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