The Haileybury Program
Every stage of learning is equally important at Haileybury right through from the Early Learning Centre to Senior School.
Haileybury’s curriculum uses the Australian Curriculum as its framework and provides extension and supplementary programs at all levels.
In response to the different learning styles of students and to individual requirements reflecting gender, age, interests and potential, our teachers embrace both student-centred approaches and explicit instruction.
Explicit instruction is a research-based methodology that ensures Junior School students engage and master core skills and produces exceptional student results.
Following a lesson Warm Up, classes follow a sequence of ‘I Do, We Do and You Do’. This is the teaching and learning process that scaffolds learning. This sequence moves learning from modelling, through guided practice to independent practice.
In Junior School, the explicit instruction approach to Literacy and Numeracy, supplemented by a thinking and problem-solving approach.
Learning needs are paramount in Middle School, with an emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of issues and higher level learning outcomes.
Our unique Pre-Senior and Senior Programs are designed to nurture resilient, independent learners.
These are all directed at creating the resilient, independent learner.
Technology is increasingly becoming a key enabler and driver of education. Information and Communications Technology skills are developed progressively from the Early Learning Centre to Year 10.
Computer access is via multiple laboratories at all teaching sites, computers in the classrooms and mini-labs, as well as by home computers connected to the School's Intranet through go2.
Haileybury was a leader in implementing iPads in Middle School and offering a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program in Senior School. The School continues to take proactive steps to ensure we prepare our students to succeed. In recent reviews of how we engage, teach, facilitate and encourage learning within our school, benefits were identified in providing our students with devices that will enhance and improve their educational experience.
Effective for the 2020 academic year, Haileybury Years 5–12 students will be able to purchase a laptop that is completely supported by the School through our Managed Device Program, allowing for the best possible device experience.
Sport and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education are part of the curriculum from the Early Learning Centre to Year 12.
The breadth of sports offered is very wide, with 30 sports ranging from football, cricket and athletics to aerobics, touch and martial arts for boys and netball, softball and athletics to aerobics, touch and rowing for girls.
Interschool sport with other Associated Public Schools (APS) is played from Years 5–12 for boys and with the combined Associated Public Schools and Associated Grammar Schools Victoria (AGSV) for girls.
All students participate in intra-school House sport and interschool sport with provided training and coaching for each student. The Learn to Swim Program is also provided.
The Outdoor Experience Program includes a Camping Program, beginning with a two-night camp in Year 3 through to 10-day expeditions in national parks in Year 9. The Adventure Club provides additional opportunities in hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing and other activities through to Year 12. There is also a Health and Fitness Program.
Haileybury provides a safe and supportive learning environment and a Pastoral Care Program appropriate for each stage of schooling.
Each student is under the guidance of a homeroom teacher (Junior and Middle Schools), a tutor (Pre-Senior) or a tutor and Head of House (Senior School); and is supported by psychologists, chaplains, and other expert staff.
There is also a Health and Wellbeing Program from Prep to Pre-Senior and a Personal Development Program at Senior School.
The mental, physical and emotional well-being of students at Haileybury is underpinned by the great mantra, introduced by Dr Robert Pargetter, that ‘every student matters every day’.
Haileybury’s approach to welfare of its students is both proactive and reactive. The proactive response is based around ‘personal development’ curriculum and ‘pastoral care’ delivered by staff. Haileybury also has an exceptional team of School Psychologists who provide counselling services to students who self-refer or who are referred by staff or parents.
Our proactive programs begin in the Early Learning Centre with new families during their first interview and subsequent orientation at the ELC.
In the Junior School, selected weeks use Inquiry periods for Wellbeing which incorporates confidence, resilience, social skills, persistence and child safe lessons.
The Middle School Thrive curriculum and the Pre-Senior and Senior School Personal Excellence (PEx) programs are all designed to engage students in discussion and learning about topics of interest and importance to adolescents. One key focus is ‘Respectful Relationships’ where inclusivity and respect for all are discussed.
Leadership development is part of the program for all students, and leadership training is provided for those who take advantage of the vast opportunities for leadership provided at Haileybury. Leadership opportunities are available at all levels of schooling and all students are encouraged to participate.
In the senior years, Haileybury has a vast number of leadership roles for which students can apply, whether it is captains of sports, clubs or Houses, the Student Representative Council (SRC) or School Captains in Year 12.
Extensive Co-Curriculum Activities
Students from Year 5 are involved in debating, public speaking, chess and competitions such as Tournament of Minds, Future Problem Solving and the Human Powered Vehicle. There are specific academic extension activities, which are enhanced by the special Classics Program and various academic clubs.
In the Arts, the opportunities for students extend beyond the curriculum and include dramatic and musical productions, concerts and the visual arts.
Participation in the Pipes & Drums involves students in both competition and concert performance.
Programs with a community focus include Amnesty International, a student newspaper and magazine, archives and social service activities.
There is also strong involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program.
Curious Minds (Co-Curricular and Academic Extension) Activities
The Curious Minds programme provides students from years Prep-12 with a diverse range of innovative and challenging co-curricular and academic extension opportunities including but not limited to; Model United Nations, Haileybury Hive, Drone Academy and competitions such as Tournament of Minds, Future Problem Solving and the Human Powered Vehicle. Each activity is designed to expand students’ thinking and build life-long skills to ensure they are best prepared for pathways, careers and opportunities of the future.
All Curious Minds activities are offered by way of two distinct areas; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and LEAP (Literature, Entrepreneurship, Arts & Politics). Within STEM and LEAP, activities are also gathered into learning pods that act as mini academies on the basis of common skills or themes. Some of our learning pods include: Haileybury in Flight, Digital Disruptors, Mind Sports, Talented Teams and Acting Up.
The skills and competencies honed and expanded through engagement in these activities are formally recognised by HYCreds – Haileybury’s micro-credentialing system. Haileybury students have the opportunity to earn and be awarded rich, meaningful digital badges that represent their passions. This information is then used to develop depth of detail for each student’s overall learner profile and serves as a mark of achievement for future consideration.
Haileybury provides a program to develop the social competencies of its students at each stage of learning. Of particular importance are gender-related social competencies, which are developed within the context of parallel education.
While students benefit from learning in single-gender classrooms from the middle to senior years, common areas of the School are designed to promote a social atmosphere between the two genders.
Social justice is a cornerstone of the Haileybury Program. For students it creates awareness of their community, as well as their own self-worth. We all benefit from living in a just society—one that supports the law and human rights, where each individual is valued as an equal member of that society.
Students can join a range of campus-specific activities that focus on human rights and equal opportunity. Each of the School's campuses supports a range of fundraising initiatives for charities. Over 30 charities benefit from the Social Justice Program each year.
Our Dance students learn choreography, performance, technique and physiology, providing a solid grounding for creativity development. Students have the option of joining many of the Dance Teams from Middle School onwards.
Many of our Dance Teams have won state and national dance titles. Dance also forms part of the School’s major productions, such as the musicals and Tattoo spectaculars.
Our students can enjoy Drama in first-class facilities throughout their schooling. The Drama Program is integrated into all year levels. Through drama and movement, Junior School students are encouraged to become creators, makers, producers, performers, presenters, audience members and critics.
Drama is a core part of the Middle School Curriculum and becomes an elective in Year 9. Middle and Senior School students can join large-scale productions, and choose from a range of theatre and drama studies at VCE level.
An exceptional Instrumental Program underpins Music at Haileybury. We offer individual and group tuition in all orchestral elements, including piano, pipe organ, voice and guitar as well as the bagpipes. Each campus boasts an orchestra, concert band, and a range of choirs and smaller ensembles.
In Year 2, students learn violin, viola, cello or double bass in small groups. In Senior School, they may choose Music as part of their VCE Program and broaden their experience through performances and concerts.
Art is integral to a complete education. Our Visual Arts students learn to foster critical skills and an understanding of aesthetics, while developing an appreciation of visual thinking, cultural change and the importance of art and design in a multicultural society.
From Year 1, compulsory arts elements encourage students to explore their talents and passions. They can continue Visual Arts in VCE, through mediums such as Studio Art, Visual Communication, Media, Product Design and Technology. We also offer VET subjects such as Creative and Digital Media.