House Naming Assembly
Our Junior School and Middle School Houses were officially named at assembly on Monday. All are named after Old Haileyburians and we were delighted that Adam Elliot (OH 89), Fraser Main (OH 88) and Victoria Na (OH 2008) were all present to see their Houses named. Haileybury CEO | Principal Derek Scott represented Newton House.
Adam Elliot attended Haileybury from 1983 to 1989. The son of an acrobatic prawn farmer, Adam became one of the world's leading independent film makers and 'clay' animators. Dedicated to his art form, Adam spent years animating blobs of Plasticine in a rundown storage unit in searing summer heat. Despite running out of money and ending up on the dole, he was determined to finish Harvie Krumpet and with conviction, persistence and passion, took on the Hollywood studios and won—proving that small businesses can take on the big guys and that with the right mindset, anything is possible.
Adam eclipsed Hollywood giants Disney, Pixar and Fox Studios to win his 2004 Oscar for Harvie Krumpet. The 1999 Young Achiever of the Year for Victoria is now an official voting member for the Annual Academy Awards. His film, Mary and Max, is officially one of the highest rated animated films of all time. In between speaking commitments, Adam is developing his next Plasticine epic.
Fraser Main attended Haileybury from 1975 to 1988. Fraser was Captain of Cricket in 1988 and a member of the First XVIII Australian Rules Football Team, Athletics Team and Pipes & Drums. After leaving School, he played District (Premier) Cricket with Melbourne and University, playing in a First XI Premiership for University in 1995/96 and Amateur Football with the OHAFC, playing in senior Premierships in 1989 and 1990. He also represented the Victorian Amateur Football Association at Under-19 level.
Fraser is a qualified quantity surveyor, graduating from RMIT with a Bachelor of Construction Economics and the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce. He is the group managing director of the Trevor Main Property Group, which specialises in quantity surveying, project management, facilities management and real estate. Fraser is a member of Haileybury’s Council and Chair of the Property Committee. In these positions, he has been pivotal in the development of City campus.
Victoria Na attended Haileybury from 2007 to 2008 as one of the first Haileybury Girls College Senior students. Victoria took up Badminton as a nine-year-old and won her first national junior title in 2005—the Under-15 Singles. She won the Australasian Under-17 Singles title in 2007 and the Australasian Under-19 Singles title in 2009. Victoria had a strong 2011, winning tournaments in Africa and finishing second at the Altona Cup and the Manukau International to qualify for her first Olympics, in London, in 2012. Victoria now coaches Badminton at Haileybury.
Sir Alan and Sir Wilberforce (Bill) Newton
Sir Alan Newton and his brother Sir Wilberforce (Bill) Newton attended Haileybury in the early 20th century. Sir Bill was School Captain and Dux of the College in 1907. Both brothers were distinguished academics who completed medical degrees at university and served in the Medical Corps during World War I. Sir Bill received a knighthood for his work in the community and Sir Alan for his work as a surgeon.
We wish our Year 9s a rewarding time away at Options and Expeditions. These experiences are often those they remember most about their School days.
Early Learning Centre
To celebrate Fathers Day, the ELC foyer was turned into a construction zone where children could work with their dads to create, imagine, design and construct. The collaboration of all the ELC girls and boys and their fathers resulted in the creation of a wonderful structure with chimneys, a train track and even plumbing!
I recently read an article which cited the five best toys for children as dirt, string, cardboard tubes, boxes and sticks. These items are collectively known as ‘loose parts’, which are materials that can be moved, combined, redesigned, lined up and used for endless possibilities limited only by a girl or boy’s imagination. The use of recycled and purchased loose parts empowers creativity.
This was evident on our ‘Build with Dad’ night where Reception and Pre-Prep children used blocks, glass pebbles, concrete cubes and cardboard tubes with pallets as a base to stack, balance and create patterns that formed a building—a true celebration of collaboration. It was wonderful to observe fathers constructing, reading, creating and playing with their sons and daughters. We hope that they had as much fun as the children clearly did in sharing their environment with someone so special.
Fathers Day Breakfast and Bowls
What a wonderful spring morning it was in Flagstaff Gardens, as our Junior and Middle School families joined us for a game of lawn bowls. Thank you to all our guests who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our celebrations. It was lovely to witness the fun, excitement and slight competitive nature between fathers and the students, as they bowled in the sunshine. We extend our gratitude to the Haileybury Parents & Friends City team, led by Josephine Elia, who cooked a delicious breakfast for all our hungry bowlers.
Year 3 Forest Edge Camp
We wish our Year 3 students and teachers well as they embark on their first Haileybury Camp experience next week. They will visit Forest Edge Camp in Neerim South from Wednesday to Friday. They will join Year 3 students from Castlefield, Edrington and Newlands and relish in the opportunity to participate in various outdoor activities.
Term 3 City Presentation Assembly
On Friday, 22 September, the Junior and Middle Schools will join to conclude the term with our City Presentation Assembly. We extend an invitation to all families to join us from 2.50 pm in the Level 2 Performing Arts Space. We look forward to celebrating both academic and co-curricular achievements at this assembly. Please remember that no parking will be available in the basement carpark. All visitors to the campus must register at Reception and wear their label once inside.
It has been great to see our Middle School students embody the concept of ‘Gung-Ho’ in their attitudes, taking on a number of challenges over the past fortnight. We had 20 students compete in the Haileybury Chess Championships, with some fantastic results.
Our students loved participating in various Book Week events, especially the visit from author Tim Pegler—although I would have to say the highlight was definitely some of their efforts on Dress-Up Day.
As a part of their Drama study, our Year 5 girls visited Lola at Russell House, the oldest residential house in Melbourne, and performed some skits for her. There were also some magnificent performances by City Middle School students as a part of Haileybury in Concert, who were buzzing upon their return to School.
We celebrated Fathers Day with Brekky and Bowls at the Melbourne City Bowls Club in Flagstaff Gardens. As Term 3 nears its end, we look forward to events such as the ‘Zoo Comes to You’ excursion for Years 5 and 7 students as part of their Science study, and the Model United Nations Conference that many of our students will attend. All Middle School students are encouraged to continue sampling as many opportunities afforded to them as possible and look forward to sharing them with each other.
“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits”—Anon.
Romeo and Juliet at City
City Pre-Senior hosted Brighton Year 9s for the Complete Works Theatre Company's performance of Romeo and Juliet on Thursday, 24 August. Our Level 2 auditorium was the ideal boutique drama space, showcasing both professional actors and City's own Yash Agrawal, Rhea Verma, Charlie Close, and Julia Zajac in speaking roles.
Chinese Cultural Day at Melbourne Town Hall
Our City Year 9 Chinese students were privileged to attend the 2017 CLTAV Chinese Culture Day at the Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday, 23 August. The event showcased Chinese culture and language in all its variety and richness. Our students participated in the cultural workshops and watched a range of performances.
Vice Principal (Student Welfare) and Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPFC)
Fathers Day Success
Thanks to everyone who helped make Fathers Day celebrations at City such a success.
Best of the Best Jazz
Best of the Best Jazz is coming to City! Our finest Jazz musicians will play on Level 9 of City campus on Tuesday, 19 September from 7.30 – 9.00 pm. Drinks and canapes will be served and the event is free of charge so book your babysitter and register through Trybooking.
Support HPFC by purchasing your 2017/2018 Entertainment Book, which offers some amazing savings and deals, and 20 per cent of every membership sold goes back to HPFC. For a limited time, you will also receive two event movie tickets per purchase. Orders can be placed through the website.
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends City