Families Praise Haileybury’s Online Learning Program
There have been many challenges met head on by the School community this term and I pay my tribute to the Haileybury students, the staff and the families who have all worked so well together.
The teaching staff have been exceptional in their commitment to continue to deliver the highest quality virtual classroom program. It is a great testament to their work that the four parent surveys on ‘children’s learning experience this term’ have seen a result of 4.10/5 or above on every occasion. And, of course, that result also reflects the great commitment of Haileybury families to the education of their sons and daughters. It has been a remarkable collaborative effort.
A special note of thanks to our Year 12 students who have missed so many of the milestone events that they would normally enjoy as a part of this important year. We will do all that we can to ensure we are able to acknowledge their incredible Year 12 as Term 4 progresses.
Importantly, the focus has remained strongly on study and the examinations. I am very supportive of Education Minister James Merlino for keeping the VCE examinations in place. We have seen the chaos and confusion for young people that has occurred in jurisdictions where the exam process was scrapped. The United Kingdom is an example of this.
I have enjoyed participating in several special events this term with a range of students. The collaborative assembly with students from Melbourne, Darwin and Haileybury Senior School Tianjin was a highlight, and I enjoyed reading one of my favourite children’s books, Diary of a Wombat, to our ELC students via Zoom. Like many of you I have had a lot of enjoyment from our @ Home with Haileybury series as well.
Finally, the Chairman and I have jointly written to the Haileybury community. This is an important message, and in case you missed it the link is here.
A big ‘thank you’ to our families, students, and staff for an incredible term. It was a challenging term, but one that demonstrated resilience and determination in our students and filled me with gratitude for the families and staff who have cared for those children.
Our Castlefield community has connected through many means, thanks to the Parents & Friends (HPFC) and the broader Haileybury team with numerous events on offer for a laugh, cooking, or entertainment. I am so proud of how our students have conducted themselves online and the learning they have achieved throughout the term.
Keeping Virtual Interactions Safe
It can be a difficult task keeping up with young people, their technology and online safety in your household, particularly in the current environment—with interaction so reliant on virtual experiences. With holidays upon us and limited opportunities to socialise in person, I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind parents of the following resources.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner also allows you to make a complaint, find someone to talk to and seek advice and strategies for dealing with issues around cyberbullying. More information can be found here.
Early Learning Centre
Exploring the Change of Seasons
Noticing the change of seasons is a lovely way to connect with our environment and country. The children on site have been slowly walking the Castlefield land to investigate and discover what is happening around them. Trees have changed, flowers bloomed and birds such as currawongs, plovers and crows are busy, calling loudly and often.
Spring is the tadpole (poorneet) season in the Kulin calendar. The yam daisies (murnong) are flowering, meaning the tubers are ready for eating; temperatures are rising, and days and nights are of equal length.
The First Peoples of our nation used the seasons to identify time. We are connecting the children’s birthdays with the noticeable changes and seasons.
Harrison Webbe and Tommy Rees
Reconciliation Project for 2020
Our story poles have been installed and are displayed in the Villeroy St entrance to the ELC. All children participated in this project after shared discussions and thoughts, guided by the theme, Colours of the Land.
Term 4—Welcoming Back our Community
As we look forward to welcoming back children and families attending the ELC from Monday, 5 October, we ask each family to bring one gum leaf to add to our Coolamon, to symbolise our community coming back together.
Virtual Fun at Year 3 Camp
Year 3 students had great fun building, scavenging, playing, and connecting as they participated in our first virtual camp day. Students were allocated into five groups and navigated their way around the various Zoom rooms to participate in trivia, fort building, bush art, a scavenger hunt and ‘minute to win it’ -style games.
Camp packs were posted home and included a hot chocolate for lunch and popcorn for the movie night! It was fabulous to see families join in as loungerooms were taken over for the day. The whole year level came together for lunch and dinner. Random breakout rooms were used to create ‘dining tables’, with some students even joining in from the comfort of their fort!
Zoom Buddies Stay Connected
Prep and Year 4 students always look forward to time with their buddies, and teachers have found ways to keep the connection going during remote learning. With the Year 4 children visiting Prep classrooms to tell a story and have a chat, it was smiles all-round.
Teacher Swaps Bring Excitement
Did you notice a different Homeroom Teacher in your child’s class one morning? Our teachers miss seeing all the Junior School students, so Mrs Caitlin Wilson organised a teacher swap. Teachers gave clues to the class they would be visiting in the lead-up and students were super-excited to guess who might be popping in.
Everyone loved the swap so much that we decided to do it twice!
Students Shine During 2020 So Far...
2020 has indeed been a most challenging year, with many twists and turns. Just when it looks like things are improving, we are faced with another series of challenges—some that have required our full attention and others that just need to be overcome.
Our students—your children—have demonstrated such amazing resilience, and an exceptional ability to cope and provide ongoing support and love to their family and friends. At times it has been the kids supporting us and telling us that everything will be OK. Family time has been so important in ensuring our ability to cope.
Taking a Punt on the Year Ahead
In our new Year 8 Haileybury Startup subject, the students were given three options in relation to their business ideas—Persevere, Pivot or Punt. Some big decisions were required. In your family, I present you with the same challenge.
What have you learned from this year and in planning to go forward? What will you Persevere with? What requires a Pivot? And what will you Punt on? Perhaps start with a list, and conduct a family meeting—while you are all at home. Talk to your children, as they have some great ideas and lived through this challenge alongside you.
Enjoy your holiday time together and I look forward seeing you all in Term 4.
Katrina Manson Head of Castlefield (Brighton)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)
Looking Ahead to Term 4
As Term 3 draws to a close, we hope our School community has a great break and we look forward to hopefully welcoming some of our families again next term.
Uniform Shop Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to help with our Secondhand Uniform Shop. The role offers flexible days and hours. If this is of interest to you, please reach out to me via email for more information email: HPFC.PresidentExec@gmail.com.
Ian Green President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield
Harnessing our collective capacity is our goal for this year and we have achieved so much in partnership as a community at City campus.
When embracing green for growth, it is always good to continue to challenge ourselves beyond our own comfort zone and grow and learn. Our students are certainly doing this daily. Our staff have also upskilled themselves in so many aspects of their professional practice, with all manner of technology skills being mastered.
I know every student is the new IT manager in your home and they have all been taught by our teachers.
A silver lining for me has been the opportunity to attend ‘webinars’ and conferences online, as well as engage in our own HPF City events. Recently, I listened to a podcast from Professor John Hattie sharing some of the lessons that can be learned from lockdown.
As the Chair of AITSL and University of Melbourne Laureate Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, John Hattie is well qualified to share his insights in this unprecedented time. He spoke about the power of collective capacity and what has been achieved by teachers for the past six months.
Professor Hattie had many wonderful insights, but his greatest take-away for me was that, “Our parents have seen learning through their children's eyes and learned how they can best support their child and their learning.”
I know this to be true as you have all shared with us at Parent–Teacher Interviews and our many Haileybury Parents & Friends City events just how much you have learned about the skill and expertise in teaching and the power of effective learning. You have seen what works best for your child or young person in each subject and how you can support them best.
Thank You to our Community
I want to thank you all for your support of our staff and your care for each other. Special thanks to our two Co-Presidents and our HPF Executive and Social Committee members and volunteers, who have run a plethora of exciting experiences for all.
We are fortunate at City to have such a strong and supportive community. I think you are all deserving of a two-week holiday, just as much as the students and staff. Enjoy the break.
Early Learning Centre
Long Day Care—ELC returns
We look forward to welcoming most ELC children back to City campus on 28 September. Our focus will initially be on reconnection to educators, peers and the learning environment. Our relationships with each other underpin the sense of belonging our children need to feel secure and confident as they transition back to school.
While we have been fortunate to engage with many students online, nothing replaces the connection that occurs at the Haileybury City ELC. Small-group experiences, dramatic play, songs, stories, and games are all ways in which the children will be supported to engage and connect with their peers once more.
The sound of children laughing and singing and the sight of them exploring, making discoveries, and having agency in their learning is what we thrive on. We look forward to welcoming you back to what we hope will be a happy, fulfilling Term 4, teeming with exploration and fun.
Reception 2022 interviews
Interviews for Reception 2022 students will be conducted in mid-February 2021. I urge all families to please ensure that they have their younger children enrolled via Haileybury Admissions to ensure our data regarding siblings is accurate. Further details can be found by clicking here.
Year 3 and Pre-Prep Buddy Program
Year 3 students have been excited to spend Wednesday afternoons with a Pre-Prep Buddy in their virtual classroom. The buddies recently brought along their favourite toy to share and were delighted to see a range of Lego, soft toys, and mechanical robots.
This program is designed to introduce our future Preps to a familiar face who will help to support and guide them when they enter the Junior School next year.
Hafeez Nonjai Noormohideen (Year 3) and Pre-Prep buddy Thomas Confoy were on campus and enjoyed spending time together
House Creative Arts Event
Junior School staff and students came together recently to celebrate our annual House Creative Arts event featuring Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. Each House worked on a collaborative piece using the theme Where the Wild Things Are, which was submitted to the Creative heARTS exhibition.
The students were each awarded 1,000 House points for their outstanding teamwork and efforts.
Mindfulness and Moments of Peace
Ensuring our young people feel connected with their peers, their staff and the School more broadly has been a key focus for us as Term 3 ends. It has been so wonderfully uplifting to see the joy and enthusiasm with which the Boys Middle School and Girls Middle School students have responded.
Reflections in assembly have been coordinated by our wonderful Middle School Student Leaders, focused on the achievements of students, as well as messages around mindfulness and finding moments of peace. We hope that these messages resonate with your families too.
Girls Happy Videos a Big Hit
Wow! We were simply blown away by the Girls Middle School (GMS) Homerooms and their creative responses to the song Happy. Everyone’s efforts, collaboration and choreography —not to mention the X-factor —were outstanding. It was simply beautiful to see the various interpretations and the great lengths to which the girls and GMS Staff went to ensure that GMS Video Hits was a success.
Well done all!
Boys Show their Style in Movie Trailers
Boys Middle School (BMS) Brother Agents took to their assignments with undercover excitement. It was wonderful to see their Movie Trailers, featuring all kinds of special guests, debonair dressing, and creative characters. Using the BMS Brothers’ time in small groups, the boys produced some works that no doubt have drawn the attention of Hollywood!
Quote of the Week
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”—William Arthur Ward
Caroline Merrick Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
Looking Ahead to Term 4
Spring has arrived in Melbourne. Flowers are blooming, and the scent of blossoms fills the warmer days. As we end Term 3, we can look forward to some time away from Zoom, the opportunity to spend more of our days outside and preparing for a gradual return to campus for our children in Term 4 as Stage 4 restrictions ease.
We also hope that all our dads and special men had a great Fathers Day and enjoyed some spoiling.
Social Opportunities Galore
During Term 3, the HPF Committee busily coordinated several online social events intended to be attractive across City campus to parents and carers from ELC to Year 12.
We will continue to provide social opportunities in Term 4. To stay informed, please keep your eye on the HPF City Facebook page, your Classroom WhatsApp groups or your email as our Social Representatives and Classroom Reps share event information on these platforms.
A very heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all our parent and carer volunteers who provided their time to help coordinate or run events held in Term 3.
HPF City would like to confirm that a donation of $13,184.04 has been made to our Haileybury City campus for the awesome outdoor space on Batman Street. During 2019, under the presidency of Diana Perry, the HPF City Committee worked tirelessly on fundraising events to contribute to the outdoor recreation area, which is a hit with our students.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have focused on social engagement and interaction as a committee during 2020 instead of fundraising.
Term 4 Community Meeting
Feel free to join us via Zoom on Monday, 19 October, at 7.30 pm for our HPF City Representatives and Community meeting. On the agenda will be events planning and information about the AGM to be held in November. It is also an opportunity to meet members of our community. We look forward to seeing you there.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy some R&R during the September holidays and return ready to shine in Term 4.
Nina Brooks and Jane Woolard Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City
I have greatly enjoyed catching up with parents and carers over the last couple of weeks to hear about how things are for them and their families. While this situation has been very challenging for our families, the quality, certainty and depth of our online programs have been greatly appreciated by the parents and carers.
I have also received many emails from them, and I share a few quotes with you here:
“We just wanted to let you know how happy we have been with the online learning. All of the teachers have been doing such an amazing job; they are so patient, always happy and have tried to find fun ways to keep the kids engaged at home. Despite all the negativity going on in the world at the moment, the School and your teachers have managed to turn this into a really positive experience for the children.”
“We want to take this opportunity to thank you, your staff and all the teachers for the ongoing commitment and communication. It can be easy to forget that you are all going through your own ‘life experiences’ at the moment while trying to do the best for our children at the same time.”
“A big thanks to all the teachers. They have stepped up to the mark with their hard work, energy and time in supporting children through online learning. Thank you for the academic challenges and physical challenges such as House competitions to keep them motivated and focused.”
Congratulations to all of our students for completing the term in the way they have— with perseverance and positivity. Thank you to all the teachers for their tireless work and incredible commitment to their students, and thank you to the parents for your ongoing support and encouragement.
Early Learning Centre
Increasing Awareness with the Zones of Regulation
Learning to self-regulate one’s emotions begins in the early years of life. Through a social/emotional curriculum called The Zones of Regulation, ELC educators lay solid foundations to help children identify their emotions and recognise the impact their less regulated state can have on those around them.
Rooted in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The Zones of Regulation is a framework that uses four colours to help children identify their feelings and level of alertness by providing them with strategies to support emotional regulation. The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is ‘good to go’. A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is in the Red Zone this often is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energise. —Zonesofregulation.com
Educators help children to recognise, categorise, and communicate their feelings or emotions based on a specific zone. This makes the program an effective and fluid tool for children to understand, learn, and achieve without feeling judged or different.
Learning activities that reinforce the Zones of Regulation throughout the children’s day eventually help them to become more aware of their feelings and reflect on the effectiveness of their regulation strategies.
Quote of the Week
“Life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 per cent how we react to it”—Charles Swindoll
What a Term for all Involved!
Online learning has certainly presented its challenges, but our students have shown their resilience and persistence this term and we are incredibly proud of them and their achievements.
Andy Hao (Year 1) andAnna (Year 1) andIsla Borg(ELC)
Our teachers have worked tirelessly to present our program virtually and provide our students with opportunities and activities that will keep their engagement high.
Arreli Thanapathy(Year 1) andColt Facey(Year 4)
We again thank our parents for their support at home. We are very grateful to all of you for the help you have given our teachers to continue the learning this term.
Dylan Goonewardene(Year 2) and Florence Hodson (Year 3)
It has been a different term, but it has also been a terrific one that has been filled with lots of fun!
Jessica Prentice (Year 2)
Mohamad Agha(Year 4)
Students Impress in Public Speaking Competition
Last week, we held our Middle School Public Speaking Competition. A boy and girl from each House spoke on the topic: What is the greatest invention of our time? The students were amazing and delivered some fantastic speeches, covering an array of inventions. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of speeches and the techniques used to appeal to the audience.
Congratulations to Xavier Alessio (Year 5) and Vivien Robinson (Year 8) of Anderson House, who won this year’s competition.
‘UnGooglable Trivia’ Marks End-of-Term Fun
Middle School students celebrated the final Friday of Term 3 with events in the afternoon. The girls had a wonderful time singing, creating, competing, and laughing together through a variety of activities. The boys had a lot of fun competing in the first UnGooglable Trivia Competition!
We are so proud of our Middle School students for the way they have committed themselves to an entire term of online learning. They have given their best, displayed persistence, continued to be involved and supported each other throughout every aspect of the term.
They have deserved a well-earned rest and we look forward to seeing refreshed faces at the beginning of Term 4. We also would like to thank our staff, who have worked tirelessly throughout the term, to provide the students with so many enriching and rewarding activities and lessons.
Jeanette Rawlings Head of Edrington (Berwick)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Edrington (HPFE)
Enjoy the Holiday Break
Wishing all our families a safe and enjoyable break. Well done to all our staff and students on another great term of online learning.
Our thoughts are with our senior students during their exams and final preparations toward their end-of-year results. Best of luck to you all.
Linda Rabot President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Edrington
As we begin our Term 3 break, it is timely to reflect on the enormous growth of everyone in the Newlands community during Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown. The students have continued to amaze us with their resilience, problem solving skills, and new-found independence.
From our Preps uploading their work, screen sharing and coding, to our Year 8 students creating their own Canvas pages, running social justice programs, conducting Science experiments, and competing in physical challenges—we are proud of you all.
Teachers have remained positive throughout the online experience, delivering engaging classes to their students in varying ways. They have demonstrated agility and flexibility in their ability to pivot, embracing new technologies at rapid speed.
Principal | CEO Mr Derek Scott refers to “brilliant teachers being brilliant teachers in any situation” and the Newlands staff have certainly proved this to be the case. Similarly, the Teaching Support Officers and School Psychologists have been outstanding in their support and pastoral care of the students.
Finally, to you, the parents and carers. Your unwavering support of the School in challenging times has been remarkable and I thank you on behalf of the Newlands staff for your guidance of your children during the online virtual teaching and learning program. President of the HPFK Mrs Lenice Norris has also provided uplifting communication, events and support during this time, for which I am truly appreciative.
I hope you can all take some time over the break to have a rest from screen time and enjoy some valuable time with your family, even if it is at home. We are currently working on the Road Map for Return to School in Term 4 and the information will be distributed via the myHaileybury app in due course.
Cooking Up a Storm with Mrs Rigg
Despite being on Long Service Leave in Term 3, Mrs Tania Rigg continued to deliver her popular Cooking Club sessions in Period 9 each week. Students are provided with a list of ingredients in advance and are really enjoying cooking the evening meal for their parents, following Tania’s recipes step by step.
Parents are reaping the benefits, loving having dinner cooked for them every Monday night. Some have even been helping their children in the background, which Tania has welcomed. Important life skills are being acquired along the way in a fun and engaging manner.
To join Mrs Rigg in Period 9 at 4.00 pm on Monday afternoons, check the myHaileybury app for a Zoom link in Term 4.
From left to right, Nathaniel Song (Year 4) Melody Song (Prep) and Timothy Song (Year 2) are enjoying their family cooking session with Mrs Tania Rigg
Danielle Peasley (Year 4) has been cooking up some culinary delights, shown here with her freshly made celebration cupcakes to share with her family
Early Learning Centre
Virtual Excursion Explores Indigenous Plants
Newlands ELC children recently participated in a virtual excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The excursion focused on a story called You and Me Murrawee, by Kerri Hashmi.
It tells the story of a child camping on the banks of a river with her family, seeing the environment as it presented 200 years ago.
Rangers introduced the children to Indigenous plants and their traditional use for medicine and cooking by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Newlands ELC Reconciliation Action Plan team identified plants indigenous to this area with the children.
The children are working with their educators to establish a garden with Warrigal greens, yam daisy, lemon myrtle, sea celery and midgen berry bushes. Newlands ELC educator Mrs Isabelle Nash has a position on Greater Dandenong Sustainability Advisory Committee, and is guiding the ELC in choosing appropriate plants.
Botanical Refresh for ELC Entrance
Under the direction of Building and Grounds Supervisor Mr Glenn Williams, the Newlands Facilities Team has created a new ELC botanical entrance. The green space adds to the centre’s intentionally welcoming atmosphere and has been a topic of conversation for the children as they watch each stage of the garden construction.
The possibility of the garden attracting birds, insects and butterflies has been keenly debated.
Pre-Prep students Jaden Fang and Swara Namboothiri smell the leaves and feel the textures of the different plants in the new garden
Early Bird Reading Program Thrives Online
This term, we welcomed an Online Early Bird Reading Program. This student-directed initiative has been a way to continue to connect our Middle School and Junior School students. The sessions have been offered on a trial basis to a selection of Year 1 students.
These students have been meeting with Middle School student volunteers on a Wednesday morning in Mr Paul Dooley’s Zoom Room to share their readers together. The Middle School students have been offering their expertise and supporting the Year 1s to build their fluency, decoding and comprehension skills.
It has been lovely to watch this program thrive from a distance through our online platform.
Nia Suri (Year 7) and Ngano Goverwa (Year 5) volunteer their time before the school day starts for an Early Bird Reading session with Alessia Rigotto (Year 1)
Year 3 Virtual Camp
Year 3 students recently enjoyed their first Camp Day on Zoom. They spent the morning involved in teamwork activities, working with students from the other classes to complete quizzes and group challenges. Next, they used creativity and initiative to build a pillow fort using items around their home, and then enjoyed listening to camp stories.
In the afternoon, they created bush art with leaves and flowers from their gardens. The highlight of the day was the Haileybury’s Got Talent show. Students showed off their amazing talents with a range of musical items, magic tricks, songs, dances, bike tricks and even handcrafting skills.
Later that night, the students finished a fun-filled day by eating a delicious dinner together online. Many made homemade pizzas that they had practised in their procedural lessons and enjoyed hot popcorn while watching a movie. Everyone had a wonderful day, spending time together and participating in different activities.
While this wasn’t the outdoor camping adventure they were expecting, it was still a unique experience and one the students will always remember.
Pia Cincotta (Year 3) gets ready for Camp Movie Night with popcorn from her Camp Activity Pack
Willow Lubin (Year 3) makes her own campsite at home
Daniel Lau (Year 3) completes the activities inside his tent to make the most of his virtual camp experience
Lucy Lin (Year 3) completes a fantastic drawing while participating in Year 3 Virtual Camp
STEM Week Experiments and Expert Visits
Newlands recently celebrated STEM Week with a series of activities, opportunities, and special Middle School STEM Week assemblies.
Students had the opportunity to program their own artificial intelligence app, compete in the Education Perfect Science Championships, participate in engineering challenges, test their knowledge of Pi and take a virtual tour of famous Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) institutions.
During the jam-packed assemblies, students heard from either Associate Professor Dr Cathryn Trott from Curtin University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy or Professor Tim Doran (OH ’84) Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Health and Biosecurity.
Dr Trott has been heavily involved in design and data processing for the Murchison Widefield Array and future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) projects. Professor Doran has spent 24 years at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong.
A further highlight was the spectacular slow-motion videos students recorded in the lead-up to STEM Week. During their assemblies, students also had the opportunity to participate in a STEM-based knowledge quiz. Congratulations to Year 8.1, which took out the class challenge.
Hayden Nguyen (Year 5) shows his slow-motion bottle flip video
Renowned Author Alice Pung Visits
The final week of term saw renowned author Alice Pung visit the Newlands Girls Middle School—virtually of course. A lawyer who loves teaching, Alice’s books are studied in schools and universities in Australia and the United States.
She has taught writing workshops to students from eight to 80 in Australia, China, and the US. Alice is also an Ambassador for the 100 Story Building Project, a social enterprise which helps promote literature and literacy skills to young people in the western suburbs.
Alice has written many books, including Unpolished Gem, Laurinda, which is studied by the Year 8 girls, and Meet Marly from the Our Australian Girl series. She is also the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia, a text that has been studied in Year 10 English at Haileybury.
Author Alice Pung was a highly anticipated virtual visitor in the Girls Middle School
Jane Gibbs Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)
R U OK? Day Afternoon Tea
A Huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who joined us for our R U OK? Afternoon Tea. Together we raised $100 for the R U OK? charity.
It was lovely to chat about how we are all living differently in our COVID normal, how our daily routines and relationships have changed, the things we are enjoying and what we are all looking forward to in coming weeks.
We asked Newlands parents R U OK? and shared a virtual afternoon tea together. From left to right Katrina King, Lenice Norris, Jilda Cosentino, Beth Grech, Claire Newman, Josie Hrambanis, Kamika Gupta, Archana Nerali and Susan Carollo
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Thank You to Teachers and Staff for their Efforts
We would like to express our gratitude to all teachers, administration staff and support staff for their efforts in Term 3. We appreciate you all and hope you enjoy a well-earned break!
Thank you to our community for its support this term and we hope that our families enjoy the school holidays. We will post school holiday activity ideas on Facebook each day during the break.
While the September break offers some time for Senior School students to relax and unwind, it is also an important time for revision and exam preparation. Haileybury academic staff will run a series of revision activities for Units 3 and 4 studies throughout the September school holidays.
While attendance at these sessions is not compulsory, families may want to take this into account when planning activities. Students will be advised of these details through Canvas announcements.
Surrealist Postcards Reflect Life in Lockdown
This semester, Brighton Pre-Senior students completed a series of PhotoShop tutorials prior to designing and completing a surrealist postcard using the Adobe software. The postcards present a surrealist view of home life in the lockdown.
The variety, creativity and imaginative concepts portrayed by the students show the audience a surreal view of living through a global pandemic and are extremely well put together.
Ava Alexander (Year 9)
Jemma Fricke (Year 9)
Tess Hawley (Year 9)
Teachers Join the Fun and Games
Our Year 12 Games Night was a huge success, with teachers invited to join in the fun. Students appreciated their teachers taking the time to have some great laughs at a massive 60 question Kahoot and flex some brain muscle in Code Breakers and Scattergories.
Year 11 students also had a Games Night, allowing students to socialise outside of school and create memories, especially the epic game of Puzzle Prime, which stumped many!
Congratulations to all the leaders who contributed to making these special nights so successful.
Member of Parliament Presents Leadership Awards
Our School Captains, Seniru Mudannayake (Year 12) and Francesca Brand (Year 12) recently accepted Leadership Awards on behalf of all the Prefects from The Hon Jason Wood, Member for La Trobe.
Seniru Mudannayake (Year 12) School Captain
Francesca Brand (Year 12) School Captain
ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership Awards
The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognise students across Australia who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within their school and the broader community. They display strong values that are integral to Australian society, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and mateship.
This year, Haileybury is very pleased to announce that Rhea Tara (Year 10) and Shannon Wallis (Year 12) were successful in their nominations. Rhea is exceptionally community spirited. She volunteers at the Salvation Army has organised and donated personal protective equipment for Box Hill Hospital doctors and frontline workers during the pandemic.
Shannon has been a wonderful leader for her Simpson House but also for the School by organising a weekly House newsletter to keep everybody connected. She has also been a significant contributor to the Hamlin Fistula Foundation for three years.
Chiara Achieves Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Level
Congratulations to Chiara Maiorino (Year 10) who has completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Silver level! This is a wonderful achievement.
Chiara Maiorino (Year 10)
Pam Chamberlain Senior Vice-Principal Head of Senior Schools
Haileybury Rendall School conducted its NAIDOC week celebrations last week. This year’s theme is Always Was, Always Will Be—a reference to Aboriginal lands.
We began with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony overseen by Tony and Trent Lee, of Larrakia Nation. The beauty of this year’s ceremony was the involvement of our Larrakia staff member, Ms Kristy Hayes, and Larrakia students James (Year 1) and Natayaha Hill (Year 1) Milla Fracaro (Year 5) Lakhyah Hill (Year 6) Lalwa May (Year 8) Ebanie Wauchope (Year 8) and Teleisha McGregor (Cubillo) (Year 10). All participated in the Welcome to Country for their student peers and staff.
Students were reminded about the significance of the ceremony and the ancient origins of these practices. The respect shown throughout was a wonderful way to set the tone for the week’s activities, which celebrated Aboriginal culture and referenced this year’s theme.
It was pleasing to see a range of activities spread throughout the School, as these annual events such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week help inform our wider community and bring a sense of great pride to our Aboriginal cohort. We thank all staff who organised events for our students and we look forward to these celebrations once again, next year.
Family Breakfast Brings Everyone Closer
Due to COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year, we couldn’t celebrate Mothers Day as usual. So we decided to combine Mothers and Fathers Days in a special celebration.
We had a lovely breakfast together followed by some activities.
We enjoyed fishing in the sand pit, and mums, dads and grandparents could get their hair done before heading back to work. Students and families made their own family books. Woodwork is always a favourite and some amazing creations were made. Students also helped thread a tie for a special person in their lives. Some beautiful family portraits were painted.
Family is a unit, secure and reliable. Family isn’t always about being connected biologically, because we understand that other things and influences bind us. Family isn’t just important, it’s what is most important!
But family isn’t always blood, it is the people who want you in theirs, those who accept you for who you are. The people who will do almost anything just to see you smile. The best part of life is when your family become friends and when your friends become family.
HIST recently celebrated Teacher’s Day (China) across the whole School. Several events were held throughout the day and organised by students, including a special flag-raising ceremony on the sport ground. During the ceremony, students read a poem to all the teachers and gave them flowers.
New teacher Mr Thomas Smith spoke on behalf of all the teachers and about his love of teaching and dedication to improving all students. Throughout the day, teachers were treated to special gifts from the HR Department and various students.
Primary School and Middle School students prepared special ‘thank you’ message wishes that were delivered randomly and Senior School students held House activities with all their teachers where they shared their love and gratitude through fun games, food and special small gifts.
Haileybury STEM Program Launched
Our Head of Science, Ms Amelie Li, launched HIST’s inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program across all sub-schools at the start of the new academic year. An eight-strong energetic and passionate team has been built up across the sub-schools. The STEM curriculum will be immersed into various classes, such as Science, Information Technology and Mathematics, throughout the semester as well as embedded into our School activities.
The Astronomy Club began in Middle and Senior Schools with the launch of the Hello Space project. The annual Chinese Astronomy Knowledge Competition for Middle School students was also introduced during the week. Outside-school activities are an important part of our STEM Program and our connection with the local community was the focus of a visit to Jingjin Gaocun Science and Technology Innovation Park.
School and House Captains Selected
Our Head of Year 12, Ms Eva Zhou, recently finalised the selection of our student School leaders. All Year 12 students who participated showed admirable School spirit and a desire to be involved in Haileybury’s leadership. The candidates all had strong ideas and ways to improve the School on behalf of the student body and any one of them would have been a worthy selection to lead us with integrity over the coming year.
All candidates compiled a formal application and showed great skill in addressing fellow students in their campaigns for selection. They subjected themselves to a ballot of Senior School peers and teachers and took part in a School leadership staff panel interview.
There is a definite shift in energy from the Performing Arts students as we take advantage of access to School facilities for supervised rehearsals in spaces far larger than their bedroom! Our dancers are finding out how much fitter they need to be, while the Drama students realise how little movement their solo has at present.
Beau Woodbridge (Year 12) as the Stage Parent
Fortunately, we are well on track with the overall structure of our pieces, so there is no need for panic—yet. Theatre Studies has had a strong focus on script analysis and looking at context. Participants will be working at school for the first time this week.
Darcey Doyle (Year 12) as Frida Kahlo
We are fortunate to have such great support from our maintenance staff in preparing our performance spaces, and Mr Matthew Sanderson’s help with filming as required. The holidays will be as busy as they have ever been for performers being assessed in the first weeks of Term 4.
Rohan West(Year 12) as the Boxer
The photos of our senior Drama students were shot with masks off as they were presenting works in progress, while socially distanced.
Tom Vulcan(Year 12) as Harlequin
Turning Up the Volume in Drama
The Performing Arts have been integral to the success of the online teaching process throughout the lockdown period. Our focus has been on action wherever possible and our teachers have done a superb job of engaging our younger students in activities that have got them up and moving as they interact with each other.
Those at home will definitely have noticed when the students have Drama. The noise level does go up, but that’s the way we like it.
Stewart Bell Director of Performing and Visual Arts
Message of Goodwill from Pop Superstar
It was heart-warming recently when one of our guitar tutors, who shares a home with an Australian pop icon, forwarded a video of support to the Haileybury community. Thank you so much to Ms Kathleen Turner and the wonderful Ms Kate Ceberano for their message of strength and goodwill.
Castlefield Junior School Concert Memories
For the Music Department, one of the key benefits of working in the online space has been the sheer number of recorded projects students have been able to engage with. These projects will become mementos beyond their use and relevance to the ‘here and now’. This term’s Castlefield Junior School concert is a classic case in point.
While productions like these serve an immediate purpose, their permanency will provide fond memories of a time that what will no doubt be retrospectively viewed as a most difficult period in recent history.
Even if you do not have a child in Junior School, I’m sure you will enjoy scrolling through this short and very entertaining concert.
Piano Concert Series Begins
The Keyboard Department began its series of online concerts over the past fortnight. Watching the faces of performers as they proudly introduced items and then concentrated to do their very best was inspiring, even for an old hand like myself. Well done to our piano students—Bravo!
Richmond Theme Song Proves Popular
Based on recent performances, I would have to concede the Tigers are in the running for the Premiership this year. In line with emails demanding the Richmond theme song be published, here it is. Thanks to Panashe Kamba (Year 8 Newlands)—great job!
Slava Grigoryan Guitar Masterclass
The Haileybury Guitar Department, led by Mr Sergio Ercole, continues to lead Melbourne with its Guitar Masterclass Program. Internationally renowned performer Slava Grigoryan recently returned (online) to host a session in which he and students performed a range of works, discussing matters of interpretation and performance technique. It was great to also have students from the Haileybury Rendall School (Darwin) at the workshop.
@ Home with Haileybury Music Series
Over the past month, several Music staff contributed to the @ Home with Haileybury series. In the first week of the series, Mr Sergio Ercole treated a very appreciative audience to a collection of Spanish melodies.
In subsequent weeks, families also enjoyed Mr Thomas Heywood celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Ms Fiona Mastorovic shared her passion for jazz, and Mr Tristan Rebien closed out the month with an orchestral trumpet showcase. Thank you to staff who contributed, which was much appreciated.
Ms Fiona Mastorovic
Mr Tristan Rebien
Mr Thomas Heywood
Rod Marshall Head of Haileybury Music
Visual Art and Design
Creativity across Art Styles
Our Years 5 and 6 students start the year exploring different approaches to text-based art.
At Year 5, the typography task invites students to explore the works of Charles Demuth and Maree Coote. They develop works both by hand and using digital image manipulation, creating compositions which use the shape of letters to inform their design. From such a simple starting point, we are so impressed with the creative works our Year 5 students developed.
Our Year 6 students work on the theme of branding and tagging. They spend their time exploring and developing personal symbols and designs. The Year 6 boys at Castlefield explored the works of Banksy and developed a graffiti style presentation of their name. Using only items from their pencil case, the students created a range of unique designs.
Haileybury Incubator Project Week Inspires
Our Pre-Senior students had a wonderful final week of term focusing on following their passions and interests in the first Haileybury Incubator Project.
As part of the project, students had the opportunity to hear from speakers who have followed their creative passion. Paul Harvey reflected on his very successful career as a cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and author. You would recognise his work on AFL footy cards.
Marigold Bartlett is the art director for the Melbourne Independent Games Festival, and she discussed her work as an independent designer and Illustrator. Department of Creative Affairs co-owner Dane Robertson talked about his Melbourne-based agency that has developed branding and advertising for a range of large Australian brands.
Students were given time over the week to find their passion and develop a project which was presented in a festival format at the end of the event.
Donation Dollar … the Small Coin Making a Big Impact
We were recently invited to join an exclusive webinar hosted by charity sector leader and Community Council for Australia Chair the Reverend Tim Costello that introduced a special new Australian coin designed to raise funds for those in need.
More than two years in the making, the world's first $1 coin designed to spark greater generosity—the Donation Dollar—launched on 5 September with the support of the charity and not-for-profit sector. The aim is to encourage more Australians to make a difference by donating to those in need when they discover the coins in their change.
In a world-first initiative, Saatchi & Saatchi creative visionary Adam Ferrie collaborated with the Royal Australian Mint to create the Donation Dollar. The Mint intends to distribute 25 million of the special coins into circulation over coming years—one for every Australian. They have already released 3.5–4 million around the country.
The aim of the Donation Dollar is to act as a ‘daily reminder to give’ to those who need it the most. Each coin features a green centre with a gold ripple design which symbolises the ongoing ripple effect or impact each donation can make. Unlike other special release collectable coins that the Mint has released, these coins are designed to be given away when we find one.
"If every Australian donated an extra Donation Dollar each month, we could raise another $300 million for charity each year," the Rev Costello said. "It might be a small coin, but it will circulate as a constant reminder to give—and that can make a big difference."
Findings from initial surveys indicate that 50 per cent of Australians are willing to do their bit, believing “it’s important more than ever” to give to support others, particularly in the current climate. Two in five Australians say finding a Donation Dollar in their change would encourage them to give to charity more.
Though it may be some time before we come across many Donation Dollars in Melbourne due the current contactless payment requirement, the more people who know about this initiative, the better.
The aim is to promote charitable behaviour and remind us all in a tangible way to give back to those who need it most—not just in times of crisis, but all year, in smaller amounts, more often. What would you do if you found one in your change?
To find out more about the Donation Dollar, click here.
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Oscar Piastri’s (OH 2019) Formula 1 dream moved a step closer on the weekend when he became World Formula 3 champion. He claimed the title by three points after winning the Formula 3 event in Italy.
Oscar signed for the Red Bull Sport Academy this year and the world’s eyes are on him as he follows his Formula 1 dreams. We wish Oscar all the best in his pursuits.
Hamish Brayshaw Debuts with West Coast
Former Haileybury First XVIII Football Team Captain Hamish Brayshaw (OH 2016) made his AFL debut last week. Hamish was taken at number 68 in the National Draft by the West Coast Eagles after missing out in 2016. His is a story of persistence and we watch his career with great interest.
AFLW and AFL Draft Combines
As the AFL season draws to a close, preparations have begun for 2021 and this includes drafting the finest boys and girls in the country. With difficult times in 2020, many of the country’s talented footballers have lacked opportunities to show their talents.
As a result, the AFL and AFLW draft combines become crucial in the selection process for the upcoming drafts. Isabella Eddey (OH '19) Alice Burke (Year 12) Jessie Matin (Year 12) and Luke Cleary (Year 12) have been selected for the AFLW and AFL draft combines to be conducted later this year.
All three will be put through their paces under the watchful eyes of club officials and coaching staff. We wish them all the very best.
Dance and Aerobics Virtual State Finals
Haileybury Dance soloists from Years 7 to 12 recently competed in the TFT Dance Star State Finals, while three girls from Years 5 to 8 contested the Schoolaerobics State Finals. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the competition was online and students had to submit video footage of their routines for judging.
Ashlyn Scott (Year 6)
Like live events, the sections were competitive and large. Our students competed against many successful schools, dance schools and clubs to secure a top-three ranking. We could not be prouder of these girls and the resilience, determination and strength they showed in completing their routines at home and refining them via Zoom with their coaches.
Braya Jade Hanssen (Year 7)
All students sent in wonderful performances that showcased their skills and abilities. The support of their family members throughout the process was appreciated immensely. All competitors should be very proud of their efforts.
Haileybury had 16 dance soloists compete, across 17 sections. We are pleased to announce that the following students achieved medals:
Chloe Chung (Year 11)—Senior Contemporary Red Solo—1st (score of 95.80)
Emily Peatman (Year 10)—Senior Jazz Amber Solo—3rd
In Schoolaerobics, three Middle School students competed and the following achieved medals:
Ashlyn Scott (Year 6)—Primary Singles Blues—1st
Chelsea Armstrong (Year 6)—Primary Singles Orange—3rd
Congratulations to all our fabulous performers. You are all winners in our eyes for all that you have overcome and achieved this year. We are extremely proud of you.
COVID Health and Fitness Fun
Thank you to the Haileybury community for supporting the Health and Wellbeing series that Haileybury’s Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Mr Michael Odachowski, has run on Tuesday afternoons over the past month. Congratulations to Sam Shinsky (Year 9) for attending all sessions during the lockdown period.
Units will be provided over the break focusing on mindfulness, sleep, and body.
Please note that the Old Haileyburians Association has taken the decision to cancel all Melbourne in-person events for the remainder of 2020.
Peer year reunions that were scheduled for 2020 will be postponed until 2021. In all cases, these events will be held on the same night as the following year group’s milestone reunion, albeit in another room in the venue.
For example, the 20-year reunions for the Class of 2000 and 2001 will be held at Haileybury City in separate rooms. This provides a great opportunity for individual peer years to celebrate together and perhaps catch up with the wider group later in the day.
We are extremely keen to ensure that no peer year misses out on its milestone celebration. Dates, times and venues for the 2021 event schedule will be issued later in the year.
At this stage, it is still anticipated that face-to-face Chapter-based events in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra will proceed as scheduled. We will contact members in these states with arrangements.
Russell Davidson Director of School Development & Alumni Relations
OHA Outstanding Young Alumni Awards
The Old Haileyburians Association last week presented awards to recent Haileybury graduates who have achieved great success since leaving our School. The awards are allocated across five areas of endeavour including the Arts, Business, STEM, Community Service and Sport.
This year’s recipients included:
BUSINESS: Boe Eyking (OH 2015) Sudip Mitra (OH 2012) and Sarah Fry (OH 2014)
SPORT: Josh Battle (OH 2017)
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Sophie Leggos (OH 2008) and Hector Simpson (OH 2009)
STEM: Alexander Oman (OH 2012)
We thank everyone for their nominations. These valuable OHA members received their award virtually and we look forward to sharing their acceptance speeches over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on the OHA social media pages for more details.
We look forward to our community seeing those who were once students rewarded for making a real difference in the world so early in their careers.
Introducing Bottled Up Mental Health Podcast
Bottled Up is a youth-led men’s mental health podcast founded by Old Haileyburians Ujjwal Chaudhry and Mayank Sohani (OH 2015).
If you wish to listen to their podcasts or other podcasts in this wonderful series, please show your support by clicking here.
It is so wonderful to see our young men supporting one another through their ups and the downs. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue.