Thank you to staff, students and families for an energetic and productive term. It concluded with an outstanding Middle School Concert, Arts Week, Discos and Cross Country event.
Over the break a number of our Year 8 students will be travelling with staff to Japan, China and France. Keep safe and enjoy the wonderful cultural experiences for all involved.
I wish you a relaxing three-week term break, and look forward to your return on Tuesday, 18 July.
Code Camp Holiday Program
Newlands will once again be hosting the Code Camp Holiday Program where your child can build their very own iPhone or Android app. This will run at Newlands from Tuesday, 4 July until Thursday, 6 July, and is open to students in Years 2 to 8. Code Camp focuses on computational thinking, logic, creativity, user experience, app development and game building in a fun and engaging way. A letter and flyer with all the details has been emailed to eligible students.
Short Film Competition
Entries are now open for the Haileybury Short Film Competition. The theme is ‘My City’ and the competition is open to Years 3 to 12 and Adults, including staff and parents, competing as individuals or in a group. The film must be between one and three minutes in length and must contain the Haileybury Signature Item ‘Coffee’ somewhere in the film. Edited and completed films needs to be submitted by Friday, 21 July —first week back Term 3. For further details and entry forms go to Competition Time on go2.
Early Learning Centre
National Quality Framework
Newlands ELC staff are reviewing the seven National Quality Standards which are a key aspect of the National Quality Framework, the benchmark for all Early Learning Centres in Australia. As each of the seven key quality areas are reviewed this year, staff will seek feedback from parents and children to provide a rounded picture of the ELC. Parents are invited to share their thoughts and ideas with educators via emails, written comments in the foyer or through discussion with educators.
Learning and Living With Others
The ELC children and their educators have embraced our action research project ‘Learning and Living With Others’ this year. Over recent weeks Mr Grenville Green, Head of Junior School, welcomed Reception CH children to his office for a discussion on his role, and in turn was invited to read his favourite story, The Gruffalo, to the children. Year 2A has received a visit from Reception N class and then made a visit to the ELC which awakened happy memories for many girls and boys.
Newlands School Nurse Mrs Leonie Campbell has been invited to visit the Reception children to discuss her day in the health centre and the Pre-Prep children are anticipating an excursion to a Year 8 Music class with Mrs Bronwyn Harrop to complement their learning about vibration and different musical instruments. The educational benefits for the children and their view of their experiences is documented in our display book in the Newlands ELC foyer.
Perspectives From Nepal
Newlands was recently visited by Yeshi Gyaltsen, founder and Head Director of Nagajuna Modern Boarding School in Nepal. Yeshi observed some of our Junior School classes in action and also presented to the Year 4 classes about Nepal and his school, whose students consist of orphans and children from poor backgrounds. The Year 4 students were thoroughly engaged in Yeshi’s presentation and even had the opportunity to talk and share experiences and songs with Nepalese children via a Skype call.
The Semester 1, Year 4 Student Leaders have proven themselves as outstanding role models throughout Terms 1 and 2. It has been pleasing to see the confidence of these girls and boys develop throughout the semester. I would like to thank these students for their positive contributions to Junior School.
In Term 3, the Student Leaders will change to allow all Year 4 students to experience leadership and have the opportunity to contribute as leaders of Junior School. The Semester 2, Year 4 Student Leaders will be presented with their leadership badges at a Junior School Leadership Assembly on Friday, 28 July in Berthon Hall, from 2.50 pm.
Looking Ahead to Term 3
Term 3 will be a busy and engaging time for Junior School students. The Preps will visit Chesterfield Farm, Year 2 students will explore the wonders of Werribee Zoo while the Year 1 and 4 students will go on excursions to Scienceworks in support of their Inquiry units. The Year 3 students are looking forward to their first camp to Forest Edge from Wednesday, 13 to Friday, 15 September. Term 3 will also include special events such as Book Week activities, House Art, Footy Day and a special Fathers Afternoon to celebrate our Junior School dads.
Language Study Tours
Many of Newlands Year 8 language students are looking forward to immersing themselves in the cultures of China, Japan and France on the Study Tours departing during the upcoming holiday break. Students will practise their language skills as they visit key historical and cultural sites of the respective countries.
Participants in the Japanese tour will also visit one of Haileybury’s sister schools and experience daily life on homestay with Japanese families, while the China tour group will visit Haileybury International School in Tianjin. All students participating in the Year 8 Study Tours are wished safe and enjoyable travels. Details about the 2018 Year 8 tours will be available later in the year.
Sex Education Australia Presentation
Newlands Middle School parents are invited to attend an information evening, presented by Mrs Justine Kiely-Scott from Sex Education Australia on Wednesday, 21 June from 6.30 – 7.30 pm in Berthon Hall, Haileybury Newlands. Justine has been visiting Haileybury over the past several years to help to facilitate the development in students’ understanding of reproduction, puberty, sexuality and sexual health.
On the evening, Justine will explain the importance of sex education in an increasingly sexualised world, offer an overview of what is covered in the student sessions across the three year levels, as well as provide worthwhile advice for having valuable discussions relating to sex education with your children at home.
House Arts Competition
This year, the House Arts Competition will run with a new and exciting format. Houses will need to prepare and present a music video which involves all members of the House in the video, lip syncing, dancing or being creative in some way. The House Arts Competition will run in periods 1–4 on Friday, 23 June. During period 5, each House will show an adjudicator its music video. The winning House will have its video displayed at the End-of-Term Assembly in Aikman Hall that afternoon. We look forward to seeing what the Houses will create—good luck!
Ethan Jones (Year 6) recently played his 50th soccer match for the Aspendale Stingrays Under 12s A Team. The game was played on Sunday, 11 June and the team celebrated with a win (6-1).
George McKenna (Year 5) will be playing golf at Cranbourne Golf Club in the Junior Regional Finals held by Golf Victoria for primary school age children. It will be held on Monday, 13 November.
Head of Newlands
Newlands Parents & Friends
Xmas in July
Ticket sales for the Xmas in July luncheon close tonight. Held in the Marine Hotel, Brighton, on Friday, 21 July, this fun day will feature a three-course lunch, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are on sale via Trybooking. Money raised from the raffle on the day will go towards the ELC Social Justice Project, purchasing disability access mats for Edithvale Beach. Don’t miss out on this great day.
We are looking for families and/or businesses who may be able donate a prize to the raffle. Please email Lenice Norris if you can assist.
Perfect for the School Holidays
The 2017/18 Entertainment Book is here, featuring more than $20,000 of value for just $70. Available as a hard-copy book or a digital app for your smartphone, orders can be placed via the entertainment book website and 20% of all sales goes back to the Newlands community.
President, Newlands Parents & Friends