Bugsy Malone Rehearsals Begin
There has been much buzz with rehearsals beginning in our fantastic Arts Department for the 2019 Middle School Musical, Bugsy Malone. Many students auditioned and have the opportunity to be involved in the wondrous, exhausting and exciting world of a stage show.
The students will be engaged in rehearsals throughout Terms 2 and 3, with the show to be staged in Dickinson Hall, Castlefield on Wednesday, 11, Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 September.
NAPLAN Test Time
Our Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 students are busily preparing for the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The NAPLAN is a national program where students in these levels sit common assessment in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.
The tests take place on 14–16 May and we know our students will be well placed to complete them to the best of their ability. Further information on NAPLAN can be found here.
Mothers Day Celebrations
Much preparation is underway to welcome mums and special friends to our Early Learning Centre for high tea on Tuesday, 7 May, and across Prep to Year 6 in various classrooms on Friday, 10 May. We look forward to welcoming these important people into the School.
Early Learning Centre
High Tea in the ELC
Mothers and special friends are invited to join in the fun and celebration of Mothers Day on Tuesday, 7 May, at drop-off. All children have been excitedly preparing and organising classroom activities and special gifts to share. The morning will conclude in the classrooms at 10.00 am but please stay and continue the celebration and enjoy a cuppa in the ELC foyer.
St Kilda Mums Helping Others
Our ELC continues to support this worthwhile local charity and mothers who may be doing it tough by putting together little care packages to let a mum know we are thinking of her this Mothers Day. Please consider helping their ‘One Mother to Another’ campaign. A box in the ELC foyer is available for all donated gift bags of women’s toiletries and we will make sure it is delivered to St Kilda Mums.
Our Amazing Young Writers
Even our Year 3 students are using the Junior School motto of ‘Care, Learn, Play’ as a way to structure arguments in their persuasive writing. It’s impressive to see how they can embed what they know into their work and support their viewpoint with clear reasons and evidence.
From Prep, genre writing is taught following a structure and planning. This process is refined and extended throughout Junior School and the proficiency of our young writers is very impressive.
Bell Ringing Returns
Maya Arceri (Year 4) and Luke Leo (Year 4) are bringing a tradition back to the beginning and end of the school day by ringing the old bell in front of Castlefield House. They took advice from Mr Richard Taberner about how to get just the right tone and we look forward to hearing them master the skill over the coming weeks. The bell must be rung 20 times, so listen carefully to see if they hit the target!
Re-establishing Good Routines
As the term begins and routines are being re-established, it’s important to remember the small habits that our children are forming. Setting up schedules around homework, household chores and extra-curricular activities can be challenging.
Using a calendar may assist children in organising and prioritising tasks for the week ahead. Homework in the Junior School is primarily around setting a routine that will hold them in good stead as they move forward in their schooling.
Colour Run Brings Shrieks of Joy
In all my years in teaching and working in school communities, I have never heard the volume of laughter, squeals of excitement, shrieks of joy and exasperation of merriment that were witnessed in the inaugural Haileybury Castlefield Obstacle Colour Run. It was a wonderful way to round out the term and welcome the Easter break.
Regarding community, I am a firm believer that for it to function optimally, all members must put in more than they take out. Therefore, regardless of the need, there will always be enough to go around. By this definition, Haileybury Castlefield has proven to be an exceptional community.
Mothers Day Reflection
Mothers Day is fast approaching, and while we should celebrate our mothers every day, it is vitally important that we recognise all mums on this special occasion. Our Head of Boys Middle School, Mr Doug Bailey, says the greatest contributor to his life and the person who has had the most profound impact on him as a person is undoubtedly his mother.
Of the many lessons she taught him, the most important were about respect. First, respecting himself, which would then allow him to respect others. She also taught him that the greatest test of a good man was how he treated those who were of no benefit to him.This lesson took Mr Bailey considerable time to truly understand. Unconditional love was demonstrated daily and was tested often during adolescence.
Mr Bailey says he would not be the man he is today without the unwavering support of his mother. Her love, care, wisdom, support, and understanding were always present and, regardless of her busy schedule, she always found time for her family. To all our Mums, we wish you a very special Mothers Day and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the wonderful things you do for us.
Head of Castlefield (Brighton)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)
Busy, Busy, Busy
This is going to be an extremely busy week for Haileybury Parents & Friends!
Mothers Day Stall Help Needed
Our annual Mothers Day Stall will be held in the Sholto Black Room on Wednesday, 8 May from 1.00 -2.00 pm (Reception students) and Thursday, 9 May, from 8.20 am - 2.30 pm.
A very big thank you to Ms Annie Karamountzos for again sourcing all the beautiful gifts, to Ms Jo Silverman for coordinating the class visit times and to the parents who have volunteered to assist on the stall.
If you would like to help, shifts are still available. Sign-up here.
You will also be able to see when your child’s class is visiting the stall.
Mothers Day Lunch Featuring Libbi Gorr
Almost 300 mums and special friends are looking forward to the Mothers Day Lunch on Friday, 10 May, at Sandringham Yacht Club. Guests will be entertained by one of Australia's finest live hosts and broadcasters, Ms Libbi Gorr.
They will also have the chance to win some amazing prizes donated by our school community and local businesses in our Balloon Pop. A very special thank you to Emperor Champagne for its generous donation of a ‘Mini Masterclass’ for 20 people, valued at over $600, as well as a glass of Champagne for all guests.
Funds raised on the day will be donated to Share the Dignity, a charity that supports homeless women and victims of domestic violence. If you are unable to attend the lunch, you are welcome to join us for a drink at the venue from 3.00 - 5.00 pm. All welcome!
Thanks to School Tour Helpers
Thank you to all the parents who gave their time to assist at the recent School Tour.
Finally, I’d like to wish all the mums and special friends a very Happy Mothers Day for next Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful day.
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield