Campus News

Celebrating Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a time to celebrate the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. The message of Harmony Week is everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, with everyone united by a set of core Australian values.

Our ELC students enjoyed wearing their national dress and our Junior and Middle School students joined together for a picnic on the oval where they shared stories and participated in fun activities for Harmony Day.

Cyber Safety Parent Webinar

Parents are reminded to register for the special Cyber Safety Webinar held on Tuesday, 22 March, from 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm.

The webinar provides parents and guardians with insights and important information about social networking and gaming platform trends. The discussion will focus on keeping children safe with privacy settings and explain how to build positive digital habits using available tools. The webinar will also cover how to support young people to be confident, independent and safe digital users, and unpack laws around digital consent and cyberbullying.

Please register here:

Early Learning Centre

Speech Development Information Evening

We are delighted to announce an ELC Parent Information Evening this term that will focus on Speech Development in the Early Years. Julie Liptak is a well-regarded Speech Pathologist who has worked with Haileybury ELC children and educators for a number of years.

Julie presented to ELC staff at the start of the year and has valuable information to share with the ELC parent community. She will suggest strategies to extend children’s vocabulary and will look at developmental norms and highlight steps to take if parents notice any developmental delays. The event will be held in Berthon Hall on Tuesday, 29 March, from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm.

Walk This Way

On Monday, 4 April, the ELC children will walk around the perimeter of the Pre-Senior Courts to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Parents and extended family members are invited to take part in this event with their child. The children will walk as a class from 9 am – 10 am. A gold coin donation would be very much appreciated.

Engaging Outdoor Learning Spaces

Newlands ELC lead educators recently attended a professional development session with Director of Early Learning, Dr Rachel Pollitt. The focus was on creating outdoor learning spaces that engage and intrigue children.

This term educators have emphasised outdoor learning to optimise access to natural ventilation. The educators completed an audit of the ELC’s physical environment and then created individual learning spaces in the different playgrounds that focus on specific goals and learning outcomes. Parents entering the ELC through the playgrounds may have noticed some of the unique learning experiences created with the help of the children.

Junior School

House Sports Kickball

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students took part in their first House event of the year. They joined their House teams and played three rounds of Kickball on Newlands Green. The scores were tight and for the first time in many years there was a tie for first place between Kemp and Shum. Congratulations to all the students for showing sportsmanship and House spirit.

Pancake Day Favourites

The HPFK cooked delicious pancakes for Junior School students and staff for Pancake Day. Students could choose from strawberry, chocolate, maple syrup and sprinkles toppings. Pancake Day is always a favourite with the students and one child was overheard commenting that: “School Pancake Day always has the best pancakes.”

There were a lot of chocolate and strawberry-covered grins on the faces of the students. A big thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to make the day such a success.

Help Our Heroes

Thank you to everyone in ELC and Junior School for your support with Help Our Heroes Day. We were fortunate to have visits from some of our very own heroes, Ms Gillian Grigg and Dr Deepa Bhatt. Ms Grigg presented in her firefighter uniform and shared some of her heroic stories of working in dangerous Australian bushfire settings.

Students were very engaged as Dr Bhatt, a Neurological Specialist Doctor, discussed how COVID-19 has affected her job and the changes she has noticed in the medical field due to the pandemic. The money raised on Help Our Heroes Day will be donated to the CFA (Keysborough) and Monash Children’s Hospital.

Heading to Portsea

Our Year 4 students are looking forward to heading to the historical Portsea Camp this Wednesday. They will experience activities including the flying fox, giant swing and fishing. Staff and students from the Brighton, Berwick and City campuses will also join the camp.

All Year 4 families should have received an email regarding how to check, update and approve student medical and dietary information via Consent2Go. Please see the Year 4 Homeroom Teachers if you have any questions about the Year 4 Portsea Camp.

We wish the students all the best and know they will have plenty of fun.

Middle School

Newlands Mini Masterchefs STEM Program

Every Monday night, students from Prep to Year 8 have been cooking up a storm for their families. We have mastered the humble chicken parmigiana and some wonderful desserts. The students are learning to organise and measure ingredients, clean up as they go and manage their time to produce a two-course meal. It has been wonderful to see students of all ages cooking with their families and enjoying this time together. If you haven’t joined us yet, there’s still plenty of time to jump on board.

Exploring Science of the Heart

The academic year has started with excitement and engagement from our Middle School science students. Recently, our Year 8 students learned about body systems and completed their first assessment tasks on the circulatory system, including a heart dissection.

Students gained a comprehensive insight into the biology of the mammalian heart and the circulatory system, its function and structures. They showed excellent practical and thinking skills to complete the dissection and identified all the major structures of the heart and the associated major blood vessels.

Each Year 8 student will now work on completing a full practical report of the heart dissection that will be assessed and contribute to their Science grade for Semester 1.

Nathan’s Outstanding Achievement

Nathan Anderson (Year 6) recently received the result for his AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) Grade 5 Violin Repertoire Exam which he submitted towards the end of last year. He received an A+.

Due to lockdown restrictions, Nathan completed a video exam and could not have a live accompanist. It took dedication, perseverance and many hours of practice with recorded accompaniments. Congratulations, Nathan.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Thanks for Your Help

Thank you to our amazing community of families who have supported recent Newlands events including the Junior School Pancake Day and MS Athletics day. Your support is greatly appreciated.

HPFK Term 2 Date Change

The HPFK Term 2 meeting scheduled for Thursday, 19 May, will now be held on Thursday, 12 May. Further details to come closer to the date.

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

Lenice Norris

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough