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Haileybury from a northern viewpoint

Last week I visited Haileybury Melbourne’s four campuses to further enhance connections and the development of Haileybury Rendall School. The week began on Tuesday, 2 May with a strategy and planning day at the City campus.

The strategy day was chaired by CEO|Principal, Derek Scott, and brought together senior leaders of Haileybury including the new Principal of Haileybury Tianjin in China, the Deputy Principal of International Operations who Zoomed in from London, and the new Head of our online school, Haileybury Pangea.

Also attending were the Heads of each of the four Melbourne campuses that are home to around 4,900 students, Deputy Principals, the Vice Principal and Chief Operations Officer.

Haileybury’s last strategic plan was drafted in 2017 and since then the City campus, HRS and Haileybury Pangea have joined the magenta family. There have also been significant developments in Haileybury’s world footprint, with growing support for VCE programs in schools across Asia.

This means that the new strategic plan must include a far wider cross-section and it was great to have the opportunity to add the voice of Darwin to this complex and world-class Haileybury structure.

During the week I also caught up with our Year 10 students, Felix Bender and Stephanie Waugh. Last year, they won the first Principal’s Scholarship which includes spending a term at Haileybury Melbourne. Felix is currently at the Brighton campus while Stephanie is studying at the Keysborough campus.

Generous homestay families are looking after them during the 10-week term while they continue to study their Darwin subjects in Melbourne classes and get involved in as many aspects of Haileybury’s southern schooling as possible. It will be great to share their stories when they return.

I also met the two Year 10 boys from City campus who have won the reciprocal scholarships to attend HRS for Term 3 this year. They will also study their subjects in our Darwin classrooms and will stay in boarding. Speaking to the new Principal at Tianjin, it seems quite possible that we may be able to send a study tour to China at some stage in 2024. We look forward to developing these plans, along with other ideas we are working on for potential trips to Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

It was an exciting week and it was great to make many connections that will further develop the synergy in our teaching and learning programs between Melbourne and Darwin.

Andrew McGregor
Principal, Haileybury Rendall School