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HRS Reaches Out to the Wider World

Recently, as Principal, I have been involved in a range of events that are helping to develop important connections and relationships with multiple stakeholders.

We all hope that the COVID-19 situation is abating worldwide and as this happens, there are more opportunities for us to position Darwin as the gateway to Asia. After all, our School mission statement is: ‘to develop high achieving students who are connected globally, to each other and to the communities in which they live and which they serve’.

As part of this process, we have been marketing our School and our new Boarding House, Madjirra, in south-east Asia. In the wake of the pandemic, it will take time to develop enrolments and seeding relationships is vital.

We have recruited a number of international agents to help us and Haileybury has been enjoying a stronger presence at international student conferences and virtual events. Our marketing and enrolments team is supported by the full weight of Haileybury Melbourne’s expertise and HRS has been advertised in print media, social media, on radio and was profiled in a recent Boarding Supplement in The Australian newspaper.

Last week I joined the NT Chamber of Commerce Trade Delegation to Dili in Timor Leste to support economic growth for the Territory. It was also an opportunity to explore connections with educational institutes and organisations in Dili that have expressed interest in sending students to HRS to take advantage of our acclaimed education.

Haileybury has a strong relationship with Dili International School (DIS) where we support staff and students to complete the VCE program. I also spoke to the Principal of the Australian International School in Singapore where students may be interested in boarding exchanges to HRS from next year.

We have been in discussion with two schools from Kupang, Indonesia, as we consider the possibility of organising two-way staff and student trips that would enhance our teaching and learning of Indonesian as a second language.

Adelaide Principals Visit

Last week we also hosted 10 visiting principals from Adelaide independent schools. We provided a cultural learning session at HRS thanks to the outstanding work of Duane Von Senden and three of our Clontarf Academy Year 11 boys, Jovian Dalywater, Tyrese Raymond and Bradley Ganambarr.

The boys were brilliant spokesmen for their culture, their people and their communities and the principals were overawed by their riveting presentations.

Last week we also hosted 50 Year 9 boys from Haileybury Melbourne for a morning and we are very excited that Brendan Evans is leading our first group of Year 9s to Melbourne—16 students will travel to Melbourne during the first week in October.

Andrew McGregor

Principal, Haileybury Rendall School