Campus News

Mothers and Significant Women Celebrate

We love celebrating the important role that mums and significant women play in the lives of our children and young people. The myHaileybury app has all the dates of events we are hosting in early May. Bookings are essential, so please jump on the app and sign up.

Outdoor Education

This term, students in Years 4, 5, 7 and 8 have headed out to various parts of Victoria for a variety of outdoor education experiences. We have been delighted to see so many students attend camps in Term 1, despite the COVID challenges that we continue to navigate.

Encouraging our young people to step outside their comfort zone is challenging and rewarding. I am sure our families have enjoyed the camp stories that are told and retold—the Giant Swing becomes higher, the waves get bigger, the hikes become longer and the lights out chats grow later!

I would also like to express my gratitude to all the Haileybury City staff who are the students’ cheerleaders through the good times and their champions through the tough times.

Happy Holidays!

I hope our families are having a very happy, restful and refreshing holiday break. So much has been achieved in Term 1. We focused on the academic, social, emotional and physical growth of every student and are delighted to have finished so well and to have remained outward looking and future focused.

I thank our community of staff, students and parents for your support of our social justice initiatives for the Good Friday Appeal. Our Easter Egg hampers raised over $4,000, which is a wonderful result for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Early Learning Centre

ELC Philosophy Review

Our Philosophy Statement is an important document in the ELC, as it contains information on the ELC’s program and practice, our values and what we see as important aspects of our Early Years Program.

A review of the Philosophy Statement is undertaken to ensure it remains current and reflects our ELC environment and all Educators have been invited to contribute. We have also spoken with children to ensure that their voice, and what is important to them, is captured within the document and subsequently reflected in our ELC.

The combined voice of Educators, children and families ensures a strong collaborative partnership in the education and care of each child. We invite our families to be part of this important review process via the suggestions section in the ELC foyer.

Respectful Relationships Begin in the ELC

Following discussions about our Philosophy Statement, ELC children have explored and thought deeply about the value of ‘respect’—a concept that is explicitly taught and intentionally modelled within the ELC.

Our Social Thinking Curriculum teaches respect for self and others, and our inclusion of Indigenous perspectives promotes respect for our lands, oceans and waterways. The foundations for respectful relationships begin in the ELC as we teach children to verbalise their feelings, to engage thoughtfully with peers, and to understand the concept of ‘personal bubbles’.

The Reception children have articulated beautifully what ‘respect’ means to them and this is displayed through their interactions in the Reception room. Some of their thoughts are shared here:

Aurora: “Sharing toys, being kind and we talk nicely...and ask if they would like a cuddle.”
Mia: “Sharing toys and caring for friends.”
Daniel: “Reading books together.”
Sebastian: “Use gentle hands when we play outside.”
Amber: “Play with our friends together gently.”
Ariana: “Be gentle, when they are in the blue zone, help them to get to the green zone.”
Alice: “Be kind.”
Ishka: “We take turns when we are playing together.”

Junior School

Lights, Camera, Action

For the last few weeks of Term 1, our Junior School students have lived out our 2022 goal of being outward looking and future focused. At assembly, we lit up our students’ thinking by sharing information about the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Not only did our students learn about how the Royal Children’s Hospital uses the Appeal money, they learned about who might benefit from fundraising. This helped our students open up their lenses to others and show empathy. Lastly, many of our students took action by asking their parents to buy raffle tickets for a giant easter egg collection.

In addition to this, the tantalising ‘How many eggs in the jar?’ competition was very popular. Many students used their mathematical estimation skills to inform their guess. This is just one of many ways in which our Junior School students are learning how to be outward looking and future focused this year.

Respectful Relationships

We also continue to focus on our Respectful Relationships pillars in the Junior School. At our end of term assembly, two of our Year 4 Leaders, Will Roberts and Leela Rane, spoke about how our students have displayed each pillar this term.

From Prep students sharing how they have shown kindness, to our Year 4 children displaying how they have shown honesty in the classroom and on camp, these activities were a fantastic summary of our Junior School efforts. We are proud of our students and all they have achieved in Term 1.

Middle School

End of Term Congratulations

Congratulations to all our Middle School students for the way they ended the term. There were many memorable moments over the past 11 weeks, including Years 7 and 8 Outdoor Education Camp, Arts Week excursions, school tours and International Women’s Day celebrations to name a few.

We would like to congratulate the Middle School students for their positive attitudes and willingness to try new things this term. We have seen the Haileybury values of respect, honesty, trust, empathy and kindness lived each day in the Girls and Boys Middle Schools.

Mothers Day Celebration

We invite mothers and significant women to join their child or children in an afternoon of ‘crafting’ and a delicious high tea on Thursday, 6 May, from 4.00 – 5.00 pm. This will be a fun afternoon for all our Middle and Senior School students and their families. Junior School siblings are also welcome.

Bookings are essential and can be made via the myHaileybury app.

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Upcoming Events

As we turn our focus to Term 2, the HPF City Cocktail Party is fast approaching. If you haven’t already booked, block out your diary for Friday, 27 May, from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. With a resident DJ, a magenta cocktail and balloon pop, plus silent and live auctions, it promises to be a jam-packed evening of entertainment.

The HPF City are seeking donations for the Cocktail Party, no matter how big or small. Further information is available via the myHaileybury app.

An open invitation is extended to all our parents and carers to join the upcoming HP&F Community Meeting via Zoom on Monday, 2 May, at 7.30 pm. These meetings are an opportunity to contribute to our school community, to get involved in events and to hear directly from the Head of Campus and Head of Senior School.

We’d love to see you there. Please feel free to reach us at if you have any questions.

Nina Brooks & Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, HPF City