Campus News

World’s Greatest Shave

While we have been in lockdown, Claire Leung (Year 4) and Sophia Leung (Year 6) have been busy fundraising and preparing to shave their heads for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

The girls are raising money that will go towards providing families facing blood cancer with emotional and practical support. The girls also donated their hair to the clever people at Sustainable Salons who repurpose it into wigs for those who’ve lost their hair due to cancer.

Return to Campus

We look forward to welcoming our students back on campus this term. The roadmap set out by the Victorian Government allows us to welcome our students onsite across staggered dates, commencing with our Preps and Years 1 and 2 from Monday, 18 October. Preparations are in progress to ensure classrooms and learning spaces are ready for our students to return.

Early Learning Centre

Learning From Home or School

For ELC students learning from home, there have been many opportunities to stay connected. They have seen each other on screen through daily Zooms and home learning experiences include Social Thinking, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Music and Movement. The Specialist Program has also been maintained with Library, Creative Arts, Physical Activity with Mrs Crowe and Music with Mrs Jacob.

For students learning at school, there have been opportunities to spend time getting to know new peers and educators as classes have combined. Students have also discovered new spaces as different learning environments were explored.

Wacky Wednesday

During the last week of Term 3, the ELC students and teachers celebrated the end of a crazy term with Wacky Wednesday. For children learning at home and those learning on campus, it was a chance to be silly, crazy, wacky and just have a lot of fun.

Everyone was invited to wear a ‘touch of wacky’ as we enjoyed the Dr Seuss story, found all the wacky things on each page and joined in songs, dancing, experiments and games.

Junior School

Anzac Biscuits and Astronomy at Year 3 Camp

There was lots of fun to be had as our teachers ran a virtual camp for our Year 3 students in the final week of the term. Starting with a camp briefing and a whole group Anzac biscuit cooking lesson, students then moved into mixed groups to participate in astronomy, bush art, fort building, Minute To Win It games and a scavenger hunt.

Everyone was invited to have lunch and dinner together in breakout rooms and it was excellent to see so many camp set-ups in backyards and lounge rooms. I loved being part of the conversation in the rooms I joined!

Junior School Keeps on Moving

PE teacher Miss Natalie Lath asked students to record how far and how often they have been exercising! Here are the progressive stats as we went into the holidays. My gosh! They climbed across the month!

We remind students that the challenge continues through the break and they can add their exercise to the form on their PE announcement page.

So far, the Junior School children have completed 1,497,924 steps, they’ve scooted for 101 kilometres, cycled 1,417 km, skated for 55.5 hours and completed 2,317 skips. They swam 18 km, have finished 89 hours of strength workouts and participated in 12,847 hours of sport. What a great result!

Middle School

Rest and Recuperate

As our students and families enjoy a very well-earned rest from Term 3 that was spent predominantly online, the School is preparing for an exciting Term 4 and our staged return to learning. All measures are being considered to ensure that the safest, most seamless transition can occur for our Middle School students.

Our learning community has shown such impressive resilience in the face of online learning. However, the prospect of seeing the faces of our amazing Middle School students in our school grounds, in the classroom and in person, brings great joy and is something we couldn’t welcome quickly enough.

Our students are the core of the School. Their minds, attitudes, drive and their ability to form relationships with each other and with their teachers are the backbone of our Castlefield community. We eagerly look forward to Term 4 and all that lies ahead.

From Speech Night to Graduation, House events to year-level transitions, we aim to ensure our young students are provided with opportunities, a sense of purpose, a safe and encouraging learning environment and, most importantly, a community that embraces them…no matter what is thrown their way.

It is with great excitement that we look forward to welcoming our students back onsite in Term 4.

Katrina Manson

Head of Castlefield (Brighton)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)

Welcome to Term 4

We welcome our families and friends back to Term 4.

Hopefully everyone has had a chance to relax, unwind and prepare for the final term of the year. The end of the year is rapidly approaching and we are hopeful we can resume our in-person events soon.

Ian Green

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield