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Haileybury Berwick girls reflect on a great stay in HRS Boarding

As their time at Haileybury Darwin draws to a close, it was great to hear Rebekah (Year 9) and Pearl (Year 9) reflect on their experiences here during the first semester.

Both girls are Year 9 students and have completed an amazing semester by each winning Academic Full Colours through their combined time shared in Melbourne and Darwin. This shows the synergies between our One Haileybury curriculum and is of course a great reflection on the girls’ resilience and independence.

The girls have written as follows:

We were both nervous but excited about this experience of moving to live in boarding in Darwin and to attend school at HRS. We knew that boarding in Darwin would be a step outside both of our comfort zones, leaving our family for so long and being on the other side of the country from all our close friends. However, as soon as we arrived, we were welcomed by the boarding community and felt at home very quickly.

Since being here, we have gained a deeper appreciation for the incredible diversity of Australia. Darwin is so different from Melbourne in terms of culture, climate and lifestyle, and we have loved immersing ourselves in this new environment.

We have had the chance to explore the city of Darwin, as well as the natural beauty of Litchfield National Park. We have made so many new friends who we will miss when we head back to Melbourne.

This experience has helped us become more resilient, more adaptable and more open-minded than ever before. Living in Darwin has taught us to embrace the unknown and to step out of our comfort zones.

It feels like our time in Darwin has flown by so fast, but we will take home with us so many amazing memories, stories and skills that will last a lifetime.

We are so grateful to the school and to have been given this opportunity and would like to thank everyone involved for their support over the last semester. We have had such a fun time and hope that this becomes an opportunity for more Haileybury students in the future.

If you want to know more about Haileybury Boarding in Darwin, please contact Vice Principal Scott Doran in Melbourne via email or Principal Andrew McGregor in Darwin via email.

Rebekah (left) and Pearl (right)

Andrew McGregor
Principal, Haileybury Rendall School