Campus News

Fred Hollows Humanity Award

Jessica Barwick (Year 6) has been nominated for a Fred Hollows Humanity Award. Jessica recognised that local aged-care residents were feeling disconnected and produced beautiful handmade cards for them, each containing a personalised message. Congratulations to Jessica for being acknowledged for her empathy and community spirit and we wish her well with the awards.

A Smooth Start to Term

Term 3 is off to an excellent start. The students are fully engaged in their learning and are taking every opportunity to extend themselves and to enjoy all that Haileybury has to offer.

This term, the Berwick campus will host a cross-country event for all students in Years 5 and 6 across the four Melbourne campuses. Years 7 and 8 students from City campus will also compete.

We are very fortunate to have such spacious and well cared for grounds and we look forward to an exciting event. Parents from all campuses are very welcome to attend. More details will follow soon.

Early Learning Centre

Remembering the Zones of Regulation

Late last term, the ELC and Junior School participated in a parent information session run by Julie Liptak, a respected Speech Pathologist, Behavioural Specialist and Social Thinking expert. Julie introduced parents to the Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking program used in the ELC and Junior School.

Haileybury has worked with Julie for several years to implement this program across each classroom. The program is designed to help students gain skills to consciously regulate their actions, which leads to increased control of emotions and problem-solving abilities. These are skills that help children socially and promote better concentration and overall learning.

Students are guided through the program to help recognise when they are in different states or ‘zones’ and they are taught how to use strategies or tools to stay in one zone or move from one to another.

Calming techniques, cognitive strategies, story books and sensory supports are introduced to children, so they have a toolbox to use. Children are taught to read facial expressions and recognise a broad range of emotions and perspectives about how other people might see and react to their behaviour.

Each day, educators discuss the zones with students to check in with their current state and wellbeing and you may also hear your children using words that they have learned through the program.

You may hear your child use phrases like ‘flexi brain’ and ‘rock brain’, ‘big problems’ versus ‘little problems’ to assist with teaching appropriate reactions to situations, and ‘following the group plan’ which is all about staying on task and following the direction of the group.

Below are some examples of how people feel or act in each of the different Zones of Regulation.

BLUE ZONE: sick, sad, tired, moving slowly, bored

GREEN ZONE: happy, calm, focused, ready to learn

YELLOW ZONE: frustrated, worried, silly, wiggly, anxious, excited

RED ZONE: angry, mean, out of control, I need space

Junior School

Some Term 3 Dates for Your Diary

We have lots of events across Term 3 that you may like to put in your diary:

Friday, 29 July
100 Days of School for Prep and Year 1
Friday, 12 August
Student Free Day
Wednesday, 31 August
Junior School Parent-Teacher Interviews
Friday, 2 September at 2.30 pm
Fathers Day Afternoon
Wednesday, 7 September to Friday, 9 September
Year 3 Camp

Child Safety and Wellbeing

Haileybury is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our students and we have a legislative obligation to promote child safety and wellbeing within the School environment.

Students are informed of their rights through the Wellbeing Curriculum that focuses on ensuring all students are provided with the knowledge, skills and confidence to recognise unsafe situations with adults or other students and to speak up and act if they have concerns for themselves or their peers.

We ensure our students know who to talk to if they are worried or feeling unsafe, and we encourage them to share concerns with a trusted adult at any time. Students and families are encouraged to speak with their Head of Campus, Head of School, Homeroom Teacher or a School psychologist if they have any concerns.

Students and families can also access information about Support Services on the Haileybury Healthy Minds page and on the School parent portal, myHaileybury.

The Childwise program in the Junior School is a structured age-appropriate series of lessons covering a range of child safety areas to assist students with their safety and wellbeing. The program covers topics including:

  • A child’s right to safety
  • Feelings and safety
  • Early warning signs
  • Body ownership
  • Safe and unsafe touch
  • Assertiveness
  • Secrets and surprises
  • Online safety
  • Persistence.

Middle School

Students are to be commended for the efficient manner in which they have eased back into the school term and Heads of Middle School have praised students for their commitment to the co-curricular program.

Term 3 is set to be a busy term for many of our students who are participating in a variety of competitions and performances.

Murder’s in the Heir

Some of our Years 7 and 8 students are in the midst of their final rehearsals as they prepare for what should be a fantastic play on Thursday, 4 and Friday, 5 August, in John Twist Hall.

Murder’s in the Heir is designed as a play-within-a-play and the audience even votes during the intermission with the outcome of that vote changing the course of Act 2. It is a comedic and lively show that should be a wonderful experience for the audience and students.

Parent Puberty Webinar

Please join us and Elephant Ed, a leading education provider endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner, for a discussion about the physical, social and emotional changes that can be part of puberty.

This webinar is specifically for parents with students in Years 5 and 6. Parents will be provided with strategies to manage and help their child with these changes and to start effective conversations at home.

Growth, Development and Embracing Change will be held on Wednesday, 27 July.

Raising Respectful and Courageous Young People will be held on Wednesday, 3 August, Years 5 to 8.

In this webinar for parents of students in Years 5 to 8, Dannielle Miller, co-founder and CEO of Enlighten Education will discuss how parents can support boys to be good men, and raise girls who find their voices.

We are all striving for children to be equally confident and courageous.

Jeanette Rawlings

Head of Edrington (Berwick)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Edrington (HPFE)

Hello Edrington!

We’ve survived the holidays and the HPFE are pumped and ready for Term 3. We will be holding our Fathers Day Stall, providing platters for the Middle School production, Murder’s in the Heir, and planning our Term 4 events.

The Uniform Shop will be open every Wednesday morning and every second Friday from 2.45 pm – 4.00 pm, to coincide with Junior School assembly.

Our HPFE meetings this term are on:

Monday, 1 August 9.00 am – 10.00 am

Monday, 5 September 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

We will also be holding our Fathers Day Stall on Monday, 29 August for ELC and on Wednesday, 31 August for Junior School and Years 5/6. We would love a helping hand to sell our very carefully procured items for the special men in our lives. Please let us know here if you are available to give us a hand.

Kerry Ilic

HPFE President