Campus News

Volunteers in the Playground

This term we have a wonderful group of Years 7 and 8 Middle School students who have volunteered to spend time in the Junior School Playground during lunchtimes. They will help facilitate play-based learning for our younger students in Prep and Years 1 and 2.

Play-based learning is, essentially, learning while playing.

Tarryn Godfrey, School Psychologist, and Paul Dooley, Head of Junior School, held an information session with the volunteers to outline ways in which they can help Junior School students develop cooperative play skills.

Our Middle School students are joining in with games, assisting in the sandpit and playing with the younger students on the playground equipment. While playing, the older students will be encouraged to talk through scenarios with the younger children to help them make good decisions and to model expected behaviour during games.

Younger students have loved having the older students in the playground and we are already seeing the benefits in terms of how Junior School students are interacting with each other.

Newlands Concert

The Newlands Music Concert will be held on Monday, 20 June, at 6:30 pm in the Aikman Hall, Senior School. The concert will feature performances from the Newlands Chamber Strings, Concert Band, Newlands Singers and smaller ensembles. Newlands Scrolls & Voicebox — our Junior School large ensembles — will also be performing.

There will be complimentary refreshments for families from 6:00 pm, served in the Senior School quadrangle. The Newlands Jazz Combos and Newlands Piano Trio will provide some pre-concert music.

Family and friends are warmly invited to attend. Our young musicians always appreciate your presence and support for their performances.

This concert is not a ticketed event.

Early Learning Centre

An Anti-Bias Curriculum

Haileybury Educators lead the way within the early childhood sector by delivering a high-quality curriculum within a play-based program.

In October this year, Lisa Christopher, Head of Newlands ELC, Amanda Simon, Deputy Head of Newlands ELC, and Sakan Pyseth, Lead Educator, will present a paper at the national Early Childhood Australia conference in Canberra. The conference theme is Passion to power: Our future profession.

The paper to be presented by Newlands ELC represents work that educators have done in ‘Introducing an Anti-Bias Curriculum’ and explores the refinement of an anti-bias approach to education within the ELC. It highlights the journey of discovery as staff read, discussed and critically reflected on attitudes towards diversity and difference and considered multiple perspectives.

This work culminated in a re-creation of the Centre so it reflected more meaningfully the multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQIA+ members of our community, so children feel confident and comfortable in their interactions with all people.

Over recent months, the ELC has audited teaching resources and books and the indoor and outdoor learning environments and spaces to embrace and embed different cultures and communities and to challenge biased and discriminatory viewpoints.

The journey that educators have been on has led them to deeply explore ethics and children’s rights. Our educators believe that every act has an impact and positive acts can create a ripple effect, spreading positivity within the community.

Worawa Sports Reconciliation Carnival

During Reconciliation Week, our Year 4 students visited Worawa Aboriginal College to take part in a Sports Reconciliation Carnival. The day started with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country. The students then participated in cultural activities, such as creating stories through the painting of symbols, Aboriginal dance, Indigenous games and face painting.

The Year 4s also enjoyed netball, football and basketball clinics run by representatives of the AFL, Melbourne Vixens and South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Three students from Worawa designed Indigenous art works that were printed on netballs, basketballs and footballs to be sold to the public, and each student was presented with one of the Indigenous footballs as a memento of the day.

It was an amazing experience for the students and the learnings about Indigenous culture were invaluable.

Prep Drama Toolbox Incursion

Our Prep students participated in an incursion presented by The Drama Toolbox. The Minibeast-themed incursion explored an imaginary garden with students learning about food sources, camouflage, protective behaviours, predators and prey. The incursion links to our Term 2 science focus on Minibeasts.

Middle School

From Lion Dancing to Japanese Drumming

It has been two years since Newlands campus celebrated Languages Week. This year we are excited to offer an array of activities —from Japanese Taiko drumming workshops to Chinese Lion Dance workshops.

All our Newlands students will have a chance to celebrate Languages Week in a special way and we hope everyone will enjoy the week as we celebrate world languages and diversity at Newlands campus.

The poster below was one of the winning posters from the Poster Design Competition designed by Nathan Dang, Ethan Pong and Justin Ung from Year 6.

Meet Our Future Problem Solvers

We are so proud to have Anay Ashwin (Year 7) and Grace Van Haaster (Year 9) representing Australia at the Future Problem Solving International Competition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Anay is the Australian Junior Global International Problem Solving Champion in the Individual category and will be competing in the Global Issues Problem Solving Individual competition.

Grace is the Australian Middle Division Champion in Scenario Writing. She will compete in the Scenario Writing category at the Internationals.

We look forward to hearing about their experiences.


Talented golfer, Rehan Pervaiz (Year 7) has been invited to a series of prestigious international golf tournaments in July. He will play in the Boys 11 – 12 category.

Rehan will play at the: Future Champions Golf 15th FCG International Championship in San Diego from Monday, 4 July, to Wednesday, 6 July, and the IMG Junior World Championship in Torrey Pines, California from Tuesday, 12 July, to Friday, 15 July.

Rehan then heads to Palm Springs, California from Monday, 18 July, until Wednesday, 20 July, to compete in the Callaway Junior World Championship.

All these tournaments are invitation only and around 1,000 to 1,500 players from 50 to 60 countries take part. The IMG Junior World Golf Championship and Callaway Junior Championship are now the largest international events in the world.

We wish Rehan every success.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Uniform Shop

Our HPFK Uniform Shop opening times for the remainder of Term 2 are:

Friday, 17 June: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Saturday, 18 June: 9.00 am – 12.00 noon

Friday, 24 June: 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