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Welcome Back!

Staff have loved hearing all about the wonderful holidays that our children and young people enjoyed. Tropical beaches, outdoor exploring, fun with friends and family times were all highlights!

As the days become longer and warmer, we reflect on the wonderful term ahead. We look forward to many celebrations of learning, graduations from Junior and Middle School, transitions to Junior, Middle and Pre-Senior Schools for the next year levels, and the many opportunities for families to join us at these events.

We will also see our third year of City campus graduates in our Year 12 cohort of 2022. We wish them well for their VCE exams ahead.

It has been an exciting start to the term and we are delighted to see our staff and students back together learning at City campus once more.

Early Learning Centre

We’re Going on a Bug Hunt

Children’s emerging interests in Reception have seen bugs come alive! Natural materials have been used to create visual representations of bugs which have led to discussions about the different body parts and features of spiders, beetles, bees, butterflies and snails.

This excitement has extended to our outdoor terrace area where children are going on ‘scavenger hunts’ to observe real-life bugs. They are photographing their discoveries and keeping a tally of the different insects they find.

Children have been encouraged to continue their hunt for different bugs and insects outside the ELC and to ‘report’ their findings to their peers.


Spring has Sprung!

The change in season has brought changes to our Level 3 terrace garden. This has led to Pre-Prep discussions about seasonal fruit and vegetables which has further extended their exploration of healthy food choices.

During group time experiences, children have researched what to plant in spring and have then had the opportunity to plant mint, lettuce, basil, zucchini and beetroot in our garden beds.

We look forward to the exciting cooking experiences that will come from the fruits of our labour.

Junior School

Learn to Swim Program

Our Junior School students were full of anticipation as they entered the pool for their first swimming session of Term 4 at Victoria University swimming pool. There was a mixture of smiles and nerves, however, as soon as the students jumped into the water and began to develop their skills in the pool, it was clear to see they were enjoying themselves. Students listened attentively to their swim instructors and were encouraged by their classroom teachers and PE staff who supported poolside.

As we approach the summer holiday season, these lessons are a pivotal time for our students to continue to develop their swimming skills. We thank parents for their support and look forward to seeing students continue to build their skills during Weeks 1, 2, 8 and 9.


Term 4 Goals

As we begin Term 4 in full summer uniform, it is an opportunity for students to revisit their goals for the semester and to aim to finish the year in the best way possible. Our students will continue to strive to achieve their academic goals in the classroom, and will further their understanding of our Respectful Relationships pillars and the Zones of Regulation framework.

Throughout the term, there will be learning opportunities in and out of the classroom where students can build their understanding of how to act with respect, kindness, trust, empathy and honesty.

Building and using their toolkit of strategies to manage their emotions will help them display our Respectful Relationships pillars. We look forward to a busy and rewarding Term 4.

Middle School

Rewind to Term 3

What a fantastic end to a busy Term 3! The last few weeks highlighted the opportunities we have at City and how we celebrate being together as a community.

Cross country saw our Melbourne campuses come together to participate in a 1.5km journey through the grounds of Haileybury Berwick campus. While a little muddy, our City Middle School students embraced the spirit of the day by encouraging each other and putting their best foot forward.

We had some outstanding results, too. Our Year 8 girls placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd! The City trifecta may be partly due to our daily use of the stairs that provide lots of incidental exercise for us all.

R U OK? Day was an opportunity to check in with each other and to discuss finding happiness in gratitude. We all took a moment during recess to enjoy a cupcake and to take a breath and support each other.

Our BMS Games Night and GMS Night In were huge successes! Our Year 8 leaders designed the different experiences and our Homeroom teachers helped facilitate the fun. The events had been highly anticipated for so long because of COVID lockdowns, so the students were very excited to engage in all that was on offer.

Level 4 was transformed into a tranquil spa where students could take some time to relax and be pampered! Level 5 and the indoor running track hosted workshops including cooking, magic and craft activities. Of course, the highlight was pizza for all and having a great time with friends.

We are all very excited for Term 4 which includes our Year 6 students heading off on camp, the Spring Concert, the City Art Show, the Carols Evening and so much more!

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Term 4 Gets Under Way

Welcome to the new term! We hope families have had a restful holiday as we embark upon the warmer weather. The start of term is a good opportunity to check school uniforms as children have an uncanny knack for growing during the school holidays!

We will be holding a Second-hand Uniform Stall on Up Day in November, so please see if you have anything to donate to the HPF City uniform stall. We will have collection points in the coming weeks and further information will be advised on the myHaileybury app.

This term, we look forward to more family events and we hold our AGM on Thursday, 3 November, so please join us via Zoom. Would you like to represent your class or school area on the HPF City executive? Or could you be President/Co-President, Treasurer or Secretary in 2023?

We are always looking for new ideas to help our community grow. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Nadine or Nina as we look towards the AGM. Nomination forms will be available via the myHaileybury app shortly. It is a wonderful way to continue to support your child and to be involved with our great School.

We would also be grateful if you could continue to consider our Haileybury Parents and Friends of City Scholarship. If you would like to donate, please click on the link below. It is such a privilege to be at Haileybury and we would like to give that opportunity to a student who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Have a wonderful fortnight and enjoy the warmer days ahead.


Nina Brooks & Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, HPF City