Campus News

A COVID-safe Start

Thank you to the Newlands community for the smooth start to the year. Despite the excessive heat, humidity and flooding rain, our students and staff have settled into the routine on campus. It has been wonderful to see our families reconnecting with each other.

We plan to optimise every opportunity we have at Newlands to run events, assemblies, information nights and performances on campus. If COVID has taught us anything, it is how to be flexible. QR codes, RATs, masks and social distancing may still be part of our lives, but we will make every effort to continue to engage our families at Newlands this year.

Medals for Writing

During the holidays we learned that three Newlands students had achieved some outstanding ICAS 2021 Writing results. Students with the top score in each year level, in each subject, are awarded an ICAS medal and a medal winner’s certificate.

Congratulations to Amara Naing (Year 3), Mishka Shah (Year 5) and Andre Beyer (Year 7) on their outstanding achievements.

Early Learning Centre

Lids 4 Kids

The ELC children are involved in a sustainability project called Lids 4 Kids and they are asking families and the wider Haileybury community to collect bottle top lids to bring to the ELC. The Pre-Prep T class are leading this project and do counting and colour sorting activities with the lids before the Lids 4 Kids volunteers collect them for Envision.

Envision is an Australian not-for-profit group that trains disadvantaged people to process the bottle tops and turn them into ink. The ink is used in 3D printers that make prosthetic limbs for child amputees. Your plastic bottle tops can be placed in a collection bin outside the ELC.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Newlands ELC has a formal commitment to support national reconciliation and the Newlands Reconciliation Action Plan is registered on the Narragunnawali platform. Each morning, children are invited to recite an acknowledgement of country, and they are learning how to care for the land, the water and the sky and how to work and play as sustainably as possible. We look forward to working in partnership with the Bunurong Land Council to support the children’s understanding and learning about Aboriginal perspectives.

Junior School

First Week of Firsts

The Preps have had a successful beginning to their Junior School journey. They have loved playing in the Junior School playground with the rest of the older students at lunchtime and experiencing new and wonderful activities and subjects. An exciting part of their time in Prep so far has been developing their independence by unpacking their bags in their very own locker. We are all very proud of how the children have settled in to Prep life.

Young Scientists

Year 1 students began the year looking at the role of scientists in society and our communities. The students were very inquisitive about the varied work they do and enjoyed completing experiments—as any young scientist would!

Year 2 Routines

The Year 2 students have settled beautifully into their new routines in the first week of 2022. Their teachers were very excited to welcome everyone back and to settle into the new year level. The students are eagerly awaiting their first Strings lesson, which will be the first instrumental experience for many of them. It promises to be a big year and the students are ready to take it on with tremendous enthusiasm!

Growth Mindset For Year 3

In Year 3, we have started 2022 with a big focus on growth mindset and setting goals. We had lots of fun planting our own succulents and look forward to helping them grow—as we will, too.

Kaitlyn and Quade Year 3

Year 4’s Fabulous Start

Last but not least, Year 4 also had a fabulous start to the year. The students enjoyed setting up their new classrooms and sharing stories about their holidays. They reviewed class routines and rules and met some of their specialist teachers. In Year 4, all students are looking forward to becoming leaders of the Junior School, not only in name, but in how they conduct themselves and the example they set to all Junior School students.

Middle School

What a Start!

All Middle School students began 2022 with a new Induction Program that helped students transition to Haileybury and develop skills to assist them with their new devices. It was also a nice way to ease into school life once again.

The Program included all important homeroom activities, so students become more familiar with their peer group and each teacher responsible for their learning this year. All students from Years 5–8 engaged in four important digital learning sessions designed for each year level. They learned about the history of Haileybury and enjoyed tours of the School and Sport facilities.

Year 8 students also immersed themselves in a team building session at Melbourne Cable Park, pushing the limits and working together to achieve impressive physical feats high above the ground and in the water.

The Tripod company worked with students to investigate leadership and examine the qualities of great leaders, and the Induction Program ended with Haileybury’s Deputy Principal, Ms Diane Furusho, talking about Respectful Relationships and Consent. She encouraged students to be themselves throughout their Haileybury journey, to be respectful to all members of our community and beyond, and to call out poor behaviour and disrespect if it surfaces. So many relevant and important activities in just two days—what a start to the year…

Year 5 Girls Head to Phillip Island

Newlands GMS Year 5 will attend camp at Phillip Island from Wednesday, 9 February to Friday, 11 February. It will be an action-packed few days, and a chance to form those important new connections and to push comfort zones during an array of activities. For many students, this will be their first camp due to missing out over the past two years. Travel safe, Year 5 girls! We know they will have an amazing time.

Encouraging Curious Minds

Curious Minds, Haileybury’s extra-curricular program, is full of incredible opportunities for students to hone their passions and build important ‘future-ready’ skills. Programs include Astronomy Club, Haileybury Mini-Masterchef, Debating, Chess, Drama Club and Tournament of the Minds, to name a few. Please check the myHaileybury app and look for the Curious Minds icon to find out more about the selection of programs available. Students were also given an overview of Curious Minds during the first House Meeting of the year.

Oliver Has the Magic Touch

Oliver Toohey (Year 8) has just returned from a successful interstate Touch Rugby tournament. Oliver was a member of the U14s team that drew a series against the South Australian U14s team and competed socially against some adult teams, too. Oliver is touted as being one of our most promising Touch Rugby players and has a bright future ahead.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

HPFK Year Level Morning Coffee Mornings

The HPFK would like to host a Year Level Coffee Morning from 9.00 am to 10.30 am at Match and Co., 109/79 Centre Dandenong Road, Dingley Village. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet other parents in your year level and enjoy a hot or cold drink on us!

HPFK Term One Zoom Meeting

Please join us for the HPFK Term One Meeting on Thursday 17th February at 7.00 pm. Communication regarding the Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance via myHaileybury.

HPFK Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop is open every Friday during term between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm. Our next Saturday opening is Saturday, 5 March, from 9.00 am until 12.00 noon.

Haileybury HPFK Social Media

The Haileybury HPFK Facebook page is our primary communication channel—it is a must for all parents. We publish all events, reminders and HPFK Uniform Shop openings here first. If you would like to connect with our Facebook community, please join our Facebook page by clicking on this link.

If you have any queries, or would like to contact the HPFK, please email:

Lenice Norris

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough