Campus News

Parent–Teacher Interviews

Parent–Teacher Interviews will be held via Zoom on Monday, 9 May, and Wednesday, 11 May, from 5.00 pm – 8.30 pm. The booking portal is now open. Please see myHaileybury for details.


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, or NAPLAN tests, are held in May each year for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Haileybury will conduct these tests from Tuesday, 10 May, until Friday, 13 May.

The NAPLAN tests will fully transition from paper to being completed online, except for the Year 3 Writing test that will be done on paper.

The Peer Music Program

A new and exciting program has been hatched at Newlands that links our Junior School music classes and our Middle School musicians.

2022 Music Captains, Samantha Tan and Zhan Zhao, have been busy arranging for Middle School instrumental students to visit the Prep and Year 1 music classes to perform and showcase their expertise.

The Middle School students perform a piece of their choice and then the class can ask questions about the instrument or the piece of music. The guest appearance is only for 10 minutes.

The Middle School students have enjoyed the opportunity to perform to a very attentive audience and to take a lead role in the music class. Each week, the Prep and Year 1 students are excited to see if they will have a guest performer.

There is nothing better to generate interest in music than a ‘live’ performance and question time. This is such a positive addition to the Music Program at Newlands and will continue throughout the year.

Well done to our 2022 Music Captains, Samantha and Zhan.

Year 5 student, Weiwei Bao was the first guest performer and selected Star Wars as a piece to inspire the Year 1 students.

Early Learning Centre

Fostering Social Thinking

Julie Liptak is a specialist paediatric speech pathologist who has worked with ELC educators for a number of years on the development of a Social Thinking Program.

The Social Thinking curriculum sees educators using specific vocabulary and visual support material to demonstrate to children ways of responding to social information. This leads to children developing strategies to self-regulate their behaviour and supports the development of executive function skills.

Children learn how to better interact and relate to other people who are sharing their social space.

The Zones of Regulation are embedded within the ELC children’s daily program and they are explicitly taught how to identify their feelings according to colour zones and to self-regulate their emotions to make the most of their learning.

All ELC parents are invited to attend a Social Thinking session with Julie on Tuesday, 10 May, from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm. The session will be delivered by Zoom.

Junior School

Winter is Coming

During Terms 2 and 3, students must wear the full school uniform, including the Haileybury blazer. The first two weeks of Term 2 are a transition period where summer or winter uniform can be worn. Blazers will be kept in classrooms during the school day. Please ensure that uniform items and blazers are clearly named.

As in Term 1, Junior School students may wear their PE uniform on their timetabled PE days and blazers should not be worn with the PE uniform. The first two weeks of Term 1 are a transition period.

Mothers and Special Guests Afternoon

All Junior School mothers and special guests are welcome to attend an afternoon to celebrate Mothers Day on Friday, 6 May. The afternoon begins at 2:00 pm with afternoon tea outside the Newlands Resource Centre.

At approximately 2.30 pm the mothers and special guests will collect their children from the classrooms to begin activities for the afternoon. These fun events include paper flower making, ‘Insta Famous’ photo opportunities, board games, drama games and quizzes.

This event is always a popular part of the Newlands calendar and we look forward to welcoming you.

Middle School

Mothers Day Breakfast

We are thrilled that the Mothers Day Breakfast has sold out and look forward to spending the morning with all those attending.

Year 6 Thrive Incursion

All Year 6 students will be involved in the ‘Smoothie Bar’ incursion, as a precursor to their Financial Literacy unit for term 2 of Thrive. This engaging half-day incursion will introduce students to the concept of product development, cost and income as they work towards developing their own brand of smoothies.

We look forward to seeing—and tasting—some delicious creations.

Walking to Glory

Damian Baldy (Year 6) recently competed in the Little Athletics State Championships and won three gold medals. He also achieved the state record in the 1100m walk.

Damian qualified for the Victorian Championships in the 3000m walk and won gold in the U14 age group with the fastest qualifying time in the Australian Track & Field Championships.

His first opportunity to compete in the Nationals was quashed due to COVID, however, we look forward to seeing him represent Haileybury at the All Schools event in Canberra in June.

Congratulations Damian, we’re all behind you.

James and the Giant Peach

The Years 7 and 8 Play, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, which has been adapted for the stage by David Wood, will be performed in Berthon Hall on Wednesday, 18 and Thursday, 19 May.

James and the Giant Peach was the first of Roald Dahl’s childrens stories and tells the story of James Henry Trotter who lives with his two horrid aunts, Spiker and Sponge. He doesn’t have a single friend in the whole world until he meets the Old Green Grasshopper and the rest of the insects aboard a giant, magical peach.

Students have worked hard during Term 1 and have navigated many interruptions to their rehearsals due to COVID-19.

This play will be fun for the whole family. Tickets are now open, book via the TryBooking link below.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Save the Luncheon Date

The HPFK Luncheon will be held on Friday, 27 May, and will support Feel the Magic, an Australian charity that provides early intervention grief education programs for kids experiencing pain and isolation due to the death of a parent, guardian or sibling. Please put this date in your diary.

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