A School of Independent Thought
Woodleigh is a dynamic and creative environment, set apart from the educational norm by our unique delivery of learning programs. We are a progressive, contemporary school, one that delivers a forward-thinking curriculum, educating students for their future, not our past.
From the play and enquiry-based programs in our Early Learning Centres at Minimbah and Penbank, through to our VCE years, ours is an environment that supports original, creative thought and focuses on the development of increasingly complex and sophisticated processes of thinking.
At Woodleigh, learning tasks are designed to elicit the highest level of creative thinking from our students. We encourage students to tackle problems and investigations in innovative ways, to test theories and engage in the process of pushing their own boundaries to break through to deeper levels of understanding.
We spend an enormous amount of time and effort ensuring that our learning programs are individually crafted to meet specific student needs. The programs we create are well-rounded – challenging students academically, socially and emotionally.
A great education equips a student with life skills – resilience and independence – developed through an extensive Camps and Activities Program. It provides an understanding of service, the building of a strong moral and ethical base, and the desire to make a contribution to the broader community. It’s the ability to be able to laugh at oneself and with others, to have fun as often as possible and to work hard and give your best effort to everything that you do.
These wider learning experiences work to develop the strong relationships that exist between students and staff. There is a collegiate atmosphere here at Woodleigh which underpins the supportive learning environment that is such a feature of our school.
I invite you to visit us. Come and see first-hand our experiential learning programs in action and tour the beautiful natural environment that is Woodleigh School.
Jonathan Walter - Principal
Woodleigh School is a place which affirms openness, independence, creativity, self-motivation and initiative; elements which you can sense as soon as you enter the school. Woodleigh School is entirely coeducational and committed to the belief that this is the only suitable setting to educate both boys and girls for adult life.
We are the hub of a dynamic learning community. We are a forward-thinking, creative, contemporary school with academically rigorous programs and challenge in every part of the curriculum. At Woodleigh, students discover and follow passions, grow in a culture of mutual respect, cultural freedom and inclusion.
A Woodleigh education provides more than just an excellent academic preparation for the future. It offers a journey of experiential learning and discovery which prepares each individual for the challenges of life beyond school. Today, students need more than just a strong academic base – they need transferable skills – adaptability, self-motivation and confidence. They need the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively, to solve problems creatively, to integrate and navigate new media literacies and think critically about issues at a local and global level.
Academic study at Woodleigh is innovative, targeted and structured to consolidate core literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills. It complements an intentionally broad and challenging range of co-curricular studies and experiences. Our assessment is purposeful and learning opportunities are personalised to engage every individual in a journey that excites them.
The responsibility of Pastoral Care at Woodleigh is of all staff but primarily of the classroom teacher who spends the most time with individual students. Support services within the area of pastoral care are the wider staff, administration team and the School counsellor.
We offer counselling, specific therapeutic approaches, group and individualised programs as well as referral information for students and families. Referrals can also be made to our School Psychologist and Creative Arts Therapist.
Our approach to student welfare is proactive and solution focused. It is our belief that, with guidance, students can increasingly take responsibility for all aspects of their lives.
Through our academic, outdoor, pastoral, co-curricular and sports programs, we strive to develop in our students self-confidence, enthusiasm and independent thinking as assets for life.
PENBANK and MINIMBAH JUNIOR CAMPUSES
An extensive bus network brings students to the Penbank and Minimbah Campuses from areas all across the Mornington Peninsula.
Penbank and Minimbah operate a direct bus service from Flinders via Shoreham, Red Hill South, Red Hill and Mount Martha for primary students.
There is also a cross-campus shuttle bus which runs from Woodleigh Campus to Penbank and Minimbah Campuses in the morning and from Penbank and Minimbah Campuses to Woodleigh Campus in the afternoon. The shuttle bus links with most contract bus services.
WOODLEIGH SENIOR CAMPUS
Woodleigh School contract buses service Westernport townships, the Southern Peninsula, Mount Martha and the Pearcedale-Langwarrin areas.
Mornington, Mount Eliza and Frankston (including Frankston train station) are connected to the school by myki school buses.
Woodleigh offer three types of scholarship: Academic, Music and a ‘Principal’s Scholarship’, which recognises those students who are passionate about their learning, committed to striving for excellence and dedicated to their community.
Woodleigh School welcomes applications from talented girls and boys who feel that they have much to offer our school community. A limited number of scholarships are offered each year to students entering in Years 5 and 7. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the quality of the applicants and the places available.
Scholarship testing is generally held in early February, with applications open from late October in the previous year.
Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Principal, whose decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The Scholarships will be for either 25% or 50% remission of tuition fees. Scholarships are awarded with the intention that they will continue to the end of Year 12, and will be subject to annual review by the Principal.
These scholarships are awarded to the most academically able students. Students who display outstanding academic ability on the scholarship test will be invited to an interview with the Principal. Evidence of a particular academic talent and other notable interests and achievements, along with a commitment to the School’s ethos, will also be taken into account.
Students applying for a Music Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship test, however, most weight will be placed upon evidence of a high degree of talent in their chosen instrument/s. It is expected that applicants are able to perform to a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 3 (for Year 7 entry) or AMEB Grade 2 (for Year 5 entry), or a comparable level. Applicants must provide a portfolio in support of their application showing evidence of varying solo or ensemble performances, duration of study, examination gradings, and/or the ability to perform on more than one instrument. Applicants may also like to include a reference from their music teacher. Selected students will be invited to audition before the Director of Music, where they will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces of music on their chosen instrument/s, and to demonstrate their ability to sight read.
Principal’s Scholarships are offered to students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School for entry into Year 7 and Year 5 only.
They are awarded on the basis of sound academic potential, a strong desire to learn and the willingness to fully participate in the co-curricular life of the School. Leadership skills, citizenship qualities, a commitment to community service, and a particular talent in Visual or Performing Arts, Music and/or Sport, are all key selection criteria. Students applying for a Principal’s Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship test and to submit a portfolio providing evidence of their academic engagement, participation in local sport or community groups, their desire to serve others and of their efforts to make a positive contribution to their wider school community.
Scholarship tests are usually held on a Saturday morning in mid February, for entry the following year.
The Woodleigh School Scholarship tests are conducted by EduTest www.edutest.com.au and testing dates are advertised via the Woodleigh School website and the local press in January.
A Scholarship entry fee is charged to cover administrative and testing expenses and must be paid at the time the application is lodged. This fee is reviewed annually, the fee for 2016 testing was $80.00.