Campus News

Culture of Connectedness

At Castlefield, connection is an important focus as we aim for students to feel safe in their environment, to have friends and to have someone they can talk to, sit next to and play with.

We also look to create opportunities for families to make life-long friendships, to be able to organise playdates for their children, and to know who has children in the same sport team or after-school activity so they can carpool.

Recently, I learned more about the health benefits associated with social connections, like lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy and a stronger immune system. So not only are we creating a safe and happy community, together we are stronger and healthier.

The last two weeks have included several events for our parents to join together and acknowledge, celebrate and recognise our students and each other. These include a brilliant International Women’s Day Breakfast, our Year 6 Creative Arts Evening and our HPFC-led parent gatherings.

The students also had a fun-filled fortnight with our Years 3 and 4 Swimming Carnival, Arts Week activities culminating in the Afternoon on the Green, and a focus on social justice with our Colour for a Cure World’s Greatest Shave event and our JS ‘Kindness is our Superpower’ Superhero Day.

Early Learning Centre

Learning Beyond the Classroom

We are very fortunate to have qualified Early Childhood Educators who specialise in different areas and offer our ELC students learning opportunities beyond their classroom. Each week, classes venture out of their early learning environments to explore and be part of the School.

Across the week, students attend library, creative arts, physical activity, music and environmental learning. The specialist and classroom educators work together and the learning objectives for these sessions are an extension of the classroom curriculum.

The current learning objectives involve children having time to discover the wonderful space and the magical world of books during library and focussing on body and spatial awareness with nursery rhymes to build on language, rhyme, rhythm, visualisation and imagination during creative arts. They also explore hand-eye coordination and ball skills in physical activity.

Our environmental learning sessions vary from class to class and focus on emerging ideas as we acknowledge the Boonwurrung Peoples as the traditional custodians of this land. Caring for Country is a focus that includes sustainable practices like reducing, reusing and recycling.

Junior School

Keen Competition in Swim Carnival

It was the battle of the pool as students in Years 3 and 4 competed at the House Swimming Carnival. After completing a successful Swim Program during the first half of the term, students showed off their new-found skills with a little healthy competition. House chants and cheering could be heard across the Junior School and a great time was had by all. Special thanks to our PE staff for organising this event.

Coming Together

Without parents present in the balcony, assemblies have looked a little different this term. However, the Junior School has loved coming together with our House Captains. We’ve had beautiful music performances from individuals and from our Scrolls Ensemble and Ukulele Rookies. Students in our younger classes who couldn’t attend assemblies in the past two years are learning how to be great audience members and listen respectfully to those on stage.

In the spirit of coming together, the Arts staff are busily preparing for the first of our Creative Nights. Year 3 students can each attend with one adult on Thursday, 24 March, and it is the turn of Year 2 students to have some creative fun on Thursday, 31 March.

Moving between art, drama and music, students will showcase what they have learned in class. We look forward to seeing you there.

Middle School

Breakfast for International Women’s Day

Castlefield Middle School and Brighton Senior School joined together to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 9 March, with a breakfast event. It was wonderful to host this for our community with more than 200 parents, special friends and students in attendance. The morning was a huge success.

School Captain, Victoria Paitaridis (Year 12) and Middle School Girls Captain Cooper Curley (Year 8) shared their thoughts on what International Women’s Day means to them and their ideas on the ‘break the bias’ theme.

Victoria and Cooper reflected on women in the industry, how modern society understands female empowerment and the importance of taking risks and aiming high. The morning was a wonderful celebration and a chance to connect across schools for such a great cause.

Katrina Manson

Head of Castlefield (Brighton)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)

Thank You For Coming

Thank you to all the families that joined us for the Year 6 Creative Arts Evening. It was lovely to see the community together and parents meeting and reconnecting onsite.

The Prep and Year 5 Parent Evenings, at the newly-renovated Marine Hotel, were well-attended with much discussion around how great it was to meet parents in the same year level. Thank you to the families that came to support these evenings.

Our Year 7 Evening will be held on Tuesday, 22 March, at 7.30 pm at the Marine Hotel.

HPFC General Meeting

Recently the School sent out a notice titled Welcome to our Community and many parents expressed interest in learning more about the HPFC and getting involved in some way. There are plenty of opportunities to do so.

Today, Monday, 21 March, at 7.30 pm in the Sholto Black Room, the HPFC will host a meeting to discuss what we do and to answer all your questions. Please come along and join us.

Ian Green

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield