Woodleigh places great emphasis on the care and development of all its students.
At the Senior Campus, pastoral care is the concern of all teachers, but it finds a special focus in the Homestead program. The focus of Homestead life is Pastoral Care; that is, knowing and helping each of its members. Central to Homestead is the notion of it being a ‘home’ where students belong, feel accepted and appreciated. Like a home, it is responsible for the nurturing and growth of each of its members.
Homesteads are where students store their books, socialise at break times, play games and listen to music. A Homestead consists of four groups of between 16–18 students each from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Each group has a Tutor who is their main pastoral carer. Each Homestead has a Homestead Coordinator.
Homestead is also an area which develops a sense of community. The members of this community are responsible for their environment. Students contribute ideas towards improving their environment and then are encouraged to do work associated with this. Gardening and cleaning are part of the students’ responsibilities.
Senior Homestead Charter
We take pride in looking after our school and its environment. We strive to create a neat, more sustainable and positive presence in the community. We are proud to be green and know that our actions reflect our values. We accept our responsibilities.
We are community minded. We respect people in our learning community by contributing in class and homestead. We take pride in the work we do; we praise the contribution and effort we see others making. We create positive connections with others. We achieve the best we can with the time available. We work to deadlines and support others as they strive to do their best. We celebrate excellence in work.
We plan for success. We come to class with an energetic approach to learning. We recognize success is achieved through hard work. We strive for personal excellence.
These principles are our starting point: our goal is to strive towards a more Woodleigh World.