- A message from the head of Penbank
- Musical Notes
- In the Art Room
- From the sportsdesk
- Indonesian Dengan Ibu Pru
- Performing Arts Enriches Our Lives
- Loving the Library
- Sports Newsflash!
- Student wellbeing
- From the Head of Teaching and Learning
- ROCK QUIZ
- School Holiday Soccer Camps
- WOODLEIGH GOLF DAY - 17 NOVEMBER 2017
- Dates to Remember - Term 4
A message from the head of Penbank
Greeting Families and Friends!
We are especially grateful for the opportunities that have enabled our students to be immersed in a wonderful range of learning experiences. Teachers have worked incredibly hard to involve students in programs that extend their skills, ideas and thinking.
Congratulations Matt and Year 4s! Due to the hard work by these students, we were the recipients of the school’s Landcare Awards. Every two years, the State and Territory Landcare Awards are held to acknowledge the success and achievements of community Landcarers, groups, networks and organisations who have been working to protect and restore our environment and improve agricultural productivity.
This year, 85 nominations were received from across Victoria in the 14 award categories. I was delighted to hear that the Penbank Year 4 team were an Award Winner in the schools category. I especially congratulate Year 4 teacher, Matt Chambers, for inspiring our children in making a valuable difference to the environment, not only at school, but at the Mt Martha Estuary where they have participated in a community restoration project. Thank you, Matt and Year 4s, for your commitment to this very important initiative.
Loving Music at Penbank!
A tremendous occasion was the recent Music Soiree that highlighted the many talents of our students. Playing a range of instruments, students were able to perform in a variety of groups including strings, woodwinds and Rock Band. The choral items were likewise presented with confidence and joy. It was a pleasure to see the excitement and smiling faces of the children while performing as soloists and in ensembles.
I congratulate all participating students who have clearly made excellent progress across the year. A highlight were performances by three students from the Woodleigh Campus – Jasmine E., Marshall G. and Olivia M. Amazing talent! I also congratulate teacher Andy Khoza and her dedicated music team on their preparation of the students for this year’s Soiree. The accomplishments and performances by all were highly commendable and entertaining. Keep up the practice everyone!
Music was also enjoyed at a cross-campus level during Week 4. Again, this was another valuable opportunity that extended our music students by playing alongside extremely accomplished musicians from the senior campus.
Book Week – Escape to Everywhere!
Yes, we loved the opportunity to ‘Escape to Everywhere’ during this year’s Book Week celebrations. Inspired by authors and visiting artists the children were immersed in many literacy and theatrical experiences. Always a colourful School Meeting, everyone actively participated in presentations and book readings led by librarian Anne Foster. Dressing up is always lots of fun too! The week concluded with a sausage sizzle to raise money for the Indigenous Reading Program.
New to Penbank this year, it was Anne’s first Book Week. We loved ‘escaping into our books’ at Penbank. Thank you, Anne, for inspiring us to be great readers and book lovers!
Expos – Sharing the Learning
Expos are a wonderful time to reflect on the learning that has been accomplished throughout the term. Students in Year 5 & 6 chose to hold evening Expos this term to enable mums, dads and extended family to hear about the learning focuses. In addition to the students' ERPs (Educational Research Projects), presentations also included reports, artwork, movies, music, dance and mini theatrical performances. Most impressive was the depth of thought and research that was undertaken by the students. The focuses included a study of Australian history during the 1850s (Year 5). The Year 6 Expo presented work about cultural understandings and Aboriginal issues due to their involvement in the recent Wugubank trip to Beswick, NT.
Fathers and Footy
Dads, grandads and friends were involved in our annual Father’s Day celebrations. Our School Meeting guest speaker, Mick Shearman, talked about his fundraising expedition with son, Max. Max on a Mission is raising money for TheraSuit therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy. It was a most moving account of the time they shared trekking the Kokoda Trail. Thanks to the PFG for providing the yummy brekkie!
Congratulations to all students who competed in the recent sporting events. Involving a Lightning Premiership, Mornington District Athletics and Snowsports, many students achieved beyond their expectations. Congratulations to the many participating teams. I sincerely thank Troy Cochrane for his dedication to our sporting programs and Sarah Fleming for her leadership of the Woodleigh Junior Snow Team. We also wish our Year 5 & 6 students great success in the Penbank Bike classic held on the last day of term.
Congratulations to Tracy Ritchie on the safe arrival of a baby daughter, Sienna. Both mum and gorgeous baby Sienna are thriving – the family delighted to have another little girl. Congratulations to Tracy, Adam and family on this very exciting news.
It has been a particularly nasty term in regard to illness. There have been many days when our school attendance has been significantly reduced due to coughs, colds and nasty bugs.
This term, we have also seen an increase in children arriving late to school. Several studies have shown that arriving late to school has a negative impact on learning outcomes. By the mere nature of arriving late and missing school hours, students receive fewer hours of instruction than students who are in class when the bell sounds.
Researchers have found that students who are frequently late to school often miss out on important opening announcements, information and tuning-in to the day’s academic activities. Arriving late to school can also mean that students miss out on activities designed to build connections with their peers, potentially impacting their social interactions and creating a greater sense of alienation from their classmates.
As we head towards a holiday period, I wish to encourage everyone to make the most of the time to relax and replenish one’s body and mind for a positive and healthy Term 4. It is most important that all children arrive at school on time and are at school (illness aside) every day. Bring on the warmer weather and have a lovely break, everyone!
Head of Penbank – Deputy Principal Woodleigh School
Congratulations to all students who participated in numerous musical adventures this term!
The enthusiasm and vigor your children have shown in preparation and during each new musical situation has been admirable. Many students have been involved in events for the first time, finding courage and confidence to participate positively, and as one of the team.
The Boite Schools Chorus was a great success. We had 60 students from Prep to Year 5 from Penbank and Minimbah singing in a grand chorus of 300 voices, including children from across the state from a wide range of schools. They learned a repertoire of songs from around the world, as well as some very tricky body percussion, and performed with a fantastic, uplifting band. Their enjoyment was obvious as they sang out and moved to the music. A great night was had by all!
The biannual Cross Campus Music Day made us all proud as music facilitators. Students of ranging capabilities worked together to create a fantastic outcome, playing pieces as an orchestra, concert band, percussion and guitar ensemble. To see accomplished musicians motivating beginners reminded us that it only takes one moment to spark that little flame of inspiration and creativity.
Soiree was a highlight! We have so many children who participate whole heartedly in the music program at Penbank. The evening showcased all their hard work. We had many ensembles and small groups working together to display a variety of musical styles. Thanks also to all the instrumental teachers who give their patience and dedication to all students week in and week out. Without their guidance and support, such an evening would not be possible.
So, keep practising your instruments everyone and get involved in all the opportunities that are available to you at Penbank. Success takes hard work, repetition and commitment, but it all pays off in the end! As Eric Bibb’s song states:
Coordinator of Music – Penbank Campus
The students in Year 5 created a unit of work learning about the art work from The Heidelberg School.
This was an Australian art movement of the late 19th century. The movement has latterly been described as Australian Impressionism. The students chose an artist and tried to depict their artwork in the style of this time; firstly, mixing colours with oil pastels, then creating a drawing with their final piece being an acrylic painting.
This was quite a difficult technique for the students to achieve, however, the outcome was outstanding. Beautiful work!
This term has seen the students continue to develop their skills during PE lessons in basketball, footy, table tennis and gymnastics.
Our Year 5 & 6 students have also been getting accustomed to riding up to 20 kilometres at a time on their bikes.
For the Preps to Year 4 students, during gymnastics it has been great to see an improvement in gross motor development during the middle section of the term. Many of the students first struggled to hold themselves in positions they are not accustomed to, be it upside down, sideways or spinning in the air, but with persistence many are now more confident with manoeuvres such as cartwheels, forward rolls and holding their bodies in a variety of balancing poses.
While there have been a few speed humps with some dodgy weather, our preparations for the upcoming Penbank Classic on the last day of term have been running well with the majority of students trying their best, getting used to riding in packs, as well as improving their riding skills. Thanks to the parents who have offered their time and legs to assist during our longer Friday afternoon rides. There are still spots available on the last day if you are keen and able to join us. A big thank you also to Gayle, Bec, Mick and Franny, as well as to Marc and Lindsey, with the logistics of getting the bikes to and from McRae on a weekly basis. We are now looking forward to finishing off the term with our all-day excursion along one of the most scenic rail trails in Victoria – The South Gippsland Rail Trail.
We also congratulate all of our District Athletics competitors, who put in some great performances during the recent carnival. Well done to all those that managed to beat their previous personal best. Special mention should go to the following students who will now be representing the school and district during the first week back next term. Good luck to Jade M., Chris C., SamS. and Harry T. at the next level.
Have a great holiday, and see you in Term 4.
Salam semua di Penbank!
On Monday 14 August, we had an incursion featuring the Rhythm Hunters. This coincided with our discussions regarding Indonesian Independence Day on 17 August.
The Rhythm Hunters specialise in drumming from the island of Sumatra, plus some traditional dance from Java. The children were able to participate in drumming, practise their knowledge of numbers and counting and view traditional dancing. We finished the workshop with an original Rhythm Hunters song called, ‘Salam Dunia’. The children did an excellent job learning the lyrics and the movements. We will share ‘Salam Dunia’ at School Meeting in Term 4 after our Indonesian Festival.
Indonesian Teacher - Penbank & Woodleigh Campus
The students at Penbank have been very fortunate this term to be immersed in a variety of performing arts experiences.
Starting with our youngest children, the Early Learning 4 year olds and Preps attended Diary of a Wombat and participated in some drama workshops facilitated by MonkeyBaa Theatre.
Our Year 1s escaped to the Royal Botanical Gardens in a magical suitcase and allowed their adventurous minds to create spectacular dramatic narratives. They then followed up the morning of fun seeing the show The Secret Life of Suitcases at the Victorian Arts Centre.
Our Year 2 and 3s were treated to a workshop by two performers from the world-renowned show, Saltbush. They shared with us their story about their country and took the children on an Indigenous dance journey.
And today, the Year 4 and 5 groups are going to participate in a morning adventure of drama and music followed by the musical spectacular Aladdin. We are all extremely excited to be dazzled by the theatre, music and performances.
All of our students also had the opportunity to see Minimbah’s production of Honk Jr. We enjoyed supporting our Minimbah friends and practising our audience etiquette.
Arts for Children at Penbank Update
Have you noticed your children being a little more dramatic recently? Dancing around the house saying ‘banana, banana, meatball’? or talking about Quarks? That’s because our CREATE program has begun!
In our Performing Arts classes over the term, the students participated in lots of drama exploration around busy families and escaping to weird and wonderful worlds.
They were also introduced to the Quarks.
Quarks are pieces of star dust floating in our atmosphere. If you are lucky enough to capture one and put it under a microscope you will see a furry, happy creature.
Quarks are responsible for keeping balance in our world. When humans are unhappy or things just aren’t going right for them, Quarks send them magical suitcases.
It is up to the humans to accept the suitcase and enjoy the magical adventure ahead of them. However, if humans don’t accept the suitcase… things just get worse.
Some of the students in Prep to Year 2 have elected to be dancing Quarks in our Finale presentation.
If your children haven’t freely shared with you the CREATE elective they are participating in, then I encourage you to ask them. You might be surprised by what aspect of performing arts interests them.
Head of Performing Arts - Penbank Campus
Book Week this term saw our hall teeming with children who are so easily able to put themselves inside a character’s skin! It was a fantastic celebration of reading, books and minds who love to escape to everywhere, via story.
Thanks to all the effort put in by parents for their children during Book Week. It’s a big effort in the midst of Winter chills and bugs but a lovely way to come together as a school community. Many of the children also had a lot of fun working together to complete the Where’s Wally playground treasure hunt! We also managed to raise more than $350 for The Indigenous Reading Project through our Book Week Sausage Sizzle and we hope to make this a yearly fundraising effort.
Term 3 in the library has been fun, busy and productive. We’ve celebrated the very best of Australian children’s books with an in-depth look at the CBCA shortlisted books of 2017. We’ve had visiting authors/illustrators visit Penbank to run workshops with all year levels. We’ve purchased many new books across all areas of the library and these have proven very popular with the students.
Year 5 and 6 have commenced a Game of Loans reading incentive scheme that will hopefully see them reading broadly until the end of the year. Please encourage your child to keep reading regularly and widely! Out loud reading is also important as they get older. Poetry has had an emphasis this term with the children in Year 4 and 5 exploring different forms in support of their classroom work and publishing their own Found Poetry samples that will look fantastic on display once they are complete. Catch up on library happenings via our Instagram feed Penbank_reads.
Enjoy the holidays everyone, and remember...
Congratulations to the Penbank Basketball team on winning the Grand Final in the District Lightning Premiership!
Off to the Division Finals next week – congratulations Sam S. on achieving 3 x 3-point goals within the first 45 seconds of the game!
As part of our KidsMatter journey for strengthening and improving mental health within the school community, we are conducting a school-wide survey to gather feedback from parents, students and staff. We are asking parents to complete a short survey (link given below) before the end of September. This survey asks you for your perspectives on what Penbank can do to better promote student mental health and wellbeing. The answers you provide remain completely anonymous and are stored securely by KidsMatter and the school. We will be conducting similar surveys with students during school time (again, completely anonymous), and staff will also contribute their ideas.
By collecting this data, we hope to be able to further strengthen the social and emotional support systems that we have in place to help students become resilient and engaged members of the community. Please contact Alison Behrend (Penbank Campus Psychologist) or Olivia Takacs (Year 3 teacher) if you have any questions.
Please select “Penbank School, Moorooduc”, reporting period “2017 Quarter 3: Jul-Sep”, and “Component 1” when you access the survey. www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary/parentsurvey
Looking forward to your responses!
Introducing the PYP and MYP
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the parents who attended our recent Information Evening on the PYP and MYP. The event presented an opportunity to provide insight into the key elements and features of the two programmes, as well as the process for investigating their potential fit for the school. Special thanks are given to our guest speaker on the evening, Dr Marcia Behrenbruch, the IB’s Regional Development and Recognition Officer, for her informative presentation. Parent feedback from the evening will be used to help inform the evaluation of the programmes, in terms of their alignment with the philosophy and aspirations of our school. A final decision about the possible adoption of the programmes will be made towards the end of Term 3, with parents to be notified in due course.
Reflection on a learning journey
Earlier this term, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit a number of leading education institutions in the United States and Singapore, as part of a study tour. The tour began with an extended workshop that was facilitated by two Senior Lecturers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Drs Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer. Peter and Otto are hugely influential figures in the area of organisational learning, with much of their recent work focused on leading innovation in the area of education. The workshop brought together a diverse collection of participants to explore the challenges of leading effective collaboration for sustainable change. The event provided plenty of inspiration, along with lots of practical insight into recent work being conducted around the world with the development of ‘learning ecosystems’ to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The learning from the workshop will help to inform the ongoing development of the school’s educational programs and networks, as well as the learning opportunities for our students, in the year ahead.
Another highlight of the trip was a visit to the Centre for Educational Development at Republic Polytechnic in Singapore. Republic Polytechnic provides innovative diploma programs for students aged 16 and up in Singapore through the use of problem-based learning (PBL). The Polytechnic’s highly successful PBL approach involves students each day in collaboratively solving real-world problems, as related to their specialised studies in areas from engineering and environmental science to hospitality and management. The final year of each diploma sees students immersed in authentic settings through their completion of an extended, real-world project for a host business or organisation. The creative approach adopted by the Polytechnic offers considerable insight into the next wave of educational reform internationally, and a strong reference point for our ongoing development as a school.
Dr Richard Owens
Head of Teaching and Learning
Join us at the picturesque Flinders Golf Club for a fun and active afternoon of golf, networking and hospitality!
Open to our entire Woodleigh Community (and friends) past, present and future, we will be playing Ambrose style in groups of 4 (if booking as a group, please follow the prompts when booking).
Following golf, join Principal Jonathan Walter and other Woodleigh staff members as we host drinks and nibbles in the club house.
Prizes will be on offer including nearest the pin and longest drive – as well as the inaugural trophy being awarded to the winning group.
What a great way to tee off the weekend and get to know other Woodleigh people!
Please feel free to contact me for further details – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0409 663 212.
Director of Alumni and School Development
Staff PL Day – Monday 9 October
Students Resume – Tuesday 10 October
Division Athletics Ballam Park – Wednesday 11 October
WEEK 2 – Woodleigh Arts Week
Arts for Children @ Penbank begins – Escape to Everywhere!
Year 3 Golden Valley Camp – Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 October
Penbank Rock Quiz – Saturday 21 October 7 pm
PFG Meeting – Wednesday 25 October 9.00am
Year 2 Sleepover – Thursday 26 October
Woodleigh New Student Testing Morning – Saturday 28 October
Year 4 Camp Jungai – Monday 30 October – Wednesday 1 November
WEEK 5 – Reports Correction Week
Mid-term Break (No students) – Monday 6 November
Melbourne Cup Holiday – Tuesday 7 November
Correction Day (no students) – Friday 10 November
WEEK 6 – Orientation Week
New Parents Evening – Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm
Student Orientation – Wednesday 15 November 10.00–11.00am
Parent Education Evening – Thursday 16 November 7.30pm
Indonesian Festival and Colour Run – Friday 17 November
ELG/3 Orientation – Saturday 18 November 9.30–11.30am
WEEK 7 –Arts for Children @ Penbank Preparation Week
PFG Final Meeting and Lunch – Wednesday 22 November
Year 12 Valedictory – Thursday 23 November
WEEK 8 – Arts for Children @ Penbank
Woodleigh Carols Night – Wednesday 29 November 6:00pm
Arts for Children @ Penbank Finale – Thursday 30 November 7.00pm
Woodleigh Arty Market – Friday 1 December
ELG/3 Christmas Party – Monday 4 December
ELG/4 Christmas Party – Tuesday 5 December
Year 6 Graduation Dinner – Wednesday 6 December 7pm
Final School Meeting – Thursday 7 December 8.50 am
P to Year 6 Break-up Day Activities – Friday 8 December
Term 4 Ends – Friday 8 December
Staff PL Days – Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 December
Staff Break-up – Tuesday 12 December from 1.00pm
Campus Closes – Thursday 14 December 12.00 pm