Campus News

A Happy Start

At Haileybury City, we have enjoyed a happy and successful start to Term 2 and we have hit the ground running with a wide range of curricular and co-curricular options.

We thank you for supporting us by starting the day on time. Routines are important and the school day officially starts in the classroom at 8.30 am. Of course, there are many co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings on before then.

Scrolls, Musicianship and different musical ensembles, as well as our HIIT and City Speedsters, get minds and bodies warmed up before School. Every Friday morning, I love welcoming back the coach with our eager Middle School Swimming Group returning from the Carlton Baths. They are always excited and pumped for a great day ahead!

School Uniform Reminder

Students in Prep to Year 8 are reminded that they must be in full winter school uniform by Monday, 9 May. Until then, students may wear summer or winter school uniform.

Goals for Success

Engaging children in goal setting helps them target specific strategies and set realistic and achievable goals. Our City goal of being outward looking and future focused means students maximise their academic learning and personal growth because they know what they are striving to improve and develop in specific areas.

Please encourage your young person to discuss this with you and to set goals for their term ahead.

See you all at the upcoming Mothers and Significant Women events and Happy Mothers Day to our City community.

Early Learning Centre

Full Steam Ahead

While the campus appeared quiet during the holiday break, Level 3 and the ELC remained a hive of activity. Reception children have explored Indigenous perspectives, learned about Bunjil who is often depicted as a wedge-tailed eagle in Aboriginal mythology, and were introduced to our Acknowledgement of Country.

Each morning during group time in Reception we pay our respects and acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land that we love, learn and play on. Meanwhile, Pre-Preps have been observing and investigating the change in weather and discovering more about seasons.

Indigenous perspectives have also been incorporated into Pre-Prep as we continue to learn how to care for the land and begin to plant new flowers, herbs and vegetables for the Autumn season.

Today’s the Day the Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic…in the ELC

Our holiday program would not be complete without a special event and the Term 1 holiday was no exception. Our Teddy Bears Picnic saw children excited to bring a favourite teddy and a special person into the ELC.

Reception and Pre-Prep spent the morning showing their special person around the ELC and sharing a picnic with their friends. The choice of toys to attend the picnic brought plenty of dramatic play opportunities that further built social skills and development. Children shared stories about their toy and why it is special to them and strengthened connections with their peers as they discovered shared interests.

Junior School

Mothers and Significant Women Morning

This is the time of year when our Junior School students pause and reflect on the impact on their life of their significant women—a mother, grandmother or auntie. Whoever the significant women in their lives are, they will be able to come into the classroom to spend time with their loved one.

On Friday, 6 May, from 8:30 – 9:30 am, our special guests will come to Level 3 where they will join in activities and share some memorable moments. We look forward to welcoming our special guests with this event followed by our Junior School Cross Country at 10:00 am at Flagstaff Gardens.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

As we approach the beginning of Term 2, I’d like to reflect on the successes and achievements of all our students in Term 1. Our Junior School students made great progress academically and they continued to develop their understanding of our Respectful Relationships pillars and the Zones of Regulation.

Our teachers have been guiding our students as they have navigated their way through their first full term in two years and we will continue to support students as they make further progress.

Showing gratitude is a key component of a positive wellbeing and learning environment and on Wednesday, 27 April, we honoured those who fought for us during our Anzac Day Service at Flagstaff Gardens. Our students were encouraged to show gratitude for all those people who have enabled us to be able to live the life we do today.

Middle School

An Exciting End to Term 1

Thank you for such a wonderful end to Term 1. Our Middle School students were busy right until the end with our very successful Years 7 and 8 Camps. We have heard wonderful stories of hiking, camping, cooking, raft building and of time outdoors together.

For some of our Middle School students, this was their first camp and, by all accounts, it was a worthwhile and memorable experience.

Year 5 Boys Camp

A reminder that the dates for our Year 5 Boys Camp have changed to Monday, 6 – Wednesday, 8 June. We appreciate your flexibility as we continue to navigate the COVID landscape.

Mothers and Significant Women Afternoon

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our Mothers Day ‘Crafternoon’ on Friday, 6 May, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Our Middle School Leaders are busily preparing activities and students are very excited to spend an afternoon with you all.

The Term Ahead

We are in for a busy term. In Week 1, Middle School will hold its Aerobics and Dance Display Night, Tripod excursion for our Year 6 students, the University of Melbourne Mathematics Competition for Year 7 and 8 students, and School Tours will be held on Saturday, 7 May.

We are off to a great start with plenty to look forward to in Term 2!

“Joy, collected over time, fuels resilience.”
Brene Brown

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

What’s Coming Up?

We invite everyone to join the HPF City Social Representative and Community Meeting via Zoom on Monday, 2 May, at 7.30 pm. Hear from the Head of City Campus and Head of Senior School, contribute your ideas to the discussion or volunteer to help the HPF with upcoming events.

A heartfelt thank you to all the mums and significant women who play a vital role in the lives of our children every day. Your selflessness, love and encouragement make the world a better place. There are not enough ways to thank you!

Please come along to one of the many events planned to celebrate Mothers Day. All event details can be found on the myHaileybury app.

In the countdown to the HPF City Cocktail Party on Friday, 27 May, we are seeking volunteers to assist with the event and we are also looking for donations of auction items. Please reach out to us at It promises to be a fun night and we look forward to seeing you there.

Nina Brooks & Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, HPF City