Campus News

A Different Beginning

In Darwin, we are now into the swing of the 2022 academic year and we began teaching and learning with the impact of COVID-19 being felt across the Northern Territory. This is a very different beginning for everyone, with daily case numbers reaching over 1,000. This equates to something like 35,000 cases in Melbourne.

This year, enrolment numbers approach 900 and have increased by approximately 100 students. The obvious factors in this increase are the introduction of a third class in Year 5 and a fifth stream in Year 7. We also have more students than ever before moving from Year 9 into 10 and extra enrolments across all Year levels in the School.

We consider the strong enrolments as a positive endorsement for all that we are doing to make HRS the best School in northern Australia. This includes recognition of our commitment to academic excellence and student wellbeing and a broad suite of extra-curricular offerings. In 2021, we celebrated our best Year 12 median ATAR score of 80.2 and our best results across all aspects of NAPLAN.

HRS is well-regarded as a Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Education and in 2022 we have seen boarding numbers from remote communities increase again. We are pleased that our dedicated Ochre (Years 7–9) and VCAL (Years 10–12) classes have also grown in size. The continual evolution of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and our commitment to developing cultural competence are important pillars of our School. It was great to see all our Year 7s involved in a session on cultural knowledge during their start-up day.

I am pleased to welcome some talented and dedicated new staff to HRS for 2022. It has been rewarding to have many quality applicants from around Australia wishing to join our School.

I welcome Ms Marcia Cross from Haileybury Melbourne who replaces Kelly Young as our new Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning). Ms Cross is an outstanding VCE teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge to our School. Mr Brendan Evans is our new Head of Middle School and Mrs Rachelle Cox has moved into a new role as Director of Vocational Learning. She will oversee many aspects of learning including Careers Education, our VET program, work experience and professional community relationships.

Finally, I wish to thank all members of our community for their support and understanding in managing our COVID-safe start to the year. We are leading the way in providing a safe school environment while providing Home Learning options for those unable to attend School. I am grateful that all members of our community understand and support that we cannot attend School with COVID-like symptoms.

We look forward to an exciting and rewarding year.

Andrew McGregor

Principal, Haileybury Rendall School