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Welcome to Term 4

Term 4 classes commenced today and it was wonderful to see staff, students and their families return to Newlands ready for another engaging term. I hope you enjoyed the break.

Can I please remind everyone to take care when driving through the campus and to be patient when looking for car parking spaces? In particular, please observe changes to pedestrian and road access near the construction site at Gadsden pavilion. Safety for all is paramount.

Congratulations Lisa Christopher

Congratulations to our Head of ELC, Lisa Christopher, who is a finalist in the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards to be held in Canberra in October. The awards recognise individuals who deliver high-quality education to young children in Australia and who make a valued contribution to their profession.

Lisa embeds an anti-bias curriculum across the ELC community, ensuring everyone belongs. To be acknowledged as a finalist is significant recognition and we wish Lisa all the best.

Early Learning Centre

Early Childhood Australia Conference

Haileybury’s Director of Early Learning, Rachel Pollitt, and several educators from the Melbourne campuses will attend the Early Childhood Australia National Conference in Canberra as part of the School’s ongoing commitment to professional development.

The theme for this year’s conference is Passion to power: Our future profession.

The conference is a key event in the field of Early Childhood Education where current and emerging trends in early childhood teaching and learning are presented. This year, Lisa Christopher, Amanda Simon and Sakan Pyseth are presenting a paper about the development of the Anti-Bias Curriculum at Newlands ELC.

Duke of Edinburgh Students Visit

The ELC regularly hosts Haileybury students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. The program involves senior school students developing skills, taking part in challenging physical activities and completing community service.

The ELC is currently hosting four students who have made a commitment to regularly visit the ELC to interact with children during their learning experiences, to support children as they play and to read stories and talk with the children.

Philosophy Review

This year the ELC philosophy is being reviewed. It is a ‘living document’ that reflects the values and beliefs of the educators, families and children who currently belong to the ELC and it provides a foundation for the outcomes of the educational program.

The Newlands ELC philosophy is nearing completion and will be shared with current and new families in coming weeks.

Celebrity Readers

The ELC children have been enthusiastically listening to stories read by Head of Newlands, Jane Gibbs, Deputy Head of Newlands, Mark Harrop, and Deputy Principal of Junior School, Grenville Green.

Each of our celebrity readers was warmly welcomed by our youngest Haileyburians and they have an open invitation to return when their time permits.

Junior School

Summer Uniform and SunSmart Hats

In Term 4, students may wear their summer uniform on non-PE days. Please note that Junior School students are not required to wear their blazers with their summer uniform.

Junior School students are reminded to bring their named black Haileybury SunSmart hats to school to use during play breaks and PE lessons. For the first two weeks of Term 4, there will be the option of wearing winter or summer uniform, depending on the weather.

Please note, students are not to wear a combination of both uniforms during this time.

Preps and Year 3 Swimming

Prep and Year 3 students begin their swimming program on Monday, 17 October, which consists of eight 45-minute sessions in the pool. The lessons are taught by qualified Aquastar instructors who cater for students at all levels, including those at the very beginning stages of swimming. Water safety is also incorporated into the program.

Details and a parent questionnaire were sent home at the end of Term 3. The questionnaire assists swimming instructors to determine an appropriate grouping for each student.

Middle School

National History Competition News

We are excited to announce that Zachary Lim (Year 7) and Haveesh Surendran (Year 7) have reached the top three in Victoria in the 2022 National History Challenge.

This year’s competition theme was ‘Cause and Consequence’. Students selected a period of history that they wanted to learn more about, conducted independent research and then constructed an essay.

Zachary wrote about Asia-Australia relations and Haveesh wrote about Indigenous history.

Their entries will now go to a national judging panel that will choose the Victorian and National winners.

This is a wonderful achievement and we wish Zachary and Haveesh all the best in the national judging.

Future Problem Solving National Finals

Congratulations to Anay Ashwin (Year 7) and Grace van Haaster (Year 9) who have been invited to compete in this year’s Future Problem Solving National Final in Melbourne. The event will be held at Carey Grammar.

The topic this year is ‘Mining’. The growing demands of mined materials continues to see the mining industry expand at an incredible pace. The technologies in use today and that will be used in the future are more minerals intensive than ever before. While technology has made mining safer and more environmentally sensitive, environmental and other risks remain.

Yet without the collection of these important materials, the cornerstones of society like buildings, machines and communication would not be possible. With environmental protections varying greatly from country to country, how can the world collaborate on the best way to extract and share geological materials? With mining as the foundation of countless communities, how will they be impacted by the changing landscape of mining? In the future, are there new areas that might be mined for resources?

These are the issues that Anay and Grace will tackle as they compete against other future problem solvers.

Anay Ashwin (Year 7)

Love Food? Love Bees!

In week 2 of Term 4, Year 5 Students will visit the Haileybury Beehives as part of their Science Unit: Love Food? Love Bees!

Each student will enter the apiary to see what is happening in our very own Haileybury hives. Students will also take part in a number of educational activities to complete their Term 4 assessment task for science.

Throughout this term, we will be learning how plants and bees have adapted to mutually benefit each other and how removing flowers or bees from the environment can have large impacts on food production.

Students will also learn how the structure of flowers suits their method of reproduction and, most importantly, how humans rely on animal pollinators for food production. Our Year 5 students will also have the chance to understand some of the current threats posed to bees by human actions.

This exciting program will run for Year 5 students at all Haileybury campuses. Students at Newlands and Edrington will visit their own beehives and students at Castlefield and City will visit these hives on an excursion.

We look forward to seeing all Year 5 students engaging in a rich and rewarding event and raising their awareness of the world around them.

Middle School Movie Night – Take Two

We look forward to finally coming together as a community for this highly anticipated event.

All ticket holders for the previously cancelled event will be able to attend. Unfortunately, for those who do not have a ticket, this event is booked out.

  • When: Friday, 7 October
  • Time: 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
  • Location: Girls Middle School, opposite Brown Field.

Jane Gibbs

Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Uniform Shop Sale

We have so much high-quality stock and this is a fantastic opportunity to buy summer uniform for Term 4.

Haileybury HPFK Facebook Page

We did it! We reached 1,000 Haileybury HPFK Facebook Group members!

Our new target is now 1,100. 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