Campus News

Respectful Silence for Anzac Day

As the whole School gathered in West Quad on Wednesday, 27 April, a respectful silence fell across students and staff. In an entirely student-run service, Year 12 Leaders, Oscar Croxall and Annabelle Jones, joined Year 8 Leaders and the crowd to observe a minute’s silence.

Students and staff also listened to stories of those who served their country and to a beautiful, well-rehearsed pipers lament from Ben Turner and James Harris. The Last Post was played by staff member Tristan Rebien - who was fantastic!

The connection that comes through empowering students to take ownership of these occasions has been a focus at Castlefield and we are grateful to watch these young leaders lead with purpose and pride.

Bike Safety

It is wonderful to see more students riding bikes to school. However, the crossing supervisors on South Road have told us that students are not getting off their bikes and walking them across the pedestrian crossing within the white line markings on the road.

The supervisors on duty look after the safety of our community and indicate when pedestrians can cross the road by signaling with a whistle. We ask parents to please remind their bike-riding children of these rules.

We would also like to remind families who enter the school via South Road that the bike lane is well-used, so please be aware of students riding their bikes as you enter and exit the two-minute zone and the main school gates.

Mothers Day Stall

Students can purchase gifts for their mums at the Mothers Day Stall in the Sholto Black Room on Thursday, 5 May. ELC Reception students will visit the stall on Wednesday, 4 May. Thank you to the HPFC for organising this much-appreciated event.

Early Learning Centre

Partnerships With Our Families

The ELC has had a very settled and enthusiastic start to the new Term. Over the break, educators planned indoor and outdoor learning environments and ensured they were ready for children to be able to extend their exploration and learning. Children arrived in Week 1, eager to reconnect and discover and families were welcomed on site for the first time this year.

We are looking forward to celebrating Mothers Day by inviting mums and special friends to the ELC and to our ‘stay and play’ sessions. Mums hold a special place in the hearts of Reception and Pre-Prep children and we look forward to celebrating during the week.

“I love my mummy because she plays with me”
“My mummy gives me cuddles and makes me happy”
“She is really strong—she can lift lots of things at the same time”
“I love my mummy in my heart”

Developing and Connecting

Next week, Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Monday, 9 and Wednesday 11, May. These are a great opportunity for parents to meet with Lead Educators to discuss their child and the growth that has taken place over the first term. On Tuesday, 10 May a parent information session regarding speech development in children, with speech pathologist Julie Liptak, is on offer for parents to attend.

Junior School

Inviting all Mums and Mother Figures

The Junior School warmly invite all mums and mother figures into the classrooms on Friday, 6 May, from 8.45 – 9.15 am to explore the activities on offer, chat to other families and connect with our teachers. This is always a favourite event in our calendar!

Sing it, Act it, Dance it

This great musical theatre style club runs each Tuesday lunchtime in Dickinson Hall. The weekly commitment of students who take part culminated in a great show for the Junior School at the end of term. Sisters, Chloe and Ava, loved being on stage as part of the ensemble and relished the applause.

Supporting St Kilda Mums with Pyjama Day

Once again, our Junior School families are asked to support St Kilda Mums. Pyjama Day will be held on Friday, 3 June, and we ask students to bring baby wipes, disposable nappies, new underwear, children’s socks and pyjamas and unopened baby toiletries, like bath wash, nappy cream, body lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste – but no talcum powder please.

Middle School

The Joy of Holidays

The holidays brought some rest for students, parents, families and teachers after a long stretch of uninterrupted presenteeism at school. In fact, this was the longest stretch at school for over two years and everyone is to be commended for the positive manner in which they all returned to their regular lives and established new, normal routines.

House Spirit

The students have been amazing, resilient, flexible and understanding in all their endeavours. A particular standout has been their collective House Spirit, the likes of which we have not seen before. They are going all out and it is amazing to see House capes, masks, hats, tutus and multi-coloured wigs becoming the norm for House events. This has inspired many House teachers who have spent the break shopping and sewing to ‘up their game’!

Primed and Practiced

Academically, our students have performed strongly and we will continue to challenge them and place them outside their comfort zones. Mid-Year exams for students in Years 7 and 8 will take place, with end of unit tests and assignments being conducted in Years 5 and 6.

While the outcome of these assessments is always important, more important is the process and what is learnt from the experience and applied to the next opportunity. It is our collective goal to have all our students primed, practiced and ready to perform at their very best in the senior years of school.

Achieving this requires many hours of practice and, at times, failure and it’s important to remember that failure is only temporary and is an opportunity for reflection and improvement.

“Failure is not the opposite of success; it is actually an inherent part of the Success Process.”

Katrina Manson

Head of Castlefield (Brighton)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)

Mothers Day Lunch

Our popular Haileybury Mothers Day Lunch will be held at Encore at St Kilda Beach on Friday, 6 May, from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm.

Tickets cost $150 each plus a TryBooking fee and are on sale now via the link below:

HPFC Mothers Day Stall

Haileybury Parents and Friends presents...our annual Mothers Day Stall.

Located in the Sholto Black Room, adjacent to the canteen, children will visit in their class groups to purchase gifts for their mums, grandmothers or special friend. There will be a fabulous range of gifts priced from $0.50 – $15.00.

Reception students only

Wednesday, 4 May, 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Pre-Prep to Year 8

Thursday, 5 May, 8.20 am – 2.30 pm

Can you help?

Parent helpers are needed on the stall. If you can spare an hour, please sign up for a shift via the below link. Thank you for your support.

Ian Green

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield