Parents Zoom as Online Learning Partnership Continues
It was wonderful to see our families Zooming into our parent/carer Zoom online meetings from their couches and even the virtual French countryside. We always love seeing even the youngest Junior School child promoted to Family IT Manager of the iPad—so quick are our students to learn the art of Zoom.
I enjoyed sharing some of our messages of hope and care for our families as we approach another round of teaching and learning in our virtual classrooms. We continue to make great partners in this learning journey of agility and adaptability, as we seek to keep our hearts uplifted and our minds engaged.
Turning Haileybury Inside Out
At City, we are bringing the inside out of our building. We opened the new multipurpose space on Batman Street last week with our youngest and oldest students enjoying some running, games, fun and physical activity. Our Early Learning Centre children loved the new experience almost as much as our senior students.
We look forward to this amazing outdoor area being used daily, as well as hosting many functions and events in the future. We thank our Haileybury Foundation and HPF City for their contribution to creating this much needed additional outdoor space.
Haileybury Inside Out entrance
Inside Out court
Inside Out seating
Embracing Life’s Challenges with a Growth Mindset
Every chance to learn is an opportunity for our students to grow skills, give their best effort and learn that with grit and a growth mindset, no matter where you start, you never know where you might end up. Such is the power of a Haileybury education to set in place strong foundations that allow each child to achieve their best.
Leading US psychologist Carol Dweck advises: “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don't have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.”
There are so many new things we can learn in lockdown by embracing this uncertain time with a growth mindset.
Early Learning Centre
Inside Out Space Opens
With much excitement and wonder the City ELC has commenced its Out and About sessions. The destination this term will be the Inside Out area on Batman Street next to St James’ Old Cathedral. This purpose-built outdoor space provides opportunity to run, play ball, enjoy team sports and practise many physical and coordination skills while having so much fun!
The Reception class will venture out on Thursday mornings from 10.30 – 11.30 am, while the Pre-Prep class will continue its Friday morning adventures.
Please be assured that the ELC will implement the heightened COVID-19 procedures on these Out and About sessions to ensure that all participants social distance, sanitise hands and remain safe.
Quality Improvement Plan Input Welcome
Our Quality Improvement Plan is a meaningful document which is reviewed every year. It is a wonderful opportunity for educators to reflect and assess their practice against the seven national quality standards. As a team, we identify goals and strategies for quality improvement, providing the opportunity for all staff to have a voice.
Current plans include exploring ways to use the Inside Out space that are inclusive of the ELC philosophy and play-based learning. They also cover designing and implementing a Child Protection Curriculum. We welcome families’ input and hope to share in the decision making about each child’s learning, wellbeing and quality outcomes.
Year 4 Leadership Induction Assembly
We are immensely proud of our Semester 2 Leaders, who spoke of their values and what leadership means to them at their recent Induction Assembly. We are sure they will continue to lead by example this semester. Congratulations to them all.
Aasha Rane (Year 4) Newton House Captain
Jake Budd (Year 4) Main House Captain
Benjamin Nguyen (Year 4) Na House Captain
Leila Chen (Year 4) Elliott House Captain
Alex Ge (Year 4) Sport Captain
Kendrix Nguyen (Year 4) Sport Captain
Zac Parkes (Year 4) Arts Captain
Maryam Ibrahim (Year 4) Environment Captain
Annie Coghill (Year 4) Library Captain
Henry Glynn (Year 2) Library Captain
Bridget Cornelius (Year 4—not pictured) Flag Bearer
One Minute of Movement House Event
Last term we undertook our first Lego Masters House competition and the creative and collaborative outcomes were wonderful to see. This term we will have a Sport focus for our new House event, the One Minute of Movement challenge. We invite all Junior School students to participate in this House event that incorporates Mathematics, fitness and, of course, fun!
We have set a series of three tasks that students have one minute to complete. They must film the tasks, counting for verification and send in the videos and totals to Mrs Sally Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to enter.
Challenge 1: Catching
How many ball catches can you make with your partner? Your mum, dad, brother and sister can help you with this one. You must stand three metres apart, but the technique is up to you.
Challenge 2: Star Jumps
How many star jumps can you do in one minute? Don’t forget to set the timer!
Challenge 3: Burpees
How many burpees can you do in one minute? Perhaps the most gruelling challenge of all, burpees begin with a star jump followed by a push up.
Students will receive a House point for every catch, star jump, or burpee completed within the time and this will be added to their House’s tally. Entries close Thursday, 30 July. We challenge our students to start practising now and get involved in this wonderful event!
Positive Start to Online Learning 2.0
Despite potentially preferring a ‘return to campus’, it has been wonderful to note the School community embracing ‘return to school’ with enthusiasm and positivity. It was terrific to meet with more than 50 Middle School families for our Wellbeing Webinar.
Our young people are engrossed in their learning opportunities, and our staff are professionally embracing blended teaching and learning, with many splitting time between home offices and those at City.
It is so powerful, too, to see the willingness of our young people to participate in conversations of social conscience. We look forward to continued growth in our virtual online classrooms.
Middle School Peer Mentoring Programs
A key conversation in 2020 has been around leadership and our young people have curiously explored their own leadership experiences in different ways. Starting in Week 2 of term, our MS Peer Mentoring Programs, GMS Buddy Up and BMS Brothers, have seen our Middle School communities connect across year levels and friendship groups—and reap the benefits of opportunities to further grow our School community.
We know that these bonds will only strengthen our on-campus experience when we return.
Quote of the Week
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” —Oprah Winfrey
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
Welcome to Semester 2
We hope that you enjoyed some quality time over the holidays and that you are all back into the swing of things as we start Semester 2. With most of our students learning from home, we'd like to recognise the true partnership at the heart of our community, evidenced by parents and staff working together to support and foster our children's learning and wellbeing.
As we become accustomed to living with COVID-19, we’re confident our school will continue to do its very best to provide our children with an excellent and engaging learning experience; building resilience, kindness, perseverance and many more admirable qualities that will stand them in good stead now and in the future.
Welcome Drinks First of Many Engagement Opportunities
HPF City has been working hard to plan regular opportunities to engage with our community via Zoom this term. Thank you to everyone from the Junior and Middle schools who joined our recent Welcome Drinks.
It was an opportunity to chat with new and old friends and make social connections on what would otherwise be a quiet night at home. Please keep an eye out for more events to come.
Donation to Melbourne City Mission
The HPF City Committee is very pleased to advise that on behalf of our School community, as we promised on our recent Dolly Disco invitation, a donation of $600 will be made to the MCM to help them support those in need.
HPF City Representatives and Community Meeting
The HPF City Representatives and Community Meeting was held on Monday, 27 July, in the evening, via Zoom. Everyone is always welcome to join in for some information sharing and friendly conversation.
Until our next update, please stay safe and continue to look after one another.
Nina Brooks & Jane Woolard
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City