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A strong focus on academics within the classroom is carefully paired with our Curious Minds program that brings opportunities for students to be involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and LEAP (Literature, Enterprise, Arts and Politics). In combination, these activities allow students to broaden their critical thinking and creativity.

Monday, 6 June, marked the start of LEAP Week with many activities and clubs open for our students, like debating, public speaking, Art Works, Drama Club, Library Trivia, Future Problem Solving, $20 Boss and Model United Nations to name a few.

Languages Week

This week celebrates Languages at Castlefield with students immersed in cultural quizzes, trivia contests, calligraphy lessons, designing travel posters, origami sessions and Education Perfect competitions with our fabulous LOTE teachers.

Zoom conversations with students in Japan, writing pen pal letters, a Taiko drumming performance and international food being served at the canteen are also part of the week-long event. Our students are certainly going to have a wonderful week of cultural engagement.

Early Learning Centre

Complementing the Curriculum

Linking children’s curiosity beyond the classroom lends itself to more complex engagement and deepens the kind of learning that can be transformative.

Reception children recently took part in a Wild Action incursion that grew their understanding and knowledge about the native Australian animals they have been exploring in their classrooms. The children enjoyed the hands-on opportunity to hear about and hold a variety of native animals.

A highlight was seeing a real echidna and koala — gawarn and gurborra in Boonwurrung language and also the names of the Reception classes.

Pre-Preps have ventured out and about, exploring plants, bark and insects and being aware of what is under foot, and so, treading gently. The children walked with care, using their senses as they considered road safety along the way.

Hampton Beach Patrol Visit

Hampton Beach Patrol visited ELC to talk about the importance of picking up rubbish and disposing of it correctly. The children enthusiastically walked around the Haileybury grounds collecting rubbish, discussing the different types of rubbish they found and how they could try to stop rubbish from ending up on the land.

Junior School

Making Up for Lost Time

It’s been great to return to our normal program this year with events like the House Cross Country that was held in tough conditions. Students took to the soggy course but House spirit was high as runners rounded the bend into the home stretch. Russell House were the victors.

Students and staff certainly relished wearing their dressing gowns and Ugg boots on one of the coldest days of the year! Thank you to our community for their generous donations that have gone to St Kilda Mums to support families in need.

On Monday, 30 May, a team of Year 4 students took part in the Just Dance competition. Organised by Adrian Lam, Middle School Science teacher and STEM Coordinator, the esports event connected Year 4 students from across Australia. Our team had a great day competing.

“We performed twenty dances over the day and finished the competition in third place!”
Emmanuel Gioutlou


In Term 3, assemblies will occur on the following dates:

  • Week 1: Friday, 22 July: Semester 2, House Captain Induction Assembly
  • Week 3: Friday, 5 August: Care Assembly
  • Week 5: Friday, 19 August: Learn Assembly
  • Week 7: Friday, 2 September: Play Assembly
  • Week 9: Friday, 16 September: Presentation Assembly

Middle School

Learning to Learn

Within our 'culture of learning' at Castlefield, students continually move through the cycle of ‘learning to learn’ by being prepared, ready, engaged and reflective. This allows students to approach assessments, tests and exams with the knowledge that every process and outcome, no matter what the result, is a chance to self-reflect, to have healthy conversations around improvement and to celebrate — the result, their effort or the grit they have demonstrated.

Our Years 7 and 8 students are to be commended for their efforts throughout their exam period. They were delighted to be rewarded with a pizza lunch in the sunshine to celebrate.

Plenty of Chances to Connect

The Middle School is abuzz with activities that see our students come together — from House events and challenges to fundraising BBQs, incursions, Creative Arts nights and the sport program. So, while the young members of Haileybury Castlefield are learning to learn, they are also learning invaluable life skills of collaboration, communication and connecting with each other.

Katrina Manson

Head of Castlefield (Brighton)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)

HPFC General Meeting

Last Monday, the HPFC held their General Meeting which was well attended. Thank you to the parents who joined us and provided fabulous ideas we can organise this year. We look forward to showcasing several events in the coming months.

Ian Green

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield