Campus News

Showing Leadership

The induction of student leaders at Newlands is a celebration of the importance of good role models in influencing School culture and upholding traditions. Respect, empathy, kindness, honesty and trust are emphasised in the Junior and Middle Schools and we look forward to a year of successful leadership from our students.

Newlands School Captains, Raena Umezu (Year 8) and Brody Lamb (Year 8), have set the tone to optimise every opportunity in 2022. The Newlands Middle School leaders for 2022 can be accessed here.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Water Resource Engineer and Old Haileyburian, Katherine Szabo, came to talk to our Year 7C girls about being a woman in science as part of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. She discussed the breadth of her work from managing international hydropower plants in the Philippines to supporting the cultural water practices of Indigenous Australians.

This was particularly inspiring for our girls and me as both Katherine and science teacher and pharmacist, Ms Jenna Huskic, attended Haileybury Berwick when I was Head of Girls Middle School. It was a wonderful opportunity to remind the girls that these ladies once sat in a science laboratory just like theirs. It was a proud moment for Haileybury and for me!

Early Learning Centre

Bundjil’s Nest Project Conference

Haileybury ELC educators continuously expand their knowledge and skills to put in place the best educational practice. As part of this, Ms Isabelle Nash and Mr Sakan Pyseth are attending the inaugural Bundjil’s Nest Project Conference in Balnarring. The conference focus is on ‘Embedding First People Perspective in Education Settings’.

A number of renowned speakers will share their culture, knowledge, stories and experiences with the delegates. We look forward to them sharing their knowledge with ELC educators, families and children on their return.

Grandparents’ Day

The ELC children in Reception N and the children in Pre-Prep T and Pre-Prep P are looking forward to welcoming their grandparents and special visitors to an afternoon of activities, stories and songs in their classroom and playground on Tuesday, 8 March, from 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm. Reception S, Reception W and Pre-Prep K classes will welcome their visitors on Thursday, 10 March, from 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

STEM Water Wall

The ELC children are exploring the movement of water through a new Water Wall garden. The children have been experimenting with water movement and the effects of gravity as they use different funnel, tubing and jug configurations to modify the flow of water. During their exploration the children are developing their engineering, mathematics and science skills and are using vocabulary such as drip, pour and flood.

We are grateful to Mr Glenn Williams, Newlands Building and Grounds Supervisor, for his ingenuity in erecting the Water Wall.

Junior School

Respectful Relationships in Junior School

Respectful Relationships and Consent were introduced to Junior School classrooms during the first two weeks of term. Students from Prep–Year 4 learned about Haileybury’s Respectful Relationships Pillars of Kindness, Honesty, Trust, Respect and Empathy.

This was followed by a year level focus study and finished with a lesson on consent.

At the end of Week 2, the Junior School held a Wellbeing Assembly where Mrs Diane Furusho, Deputy Principal (Student Wellbeing, Respectful Relationships and Consent) gave a short presentation and saw the wonderful work students across the Junior School had completed during their Wellbeing lessons.

Junior School Leaders

Our Year 4 Semester One Leaders were inducted to their leadership roles at our recent Junior School Leadership Assembly. I congratulate them all on their appointments and wish them well with their leadership of our Junior School throughout the semester.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Junior School teachers enjoyed meeting parents at our ‘getting to know you’ Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday, 9 February, and Monday, 14 February. These interviews are an excellent opportunity for teachers and parents to share important information about each child early in the school year.

House Sport

The Junior School students are excitedly looking forward to their first House events of the year. Years 3 and 4 will play T-ball on Friday, 25 February, and Preps and Years 1 and 2 will play kickball on Friday, 4 March.

Students will come together in their Houses to enjoy some friendly competition on Newlands Field. We wonder who will be the victors on the day …

Middle School

Author Visits Newlands

Year 8 students were privileged to have best-selling author, Ms Heather Morris, speak to them about her novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. The novel is studied across all Middle School English classes and is the story of one man’s survival in Auschwitz-Birkenau during WWII.

Ms Morris was generous with her time, providing insights into the writing process and into her relationship with the novel’s protagonist, Lale Solokov. Students, who read the novel over the holidays, were full of questions and enjoyed hearing about the author’s experiences. Many thanks to Ms Mary Johnson, Head of Library Services at Newlands, for organising the visit.

James and the Giant Peach

During Week 2, students in Years 7 and 8 were invited to audition for the Newlands Play, James and the Giant Peach. In Week 4, the successful cast will present a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s whimsical, insectile, fruity adventure.

It has been more than a decade since Newlands has produced a play and we were overwhelmed with the interest shown by students, so casting the 16 roles was difficult. We congratulate all students on their participation because choosing to be part of any production is a big commitment and James and the Giant Peach is no exception. In addition to their academic studies, the cast have committed to two after-school rehearsals each week.

Towards the end of Term 1, more auditions will be held for the Newlands Musical which will be held in Term 3. More information will come in the following weeks.

Year 6 Girls Thrive

As part of the Haileybury Thrive program, Year 6 girls enjoyed making friendship bracelets to represent the importance of relationships. The Girls Middle School outdoor area provided a perfect sun-drenched setting for conversations and friendly chats.

Year 5 Girls Make the Most of Phillip Island

We were delighted that our Year 5 girls could attend camp this year. They had a fantastic three days at Phillip Island and enjoyed surfing, zip lines, a night-time walk to spot koalas and much more. Thank you to the staff who looked after them so well. It is a wonderful opportunity for the girls to get to know each other as they begin their Middle School journey and we will provide two extra days of fun activities throughout the year to compensate for the slightly shorter camp.

Inside the Man Cave

Haileybury is committed to nurturing students so they can build healthy relationships, reach their full potential and contribute to their community. The recent Man Cave sessions aim to assist our young men to explore their personal identity and unique strengths. From this, we see them leading in the community, challenging gender stereotypes and feeling safe to express their feelings more often.

Year 8 Mancave

Little Athletics Success

Congratulations to students who competed in the Little Athletics State Combined Events Championships.

Matty Milias (Year 7) and Suvan Sujeendran (Year 7) competed in the Boys U13 Combined Five Event Competition. Matty had a tremendous competition and won the State title from five events: 100m, Discus, Long Jump, 80m Hurdles and 800m. He won by more than 200 points with a score of 1,765 and achieved PBs in the Long Jump, 80m Hurdles and 800m events.

Suvan came a solid 19th out of 49 competitors and performed consistently in all events.

Jazmin Firth (Year 8) competed in the Girls U14 Combined Five Event Competition and won silver with PBs in the 200m, Long Jump and 800m.

We wish Matty, Suvan and Jazmin all the best in their upcoming Regional and State Championships.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Coffee Mornings

The Year level Coffee Mornings have been a huge success with our parents from ELC to Year 5. It is wonderful to see parents connecting with each other and their community at the lovely cafe Match & Co.

There are five more Coffee Mornings:

Year 6: Monday, 28 February

Year 7: Tuesday, 22 February

Year 8: Wednesday, 23 February

Pre-Senior: Tuesday, 1 March

Senior School: Wednesday, 2 March

Year Level Coffee Mornings are from 9.00 am – 10.30 am at Match & Co, 109/79 Centre Dandenong Road, Dingley Village.

Prep Family Dinner

The ELC Family Dinner is on Friday, 25 February, at the Waltzing Matilda Hotel, 856 Heatherton Road, Springvale, 3171. The reservation is from 6.30 pm onwards. Please order and pay for your meals at the counter.

This is a great opportunity for families to meet as you and your children continue your journey at Haileybury Newlands.

Would you please RSVP to Katrina on 0430 109 093 by Wednesday, 23 February, at 12.00 noon with the number of attendees so we can ensure the correct number of seats are reserved.

HPFK Year 5 Bowling Night

The Year 5 Bowling Night is the place for students and families to reconnect and for new students and families to meet with this lovely year level.

The event is on Friday, 4 March, from 6.30 pm with bowling starting around 7 pm. Tickets cost $36 per child, which includes one game of bowling, 30 minutes of arcade games, 100 arcade tickets, pizza, soft drink and cordial.

Please only book for your Year 5 child as numbers are limited. Adults and siblings can attend free of charge and purchase food and beverages from the venue. Book early to avoid disappointment.

HPFK Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop is open every Friday during term from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm. Our next Saturday opening is on Saturday, 5 March, from 9 am – 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 there 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