- From The Principal
- Valedictory and Year 12 End of Year
- VCE News – End of VCE Exams and Valedictory Service
- Focusing on kindness, not consumption, this Christmas
- Arty Market 2019
- Cambodia Night 2019 – A huge success!
- From the Sports Desk
- Equestrian Success
- Music Tuition – Re-enrolment for 2020
- HPV – Maryborough 24hr Energy Breakthrough
- Photography Activity
From The Principal
I write to you for the final time as Woodleigh Principal. It has been such a great pleasure for me to lead this school community over the last nine years. I have learnt so much about how best to support student learning, experiential education and leading a community filled with creative and passionate individuals.
I am so very optimistic about the future for the school and all the work that has been done to consolidate an educational model which puts students at the centre and focuses on developing in them the skills that they will need to thrive in what is a dynamically changing workforce in the future.
Thank you to all members of the community for all that you bring to our school I want to wish you all the best for the future and a very Happy Christmas when your holiday break comes.
Woodleigh School Principal 2011-2019
Woodleigh School Principal Jonathan Walter with the 2019 Woodleigh Prize Recipients LtoR: Dylan Bolch, Quincy Seagren Hughes and Alice Bertram
Images from last week's three campus Perberkoong Celebration in the Bush Chapel.
This year’s Valedictory Service and Dinner was such a special occasion.
It highlighted very significant achievements with Faculty Prizes, Principals’ Awards and the Woodleigh Prize, this year, and for only the second time in history, shared by 3 students, but equally showcased the many and varied contributions of the entire Year 12 cohort. Congratulations to the class of 2019!
Deanne Daniello’s speech was stunning- heart-felt, moving and embracing, and captured all that is unique about the Woodleigh community.
We wish all the students’ success with their results and in their pathways beyond school.
Best wishes for the festive season.
Laurent Julicher Director of Senior Homestead
Woodleigh Prize – Dylan Bolch
Dylan is an exceptionally talented young man. He received the King Constantine Medal for his commitment to the ideals of Round Square, was a nominee for the VCAA VCE Leadership Award (2019) and received a Highly Commended from the Roy Ward Leadership Award committee.
His academic award list is impressive. As well as receiving numerous Certificates of Achievement every year of his secondary schooling he was Awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence over Years 7-9.
Dylan’s Community Service involvement has been extensive. He has shown outstanding leadership through the multiple Committees (including the Woodleigh Committee, the Student Reconciliation and the Environment and Sustainability Groups). He made remarkable contributions to the SE Asia Round Square Conference (Woodleigh 2019). His contributions to the Eat Up, Brotherhood of St Laurence Homework and Learning Club and the Big Sleepout he organised to fundraise for the homeless are just some examples of his impressive commitment.
Further outstanding co-curricular involvement and leadership extends to Dylan’s involvement in Debating (DAV and SIS, including Best speaker), sport (especially Football and Cross Country), his external commitment to AFL umpiring and mentoring and his involvement in a multitude of Woodleigh events over his entire school journey.
Dylan is not only a fine scholar but also a young man with outstanding personal qualities including empathy, compassion, warmth and humility. He has the skills and initiative to make a difference to the World around him. In recognition of his many fine achievements and his enormous contribution to the school community he is a most-worthy recipient of the WoodleighPrize for the (equal) Best All-Round student in the middle and senior years at Woodleigh School.
Woodleigh Prize – Alice Bertram
Alice is an exceptionally talented young woman. She was the recipient of the Roy Ward Award as well as the Year 10 and Year 12 ADF Teamwork and Leadership Awards. She is a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar, the recipient of the Year 12 Personal Development Faculty Prize and an Academic Excellence Award winner over Years 8-10.
Alice’s Community Service involvement has been extensive. She has given tirelessly to the Brotherhood of St Laurence Homework and Learning Club, to Eat Up, the Woodleigh Committee and supporting City Life just to name a few examples.
Further outstanding co-curricular involvement and leadership extends to Alice’s involvement in Debating (including a Swannie Award), Sport (especially Swimming Captain, Athletics and Cross Country), Music, Sheep Showing, the Field Gnats and through her external commitment to the Edithvale CFA. She has had extensive involvement in a multitude of Woodleigh events.
Alice is not only a fine scholar but also a young woman with outstanding personal qualities including compassion, humility and empathy. She has the skills and initiative to make a difference to the World around her. In recognition of her many fine achievements and her enormous contribution to the school community she is a most-worthy recipient of the Woodleigh Prizefor the (equal) Best All-Round student in the middle and senior years at Woodleigh School.
Woodleigh Prize – Quincy Seagren-Hughes
Quincy is an exceptionally talented young woman. She was awarded the Year 12 LOTE Faculty Prize Faculty Prize, and the Year 11 Mathematics Faculty Prize.
Her academic award list is impressive indeed. As well as receiving numerous Certificates of Achievement every year of her secondary schooling she has been Awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence over the past five years.
Quincy’s Community Service involvement is extensive. She has given extensively to the Eat Up program, the WoodleighCommittee, was a key figure in organizing the International Women’s Day lunch (fundraising for a community in Nepal) and a Barazza leader at two Round Square International Conferences. She has shown leadership through each of these initiatives but also throughout a multitude of other school events that she has volunteered for.
Quincy is not only a fine academic scholar but also a young woman with outstanding personal qualities including compassion, empathy, humility and the initiatve to make a difference to the World around her. In recognition of her many fine achievements and her enormous contribution to the life of the school community she is a most-worthy recipient of the Woodleigh Prize for the (equal) Best All-Round student in the middle and senior years at Woodleigh School.
The final VCE Examination for the 2019 year, Indonesian was held on Wednesday 20 November. The following night, Thursday 21 November, we celebrated the conclusion to VCE at our Annual Valedictory presentation and dinner. This was a delightful evening - a fitting tribute and celebration of the diverse range of student achievements.
Every graduating student had a citation read summarising their involvement and they were also presented with a reference written by their Tutor teacher.
Amongst this group we have many fine young citizens. There were a number who received special recognition in the form of Faculty Prizes and/or Principal’s Awards/ the Woodleigh Prize. I would like to sincerely congratulate:
Woodleigh Prize Winners
(shared 3 ways for only the second time ever):
LtoR: Alice Bertram, Dylan Bolch and Quincy Seagren Hughes
LtoR: Maybel Gardner, Georgie Cooney, Ainsley Barwise, Bonnie Daniello and Luca Mellor
The VCE Faculty Prizes this year were awarded to:
Year 12 Prize winner
Bonnie Daniello and Bianca Julicher
Quincy Seagren Hughes
We have heard from a number of students that they have been made Early offers on the basis of Interviews and/or Auditions and/or Folios. Congratulations to all of these students.
VCAA Top Arts / Top Screen
We have received the exciting news that three of our Studio Arts students had their work short-listed for the prestigious Top Arts Exhibition and one also for the Media Top Screen Exhibition.
There are several thousand students who apply for Top Arts / Top Screen and only a select few are shortlisted so this is an incredible achievement in itself. We will find out the final students selected (usually around 25-30) in early 2020.
Congratulations to Bianca Julicher, Ainsley Barwise and Ned Johnson on their short-listing for Top Arts.
Congratulations to Griffin O’Neill for his shortlisting to Top Screen.
Results for all students who have studied at least one Unit 3 and 4 subject this year will be available via internet, mobile app, student email (VCE results only) and mail (from 7am) Thursday 12 December. (A detailed version of the following information is on the rear cover of the VCE Exams Navigator 2019 booklet – link above)
The free internet service is resultsandatar.vic.edu.au
Mobile app: A new mobile app is available
Student email: All students were offered the opportunity to record an email address on their Student Details forms earlier this year. These addresses have recently been verified.
Mail: All results will be posted hardcopy and will start to arrive in mailboxes from Thursday 12 December.
VCAA is operating a Post Results and ATAR Enquiry Service (PRAS). Phone 90321717 or freecall 1800 653 080 or firstname.lastname@example.org from 7am-5.00pm on Thursday 12 December and then from 13-16 December.
All VCE students must be in the habit of regularly checking emails as this is the way that universities will be corresponding with you.
ALL VCE STUDENTS MUST BE IN THE HABIT OF REGULARLY CHECKING EMAILS AS THIS IS THE WAY THAT UNIVERSITIES WILL CORRESPOND WITH YOU.
Change of preference and December offers
VCAA and VTAC have made changes to the previous year’s arrangements with regards results and offerings.
- Results will be released at 7am on Thursday 12 December.
- Change of preference is open from release of results until 4pm on Saturday 14 December.
- A first round of December offers will be released on Wednesday 18 December (not all courses will make offers at this time).
- Change of preference is open again from today until 4pm on Friday 20 December.
- These dates fall after teaching staff have finished for the year.
There will be limited staff onsite (Gina Bolch, Pak and I included) on the following dates/times to assist students with results and change of preference:
12 and 13 December: 9.00am - 4.00pm: We always endeavour to make phone contact with every Year 12 student on results release day; our aim is to check in and see if they would like any support. We ring mobiles multiple times, if needed, and leave phone and email messages if we cannot make contact.
18 December: 9.00am – 3.00pm: This is the first year that offers have been made in Victoria in December. We imagine that there will be very few, students needing support on this day. Hopefully all students will have already followed through with suggestions from previous course counselling / change of preference meetings.
VCE 2020 Orientation Week and First Day 2020
This week, 25-29 November our Year 10 and 11 students move into their 2020 Year 11 and 12 classes. This week is vital preparation for 2020 and all studies will set some holiday homework tasks to be completed over the break.
Thursday 30 January 2020: Day 1 for Unit 3 and 4 Studies 2020
On Thursday 30 January the school year will begin for both our Year 7 and also our VCE Unit 3 and 4 students (note that this does include all Year 11s doing a Unit 3 and 4 subject). A special 6 lesson program will operate on this day whereby all Unit 3 and 4 classes will run one class each. The timetable for the day will be emailed as soon as it is finalised – it is expected that all Unit 3 and 4 students attend on this day.
Year 11 Faculty Awards 2019
During the final O Week Homestead session, Tuesday 26 November, we celebrated the academic achievements of many Year 11 through the awarding of Certificates of Achievement. We also recognised the outstanding achievement of the following students who were awarded Faculty Prizes:
Year 11 Prize winner
My very best wishes to you all for a safe and joyous holiday season. Also, for a brilliant 2020, with Bryn Bowen as Acting VCE Coordinator during my year-long Long Service Leave in 2020.
What a year we have had; full of learning adventures, opportunities for personal growth and to practice resilience through challenges, mindful celebrations, student lead protests, and significant staff departures and arrivals.
As we head into our long holiday break it is time to rest, restore, reflect and refocus on what really matters.
In recent days, Oxford Dictionaries has named 'climate emergency' as its 2019 Word of the Year, choosing it from an all-environmental shortlist that also included 'climate action,' 'climate denial,' 'eco-anxiety,' 'extinction' and 'flight shame.'
The Word of the Year citation is intended to highlight 'a word or expression shown through usage evidence to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have a lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.'
Greta Thunberg, 16, has become the face of the growing youth movement demanding global climate action. The climate activist who started ‘Fridays for Future’ school strikes a year ago in Sweden has now turned global, demanding governments to take drastic measures to cut back on carbon emissions.
In light of these inspiring and ongoing actions of young people across the globe, and amid our crazy consumer driven Christmas culture, I encourage all families to refocus on what really matters this festive season.
Positive psychology expert Professor Lea Waters knows all about the challenges of staying focused on what’s important at Christmas. She says,
“Whenever possible, we need to teach kids that Christmas is about caring, rather than consumption,” “And that their value sits in who they are, not in what they own.”
She goes on to say,
“We can all get caught up in the ‘Christmas bling’, but with a shift in focus parents can use the festive season to model some valuable lessons. When you think about every religion, every philosophy, every way of life – for centuries there have been rhythms and rituals to the year, and Christmas is one of them. T here’s a number of reasons for these rituals and a key one is to allow people to slow down, recharge and reconnect.”
In our busy world, slowing down and reconnecting with family and friends is not just enjoyable – it’s important for our health and wellbeing.
“We’re living in this hyper adrenalised, road runner, technology-driven society, with too many of us experiencing high levels of stress. Slowing down and reconnecting is part of the antidote. It’s about connecting with the people we love and thinking about how we can help others less fortunate than ourselves.”
As parents, it’s important to model positive behaviours, says Professor Waters.
“It’s all very well for us to say ‘Christmas isn’t just about presents’, but if all kids see are presents, then what else are they going to think?”
1. Role Model Generosity
Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to role model generosity, for example by donating to a charity you support as a family, or by donating a gift through initiatives like the Target & UnitingCare Christmas appeal or the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.
“It’s a particularly great way for young children to put themselves in the shoes of another child who doesn’t necessarily have the same gifts, not just in terms of stuff, but in terms of gifts like ‘family, safety and love’ too.”
2. BE THANKFUL
Practising gratitude is particularly important at Christmas time, in order to balance the focus on accumulating new ‘stuff’.
Research has consistently shown that people who express gratitude feel healthier and happier.
“Taking a moment to reflect on what we already have, rather than on what we want, can be really beneficial.”
3. List Your Family's Strenghts
Focusing on each family member’s unique strengths can be a positive way to celebrate what they bring to family life.
“Including children in creating a holiday season is really deep modelling that this time of year is about family and relationships, as well as celebrating what everyone in the family has to offer.”
4. Slow Down
Show your kids that this time of the year gives us permission to slow down, savour time together, and take some time off.
“We need to let go of perfection and give ourselves permission to be human”.
5. Set and Emotional Goal
Professor Waters suggests setting a goal at the start of the festive season for how you’d like to feel…having an emotional goal like being at peace, calm and connected can be a really good way to think about the Christmas period.
Keeping that goal in mind can help make decisions like whether you need to attend yet another party, or buy so many new toys for the kids.
“Putting your energy into how you want your family to feel can really help guide your decision making during the Christmas madness.”
In conclusion, give love not stuff, seek out stillness and don’t strive for perfection. That way, you will have the mental space to settle into the magic of Christmas, and you will start the new year feeling rested and restored.
On behalf of the Counselling Team at Woodleigh, I wish you all a safe & happy Christmas break.
Director of Counselling
Further reading & acknowledgements:
The Senior Campus of Woodleigh School transformed into a retail wonderland last Friday as more than 100 stallholders moved in to make Christmas easy!
Art, crafts, jewellery, clothing, food, homewares and a massive array of other beautiful, locally sourced and made items featured strongly, with most items on sale made by current and past students.
As in previous years, this year's Arty Market was a wonderful community celebration and exhibition of the artistry and creativity of our students – a real testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that exists within our school.
Music by Senior Campus students brought a festive feel to the food truck area which managed to keep doing a busy trade despite the showers which came through as the sun began to sink.
Huge congratulations and thanks to Kristen Guthrie and her band of helpers for their work to make this event such a success.
Akun jann! Thank you very much for all those who supported our recent Music Night Fundraiser for our Cambodia & Woodleigh Communities in Partnership Broadening Horizons experience.
A diverse range of student bands provided electrifying performances while the audience enjoyed a tasty Chicken Amok meal and refreshments. Ticket sales and raffle proceeds helped to raise more than $4000.
This will support the Chumkriel Language School, helping it provide an education to children in their rural community. Eleven Woodleigh students and three staff will be continuing a ten-year connection between Woodleigh and CLS. Arriving on December 1 they will spend the next two weeks in Kampot working with the students and staff of CLS. An amazing experience for all involved!
Term 4 SIS Pennant winners
A busy Term 4 of SIS Weekly Sport saw Woodleigh entering ten teams in the Junior and Intermediate sport competitions. Congratulations to the Intermediate Boys Basketball team, the Junior Boys Cricket team and the Junior Boys Basketball team who all won pennants. The Intermediate Boys Basketball team under the guidance of Michael Paxino went through the season undefeated winning all 5 matches. Well done to the following players; Joel Quick, Lachie Marshall, Asher Magree, Tom Lewis, Ben Fewster, Jacomo Dwyer-Morris, Nick Gordon, Charlie Bond, Jack Wittingslow-Miller, Rex Thorpe, Noah Barnes, Joven Gill, Ilan Umansky and Will Hazewinkel.
The Junior Boys Cricket team had a season interrupted by extreme weather which resulted in games being abandoned or altered. They were dominant in their win over Berwick Grammar and poised to strike against St James. Congratulations to Michael Stephens and his team of players; Blake Steven, Jenson Teleskivi, Tahran Holmes, Max Heffernan, Luke Reynolds, Hudson Morgan, Ben Heyman, Anton Kopec, Luke Hoffman, Lachie O’Connor, Jed McKenzie-Smith and Nathan Bould.
Sport Leadership student Levon Woodward (Y11) stepped up to coach the Junior Boys Basketball team under the watchful eye of Andrew Peach and did a brilliant job of steering the boys to the pennant. After a loss in the first game the boys rebounded to win all of their remaining games and come away victorious. Well done to Jack Gosling, Levi Kiely, Finn Dinale, Jack Davidson, Lachie Swayn, Mackenzie Kelton, Rory Goding, Toby Herring and Ryan Oakley.
Netball Victoria Talent Academy
Congratulations to Darcy Close who has been selected into the Central East Talent Academy for 2020. Only the top 25 athletes in each region are selected into the Talent Academy Program each year, which makes her selection a significant achievement and a great reward for the time and effort that she has devoted to her netball to this point.
Earlier this year Darcy captained the Woodleigh team that competed in the Gold Coast Netball Carnival. Not only was she a great player but she was also a fantastic leader who put considerable time into helping develop the players around her. Her versatility, competitiveness, skill and passion for the game are all wonderful attributes and I’m sure she will make the most of this wonderful opportunity.
As a part of this program in 2020, she will be involved in a High-Performance Camp and Elite training day hosted at the State Netball and Hockey Centre. This program is the primary pathway to being considered for State 17 & Under representation.
Director of Sport
Senior Novice Champion
Huge congratulations to Year 11 student Mimi Nutt who competed at the Boneo Interschool Dressage competition over the weekend, finishing 3rd overall.
As a result, Mimi managed to win the Secondary Senior Novice Series for 2019! An outstanding achievement, well done!
Assistant to the Director of Sport
National Para Dressage Championships Success
Congratulations to Ella Noxon Y12 who recently competed in her first National Para Dressage event during the Year 12 exam period. Competing in the Para V section, Ella was the highest scoring rider – an outstanding result and one that puts her closer to her dream of representing Australia on an international level.
Director of Community Relations
Please note that in 2020 all private tuition enrolments will be ongoing until the Music Department receives one term's notice, not including school holidays.
Notice must be given in writing and addressed to the Music Administrator, Mrs Jo Corbel email@example.com.
If you would like tuition to continue as above in 2020, there will be no requirement to re-enrol. If you do not wish your child to continue private tuition next year, please inform Mrs Corbel no later than this Friday, 6 December 2019 to ensure that your child is not included on the 2020 timetable.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Anthony Bingham
Director of Music
The Woodleigh HPV teams took their ‘Built, Not Bought’ vehicles to Maryborough from the 21st to the 24th of November for another tilt at the Energy Breakthrough line honours trophy.
Early speed and track position for the senior crew pedalling ‘AERO’, unfortunately gave way after a couple of large shunts (evidence of which can be seen in some of these photos…)
A fourth-place finish for the Senior Team was an amazing effort against teams comprised of much older students, whilst our Juniors, piloting ‘2AERO’ gained valuable race experience on their way to finishing 23rd overall.
Dylan Dowden Y10 was once again right up on top of the time sheets, snagging the fastest lap for the whole 24 hours.
One thing is for sure, Woodleigh will be back there again in 2020. Faster, lighter, stronger, better.
Thank you very much to the following HPV Team Sponsors for 2019. Your generous contributions continue to keep Woodleigh at the front of the pack!
Director of Community Relations
As the Activities Program wound down, the students in the Photography Activity applied their own editing touches (Photoshop or Lightroom) to these pictures.
They were attempting to take simple pics of our school environment and edit without too many changes to the original photo.
Blake was attempting a vintage look.
Indigo was going close up with blurred background.
Izzy was working from a different perspective.
Lachy was trying rule of thirds composition.
Reilly was from a different perspective.
Rhett was a having a face-off with the kangaroos.