Leadership Culture at Newlands
I have had several occasions over the past few weeks to be very impressed with the leadership culture demonstrated by the students at Newlands. At the recent cross-campus Cross Country event at Edrington, four Year 6 students engaged in a conversation with CEO | Principal Mr Derek Scott about ‘school as a business’.
Students Steven Kafegellis, Boswen Wang, Tim Dang and Roger Lai asked questions about topics ranging from the School Council to the difference between profit and surplus. They even asked Mr Scott about who pays his salary and got to shake his hand.
Year 6 students also assisted at our School Tours, which are held once per term on a Saturday. The impression the students make on prospective parents with their friendliness, courtesy and genuine pride in the School is our greatest marketing tool.
Our Year 8 leaders are simply remarkable young people. The Newlands Student Executive, led ably by Campus Captains Sam Shinsky (Year 8) and Jorgia Mellon (Year 8) are outstanding role models and will conduct their next meeting with Mr Scott in his office at Senior School.
NAPLAN Testing Completed
Newlands students in Years 3, 5 and 7 have completed their National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.
NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The results provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals that can be used to improve student outcomes. This information can also be used to support teaching and learning programs that improve student achievement.
For the first time, the Newlands girls trialled NAPLAN online, while the boys completed the paper tests as usual.
For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website or the National Assessment Program website.
Mothers Day Breakfast
Entrepreneur and founder of nursing agency Caring for You, Mrs Louise Thomson, was guest speaker at our recent Mothers Day Breakfast. When her children were young, Mrs Thomson worked as an agency nurse. While she loved her work, she found that most agencies were run by corporations and people with no medical background and focused on sales rather than quality nursing care.
Mrs Thomson’s vision was to create a service that cared for patients and nurses, which she has achieved through Caring for You. The business has blossomed into one of Australia’s leading nursing agencies, providing more than 3,500 meticulously selected healthcare professionals to more than 500 quality locations, from nine offices across four states.
The message of entrepreneurship was well received by the audience, which was inspired by Mrs Thomson’s story. She also generously donated the fee we would pay to a guest speaker and matched the School’s payment with a generous donation to IMPACT, a charity for women fleeing domestic violence.
Head of Newlands Mrs Jane Gibbs, Co-Assistant Dean of Staff Ms Kaitlyn Walker, Head of Girls Middle School Miss Kimberly Young, Middle School Boys Captain Sam Shinsky (Year 8) Middle School Girls Captain Jorgia Mellon (Year 8) and guest speaker Mrs Louise Thomson, founder of nursing agency Caring for You
Early Learning Centre
Zones of Regulation Parent Evening
ELC and Junior School staff are working with Newlands psychologists Mrs Tarryn Godfrey and Ms Shannon Morley to introduce strategies that will assist children to learn how to self-regulate their emotions and behaviours using a Social Thinking—Zones of Regulation Program.
Parents of ELC and Junior School children are invited to a parent information evening on Thursday, 30 May, from 7.00 - 8.00 pm in Berthon Hall. Julie Liptak, a leading practitioner in this program, will present information to guide parents in managing children’s behaviour.
Starting Out Safely
Newlands ELC recently hosted a professional development event for early childhood educators from the south-east Melbourne area. Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Sarah Carmichael and Louise Dorrat from ELAA (Early Learning Association Australia) delivered Victoria’s Early Childhood Road Safety program to educators.
They have developed valuable resources to help families apply research and ideas to their daily routine to best help protect the lives of the children in their care. The link to the online resources is available here.
Junior School Strings Recital
Junior School families are welcome to attend our Junior String Recital on Tuesday, 28 May, from at 2.30 pm in Berthon Hall. This is an exciting opportunity for our Year 2 students, who look forward to sharing the progress they have made through their weekly Strings lessons.
Year 2 Coal Creek Excursion
Our Year 2 students are eagerly anticipating their excursion to Coal Creek Community Park and Museum on Monday, 27 May. The park offers a unique opportunity to discover the past. The learning experiences transport students back in time, to what it would have been like as one of the area’s early settlers. Students will participate in an ‘olden days’ school lesson, daily domestic duties without modern machinery, and old-fashioned craft activities.
Year 4 Reconciliation Excursion
Newlands Year 4 students will attend the Worawa Aboriginal College Reconciliation Sports Carnival on Tuesday, 21 May. The carnival is a fun day that encourages Sport, cultural and social exchange between all participants. Highlights will include a Welcome to Country Ceremony, various athletic games and activities.
This event is part of the ongoing relationship with Worawa and Haileybury. Later in Term 3, Worawa students will be part of the ‘Take the Initiative’ leadership program and visit Haileybury to run Athletics developmental skills and games with our Year 4 students.
Da Vinci Decathlon Competitors
Eight of our Middle School students will compete in the 2019 Victorian Da Vinci Decathlon for Year 8 students on Tuesday, 28 May. This academic interschool gala day runs in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon with events of an academic nature. The theme for Year 8 in 2019 is ‘Balance’. We wish them well.
Dance and Aerobics Regionals
Congratulation to the Newlands Dance and Aerobics squads which competed in their first round of competitions at the Regional Finals. As always, our students represented their School in a stellar manner. The following teams and individuals have progressed to the Victorian State Finals in June: Newlands Open B Aerobics team (2nd) and Primary Soloist Braya Jade Hanssen (Year 6, 1st).
Reading with Game of Loans
Years 7 and 8 students are encouraged to read a book and a write a review in a recently launched whole-school initiative, ‘Game of Loans’. By reading a book and sharing a review online, students influence their peers to read more and can preview the views of others to broaden their own genre preferences. Find the link on Library Resources Middle School in go2 Learn and scan the QR code.
Newlands Musical, The Little Mermaid
Rehearsals are well and truly underway for the Newlands Middle School production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, with students practising every Thursday from 4.00 - 6.00 pm.
Students with speaking parts have worked tirelessly to learn their lines and all chorus members are enthusiastically embracing the score and choreography. They have already finished the show’s opening number and are working hard on another of the key songs.
Work has also commenced on the set design at Art Club under the expert artistic tutelage of Ms Jane Pooley. The Backstage Crew will be formed from this dedicated group of artists, without whom the show could not go on. The cast and crew look forward to creating more magic for you to experience on 11 and 12 September in Aikman Hall. The excitement is building for yet another wonderful production!
Student Gymnastics and Calisthenics Achievements
Mayunie Munasinghe (Year 8) performed very well in the Victorian State Gymnastics Championships over the holiday break. She finished third overall out of approximately 200 competitors in her Under-14 age group.
Grace Green (Year 7) performed in the recent Victorian State Calisthenics competition and finished second overall for her solo performance.
Grace Green (Year 7)
Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)
The HPFK Term 2 meeting will be held on Thursday, 6 June, at 8.45 am in the Barney Allen Room in Senior School. We encourage all members of our community to attend. Please remember to sign in as a visitor at Senior School main reception. Refreshments will be provided on the morning.
Mothers Fundraising Luncheon
The HPFK will host a Mothers Day Fundraising Luncheon to support peninsula-based charity Mums Supporting Families in Need, on Friday, 24 May. We would love to share in this special luncheon with our mums while supporting this worthwhile cause that believes no child should go without essentials. Click here to view the event flyer.
Your attendance will make such a difference in a child's life and we look forward to supporting this charity together. Please follow this link to purchase your tickets here.
Year Level Family Dinners
Catch up with new and old friends at the Keysborough Hotel, corner Corrigan and Cheltenham Roads, Keysborough. Order and pay at the counter from 6.00 pm.
Year 3—Friday, 31 May
Year 4—Friday, 14 June
Entertainment Books Available
The 2019-2020 Entertainment Book is now available. Click here to support the HPFK.
Secondhand Uniform Shop Hours
Our Secondhand Uniform Shop is open every Friday from 2.30 - 4.30 pm, and Saturday, 25 May, from 9.00 am - 12.00 noon. Please pop in and say hello to our lovely volunteers.
President, Haileybury Parents Friends Keysborough