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Welcome back!

I trust that you have had an enjoyable and relaxing break and that the students are ready for another exciting term ahead.

Winter uniform will be required for Term 2 and students will have a two-week period to transition to this uniform on their return.

Cyber safety education is essential not only for students but also for parents in today's digital world. When we are equipped with the knowledge and tools to navigate the online landscape safely, we can foster a collaborative approach to digital security and online use. Students learn to use technology in the most appropriate ways, while parents gain insight into monitoring and guiding their children’s online activities responsibly. Together, we can establish open communication channels, set boundaries, and enforce safe online practices, ensuring a secure and positive digital experience for the whole family.

As part of our relationship with the Cyber Safety Project, we have access to share with our Haileybury families their new Parent Webinar Series for this year. Below are the dates for the upcoming sessions.

  1. Protecting Children Online | 6 March 2024
    Kristi McVee (Child Abuse Prevention and Education) and Trent Ray (Cyber Safety Project)
  2. The Sexual World of the 21st Century Adolescent | 30 April 2024
    Daniel Principe (Collective Shout) and Sam Macaulay (Cyber Safety Project)
  3. Talk to Me First: Exposure to Explicit Content | 1 May 2024
     Justine Keily-Scott (Sex Education Australia) and Sam Macaulay (Cyber Safety Project)
  4. Game Aware – Healthy Gaming | 30 July 2024
    Andrew Kinch (Game Aware) and Sam Macaulay (Cyber Safety Project)
  5. Building Digital Resilience | 3 September 2024
    Ash Manuel (Growing with Gratitude) and Trent Ray (Cyber Safety Project)
  6. My First Mobile Device | 22 October 2024
    Luca Gennai (Cyber Safety Project) and Trent Ray (Cyber Safety Project)

Protecting children online can be watched on-demand. Parents do need to sign up for the webinars here and our password for families is Haileybury.

I encourage everyone to attend one or more of these sessions.

Student Head Injury and Concussion Procedure

Haileybury is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its students. As part of this commitment, the School has recently updated its Student Head Injury and Concussion Procedure to provide the highest level of care for students who have experienced head injuries that may have resulted in concussions.

Please read the letter here or via the myHaileybury app.

Early Learning Centre

The ELC children have been blessed with opportunities to celebrate Harmony Week. ​​Harmony Week is the celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. It is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.​

On Tuesday, 19 March the ELC and JS hosted our Grandparents and Special Friends morning. Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day is a wonderful occasion that creates lasting memories. It helps children feel a sense of belonging and connection to their family and community. Seeing their loved ones involved in their school life is very meaningful and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate important relationships in a child’s life.

On Wednesday, 20 March the ELC children had a visit from Didgeridoo Australia performers Baz and Sean. Through this performance children were taken on an interactive storytelling and song journey, learning the meanings and actions behind each song. Sean showcased his didgeridoo skills by performing various animal noises for the children to listen to and guess. It was a lovely way for the children to engage in inspirational cultural experiences that reflect understanding and respect of our First Nations people.

Junior School

Wheel-a-thon Fundraiser

Last term our Junior School students participated in a wheel-a-thon fundraiser for the Monash Children’s Hospital. The children loved this event and the idea of completing laps to raise money for children in need. To submit your donations, please contact Edrington Reception via email, alternatively you can bring a cash donation to your child's homeroom teacher. At the end of Week 2, Friday, 26 April we will arrange for the money to be transferred to our charity, so please have all donations to school by this date. Thank you to everyone for their help in getting bikes and scooters to and from school and to the teachers for assisting.

Middle School

Anzac Day March

On Thursday 25 April, Haileybury will be well-represented in the Anzac Day Memorial Service in Berwick. Each year we proudly participate in this special event on what is an important day in the Australian calendar. We thank the students who are planning to march with us on the day. 

Mother’s Day Breakfast 

On 10 May, from 7.45 am – 8.45 am, mums, special friends and Middle School boys and girls will be warmly welcomed to attend our special breakfast in John Twist Hall. We have planned photo booths for fun family photos and we hope the occasion will be a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Complimentary tickets are now available on Humanitix here. We wish all our mums a very Happy Mother’s Day. 

Edrington Middle School Movie Night 

Also on 10 May, we are hosting a Middle School Movie Night at Village Cinemas, Fountain Gate, Narre Warren, from 5.30 pm until 8.00 pm. We hope to see many of our Years 5 to 8 boys and girls for this special event as we watch Kung Fu Panda 4. This is an event for students only and will be well supervised by staff. Tickets are available now on Humanitix here.

Adam Tobin
Acting Head of Edrington (Berwick)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Edrington (HPFE)

Hi Edrington! Thank you so much to everyone who came to support our Trivia night. We had a ball! Together we raised $302.00 for the Middle School students’ Gaga pits! The HPFE will be installing these in the playground for the students to enjoy.

There were many laughs, and competitive streaks were released, but most of all the night was so much fun that we can’t wait to hold this event again later this year. Get your teams ready — there is a score to settle.

Special thanks to the team at QuizzaMe for running our Trivia Night and to Claude and his amazing team at the Pine Grove Hotel for hosting our event and generous prize donations.

Please register here if you would like to assist the HPFE with Term 2 events.

Kerry Ilic & Tracy Day
HPFE Presidents