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Staying Safe Online

On Wednesday, 18 May, we will hold our Junior School webinar that will give parents and carers insights and important information about the kinds of online experiences children can be exposed to.

The Cyber Safety Project team will cover topics like screen time, social networking trends and how to support your child and family to establish a safe digital environment at home.

Information about this session is available on myHaileybury.

Fight MND

The Brighton campus will be supporting the Fight MND once again. The Rendall House Senior School boys are leading the event on Wednesday, 8 June, that will take place from the end of the school day until 5.00 pm.

Come along and meet AFL and AFLW players, grab a sausage and watch your favourite teachers taking part in an ice bucket challenge. Beanies and socks will be on sale before the day and all proceeds will go to Fight MND.

More information will be available via the myHaileybury app soon.

Early Learning Centre

Getting Messy Matters

It is a well-known fact that young children learn best through play and open-ended messy play is one of the best ways to build children’s wellbeing and creativity. It also supports their sensory, cognitive, emotional, physical, social and language development.

Messy play ranges from sensory experiences such as playing with sand, water, mud, foam and slime, to using visual art mediums such as paint, collage, dough and clay. Cooking, gardening and outdoor play are also great ways for children to learn, so you can create and follow a recipe together, plant a seedling, or crunch the autumn leaves as you take a walk.

Messy play is a beautiful way for children to use and extend their imagination and concentration, practice their problem solving and pre-literacy skills and it brings opportunities to explore science and maths concepts. It stimulates the senses as children investigate and discover, and influences how they learn about the world around them.

Junior School

Welcoming Families

The Junior School were so thrilled to welcome mums, aunties, nannas and special friends to the classrooms on Friday, 6 May. From pampering sessions to maths games, there was something for everyone. We hope the carefully selected gifts bought at the HFPC Mothers Day stall were well received and kept hidden until Sunday morning!

A Few Reminders

  • As the cold weather arrives this term, please ensure your child has their jumper for recess and lunch times. Blazers are not to be worn outside at these times.
  • There are only three places where you may pick up your Junior School child—from their classroom, at the Meeting place outside the Year 1 rooms, or from the roundabout. Junior School students are not permitted to walk outside the school property without a parent, guardian or Middle School sibling.
  • Smart watches and Space Talk watches should be set to school mode and not used for communication between home and school between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.
  • The back playground is not to be played in after school. Please make sure your children are supervised when playing in East Quad after school.


Upcoming Dates

  • Learning, Connecting and Playing Safely Online parent webinar: Wednesday, 18 May
  • Year 4 excursion to Hamer Hall: Thursday, 19 May
  • Learn Assembly: Thursday, 26 May
  • Year 4 Creative Night: Thursday, 26 May
  • Cross Country: Tuesday, 31 May
  • PJ Day: Friday, 3 June
  • Play Assembly: Friday, 10 June
  • Presentation Assembly: Friday, 24 June


Middle School

Mothers Day Celebrations

This week the Middle School honoured our wonderful mums. Our Years 5 and 6 parents spent time in the classroom with their boys, challenging them at UNO, drinking cups of tea and spending quality time in their class.

Across the oval, our mums and girls danced away the morning during a high energy ‘Mumba’ session run by Mrs Wittels. Our Years 7 and 8 students filled the hall and there was a packed house of mums in the balcony who were entertained by a comedy act from our Middle School Captains and some heartfelt and genuine student tributes to their mums. What a lovely opportunity to see our community celebrate such important people in our lives. Happy Mothers Day!

Thriving and Changing

In Term 1, our Year 7 Thrive students learnt all about what it means and takes to be Global Changemakers. As a result, they are now working towards raising enough money to build a library for Pokhara School in Nepal. Later this term, the students will hold a series of fundraisers to help raise the funds for this inspiring project.

Our students have also created an online presence to draw attention to this project and there are lots of household items for sale, such as toilet paper, handwash and dishwashing detergents. All these items are 100 per cent sustainable and eco-friendly and profits from every item sold helps fund the Pokhara School project!

Please support our Year 7 Global Changemakers by clicking on the link below and buying some items.

Katrina Manson

Head of Castlefield (Brighton)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)

Mothers Day Luncheon

The Mothers Day Luncheon was a huge success. Liz Dawes spoke to us about the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation that supports paediatric brain cancer research and care and there was not a dry eye in the beautiful Encore venue.

As Sarah Cavalier revealed, a Haileybury Castlefield team has been organised for families to participate in Connor’s Run this year. Please click on the link to make a donation or to join the event!

Ian Green

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield