Campus News

Cocktail Party Celebrations

What an exciting night we had with popping balloons, splashes and magenta everywhere! Our City community — minus those with sick children or hit by the nasty flu themselves — enjoyed the fun that began with a magenta cocktail served by James Bond and ended with the pop of balloons to reveal hidden winning tickets.

I thank all our HPF City members who planned, organised, decorated, donated and partied the night away. Who will ever forget the auctioneer and his banter? We look forward to the next HPF event as we celebrate our 130th year of Haileybury in 2022.

Jumping in to LEAP Week

In the busy Haileybury calendar, we slot in special weeks to focus on the many opportunities available at our School. LEAP Week provides many wonderful experiences, events and activities for the mind, body and soul and brings together Literature, Enterprise, Arts and Politics.

In their Thrive classes, our Middle School students collaborated to design some very creative hats, fascinators, crowns and other headwear for their Mad Hatter Parade. We loved watching the learning process unfold in the group as they used everyone’s ideas and skills. These enterprise skills are transferable in every role and job and I thank Kelsey Collins, our City LEAP Coordinator, for leading LEAP week.

Early Learning Centre

Connecting over Saltbush Soda Bread

In recent weeks, children in Reception have enjoyed regular cooking opportunities. Most recently, our embedded Indigenous perspectives saw children making saltbush soda bread from our very own saltbush plants.

Cooking provides rich opportunities for children to connect with culture and to experience hands-on mathematical and literacy concepts. Families are encouraged to send in any special family recipes they would like to share with the ELC and we look forward to welcoming families to join future cooking experiences.

As we continue to explore how to care for ourselves and each other, children in Pre-Prep have shown a keen interest in the important role people in the medical profession play in caring for people. The Pre-Prep room now has a doctor’s surgery complete with two patient beds, stethoscopes and all the equipment needed to diagnose and help patients feel better.

We also welcomed parents, Dr Diane Hanna and Dr Bambie Lee, who came to speak with the children in Pre-Prep. Dr Hanna talked about her important role as a medical specialist working with children and Dr Lee talked about what to expect when visiting the doctor and the ways in which doctors help people.

Dr Hanna and Dr Lee are just two of the amazing mums in the ELC who work in the medical profession and the Pre-Prep room and entire ELC thank them for everything they do each and every day to care for others.

Junior School

New Play Equipment Excitedly Received

Our Junior School students couldn’t wait for the new play equipment on Level 3 to be unveiled. They and the Junior School staff are grateful for the new equipment which includes a ‘Masterchef’ kitchen, a shop front and a kinetic sand play area.

Our students gathered together for the official unveiling and we explored how the equipment can be used. Students were excited to use the play equipment for the first time and we thank our HPF members for raising funds to purchase these items and are reminded of how grateful we are to be at Haileybury City.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Thousands of students around Australia gathered at their schools to participate in National Simultaneous Storytime. This year, children’s laureate, Gabrielle Wang, read Family Tree written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh.

Our Pre-Prep to Year 4 students listened intently to the story in our library space and then moved to watch Year 4 students perform the book. Led by teachers Allie Kuhne and Philippa Bell, our Year 4 students put on a fantastic show as they dramatised and narrated the story. The audience even called for an encore! It was a fantastic celebration of reading and performing arts.

National Reconciliation Week

Our Junior School students immersed themselves in a number of learning experiences linked to National Reconciliation Week’s 2022 theme, Be Brave. Make Change.

As well as classroom activities and stories, our Year 4 Social Justice and Arts Captains teamed up to run a First Nations artwork session for students at lunch time. Over 50 students took part and sharpened their dotting skills using the outline of a kangaroo. It was a wonderful example of our leaders being Outward Looking and Future Focused.

Middle School

Congratulations to our Middle School students for seamlessly managing their academic studies, while also being active members of the Haileybury community. It has been wonderful to walk around the campus after school each day and see students embracing the many extra-curricular programs on offer.

We look forward to enjoying the musical talents of our Middle School at the upcoming Middle School Music Concert at Keysborough campus on Wednesday, 15 June.

House Cross Country Up and Running

On Tuesday, 7 June, our Years 7 and 8 students participated in the Middle School House Cross Country Championships at Aberfeldie Park. Each year level ran the same distance around the course and were encouraged to focus on their own personal achievements. A great day was had by all.

Thank you to House Co-Conveners, Rachael Quirk and Caitlin Rosewarne, for putting on such a successful event. Our Years 5 and 6 students will take part in a cross-campus Cross Country event in Term 3.

LEAP Week Celebrations

In Week 7, we were delighted to celebrate LEAP Week. Throughout the week, Middle School students enjoyed activities and initiatives focused on Literature, Enterprise, Arts and Politics (LEAP). Students took part in a Photography Competition, Library Challenge, Mad Hatter Parade, created art works and there was also a sausage sizzle. It was lovely to see students engaging with LEAP subjects and we would like to extend our thanks to LEAP Co-ordinator, Kelsey Collins, for her hard work and organisation.

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Winter has certainly arrived but we hope you have all enjoyed your long weekend.

The final tally for our HPFC Cocktail Party auction items is in and we raised $7,880 from our live and silent auctions. Thank you to those families who donated to the auction with a big shout out to the Garofalo family for their support.

Equally, we also thank all the Haileybury families and businesses who donated auction, lucky door and balloon pop items. We look forward to supporting the purchase of gym equipment that will benefit all children as they embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

Without the amazing support of HPF City members Michelle White, Vicki Huang, Melissa Tolani, Bryce Binnie and Joel and Sarah Hitt the event would not have happened. Thank you all for donating your time and incredible skills.

We also thank Julianne Brabant, Gabe Di Martino, Teni, and David and Chris from the Facilities team who helped make the event space a true Magenta Club. We also acknowledge the tireless work and assistance of Caroline Merrick and her Executive team at City. Thank you for helping to create a great night and roll on the 2023 Cocktail Party!

We also introduced our HPF City scholarship on the night of the cocktail party and you can head to the Haileybury Foundation’s web page to discover more information on how to help support a student who otherwise would not have access to the academic and social opportunities that our students are fortunate to have. Below is a link where you can donate.

As we near the end of term, we encourage our social representatives to think about coordinating an event for early Term 3. It would be great to have some class events and photos to share in this space.

We also look forward to our Second-Hand Uniform Shop that will run at the end of term on Friday, 17 June. Enjoy your winter school holidays and stay safe and well with your families.

Best wishes,

Nina Brooks & Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, HPF City