Term 3 Arrangements
As we commence Term 3 on Tuesday, 14 July, we will temporarily return to our virtual online program for Prep to Year 9 students due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions. We will continue to deliver the curriculum for your child at home until such a time as we are able to return to the campus again.
While we know this is disappointing for everyone, the safety of our community is very important and we know we can do this well! Staff have been working very hard to prepare for a seamless online curriculum delivery.
As for the previous lockdown, children of essential workers can be supervised onsite during this period and our Early Learning Centre will remain open.
Thank you for your cooperation and support of the School. Updates will be provided as they come to hand on the myHaileybury app. Keep safe and well during this challenging time in the world.
Finding Calm Amid the Chaos
I recently attended a ‘webinar’ called Accessing Calm in the Chaos, which was presented by Leadership Consultant Megumi Miki.
Megumi is the Founder of the Quietly Powerful Movement (QP) and her book, Quietly Powerful: How your quiet nature is your hidden leadership strength, was released in November 2019. In this rapidly changing and chaotic environment of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all needed to access our quiet superpowers, such as inner calm and inclusive leadership, to remain resourceful and to adapt creatively.
The ability to be calm in the chaos is a skill that may get overlooked when things are going smoothly, but when things become chaotic and uncertain, it is a critical skill. Inner calm is one of the quiet superpowers which allows us to be creative in our responses to challenging situations, rather than being reactive.
Megumi outlined four strategies to overcome feeling overwhelmed: Accept, Pause, Reframe and Adapt. She also she spoke about the importance of perspective, risk management, humour, gratitude and opportunity in times of chaos. I gained great insight from the webinar and look forward to reading her book.
Early Learning Centre
Social Justice Fundraiser for Children’s Ground
During Term 3 the Newlands ELC children will raise funds for Children’s Ground, an organisation that supports Aboriginal children within the community in which they live, with a focus on first language and culture while incorporating western literacy and numeracy.
The ELC children belong to a community at Haileybury which values the importance of social justice. Educators will work with the children to help them to understand the significance of giving to those in need within our community, and the way in which their contribution will make a difference.
Fundamental to the Australian Early Years Learning Framework is the notion that “all children should become active and involved citizens”. It is through social justice projects that we can build on and develop children’s sense of compassion and empathy, and responsibility for others in the community.
Funds donated to Children’s Ground will be used to support the teaching of young Aboriginal children about their country in their first language. Watch here.
Keeping Calm with the Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation is a social thinking curriculum embedded within the ELC children’s daily program. They are explicitly taught how to identify their feelings according to colour zones and self-regulate their emotions to optimise their learning.
Reception and Pre-Prep classes are using phases such as ‘rock brain’ and ‘super flex’ as they learn how to practice strategies to help them feel, among other things, calm and focused. The children are taught how to identify the size of a problem and act accordingly, leading to an independent ability to solve problems.
Tynker App a Success
Years 2 and Year 3 students have been working through an app program called Tynker in CDT. This program allows students to develop their coding skills, as they move through different levels and stories. The students have done a wonderful job using code to animate their stories. Year 4 students have also been developing their programming skills using the Tynker app and website.
The Importance of Physical Activity
We know that it is vital to keep our students physically active as we temporarily re-commence virtual online learning. Regular breaks have been incorporated into the shape of the day and students are encouraged to go for bike rides, shoot some baskets and keep daily exercise a part of their routine.
Previously in lockdown, students were able to try new activities like HIIT circuits, Yoga, Boxing and Kickboxing, as well as learn some moves from dances that have gone ‘viral’ during our Dance unit. Year 4 students have also been working on their skipping in PE, trying to improve how many skips they can do in a row, while learning some new tricks.
Year 4 students work on improving their skipping skills
End-of-Semester 1 Reports and Academic Awards
Parents can now access their child’s Semester 1 report via Canvas to see how they have been tracking through the school year. As is custom, we will award the top 15 per cent of each cohort Academic Colours and the next 15 per cent a certificate of Merit. Boys and girls at each campus are treated as separate cohorts.
Early in Term 3, students will be notified if they are receiving one of these prestigious awards.
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT)
Computational thinking is becoming part of our everyday world. It is the basis of all computer programming and has led to platforms such as Facebook and Google.
Put simply, computational thinking is a problem solving method that we draw on when solving complex problems with computers.
When thinking computationally, we draw on logical reasoning, algorithms, decomposition, abstraction and patterns and generalisations. This can foster lateral thinking and pragmatic problem solving to unearth future talent in computer programming—something students might not normally have an opportunity to demonstrate.
Congratulations to the following Year 8 boys who were among thousands of students who entered The Australian Maths Trust Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition for 2020.
Joshua Ong (Year 8)—Distinction (Top 13%)
William Shen (Year 8)—Distinction (Top 13%)
Locklyn Luu (Year 8)—Distinction (Top 15%)
Joshua Ong (Year 8) William Shen (Year 8) and Locklyn Luu (Year 8) all received Distinctions in the 2020 CAT competition, placing them in the top tier of results
Enjoying the Little Things in Science
Late last term, Middle School students enjoyed mixing up the learning experience with stimulating tasks and hands-on experiences. From looking at specimens under the microscope, to building playdough animal and plant cells, Year 8 Science students’ curiosity was enhanced during this unit of work.
As students move on from understanding human systems on a cellular level, we look forward to hearing about their progression next term to a molecular level when they study Chemistry.
Cell slides created in the lab by Ally McInnes (Year 8)
APS Sport Postponed
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions the 2020 APS Winter Sport season has been postponed until further notice.
Any changes will be communicated to families via the myHaileybury app.
Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)
Secondhand Uniform Shop Closed
Our Uniform Shop is currently closed. We will announce on our Facebook page and via myHaileybury when we are able to open.
If you have any uniform requirements please email the HPFK (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request and your phone number, and we will contact you about whether your requirements are in stock and how to purchase the item(s) online.
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President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough