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Start of term celebrations

Since last Insight edition there have been many wonderful celebrations here at Newlands. The Middle School and Junior School student leadership assemblies took place in Aikman Hall. Congratulations to all student leaders taking on various leadership roles this term.

The Haileybury Parents and Friends Keysborough (HPFK) group held several events, with our Early Learning Centre, Prep and Year 1 ‘play and stay’ BBQ being a highlight, taking place in the Junior School playground. Thank you to all parents who came and supported, particularly those parents who assisted. Be sure to look out for future HPFK events and I look forward to seeing you there.

Traffic safety reminder

A reminder for the safety of our students, staff and families it is imperative that our parents drive safely and courteously to and from Newlands and within the School grounds.

It has come to the School’s attention that there has been speeding and dangerous driving within the School grounds and whilst exiting the School, in particular at Gate 7, Scotch Avenue.

Time to tune in: smart watches!

In next month's Insight, we will discuss our approach to smart watches and their use at School.

The Biggest Playdate fundraiser

On Friday, 8 March Newlands will be hosting a sausage sizzle to raise funds for The Biggest Playdate. The Biggest Playdate will be held on Sunday, 17 March at Aspendale Gardens Community Centre and will be a fun-filled carnival day for families to enjoy, with rides, performers, activities and food!

All proceeds go directly to the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre, we hope to see you there for a great time supporting a great cause.

Early Learning Centre

Lunar New Year

As part of our Mandarin program, the children in Pre-Prep have enjoyed being immersed in Lunar New Year celebrations.

As part of the festivities, children were introduced to the story of Monster Nian and the 12 Zodiac animals. Music and movement have been a focus with Pre-Preps engaging in both the fan dance (shan zi wu) and handkerchief dance (shou juan wu), as well as exploring the lion and dragon dance with traditional Chinese musical instruments. To round out the celebrations, children made traditional Chinese dumplings and explored writing with the traditional Chinese brush (mao bi) to trace the characters 福(fu)or 春(chun).

Wishing all those families who celebrated a safe and prosperous New Year.

Fostering a sense of belonging

A sense of belonging is fostered by the connections that children make with each other, their Educators and the environment around them.

As the children in Reception have started forming connections with their peers, they have also been exploring their own sense of identity. Through the use of mirrors and discussion, children have been encouraged to look purposefully at their features, and the lines and shapes they can identify to create self-portraits.

This has prompted conversations around our similarities and our differences, which will continue to be explored throughout the term.

Junior School

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Junior School will be buzzing with excitement as very important guests are set to visit for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday, 1 March.

Grandparents and Special Friends will gather for morning tea before heading to Berthon Hall to witness the year level choirs performing a variety of songs they have been learning in class.

The Year 2 Strings and Years 3 and 4 Scrolls students will also offer a sneak peek of the musical numbers they have been mastering on their instruments.

The VIP guests will then proceed to classrooms, engaging in various activities with students, including creating family puzzle pieces, playing games and conducting interviews.

Middle School

Year 6 girls and boys tour Canberra!

Year 6 students are jetting off to tour Canberra!

Monday, 19 February to Friday, 23 February the boys take on Canberra followed by the girls from Monday, 26 February to Friday, 1 March. They will be immersed in a variety of hands-on activities, guided tours and education programs, including:

  • Questacon
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Electoral Education Centre
  • CSIRO Discovery Centre
  • Parliament House
  • Deep Space Tracking Station
  • National Dinosaur Museum
  • Australian War Memorial

Students will be accommodated close to the centre of Canberra.

Coast excursion

Our budding Year 8 geographers will be heading off to complete a fieldwork study on the Mornington Peninsula in Term 1.

Moving between Sorrento and Rye, students will have the opportunity to explore the coastline to identify ways in which natural processes such as erosion and deposition have influenced the coast.

They will be able to apply their knowledge of coastal management strategies and evaluate the effectiveness of current solutions first-hand through an inquiry task.

Hugo Engele

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Uniform Shop opening hours Term 1

Head on down to the HPFK uniform shop and get all your clothing needs!

  • Friday 23 February 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Friday 1 March 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Friday 8 March 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Friday 15 March 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Saturday 16 March 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
  • Friday 22 March 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Saturday 23 March 9.00 am – 12.00 pm

Term 1 events!

The HPFK is hosting many great events during Term 1, so be sure to lock in these dates and be involved as we want to make this the best year yet.

Date Event
Tuesday, 5 March
Middle School Athletics BBQ
Friday, 8 March
ELC Family Dinner
Friday, 15 March
Prep Family Dinner
Friday, 15 March
Year 7 Bowling Night

Lenice Norris
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough