It's been a full-on week of beaches and trails, cities and mountains. There's been a little bit of weather, but nothing too nasty, and we hope you all get to hear some wonderful stories this time tomorrow!
Year 7-12 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews – no classes running
Please note that students (including VCE students) will NOT be required at school for classes on Thursday 21 March. However, we will schedule a number of VCE assessments to be held on 12 September, so VCE students will be required to attend on this day.
The interviews are scheduled to be held on:
- Thursday 21 March 9.00am–8.30pm and
- Tuesday 26 March 4.00pm–8.30pm
- Thursday 12 September 9.00am–8.30pm and
- Tuesday 17 September 4.00pm–8.30pm
Please note that whilst this has been one of my roles in the past, Ms Amy White and Ms Lucy Kane are now responsible for the PST Interviews.
All families should by now have received invitations and booking details for the upcoming Semester 1 Parent/Student/Teacher Interview day/evening(s). If you have not, please contact Reception.
Changes to VCE subject enrolments
Our school-based cut-off date for Unit 1 and 3 subject changes was last week. Of course, there may be good reasons why changes still need to occur. In this case the VCAA dates, which MUST be met, are:
- 6 May – final date to enrol or withdraw from Unit 3 and 4 sequences
- 22 July – final date to withdraw from Unit 4
- 11 November – final date to enrol or withdraw from Unit 1 and 2 studies
(Changes after these dates can only occur on Compassionate Grounds.)
Mid-year VCAA VCE examinations and SEA Special Examination Arrangements
All students completing at least one Unit 3 and 4 study MUST sit the GAT (General Achievement Test) on Wednesday 12 June, from 10.00am – 1.15pm. This includes all scoreless students.
The closing date for Special Examination Arrangements for known illnesses, learning difficulties etc., is Friday 15 March. We are still able to make applications for newly diagnosed conditions throughout the year, but otherwise we are expected to meet this deadline. I am currently working to get all of our applications completed. If you have any questions or concerns about SEA and if you/your daughter/son may qualify, please contact me.
As you are aware, Ms Jeanette Kaindel will be leaving at the end of Term 1.
We are still working to cover all of Jeanette’s non-teaching roles, however Ms Amy White (Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning, and an experienced VCE Media teacher) will take over the Year 12 Media class after Camp Week. Further updates on other staffing changes that will be required will be sent to all relevant families soon.
Mr David Baxter is scheduled to have some surgery this week and will then recover over the remainder of Term 1. All of David’s teaching load will be taken by Ms Casey Hall, an experienced English teacher, for the remainder of Term 1. Due to this medical absence, Mr Baxter will conduct his Parent Teacher Interviews by phone.
Ms Debs Kesterson will be on leave for the last three weeks of Term 1. All of Debs' PE and Health classes will be covered by Ms Taron Elison, an experienced PE and Health teacher. Due to her absence on leave, Ms Kesterson will contact any parents who make this request, by phone.
I have now returned from Long Service Leave. My very grateful thanks to Pak and Christina Brown for covering the bulk of my load. I’m sure Pak will be happy for you to redirect all of your VCE queries back to me!
Head of Staffing / VCE Coordinator
Year 7-12 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 2019
Bookings are now open for Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews. You should have received an email with details on how to access the PT Online booking system.
These are due to be held on:
- Thursday 21 March 9.00am–8.30pm and/or*
- Tuesday 26 March 4.00pm–8.30pm
- Thursday 12 September 9.00am–8.30pm and/or*
- Tuesday 17 September 4.00pm–8.30pm
Please note that students will NOT be required at school for classes on the full day(s) of interviews.
At all year levels, we will be using the PT Online system for booking interviews.
More information explaining the system will be included in the email, as will your unique login name and code. We will include a location map so that you can decide if you wish to factor in breaks between your interviews.
Please ensure you book early if you have specific availability requirements.
All bookings are done on a “first in” basis. If you find that a teacher is fully booked, please contact the school so we can arrange an alternative contact time for you. All families that are registered to receive separate mail outs will be sent separate letters and individual login codes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Lucy Kane and Amy White
Deputy Heads of Teaching and Learning
The Homestead Athletics Carnival was held at Casey Fields Athletics Track on Monday 25 February, with the temperature in excess of 30 degrees. The warm conditions were a challenge but the effort of our students in giving all of the events their best effort was phenomenal. Students are also to be congratulated on their SunSmart approach to the day. The novelty events saw some great battles take place, with the “Higgins effect” leading Homestead 6 to a victory in the Tug of War. The Sack races were evenly contested with those demonstrating the best changeover technique having the most success. The Mixed Hurdle relays had it all this year, with great athleticism and also some falls as the competitors pushed themselves to the limit.
Congratulations to the following students who set new Homestead Athletics Carnival records:
- Callum Lee-Smith (HS 3) broke the Year 9 Boys 100m record with a flying wind-assisted time of 11.11 seconds.
- Amelia Evenden (HS 3) ran 5:42.68 to set a new 1500m Year 8 record.
- Morgan Storm (HS 7) eclipsed the Year 9 Girls Javelin record, which was set in 2006, with a throw of 18.65m.
- Alexei Guy-Toogood (HS 1) smashed the Year 10 Javelin record with a new benchmark of 21.95m.
- Ayah Gillespie-McCallum (HS 7) impressed when leaping to a new Year 8 Girls Long Jump record of 4.37m.
- Luke Reynolds (HS 2) jumped his way into the record books with a 5.32m Year 8 Boys Long Jump record.
- Callum Lee-Smith (HS 3) set a second record for the day with a 31.76m Discus throw into the breeze, breaking the record that had stood since 2004.
- Luke Reynolds (HS 2) continued his jumps dominance soaring to a 10.45m Year 8 Boys Triple Jump record.
100m Invitational Sprint Championship
These races pit the fastest two male and female sprinters from each year level against each other to determine our fastest Junior Homestead runner. Students qualify for the race based on their times in the 100m age group races earlier in the day. Making the final of this race is an achievement in itself. The boys’ race was won by Callum Lee-Smith (Year 9), followed by Harry Daniello (Year 10) and Ned Murdoch (Year 10) in third. Talia Palmer (Year 10) was victorious in the girls’ race with Ruby Duncan (Year 9) and Dominika Bednarek (Year 10) running great races to fill the minor placings.
1500m Middle Distance Championship
An impressive performance by all athletes who put their hand up to compete in this challenging event. This race determines the best middle distance runners on the day. The boys' race was won by Will Hazewinkel (Year 10) ahead of Benny McConnell (Year 9) with Hugo Brunton (Year 8) finishing in 3rd place. The girls' 1500m was the race won by Amelia Evenden (Year 8) with Alexie Guy-Toogood (Year 10) second and Lucy Black (Year 7) in third.
Homestead 3 were victorious overall, they also took home three of the four Year Level Awards with the Year 7s from Homestead 6 winning the other one.
Year Level Awards
Director of Sport
This week at Woodleigh all students from the Senior Campus are out on camp, with the exception of Year 10 students who are undertaking Work Experience and will set off on their Hattah adventure before the end of term.
Our Camp Program is fundamental to the student experience at Woodleigh and each year level, in their own unique way, provides a symbolic rite of passage in the life of a Woodleigh student.
In this context, I thought it would be timely to introduce our first Parent Education Series guest speaker, Dr Arne Rubinstein, CEO and Founder of the Rites of Passage Institute.
In the work that he does with the Rites of Passage Institute, Dr Rubinstein believes that there are two key outcomes, which are missing in our modern education system.
The first is a shift from child behaviour or psychology to healthy adult behaviour or psychology. This means moving from being the centre of the universe, not taking responsibility and being ruled by emotions, to understanding we are part of a community, we need to be responsible for our actions and to be able to stand with our emotions.
The second is identifying that each child, boy or girl, has innate and unique gifts and talents, genius and spirit. The role of the elders in a rite of passage is to identify and name that which is within each child so that these gifts and talents can actually shine and, importantly, benefit the greater community.
He further believes that, “schools need to encourage children to find their purpose, their spirit, by taking some time out of school, going more into nature, and exploring their personal values and what sort of men and women they want to be.”
I have had the great pleasure of hearing Dr Rubinstein at several conferences over the last few years and the resonance of his wisdom, through storytelling and an evidence-based approach, is a perfect fit to strengthen our approach to wellbeing at Woodleigh.
To this end, save the date, as Dr Rubinstein will be a guest in our school community on Tuesday 19 March.
He will be presenting to students in Senior Homestead during the day, staff after school and parents in the evening at 7pm.
I strongly encourage everyone to come and hear his wisdom and to be inspired by how we as a community can meaningfully strengthen the value of a Rites of Passage mindset as we all strive to bring out the best in our young people.
Yours in supporting and promoting positive student wellbeing,
Director of Counselling
Additional information and reading:
- Dumbo Feather Conversations: Arne Rubinstein is making men
- Book: The Making of Men – Raising Boys to be Happy, Healthy and Successful (first published 2013) by Dr Arne Rubinstein
Dr Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development. He has been running Rite of Passage programs for teenagers and delivering cutting edge leadership training in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. His camps, leadership trainings and seminars have been attended by over 150,000 people in more than 10 countries and are now a part of over 50 schools around Australia.
He is a medical doctor and specialised first in Family Medicine and then spent 15 years in Emergency Medicine until he sold his practice to work full time creating Rites of Passage for youth.
In August 2018, he supported the Butchulla Aboriginal People in Queensland to create the first Butchulla Rite of Passage for Butchulla boys in over 150 years. In September 2018, he ran Rites of Passage Leadership Trainings in Holland and Europe and was the lead Facilitator at the European Men’s Gathering with over 22 countries represented.
Dr Rubinstein is the author of the best-seller The Making of Men and has won multiple awards for his work including being nominated in 2008 for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth, providing much-needed answers and tools to support a generation of young men and women to be happy and motivated about life.
His spectacular bush property in Byron Bay, New South Wales, has been transformed into a workshop and leadership training facility where people come from around the world to participate in programs and camps.
Dr Arne is the proud father of two wonderful young men and a mentor to many others.
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Get a group of friends together and join us at our Harmony Day Picnic at Penbank Campus.
Grab your picnic rug and basket, and celebrate Reconciliation whilst supporting Woodleigh School's efforts to close the gap.
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