- From the Principal
- From the Head of Studies
- The Gift of Service
- Homestead Swimming Carnival
- SIS Weekly Sport
- Cambodia Night Fundraiser
- Private Music Tuition 2019
- Product Design and Technology
- Travelling on Woodleigh School’s Non-Contract myki Buses
- Don't forget to use your Ritchies Card over the holiday break...
- French Crosswords
- Term 4 finish dates for ECC – Year 9 students
From the Principal
As we draw the year to a close I want to congratulate and thank everyone for their contribution to our Woodleigh learning community. It has been a busy final term for us with a number of wonderful occasions which capture the essence of our school.
Celebrating the Class of 2018
We had a beautiful night in which the Year 12s were farewelled from our school at Valedictory. It was great to see the Class of 2018 and their parents dancing the night away following a beautiful ceremony acknowledging the achievements of each individual throughout their journey at Woodleigh School. The Woodleigh Prize winners for this year were Liv Mauerhofer, Amy Youngman and Jack Hall, all very worthy recipients of this highest honour in our school.
In celebrating the Class of 2018, we celebrate students who, in Jack Hall’s words, “challenge boundaries; see obstacles as opportunities; see the world not as an object of someone else’s design but a deeply fulfilling journey of self-discovery, that is theirs for the taking.”
They are deep thinkers, hard workers who have each other’s backs. As Liv Mauerhofer said, “Community has always been something that Woodleigh has fostered to connect each and every one of us. From programs within Homestead, to Outward Bound, Hattah, the Indigenous and International exchanges and the Homework and Learning Club. These not only nurture this sense of community, but a global awareness and inherent respect for others.”
The maturity with which our students face the world is something that sets Woodleigh students apart. As Amy Youngman reminded us, “Woodleigh has helped develop the values of awareness, empathy, resilience and respect. Tools that equip us well and will no doubt be put into action for our many life paths and choices ahead.”
2018 Woodleigh Prize Winners (LtoR):
Jack Hall, Liv Mauerhofer and Amy Youngman with Director of Senior Homestead, Laurent Julicher and Jonathan Walter, Principal.
2018 Faculty Prize Winners (LtoR):
Oly Bugg – Arts Faculty (shared), Remi Chynoweth – Arts Faculty (shared) and LOTE Faculty, Jacob Plummer – Humanities Faculty, Ruby Crofts – Maths and Science Faculties, Jonathan Walter – Principal, Amy Youngman – Personal Development Faculty, Jack Hall – English Faculty, David Burton – Deputy Principal, Head of Senior Campus.
2018 Principal's Award Winners (LtoR): Jonathan Walter – Principal, Isaac Yeong, Adelaide Robertson, Tom Poyser, Lachlan Evenden, Ruby Crofts, David Burton – Deputy Principal, Head of Senior Campus, Sarah Claxton-Vicars, Oly Bugg, Cas Baptist
Congratulations to the Class of 2018. May your individual journeys be exciting, challenging and fulfilling. The past six years at Woodleigh, developing, growing and learning, have led you to this moment. You can now take on the world, confident in your own strength and skills.
During the final week of school for our Year 12s, we also reached a huge milestone of 10,000 sandwiches made in the Eat Up program. The Eat Up initiative has been one which was driven by Zade Omar and Pearl Baillieu and supported by all students in Senior Homestead and a large number of parent volunteers. This initiative has provided lunch for thousands of students in local schools who are less fortunate than ours.
Courage Creates Change
We were delighted also to celebrate the achievements of our Year 8 students with their culminating projects for Courage Creates Change. It was great to see so many families in to view the exhibition of student work, a project which has run throughout the year for our students.
CREATE at Penbank
I was also very pleased to have the opportunity to experience the Create celebration at Penbank Campus. This student-devised project always amazes each year and we are very grateful to Katherine Gordon for her expertise in crafting the students' voice into such a cohesive performance to celebrate the learning of the year.
The Arty Market
The Arty Market on Friday night brought together over 100 exhibitors representing our student body and was a wonderful occasion to bring our community together prior to Christmas. It was great to see so many students being supported in their entrepreneurial endeavours and for the community more broadly to celebrate the artistic and creative talents which exist within it. I would like to thank Kristen Guthrie for her leadership of this major event.
We also gathered together at Perberkoong, which was a delightful way for our Primary Campuses to connect with the Senior Campus and share their joy of Christmas and the cultural diversity which exists within our broader community. We were very grateful to Kutcha Edwards for his contribution on the night and I thank Andy Khoza for her leadership of this important occasion within our school.
I wish all members of the community a wonderfully restful break throughout December and January and we look forward to seeing you all back together again for the New Year.
End of VCE Exams and Valedictory Service
The final VCE Examination for the 2018 year, Indonesian, was held on Wednesday 21 November. The following night, Thursday 22 November, we celebrated the conclusion to VCE at our annual Valedictory Presentation and Dinner. This was a delightful evening and 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, Principal’s Awards and the Woodleigh Prize. I would like to sincerely congratulate:
Woodleigh Prize Winners (three recipients for the first time ever):
Jack Hall, Olivia Mauerhofer, Amy Youngman
Keeley Baptist, Oliver Bugg, Sarah Claxton-Vicars, Ruby Crofts, Lachlan Evenden, Thomas Poyser, Adelaide Robertson, Isaac Yeong
The VCE Faculty Prizes this year were awarded to:
We have heard from a number of students that they have been made Early Offers on the basis of Interviews, Auditions and/or Folios. Congratulations to all of these students.
VCAA Top Arts
We have received the exciting news that three of our Studio Arts students had their work short-listed for the prestigious Top Arts Exhibition.
There are over 2200 students who apply and 40-50 are shortlisted so this is an incredible achievement in itself. We will find out the final students selected (usually around 25-30) in early 2019.
Congratulations to Liv Mauerhofer, Maddy Kaindel and Ellie Norman on their short-listing and also to Birra-li Ward, a very proud VCE Studio Arts teacher.
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 Friday 14 December (from 7am). A detailed version of the following information is on the rear cover of the VCE Exams Navigator 2018 booklet.
The free *internet service is resultsandatar.vic.edu.au
*Mobile app: A mobile app is available via a free download from the App Store for Apple, Google Play and Android devices. Students MUST pre-register to use these services.
Student email: All students were offered the opportunity to record an email address on their Student Details form earlier this year.
Mail: All results will be posted hardcopy and will start to arrive in mailboxes from Monday 17 December.
VCAA is operating a Post Results and ATAR Enquiry Service (PRAS). Phone 9032 1717 or freecall 1800 653 080 or email email@example.com from 7.00am–5.00pm on Friday 14 December and then Saturday 15 until Tuesday 18 December (check the VCE Exams Navigator 2018 for times of operation).
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
Some students may wish to change their University preferences in the light of their VCE final results. If you require assistance with your change of preference, please contact Mrs Bolch.
VCE 2019 Orientation Week and First Day 2019
Last week, 26-30 November, our Year 10 and 11 students moved into their 2019 Year 11 and 12 classes. This week is vital preparation for 2019 and all studies have set some holiday homework tasks to be completed over the break.
Thursday 31 January 2019: Day 1 for Unit 3 and 4 Studies 2019
On Thursday 31 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 six-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.
My very best wishes to you all for a safe and joyous holiday season.
Head of Studies
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Valedictory Dinner. One of the highlights of the night for me was hearing from the joint Woodleigh prize winners, Jack Hall, Liv Mauerhofer and Amy Youngman.
What stood out most for me was their engagement in acts of service to others through fundraising for charities, commitments of time to tutor students at Homework Club, participating in the Broadening Horizons programs and their reflections of how it had helped them grow into the people they have become with the support, encouragement and direction from staff along their journey.
It reminds me of a quote by Mahatma Gandhi:
In the context of the PERMA model in Positive Psychology, M stands for Meaning.
Martin Seligman defines a meaningful life as knowing what your highest strengths are and
The idea is to find ways of being in the world that connects us to something extraordinary and bigger than tending only to our own needs and desires.
Last Sunday I travelled to Ampilatwatja on a Broadening Horizons trip, with nine students and two other staff members. It is a privilege to travel into this remote Indigenous community. Our purpose while we are here is to help out at the school and be part of the community. However, what we learn from the community about Indigenous culture and country is priceless and truly humbling. Perhaps the most profound of all is the shared experience. Through service for others, we have the opportunity to see aspects of our life, past and present, somewhat differently and with a much greater sense of understanding and gratitude.
Viktor Frankl, neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, is probably the most renowned leader in the exploration of meaning. In his book 'Man's Search for Meaning' (1946), he challenges each and every person to accept responsibility for their own happiness and to find meaning in acts of being human both in good and bad times.
So as we rest, restore and embrace the upcoming school holiday break, give thought to how you and your family can offer the gift of service to others. By accepting the challenge to change ourselves, albeit by donating time to the service of others, the experience of making a difference is the greatest gift of all as it will come back multiplied as a derived sense of personal meaning and happiness.
Remember, happiness is not about getting what you want, it’s about enjoying all you have.
On behalf of the counselling team at Woodleigh, I wish you all a happy and safe holiday break.
Yours in supporting and promoting positive student wellbeing,
Director of Counselling
Acknowledgements and further reading:
- The Age: We wouldnʼt need to practise wellbeing if we experienced it every day
- ideas.ted.com: How to push past your biggest anxieties and act
- The Age: I can always tell the students who’ve had a gap year
- Nine.com.au: The Barefoot Investor reveals the biggest money mistake parents make
- The University of Melbourne: Talking to kids about the bad things that happen
- Centre for Parent and Teen Communication: Encouraging Teen Contribution – One of the 7 Cs of Resilience
The Homestead Swimming Carnival took place at Pines Aquatic Centre on Tuesday 13 November, with the weather a warm 28 degrees. This day is always a fun one, with a mix of novelty and traditional events. The carnival started off with the Boogie Board and Flipper Relays which saw a number of staff get in and compete alongside the Year 10s. Underwater Relays and Search and Retrieve Relays completed the novelty section as the students worked together to complete these challenges. The traditional events – Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly – were well contested. Congratulations to all of the students who challenged themselves and gave these events their best effort.
The highlight of the program was the male and female 100m Freestyle Invitational events where our fastest swimmers from each year level (on the day) were pitted against each other. For the second year running Tealia Holmes (Year 8) finished in 1st place and Olivia Marshall (Year 9) finished 2nd. Izabel Jones (Year 8) swam a great race to finish in 3rd. The Boys’ race saw some new talent emerge, with Benny McConnell (Year 8) dominating the race, and brothers Ben Reynolds (Year 9) and Luke Reynolds (Year 7) finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Well done to all the students who qualified for this event.
Homestead 3 continued its dominance of this event, making it 12 wins in a row. They also took out the Tutor Group awards for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 10. Homestead 4 won the Year 9 Tutor Group award and emerge as a challenger finishing in 2nd place overall.
Tutor Groups Champs
Director of Sport
Term 4 was a busy one for SIS Weekly Sport with nine Woodleigh teams competing in the Junior and Intermediate competitions. Congratulations to the Junior Boys Cricket team and the Junior Mixed Tennis team who both went through their seasons undefeated and claimed the pennant. Special mention to the Intermediate Girls Softball team who went into their final match undefeated and narrowly lost by one run with seven regular players unavailable.
Junior Boys Cricket
Team: Jed McKenzie-Smith, Blake Steven, Jack Heydon, Sam German, Anton Kopec, Walter Johnson, Jenson Teleskivi, Jack Davidson, Jacomo Dwyer-Morris, Ben Black, Lachlan O'Connor, Luke Reynolds, Ollie Reilly, Nick Morrison, Ben Drenkhahn, Ryan Drenkhahn.
- Woodleigh 5/137 defeated Berwick Grammar 10/96
- Woodleigh 6/133 defeated St James 8/67
Junior Mixed Tennis
Team: Morgan Storm, Tsomo Lakatsang, George Barrett, Oscar Carter, Callum Lee-Smith, Harrison Fox, Noah Barnes, Rory Goding, Jai Sanger, Ollie Reilly, Magnus Gilmore.
- Woodleigh 7 defeated Nazareth 1
- Woodleigh 8 defeated Padua Tyabb 0
- Woodleigh 7 defeated John Paul College 1
- Woodleigh 8 defeated St Peter's West 0
Director of Sport
Once again, this year’s Cambodia Night was a massive success. The combined total raised this year from events including the Cambodia Night, the Women’s Day Lunch and the canteen at Athletics was an incredible $5,720. Because of this amazing kindness we have been able to purchase 20 second-hand laptops which we will be taking to the Chumkriel Language School tomorrow, giving the kids there another resource that they will be able to use to learn. The rest of the money has been donated to the Chumkriel Language School to support the running of the school.
Image: Felix Hosken and Hunter Savage
Of course, none of this would be possible without the amazing support we have received. Firstly, to Felix Hosken, who along with Mr Peach, made and donated a surfboard which we were able to raffle.
To all the staff involved on the night; Ms Elspeth Cooper, Mr Jeff Box, Mr Chris Li Wan Po, Ms Birra-Li Ward and Ms Rosie Cian.
To the families and businesses who donated; The Enchanted Maze (Savage family), Hamper by Mumma Made (Louise Evenden), Moose Toys (Myatt family), Mornington Physiotherapy (McCarthy family) and Direct Beauty.
Thanks too, to all the amazing bands that performed on the night.
And finally, to everyone who attended and showed their support we say “akun” and we look forward to seeing even more of you there again next year.
Ben Myatt(in Kampot, Cambodia)
If your child is continuing with private music lessons you do not need to complete another form.
If your child is not continuing with lessons, please email Merilyn Green in the Woodleigh Music Office via the button below. If we haven’t heard from you by the end of this week, we will assume that your child will be continuing with private music tuition in 2019.
The new system will allow music lessons to commence as soon as possible at the start of 2019.
New Music Tuition Students for 2019
If your child would like to start Private Music Tuition next year (or begin learning a new instrument), please see the link below for an application form and information about lessons. Please return this form to the Music Office as soon as possible.
Director of Music
All Woodleigh School students travelling on these buses must have a valid myki card. Students 17 and over are also required to carry a valid Victorian Public Transport (VPT) School Student ID card or government issued proof of age (i.e. driver licence or learner permit) to travel. It is the student’s obligation to touch on with a valid myki when boarding. Fare evasion is a serious offence and can incur substantial fines.
Non-compliance could also result in the service of these buses being withdrawn by PTV (Public Transport Victoria).
More information and application forms are available on the PTV website:
Please note that pickup times are given by Ventura Bus Lines as approximates only so students need to be at their stop at least 5 minutes prior to the pickup time listed on the timetable. Also, to help Bus Drivers distinguish between Woodleigh School students and general public, the Bus Lines recommend our students flag their bus down.
If you have any queries please contact Robyn Kent at Senior Campus on 5971 6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply using your Ritchies Card continues to be a great and passive way to fundraise, without much effort at all. The Woodleigh PFG receives between $150–250 per month in donations depending on the number of purchases made with Ritchies-Woodleigh linked cards, in stores. This year, we have earned over $1,600.00, already. Thank you everyone for supporting us.
In 2017, we were very excited to be able to purchase the most amazing commercial coffee machine and grinder, with which students could practise their barista skills, at Woodleigh and PFG events.
In 2018, we started to support the Woodleigh Eat Up Program; making lunchtime sandwiches for less fortunate children in local schools.
Don’t forget to keep using your Ritchies Community Benefits Cards over the summer holidays at any Ritchies Supermarket or Bottle Shop.
Lastly, thank you to Jennifer Christmas for being the Ritchies Coordinator, amongst other roles, for the last 12 months.
For further information, or if you are interested in helping out with either:
- Promoting the Ritchies Community Benefit Card Program within the Woodleigh community, at various school events throughout the year;
- Taking over the established PFG Eat Up Driving Roster/Program for 2019; or
- Donating your time/petrol to help the Eat Up Program for a couple of hours a year, then...
Please contact the PFG:
- Jennifer Christmas - 0421 782 99
- Raquel Poyser -email@example.com
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and enjoy a break with your children!
Please note the following Term 4 final dates:
- ECC – Year 6 students finish on Friday 7 December
- Year 7 – Year 9 students finish on Thursday 6 December