This year’s Castlefield Carnival was an outstanding success. I thank Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC) for their organisation of this valuable community event.
Parent Contact Lists
Each year the HPFC compiles Parent Contact Lists for each class. This information has proved to be useful in assisting students and parents to socialise. A letter was sent on 6 December, asking parents if they did not want their details included in these lists. I remind them to reply, if this is the case.
It is wonderful to see so many gifts under our Christmas tree. I encourage all students to contribute gifts to our tree in the Administration Foyer. These will be distributed to charities prior to Christmas Day.
Term 1, 2018
Students will return to School on Tuesday, 30 January. All students should arrive by 8.25 am on this day. Parking will be available on the Clark Oval for the morning.
After many years of service to Castlefield, Camp Australia will conclude its involvement in our Out-of-School Hours Care program. Next year this service will be delivered by Team Holiday, which runs our Holiday Programs. Information concerning this change has been sent to parents of ELC and Junior School.
End of 2017
This year has been an exceptional one at Castlefield. I pay homage to our magnificent students, who alone have ensured that 2017 will be remembered so vividly in Haileybury's history. I also thank our parents for their continued support.
Please enjoy Christmas and have a safe and exciting holiday break with your family. I look forward to our continued association in 2018.
Early Learning Centre
Now is the time to celebrate the end of a wonderful year together where each child has grown in confidence, developed skills, flourished with creativity, become a successful learner and connected with others in our Haileybury community. We look ahead with excitement to each child’s next step in her/his learning journey.
On our last day this Tuesday, 12 December, we will celebrate together with a class party beginning at 12.30 pm. Parents and siblings are welcome. Please find the party food list at your child’s sign-in table.
Also on our final day, you will receive your son or daughter’s Learning Journal. This is a collection of her/his achievements throughout the year from the educator’s and child's perspectives. The journals have taken considerable time and effort from the teaching teams and represent for each student our commitment to their learning.
Not only are these a lovely keepsake, they also act as a report to share with your family and future teachers.
We encourage Reception families to return the Learning Journals in 2018 as they move into Pre-Prep. The teachers can then share them with the children, gaining a greater insight into who they are, what they have accomplished and, through this, begin to establish a relationship from day one.
The journals will be returned to you at the end of Term 1, as their Pre-Prep Learning Journal begins to develop.
Thank you to all our ELC families for your support and participation. To those moving on from the ELC please keep in touch, and to the families staying on for 2018 we look forward to hearing about your holiday adventures and stories on your return.
Staff greeted students and parents full of nerves, anticipation and excitement as the School bell rang to start our recent Up Day. As the day unfolded, it was wonderful to see smiling faces and happy students. Our guest speakers, speech therapist Ms Julie Liptak and occupational therapist Ms Kate Woods, were well received by parents as they discussed the developmental milestones our children should be reaching and how we can assist them with their readiness for learning.
Our Years 3 and 4 Presentation Assembly was held on Friday to celebrate the academic and contributive success of the students in these levels. Congratulations in particular to Mae Piastri (Year 4) who received the Teri Tzouvelis Junior School Academic Achievement Award.
We encourage parents to join us this Tuesday, 12 December, at 2.15 pm in Dickinson Hall to celebrate the end of the School year at our Junior School Christmas Assembly. Bring your singing voices as we will be asking everyone to partake in the community carols. Please note that seating is limited and the doors to the hall will not be open before 1.45 pm.
End of 2017 School Year
The 2017 School Year is fast drawing to a close, and it is with great excitement and enthusiasm that some of the classes, activities and electives for 2018 are revealed.
Up Day—Boys Middle School
Our Middle School Information Evening was well attended and a prequel to Haileybury Up Day 2018. On this one fruitful day, we welcomed 300 boys into their new year level, assigned classes for each of them, chose sports and electives, sampled the breadth of the academic program, met new teachers, shared a barbecue lunch, chilled with a lunchtime House DJ (Mr Bennett), made new friends and took a giant leap forward in our preparations for next year. Thank you to one and all for your support of the day, your willingness to attend and contribute and for your positive feedback. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get next year started right now?
Up Day—Girls Middle School
Haileybury held its annual Up Day on 28 November. This is an important day on our calendar. Amelia Addison (Year 6) reflects on her experience below:
Up Day is a day to experience the things that you will be doing next year. You learn which teachers you have and the people you will be in a class with. It is also an opportunity to make new friends with the new girls that will be coming in next year.
In the morning I got to catch up with my friends while we nervously waited to see whose class we are going to be in. I found out that I was in Mrs Branchflower’s; I was very happy and excited about what will come next year. I found out my classroom and learned some new things about the new girls coming in next year. We then completed a tour of the School. Although I am not new, I learned many new things about the history of Castlefield.
At recess we got slushies and I hung out with my new friends. We then had Science where we made sherbet and did many other experiments. We also had a French class where we shared the different vocabulary people could say, and in Computer Design - Technology made a flappy golf game with Mr Bogiannidis. We also had an opportunity to experience new things in Art and Drama.
Overall, I had a great day in Year 7 and I am looking forward to next year.
Head of Castlefield
Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)
Carnival—It’s a Wrap!
Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this year's School Carnival; from the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, to the parents who kindly donated lollies and chocolates, worked on a stall and/or contributed to the Silent Auction, Cake Stall or Home Harvest. It was your help that made the night such a success. We raised approximately $22,000 but more importantly, a fabulous night was shared with family and friends, old and new.
HPFC Christmas drinks will be held at Castlefield House tomorrow night (Monday, 11 December) to recognise the contribution made by all our volunteers throughout the year. We will also acknowledge the incredible contributions made by Di Domann and Scott Doran, who are leaving us at the end of the year.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their support in my new role as President and wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Enjoy your break!
President, Castlefield Parents & Friends