Premier’s Awards for VCE Excellence

Three students of Peninsula Grammar’s graduating Class of 2017 were recently presented with their Premier’s VCE Awards at the prestigious award ceremony.


More than 1100 guests attended the ceremony, where Victoria’s top-performing VCE students from 2017 were recognised for their outstanding academic results. A total of 302 awards were presented to 274 students.

Charlotte Holland was one of 23 students to receive a Top All-Round VCE High Achievers Award for attaining study scores of 46 or higher across at least five subjects and was the only student on the Mornington Peninsula to receive this coveted award. Charlotte’s 14-year journey at Peninsula Grammar commenced in Kinder and her unwavering commitment to her studies throughout this time ensured this meritorious achievement.

Daniel Pham was one of only three students to receive the International Student Award. Daniel’s determination and dedication to his studies are a testament to his ability, making Daniel a most deserving recipient of his award. 

Grace O’Sullivan was the recipient of a Study Award for Drama. Her score of 50 in Drama was phenomenal, as was her ATAR result. In 2017 Grace combined her enthusiasm for Performing Arts with a diligent study routine whilst at the same time fulfilling her responsibilities as Head of School.

Peninsula Grammar’s Class of 2017 achieved an exemplary set of VCE scores through their unrelenting determination to make the most of every opportunity afforded to them during their time at the School. 

By providing a nurturing environment and the best quality teachers, students at Peninsula Grammar are able to learn, grow and flourish.


VCAL students have an appetite for volunteering By Loretta Lloyd


I pulled up at The Rye Community House to find our 15 VCAL students, most of whom have never worked or volunteered in any capacity before, standing in the cold, dressed immaculately and appropriately to food safety standards. It was moving, as their teacher, to see them all ready and waiting as asked of them.

For eight weeks the Chisholm Mornington Peninsula campus VCAL students teamed up with a group of amazing volunteers from the Peninsula community. They created soup recipes, sourced local ‘seconds’ and donated produce, learnt about food and nutrition, and worked with a volunteer team. They took the soup to a local school to serve. This school has identified that a large percentage of children are experiencing absenteeism due to parents not having lunch to send to school or are unable to focus or learn due to not getting the nutrition they need. 

This program was only able to run with a dedicated volunteer team and they were ecstatic to have it run its first time thanks to our VCAL students offering their help. On our first visit serving at the school, one of the children exclaimed while getting his second cup of broccoli soup:  “Yum! I never get to have hot food.” The students affected by the experience were determined to find bread donations to go with the soup, an initiative entirely created by the VCAL students and much appreciated by the volunteers and the school.

It is having a most positive, holistic impact on my VCAL group, who are currently doing a research assignment on local volunteer organisations. They are developing invaluable skills for their own use in a kitchen, such as nutrition, recipe planning, food safety and hygiene.  They are obtaining a work ethic and work skills, having to run a full work day, uniforms, signing in and out, strict breaks etc. They are now, three weeks in, experiencing the “feel good” confidence that comes with community work and giving to others.

There has been a lot of discussion and feedback from them regarding looking outside of their own lives and challenges, how they perceive the community they live in and how the community they live in perceives them.  They have also developed a great empathy for the children and awareness of some of the issues going on in their community.

Tilly McClaren: “I thought the soup kitchen would be really boring … I feel really good at the end of the day when we have fed the primary kids. I leave with a smile.”

Brucie Renee Turner: “Being involved makes me feel really good knowing I am helping others.”

Jake Chant: “The vibe is great and everyone is super keen to meet and serve the kids. I think it’s great what volunteers are doing.”

Global Citizens. Global Connections.

Global Learning Peninsula Grammar’s partner school opens in Malaysia


In forging a new path with its commitment to a truly global education, Peninsula Grammar celebrated the opening of its partner school Peninsula International School Australia (PISA), Malaysia earlier this month. The school, located in Setia Alam, Selangor, is designed to provide students with a world-class learning experience, replicating the unique curriculum designs of Peninsula Grammar.

Principal, Mr. Stuart Johnston, attended the opening ceremony and in his speech captured the importance of this new relationship. He noted that the building of an identity does not simply arrive when a new school opens, it is fostered through the development of a community with a shared vision and passion for authentic learning. He remarked on the facilities, stating that the world-class pool, FIFA-approved soccer field and rooftop basketball courts are indicative of the PISA commitment to the success of every student.

In recognising that the 21st century learner requires opportunities to learn in diverse and unique cultures, it is hoped that the bond between the schools will see student exchanges and intercultural expeditions take place in the coming years. In implementing the Victorian Curriculum, PISA will be the first school in Malaysia to offer the Victorian Certificate of Education next year. It is an exciting time for both schools.

Peninsula Grammar is renowned for its willingness to explore new paths and discover new opportunities, to ensure every student will, through the choices afforded to them, Learn. Grow. Flourish.

Peninsula Grammar is also holding an information session on Monday, June 18, for its Year 10 to 12 Inspiring Me program, which includes information on its excellent VCE Curriculum. For more information about Peninsula Grammar and its Inspiring Me program, please visit or call 9788 7777.



Peninsula chefs cook their way to Bocuse d’Or grand final

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Chisholm TAFE commercial cookery student Laura Skvor and Georgie Bass head chef Michael Cole will represent Australia at the Bocuse d’Or grand final in France next year after a stunning performance at the 2018 Asia Pacific heats.

The pair not only won their way through to the final in Lyon, Laura also picked up the Best Commis award at the heats in Guangzhou, China. The combination is certainly proving to be a winning recipe — after Michael chose Laura as his commis chef last year, they made the final of Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific 2017 in Singapore.

Laura has been cooking since she was a young girl and started her first job in the kitchen as a baker’s/patisserie assistant at the age of 15. Her passion for food and cookery was fuelled when she and her brother, Mitch, featured on MKR in 2016, which she described as “an incredible experience that awakened my desire to be a great chef”.

Laura’s mentor at the Asia Pacific heats was Chisholm trainer Michael Simmons. “He is teaching solid foundations of cookery as well as inspiring us to continually be creative in our culinary endeavours and excel in our work kitchens,” Laura said.

Michael is equally proud of his students’ success. “Without the work of Chisholm’s commercial cookery and hospitality team, we would not have had the industry links for this to occur.

“I have been lucky enough to meet one of my heroes, Jerome Bocuse, the son of the great Paul Bocuse, as well as Pierre Rossi, who at 80 still works in his self-titled restaurant,” Michael added. “We are making great friends with world-famous chefs and competitors alike as we move through the competition.”

With chefs in hot demand, a growing restaurant trade and a nationwide skills shortage of qualified chefs, there’s never been a better time to enrol in a commercial cookery or hospitality course at Chisholm TAFE.


Food for thought at Peninsula Grammar in 2018

This year, Peninsula Grammar introduced a new and innovative Food Technology program in state-of-the-art facilities for its Years 7 to 10 students. “As a school committed to 21st Century learning, it is the interdisciplinary learning opportunities that our Food Technology Centre gives our students that is the most exciting aspect,” said Principal, Mr Stuart Johnston.


A critical component of the program is the appointment of the right Food Technology teacher and Peninsula is pleased to say they’ve recruited one of the best. Mrs Renae Knight joined Peninsula at the beginning of the year with a Bachelor in Consumer Science and a Diploma of Education.

“I think learning about food is incredibly important. It’s not just about the life skills and learning how to cook – although this is clearly a benefit,” she said. “Our young people need to understand the social, ethical, economic and sustainability considerations in the development of food products. It enables them to be informed citizens on so many levels.”

Renae has developed a broad-based Food Technology program encompassing hospitality, food science, nutrition and community engagement and the students are thoroughly enjoying it. 

“Parent feedback has also been very positive,” laughs Renae. “Especially when the students take home their creations to share the outcome of their work — this has been very popular, even when they don’t always get it quite right!”

Peninsula Grammar has invested in a brand new purpose-built state-of-the-art Food Technology space featuring top-of-the-range cooking facilities and a co-located classroom for theory and discussion.

“The kitchen facility is the best I have taught in,” said Renae. “It has been designed extremely well, with collaborative learning in mind.”

Food Technology is set to grow at Peninsula Grammar, with more specialised elective classes that cover areas such as international cuisine, café-style food and meals suitable for entertaining. In 2019, Peninsula Grammar also plans to offer VCE Food Studies.

To find out more about Peninsula Grammar’s Food Technology program, visit or call them on 9788 7777.



Peninsula Grammar recruits netball champ as head coach


Peninsula Grammar has appointed former England and Tactix coach Sue Hawkins as its Head Coach of Netball.

Ms Hawkins helped Australia to victory in the 1983 Netball World Cup and coached England to the 2011 World Cup before taking the reins of the New Zealand franchise for three years in the ANZ Championship. She is a member of the International Netball Federation Coaching Advisory Panel and was appointed Netball Australia’s first high-performance manager in 1999.

“My aim is to create a challenging, inclusive, professional high-performance program, one that will motivate our players and coaches to be better tomorrow than they were today,” she said of her new role. “It is critical that this program has a balance between performance, recovery loading and fun. I am teacher trained so am thrilled to be returning to school to work with the students at Peninsula Grammar.”

Principal Stuart Johnston said Ms Hawkins’ appointment clearly demonstrates the school’s commitment to a first-class sports program. “We know that the best coaches get the most out of their players, and Ms Hawkins’ career to date shows her dedication both professionally and personally to her team members drives them to excel.”

Peninsula Grammar’s Director of Sport, Shona Middleton, said Ms Hawkins would be an invaluable addition to the school’s elite development coaching team.


Peninsula Grammar Presents Concert Series 2018

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After much anticipation, Peninsula Grammar is pleased to announce the line-up for its Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series.

Featuring both local and international quality musical acts, the concert series offers a range of professional performances of all music styles. Now in its third full year, this diverse and astounding series has already impressed over 2000 music lovers across the Peninsula.

Head of Instrumental Music at Peninsula Grammar and curator of the series, Dr Richard Vaudrey is extremely proud of the line-up for 2018.

"Our team has worked hard to get some of Australia's most talented musicians to play; it is going to be a fantastic series," he said.

The series offers an opportunity for the community, students and families to experience performances typically only found in large city environments in a more intimate and welcoming space within the school.

"Each year we open our doors and invite the community into our school to enjoy the talent that these amazing musicians have to offer. It’s all about inspiring and delighting people."

This year's line-up includes:

·      Thursday, March 1 - Kyran and New Flower Garden

·      Thursday, March 22 - Kristian Winther

·      Thursday, May 3 - Monash University Australian Jazz Ensemble

·      Wednesday, June 20 - Amy Lehpalmer (pictured

·      Thursday, July 26 - Lior

·      Wednesday, September 19 - Vaudrey with Howard Penny

·      Thursday, October 25 - Dania Cornelius

·      Thursday, November 29 - Alum (former Peninsula Grammar students)

"This program complements our music program so well. As part of the series, before each performance our students work with the musicians in a masterclass gaining valuable tips on technique and insights into the industry."

To find out more about the Peninsula Grammar Presents program or learn about Peninsula Grammar's exemplary music program, visit or call 9788 7777. 


The race of a lifetime


Congratulations to the Peninsula Grammar HPV team that came a noble 20th place in the overall standings of the 2017 Annual RACV Energy Breakthrough Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Challenge. 

The 12 Year 6 students, including six girls and six boys, spent many months preparing for this event, which has become a much-loved tradition for Peninsula Grammar. 

Held from November 22-25, the Challenge provided an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local businesses to work together to design and construct a HPV machine and to demonstrate innovation and efficient uses of energy while considering their impact on humans and the environment.  

HPV program co-ordinator Robert Ogle has been running this program at Peninsula Grammar for more than 10 years, and the improvement each year in the competition and vehicles is remarkable. 

“It takes over six months of preparation to run a professional program, and our students certainly developed an extraordinary team spirit, challenging their resilience and grit, while considerably broadening their educational horizons,” Mr Ogle said. “They also get to have a great deal of fun! Undoubtedly this endures as a major highlight of the year.

“Planning for next year has already commenced, and we are looking forward to trying to improve even further in 2018.”

Peninsula Grammar ran a Trisled composite fibreglass, kevlar and carbon fibre vehicle in the race, carrying the name of ‘Mistral’.

“The vehicle we run for the HPV program is second to none. It uses carbon fibre in its structure, meaning we can keep the weight of the vehicle down but also keep it structurally strong.” 

The Peninsula Grammar HPV team finished the gruelling race in an amazing 15th place in a field of 92 vehicles, covering 334 laps or the equivalent of 367.4km. Other elements of the Challenge, such as the presentation, gave them a final placing of 20th overall – a wonderful result.

To find out more about the Year 6 HPV program, part of the Becoming Me years, please contact Peninsula Grammar on 9788 7777 or visit for more information. Peninsula Grammar runs tours every Thursday from 9.30am.


Two years are better than one

A recent report released by the Mitchell Institute highlights the substantial benefits children receive from access to two years of preschool. The report finds that starting early and staying in for longer is beneficial for most children and that high-quality early learning programs help grow curious minds and develop emotional wellbeing.

The Early Learning Program at Toorak College provides the best educational start for your child.

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“As a young child grows, so does their identity and sense of self,” says Mrs Mandy Whitworth, Head of Wardle House. “We pride ourselves on having an Early Learning Program that has been designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of preschool children.”

A typical day for students in Toorak College’s Early Learning Program includes play, music, art, movement, science, reading, and math activities. “Our teachers design learning activities based on the needs and attention spans of three and four-year-olds,” says Mrs Whitworth. “These experiences are then delivered in small groups throughout the day to ensure students are actively learning.”

As part of the three-year-old program, students are encouraged to explore and play both indoors and outdoors. They begin to learn early literacy and numeracy concepts and how to collaborate and co-operate with others. Recently, the students were paired up with buddies from the Senior School and together they explored number sequencing and number patterns.

Students in Toorak College’s four-year-old program build on their cognitive, social and emotional skills. They work independently and in groups to develop their reading, writing and problem-solving skills. Specialist art, music, library and science classes expose students to the wider school environment and ensure they are prepared for the next big leap at Toorak College – Prep!

“When children start school we want them to thrive, flourish and enjoy the challenges they are presented. This is why we provide many opportunities for our ELC students to experience the whole school,” says Mrs Whitworth. “These experiences make school seem less scary and intimidating as the children begin their next learning journey.”

To learn more about the Early Learning program at Toorak College, visit or call 9788 7234 to arrange a tour.

Service learning at the heart of Year 9 at Peninsula Grammar

Year 9 at Peninsula Grammar is an exciting time for students, who take part in the innovative “Challenging Me” program based on extensive research on how best to cater for the needs of adolescent learners.


During Year 9, students have the opportunity to learn about and understand the importance of investing in social capital to benefit and support our community. This year with an increased focus on service learning across the School, the program grew to include an option to undertake a trip to Cambodia to help build a home for a local family.

“2017 saw the inaugural overseas service learning expedition to Cambodia,” said Sue Barlow, Head of Pre Senior Year 9, the driving force behind this new initiative.  “A few days enjoying the cultural delights of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh were superseded by an amazing five days spent in the floating village of Prek Toal.

“In this small village, the students stayed with local families and worked alongside tradesmen building a traditional house for a family in need, integrating with children in the village school playing games to help them with their English.”

Year 9 student Harry had a life-changing experience. “During and after the trip I saw and realised how much I had changed.  I have found new motivation; I now know how fortunate I am to have everything I have in my life and how lucky I am to have such an amazing education and teachers that are always willing to help. I am so much more grateful for everything in my life now and I wish that I could do more for others in the world.”

For more information about Peninsula Grammar and its unique service learning-based “Challenging Me” program, go to or call 9788 7777.


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Scientists in the making

Toorak College provides the best educational start for your child; inspiring students to dream big and aim high, with quality teachers who develop the students’ passions wherever they may lie.


In the early years, Toorak College values the importance of having a strong foundation in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It encourages exploration, curiosity and problem solving.

Last year the Government released the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and under the initiative ‘Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ a plan to develop STEM knowledge in early childhood was launched.

“It is important to encourage STEM thinking in very young children,” says Mrs Mandy Whitworth, Head of Wardle House. “The secret is to tap into their natural and innate curiosity about the living world. By simply allowing children to investigate, and encouraging them to ask questions about the real world, you are engaging them in STEM. Research tells us that an enhanced and integrated understanding of STEM disciplines will assist our students to be the entrepreneurs and innovators of the future.”

As part of the Early Learning program at Toorak College, students have access to the school’s state-of- the-art facilities, including DIGI (Design, Innovate, Gamify Inspire) Zone. DIGI Zone is a place for learners to problem solve, collaborate, design and create. Most recently, three and four-year-old students have been creating stop-motion movies on tablets and experiencing new technology using the beebots, sphero balls and virtual reality equipment. Later this year, they will be working on a student-directed animated story where they will use different objects and environments to tell a story of what life is like in the Early Learning Centre. These experiences enable the children to develop a solid understanding of digital technologies before commencing primary school.    

“A vibrant Australia depends upon a foundation of STEM education, so we need to encourage STEM learning during our children’s early years, rather than wait until they get to school,” says Mrs Whitworth.

To learn more about the Early Learning program at Toorak College, visit or call 9788 7234.


Sammy J returns to his childhood playground, quite literally

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On Thursday, November 30, Peninsula Grammar will proudly welcome back Class of 2001 student Sammy J as part of its Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series. Sammy (pictured) returns to the school where his comedic survival skills came to the fore, transforming this young high-achieving self-confessed ‘nerd’ into one of Australia’s best known musical comedians and satirists.

Sammy’s Peninsula Grammar days were riddled with comedic experiments – his very own pilot program with many lunch times spent developing and testing material with his peers and often teachers (and at times testing the boundaries).

After finishing school, he chose to pursue a law degree only to abandon it partway through to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. 

As a solo act, Sammy J has won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has performed in Edinburgh, Montreal, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album Skinny Man, Modern World received an ARIA nomination for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical take on Australian politics, Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

“We have had a program full of star performers with talented musicians taking part and bringing the very best that music has to offer,” said Dr Richard Vaudrey, Head of Instrumental Music at Peninsula Grammar.  “We are so lucky that Sammy J has offered to finish the 2017 Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series with an exclusive event for his old school. This certainly will be an event not to be missed; full of Sammy J’s musical numbers and comedic offerings. Sammy never fails to leave a room in stitches.”

Sammy will return to his alma mater to deliver an evening of songs, anecdotes and highlights from a life of relationships and events from the days where his skinny legs stuck out of his school shorts below a recycled tie knot hanging from his collar.

Book early to avoid disappointment as this event will sell fast. Sammy J will be performing at the Peninsula Grammar Performing Arts Centre, Thursday, November 30, with tickets $25 (including GST).

Tickets available at or through the Music Department on 9788 7733.


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Wardle House celebrates 60 years

Steeped in 143 years of history, Toorak College is a school community that dreams big, strives for excellence and inspires future lives.


Recently the Junior School, Wardle House, celebrated its 60th Anniversary. Celebrations commenced with a school assembly attended by special guests Mr Chris Crewther, the Federal Member for Dunkley and Mr David Morris, the State Member for Mornington and Shadow Minister for Finance.

Festivities continued throughout the day with a VIP morning tea and a party in the afternoon enjoyed by students and their families with roving entertainment, music performances by students, vintage games and fun passports taking students on a historical journey of Wardle House.

In the lead-up to the 60th anniversary celebrations, each junior school student designed their own 'peg doll'. This activity originated as a competition in Wardle House throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s for students to earn points for their Houses, and is remembered fondly by the Collegians today. 

Students wrote letters to Collegians asking them about the history of Wardle House; this helped to give them an understanding of the historical significance of traditions and events that they enjoy and embrace today. The Annual Beach Picnic which started in 1956 for day students to bring lunch for the boarders, the House system which provides a feeling of identity and belonging, weekly Share Assemblies, the Birthday song, House Fairs and Sharing Day are just a few.

Mrs Caralyn Such, President of the Toorak Collegians, shared her adventures at Wardle House with the current students. “I grew up in Mount Eliza which was just a little country town and Wardle House was very small then. It was a bushland block, there was no play equipment so we used to build cubby houses in the tea tree. Ms Wardle was Principal of Toorak College, and Miss MacLean was Head of Junior School.

“In my day there were no aerobics teams or theatre productions, but we did do ballet classes in an old wooden building called ‘The Elephant’. I remember we used to get a cooked lunch every day, which came down from the boarding house.”

Head of Wardle House, Mrs Mandy Whitworth says, “We are so proud of the warm, supportive and inclusive environment that Wardle House continues to provide. It is the traditions, values and rituals of the past that continue to make Wardle House the special place it is today.”

Discover Toorak on Wednesday, October 18, with tours at 9am and 10am. Applications for 2019 Scholarships close on Friday, October 20. For more details, visit


Finding fun in the upside-down world of The Addams Family


Almost 100 Peninsula Grammar students from Years 5 to 8 have come together after school and more recently on weekends to learn lines and choreography for the much anticipated Middle Years’ production, The Addams Family.

All The Addams Family characters you know and love are back in a brand new story which introduces the very normal Bieneke family and the very kooky Addams Family ancestors. Wednesday Addams, the eldest Addams child and lover of all things dark and creepy, has grown up and fallen for Lucas Bieneke, a sweet, smart young man from a normal respectable family.

Head of Theatrical Productions at Peninsula Grammar, Melinda Slade, is leading the show and has taken the students on a journey which has seen them engage with the story line and embrace the often challenging choreography.

“These quirky characters are being brought to life by these talented students,” an excited Melinda said. “It is such a funny show for both children and parents that will have all family members nodding and understanding as they see their household troubles explored on stage. There are so many delightful moments that will have you chuckling.

“The idea of two young adults from two extremely different families falling in love and discovering that their values aren’t that different is both beautiful and hilarious and one that the students appreciate.”

This lesson is but one of the many learning opportunities offered by Peninsula Grammar’s performing arts program as explained by Principal, Stuart Johnston.

“The value of being part of a team, something bigger than yourself to create something wonderful for others to enjoy can’t be underestimated,” he said. “We see so many students who experience the challenge, excitement and creativity of the Middle Years production take on other challenges in their life after being part of the program. It really is inspiring.”

Potentially this is the reason why so many students choose to take up performing arts at Peninsula Grammar. Year 8 student Remi Stock is one of these students and is playing the lead role of Wednesday Addams.

“The songs are so enjoyable and the comedy is hilarious with fantastic sarcasm,” said Remi. “We are all working hard as a team; I am so lucky to be part of this amazing production and can’t wait for our performance nights.”

As with every Peninsula Grammar production, The Addams Family will be a very professional show with incredibly detailed sets, costume and make-up designs. And while many of the characters are dead ancestors, the performance will by no means be dull, with lively dance moves that will have the students and audience grooving through the graveyard.

To see Peninsula Grammar’s The Addams Family performed at George Jenkins Theatre on Wednesday, October 25, to Friday, October 27, please contact 9788 777 or visit

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Laura sizzles in cooking comp


Chisholm student Laura Skvor obviously has a huge appetite for success.  Fresh from her gold medal win at the regional AUSTAFE competition in Frankston in August, Laura has struck gold again – this time at the state AUSTAFE competition in Lilydale on September 26.

Her latest win follows her selection as commis chef at the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific semi-finals in Singapore from April 24-27 next year, where she and Michael Cole, the head chef at Georgie Bass Café and Cooking School in Flinders, will represent Australia at the most prestigious gastronomy event in the world.  If they finish in the top five, they will go on to compete in Bocuse d’Or 2019 in Lyon against 23 other teams from around the world.

Laura, who is completing her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Chisholm in Rosebud, has been passionate about cooking since she was a young girl. She advanced her culinary journey after a brief stint on My Kitchen Rules with her brother, Mitch.  Although she didn’t win, her desire to become a great chef was ignited - so much so that Laura quit university, where she was studying linguistics, and switched to Commercial Cookery at TAFE.

“Although I was happy studying linguistics, I thought why am I not doing what I truly love, and that is cooking? So I decided to leave university and enrol at Chisholm.  At first I needed a lot of guidance, but I’ve found a great mentor at Chisholm and am learning everything I need to become a great chef.”

With talent, commitment, a sense of focus and flair in the kitchen, Laura is setting the bar very high, and through constantly pushing herself out of her comfort zone, she is proving that becoming a truly great chef is only a matter of time.

Beliefs about education

At Woodleigh, we believe that education should be a journey of ever-expanding opportunities.  One which opens up multiple pathways and helps students find their individuality and discover their passions.  We commit wholeheartedly to the words of our founding Principal, Michael Norman, who said, “We ought never do for a young person what they, with a struggle, could be expected to be doing for themselves.” 

When students are challenged, real growth will occur. There is no growth without struggle. 

Students must be challenged – they must experience the discomfort that comes with breaking through to new ways of thinking.  As children move from early childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, they need to be given the space to grow, develop ideas, create, take risks, and importantly, to fail and learn from their mistakes.

“Content knowledge matters. Skills matter more. Motivation matters most. Because if someone is intrinsically motivated, they’re going to continuously acquire new content knowledge and skills.” (Wagner 2016). 

We can no longer apply 20th century thinking to 21st century problems. The employment landscape has evolved at an astounding rate in the past decade and knowledge is no longer enough. Today’s employers demand resilience, grit, perseverance, digital skills, critical thinking skills, tenacity, creative problem solving, collaboration and effective communication skills; qualities which are central to what we do, teach and value.

The Woodleigh School learning model actively develops a range of diverse pathways for students, encouraging individuality, creative thinking and the development of adventurous minds. 

To learn more about our school visit or contact our enrolments department on 5971 6100.