City Issue 19 copy

Teachers and families share their appreciation, Online School Tours run smoothly, Junior School students enrich their Wednesdays and our Parents & Friends invite more volunteers to get in touch.

CEO | Principal's Report

This week’s return to school of Year 12 students and of our Year 11s for their Units 3 and 4 subjects is most welcome.

The Year 12s have been outstanding in managing their way through their final two years of school that have obviously been quite different to what they would have anticipated. They have, of course, been assisted by the brilliant teaching staff who have committed to providing every possible support to help Haileybury students achieve.

The focus over the next three weeks is on providing as much classroom time with Units 3 and 4 students in the lead-up to the exams, and doing all we can to provide memorable end-of-school events for the Year 12s. We will be holding a full Graduation after the examinations have been completed in November.

We are looking forward to the rest of our students across all year levels returning from week three to week five. While we are very pleased with student progress due to the strong academic online program delivery, we are well aware that students have missed the social and co-curricular aspects of school. So, within health guidelines, we will be building the widest range of activities that we can provide to all year levels as students return.

During the past few months, we have been investigating a range of additional ways to protect and increase the safety of our school community as we plan for the return to onsite learning and working. The School has sought expert advice and investigated ways to reduce the potential for the indoor air in our buildings to contribute to the development or spread of illness. Key initiatives and changes you will see implemented during Term 4 will be:

  • Monitor CO2 levels
  • Increase ventilation (either mechanically or naturally)
  • Switch to 100% outside air where possible
  • Improve filtration
  • Rapid antigen testing kits
  • Commence mechanical ventilation at least two hours before school starts
  • Portable HEPA Filtration Units
  • Review of existing systems.

We are fully committed to the health and welfare of our students and staff. It is mandatory for all Haileybury staff to be vaccinated and I have been delighted with the staff support for this. Similarly, we have been pleased to see Years 11 and 12 students getting vaccinated in large numbers.

Haileybury is fully supportive of the vaccination program. It is clear that it is the quickest way to open up our society and for us to provide a safe school environment for staff and students. We encourage all families with children eligible for the vaccination to have it done.

Derek Scott

CEO | Principal

Campus News

International Teachers’ Day

We thank all families for their generosity and kind messages of support to celebrate International Teachers’ Day. Our staff felt incredibly valued by our Haileybury Parents & Friends (HPF) community. It is a privilege to work with your children and young people and they continue to astound us with their resilience and commitment to their own learning in challenging times.

The smiles and kind messages from students and the invisible support from families behind the cameras has been inspiring. We are so grateful to be in partnership with our City families. Our staff returned the appreciation with a beautiful collection of messages to our parents that were uploaded to read over a virtual coffee.

Online Tours and Enrolments

The challenges of lockdowns have meant families interested in learning more about Haileybury City have been doing so online through our Virtual School Tours.

Our City Leadership Team and I showcased our ELC, Junior, Middle and Senior School programs to the many hundreds of people who visited our Online School Tours and also the thousand-plus people who viewed our Haileybury page.

At Haileybury City, we continue to run enrolment interviews on Zoom for families for 2022, 2023 and beyond. If you have friends waiting to see our campus in person, please encourage them to complete an application form so they are on the list and don’t miss out.

I am always delighted to show people around our campus—even virtually, as the view from the rooftop is still just as good!

Early Learning Centre

Shaking Up Our Emergent Curriculum

Children’s interests guide our emergent curriculum in the ELC and, following recent events in Melbourne, our investigations have shifted to natural phenomena, including earthquakes. Discussions have focused on what causes earthquakes and what we can do to keep safe during an earthquake.

Our ELC educators are incredibly skilled in discussing emergency evacuation procedures with children in a calm and age-appropriate way. They have introduced new language to explain procedures for ‘tucking under a table’ or ‘tucking like a turtle’ in the event of an earthquake and you may hear this language coming home.

Adaptability and Growth

The ELC children have transitioned well with the change to drop-off and pick-up procedures. There is an element of excitement from children who are now arriving and departing from our Basement and King Street entrances.

Each child’s independence has been highlighted as they pack, prepare and carry their bags to and from the ELC each day. The adaptability and growth seen throughout this year are extraordinary and something we celebrate and recognise each day as we reinforce these important skills. 

Junior School

Enrichment Wednesday 

Each Wednesday from 2.00 to 3.00 pm, students are given agency to carefully select a learning experience from our extensive list of options. From wellbeing and mindfulness activities to growth mindset and communication tasks, our students have a vast array of engaging and meaningful experiences to choose from.

‘Bucket filling’ and ‘Love Your Selfie’, where students drew a self-portrait and add positive hashtags to describe themselves, have been popular. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires allows students to focus on the concept of resilience and identify it in the story.

In another activity, creative minds were unlocked when the children chose and then explored what that key unlocked. Our students are demonstrating their ability to be independent and to build on their creativity each Wednesday afternoon.

House Arts Event 

We love the Arts at Haileybury City and on Monday in Week 4, Junior School students will be able to excel in one aspect of the Arts while also collaborating as a House. From 2.00 pm on that Monday, students will join their fellow peers in the House groups of Elliot, Main, Na and Newton. Each House will complete a creative task in either Art, Dance, Drama or Music.

The theme for the event will be based on the book Respect by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson. We look forward to our students’ creativity shining throughout the Junior School.

Middle School

Exciting Times Ahead

We have many exciting events planned for our students and wider community over the coming months and we are thrilled that many of these will be held face-to-face with our students.

Our Music Ensembles are looking forward to coming together and rehearsing in person in preparation for Speech Night, our young artists are getting their works ready for the upcoming City Exhibition, and all students are looking forward to Sport training and competing once more.

Our Middle School exams are coming up soon. The timetable has now been shared with students and revision material will be released on Monday, 18 October. We encourage our young people to set goals and to work hard on preparing for their Years 7 and 8 examinations.

As recognition of the completion of exams and everyone being back on campus, our Boys and Girls Middle School ‘Nights In’ will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, 9 November. This will be followed by two days of special activities for Years 7 and 8 students to celebrate our Middle School community being together again.

Further information regarding these special Middle School events will be distributed to families on the myHaileybury app.

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Caroline Merrick

Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

International Teachers’ Day provided an opportunity for our City parents and carers to show their gratitude to all our wonderful teaching and support staff. Many families took time to express their thanks for the hard work and dedication in providing a positive, engaging and purposeful online education for our children. On behalf of the HPF City, we cannot thank our teachers enough.

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best in the lead-up to their final examinations. Your resilience and determination over the last two years of schooling is inspirational. No doubt this experience has developed your grit and ability to focus on the task at hand and to achieve your best and reach your goals now and in the future, despite external circumstances. 

As a token of support, HPF City provided a small gift and card to each Year 12 student on the day of their General Achievement Test (GAT) on Tuesday, 5 October.  We hope this brought you some comfort and helped you smile.   

The HPF City Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 9 November from 7.30 to 9.00 pm via Zoom. If you would like to get involved as a Social Representative or as a member of the Executive Committee, please get in touch.  All details are available via the myHaileybury app.  We hope to see you there.

To the 2021 HPF City Executive Team, a very big ‘thank you’ for all your hard work and dedication in bringing our community together, fostering connections and for your thoughtful contributions during a challenging year.

Nina Brooks and Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City

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Preparations for performance examinations are in full swing and some students are sharing their talents online, while Year 7 students create outdoor sculptures inspired by nature.

Performing Arts

Examination Time

The preparation for the performance examinations has been very pleasing and proceeding to plan. We have had sufficient access to school facilities and each class has been able to rehearse in relative isolation.

Our students have worked extremely hard and the rewards are coming in Examination Week. We were lucky enough to have the Drama and Theatre Studies classes present to each other in a genuine dress rehearsal.

It has been invaluable having three Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) assessors on staff to judge and refine the students’ presentations and I am sure the performers have all felt supported throughout this challenging time.

Stewart Bell
Director of Performing Arts


One VCE Music Journey Nears the End and Another Begins

In the past week, the majority of our VCE Music students completed their final performance examinations for 2021. For most students, this was a 25-minute recital presented to a panel of external Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) assessors.

The exams represent a significant highpoint in the musical journey of these elite students, most of whom began instrumental lessons at Haileybury in Junior School. Across their developmental journey, these students will have likely received 300 instrumental lessons and attended over 500 ensemble rehearsals.

Despite COVID-19 and the past two years, they will have performed to thousands of people at more than 100 concerts.

Like most long-term pursuits, the journey will not have always been a smooth one. Students may have felt like quitting or that they were incapable of improvement. At times, they will have seen others enjoy more success than themselves. However, they have lasted the journey and are now accomplished artists!

This year, like every year, we have had a very diverse range of instrumental and stylistic disciplines within the VCE Music cohort. The 2021 cohort includes violin, contemporary voice, piano, electric bass, acoustic bass, drumkit, classical guitar, electric guitar, French horn, oboe, bassoon and saxophone.

The 2021 cohort has inspired our Music staff. As a group, they have shown a remarkable level of determination to push through the barriers faced by musicians across the world.

Thank you and good luck with the rest of your exams, class of 2021.

Rehearsal Recordings

Stephanie Zhai (Year 12) has worked diligently all year to improve her technical ability on the violin. Her development has been nothing short of outstanding. I know the String Department is very proud of what Steph has been able to achieve in lockdown. Innovative strategies to facilitate online rehearsals together ensured the ensemble built a cohesion greater than anticipated.

Rehearsal - Stephanie Zhai

At Haileybury, we also have students who enrol as VCE solo performers. Fraser Elvins (Year 12) completed his solo drumkit exam during the past weekend. Focusing on contemporary rock styles, Fraser’s limb independence is simply astonishing; at times he simultaneously performs groupings of five, seven and four! This repertoire, which is sometimes referred to as ‘math rock’, features highly complicated rhythmic groupings in place of the traditional patterns used by more conventional rock drummers.

Rehearsal - Fraser Elvins

The final rehearsal link features another solo performer, Xavier Browne (Year 12). In completing Music Investigation, Xavier undertook a year of performance research examining the delivery of vocal characters set within a program of contemporary music theatre. Xavier worked extremely hard, largely rehearsing with recordings of his piano accompaniment in place of the face-to-face sessions typically required for this repertoire.

Rehearsal - Xavier Browne

Rod Marshall

Head of Haileybury Music

Creative Industries

Inspired Outdoor Sculptures

Year 7 Art students have made the most of learning off-site, taking an opportunity to work with unconventional materials to create temporary outdoor sculptures inspired by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.

Following the art process to support their creativity, students identified patterns and shapes in nature while planning and problem solving to refine their ideas and to experience mindfulness while creating.

“You see art in nature everywhere. From trees, to bird nests, to the sticks on the ground, to rocks, to waterfalls—nature always creates its own art. Some of this art can be found right under our very own noses! This task has made me think of the world in a different way because now, everywhere in the world, I can see a sort of art.”
Isaac Hoyne (Year 7)

Karl Sebire

Head of Creative Industries

Sports Report

Haileybury’s Dance and Aerobics teams have made their mark on the National Championships and won a host of accolades.

Dancestar and Schoolaerobics National Championships

During September, our Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Senior School Dance teams have competed in the TFT Dancestar Nationals as part of an online competition. Qualifiers were asked to submit footage of themselves for judging and sections were streamed each night with results announced at the end of each week.

The Haileybury teams competed against many schools and dance schools from around Australia and achieved some of the best results Haileybury has seen at Nationals to date. This is a testament to the hard work, time, effort, passion and dedication of our amazing students.

Of the nine teams and one duo who competed at Nationals, seven achieved medals. Special mention to:

  • The Senior Contemporary Team winning Gold with a score of 91.5
  • The Senior Jazz and Large Hip Hop teams winning Gold
  • The Years 7 and 8 Small Hip Hop Team achieving Silver
  • The Years 7 and 8 Large Hip Hop Team achieving Bronze
  • The Years 5 and 6 Jazz Small Team at Edrington winning Gold, and
  • Our Old Skool duo, Cassie Peele and Teri Batis, winning Gold. Teri graduated from Haileybury in 2013 and Cassie graduated in 2016.

Congratulations to all our dancers.

We are super proud of your amazing results and look forward to being back on the Gold Coast for the Nationals in 2022!

Sean Allcock

Director of Haileybury Sport

Old Haileyburians Association

Log on to the latest edition of Bite News to find out the most recent events involving our Old Haileyburians.

OHA Bite News—Episode 5

The latest edition of Bite News is now online and covers important updates on all OHA events, the exciting launch of Podcast 2 and a celebration of the OHA and the AFL Grand Final.

Hayley Denny

Development & Alumni Manager


Scholarship recipients make a point of keeping their generous benefactors up-to-date on the highlights of their Haileybury education.

Highlighting Life Changing Experiences

On at least two occasions during the year, Haileybury Foundation Scholarship students have the opportunity to document their appreciation for the individual donor, or group of donors, that support their scholarship.

This provides students with the chance to appreciate and document their life-changing experiences while providing our donors with an opportunity to see firsthand the impact of their generosity on a student who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend Haileybury.

Hannah Chard (Year 8, City) is the beneficiary of the Class of ’88 Scholarship, provided by the close-knit class of 1988. Hannah is incredibly appreciative of the opportunities she has been provided and is always proactive in communicating with her benefactors.

Hannah has made the most of her Haileybury education and is involved in myriad activities including Debating, Leadership, the Model UN Conference and Dance.

In her latest report to her benefactors, she spoke glowingly of her second semester at school, despite being in lockdown for the greater majority of it. She wrote:

“Thank you for another wonderful term at Haileybury. Every term I learn so much, enjoy learning and especially can’t imagine what two years spending so much time at home would have been like had I not had the Haileybury community supporting me. Thank you again for your generosity and kindness.”

Thank You

Donations to Haileybury Foundation continue to stream in. Our students are incredibly fortunate to be in receipt of such a high-quality education that would otherwise be out of their reach.

All gifts to Haileybury Foundation are tax deductible. Our donors are having enormous impact and we have been delighted with the involvement of our community–from past parents, alumni and staff to current parents and former staff.

Donations can be made at

Thank you.

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