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Dealing With Challenging Events

In response to current events occurring with the Queensland Floods and the events unfolding in the Ukraine, Haileybury’s psychologists have updated the Dealing with a Challenging Event parent tip sheet on myHaileybury. Our thoughts are with those families impacted by these current events.

Whole School Arts Week

Newlands can’t wait to take part in the Whole School Arts Week from Tuesday, 15 March, to Friday, 18 March. There will be exciting Arts events available for Junior and Middle School students and their parents throughout the four days.

The Music Department is holding open rehearsals for our ensembles. Parents are welcome to come along and enjoy the rehearsal process as our young musicians prepare for upcoming performances. We have lunchtime concerts for soloists and pop-up music performances before school to welcome families at drop-off time.

All families are invited to the Senior School Twilight Concert on Thursday, 17 March, in the Senior School Quadrangle in front of Wings Café at Senior School, Keysborough.

Many ex-Newlands students and current Middle School students are performing and light refreshments are provided. There will also be a coffee cart run by VET Hospitality students with drinks available for a gold coin donation.

The concert will finish around 7.00 pm and it is a perfect occasion for Newlands families to enjoy some live music. No bookings are required.

Visit the art rooms during Arts Week and be inspired by the creative use of colour and pattern. Students in Years 4–8 will create a collaborative artwork based on the art of Jeni Stark, who explores the intricate layers of the natural world through patterns and colour.

Students will also be introduced to black and white optical illusions inspired by artist Bridget Riley.

Years 3 and 4 will get creative designing a ‘Puppet Pup’ to keep them company during the Autumn months.

Prep to Year 2 students will design their very own Rainbow Fish puppets. These will be used in drama performance sessions based on Hairy Maclary and The Rainbow Fish novels.

The Year 8 Drama elective—Page to Stage—will present their work to invited guests and Middle School students with a lunchtime performance on Wednesday and Friday. A special Middle School Drama Club session on Thursday will be run by our Senior School Drama Captains and is guaranteed to be a lot of fun and laughs.

A full program of arts events will be distributed via the myHaileybury app. We look forward to showcasing the tremendous talents of our students.

Early Learning Centre

Welcome to Country With Uncle Mick

The ELC children are looking forward to joining the Junior School children and staff in a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony on Friday, 18 March, at 11.00 am.

Uncle Mick will perform the ceremony and welcome the Newlands students and staff to the land of the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation. Traditionally, this ceremony was performed to welcome visitors to the land and offer protection to them.

The Welcome to Country will incorporate a smoking ceremony, where Uncle Mick will burn native leaves to create smoke which the First Nations People believe offer physical and spiritual cleansing.

The ceremony is performed as a gesture of goodwill towards Newlands children and their educators and is a ceremony that has taken place for over 60,000 years. Parents are welcome to join us for this beautiful community event.

Harmony Day

ELC children are invited to wear multicultural costumes to the ELC to celebrate Harmony Day. Reception S and N, and Pre-Prep T, K and P classes will dress up on Wednesday, 23 March.

Reception W will celebrate Harmony Day on Thursday, 24 March. The message for this day is that ‘Everyone Belongs’. We celebrate our diversity of cultures on these days but also seek to encourage a sense of inclusiveness, respect and belonging within the ELC throughout the year.

We are delighted to welcome ELC families to share their culture with their child’s class through songs, dance, cooking and cultural discussions and displays.

Greetings From Around the World

The Pre-Prep children are enjoying their Chinese language classes and are learning how to greet each other in Mandarin. The educators have extended this theme by inviting families to share greetings from different countries around the world.

We recently celebrated International Mother Language Day and the children participated in singing and learning several of the greetings spoken by families in their class.

Junior School

JS Leaders Present at Assembly

At the Junior School Assembly, the new Year 4 Leaders presented for the first time on the big stage. The Homeroom Leaders ran the assembly this week and introduced speakers and performances, and announced recipients of Student of the Week Awards.

They did a wonderful job, speaking clearly and confidently into the microphone.

Shining the Spotlight on 3K

At the Junior School Assembly, classes have begun to present Spotlight performances. During these performances, a class demonstrates skills they have been learning in music and choir classes.

This week it was 3K’s turn. They sang You are My Sunshine while playing ukuleles and chime bars. It was a very catchy song and the rest of the Junior School joined in with their fellow students.

Early Bird Reading Program

Middle School mentors and Junior School students are very excited to see the start of our Early Bird Reading Program. Students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 arrived at school early on Tuesday morning, eager to read their Fitzroy readers to a Middle School Student.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to build relationships, practice their reading fluency and build their comprehension skills. We look forward to seeing this program grow throughout the term as more students join in.

Middle School

Be an Upstander

Courage to Care believe that ordinary people have the power to make a positive difference in the lives of others by being Upstanders. Taking inspiration from real-life extraordinary acts of courage, the Upstander Programs inspire people to make a difference by standing up and taking action, and creating real change in the schoolyard, workplaces and in our communities.

The Upstander Program was delivered to our Year 8 students earlier today by a team of skilled and dedicated volunteers. The program promotes acceptance of diversity within our community, transforms bystander behaviour by demonstrating that a bystander is never neutral, and offers practical tools to stand up against racism, bullying and prejudice.

Middle School House Events

Term 1 is going to be busy with many house events including:

  • Middle School House Athletics on Tuesday, 8 March, 8.30 am – 1.15 pm
  • Years 7 and 8 Cross Country relays on Tuesday, 5 April, 10.45 am – 1.15 pm.

The House Captains have had meetings, introduced themselves, met their teams and have started preparations for the upcoming events. It has been wonderful to see them already displaying leadership and assisting the Junior School House events in tee-ball and kickball.

Middle School House Captains

Additional house events for 2022 include swimming, arts, assemblies, sports, orienteering and social justice initiatives.

The House Program’s aim is for students to try something new, to participate and have fun!

All event dates will be posted on myHaileybury.

International Women’s Day Matters

International Women’s Day is always an important day on the GMS Newlands calendar. This year it falls on Tuesday, 8 March, with the theme ‘#breakthebias’.

As part of our acknowledgement of this important event, we will welcome Ms Layne Beachley AO. Ms Beachley is a seven-time World Champion surfer and she will speak to our Middle School students during assembly about the challenges and successes she faced as an elite athlete in a traditionally male dominated sport.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

HPFK Year Level Coffee Mornings

Thank you to all our parents for attending the Year level Coffee Mornings over the past four weeks. It is so lovely to welcome our new parents and to see so many parents connecting at the café Match and Co. Here, we share some pictures from the Years 7 and 8 events.

HPFK Pancake Day

Pancake Day is one of our favourite events of the year. It is lovely to see the smiles on the faces of our ELC and Junior School students when they receive their pancake and select their toppings.

A huge thank you to Linette Grossi for organising this event and to all our parents for volunteering.

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, 2 April, from 9.00 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