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CEO | Principal's Report

It has been a very busy and exciting term from ELC to Year 12 and I thank all families, students and staff for the great collaborative effort.

I was delighted that the term ended with the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee awards which saw Year 8 student Zachary C win the national title for the second year in a row.

In fact, this is the third year in a row that a Haileybury student has won the national title.

Haileybury student Will W also came second in the Year 4 category and Aariyan M was fifth behind Zachary in Year 8.

These remarkable results are a testament to the hard work of the students, the support from staff and families, and the strength of Haileybury’s focus on core skills. Strong development of core skills in literacy and numeracy is fundamental for Haileybury, and they set the students up to move into creative thinking and analysis development.

I was very pleased with the strength of Haileybury’s NAPLAN spelling results across the School. Haileybury’s Year 3 spelling average was 510 against a national average of 404, Year 5 average was 574 (489), Year 7 was 609 (539) and Year 9 was 627 (568). These results are similarly reflected in grammar and punctuation. 

Literacy standards are incredibly important and start with sound skills. They are further developed by a love of reading. As Zachary noted when accepting his award, his teacher, Ms Sarah Haley, has encouraged him with this, as she and other teachers have done with all students.

I wish everyone an enjoyable term break and hope that all Haileybury students will take up the chance to do some reading for enjoyment.

Derek Scott
CEO | Principal

Artificial intelligence at Haileybury

As a School with a future focus, Haileybury intends to work with our community to help students prepare for their educational and professional pathways beyond school, where AI will play a prominent part.

Since providing initial advice to families in February, several changes have occurred that necessitate revised guidance for our School community. This includes a change in the ChatGPT Terms and Conditions, which now allow access for students aged 13 and above, and the move to embed OpenAI functions inside Microsoft products.

Beginning in Term 3, 2023, access to ChatGPT is now unrestricted on the School Wi-Fi for students in Years 8 and above.

As a parent or guardian, you have the option to opt out of your child having a ChatGPT account. This decision will be recorded for teachers to reference when planning classroom activities. However, all students will be exposed to AI concepts and their potential applications as part of their learning at Haileybury.

We encourage open discussions and collaboration among our School community as we explore AI technologies in our learning environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Artificial intelligence advice for students.

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