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Welcome to the term, everyone!
The beginning of Term 4 is always an inspiring time at Woodleigh with all year levels from Early Learning through to Year 12 focusing on the Arts!
Commencing with a wonderful Opening of Woodleigh Arts at the Senior Campus, Year 12 exhibits, including a musical performance, highlighted the artistic talent and achievements of the students. Throughout the week, families were able to participate in a film night with movies produced by students. Other creative opportunities were held at all campuses throughout the week.
At Penbank, the Week 2 School Meeting officially launched the CREATE Program, which is an electives program offering a range of choices involving the Arts. From dance to drama, script writing, set design, music and much more, activities are arranged in multi-age groups selected by children with similar interests. An opportunity to work with others and make new friends, the CREATE Program certainly encourages children to imagine and develop ideas.
I congratulate a group of Year 6 students who presented their play, ‘Nose Dice Airlines’. It was brilliantly performed and very humorous. The senior choir concluded the Meeting with a wonderful rendition of the very famous Queen song, ‘Someone to Love’. It was an outstanding arrangement led by vocal teacher, Stephanie Crowder. Throughout the School Meeting, Arts teachers, Janine, Andy and Katherine displayed their love of the Arts and entertained the students with their very own improvisation of the story, ‘Where’s Your Creativity’ by Aaron Rosen and Riley Watts.
The concept that Literature and the Arts are Vital to our Lives underpins this Arts focus. It blends beautifully with the PYP transdisciplinary theme, ‘How We Express Ourselves.’ Involving all groups, the Group News recently distributed by teachers informed parents of this inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ourselves through ideas, feelings, through nature, culture, beliefs and values. Investigating this concept by exploring different themes at each year level has certainly captured the imagination and interest of all children. Inspiring times!
Creativity and Learning - Nature’s Atelier
Rod Davies (Head of Minimbah) and I were delighted to participate in a conference at Nature’s Atelier, a new and immensely inspiring Early Learning Centre situated in the Margaret River region, WA. Owned and managed by a former school principal, Gillian McAuliffe, the belief is that every child has the right to a respectful environment that fosters harmony through balanced and creative relationships and possibilities. In such an environment, and in the company of caring adults, children develop an understanding of themselves and the world, building confidence and respect as a citizen of the earth.
While at Nature’s Atelier, Rod and I were delighted to spend two days with guest speaker Alise Shafer-Ivey from LA California. In addition to being presented to in this stunning setting, we also enjoyed the opportunity to hear about Alise’s work opening a play-based centre for refugee children in Lesvos, Greece. She has opened four more of these centres since.
Much of the conversation throughout the weekend focused on developing and maintaining curiosity in children. The general approach is based on the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, including the wisdom of Nature Education, the engagement of creative and scientific learning and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
It was most inspiring being with such visionary thinkers and doers!
Celebrating Teachers – World Teachers' Day
World Teachers' Day enables us to honour the work of teachers. This annual celebration is held on the last Friday of October. Thanks to the Penbank PFG, it is a significant date on the calendar to acknowledge the work of the Penbank team. An incredibly committed group of teachers and support staff, their dedication to our students is outstanding. Always a team effort, the teachers work diligently together to create the best possible environment for children to learn.
To acknowledge and thank our teachers, each child was encouraged to bring a flower to school. All piled together in the kitchen area of the hall, the flowers were arranged into multiple vases to adorn classrooms and school spaces. The flowers were being arranged while School Meeting was taking place. Discreetly, the vases of flowers were placed on the stage for all to see. By the end of School Meeting, there was a vase of beautiful flowers for all staff. Very special! A morning tea provided by the PFG was also very much appreciated.
We thank our teachers and staff sincerely for the wonderful work they prepare each week and the care that is extended to all students every day, and often, nights and weekends!
On behalf of the staff, we thank the PFG and school families for the thoughtful acknowledgement that encourages and motivates us to keep on keeping on!
What teachers do…
A quick trip back to Term 3… The term concluded with the Penbank Music Soiree. It was a wonderful occasion showcasing the achievements and love of learning music by many students. Over 50% of Penbank students learn an instrument. Motivating students beyond individual tuition occurs through ensembles, bands and choirs. The Soiree certainly highlighted the talent and joy for learning music. Congratulations to all students involved and many thanks to the Music teaching team that inspires all children in music making every day.
In all, it has been a very uplifting start to Term 4.
My warmest regards,
Class time is very important. Children may be involved in a group discussion, individual work, group work, specialist activity or school responsibility. If you need to collect your child during the day or early, we ask that you report to Reception where you can meet your child. It is important that teachers are given notice if children are to be collected early to ensure the disruption to classes is minimal. We thank you for your support with this procedure.
Car Park Safety
By Term 4 all children are very familiar with the routines of school. Each child’s confidence and independence has increased, which we encourage. However, the Car Park is not a place for such independence, as little ones do need to be supervised and kept close by parents or carers when getting in and out of cars. Please keep your children close by with hands held when leaving and entering the school.
Snapshots of Learning
How do you express your feelings? What are the celebrations and traditions your family observes? What types of art, music or performance do you enjoy and why? What ways do other people express themselves?
These are just a few examples of some of the types of questions we are exploring at the moment as part of the 'How We Express Ourselves' Unit of Inquiry in each year level.
In order to build on from and connect with CREATE in the classroom, each year level is currently inquiring into different ways people express ideas, feelings, culture, beliefs and values. They are making connections between their own forms of expression and those of others; responding to different forms of art, music and performance; exploring expressions of beliefs and values of our community and the wider community; as well as creating their own art and performances. Do enjoy the photos that capture some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in the first few weeks of the term.
Due to the commitments of some of our Year 6 students towards the end of year, we will be moving our final School Meeting to the last day, Friday 6 December 8:50 am. We would love you all to be there, so please keep this date free so we can all be together before heading off for a lovely long holiday. Many thanks.
Term 4 2019
- Bunjil Concert – Monday 28 October, 3:45pm
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 (10 weeks)
- T4 Staff PL Day – Monday 5 October
- T4 Begins for students – Tuesday 6 October
- T4 Ends for students – Tuesday 8 December
Save the date!
The Arty Market, Woodleigh’s Twilight Maker’s Market is on Friday 29 November 4pm-8pm
The market features 100 stalls, selling handmade, unique and ethically sourced items, many of which have been made by Woodleigh students!
Woodleigh students, parents, alumni and friends will be selling a diverse range of goods including, home wares, jewellery, clothing, food and gifts. There will also be live music, performed by some of our very talented student musicians! Delicious food will be available from a selection of food trucks too!
Bring friends, family and market-lovers to our twilight Maker's Market. It's a great opportunity to buy very special Christmas gifts or just a little something for yourself!
The market is from 4pm–8pm on Friday 29 November at Woodleigh Senior Campus, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South.
All very welcome!