Campus News

Connecting as a City Community

Last year, to signal life returning to campus, our students sang Here comes the Sun and the sun certainly shone brightly for our first HPF City event for 2022. Parents and friends gathered on our glorious Inside Out Court and we enjoyed morning tea together. Everyone commented on the warm welcome back to campus and the great City community.

Coming together for these events reminds us of what we have missed and we are so glad to pick up exactly where we left off—with smiles, laughter and connection. We also passed on the thanks of the parent community to staff for the wonderful start to the year.

Excited Campers

We were enormously proud of the excited campers who headed off for the first camp of 2022. Our Year 5 girls, along with Mrs Christine Stephenson and Ms Sonia Habib, were focused on the experience and learning that awaited at Phillip Island and, once again, we enjoyed glorious sunshine.

As students embrace these new experiences, it is wonderful to witness them learn that they are capable and independent. Supported by their peers, teachers and families, they learn to step out of their comfort zone and embrace the challenges of our wonderful outdoor education program.

Early Learning Centre

Learning From Dinosaurs

In the ELC, our curriculum responds to the needs and interests of children and our observations and conversations with children inform our planning of the curriculum. Our specialist classes are purposefully linked to extend and enhance each child’s learning through play-based learning and explicit teaching opportunities.

Reception children’s passion for dinosaurs has driven our Creative Arts program. Children were encouraged to identify shapes within the bodies of their favourite dinosaurs, also incorporating mathematical concepts into their learning.

Features of dinosaurs were discussed and questions were asked like ‘Why does the brachiosaurus have a long neck?’ and ‘Why does a stegosaurus have triangle-shaped plates on its back?’ Recycled materials have been used as children practice fine motor skills to cut, paste and paint their very own dinosaur.

Pre-Prep children have been reading texts related to feelings. Children were given opportunities to draw pictorial or written representations of their feelings in different situations. One child shared how they felt ‘angry’ when they got a splinter, while another described feeling ‘happy’ when the sun shone at the weekend. This encouraged children to identify and describe feelings to their peers and Educators and to categorise these into the different Zones of Regulation.

These are examples of an emergent curriculum that supports rich opportunities for each child’s learning and development. Curriculum Contexts are published and available to families in the ELC and via our ELC app every four weeks or so.

We welcome the input of all families into the Curriculum Context. If you would like to contribute any thoughts or ideas, please contact Ms Wilma Cheng or Ms Gigi Chau to discuss.

Junior School

Lights, Camera, Action

Our Year 3 students immersed themselves in our Lights, Camera, Action perspective during a recent Inquiry session. Beginning with a provocation image, the students completed a See, Think, Wonder thinking routine which allowed them to pose lots of questions.

Their observations and questions triggered a robust discussion about refugees and students were able to open their lens to others and show empathy—one of our Respectful Relationships pillars.

Lastly, students suggested solutions-focused and impactful actions that they could take. The thinking and discussion during this lesson was a superb example of how our students are working towards our 2022 goal of being Outward Looking and Future Focused.

Literacy Session for Prep Parents

In Week 3, Prep parents attended a Literacy session to explore how they can support their child’s reading at home. After the presentation, our enthusiastic Prep students joined their parents for some fun reading games. Stepping stones, fishing and flash cards proved to be a fantastic way for Prep students to build their reading skills while having fun with their parents.

Mr Tim Naughton and Ms Tracey Cronin were so proud of the growth in our Prep students after just one week of school and our Prep parents were simply amazed! We look forward to our Numeracy Session for Prep Parents on Tuesday, 8 March.

Middle School

What an Exciting and Busy Start

There has been a real buzz around City campus in our first few weeks! It has been wonderful to have our music ensembles up and running, along with our after-school clubs.

The first Camp of the year departed and our Year 5 Girls had a fabulous time! The weather put on a show, allowing all students to relish the opportunity to enjoy surfing, bike riding and other outdoor activities. It was a wonderful time of friendship, adventures and learning a variety of different outdoor skills. Students also enjoyed their visit to Queen Victoria Market and are already looking forward to their next school camp experience!

It was wonderful to meet so many of our Middle School families at Inside Out for our Meet and Greet morning. Having not had the opportunity to be together in such a long time, it was a welcome opportunity to get to know our new families and to reconnect with those who are familiar to Haileybury.

Camp Update

At this stage, the Year 7 and Year 8 camps are due to go ahead as planned.

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional”
John C. Maxwell

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

An Inside Out Welcome

We hope everyone has had a good start to the year as our children and young people embrace the return of face-to-face learning.

During our recent HPFC Social Rep meeting we spoke about the resilience our students have learned over the past two years. An example of this is their acceptance of the twice weekly rapid antigen tests. We have a wonderful video to share with you to help your children manage this confidently.

We were thrilled to meet so many new families from ELC to Year 12 on the Inside Out Courts on Tuesday, 8 February. Thank you to our Social Reps who managed the tables and welcomed year group families. It was fantastic to share a cuppa and some delicious scones with parents—some of whom we had only met through WhatsApp, Zoom or not at all!

This event was a reminder of the importance of our community and the connections we make through our School. Thank you to the Haileybury City Executive team and staff for making the event possible.

We look forward to our next event which is the Haileybury Rooftop Party on Friday, 4 March, at 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm. It will be held atop our beautiful campus with Flagstaff Gardens providing a magnificent backdrop at sunset. Bring your appetites as the summer BBQ fare and drinks will not disappoint! Booking will be through the TryBooking link, which will be forwarded to you via the myHaileybury App in the next week.

It was also wonderful to see life returning to campus as we met our littlest Junior School Haileyburians while they engaged with their parents in a literacy session. Again, this further confirmed the importance of our links between school and home.

Good luck to our Saturday Sport participants this week. Hopefully, we can continue our good fortunes in a number of disciplines and increase family connections as our students perform to their best.

Have a wonderful fortnight!

Nina Brooks & Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City