Extraordinary Opportunities on Offer for Haileybury Students
Haileybury continues to lead the way in providing an extraordinary range of opportunities for students at all our campuses.
The past few weeks have been, even by our usual busy standards, among our fullest, and this will continue beyond the end of this term. Below is a list of some of the remarkable activities and achievements at the School.
1. Some 400 Year 9 students from Melbourne are attending 15 Option trips. These include: China (two trips going, including spending time at the Haileybury International School, Tianjin) Ivy League (Boston, New York and Washington) Sport and Health (Canberra and Queensland) Marine Biology (two trips going to Cairns and Port Douglas) Uluru to Kakadu (Northern Territory) Entertainment Options (two trips operating in Victoria and New South Wales) Larapinta (Northern Territory) Mawson Trail (South Australia) Myall Lakes (New South Wales) Hattah (Victoria) High Plains (Victoria) and Great North Walk (New South Wales).
2. Some Indigenous students from Haileybury Rendall School Darwin have joined the Marine Biology Option with students from Melbourne. This has been funded with the support of benefactors from the Old Haileyburian community.
3. 300 Year 12 students enjoyed a great night at the Haileybury Girls College formal. The behaviour of all students was outstanding.
4. 100 students graduated from the Haileybury International School, Tianjin. They have all completed their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) examinations on the Northern Hemisphere VCE exam timetable. These students are now members of the Old Haileyburians Association and 80 per cent will attend university in Australia.
5. Two Haileybury Melbourne Year 12 students, Katya and Michelle, have had their abstract accepted and will be heading off next month to speak at the International Space Station Conference in Atlanta http://www.issconference.org/. Their topic is: Secondary students' journey as part of the Quest Institute program in launching a biological experiment on tooth decay to the International Space Station. This opportunity came from Haileybury’s partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and NASA, which for the second year running has seen Haileybury as the only school in Australia to have students build an experiment and have it sent up to the International Space Station.
6. Year 12 student Jade Hameister received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her remarkable adventures. Jade was the youngest person to receive an OAM this year. Her father also received the OAM. A wonderful family achievement.
7. Haileybury’s Year 12 Mooting (legal debating) team came second in Australia after competing in Queensland against more than 100 schools from around the country.
8. Newlands has started the trial of an exciting new extra-curricular opportunity for students called Haileybury Hive. As the name suggests, this will be a beekeeping club aimed at students in Years 3 to 8. Students will be able to build and decorate their hive, look after bees and learn about how important they are, as well as harvest honey and make items such as wax wraps and candles. We aim to have this at every Haileybury campus.
9. Languages Week was celebrated at each of City, Edrington, Newlands and Castlefield campuses with an extraordinary range of activities.
10. Senior School Rendall House raised $36,000 for the motor neurone disease campaign (FightMND) jointly founded by Dr Ian Davis (OH ‘95) who passed away last year. Ian was posthumously given the OHA Medal this year and his wife’s speech to students was the most moving one we have had at a Senior School assembly.
11. Heading into the holidays, a group of Years 10 and 11 students is preparing to depart on the Haileybury STEM Europe Study Tour. Some 19 students will travel to CERN (think Hadron Collider) in Switzerland to look at the research organisation—the largest particle physics research laboratory in the world—and then spend time at Cambridge.
12. 40 Year 8 students are ready to head off to the Japan sister school on a language and cultural trip.
13. More than 100 students from across the School participated in the School Dance and Aerobics State Championships last weekend, with more than half the teams progressing to the Nationals. A wonderful effort.
14. 50 pipers and drummers head off to the UK for the Scottish Championships—the same number of parents are going to share a castle they have hired for the event.
15. As well as supporting all the activities above, Haileybury staff have been busy improving their skills and knowledge. Fifteen staff have completed their three-day entrepreneurship training at the Wade Institute—I was fortunate to watch their start-up pitches with Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning, Mrs Anna Sever. These staff will be teaching the new Year 8 Entrepreneurship course in 2020.
16. Haileybury Year 12 students have been attending master teacher English lectures in preparation for the VCE exams. These lectures are streamed live for Haileybury Rendall School students in Darwin.
Haileybury is a busy place, deliberately so. We want our students to have access to as many opportunities as possible.
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