of Being Principled in Sport
This Learner Profile was particularly relevant to our recent Fathers' and Friends' School Meeting, which involved a presentation about Racism. With a footy focus, we reflected on the AFL footballer, Adam Goodes. An elite footballer, Adam was the target of sustained booing that sparked a national debate about racism in Australia. It caused Adam to retire from football. Since then, Adam has been actively involved in community work and anti-racism advocacy.
Sport is an important function of each student’s week as they learn the fundamental skills of being a respectful team player and sportsperson while building healthy bones and muscles and increasing fitness. Focusing on cooperation skills, involvement in sport boosts self-confidence and teaches young children the importance of playing for the team rather than self.
Athletics and footy have been feature sports this term. I congratulate all students on their participation. Sixty Penbank students represented Woodleigh at the District Athletics Sports held at Ballam Park, Thursday 11 September.
Congratulations, team Penbank!
With Term 3 drawing to a close, this Letter Home has focused on learning beyond the classroom. In all, children are immersed in learning through a transdisciplinary approach where concepts and understandings in all subjects are integrated through meaningful programs and experiences.
Looking ahead, Term 4 is a time when Woodleigh celebrates the Arts – much to celebrate and learn!
My thanks and best wishes for a safe and fun-filled break.
Announcement – Deputy Head of Campus
It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of the next Deputy Head of Penbank Campus, Woodleigh School. Following an intensive and lengthy process, I congratulate Andrea Khoza on her appointment to this position.
Andy is a very familiar face at our campus. For the relatively short time Andy has been with us as Music teacher, she has demonstrated all round, excellent leadership skills. Andy has well-developed organisational skills that she will bring to the role, in addition to her ability to connect with people of all age groups. With Andy’s prior experience at all three Woodleigh campuses, she is well-equipped to support the continued amalgamation of our campus with the Woodleigh Senior Campus and Minimbah.
As Deputy Head of Campus, Andy will be at Penbank full-time. She will continue to lead Music education but will not have a full teaching load. We are yet to determine the staff arrangements for Music next year. Andy will also continue her role co-ordinating the Wugubank Program for students. As Deputy Head, Andy will work closely with the Pathways team to support teachers, children, staff and families in overall student engagement and wellbeing. In her current role, Andy teaches all students. Her knowledge of each child’s capabilities and personalities will undoubtably enable Andy to take on this position with confidence.
I congratulate Andy on this appointment and look forward to working closely with her in this very important role.
Another baby for Steph
We congratulate Stephanie McGovern on the exciting arrival of a second son to add to their growing family. Little Sean was born Monday 9 September. Both Jared and big brother, Zac, are ‘over the moon’ to have another boy in the family. Thoughts from Steph… We’re all in love!
Leave for Staff - Welcome back Sally
We were very happy to see Sally Brown return from Long Service Leave. Sally thoroughly enjoyed her time away, especially travelling the West Coast around Broome, WA. Sally is presently replacing Gayle McGaw who has taken leave to holiday in the Greek Isles! Happy sailing, Gayle. Gayle returns for the last week of term.
Brenda K. has also taken a small amount of leave to conclude this term. Brenda is taking an extended September break to be with her son and family who have recently moved to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Best wishes to Adrian and family, Brenda.
What does it mean to be an Inquirer?
Woodleigh is a school that values and nurtures student curiosity. The IB Learner Profile helps to extend our understanding of this important disposition through its description of the attribute of being an Inquirer. In Prep, our students have been developing their skills as Inquirers by asking questions and searching for answers in a variety of ways. For example, some of the students have been curious about bees and the role they play in our environment and others have been wondering about plastic and the impact it has when it ends up in the ocean.
If you drop into the Prep classroom, you can check out the Wonder Wall, which has all the questions the learners have been asking.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning – PYP Coordinator
The Reflective Power of Drama
Across the term, as our students engaged in rich learning experiences, both in the classroom and beyond the school boundaries, the Dramatic Arts were used to extend and expand on their learning. When students reflect on their experiences in this way, they are provided with the opportunity to explore different emotional experiences and embrace alternative perspectives. Students collaborated with their peers and transformed their learning, new understandings and experiences into a dramatic art.
On the coattails of a successful Book Week celebration, we launched into our CREATE electives. In Week 7, there was excitement that was palpable! I am pleased that all of the children were able to be placed in their first or second preference.
What elective has your child chosen?
- Arts and Craft
- Hip Hop
- Musical Theatre
- Media and Stage Crew
What is the story this year?
Great question! The story that draws the electives together for our Finale is driven by the students and their ideas. As we move through the creative process, the overall story develops. Presently, acting groups are developing skits around mythological gods that have secret or special powers. Stay tuned for more information about the story as the students develop it.
Loving the opportunity to create with your children,
Co-ordinator of Penbank Performance Arts
Congratulations to the Junior and Senior Choir for working so hard to prepare for the Boite School’s Chorus presentation of “Dhungala”, a wonderful collection of songs written by Jessica Hitchcock and Deborah Cheetham. It was wonderful to see the students commit to the rehearsal process, even giving up a Sunday to travel to the Abbotsford Convent. The performance was a beautiful reminder of the rich culture we have as a nation and how we can learn from each other by listening and sharing stories and songs. The Year 6s did a powerful interpretation of the story of ‘Parrwang, the Magpie,’ while ‘Reconciliation Now’ was a celebration of us all committing to this journey of coming together and moving forward into the future, aiming for equity among all Australians. Thank you to the teachers, especially Steph Crowder, who contributed to this project, making it a success for all children involved.
The music ensembles have been working towards our Soiree, held on Wednesday 18 September at 7pm. This is a showcase of all the ensemble work that happens throughout the year. We are so lucky to have a strong music team with a great diversity of skills, who can teach and guide the children on their musical journey. The gratification the students feel when rehearsing and performing as an ensemble is palpable, especially in the lead up to such an event. We would love to see members of the school community at the performance. Even if your child is not yet in a music ensemble, it is fantastic inspiration for them to see others enjoying performing as a team!
ALL ENSEMBLES WILL BE PERFORMING INCLUDING JUNIOR CHOIR, SENIOR CHOIR, JUNIOR ORCHESTRA, SENIOR ORCHESTRA, GUITAR ENSEMBLE, ROCK BAND, PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, CONCERT BAND.
After such a creative and busy term, enjoy the holidays with your family!
Co-ordinator of Penbank Music
Once again another very busy and wonderful term in Physical Education. All of the students have displayed outstanding sportsmanship, resilience and persistence in all of their sporting endeavours. Major events have included the Winter Lightning Premiership playoffs, Year 3-6 Athletics Day, Camps (Sovereign Hill, Wugubank and Jungai), AFL Roadshow clinics and Marvellous Men Breakfast, Year 5 Bike Ed and the upcoming Mornington District Athletics Carnival.
During PE we have focused on basketball, hockey, European handball, tag rugby and invasion games. Our Friday afternoon sports sessions have also seen our students prepare for the upcoming District Athletics event. It has also been amazing to see the development of the Prep and Year 1s in their weekly PMP lessons. Thank you to all parent volunteers who assist during these sessions. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Throughout Term 3 the Year 5 students have been involved in the Bike Ed program. This program consists of theory lessons on bike knowledge, safety and skill, as well as a practical component of riding around the school grounds and the Bay Trail. Thank you to everyone involved, especially Matt, Darcy, Lorraine, Lindsey and Marc and the parent helpers, whose assistance and support is very much appreciated.
Thank you to everyone who has assisted, supported, contributed and encouraged our Physical Education program during Term 3. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate the support and I very much look forward to Term 4.
Reading really IS our Secret Power (one of them anyway!)
What a fantastic Book Week we had this term! A big thank you to all the students (not to mention their amazing parents) and staff members who made the effort to dress up and contribute to our annual day of celebrating all that is good about reading and children! A great day was had by all, especially at lunchtime when Grug’s 40th birthday activity proved to be extremely popular.
We also raised over $230 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation with the proceeds from the Sausage Sizzle. We are very grateful to our Parent Group volunteers for running this lunch on the day.
Our Preps to Year 3s loved having local illustrator Jane Reiseger visit to show us how she approaches her work. With her guidance, we all contributed to a beautiful mural “From the bush to the sea” which now resides upstairs in the library and has many interested viewers each week. Jane was shortlisted for a CBCA award for best new talent in illustration for her work in Jane Godwin’s Red House, Green House, Blue House, Treehouse which we have enjoyed sharing in the library.
Author Tristan Bancks was a massive hit with the Year 4–6s when he visited, taking the students through his writing process and sharing his top tips of how to write for success. We particularly liked his idea of writing to a music soundtrack that matches the pace and style of our stories. In just five minutes of fast paced ‘chase music’ we were able to come up with some cracking story starters. Hannah and the Year 4s have already adopted Tristan’s idea for an ‘Anything Goes’ notebook and have been spending time each day getting into the “author flow” and writing in these!
Now that Book Week is over, we have launched into CREATE with gusto, and (not to give too much away…) the library is being inundated with requests for mythology stories and series – luckily we have a fantastic range!
A real love of reading is alive and well amongst many of our students.
We are focusing on updating our collection with a heap of new texts that support our inquiry and help to illustrate other elements of the PYP including key concepts and the learner profile. Our students are extremely lucky to have access to so much recently published material and it’s terrific to see many of them reading regularly for pleasure and taking advantage of our book purchase request system. This term alone we have added over 200 titles to our catalogue.
Just a reminder that all student loans are for a period of two weeks and renewals can easily be requested. We will send out reminders for long overdue books once a term and any outstanding loans at the end of the year will be billed, but not until we’ve given families every opportunity to locate and return or replace the outstanding items.
Wishing you all a safe and restful term break!
Community, Connectedness, Communication, Creativity & Contribution
Thank you so much Woodleigh, Penbank families, friends and teachers for your kind contributions of coats and other goods for the Winter Coat Drive for WAYSS during Homelessness Week. We donated a significant amount of well-appreciated goods to people in need in our local community, particularly during this chilly winter.
The PFG also generously donated $1000 to WAYSS to help upgrade their facilities in their domestic violence crisis housing, strengthening our relationships within our local community.
In addition, the PFG donated over $2000 towards bringing Wugularr Elders down for Reconciliation Week continuing our strong friendship with Wugubank, embracing our values as a school community.
Every term the PFG aims to provide our children with a paid event. This term we supported our yearly Father’s Day Footy Breakfast that the PFG supply and run for all the special men in our children’s lives. It was terrific to see so many children and the significant men in their lives on Thursday 29 August at 8am for an egg/bacon roll and coffee/tea/hot chocolate. They all looked great in their favourite footy team gear.
Most importantly, thank you to the Penbank–Woodleigh community for your ongoing support of our children, local and far reached communities. Without your ongoing generosity and support the Penbank PFG would be unable to share our values; Community, Connectedness, Communication, Creativity & Contribution.
OUR NEXT BIG FUNDRAISER!
A perfect time to begin your Christmas shopping!
We will be labelling a selection of magnificent wines from Crittenden Estate with a personalised label designed by your child.
In celebration of Woodleigh Arts, Sweet Child of Mine, was the theme that inspired your child's artwork, which was featured throughout the Penbank Music Soiree.
Order forms will be emailed out over the break.
Please sign in and out!
It is a requirement that we accurately record the attendance of all children at the school. Attendance is noted at the beginning of each day. If your child is late or is being collected at a time before the conclusion of the school day, it is required that you sign your child in or out at reception. There is an iPad at the front desk for you to do so. If you require any assistance, our friendly administration team will be happy to help.
Thank you for your support.
Term 4 2019
- Staff Professional Learning Day – Monday 7 October
- Students Commence Term 4 – Tuesday 8 October
- Division Athletics, Ballam Park – Wednesday 9 October
- PESTA Indonesia Festival – Friday 11 October
WEEK 2 – Woodleigh Arts
- Arts Week Opening (SC) – Monday 14 October
- Prep to Year 2 Swimming Program - Monday 14 October - Wednesday 16 October
- PFG Meeting – Wednesday 16 October, 9.00am
- School Meeting – Opening Arts @ Penbank – Thursday 17 October, 8.50am
- Regional Athletics, Casey Fields – 17 October
- Year 3 to Year 5 Swimming Program - Monday 21 October – Wednesday 23 October
- Year 2 Sleepover – Thursday 24 October
- World Teachers’ Day – Friday 25 October
- Bunjil Concert – Monday 28 October
WEEK 5 – Cup Week
- Mid-term Break – Monday 4 November
- Melbourne Cup Holiday – Tuesday 5 November
- SC Spring Musicale – Thursday 7 November
- Reports Correction Day – Friday 8 November
WEEK 6 – Penbank Arts Preparation Week
WEEK 7 – Arts @ Penbank
- Penbank Arts Finale – Wednesday 20 November, 7.30pm
WEEK 8 – Orientation Week
- New Parents Evening – Monday 25 November, 7.00pm
- Student Orientation – Tuesday 26 November, 10.00am – 11.00am
- PFG Morning Tea for New Parents – Tuesday 26 November, 10.00am
- PFG Final Meeting – Wednesday 27 November, 1.00pm
- Perberkoong – Woodleigh End of Year Celebration – Wednesday 27 November
- Woodleigh Arty Market – Friday 29 November, 4.00pm – 8.00pm
- Penbank Year 6 Graduation – Wednesday 4 December, 7.00pm
- Final School Meeting – Thursday 5 December
- ELG/4 Break-up Party – Thursday 5 December
- ELG/3 Break-up Party – Friday 6 December
- School Break-up, PFG Lunch – Friday 6 December
- Term 4 Ends – Friday 6 December
2020 Term Dates
- All students begin - Friday 31 January
- Labour Day - Monday 9 March
- T1 Ends - Friday 27 March (9 weeks)
- T2 Staff PL Day - Tuesday 14 April (Easter Monday 13 April)
- T2 Begins for students - Wednesday 15 April
- T2 Ends - Friday 19 June (10 weeks)
- T3 Staff PL Day – Monday 13 July
- T3 Begins for students – Tuesday 14 July
- T3 Ends – Friday 18 Sept 18 (10 weeks)
- T4 Staff PL Day – Monday 5 October
- T4 Begins for students – Tuesday 6 October
- T4 Ends for students – Tuesday 8 December
Commencing in the Visual Art Courtyard at 7pm, enjoy drinks and nibbles as you wander through this year’s VCE student Art and Visual Communication work – then head up to Geoff’s Shed for the Design and Technology exhibit. The showcase, which commences at 8pm, will feature the Woodleigh Focus Orchestra and student work from Drama, Media and Music.
Please RSVP below to assist us with catering.REGISTER HERE!
It’s never too early to discuss alcohol and parties.
Paul Dillon – Drug and Alcohol Research & Training Australia (DARTA)
This evening will provide research-based information and practical advice to inform those sometimes tricky discussions with teen children.
Don’t wait until it is too late before setting rules and boundaries around alcohol and parties. This presentation will focus on alcohol and parties and will provide the latest data on Australian teen drinking behaviour and the growing evidence on the risks associated with this practice. There will be a close examination of the positive influence that parents can have on their child’s drinking behaviour, as well as the barriers that they may face during adolescence. It aims to empower parents with a positive message and assist them in having open and honest family discussions in this complex area.
Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. He has worked extensively with a range of sporting organisations including the Australian Cricketers Association, the Rugby Union Players Association and the Football Federation of Australia to provide training workshops to elite athletes on a range of alcohol and other drug issues. In 2009 his best-selling book for parents was released titled Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs. With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul is highly regarded as a key social commentator in Australia, appearing on a wide range of television programs including Sunrise, TODAY and The Project, discussing topical issues. Paul also has a blog where he discusses topical issues of the day, as well as addressing some of the questions and queries he is regularly asked by those attending his presentations.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW!
Woodleigh’s annual twilight makers' market
Friday 29 November 4–8pm
A highlight of the school year, the market features over 100 stalls, selling handmade, unique and ethically sourced items, many of which have been made by Woodleigh students, staff, alumni and parents!
If you are a member of the Woodleigh community and would like to sell your handmade products, including jewellery, food, clothing, artworks, collectables and other new* goods, please email Kristen Guthrie email@example.com for a stall booking form or for more information.
Stalls are free to book, however we request a donation to our Community Partnerships Program on the evening of the market. Each stall will have a donation envelope on their table.
Of course, if you’d just like to come along and join the fun, pencil Friday 29 November 4–8pm into your diary. There will be music, delicious food and lots of lovely things to fill the Christmas stockings.
*We welcome repurposed and recycled goods, but request that secondhand goods, including clothing, are not sold at the market. Our focus is on handmade and artisan products.