From the Head of Studies
Year 7–12 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
All families should by now have received invitations and booking details for the upcoming Semester 1 Parent/Student/Teacher Interview day/evening(s). These are due to be held on:
Semester 1, Year 7–12:
- Monday 19 March, 9.00am-8.30pm and/or*
- Wednesday 18 April, 4.00pm-8.30pm
Semester 2, Year 7–12:
- Thursday 13 September, 9.00am-8.30pm and/or*
- Monday 17 September, 4.00pm-8.30pm
Note that students will NOT be required at school for classes on the full day(s) of interviews.
We have acted upon parent feedback from 2016 when we trialled some changes to our Interview processes by:
- Including students in all interviews across Years 7–12
- Reducing the number of dates that parents need to attend, thus the and/or* refers to the fact that parents will able to choose to book interviews for all of their children on the one date OR to attend on different dates.
(Having multiple year levels on together also addresses the issues that have sometimes occurred when staff bookings became full on a particular year level evening.)
At all year levels, we will be using the PTOnline system for booking interviews.
More information explaining the system was included with your invitation, as was your unique login name and code. We also included a location map so that you could decide if you wished to factor in breaks between your interviews. Please ensure you book early if you have specific availability requirements.
We opened all bookings on the same date – Friday 2 March at 9am – this allows families to go online once to make the bookings for all of your children. 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 were sent separate letters and individual login codes. If you did not receive this information, or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Academic Reflection Interviews
All Senior Campus students will have an Academic Reflection ‘interview’ with their Tutor during Week 8 (20 or 21 March), Term 1. Tutors will discuss any issues raised by subject teachers and assist students to develop strategies to improve any areas of concern. Students will complete a self-assessment of their progress and develop goals for improvement.
Use of SEQTA Marks Book for ongoing feedback
All parents will be able to check on student progress, on a regular basis, by logging in to SEQTA. All staff will be providing feedback on work completed/in progress via the Marks Book.
Changes to VCE subject enrolments
Our school-based cut off date for Unit 1 and 3 subject changes was the end of Week 4. Of course there may be good reasons why changes still need to occur. In this case the VCAA dates, which MUST be met, are:
- 30 April – final date to enrol or withdraw from Unit 3 and 4 sequences
- 23 July – final date to withdraw from Unit 4
(Changes after these dates can only occur on Compassionate Grounds.)
- 12 November – final date to enrol or withdraw from Unit 1 and 2 studies
Mid-year VCAA VCE examinations and Examination Special Arrangements
All students completing at least one Unit 3 and 4 study MUST sit the GAT (General Achievement Test) on Wednesday 13 June, from 10.00am–1.15pm. This includes all scoreless students.
The closing date for Special Examination Arrangements for known illnesses, learning difficulties etc. was Friday 2 March. We are still able to make applications for newly diagnosed conditions throughout the year, but otherwise we are expected to have met this deadline. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please contact me.
Head of Studies
The Homestead Athletics Carnival was held at Casey Fields Athletics Track on Tuesday 27 February with near perfect summer weather. Students were decked out in Homestead colours to a level never seen before, and the noise emanating from the Grandstand cheering competitors as they ran down the home straight was uplifting. There were many great contests on the day, none more epic than the Tug of War final between Homestead 4 and Homestead 6 – in a see-sawing battle Homestead 4 eventually got the upper hand and won out. The Sack Races were a must watch with a combination of skill and spills. The track and field events were hotly contested. Credit to all students who took part and gave it their best shot.
What a day it was by our elite performers. A total of seven records were broken – and some of the previous records were obliterated.
- Amelia Evenden (HS 3) broke the Year 7 Girls 1500m record by almost 27 seconds, beating the record which had stood since 2004 in a time of 5:33.40.
- Jussy Poyser (HS 3) set a new Year 10 1500m record running a time of 5:52.23.
- Teddy Clark (HS 3) eclipsed the Year 10 Boys 800m record which was set in 2006 with a winning time of 2:17.45.
- Amelia Evenden (HS 3) broke her second record of the day in running 2:53.83 in the 800m for Year 7s.
- Jussy Poyser (HS 3) clocked a 2:47.13 to break the Year 10 Girls 800m record.
- Noah Hutchins (HS 3) set a new benchmark with a 9.76cm jump in the Year 7 Boys Triple Jump.
- Charlie Edis (HS 2) completely destroyed the Year 10 Boys Javelin record. The previous record was 36.42m and Charlie threw an astonishing 47.92m.
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. Both races were showcase events with all students involved impressing. The boys race was won by Levon Woodward (Year 10), followed in Callum Lee-Smith (Year 8) and Harry Daniello (Year 9) in third. Summer Johnson (Year 8) blitzed the girls race with Erin Grocott (Year 9) and Charlie Thomas (Year 8) running great races to fill the minor placings.
1500m Middle Distance Championship
An impressive performance by all athletes who competed in this challenging event. This race determines the best middle distance runners on the day. The boys race was won by Finn Russell (Year 9) ahead of Daniel Cooke (Year 10) with Benny McConnell (Year 8) finishing in thrid place. The girls 1500m saw both the first two placegetters set new record times for their year level. Amelia Evenden (Year 7) achieved the rare feat of winning this race as a Year 7. Jussy Poyser (Year 10) finished in second place and Alexei Guy-Toogood (Year 9) finished third.
Once again, the powerhouse that is Homestead 3 were victorious. They also took home three of the four Tutor Group awards.
Tutor Groups Champs
Director of Sport
Andrew Kasper, The Journey.
Corten Steel and Stone 170 x 80 x 80 cm
At Woodleigh, our current student wellbeing mission statement is:
To complement this and make our mission and intention more visible, in the Pathways area of the school we are slowly developing a wellbeing mindfulness garden. The purpose of this space is to create a quiet, safe and reflective space for students and staff to access for the purpose of strengthening personal wellbeing and vitality during the school day by connecting with the natural environment in a beautiful, comfortable, safe space.
To further strengthen individual and communal opportunities to develop and learn self-care practices congruent with the purpose of the space, sensory elements will be integrated into the overall design, to promote engagement in wellbeing through smell, sound and touch. For example, this may include fragrant plants, a water feature, spiral pathway, outdoor art installations and sculptures.
To maximise the creative endeavours and sense of ownership of this space, it is envisaged that stages of the landscaping, building and construction of this area could be included as part of the schools’ Activities program.
The Wellbeing Team works with and supports staff to increase wellbeing teaching and learning opportunities in the curriculum, and frequently invites a “strength based" lens for students to adopt when engaging in camps and activities. We hope to develop the natural environment of our school to support wellbeing practice in an aesthetic sense and offer a visible interface between the elements of wellbeing, engagement and learning.
In a conversation with Peter Aldenhoven, former Director of Indigenous Education at Woodleigh, I shared my vision for the wellbeing garden and that I would like to enhance the Indigenous threads in our relationship to the land at Woodleigh as part of this project. I asked Peter if he knew of an Indigenous word or phrase that would reflect the intention and purpose of this space.
Peter immediately suggested the word, dadirri, an Aboriginal word describing practice of inner deep listening, of quiet, stillness, and awareness; an almost spiritual skill, based on respect. And so it will be known as the Dadirri Wellbeing Garden.
Previously, a design competition was run in collaboration with the Art department to plan a wellbeing mindfulness garden. However, no funds were ever allocated for this to proceed.
To kick start the project, last year I successfully applied to our PFG for a grant. The money they provided was tagged for either a sculpture or furniture. The image above is of the sculpture I have chosen for our space. Its title, The Journey, the materials used, and size and shape of the piece felt and looked compatible to the purpose and intention of the space. Thank you to the members of the PFG who have reignited this project by providing the funding for this beautiful work. I look forward to inviting you to view the sculpture once installed.
I also wish to acknowledge with gratitude, the financial contribution made by David Wemyss-Smith and the Manyung Gallery Group, to complete this purchase of The Journey for our school.
If anyone in our community is interested in making a contribution or being involved in the development of this space, please contact me at school.
Until the next progress report, please Watch This Space.
Yours in supporting and promoting positive student wellbeing,
Director of Counselling
- Creative Spirits: Deep listening (dadirri)
- Next Wave: Dadirri – A Reflection By Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
On the 15th of Feb this year, a group of about 45 students, teachers and parents dedicated an entire lunchtime to making 700 sandwiches for Eat Up!, an organisation that provides lunch to kids who aren’t fortunate enough to bring their own to school every day. One in eight kids in Australia go to school hungry, and that statistic is what we are fighting against with the help of the incredible amount of volunteers who put their names down to help. The first session was a massive success, and we look forward to seeing some familiar faces in the sessions to follow.
The dates of the next sessions are as follows:
- 15 March
- 19 April
- 8 May
- 29 May
- 19 June
- 19 July
- 7 August
- 28 August
- 11 October
- 30 October
- 30 November
Not to sound too ‘cheesy’ but it means the world to us that you have made such an effort so far. Let’s keep it up!
Any questions, just contact either myself or Zade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if there are any parents who would like to make themselves available for driving the sandwiches to the schools after we prep them, just send an email!
Look forward to seeing you guys again!
Congratulations to Holly-Mae Steele who competed in the Geelong Grammar Interschools Dressage event on Sunday 25 February.
Holly-Mae and her mount of two months, Tocal Dimity, had a fantastic day – placing 2nd for both dressage tests, Prelim 1.1 and 1.2, and also winning Reserve Champion for Intermediate Preliminary. A fantastic achievement, well done Holly-Mae.
Assistant to the Director of Sport
Students have a responsibility to contribute to safe and enjoyable bus travel for all passengers. Listed below are some important key points that should be adhered to when travelling on contract buses:
- All students must treat Bus Drivers with respect and follow the direction/instruction of Bus Drivers.
- Students are required to swipe on and off their student ID cards when travelling on the contract buses. Students should have their cards ready to prevent any time delays. If a student has lost their card or it is not working, please see the Receptionist at Minimbah or Penbank Campus or Pamela Green in IT at Woodleigh Campus to organise a new card for them.
- Be punctual at pick-up points, preferably 5 minutes earlier than the designated time as buses do not have time to wait any longer.
- Students are required to wait at the bus stop in an orderly fashion and not approach the bus until it has stopped.
- No food or drink is to be consumed on the contract buses. Please respect bus property.
- Seat belts should be worn at all times.
- All students must treat other students with courtesy and consideration.
- It is the responsibility of students to disembark at their correct designated stop.
- Never cross the road in front of the bus. Wait until the bus has moved away and it is safe to do so.
- Students cannot travel on a different bus for a particular day, except in special circumstances. In such instances, an authorisation form obtainable from Ms Robyn Kent at Senior Campus or Reception at Minimbah and Penbank Campuses is required before a student is permitted to travel and this can only occur if there is room on the alternative bus.
Warrandyte Road Widening And Reconstruction (South)
Works Commencing: Mid-March 2018
Location: A 400m section of Warrandyte Road, from Golf Links Road to the southern boundary of number 475 Warrandyte Road.
Duration of Works: 3 months.
Description of Works: The scope of works includes repaving the existing road surface and gravel shoulders with asphalt. The works will also include installation of new stormwater drainage and kerb and channel, and associated reinstatements to vehicle crossings and nature strips.
Disruptions Expected: Traffic management will be in place whilst works are in progress. Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the worksite at times and some queuing and delays will be experienced at the northern and southern approaches. Reduced speed limits will apply during work times and after hours when there are changed conditions for motorists. Access to properties will be maintained for the majority of the duration of works. Traffic controllers will be onsite whilst works are in progress to assist with access and 24 hours’ notice will be provided prior to any activities which may restrict access to any premises.
Please contact Frankston City Council for more information.
30 Davey Street, Frankston
Phone: 1300 322 322