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Woodleigh has moved to a remote Continuous Learning Program

Woodleigh School is a compassionate, connected and resilient community. The success of our approach to continuous learning rests upon a strong partnership between school and home. In these uncertain and challenging times, we are dependent on the committed planning and skilful expertise of our dedicated staff, appropriate student motivation and engagement, and strong support from parents for this alternative approach to teaching and learning. Together, we can work to ensure the continuity of the rich, holistic learning that resides at the heart of our school community.

We know that for students to flourish, it is important that they forge strong connections with others, and have goals and a sense of purpose in their lives. We are very proud of the pastoral care systems and programs that operate at each of our campuses and, in moving to our Continuous Learning Plan, we recognise how vitally important it is that students maintain their connections with each other and with key staff.

We have been very appreciative of the support and understanding of the Woodleigh community as we grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak. We look forward to the time when we a reopen our campuses. We will continue to monitor the situation in the days and weeks ahead.

Further information is available at the Woodleigh School Continuous Learning Website


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Woodleigh School
(Main Office and Woodleigh Campus Y7-12)
485 Golf Links Rd
Langwarrin South
485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South, Victoria 3911
Melbourne South
+61 3 5971 6100
Minimbah Campus – 3yo ECC - Y6
3 Minimbah Court
Frankston South Victoria 3199
Ph: 03 9788 6488

Penbank Campus – 3yo ECC - Y6
460 Mornington-Tyabb Road
Moorooduc Victoria 3933
Ph: 03 5978 8425
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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.

Academic study at Woodleigh School 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 School’s unique "V" curriculum provides a secure, structured environment for young children, where they develop a love for learning and life and discover their talents. As they move up through the School, the "V" broadens and students progressively take responsibility for their lives and grow in independence. The focus is increasingly on self-initiative, motivation, self-esteem and self-control.

Curriculum structure and time allocations reflect state requirements. Year 9 includes extended city and wilderness experiences, Year 10 is elective-based and in Years 11 and 12, a wide range of VCE subjects are offered, with very low class size averages (the average Year 12 class has only 12 students). Support and extension provisions are extensive.
Woodleigh School comprises two junior campuses, Minimbah and Penbank (3YO ECC – Y6) and one Senior Campus (Y7–Y12). Our three campuses are situated in peaceful native surroundings with a full complement of specialist facilities.

Our facilities and learning environments support learning which is connected, collaborative, personalised, environmental and diverse.

Woodleigh School’s Minimbah Campus in Frankston South features a newly built Music House (2014) recently built gymnasium (2008), a newly resurfaced oval, school hall and refurbished art classroom (2010). In late 2009, work was completed on a new Year 5/6 Homestead and library building. This building was specifically designed to promote student engagement and rich learning. The flexible interior spaces support a range of activities and more specialised lessons such as Science, Technology and Film Production.

Minimbah’s dedicated learning support and extension centre is known as ‘Pathways’. It comprises a large classroom space and several adjoining withdrawal spaces for individual or group remediation work, reading recovery and extension activities.

iPads and Interactive Whiteboards are used in all classrooms. Woodleigh School uses Apple Mac equipment. Minimbah has its own student-run radio station and audio production suite.

Year 3 and 4 students and teachers maintain a kitchen garden, using the produce for cooking and learning about plant propagation and care.

There are three adventure playgrounds at the Minimbah Campus. Foundation (Prep) – Year 2 students, Year 3–4 students and Years 5–6 students each have their own space.

The Sweetwater Creek runs just behind the campus, where the ECC–Year 2 Nature Program is run.

A separate and fully-equipped Early Childhood Centre is located at the campus, set in the beautiful natural surrounds. The ECC is designed to encourage outdoor play and exploration, and learning in nature is a key focus of the early learning program.

Penbank Campus is situated on a delightful 35-acre rural property in Moorooduc on the Mornington Peninsula.

It features a newly built Year 5/6 Homestead adjacent to the school’s kitchen garden that includes an orchard, veggie garden and chook pen, a purpose-built Music and Gymnasium Centre (Bunjil), extensive sporting facilities including a full-size oval and cross-country tracks with the ability to host inter-school and cross campus events, and new outdoor multi-purpose courts (tennis and basketball). Its spacious, naturally-lit classrooms and multi-purpose halls comprise natural-timbered walls and structures. Open fireplaces are a feature, and a minimum of corridors provides an open and welcoming feel. Students enjoy a fully-equipped library, art classroom and numerous multi-purpose learning spaces.

Penbank’s dedicated learning support and extension centre is known as ‘Pathways’. It comprises a large classroom space and several adjoining withdrawal spaces for individual or group remediation work, reading recovery and extension activities.

Interactive Whiteboards are used in all classrooms. Year 4–6 students use individual MacBooks. Two Apple Mac computer banks, a class set of 25 iPads and audio visual equipment are shared throughout the school.

A new Corroboree Area, called Ngargee Ground (meaning a meeting or performance space in Boon Wurrung language), reflects our value of Indigenous partnerships and understanding, significantly the Wugubank Partnership initiated by the Penbank Campus.

Students and staff maintain a vegetable garden, orchard and propagation shed, using the produce for cooking and learning about plant propagation and care. Students care for farm animals at the campus farm, The Springs, and enjoy the school's rural programs.

There are various playground areas including a lovely wetland area and ‘convict ship’ and ‘Diggings’ constructed by parents for an outdoor school production.

A separate and fully-equipped Early Childhood Centre is located at the campus, set in the beautiful natural surrounds. The ECC is designed to encourage outdoor play and exploration, and learning in nature is a key focus of the early learning program.

The Woodleigh Campus is situated on 55 acres of peaceful native surroundings in Langwarrin South. Care has been taken in the development of all Woodleigh Campuses to ensure that the built environment does not overwhelm the surrounding natural environment, which is unique and special to our school.

Senior Campus has an impressive list of specialised facilities. These include a fully fitted School Hall with and extensive lighting and sound rig. The Jago Centre for Performing Arts features multiple music performance/study spaces, dance/drama studio, film studio and a post-production area. The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery is the centrepiece of the school’s Visual Arts facilities, which include a Computer Aided Design Studio as well as Junior and Senior art classrooms.

Woodleigh’s award-winning Science Centre includes Marine Biology facilities and dedicated Chemistry, Physics and Biology classrooms for senior students. The campus also boasts a fully-resourced library, careers centre, sustainability and agriculture/horticulture centre, multi-purpose courts, sports oval and gymnasium.

In 2015, Woodleigh opened the first three, of six, Homesteads as part of a learning spaces renewal program. The new Homesteads 1, 2, 3 and 6 have received multiple awards from The Association for Learning Environments, and Architizer. The redevelopment timeline of Homesteads 4 and 7 will be announced shortly. A new VCE Centre incorporating classrooms, a dedicated exam space and student common room, opened in 2011.

Information Technology facilities include networked classrooms, dedicated computer labs and Interactive Whiteboards, which are used throughout the school. All Woodleigh Campus students are supplied with a 13" Apple MacBook Pro with a Retina Display and flash storage.

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.

Woodleigh seeks to develop in students the wide range of personal competencies required of an independent adult in our society. Through the many programs, experiences and opportunities created, students are able to acquire the self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem and independence necessary for happiness and success in tertiary studies and in life.

Young people need to develop these skills gradually and it is therefore necessary to maintain a balance between the degrees of authority and freedom appropriate to the student’s age. At all times we conceive of education in the widest of terms: as a journey from childhood to adulthood.

Beneath the fun, and the obvious excitement in participation at Woodleigh, lies a toughness and challenge which is exemplified in the principle: ‘We should never do for young people what they, with a struggle, could be expected to be doing for themselves’. Or in other words, ‘There is no growth without struggle’.

This growth occurs with an ethos of care and respect, but also with the belief that as young people grow up, they need to take increasing responsibility for their lives and others’ needs.
We are a leader of innovative and creative learning. We support the development of the whole child through a broad experiential educational program.

A Woodleigh education helps young people to be more human in an increasingly technical world. Interwoven Academic and Pastoral Care programs build respectful and trusting relationships between students and staff – creating an environment where students have the permission to try new theories, to fail, struggle, learn and achieve.

It is critical that we at Woodleigh School continue to evolve so as to best equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life beyond school.
At Woodleigh, we believe that great education is more than just an excellent academic preparation for the future.

Great education builds resilience and resourcefulness – the ability to find a way, to struggle and achieve.

It gives students the confidence to push their own limits – to take on and conquer new challenges.

Great education is creative. It is collaborative. It is hard work for just reward. It has balance and perspective, nurtures self-worth and instils the desire to contribute and make change.


Scholarship Applications for entry into Year 5 and Year 7 in 2021 have now closed.

(Information about our 2022 Scholarship Applications will be available next year, in July 2020.)

For general Woodleigh School Scholarship information, please see our website. 




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 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.

For more information about bus services at Woodleigh School contact: Robyn Kent, Bus Coordinator at Senior Campus on rkent@woodleigh.vic.edu.au or by phone on 5971 6100.

Tours can also be held at any time by arrangement with Sally Hicks, Director of Enrolments. Simply ring 5971 6100 or visit our website http://www.woodleigh.school/enrol to make an appointment.

‘Soft skills?' Human skills is a better term.

The careers of today’s students will be very different to those experienced by the vast majority of their parents. And in their future, the world will be one where ‘soft skills’ – capabilities like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, emotional intelligence and sound judgement – will be more critical than ever before.

As workplaces and careers become more fluid, the ability to adapt and have the foresight to understand what the next change will be, will be a distinguishing factor. And while automation will replace many jobs, these key, human skills are irreplaceable and will only become more important professional assets.

Yet in many cases, schools place little importance on the development and acquisition of these skills. At Woodleigh however, our curriculum is structured to provide students with opportunities to develop what we see as essential skills for living. From ECC to VCE, age and stage appropriate programs which include Outdoor Education and Camp Programs, the Activities Program, Round Square and Exchange Opportunities and a variety of Service Learning opportunities develop these essentially human skillsets in our students.

What makes these learning experiences so powerful is the fact that they engage students in the real world. By working to solve real problems and then presenting their findings to real audiences, our students connect deeply with their learning – they are empowered to find their voice and be active in their learning, rather than solely being acted upon.

In a world which no longer rewards people for what they know, but for what they can do with what they know, it is these human skills that will enable our young people to be adaptable and successful. We are proud to see our students taking responsibility for the choices they make and bringing about positive change in the world through their learning.

For further information about Woodleigh’s programs, information evenings and campus tours, please visit our website www.woodleigh.school or call the Enrolments Office on 5971 6100.

Jonathan Walter – Principal

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