Campus News

Celebrating Our Mothers and Significant Women

Mothers and significant women enjoyed a variety of events and spent time with their children and young people at our City campus. I thank the Heads of School for organising the wonderful activities and thank you also to our Middle School student leaders who led the Middle School ‘Crafternoon’ Tea.

Sharing the Love of Reading

It was heartbreaking to see photos of the piles of library books that had to be thrown away after the Lismore floods. Thousands of books were lost.

Our Teacher Librarian, Allie Kuhne, visited Lismore during the school holidays and identified a primary school that was flooded twice and that would now benefit from our kind hearts and sharp minds.

The school’s staff were providing food, clothing and support to their families and now they are looking to rebuild their library and equip students with stationery. So, we aim to ‘MAY-ke a difference’ this May and encourage our community to be generous in supporting our book and stationery drive and to share the love of reading with our fellow students in Lismore.

Early Learning Centre

Discovering the Beauty of Nature Together

It was wonderful to see the ELC alive with activity for our Mothers and Special Friends morning.

After carefully decorating their pots, Reception and Pre-Preps enjoyed planting a specially chosen flower with their mother or special friend to bring a little colour from the ELC into each home. They were all very excited to share their interests and knowledge in caring for the land and to make such a meaningful keepsake to celebrate Mothers Day.

Speech and Language Development

Families in the ELC came together virtually to attend our recent Speech and Language Parent Information Session with Julie Liptak. Julie gave some wonderful insights into ways in which we can support language development at home.

From the benefits of crunchy and chewy food in developing mouth muscles to encouraging discussion and vocabulary development using board games, the session provided practical and useful tips for all.

For families who were unable to attend, the slides from this session have been provided via our Moments app.

Junior School

Webinar: Learning, Connecting and Playing Safely Online

Have you found yourself asking how, as a family, you can create an environment where digital technology is encouraged and managed effectively? Would you benefit from learning about proactive tools and strategies for your child’s digital safety and wellbeing?

If the answer is ‘yes’, our upcoming webinar on Learning, Connecting and Playing Safely Online shouldn’t be missed. The webinar is for Junior School parents/guardians and will provide insights about popular online experiences for children.

Please join Diane Furusho, Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing, Respectful Relationships and Consent, from 7.00 – 8.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 May, using this link.

Lismore Book and Stationery Drive

At our recent Junior School Assembly, our Social Justice Captain, Sophie Hallam (Year 4), showed an image of the flood-affected Lismore Library. Sophie talked about how Lismore South Public School has lost all its books and stationery and promoted our Book and Stationery Drive that will run throughout May.

Our Haileybury City families have responded in an emphatic manner, with a large number of books purchased at the Book Fair organised by Allie Kuhne. In addition to this, students have brought in an impressive amount of brand new stationery to donate thus far. We are proud of the way our community is getting behind this great cause and showing empathy for Lismore South Public School.

Cross Country

Congratulations to all of our Junior School students for eagerly participating in our Junior School Cross Country at Flagstaff Gardens. On a beautiful sunny Autumn morning, all of our students made their way around the course in earnest, spurred on by the large crowd of parents and supporters. Well done to Newton House for claiming the House Cross Country Cup and to all students and staff who made this a wonderful event.

Middle School

Term 2 is in full swing with students enjoying extra-curricular opportunities and chances to get fit and active. At City campus, Middle School students can access facilities at Flagstaff, Level 1, Keysborough Campus and Inside Out court. It has been fantastic to see our students embracing all that is offered to them.


As part of our Years 5 and 6 Netball training, we use the Netfit program, which is an enjoyable and holistic community approach to netball that focuses on fitness skills and coaching.

Netfit continues through to the Senior Netball teams and is a great introduction to the sport. It runs at our Inside Out court which is also a wonderful facility to host the Vixen players.

Dance and Aerobics Night Success

Our Aerobics and Dance teams presented their routines to a full house at the Drum Theatre on Tuesday, 3 May. Our City teams worked hard training after school and at lunchtimes and we are so proud of everyone involved and how far they have come since the start of the year.

We wish all competitors luck in the upcoming regional competitions. Special thanks to Carolyn Mansour, Christine Stephenson, Catherine McNamara and all our dance and aerobics coaches. It was a very strong team effort.

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

HPF Cocktail Event

Hoping everyone has had a terrific start to Term 2. Seeing our children looking so well dressed in their winter uniforms brings a smile to many city dwellers and office workers as they see the children moving about our vibrant campus and travelling to and from school.

On Monday, 2 May, we had an informative HPF City Social Representative and Community Meeting via Zoom. We reflected on events from Term 1 and the HPF City fundraising goals for 2022, and we also heard from the Head of City Campus and the Head of Senior School about events our students are involved in. Thank you to all our volunteers and community members for joining us and participating in the discussion.

We hope all our Mums and significant women were made to feel special on Mothers Day.

As always, please reach out to us at if you have any feedback, questions or suggestions.

Nina Brooks & Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, HPF City