ISSUE 15In This Issue

The Importance of Reading
2016 Scholarships
The Homework Debate
Aerobics & Dance National Champions


From the Principal

From the Principal
Derek Scott


The hot education debate topic in the media yesterday was around the value of homework for primary school students.  This followed the release of a report by the Parliament of Victoria Education and Training Committee into homework in Victorian schools.

Haileybury’s position is that homework in the Junior School is valuable in practising skills, improving understanding, developing work discipline, encouraging independent learning and developing time-management skills. 

Junior School homework is focused on literacy and numeracy and should be done for no more than 30 minutes per night.


From the Principal

The Parliamentary Report came up with 12 Findings and 11 Recommendations.  As often happens, the media focussed on one very narrow component of one of the Findings which said that “There is strong evidence and general agreement, that homework at the primary school level has little impact on academic performance”.  None of the journalists or commentators who have leapt on this point seems to have bothered to read any deeper into the report to look at why this might be the case.  Rather, they have jumped to the view that this means there should be no primary school homework.  In fact, the continuation of the Finding said that primary school homework may “play an important transitional role in preparing students for secondary school and beyond”.

The University of Melbourne’s Professor John Hattie is one of the world’s leading experts in what works in education.  He presented to the committee and said that the average effect on academic performance of homework for primary school students was low; however, he noted that this does not mean that homework should be abandoned.  The low effect was in significant part due to the fact that poor homework tasks were often set and there was often no teacher follow-up and feedback on homework.

Professor Hattie was explicit in stating that this does not mean we should abandon homework in primary schools.  He said the low effect size of homework for primary school students presents us with a “wonderful opportunity to do it better”. 

Professor Hattie is also the Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).  Haileybury Deputy Principal John Fleming is the Deputy Chair of AITSL and is Australia’s foremost expert on the explicit teaching method and what works for developing high literacy and numeracy outcomes for students in primary schools.  He has developed Haileybury’s primary school homework program.  John notes that at Haileybury, “homework tasks focus on literacy and numeracy core skills that further enhance the classroom programs.  It is not busy work.  It is designed to support student growth and to develop productive routines outside of school”.

The argument for abandoning homework seems to fit with the idea of dumbing down our education expectations rather than striving for excellence so that our young people can emerge from school with the work ethic and skills to be successful in the global economy.  Haileybury is ranked as the number one independent co-education primary school in Australia.  We will continue to strive for excellence in academic outcomes and believe that a carefully structured homework program contributes to this.

Derek Scott



The Importance of Reading

Castlefield Prep students dressed up for Book Week

Castlefield Prep students dressed up for Book Week

By Brenda Mazoletti, Director of Library and Information Services

Reading can provide intellectual stimulation, lift us up from the harsh realities of life into the world of imagination and give us company and enjoyment. Reading for pleasure, especially with the academic demands on students, may seem like a guilty indulgence though.

... one of the things that my father did was to let me read comics. Now people used to say that's bad because it spoils your English but, in fact, letting me read – I devoured all kinds of comics – fed my love for English and my love for reading ...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The statistics indicate very clearly that voluntary reading declines as young people move into adolescence. So why should we as parents and teachers continue to encourage students to read widely?


The Importance of Reading

A wide range of studies have confirmed that free reading is a major factor in literacy development and research is also indicating that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers who don’t read for pleasure. A study, conducted by the Institute of Education (University of London), found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read. It is important to encourage a “reading culture” outside the classroom, both at home and school, during the secondary years as well as with younger children.

Stephen Krashen, in his book The Power of Reading1, explores the essential role of libraries by using research to indicate the necessity of a print-rich environment that provides light reading (including comics, teen romances and magazines) as well as the best in literature. Technology can open up myriad reading resources online: digital newspapers and magazines, ebooks, blogs, wikis and so on.

Haileybury Libraries promote literacy by inspiring reading through a diverse range of print and online resources suitable for students from ELC to Year 12. These resources include fiction, information books, biographies, simple readers, magazines, graphic novels and picture books. Furthermore, the Wheelers eBook Library, accessible from the library website on go2, enables students to download book titles onto their laptops or mobile devices.In keeping with the focus on reading,

Haileybury Libraries have celebrated Book Week this week, with the theme “Connect to Reading”. Our libraries have hosted a number of prominent authors, competitions, craft activities and lots more to engage and connect students to embrace their own special reading experience.


1 Krashen, S. D. 2004, The Power of Reading. 2nd ed, United States Libraries Unlimited


Campus Reports

Senior School

Senior School students have amazing talent across a wide range of activities.


The RACV Energy Breakthrough is an exciting program designed to provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, machine, or innovation in technology that will represent an 'energy breakthrough'.


Book Week, a Farmer’s Market and a very special assembly for our Junior girls were some highlights of the week gone by; now, we turn our attention to the dads in our community.


Book Week will be held at Newlands from Monday, 25 August, to Friday, 29 August.  Guest speakers will be presenting throughout the week.  A book parade will be held on Friday, 29 August, for the students to dress up as their favourite book character for this parade.


Senior School Report

Congratulations to many Senior School students who have achieved success in a wide range of activities.  Sara Forte (Yr 12 ED) has been awarded her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.  This is an outstanding accomplishment and Sara will receive her award at Government House later this year.

It was wonderful to see that Benjamin Mackinlay-Cunningham (Yr 11 SH) was selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January 2015.  This is a very impressive achievement and we all wish him well.

Our Pre-Seniors will leave for their Term 3 Options and Expeditions soon and I wish them all an exciting time away from the classroom.  These opportunities to experience things beyond the School’s gates provide skills that will last a lifetime, and I know they will make the most of their time away.

A reminder that we will hold trial VCE examinations in the week beginning 8 September.  During this time, Units 3&4 classes will not run and Year 12 students will not be expected at School other than to complete their trial examinations.  Year 11 students will also have one or two trial examinations and they should attend their Units 1&2 classes as appropriate.

Senior School Report

We hope you have been able to experience the 2014 Haileybury Tattoo, showcasing the talented musical and performing arts community of our School.

The Pipes & Drums are an integral part of Haileybury’s history and have always played a prominent role in not only the biennial Tattoo but many assemblies and high-profile events throughout the year.

This year at the Tattoo, we performed contemporary and classic items in order to highlight the broad range of music that can be performed by a Pipes & Drums ensemble.  This provided a fun and exciting challenge for our students as well as being great entertainment for the Tattoo audiences.

We are now accepting new student enrolments into the Pipes & Drums Band and we would like to invite your son and/or daughter to begin the learning program in either pipes or drums.  This is a fantastic way for your child to improve their music theory knowledge, team-building skills and to become an integral part of the School’s tradition.

The first term of tuition in pipes or drums is provided at no fee, so your child can have a full term to experience our program on a trial basis; however, there is a small charge for learning equipment.

For any enquiries please contact any of the staff below:

Harold Gillespie -Drums

John Young - Pipes

Lincoln Hilton - Pipes 

Additional information is also available under Parent Information on go2.   

Pam Chamberlain

Vice Principal & Head of Senior School


Senior School Calendar



Castlefield Report

Several of our Middle School students are preparing to compete in two Academic Extension activities.

The RACV Energy Breakthrough began in 1992 when the Country Education Project started seeking new ways to engage young people in regional Victoria with a wider range of challenges.

The program encourages participants to examine and use the latest technology, while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally.  The RACV Energy Breakthrough isn’t just a once-a-year event!

Haileybury’s Castlefield students will be heading to Maryborough on 20-23 November, where they will be competing in three different events.  They will be judged on their knowledge of the construction and design of the recumbent bike.  To achieve this, students will be required to produce a display and complete a 15-30-minute presentation.  The presentation must detail their journey to the RACV HPV Competition and include implications for environmental change.  Students representing Castlefield are: Jasmine Carty, Bianca Scerri, Alexandra Macaulay, Jenna Laverock, Airan Harper, Liam Kirkwood-Scott, Zac Buckley, Jack Holland, Austin Whittaker and Christian Van Der Merwe.  We wish these girls and boys all the best with their continued preparation for this academic extension activity.

Castlefield Report

The Tournament of Minds

The Tournament of Minds program in Australia is a problem-solving program in which teams of seven students are required to work together on a long-term challenge for six weeks, without assistance from teachers, parents or peers.  They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution.  They develop a creative and original way to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria, and the deadline of Tournament Day.  The Tournament Day will take place on Saturday, 23 August, where our two Years 5/6 teams will compete in the Primary section.  The teams consist of Toby Coutts, Alexandra Lockhead, Morgan Palmer, Alice Donohue, Kate Proctor-Parker and Layla Ferrier; and Shari Holden, Charli-Ann Perdriau, Naya Patel, Louis Pascoe, Amelia Pascoe, Makenzie Erikson, Holly Johnstone and Alexandra Theodosiou.  Overall, 400 teams will compete and the results will be announced in the coming weeks.

We wish them all well.

Castlefield Report


It has been wonderful to see the children so engaged in the many produce making activities that have been taking place in each of the classes.  The new kitchen has certainly been put to good use and the smells throughout the centre have been a delight!  Donations from families and staff have contributed to this project and enabled learning in areas surrounding sustainability, cooking, manufacturing, packaging and selling.  This has opened up numerous opportunities for the literacy and numeracy components of the program.

The children have thoroughly embraced these experiences and enjoyed the concepts of beginning, middle and end in their approach to the ELC Farmers Market project.

Castlefield Report


Science in School Visit

The Junior School recently had Professor Bunsen visit the School.  Here are some comments from our Years 3 and 4 students:

Anika Dovaston – Professor Bunsen showed us some experiments around energy.  There were explosions, flying rockets, cake baking and solidifying of water!  It was a great show and we learnt how energy is used daily.

Charlie Lennon – Science is really exciting and Professor Bunsen demonstrated how we can use everyday items to create experiments.  I loved the exploding can using the sugar mixture, and the foam using simple detergent.

Alessia Tzouvelis – I really liked it when Professor Bunsen made the little cupcake out of two liquids.

Ashlee Arendse – I enjoyed it when Mr Bunsen squeezed a little rubber ball into a plastic milk carton and pumped air into it.  The ball flew out to the other end of the room!

Food is Influenced by a Variety of Factors

The Preps have had a busy term focusing on their Inquiry central idea.  Last week, the Preps visited Myuna Farm and currently we have chickens hatching in the Prep classrooms.  There is much excitement as each egg cracks and the chicken emerges.

Waverly Music Eisteddfod

On Monday, 25 August, the Year 4 students will be involved in the Waverly Music Eisteddfod at Robert Blackwood Hall.  They will be performing their Tattoo song Good Night – A Russian Song in addition to a Navajo Indian song called Hozhonji Song.  This will provide another wonderful performance experience for our Year 4s.

Cross Country

Tuesday, 26 August, sees the running of our much anticipated annual Cross Country event.  The students have been practising in their Physical Education classes and are ready to go.  Everyone is asking, “Which House will win this year?”  Once again, sportsmanship, participation and fabulous cheering all contribute to the winning House and a wonderful day.

Castlefield Report


Book Week

Middle School students were encouraged to get into reading during Book Week, with several competitions and displays in the Library.  Thank you to Mrs Osborne.

National Science Week

Deputy Head of Science Mr Nelson arranged a variety of entertaining activities for students to be involved with during National Science Week.  These included a trip to Melbourne Museum for a small group of lucky students, who met some professional scientists and heard engaging presentations.  Mr Doran participated in the activities by launching a rocket on the oval.

Pi Day

Deputy Head of Mathematics Ms Schinz arranged a ‘Pie for Pi’ challenge to coincide with National Mathematics Day.  Students were challenged to recall the first 10 digits of Pi to receive a pie.

Old Melbourne Gaol

Year 7 boys will be participating in an excursion to the Old Melbourne Gaol on Monday, 25 August, in conjunction with their Humanities study.  The Year 7 girls will have the same excursion on Thursday, 28 August.


Castlefield Calendar



Edrington Report

Our parking renovations around the ELC/JS carpark are now complete.  We thank you for continuing to use this car park as a drop-off and pick-up zone only, and have been very pleased with the positive feedback we have received.

The Edrington 25th Anniversary photo is now available for purchase.  The photo was taken on Friday, 30 May, and includes all students and staff from Reception to Year 12 at the Berwick Campus.  The photo is available in several sizes and can be viewed at Main Reception.  Order forms are also available at Main Reception.

25 years 

A notice to all of our families that have Middle School students who use after school care in the Library – you can now contact the staff there on 9904 6203 if you need to get a message through. 

This after care program is open until 6.00 pm every evening.

Remember to get your tables together and buy your 25th Anniversary Ball tickets; they are certainly selling well.

Edrington Report


Build with Dad in Italy – Fathers Evening

To celebrate Fathers Day for 2014, the ELC has planned a special Italian evening for our students and their dads, on Tuesday, 2 September.  We hope our dads or special friends will be inspired by the many amazing structures built centuries ago in Italy, such as the Colosseum or Leaning Tower of Pisa, and replicate these with various construction materials or design their own amazing buildings during the evening.

The traditional culinary delight of pizza will be provided for dinner, followed by gelato, of course, for dessert.  The nation’s popular game of ‘football’ (soccer) will be showing on the large screen and Italian music will be piped through the centre.  We hope you embrace the spirit of the evening but most importantly the opportunity to spend time with your ELC child, their friends and the other dads/special friends.

Edrington Report


Book Week

Today concluded an eventful week at Edrington, celebrating Book Week 2014.  The Junior School was a sea of colour as the students (and staff) dressed up as their favourite book characters.  Thank you to all the parents who took the time to come and support our parade this afternoon.  It was a fun and memorable event that valued the importance of engaging with children’s literature.

Fathers Day Celebrations

The Junior School will commemorate Fathers Day with a footy skills morning on Friday, 5 September.  All students and guests are invited to wear their footy colours to School and join in with our parade from 9.00 am.  This will then be followed by skills and modified games on the ovals until recess.  We extend an invitation to all of our Junior School dads to attend these celebrations.

Prep and Year 1 Intensive Swimming Program

The Prep and Year 1 students will commence their Intensive Swimming Program on Monday, 1 September.  This program includes eight lessons, which have been scheduled over the fortnight.  Session times will run from 9.30 am through to 12.30 pm, with each class having a 45-minute lesson.  We remind families to ensure that all clothing items are clearly labelled.  Please see your child’s homeroom teacher for their lesson times, should you wish to attend.

Junior School House Art Competition – Design and Construct a Scarecrow

This year, for the first time, we introduced a Junior School House Art Competition, which will now become an annual event on the Edrington calendar.  The theme this year was Scarecrows. 

Congratulations to Thompson and Reynolds House who shared 1st place.  The finished scarecrows are now on display in the foyer of the Arts building for all to see.

Edrington Report


Middle School Student Representative Council

Congratulations to the Student Representative Council (SRC) who have been busy at work around the schoolyard.  To improve facilities around the Middle School, the following items have been installed:

Two new umbrellas to complement the outdoor seating near the canteen; a brand new double-framed sports noticeboard outside the Sports Hall; and a lost-property box for the Girls Middle School.

Many thanks to the Haileybury Parents & Friends who also assisted with the funding for some of these items.

The SRC will also be fundraising on Thursday, 11 September, which is a casual clothes day with the theme ‘Wear Your Club Colours’.  A BBQ will be held with drinks and treats being sold, as well as a number of activities including a handball competition during lunch.

Edrington MS 

Edrington MS1 

Tournament of Minds

Good luck to the Years 5&6 students who are competing in the Tournament of Minds regional competition tomorrow at Lilydale.  They have been busy preparing and rehearsing scripts and making props for this creative and dramatic problem-solving competition.  Thank you to Ms Narhi and Ms Kerekes for their support and guidance.

Fathers Day Breakfast

All fathers of Middle School students are invited to attend a special breakfast with their son/daughter on Friday, 5 September, in the John Twist Hall starting at 8.00 am.  There will be entertainment and activities for fathers and kids to participate in, culminating in a door prize raffle at the conclusion of the breakfast.  All dads and special friends are welcome!

Kristy Kendall

Head of Edrington, Berwick


Edrington Calendar



Newlands Report

School Tours

School tours will be held on Saturday, 23 August, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Melbourne Writers Festival

On Thursday, 28 August, 32 of our talented Year 8 writers will be going to the Writers Festival to attend presentations and workshops.  Students will be attending a session on New Journalism and participating in workshops on Dystopian Fiction.

40-Hour Famine

Newlands Middle School students recently had the opportunity to take part in the 40-Hour Famine.  This encouraged students to give up food for a 40-hour period; however, nowadays, students are encouraged to give up many different things that they may find challenging.  For example: furniture, iPads, social media or their mobile phones.  Many students took part in this initiative to raise money for World Vision to support kids living in poverty overseas.  To date, $3,085.50 has been raised online, excluding cash donations.

Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes Day also provided an opportunity for the Newlands community to support others, by raising $1,235.40.   Students came dressed in denim to raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.  Jeans for Genes day is an Australian event focusing on fundraising for research into diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders.

Newlands Report


Fathers Day Celebrations

The ELC children are looking forward to welcoming their dads to the ELC for an activity morning and breakfast to celebrate Fathers Day.  We would like to invite our visitors to arrive at 8.30 am on Wednesday, 3 September.  The children are presently preparing gifts and cards for their dads during their art sessions.

Book Week

Next week, ELC children will dress up as their favourite story characters to celebrate Book Week.  Reception K children may wear dress-ups to the ELC on Monday, 25 August, and Pre-Prep and Reception CH classes will wear dress-ups on Friday, 29 August.

ELC Foyer

ELC staff are presently focusing on the creation of a welcoming atmosphere within the ELC environment, beginning with the foyer.  There are new indoor plants, quiet music and different scents each day to add to the ambience.  Children have new manipulative play equipment to use at the commencement and conclusion of each day.  We invite parent and child feedback through email or the Comment cards available in the foyer.

Newlands Report


Junior School Fathers Afternoon

The Junior School will be celebrating Fathers Day with a Junior School Fathers Afternoon on Friday, 5 September.  At 2.00 pm, Junior School dads are welcome to the JS Quad for a sausage sizzle.  Following this, at 2.20 pm, all dads are invited to join their child’s class for a range of fun activities.

Year 3 Camp

The Year 3 students are looking forward to going on their first Haileybury camp to Forest Edge from Monday, 8 September, to Wednesday, 10 September.  The students from all three campuses will combine to complete a range of adventure and environmental activities, including bush walks, archery, flying fox, rock-climbing and orienteering. 

Year 4 Philosophy Club

A number of Year 4 students have commenced Philosophy Club with Mr Julian Jom on Tuesday lunchtimes.  Philosophy Club, which is open to all Year 4 students, is aimed at developing students’ thinking and communication skills through the investigation of various topics and themes.  The students will also be developing skills such as analysing, decision making, problem-solving, exploring alternatives, and making connections, as well as interpersonal and cooperative learning skills.

Newlands Report


Year 7 Girls Camp

On Monday, 25 August, the Year 7 girls will depart for camp.  The first two nights will be spent at Lake Dewar, and then they will spend the rest of their camp experience hiking and camping in the beautiful Hepburn Springs/Daylesford area.

Year 6 Girls Camp

The Year 6 girls are heading to Coonawarra from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 5 September.  The girls will be participating in the followings activities: hut building, canoeing, giant swing, initiatives course, flying fox and raft building.  All activities are based around team building and developing leadership skills.

Fathers Day Celebrations

On Friday, 5 September, the Middle School will be celebrating Fathers Day at the Xtreme Air Trampolining Centre.  Tickets are $12.50 per person, which includes a muffin and a coffee.  Places are limited.  Students will need to go to the centre with their fathers at 8.00 am and then be driven back to Haileybury at 9.30 am for Period 2.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands, Keysborough


Newlands Calendar




Girls Sport

Year 7 Edrington student Amy Lawton captained the School Sport Victoria (SSV) 12 and Under Hockey team that came home with a silver medal from the Nationals.  She has since been selected to captain the SSV 12 and Under Soccer team.


Girls Sport


Dance and Aerobics are celebrating amazing results at the National Championships. Day one saw the dancers take to the stage. The Senior Lyrical/Contemporary team performance of In This Shirt was breathtaking and earned them a gold medal. Our Hip Hop girls were the sweetest group of fierce girls, with both the Senior Hip Hop (small) and the Senior Hip Hop (large) being crowned National Champions in their sections. Not to be out done, the Old Skool Hip Hop crew delivered an energetic and ecliptic performance to be the clear gold medallist in their category. The Senior Jazz/Broadway team performed Hunger Games with Dance Captain Elise Nash looking extremely intimidating in character. In an intensely tough and competitive category, the girls did exceedingly well to win the bronze medal. 2013 Dance Captain and current coach, Lili Morwood, who represented Haileybury in the Old Skool Lyrical/Contemporary Soloist division, went home with a silver medal. A Chinese dance by a large group of Years 7 and 8 Edrington students took out the gold in the Junior International section. The Castlefield Grades 5 and 6 Primary Theatrical team and the Newlands Years 7 and 8 Junior Jazz/Broadway team finished 5th in the National Competition.

After a successful Day one in the dance arena, the team returned hoping to replicate this success in aerobics and they did not disappoint. Both the Open A and Open B teams took out gold in an incredibly high-quality competition.  Old Haileyburian Rachael Capp represented in the Old Skool Singles Female section, taking out 4th place. In the Secondary Stage 2 division, the Year 9 team finished 5th and in the Secondary Stage 1 category, the Years 7 and 8 Castlefield team came 8th and the Newlands team finished 11th.

It is an exceptional effort to make the Nationals, with all of these teams competing and training for the past 12 months. The Head of Dance, Lauren Perfect, and the Head of Aerobics, Jacqui Back, along with their staff and coaches, have done an outstanding job in preparing the girls for competition.

Stefanie Eade and Libby Lewin

Directors of Girls Sport

Boys Sport

Haileybury Aerobics and Dance boys are National Champions again!  Overall, Haileybury boys and girls achieved nine gold medals (National Champions), two silver medals and three bronze medals at the recent Gold Coast TFT School Aerobics and Dance National Championships.


Boys Sport


Aerobics Senior Singles Male: Marcus Moltzer – Gold (National Champion)

Aerobics All Boys – Senior Boys: Auska Fujihara, Yoshi Fujihara and Marcus Moltzer – Gold (National Champions)

Aerobics All Boys – Edrington Junior Boys: Jesse Laughlin-Jones, Jeremy Kerekes and Jacob Brito – Bronze

Dance Junior International – 7/8 Edrington: Jesse Laughlin-Jones – Gold (National Champion)


The opening two rounds of spring sport have been completed and it is pleasing to acknowledge the efforts of our Water Polo and Athletics teams.

In the pool, our Years 7 and 8 Water Polo teams have made a stunning start to the season, conquering all opponents in fine style. Our 1st Boys team had a tough opening-round battle against Melbourne Grammar School, losing in a tight affair.

Our track and field athletes took the long road trip to Geelong last Saturday and were greeted with cold and windy conditions. They continue to train hard, although the conditions have made the track heavy in the early part of the season. We look forward to the upcoming meets as the team prepares for the APS finals early in Term 4.

Recently, the Years 7 and 8 Cross Country team competed for the annual APS ‘Tan Challenge’. Our boys performed superbly, with Haftu Strintzos winning the event and Brodie Lynch coming in 3rd place. All of our students performed admirably in this event.


Congratulations to the following boys who were selected to represent the APS in the annual APS v AGSV matches on Saturday, 9 August:  

Football – Kieran Collins

Soccer – Liam Heilberg and Conor Daly

Hockey – Ashley Bingle (GK), Lachlan Stock and Daniel Van Der Merwe

Cross Country – Ben Kelly (inj) and James Bott

Basketball – Anthony Karabatsos, Lachlan Anthony and Max Cody

Football Umpiring – Madison Butler and Kieran Marshall.

Touch State team representative

Congratulations to James Rowland who has been selected for the U15 State Touch team.

John Headlam

Director of Middle School Boys Sport

Greg Schneiders

Director of Sport Development – Boys


The Arts

Haileybury Tattoo - photo by Amanda Carr

Haileybury Tattoo - photo by Amanda Carr

Tattoo 2014 is over.  The set has gone and the sound and lights are packed away.  The infrastructure that took weeks to assemble has disappeared overnight, leaving the dust to settle on the Aikman Hall Stage. 

All we are left with are wonderful memories of a most spectacular series of performances.


Performing Arts

Tattoo 2014 was the most successful Tattoo we have ever staged.  We thought the 120th celebration of the School would be hard to top, but the audience has voted with their feet.  The numbers are quite staggering, with over 5,000 people attending over the six nights.  More than 1,500 students performed and we managed to feature everyone in the finale each night.  The moment where the cast sings the School Song at a Tattoo is one of the best things you will experience as a Haileybury parent.

The approach of each campus to the broad theme of ‘Because we can!’ was very heartening to me as a Drama teacher.  The students had a lot of ownership of their segments, with the older Middle School students creating some thought-provoking performances.  What was most impressive was the polished nature of the work, with everyone knowing their role and embracing the chance to shine under the spotlights.

I would like to publicly thank the Tattoo Teams from each campus who have worked so hard over many months to create this unique production.  I would also like to thank the extraordinary 34-piece band led by Ms Amanda Rowarth.  Sensational!

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer a wonderful record of the Tattoo 2014 in the form of three different DVDs of the last night of each of the campus Tattoos.  The quality of the picture is outstanding and is the same as the feed that went out live during the show.  They cost $20 each. We will also have a link on the go2 homepage.  The DVDs will be delivered to students at School.  Orders are open from today and will close in two weeks.

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Stewart Bell

Director of Performing & Visual Arts



The guitar students have had a busy August, having just performed at the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria Guitar Extravaganza held at Methodist Ladies’ College on Saturday, 16 August.  The Haileybury Guitar Orchestra and Senior Guitar Ensemble performed for the fourth time at this annual event, alongside 12 other secondary school guitar ensembles.

On Monday, 18 August, Slava Grigoryan visited Haileybury to work with student guitar groups in preparation for The Grigoryan Brothers with Haileybury Guitar Students Concert.  Slava worked with the Senior Guitar Ensembles and soloists Manoj Arachige, Will Armstrong and Roger Wu, as well as groups from Newlands, Edrington and Castlefield.  The Guitar Orchestra also rehearsed their newly written Fanfare, which will open the concert next week.  The students enjoyed Slava’s insights and encouragement, and are very much looking forward to sharing the stage with Slava and his brother Lenny.

"It's always very exciting for us to discover a thriving guitar department at a school.  I had the great pleasure of spending a day with many Haileybury students and their wonderful teacher, Sergio Ercole.  I was really impressed by their playing and enthusiasm.  Leonard and I are very much looking forward to sharing the stage with the numerous ensembles and soloists – it'll be a fantastic night!" – Slava Grigoryan.

The concert is on Thursday, 28 August, at 7.30 pm on the Aikman Hall Reverse Stage. 

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This annual concert of small ensemble, chamber and solo music will be very pleasant indeed!  Many VCE students will be presenting their recital items; and the Pipe Organ, Brass Ensemble, String Orchestra and Haileybury Singers will be featured.  This is a free concert, with the Pipes & Drums playing from 1.45 pm outside the Chapel.

Amanda Rowarth

Head of Music


2016 Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Applications - Apply Now

Scholarship Applications - Apply Now

Scholarship applications for entry in 2016 are now open.

Scholarships are available at all campuses.

Academic and Music Scholarships are available to current students entering Years 7 and 10 and are awarded based on a testing and interview process.

Scholarship testing will take place at all campuses on Saturday, 8 November 2014, at 8.30 am.

Applications close Friday, 24 October 2014.


2016 Scholarship Applications

Scholarship testing will take place on Saturday, 8 November 2014, at all campuses.  Auditions for Music Scholarships will take place between 27 October and 14 November 2014.

The round involves an examination followed by interviews for selected candidates, with successful candidates notified early in Term 1.  A non-refundable fee, currently $100, is charged to students who participate in the Annual Scholarship Round.

Academic/Music (for entry into Years 5, 7 and 10)

The Academic Scholarship Program for entering Year 5 in 2016 is available to external students only.  Years 7 and 10 Academic/Music Scholarships for a 2016 entry are available to both current and external students.

At the discretion of the Principal, a number of Academic/Music Scholarships are awarded to students in Years 4, 6 and 9 for entry into Years 5, 7 and 10 at Berwick, Brighton or Keysborough.

Academic/Music Scholarships are tenable until the student has completed Year 12 and cover the School's tuition fee or a fraction thereof.  The Haileybury entrance fee, administrative charge and any levies are still payable.  Academic/Music Scholarships are awarded during the Annual Scholarship Round in November each year on the basis of a common examination and interview.  The examination is conducted by an independent testing agency.  Students applying for an Instrumental Scholarship are also required to audition.

Students applying for a Music Scholarship must be studying at least one instrument at the following minimum AMEB Grade level or equivalent:

Year 7: AMEB Grade 2 for Voice.  AMEB Grade 5 for Pianoforte or Violin.  AMEB Grade 4 for other instruments.

Year 10: AMEB Grade 4 for Voice.  AMEB Grade 6 for Pianoforte or Violin.  AMEB Grade 5 for other instruments.

For audition, students must present:

A piece on their first instrument (accompaniment will be available)

Prepared sight reading (provided a few days before the audition)

Aural Tests (at the AMEB level expected).

Music Scholarships are tenable until the student has completed Year 12 and normally cover the School's tuition fee or a fraction thereof and the whole of the instrumental tuition fee, usually for the principal instrument.  The Haileybury entrance fee, administrative charge and any levies are still payable.

A commitment to perform in Haileybury ensembles and/or choirs is an essential condition of holding a Music Scholarship and can be reviewed by the Head of Music at any time.

Parents of students who are recipients of a Music Scholarship are expected to attend performances and become members of the Music Parents Support Group.

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The Haileybury Community

Haileybury celebrates a strong sense of community

Haileybury celebrates a strong sense of community

Haileybury celebrates a strong sense of community

Haileybury Mothers Association

Old Haileyburians Association

The Haileybury Foundation

International Careers Conference

Newlands Parents and Friends 

Castlefield Parents and Friends

Edrington Parents and Friends


Haileybury Mothers Association

Firstly I would like to sincerely thank our past HMA committee members who have worked tirelessly for Haileybury over the year.  Sonja Fyfe (IPS), Tracey Armstrong (IPCR) and Marianne Mason (IPNR) have all been integral members of our team and their commitment to Haileybury is remarkable.

I would also like to extend my thanks to those members who are returning to the committee and those new members who have put their hands up to assist HMA and Haileybury in the future.

HMA President: Kymme Fujihara

HMA Treasurer: Kate Smith

HMA Social Secretary: Marni Beretta

HMA Uniform Shop Coordinator: Lindy Matters

HMA Castlefield Representative: Kerralie Shaw

HMA Edrington Representatives: Astrid Ferguson/Rebecca Radisavljevic

The HMA Secretary and the HMA Newlands Representative will be decided at the next HMA meeting. If you would like to be involved in any capacity, then please do not hesitate to contact us on

We must thank Mrs Diane Furusho for her recent attendance at our HMA meeting.  Diane's energy is unstoppable!  Our next HMA meeting will be a fun one; Mr Graeme Leys and Mr Mark Harrop will entertain us with their rendition of Haileybury's answer to the TED Talks...the HED Talks! Bring a friend along to the Barney Allen Centre at the Senior School Keysborough Campus on Tuesday, 9 September, at 10.00 am. 

STOP PRESS...Advance notification – An evening with Mr John Fleming presented by the HMA/Haileybury Institute.  This will be a huge night for all Haileybury ELC and Junior School parents!

Our next social outing is our Annual Spring Winery Luncheon on Thursday, 4 September.    Tickets are available at $60.

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The HMA Uniform Shop is open every Friday from 1.00 till 4.00 pm and we open every first and third Saturday during the school term.  Our next Saturday will be 6 September.  Donations of good, clean, current Haileybury uniforms are always happily accepted for resale.  Please submit a Seller’s Form with your clothing.

Kymme Fujihara

President, Haileybury Mothers Association

0419 329 731

Old Haileyburyians Association


This year, Heart to Heart promises to be bigger and better!  It will be held on Friday, 10 October, at The Deck, Brighton, and we would LOVE for you to join us.  All current mothers, past mothers/guardians, past female students, female teachers and female community members are invited to attend.


Nicole Bradtke will be our guest speaker and there will be some incredible prizes won throughout the night.  The main aim of the night is for women of our community to meet each other and share their stories.  You can never underestimate the power of a room full of women!  $10 from every ticket will be put towards the Heart to Heart Scholarship Fund.

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Friday, 24 October

Join us at the world-class Huntingdale Golf Club – you could even be driving home in a NEW Mercedes Benz!  Sponsorship opportunities are available.


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Alternatively contact Sarah on (03) 9904 6141.

Russell Davidson

Director of School Development & Alumni Relations

The Haileybury Foundation

Thank you to our many community members who have donated so generously recently to the Haileybury Foundation.

Did you know that all gifts to the Haileybury Foundation are fully tax-deductible?  Our Haileybury Foundation has full tax-deductible gift recipient (DGR) charitable status, and furthermore, with our voluntary Foundation Board and fully-funded Administration team, we are proud to state that every dollar and every cent of your donation will go to its intended recipient.

Support is given through tax-deductible donations directed to the School through any of the three funds: the Haileybury Scholarship Fund, the Haileybury Building Fund and the Haileybury Library Fund.  Bequests can also be made to the School or the Foundation.

Currently, five students at Haileybury are receiving the benefits of Foundation scholarships.  These children would not have the benefit of such a high quality of education, had it not been for the wonderful generosity of our donors.  Donors constitute many forms – Old Haileyburians, current and past parents, and past members of staff.  We are very fortunate to have such a generous and warm community supporting us.  As we move into the 2014/15 financial year, there is still time left for us all to make a difference to a talented, local child in 2015, whose family lacks the means to access a Haileybury education.

The Foundation asks for the support of the greater Haileybury community by pledging a commitment to help consolidate Haileybury’s position as one of Australia’s great schools, as well as helping to achieve our vision of being recognised as a great world school.

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Should you have any queries or wish to donate by any other means, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Development, Russell Davidson, on 03 9904 6140 or via email.

Your Foundation Team

International Careers Conference

With the growing trend of young Australian’s seeking international career pathways, Haileybury is proud to be sponsoring the 2014 International Careers Conference (ICC).

Run by the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the 2014 ICC will provide students with access to some of Australia’s most influential business leaders within significant overseas operations.

Sponsorship of the conference is part of Haileybury’s commitment to social justice and the community in which it stands, as well as its commitment to offering its students every advantage when it comes to future careers.

Principal Derek Scott will be one of the keynote speakers at the event held on Friday, 29 August, at the University of Melbourne.

2014 ICC Flyer 

Other speakers will include:

Tim Costello – CEO, World Vision Australia

Erika Feller – Former Assistant High Commissioner, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Leonard Vary – CEO, Myer Foundation

Jonathan Harvey – General Manager, Executive Development, ANZ Bank

Peter Nash – Chairman, KPMG Australia.

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Newlands Parents and Friends

Cupcakes, sweet treats and cheese plates were selling like hot cakes at last week’s HPFN Tattoo food and beverage stall.  Thank you to all the parents and friends who supported our stall and made it a success on the night.  Special thanks to parent Cassie Bell for her amazing talent in creating, decorating and packaging the cupcakes and sweets.  Also, thank you to the Matz family in the ELC, who kindly donated the popular Noah’s juice bottles for the evening.  It was a wonderful night of celebration.

Newlands HPFN Tattoo Stall 

HPFN also had a fantastic afternoon at our recent Movie Day at Southland.  It was lovely to see so many students and their families enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the movies.  Again, we would like to thank the Newlands community for supporting such events.

Newlands P&F 

Newlands P and F 

Next month, we will be running our third installment of the Coffee Bytes Seminars with Robyn Treyvaud.  The workshop ‘Too Much Too Soon’ will be held on Friday, 5 September, and again on Monday, 8 September.  Please visit for further details.

HPFN is proud to be a part of the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day, which is being held on 12 September.  Please check our next newsletter for further details.

We are currently assembling a team of parents and friends for the upcoming Cancer Council Relay for Life, held on 11 and 12 October, in Murrumbeena.  Relay for Life recognises and celebrates those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them.  It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.  Some of our students will be participating in their own team on the day and HPFN would like to create a team for parents and friends.  Family and friends can walk, jog, run or skip on the day.  If you would like to participate in this event or make a donation, please email HPFN secretary Beth Grech for further information.

Cheryl Coombs

President, Newlands Parents & Friends

Castlefield Parents and Friends

The HPFC and Hazlitt Club had a very successful night selling refreshments before the Castlefield Tattoo on Friday, 8 August.  Thank you to the overwhelming support from the Castlefield families, to those parents who helped out by serving on the night, and, in particular, to Wilna van der Merwe and Di Domann for their efforts.

Last week we held our first official carnival meeting for this year.  We were thrilled with the number of people who attended and even more so with the enthusiasm and fantastic ideas that resulted from this meeting.  Future meetings will be advertised via email and in the HPFC newsletter, so please look out for the dates if you are interested in being involved in this fun and fabulous event.

Nicole Piastri

President, Castlefield Parents & Friends

Edrington Parents and Friends


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 26 August, 8.30 am at Senior School.  Room SN 1.6

We would like to invite all parents and friends to join us for breakfast and a chat, followed by our regular meeting.  Melissa Schoorman, Head of Junior School, and Jason Hibberd, Head of Boys Middle School, will also be in attendance discussing ‘Great mates and STARR programs’ and resilience and bullying, and will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing some new faces at our upcoming meetings.


Thursday, 4 September

It is that time of year again where we spoil all our dads with special treats from our fantastic Fathers Day Stall.

Tuesday, 2 September – ELC stall, 2.00 pm

Wednesday, 3 September – set up of hall, 1.30 pm

Thursday, 4 September – stall day in hall, 8.30 to 11.30 am

If anyone is able to help with set-up and selling, please be in touch with Melissa Hogg-Marshall.


Friday, 5 September

In true footy spirit, we will be offering pie and treat packs to the Junior School for purchase for their upcoming footy day celebrations.  Notices will be sent home shortly.

Also, we would love to invite you all to be friends of the new Haileybury Edrington P&F Facebook page.  It will be a great way to hear the latest news and upcoming events.  We would love to hear any new ideas, thoughts and suggestions from the Edrington community.


Opening Times

Tuesday, 26 August – 2.30 to 4.00 pm

Tuesday, 2 September – 8.30 to 10.00 am

Tuesday, 9 September – 8.30 to 10.00 am

Tuesday, 16 September – 8.30 to 10.00 am

Lots of great-quality stock is available, as well as friendly volunteer staff to help with your uniform needs.  Come in to grab a bargain!

Tanya Blackledge

President, Edrington Parents & Friends