Thank You for Your Adaptability and Positivity
As we commence our Term 2 break, I hope that everyone can take this opportunity to relax and re-energise in preparation for a return to School in Term 3. We have certainly experienced challenging times over the past term, and I commend everyone for their ability to adapt and remain positive, resulting in exceptional wellbeing programs and online curriculum delivery.
Our return to School was not without its challenges either, as our campus access plan was implemented to ensure a COVID-19 safe drop-off and pick-up for more than 900 students daily. Traffic was busy and there were delays, but overall we managed to keep calm and safe with a smile.
With social distancing rules and hand sanitation the ‘new normal’, on-campus learning was welcomed by all. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that Newlands means the world to our most important stakeholders—the students.
Two thumbs up for an exciting return to campus for Harper Quinn (Year 7) and Kartik Sivasubramaniam (Year 7)
Education of the Future—Zooming in from Sri Lanka
Newlands staff and students are incorporating many of the new skills acquired during isolation into their regular teaching and learning. Davina Giraga Hewage (Year 5) has been zooming into lessons from Sri Lanka throughout Term 2 from 2.00 am due to the time difference.
As Davina is still unable to return to Australia, she can now attend the on-campus lessons ‘virtually’ on the iPad using Swivl technology that automatically follows the classroom participants’ voice and teacher movement. Now nicknamed ‘D-Swivl’ by her peers, Newlands has readily embraced yet another opportunity to supersede geographical limitations, ensuring that Davina’s high-quality education continues.
Technology in full swing in the Year 5B classroom with Davina Giraga Hewage appearing on screen via iPad Swivl while Wendy Wang and Keira Brown watch on with Year 5B teacher Ms Kaitlyn Walker
Early Learning Centre
Time for Nature on Environment Day
The Early Learning Centre recently celebrated World Environment Day, which is a day highlighted by the United Nations for encouraging awareness of and action to protect the environment. This year’s theme is ‘Time for Nature’.
The children explored the meaning of this day with nature walks and exploration of their outdoor environments. They discussed the ways in which they could be activists in caring for their environment.
During the School Holiday Program, the children will plant Indigenous plants such as lemon myrtle and yam daisy in the ELC. In support of the children’s program, families are asked to visit local parks and playgrounds to collect natural resources such as gum nuts, pine cones, driftwood, and seedpods to bring to the ELC.
Developing Confident Mathematicians
ELC educators continue to work closely with Dr Rachel Pollitt, Director of Early Learning, to develop the Numeracy Curriculum for Reception and Pre-Prep classes. Children are invited to interact in myriad meaningful experiences offered to develop the skill sets required to be confident mathematicians.
Each child is introduced to Numeracy concepts through intentional and incidental teaching opportunities, specialist classes, and their interactions within the indoor and outdoor play environments. Children are encouraged to use appropriate mathematical vocabulary within their play and to reflect on their learning to promote further thinking.
Amelia Tai (Reception N) copied the pattern on the card to decorate her pipe cleaner and then counted the beads. She found the wooden number 8 to match her counting
Junior Scientists in the Lab
While online learning continued for the Middle School, our Year 1 students were able to utilise the Boys Middle School Science Lab for a lesson. All the students were excited to put the lab coats on and become junior scientists.
They are learning about the way things grow, change, and have offspring. During this lesson, they investigated the parts of an egg from the inside out. It certainly was an intriguing and stimulating lesson for the very inquisitive Year 1 students.
Sarah Luc (Year 1) and Joelene Dang (Year 1) enjoy having the opportunity to utilise the Middle School Science Labs, a facility not normally available to the Junior School students
Ariyana Perera (Year 1) and Daniel Cotton-Stapleton (Year 1) work together to discover the structure of an egg
Haileybury Start Up Sparks Critical Thinking
Year 8 students are making great use of their new-found confidence in conducting Zoom meetings. Emma Le, Ti Ti Hoang and Kaye Liu, all in 8B, spent their lunchtime meeting with their mentor to get advice on their Haileybury Start Up project.
Throughout Term 2, students commenced the design thinking process to identify a problem they would like to solve. The mentors are members of the wider Haileybury community who have experience in entrepreneurship and enterprise and have been allocated to the student groups to assist them to come up with a solution, test and pitch it.
Haileybury Start Up is a new subject in 2020 that all Year 8 students are taking and is designed to enhance their critical thinking, teamwork, presentation and digital literacy skills.
Over the holiday break, the students’ ‘customer discovery’ will see them interview a sample of customers from the various segments they have identified. We look forward to hearing about their experiences upon their return.
Year 8 students Emma Le, Ti Ti Hoang and Kaye Liu meet online with their mentor
Bringing the Quad to Life
Newlands grounds staff have been busy bringing our Boys Middle School Quad to life with some beautiful camellia trees in huge rustic pots. They are nicely positioned among the students’ vegetable plant boxes that are all thriving with life. The quadrangle is a beautiful place in which to share conversations, enjoy each other’s company and socialise once more after our weeks in isolation.
A welcome sight of new camellia plants in the Boys Middle School Quad has made the outdoor spaces even more welcoming after our time at home
Cardboard Boat Challenge
Can you design and build a boat from cardboard that’s strong enough to float, even with a weight on board? Using Archimedes’ principle—the physical law of buoyancy—our Year 8 Construction students took the challenge while learning from home. The task encouraged them to take risks, be creative and have fun.
They used problem solving skills, mathematical modelling and innovative research to design boats made entirely from cardboard and duct tape. With hands-on experience, students now understand many of the key design features used in successful watercraft.
Andrew Keo (Year 8) designs and constructs a boat made entirely from cardboard and duct tape
Special Guests Zoom into Assembly
Middle School assemblies continued through online Learning. Khanh Ong (OH 2009) a current contestant on television hit show MasterChef, joined the Years 5 and 6 boys during Languages Week. Khanh provided the boys with some excellent advice. He encouraged them to be proud of their heritage and to learn more about each other’s culture.
Khanh described how he dealt with performing under pressure—which was to just focus on doing his best and not worry about what others are doing.
Earlier this term Max King (OH 2018) a current St Kilda Football Club player, joined the boys’ Zoom Assembly. Max spoke about his time at the Middle School, his love of Haileybury Sport and dealing with adversity. He encouraged the boys to stay active and to look after each other.
Another highlight of the assemblies has been the boys showcasing their creative talents, ranging from trick shots, time-lapsed artwork, physical isolation videos and musical performances.
Khanh Ong (OH 2009) Zoomed into the Boys Middle School Assembly as a very exciting guest speaker
Max King (OH 2018) speaks to the Year 5 boys during a Zoom Assembly
Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)
Thank You to our Amazing Teachers
The parent community has been overwhelmed by the dedication, professionalism and resilience demonstrated by our amazing teachers during online learning. On Friday, 19 June, HPFK provided a 'Thank You’ Morning Tea for all our teaching staff at Newlands and Senior School Keysborough campus.
HPFK Uniform Shop Online Orders
Our Uniform Shop is currently closed, and we will announce on our Facebook page and myHaileybury when we are able to open.
We will have access to the HPFK Uniform Shop over the school holidays and are happy to organise an online sale if you have any uniform requirements for Term 3. Please email the HPFK team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and a contact phone number and we will let you know whether we have your requirements in stock and how to purchase the item online.
Join HPFK on Facebook
We now have 473 members in our Haileybury HPFK Facebook Group and would like to increase that to more than 500. It would be great if current members could 'invite' their Haileybury friends to join, or if you would like to join our Facebook page please click here.
Enjoy the term break!
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough