Campus News

Gadsden Pavilion Update

Exciting new work began at Newlands during the school holidays. The Gadsden Pavilion (Fisher Oval changing rooms) was demolished so a new pavilion can be constructed this year.

The new Gadsden Pavilion will be a double storey construction with new changing rooms, storage facilities, conditioning areas, offices, classrooms, function space and kitchen facilities. The expected completion date is the end of Term 1, 2023.

During this construction period every effort has been undertaken to minimise impact on the school community. Until further notice and during the renovation period, Middle School students can wear their full sports uniform (tracksuit) to and from School on the days they participate in Sport and Physical Education.

I will keep you updated on the progress of this project throughout the year.

James and the Giant Peach

Tickets are still available for the Newlands Middle School play which is Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Performances are on Wednesday, 18 May, and Thursday, 19 May.

We look forward to seeing you there.

A Touch of Blue Fundraiser

Our Junior and Middle Schools enjoyed the Touch of Blue fundraising event that raised money and awareness for two very important charities. The Junior School’s funds went towards the Red Cross Flood Appeal that is supporting families devastated by the NSW and Queensland floods. The Middle School supported Beyond Blue which advocates for mental health.

Students were invited to dress in casual clothes with ‘a touch of blue’ for the two charities and made a gold coin donation. Middle School Kemp captains organised a Lolly Guessing Jar and HPFK organised a delicious BBQ that was well received by students and staff. It was wonderful to see the Newlands community working together to support this charitable cause.

Thank you to everyone involved for your support, generosity and commitment to ensuring we continue our Global Outreach and Social Justice initiatives with such success.

Early Learning Centre

Welcoming Reconciliation Week

ELC children and educators will welcome Jaeden Williams from Bunjils Biik to the ELC during Reconciliation Week, which begins on Friday, 27 May.

Jaeden will involve the children in a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, teach the children Boonwurrung Acknowledgements, introduce them to Boonwurrung language, culture and history and invite them to join in an interactive role-play of the Creation Story.

The children will ‘Wear a Touch of Yellow’ during Reconciliation Week and can donate a gold coin to Children’s Ground, an organisation that supports aboriginal children in their community and focuses on First Nations language and culture while incorporating western literacy and numeracy. Haileybury has an ongoing relationship with Children’s Ground and supports their important work with First Nations People.

ELC Mid-Year Music Concert

The ELC children are looking forward to presenting their Mid-Year Music Concert in early June. Details of individual concert days and times will be sent to families through Moments. The Pre-Prep Concerts will be held in Berthon Hall and the Reception Class Concerts will be in the ELC Multi-Purpose Room. Please bring the Pre-Prep children to class at normal times before heading over to the Hall.

Junior School

Term 2 Swimming Lessons Wrap Up

Years 1, 2 and 4 students enjoyed their swimming lessons at the Grenda Aquatic Centre. They were assessed on their abilities and enjoyed learning new strokes and techniques with their peers. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces as new skills were learnt and friendships were formed. The program concluded with a water safety lesson where students learnt about survival skills in the water.

Preps and Year 3s will have their turn in the pool early in Term 4.

Welcome to Newlands, Hordii

At the beginning of Term 2, Newlands Junior School was very excited to welcome Hordii Blinov to Haileybury. Hordii travelled from the Ukraine to Melbourne with his mother after his hometown of Kharkiv was heavily affected by recent global events.

The Weijers family of Nikolas Weijers (Year 3) extended an invitation to Hordii and his mother to stay with the them once they arrived in Melbourne.

With the help of Nikolas, Hordii has settled into the Australian culture and local customs. During the holidays he began learning English and playing his favourite sport of soccer. 3G are thrilled to have a new student and to be able to get to know Hordii. They have also enjoyed teaching him how to play Aussie Rules during lunchtimes.

We extend a warm welcome to Hordii and his mother, Iryna.

Hordii Blinov and Nikolas Weijers (Year 3)

Junior School Parent Webinar

As part of the Respectful Relationships and Consent Program, we invite all parents to join the next webinar ‘Learning, connecting and Playing Safely Online'.

Middle School

Our Wonderful Mothers Day Breakfast

The annual Newlands Mothers Day Breakfast is always a wonderful event. We welcomed mothers and their children from Years 5 to 8 to join us in celebrating the wonderful women in our worlds.

This year’s guest speaker was Alice Pung OAM who is a writer, editor and lawyer. She spoke to the guests about her own mum who was a Cambodian refugee. She was illiterate but did everything she could to provide for her four children and ensure their education. Alice discussed how her mother’s experience shaped those of her children.

This was followed by brilliant music performances by our Middle School musicians and a stunning photo montage of all the mums and their children. There was not a dry eye in the house!

Compass Award Dedication

Jaslyn Wong (Year 8) has achieved all four levels of the Compass Award that begins in Year 5 and finishes in Year 8. The Compass Award is offered to all Middle School students and is a self-motivated program that is guided by mentors.

By completing the award, Jaslyn has learnt new skills, assisted people in need, explored new environments and learnt to be more independent by developing her leadership skills.

We hope Jaslyn now continues to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a leading award program for young people aged 14 to 24 years.

Jaslyn Wong’s Reflection on Compass

Completing Levels 1 to 4 of the Compass Award over the past few years has been a rewarding and exciting experience. Throughout my Compass Award journey, I have grown as a person and also had the opportunity to experience new things.

I have developed many skills through activities from cooking, hiking, beekeeping and being a junior zookeeper for a day to collaborating with others as a Kids Church Leader and as part of the Australian Girls Choir.

Despite the lockdown, I was able to improve my fitness and wellbeing through the physical activity component and by setting goals of walking and running in my neighbourhood.

One of my highlights was in the volunteering component of the Compass Award when I decided that I wanted to use my skills to help others. My goal was to raise $500 to support the Bush Fire Appeal by playing in a small group strings ensemble. Amazingly, we exceeded this goal and raised over $900.

I was humbled by the opportunity to give back to people in need while using my musical skills and collaborating as an ensemble to bless others with music.

Overall, the Compass Award program was a great opportunity to learn more about myself and to develop my confidence in many different areas. I will take all these skills into the future. I would strongly recommend every student consider participating in this program.

If you are interested in finding out more about this award, please email

Spotlight on the Thrive Program

In Term 1, our Year 7 Thrive students learnt all about what it means to be Global Changemakers. Now our Year 7 students are working towards raising enough money to build a library for Pokhara School in Nepal. Later this term, students will hold a series of fundraisers to raise funds for this inspiring project.

Our students have also established an online presence to draw attention to this project and they have lots of household items for sale, such as toilet paper, handwash and dishwashing detergents. All items are 100 per cent sustainable and eco-friendly and profits help to fund this fantastic project!

Please support our Year 7 Global Changemakers by clicking on the link below and purchasing some items.

Student on the Move

Recently, Year 7 student, Matty Milias, was presented with a Victorian School Sports Award 2021 for Athletics. This was in recognition for his outstanding achievements at state and national level. The presentation ceremony was held in the Glasshouse at Melbourne Olympic Park where all the athletes received their awards from two Olympians.

Matty has been ranked first in long jump, 200m and combined events at national and state levels and second at nationals for the 100 metres. He is well respected at school and in athletic circles for his sportsmanship, achievements and confident demeanour.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Thank You to our HPFK Volunteers

A big thank you to all our fabulous HPFK volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to assist with the best ever Mothers Day stall and the ‘Touch of Blue’ Beyond Blue and Flood Relief Fundraiser BBQ. These successful events would not be able to run without each and every one of you.

Save the Luncheon Date

The HPFK Luncheon will be held on Friday, 27 May, and will support Feel the Magic. This Australian charity provides early intervention grief education programs for kids experiencing pain and isolation after 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