Food for Thought
I read with interest the report of a speech given by former US Ambassador to Australia, and Chair of the Fulbright Board, Jeffrey Bleich. Jeffrey was presenting at a higher education conference in Canberra, commenting on the role of education in what he called “not ordinary” times. Click here to read Jeffrey’s article.
Jeffrey discussed why there is political unrest in the Western worlds and suggested that digital and disruptive technologies are developing so quickly that we are becoming frightened and anxious about our futures.
In response to these concerns, Jeffrey says that “educational institutions need to refocus on solutions that reboot our democracy and prepare our citizens for this new economy”. While his comments are addressed to tertiary institutions, his points about training young people “how to learn” and developing “skills that cut across multiple disciplines” are also true for schools.
Haileybury is committed to providing our students with the capacity to face the future with optimism and a desire to contribute to making the world a better place for all. We do this by providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential academically, as well as an outlook that is international and not bound by the limitations of parochialism.
All our Haileyburians should also have a sense of their capacity to give their best to their environment. I have always been a fan of the idea that ‘what we think, we become’ and I made this the focus of start-up for staff this year: “Watch your thoughts for they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become your character; and watch your character, for it becomes your destiny”.
Haileybury is working hard to develop this vision in our community.
A Busy and Exciting Week!
This week has been a busy one at City. We were pleased to have the Channel 10 Weather presented from the Level 4 Terrace—I can see that many Haileyburians have a future in the spotlight!
We also welcomed the first graduates from Haileybury’s Beijing campus. It was wonderful to see these fine Haileyburians who have taken on the mammoth task of tertiary education away from home in a second language. We wish all our graduates who have begun university study in the last week or so the best for the future.
Early Learning Centre
Out and About
There is so much to explore and discover within our City campus and the city community. In the ELC, the Out and About Program encourages students to connect with communities, expand their horizons, develop new skills or knowledge and experience challenges building resilience.
Reception begins the Out and About Program by exploring the immediate Haileybury environment. Both Reception and Pre-Prep visited Nurse Catherine in the Health Centre on Wednesday, 1 March. The aim of this visit was to prepare the children in case they ever need medical attention from Nurse Catherine.
The Pre-Preps have certainly been achieving the objectives of the Out and About Program with ‘Fit and Fun Fridays’! Each Friday they venture off to Flagstaff Gardens and have already built up to running five laps of a course as their warm up. Yoga, side-stepping, mindfulness and developing upper body strength have so far been the focus of their sessions in the gardens.
Special events in our community are occasions to be celebrated. On Friday, 3 March, the ELC and Prep children enjoyed a multi-age, interactive incursion with the Little Devils Circus. Everyone had a fantastic time!
Next week, the first of the Junior School interim reports will be provided to families. Parents will be able to see a snapshot of what their child has been learning in English, Mathematics and Inquiry sessions. The regularity of the interim report allows teachers to show progression and areas for development in the upcoming weeks. Should you have any further questions about your child’s progress after reading the report, please do not hesitate to contact your Homeroom Teacher.
Year 4 Portsea Camp
Our Year 4 students from all campuses will enjoy a three-day experience at Portsea Camp from Wednesday, 22 to Friday, 24 March. The Outdoor Education Program aims at building team work and cooperation with the students. Activities will include the flying fox, giant swing, fishing, snorkelling and orienteering. We look forward to the students sharing their highlights of Portsea Camp upon their return.
Weekly Library Sessions
All Junior School students have weekly lessons in our Level 3 Library with Ms Allie Kuhne. We encourage students to bring their Library bag to School and borrow books regularly from the selection. Should your child need assistance with which books to read, Ms Kuhne is a great resource, as is your child’s Homeroom Teacher. Sharing library books at home is an essential component of our Home Reading Program. This complements our levelled take home books and Fitzroy Readers.
Welcome Back from Canberra
Over the past two weeks, our Year 6 boys and girls have spent time in the nation’s capital, learning about the Australian Parliament and the history of Canberra. No doubt they had a wonderful time and are fully prepared to be active members of our voting community in the not too distant future!
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. In meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed funding of $30 per eligible student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program toward the travel expenses incurred. We thank the Australian Government for their support of this program.
On Monday, 27 February, we welcomed Cam Greenwood, founder of MONSTA Surf, to speak to our Year 7 students. Cam is an active global citizen who uses his surf brand in generous support of communities in Kenya and around the world. We look forward to welcoming Cam back to Haileybury later this term as he works with our Year 7 students on building their leadership capacity and helping them to form ideas about the differences they can make to our community here in Melbourne.
International Women’s Day
Middle School looks forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March. It is an important day for us to reflect on the impact that women have on the world around us and the role that we all play, boys and girls alike, in striving towards global gender equality.
Quote of the Fortnight
“Treat someone for what they could be, and they will become what they should be.” ~ Anon
Term 1 Options and Expeditions
Year 9 students will attend their Options and Expeditions Programs during the final two weeks of Term 1. In preparation for these important experiences, it is essential that families access the relevant itinerary and packing list information online. Girls Expedition information is located on the Outdoor Education Group website.
Boys can locate their Option itineraries by navigating to the Pre-Senior Info page on the go2 Learn dashboard.
It is important to note that families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their daughter or son on time from the appropriate departure/return location noted in their program outline.
Please be aware that Monday, 20 March is a Year 9 student-free day. Some students will be leaving on this date and others will have already departed for their programs. Friday, 31 March is also a Year 9 student-free day. Some students will still be on program on this date, while others will have returned on Thursday, 30 March.
Before Options and Expeditions departures, families will receive additional information from the Program Coordinator, Mr Marco Cudizio, via email.
Please read his communications carefully and do not hesitate to contact him with any questions you may have.
Vice Principal (Student Welfare) and Head of City