Newlands Bushfire Community Fundraiser
Newlands invites you to attend a special screening of the film 2040 to raise money for the Bushfire Relief Fund. Concerned about his young daughter's future, filmmaker Damon Gameau (author writer-director of That Sugar Film) travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change.
This is an aspirational journey to discover what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best that exists today, and a narrative the next generation needs to see, to aspire to, and to believe is possible.
You can find more information about the film here.
This fundraising event is open to all Middle School families. Tickets are $30 and include a small popcorn and drink. All proceeds will be split between Merimbula and Corryong CFA branches. Get in quick as places are limited.
Date: Sunday, 1 March.
Time: 6.00 pm (doors open at 5.30 pm). Seating is not allocated, so arrive early to secure your spot. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Southland Village Cinemas.
Following this event, all Newlands staff will attend a Climate 7 workshop run by Monash University Senior Lecturer Dr Rachel Forgasz, on Thursday, 5 March, to develop educational approaches to this important topic.
SBS Child Genius Australia
Congratulations to Mahesh Namasivayam (Year 8) for winning the Child Genius Australia competition on SBS TV—an outstanding effort indeed. Mahesh was able to compete, over many weeks, in the disciplines of Mathematics, History, Science, memory, general knowledge and spelling.
Mahesh coped very well with the pressure of performing on television against an outstanding group of like-minded, high-achieving students.
Mahesh Namasivayam (Year 8) won the competition on the SBS program Child Genius Australia
Early Learning Centre
Grandparents and Special Visitors Day
As children develop a sense of belonging to the ELC community, they develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments within their class. Each year, we invite grandparents and special visitors to the ELC for a session of fun play activities, afternoon tea, shared stories and singing.
We would like to extend an invitation to extended family members and special friends to visit the children on Wednesday, 18 March, from 2.00 – 3.15 pm for children in Pre-Prep D, Pre-Prep T, Pre-Prep K and Reception N, and on Friday, 20 March, for children in Reception C and Reception S.
Our First ELC–Pre-Prep Choir
We are delighted to announce the formation of an inaugural ELC–Pre-Prep choir. The children and their educators come together weekly on Fridays for a joyous session of singing under the direction of Ms Julia Goodall and Ms Cathy Colla.
The session is truly uplifting as the children learn to blend their voices, vary their pitch and use their singing voices to sing traditional and well-known children’s songs. They will have the opportunity to perform in various spaces within Newlands and on a variety of occasions throughout the year.
Connections within the Community
Sandringham Primary School recently experienced a devastating fire. As part of our emerging awareness of social justice within the community, ELC would like to support this bayside school.
The school has compiled a list of resources that would be helpful for it to continue to operate. It is displayed in the ELC foyer and families wishing to donate any items can place them in collection baskets there. They will be delivered to Sandringham Primary School in the coming weeks.
Early Bird Reading Program
This term we welcome back our very successful Early Bird Reading Program. This initiative is a student-directed program organised and run by our Middle School students. This program gives our Prep to Year 2 Junior School students an opportunity to participate in before-school reading.
The sessions run from 8.00 – 8.20 am every Tuesday and Thursday in the Year 1 courtyard or, in the case of inclement weather, the Newlands Resource Centre.
Our friendly Middle School students are fully trained and share a common passion for reading. It has been a fabulous way to connect our Junior School and Middle School students and we look forward to watching this program thrive again in 2020. We welcome any new students to join us on these mornings and look forward to sharing a book with you this term.
ELC and Junior School Walkathon
Our annual ELC and Junior School Walkathon to support the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal will take place on Monday, 23 March. Junior School students will walk, jog and run laps to raise funds for, and awareness of, the incredible work it does.
On this day, our ELC students will walk around the basketball courts from 9.00 – 10.00 am and Junior School students will walk on the Fisher Oval from 1.00 – 3.00 pm. Parents are more than welcome to attend.
Please assist our students to help children in need by giving whatever you can. Click here to donate.
Please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Junior School Grandparents and Special Friends Morning
Our Junior School students are looking forward to welcoming their grandparents and special friends on Friday, 6 March. During the morning, there will be classroom activities, musical items and a delicious morning tea for our visitors to enjoy.
Students Offer the Gift of Light
In Cambodia, many students hail from villages with no access to tap water, natural gas or electricity. As part of their Humanities studies, our 2019 Year 6 students contributed to the Gift of Light program by making a solar lamp to send overseas. The lamps are designed to help Cambodian students to complete homework after dark, alleviating the need for kerosene lamps which pose health and environmental problems.
This will improve educational outcomes, health and sanitation as well as safety and security after dark. Haileybury’s Gift of Light package contained 300 lamps which was received earlier this month by the Wat Khleang Primary School. We are extremely proud of our students’ contribution to this program and their commitment to helping those less fortunate.
Students at Wat Khleang Primary School in Cambodia received Gift of Light program solar lamps made by 2019 Year 6 Newlands students
What can you LEAP into at Newlands during Semester 1?
In the coming weeks students will have the opportunity to sign up for an amazing array of LEAP programs. All will be advertised on myHaileybury and LEAP Captains Maheet Gone (Year 8) and Elizabeth Sivakov-Kardos (Year 8) will promote them throughout the Middle School. Students have a wide range of activities to choose from, with many taking place during lunchtimes.
Some Semester LEAP options 1 include:
Compass Award: Gain the benefits of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at an earlier age with Duke of Edinburgh Program Coordinator Ms Tamsin Visick.
$20 Boss: Join Australia’s largest entrepreneurship program with Year 6 teacher and Head of Kemp House Mrs Kerry Bryant.
Environment Club:This club aims to inspire and motivate students to participate in meaningful environmental activities and projects with Head of Chinese (Middle School) Ms Nancy Chang.
Haileybury Hive: Learn about beekeeping, the biology and ecology of bees and how to use bee products in applications with Head of Science (Middle School) Mr David Simpson.
The National History Challenge: This competition encourages students to explore, research and make deep connections to the past with National History Challenge Coordinator Ms Kiri Wright.
Debating/Public Speaking: Years 7 and 8 students are involved in Debaters Association of Victoria Programs and a variety of public speaking competitions with Debating Coordinator (Middle School) Ms Joanne Clavarino.
Drama Club: This is an opportunity for students to improve their acting skills and spend time with other students who love acting with Head of Performing Arts Ms Rachael Walsh.
The Premier’s Reading Challenge: Now in its 15th year, and with almost 48 million books read, this reading program is available to all students.
Art Works: This program provides an opportunity for students to be creative and develop their artistic skills with Head of Visual Arts Ms Lesley Hill.
State Pentathlon Champion—Again
Jazmin Firth (Year 6) recently defended her Victorian Under 12 Pentathlon State Champion title at the 2020 Combined Event. Jazmin wrote her own training program and stuck to it, training up to seven days a week. Her efforts paid off and she maintained her title as State Champion. We congratulate Jazmin on this outstanding achievement.
Jazmin Firth (Year 6) retains her title as Victorian State Champion for the Under 12 Pentathlon
Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day
Every Year HPFK hosts a pancake stall for Shrove Tuesday. This year’s will be held on 25 February. Our children look forward to enjoying and sharing in this special treat with all proceeds raised going to the East Gippsland CFA volunteers who have helped many of our families affected by the bushfires.
Year Seven Bowling Night
We had a blast at the 2019 Year 7 bowling night. We hope to make this year’s event, on Friday, 28 February, even bigger and better. This is a great opportunity for our new Year 7 cohort to share an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Let’s get to know each other over some food, drinks and a game or two of bowling. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
Bowling Night Flyer
Middle School Athletics Barbeque
We are excited to host a barbeque for the Newlands Middle School Athletics Day on Tuesday, 3 March. Please see the attached flyer. Our menu includes hamburgers and fruit cups. A vegetarian option will also be available.
Middle School BBQ Flyer
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough