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Up Day Success

Being a welcoming campus means we love meeting new families. Our 2023 cohort were greeted at our King Street entrance on Up Day by our future Year 8 leaders and the Heads of School. Our new families enjoyed the City campus’ warm welcome and, before they knew it, their young person was whisked off to join their new class.

I thank Alice Johnston and the HPF City team for running our pop-up Second-hand Uniform Shop.

It was also a glorious day for our ELC families who came into the centre to see their three-year old loving the environment in the ELC. Our new Junior School students experienced an exciting day learning lots of new things in their new classroom.

A highlight was watching our new 2023 Prep cohort on the mat, commencing their Haileybury journey of learning to read. We hosted a Parent Information Session for new Prep families, and we loved sharing our tips for making Prep a success.

Our new Prep cohort have been so well prepared for the next stage in their learning journey by Rachel Pontikis, Gigi Chau and the ELC team. It was wonderful to have Jacqueline Gough and Brent Ritchie join us for the day as the new Heads of Junior and Boys Middle School.

Recognising Our Campus Achievements

Our Junior School Awards and Presentation Assembly was a wonderful celebration of the Junior School’s achievements in 2022. I congratulate all our Academic Award winners and thank our musicians who entertained us with their performances.

Our Middle School Speech night was a glorious celebration on the banks of the Yarra. As the sun set over the city skyline, we were uplifted by our many musical performances, our young people’s successes and the finale of every student singing the song, Somewhere Only We Know.

Our campus is a special place for us all and as the sun sets on 2022, we think with gratitude of all the great things we have achieved this year.

We were also delighted to name a trophy in memory of Mitch Williams which will be presented each year for Contribution to Girls and Boys Sport.

Early Learning Centre

Connecting With Our City

We are deeply grateful for our ELC Terrace with its extensive views of the city gardens, roads and skylines. It is a space where the children are able to so freely experience all their surroundings have to offer. The immediate response that children exhibit when they hear sirens and then see a police car, fire truck, or ambulance is a true testament to their connection with the world around them.

Recently, the Pre-Prep children embarked on an excursion to West Melbourne Fire Station. They were lucky enough to learn about all the features of the fire trucks, have a turn sitting in a truck and use some of its equipment. With great excitement, the children each took turns using the hose to spray one of the accommodating firefighters who was dressed in a special protective suit.

Meanwhile, Reception children have been busy learning about where they live and what this looks like on a map. Children have shown a great deal of excitement at connecting the names of places they have visited with their visual representations on maps. We will continue to look at maps of our local area and of Australia.

Junior School

Christmas Giving Tree

Our Semester 2 Social Justice Captain, Dimitri Macris, has used our 2022 goal to raise awareness for families and people who need our support this Christmas. Dimitri used our ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ phrase to light up our thinking with an engaging speech at Assembly that initiated action by finding a way to donate to Melbourne City Mission.

Our Christmas tree is standing tall at our ground floor reception area, adorned with decorations and lights. For each donation we have received, a student from that family has been able to assist in hanging a star with their name on the tree. This represents the kindness each family is showing and will result in food, clothing and necessities provided to those in need.

We have received an impressive amount of donations so far and we look forward to many more donations as we finish the term. Thank you to all our Haileybury City families for their support of this important initiative.


Prep Zoo Excursion

Our Prep students experienced a fantastic day at Melbourne Zoo during Week 8, engaging in many learning experiences. Together with their class teacher, Tracey Cronin, and supported by some parent helpers, our Preps traversed their way around the zoo and learnt so much.

Our students were privileged to engage in a Zoo Explorers session, where they were able to investigate and explore different animal habitats. They experienced a close-up encounter with a tortoise and were thrilled to see the giraffes.

One obvious highlight was seeing the new Asian elephant calf. The female calf, yet to be named, is the first natural-born elephant calf at Melbourne Zoo.

Our Prep students were grateful for the special zookeeper talk to inform them all about the elephant calf. It was a wonderful excursion involving all four Melbourne campuses. Our Prep students should be extremely proud of their learning and the behaviour they displayed. They were a credit to the Junior School.

Middle School

Out and About

What a fabulous end to the year we have had! We have enjoyed heading out into the CBD and using our local facilities to celebrate the end of the year, including Walking Tours of Melbourne, sporting excursions and our House Sport competitions.

Our Year 6 students headed to Adventure Park Geelong and enjoyed a day of being together and having lots of fun! Students used this day to test their problem-solving skills for different games and activities. Of course, there was lots of splashing and frolicking too!

Our Year 5 students headed to Melbourne Museum and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the history of our culture. They embraced the story-telling and took part in a self-guided tour, where they explored various areas of the museum. We love that the Melbourne Museum is literally on our doorstep.


Leaders Elect

Our BMS and GMS Captains for 2023 have been announced. We congratulate all students who applied and took the time to write and deliver a well-considered speech. Their confidence and careful thought about what we value in the Middle School was obvious to all our voters.

The Years 5 and 6 students took their responsibility very seriously by listening astutely to every speech and considering who was deserving of their vote. We were impressed by all applicants and wish our 2023 leaders the best of luck as they take over the reins and begin to lead our Middle Schools.

Caroline Merrick
Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Happy Holidays from the HPF City

As we close the 2022 academic year, there is much to be proud of and grateful for. Our students have sharpened their minds academically, artistically and in their sporting pursuits and they have continued to foster kind hearts and contributed to the wider community.

Thank you to all our wonderful teaching staff who help our children grow and learn these important life skills.

On behalf of the HPF City, we wish all our students and families a wonderful festive season! Here’s hoping you enjoy some quality time with your loved ones and get some well-deserved R&R.

Wishing you a wonderful break and a terrific start to 2023.

Melissa Fisher
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends City