A School for Adventurous Minds
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.
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 Years 5,7,8,9, 10 and 11 in 2019.
The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the quality of the applicants and the places available. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Principal, whose decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
Academic Scholarships are awarded to the most highly able students. Students who display outstanding academic ability on the scholarship test will be invited to an interview with the Principal. Supporting documentation should include evidence of the student’s particular academic talents and other notable interests and achievements. Academic Scholarships are open to current Woodleigh students, and to those students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School.
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. Shortlisted 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. Music Scholarships are open to current Woodleigh students, and to those students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School.
Principal’s Scholarships 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 supporting documentation 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. Principal’s Scholarships are only open to students not currently attending Woodleigh School.
All candidates applying for a Woodleigh School Adventurous Minds Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship test. The testing, conducted by Edutest Pty Ltd, will be held at Woodleigh Campus (485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South).
The scholarship test will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018, starting at 9.00am and will conclude at approximately 12.45pm.
Applications for entry into Years 5, 7-11 in 2019 are now open and close on Friday 16 February 2018.
Testing and application closing dates will be advertised on the School’s website and in the local press. Applications must be made online by following the ‘Scholarship Program’ link available on the ‘Enrolment’ page of the School’s website (www.woodleigh.vic.edu.au/enrol) - available only whilst applications are open.
A non-refundable application fee is charged to cover administrative and testing expenses and must be paid at the time the application is lodged. The application fee for testing in 2018 is $85.00.
Supporting documentation for all scholarship candidates must be provided as listed below. In addition, specific scholarship types require additional supporting documentation to be provided. Please read through the list carefully to ensure that you supply all the documentation as requested.
Supporting documentation will not be returned, so please do not supply originals. Documents should be clearly named, A4 in size only and simply stapled in the top left-hand corner. Please do not submit your supporting documentation in a presentation or display style folder.
Documents should be submitted to the Director or Enrolments, Woodleigh School, 485 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South, 3911, by the application closing date of Friday 16 February 2018.
Supporting documents will not be considered after this time.
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.
Academic, Music and Principal’s Scholarships usually range between 20% and 50% remission of Tuition Fees, but may be for differing amounts. Extra costs such as the Enrolment Application Fee, Student Entry Fee, Consolidated Charge, some camps, music lessons, PE/Sport uniform and books are not a part of the Tuition Fees and are not covered by the scholarship, unless otherwise stated.
All Woodleigh School Adventuous Minds Scholarships are awarded with the intention that the successful candidate will continue through to the end of Year 12, and are subject to annual review by the Principal. If it is felt that the student’s work or behaviour is below standard or inappropriate, or in the case of a Music Scholarship, where the student withdraws from studying their specified instrument, the Principal reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship with reasonable notice.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview with the Principal and/or an audition with the Director of Music. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email at the conclusion of the selection process. This process can take several months to complete. Testing results will not be released.
On Scholarship Testing Morning, the Principal, Mr Jonathan Walter, will conduct an Enrolment Information Session commencing at 9.00am in Homestead 1 at Woodleigh Campus. This session will be immediately followed by student led tours around the senior campus.
A tour of Penbank Campus will be conducted by the Head of Campus, Mrs Vivienne Wearne, on Wednesday 28 Feburary 2018 at 9.30am. A tour of Minimbah Campus will be conducted by the Head of Campus, Mr Rod Davies, on Friday 2 March 2018 at 9.30am.
Bookings for the Information Session and the Campus Tours are required and may be made online at woodleigh.vic.edu.au/enrol.
Director of Enrolments
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.