Campus News

Optimising Opportunities

As Term 1 draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Newlands staff, students and parents for your determination to engage in everything on offer this term. Our focus for 2022 is optimisation—making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource, and we have certainly seized every opportunity.

Camps, Arts Week, sporting events, music performances, social justice initiatives, Grandparents’ Days and assemblies are just a few of the wonderful activities undertaken by our students.

Have a restful break with your family, remain safe and we look forward to your return in Term 2 on Wednesday, 27 April.

Mission to Mars

On Thursday, 7 April, the Year 8 Mechatronics students will head to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. After completing a pre-mission training, students will use the Mars Autonomous Science Laboratory and take on the roles of scientists and engineers in Mission Control to complete a simulated mission.

Tasks include driving a remote robot on the surface of Mars, working together to analyse scientific data and completing a hands-on laboratory session investigating rocks and minerals. It will be an out of this world experience for the students involved.

Early Learning Centre

Out and About on Keysborough Campus

The ELC children have visited different areas within the Keysborough campus and are being visited by different staff, and by students and parents, to enrich their learning in different interest areas.

This Action Research Project is documented and displayed in the ELC foyer and is recorded through Moments. Parents are encouraged to provide their comments and feedback to the ELC staff.

Glenn Williams, our Building and Grounds Supervisor, is a frequent visitor to the ELC and he will also visit the children to talk about his role and introduce members of his team.

School Holiday Program

In coming weeks, ELC children and their Educators will participate in ‘Active April’. The aim is for all Victorians to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

During Term 1 school holidays, ELC children will be involved in Active April School Campus walks where they can explore the different ovals at the Keysborough campus and visit different playground areas and have picnic morning teas.

Pre-Prep and Reception children will use the school holidays to consolidate their learning of new concepts in preparation for Term 2.

Junior School

Some Very Important Guests

Junior School was buzzing with excitement thanks to some very important guests who visited during our recent Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day. Our guests met for morning tea before making their way to Berthon Hall to watch year level choirs perform songs they have been learning in class.

The Year 2 Strings and Years 3 and 4 Scrolls students gave a sneak peek of the musical numbers they have been learning on their instruments. The VIP guests then moved to designated areas to take part in activities with students such as making origami, playing games or a scavenger hunt. It was a beautiful day and a lovely time was had by all.

Walking for a Worthy Cause

Haileybury will hold its annual walkathon to support and raise awareness of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The walkathon will be held this Thursday and will include the Junior and Middle Schools.

  • JS: Thursday, 7 April, 11.00 am – 12.15 pm on the Fisher Oval
  • MS: Thursday, 7 April, 2.15 pm – 3.30 pm on the Fisher Oval

The walkathon will replace the Middle School Coin Trail for 2022.

Families can donate online via the following website, or bring in a gold coin donation.

We encourage parents to come and enjoy the occasion with us. The more people who know about the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the greater the impact. Please spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family.

Easter Hat Parade

Easter is fast approaching and the Junior School is looking forward to its annual Easter Hat Parade and Easter Egg Hunt. Each class and year level will be able to show the rest of the school their wonderful creations.

Each class will also parade with a song—this often promotes unprompted dancing, which is always encouraged!

After the parade, the HPFK will provide an Easter Egg Hunt for all students. The eggs are always evenly distributed and food allergies are taken into consideration. We encourage parents to come and enjoy the spectacle.

The JS Easter Hat Parade will be held on Friday Friday, 8 April, from 9.00 – 10.00 am.

Middle School

House Cross Country

On Tuesday, 5 April, Years 7 and 8 students will participate in House Cross Country, which is always a favourite of the House events calendar. Students will battle it out in a 3km run around the school grounds to see which House will come out on top.

Grigoryan Brothers Concert

On the last day of Term 1, Aria award-winning classical guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, will visit Haileybury for a guitar class and performance. Keysborough-based guitar students will take part in a guitar class with Slava and Leonard, working on some guitar fundamentals and techniques.

At 1:00 pm the Grigoryans will perform a short concert in the Chapel. Students, staff and parents are welcome to attend.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

HPFK Newlands Easter Raffle

A huge thank you to the Newlands community for generously supporting the Easter Egg Raffle. Ticket sales close Tuesday, 5 April, and all winners will be announced at the end of term assembly on Friday, 8 April.

A special mention to our wonderful volunteers for organising and creating magnificent Easter baskets for our lucky winners to enjoy!

HPFK Uniform Shop

We have plenty of winter uniform stock to help you prepare for Term 2. The HPFK Uniform Shop opening hours this week are:

Friday, 8 April, from 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Haileybury HPFK Facebook Page

This year our target is to reach 1,000 Haileybury HPFK Facebook Group members. If you would like to connect with our community, please join our Facebook page.

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

Lenice Norris

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough