Academic Standards Maintained as Final Students Return to Campus
We are looking forward to having a full complement of students at all levels at school when the Years 8 and 9 students return next Monday.
The resilience and independence enhanced during online learning were on display as Castlefield students began their return to campus amid many cheers and much laughter.
City campus showcased its world-class program to families globally via Zoom virtual campus tours as eager students began their return to in-person learning.
Edrington campus will focus on reconnection, relationships, routines, and wellbeing as students return to school. We are also celebrating Science Talent Search success and looking forward to Book Week.
It was wonderful to see students engaging with their teachers and peers again as ELC to Year 7 students returned to campus for an exciting Term 4 program.
As they prepare for their final examinations, dozens of Haileybury senior students have achieved Distinctions and High Distinctions in the Big Science Competition and Australian Science Olympiads.
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) students in Darwin are looking forward to their end-of-year Graduation Assembly, Valedictory Dinner and Speech Night if the COVID-19 outlook remains positive.
Haileybury International School, Tianjin (HIST) Executive Principal Mr Peter Rogerson was awarded the 2020 Tianjin Haihe Friendship Award as Year 1 students enjoyed their initiation ceremony.
After a year of change and successful adaptation, Drama, Music and Art students are enjoying their return to campus. VCE Music students are also completing their final performance recitals.
Haileybury’s Class of 1984 will support a Class Giving Scholarship in 2021, adding to current scholarships supported by the Classes of 1988 and 2007.
Two Haileybury students were selected in the recent AFLW Draft, including Isabella Eddey (OH 2019) by North Melbourne and Alice Burke (Year 12) by St Kilda, where her father, Nathan, played.
We are looking forward to having a full complement of students at all levels at school when the Years 8 and 9 students return next Monday.
The excitement of students and families as our Prep to Year 7 cohort arrived on Monday, 12 October, was contagious. With the sun shining, students eagerly greeted friends and made their way to their first class of the day.
It was such a joy to hear the associated sounds of children back in classrooms. Most rewarding were the cheers and laughter. We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 students back on campus next week.
This year, Haileybury School Aerobics took on a whole new look due to COVID-19 restrictions. Unfortunately, no School Stream teams could continue with competition during 2020. However, in August, Haileybury was able to enter one Castlefield performer in the Schoolaerobics Singles category.
Alicia McConville (Year 7) competed in the TFT State Finals in a cyber format. Alicia practised diligently online, refining her routine with her coaches at home and submitting video footage of her routines for judges to evaluate and score. Like the live event we enter, the sections were competitive and in some cases quite large. Alicia competed against many schools and clubs.
We are especially proud of the resilience, determination and strength shown despite our circumstances. Alicia’s performance showcased her skill and abilities, and we are very proud of her eighth place in the Secondary Singles Orange Category.
Early next year, we look forward to welcoming students back for a new round of Aerobics trials and competitions. Haileybury Aerobics takes place after school and is open to all Girls Middle School and Boys Middle School students. More information regarding this sporting opportunity will be sent home in early 2021.
All children need to know that others care about them, know them well and are interested in what they do, think, and feel. During our first week back, our educators asked the children to share their thoughts and feelings from the past couple of months. The notes below show that relationships are key to appreciating connectedness and supporting wellbeing.
Here are some beautiful thoughts from the Pre-Prep children.
As children grow and develop, they continue to rely on secure, trusting, and respectful relationships.
How wonderful it is to be back together as a whole group.
Our ELC children have enjoyed the opportunity to be out and about for Wellness Wednesday. They have built up their stamina and ability and are enjoying running around the oval to kick-start their day. We found joy in making bubbles and revisiting the special sites within the School.
We recently welcomed our ELC students to the Junior School to begin their transition to Prep. They joined Ms Jodie McInnes in the Prep classrooms for an activity and explored some of the play spaces in readiness for 2021. It’s an exciting next step in their educational journey and it was impressive to see how they listened to instructions, used their beautiful manners and concentrated on the task.
Recent government guidelines that have restricted parents coming onsite have had a silver lining in terms of school readiness. ELC students are already managing their bags and belongings independently and saying a quick goodbye to their grownups at the gate!
Mia Young (ELC)
It’s so wonderful to see a full Junior School, with children flooding classrooms and play spaces. It was smiles all round from students and staff as face-to-face teaching resumed. Some students have said they miss being with their pets every day and having open access to the fridge and pantry, but nothing compares to being with friends in real life and seeing their teacher right in front of them.
The pick-up routine is running like a well-oiled machine and we thank parents for their patience and care each afternoon.
Please remember that black bucket hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4, and sunscreen should be applied at home in the morning, with a small roll-on thrown in the bag for individual reapplication throughout the day.
The shade sails have been put up over the East Quad playground and sandpit areas, so there are lots of shaded spaces for the children to play in. Bubbler drinking taps are disabled for now, but water is available for children to refill their drink bottles throughout the day.
This has indeed been a most interesting year, and there have been many words and phrases used to best describe it. The words that Mr Doug Bailey has heard the most are, “Mr Bailey, you are on mute!”
Together we have all been required to learn new skills, demonstrate authentic resilience and flexibility, and overcome obstacle after obstacle. In time, this year may become known as a time of great ‘pivot’ where the world, through necessity, changed for the better.
While not the year we (nor anyone for that matter) advertised or planned for, it has been a period of tremendous growth. As a result, our students—your children—are strong, creative, adaptive, and real-world problem solvers. When speaking with Mr Bailey recently, he told me that when he taught a double Year 5 Science class, that Zoom room held the leaders of the future.
Our young people can work independently in any environment, focus on a task and work collaboratively and creatively to achieve exceptional outcomes. In addition, they do it all with enthusiasm, big smiles, and a great sense of humour. Next time you have a problem at work or difficult situation you cannot solve, ask a Year 5 student for their advice. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by their response.
As we return to onsite learning, could I please ask our whole community for patience and understanding as we transition, and work together to finish the year strongly and celebrate its many wins and triumphs.
Head of Castlefield (Brighton)
We hope that our families had a great start as we resumed onsite learning.
It is nice to see some level of normality starting to return. The HPFC is looking forward to being able to host onsite events soon.
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield
Our Early Learning Centre students were the first to return and arrived on foot, bike, scooter and by car, ready to embrace all that our Early Learning Program provides.
The General Achievement Test (GAT) was also held at City campus for all our Years 11 and 12 students at the start of Term 4. We were delighted to welcome them back. They were all full of smiles (through their long hairdos) and despite an exam of more than three hours ahead, they were prepared and excited to get started.
We are so proud of our Senior School students and the positive influence they have on our ELC, Junior School and Middle School cohort. Their commitment, hard work and perseverance have given us all a lot of joy, as we witness our young people overcome obstacles with confidence and optimism.
The following Monday, our Prep to Year 7 students streamed through our Basement and King Street entrances on their way to Levels 3, 4 and 5. It was great to see high-fives, virtual hugs and lots of Zoom thumbs up. We have found so many alternatives to the elbow rub! Our Years 8 and 9 students will not be far behind and get the bonus of additional slipper time and sleep-ins before we are all back together once more.
I am sure it will be quiet at your homes in the coming weeks and I am sure you will miss the daily Science experiments, cooking, PE lessons and cheery Zoom good mornings we have enjoyed online. Remember to find ways to keep the connection strong with your young people and make time for the daily chats and shared highlights of their School day.
I thank all our staff, students and families for the partnership we continue to enjoy and our collective capacity as a community. It is so important in the work that we do for every student in pursuit of our goal to grow kind hearts and sharp minds at City.
We showcased what we do every day at our second online City campus tours on the first Saturday of Term 4. More than 140 prospective families from around the world Zoomed in. The City Executive Team and Deputies, as well as Director of Early Learning Dr Rachel Pollitt, shared our important messages across the morning sessions.
Some of our student leaders from Years 4, 8 and 12 also shared what makes attending City campus special and why they love to learn at Haileybury. It was a proud moment to see our student leaders so confident and focused on a bright future.
In each School session, our staff and students showed why joining our community of learners and being a part of Haileybury City is so special. I thank them all for their time and valuable input.
The City ELC Creative Arts Specialist Program is an important aspect of the curriculum that challenges the children to use observation skills, think creatively and persevere. The process is celebrated through the recognition of risk taking and self-expression. Projects see the children collaborate and engage in peer learning as they explore new ideas and techniques.
Initially, the students will focus on fine art and three-dimensional modelling using a range of mediums. They are continuing to explore line, shape and patterns used for their minibeast studies. Spatial visualisation skills are practised as they manipulate tools and explore symmetry.
Exploring Identity has taken on a creative twist. The children are now transferring knowledge from numeracy concepts such as three-dimensional shapes to create models of themselves, their families and also as a part of the endangered animals inquiry.
Art is an important part of a child’s creativity and self-expression. The ELC is fortunate to have educators who are passionate about providing opportunities for the children to experiment and explore ways to fulfil their imagination and unique ideas.
Rihan Goel (ELC)
Jessie Lai (ELC)
On Friday, October 9, our Junior School students attended their final day in virtual classrooms before returning to campus. There was so much to celebrate and reflect upon. The students talked about learning online and how they had increased their resilience and independence throughout the experience.
The virtual classrooms ensured that students and teachers remained connected to each other. They shared thoughts, ideas, triumphs, and challenges. This connection also ensured a smooth and exciting return to campus.
This term was the first opportunity for most Junior School students to use our exciting new Inside Out venue. Many games were played and the sounds of children talking and laughing once again filled the air.
We are extremely proud of the way our Junior School students have returned to school. The teachers have remained connected and are always there to support and foster friendships and social skills as we continue to Care, Learn and Play together.
Oscar Angele (Year 1) Nathaniel Cheung (Prep) Leo Oparkcharoen (Year 2) and Leela Rane (Year 2) enjoyed playing together again at school
The return of much of our Middle School to City has brought with it a renewed energy and enthusiasm. It has been so wonderful to see staff and students reconnecting in only a short time. It is most impressive to see our young people facing new challenges, concerns and anxieties with steely resolve and confidence to share.
Thank you to our families who work so strongly in partnership with the School to develop this capacity in our young people. We are very much looking forward to the return of our Year 8 students shortly to round out our Middle School cohort.
We encourage our Haileybury City Community to get involved in the Creative HeARTS project, Silver Linings.
“A silver lining is a sign of hope or a positive aspect in an otherwise negative situation. The phrase is often seen as part of the proverb ‘Every cloud has a silver lining,’ meaning that there's hope or something good to be found in every bad situation.”
More information can be found on the Creative HeARTS hub on the Head of Middle School course here.
Years 7 and 8 examinations will be held from Friday, 6 November, until Tuesday, 10 November. On Wednesday, 11 November and Thursday, 12 November, Years 7 and 8 students will participate in various activities as a part of the Head of Middle School Days.
These days will involve exciting opportunities and workshops, as well as 2020 Year 7 students refining their leadership skills in preparation for 2021 Middle School Student Leadership opportunities.
We congratulate Dev Mishra (Year 8) on his selection in the top 14 competitors for the upcoming Season 3 of Junior MasterChef. Make sure you tune in, and support Dev on his quest to follow his idol, Heston Blumenthal.
Our Parent Information Series session scheduled for 14 October has been rescheduled for later this year. We will be in contact with families when a date is confirmed.
Quote of the Week
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”—Virginia Woolf
Head of City
What a wonderful welcome back to City we experienced last week when our Prep to Year 7 and Years 11 and 12 students returned to campus. There were many long-awaited reunions and smiling eyes on everyone's faces under their masks.
Classrooms were filled with the chatter of eager students catching up with one another and preparing to learn, while parents took a moment to sigh with relief and restock. For some students, the enjoyment of being back at school may even be surprising or a first for them.
Led by the Head of Middle School Science, Mr David Simpson, a group of City students joined a 'domino effect challenge' over a recent weekend. It culminated in some terrific and creative displays in the Sunday afternoon show and share.
Our next HPF City Representatives and Community Meeting will discuss Term 4 events at 7.30 pm on Monday, 19 October, via Zoom. If you would like to join in or get involved, please register your interest with your Social Representative.
The HPF City Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 10 November, via Zoom. If you would like to participate, or nominate for a role in 2021, please refer to the information on the app. Everyone is welcome and it would be terrific to see you there.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, HPF City is developing a community directory to connect our community with family businesses. If you’re interested in being included, email us with the following details at email@example.com
Nina Brooks and Jane Woolard
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City
There was so much happiness and excitement as the students began returning to campus. We now have all ELC to Year 7 students back and eagerly await the return of our Year 8 cohort. We will focus on reconnection, relationships, routines, and wellbeing during this transition back to school.
Congratulations to students who entered the Science Talent Search competition this year. Berwick had 35 students who participated in this competition. From 35 entries, our students have received 10 Major Bursaries and seven Minor Bursaries across a range of topics. We also achieved numerous Distinctions and Merits.
This is a remarkable set of results and we are so proud of the students and what they have achieved. A big thank you to the teachers involved in mentoring and supporting our students.
The doors to our ELC reopened this term. Educators welcomed children back into their classrooms with gushing smiles and a sense of reconnection filled the air. Children’s social and emotional wellbeing will continue to be at the forefront of the program as educators closely support them to readjust to face-to-face learning and classroom routines.
Educators trust in the power of play and use it as a tool to help children develop social/emotional capacities, connections, and resilience.
“Play energises and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” —Stuart Brown, Voice of Play
During the recent period of virtual learning and school holidays, an initiative called Spoonville began to brighten children’s days around Melbourne and globally. Handmade ‘communities of spoons’ were planted along nature strips and gave life to an oasis of colour on the streets.
On a deeper level, Spoonville was a form of connection for children in their communities and offered them a creative outlet in the lockdown period. Our ELC children have dished up a variety of spoons that range from superhero characters to animals, fairies and princesses.
A collaborative display of children’s spoons will be created in coming weeks on the wall along the front entrance of the ELC, to represent the connectedness that educators and families have worked together to maintain in these unusual times.
We love Book Week in Junior School, and this year’s ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ theme lets the imagination run WILD! We have a range of wonderful activities taking place over the week of Monday, 19 October to Thursday, 22 October:
Recess Readers: Staff will read stories to the children in the Library. Numbers are limited so be quick to get to the Library!
Lunchtime activities: There will be a range of activities across the week. Numbers are limited so make sure you put your name down.
Dress Up Day: Thursday, 22 October. Come as your favourite character!
Book Week Assembly: Thursday, 22 October, at 2.15 pm via Zoom
Competition: This year’s competition is to create your own Curious Creature. Students are encouraged to make/build/draw or design their own creature at home and bring it to the library to enter. There will be prizes for the most inventive and curious creatures!
Visiting Authors: We are extremely excited to have authors Kirsty Murray and George Ivanoff join our classes via Zoom across the week.
Kirsty Murray is a multi-award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Her works include 11 novels as well as non-fiction, junior fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction and picture books.
George Ivanoff is a Melbourne author who has written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including the Gamers trilogy, the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures, and the OTHER WORLDS series.
Book Fair: This year our Book Fair will be online. Parents can order books via an online portal and have them delivered to their homes, contact free. Click here for details.
What a wonderful time in the Middle School as we see our students steadily return to onsite learning. Since returning to school, our teachers have been very mindful of supporting students in their transition from home learning to face-to-face teaching.
After spending so much time in isolation at home, we wanted to ensure students had time to adjust to new routines and sharing learning spaces once again. It has been fantastic to hear the buzz in the classrooms and playgrounds as students fill our School again.
Years 7 and 8 examinations are approaching. They will run from Friday, 6 November, until Tuesday, 10 November. Over the next four weeks, staff will work to assist students with how to manage time, study effectively, and prepare for and sit exams. The Middle School Helpdesk will be open to students each afternoon in the two weeks leading into the exam period.
Head of Edrington (Berwick)
I would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone considering joining our Executive Committee. HPFE has looked very different in 2020, and we are ready for an exciting revival come 2021.
Positions available include President, Finance Officer and Communications Officer.
Please express your interest to Mrs Jeanette Rawlings.
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Edrington
Thank you to the Newlands community for your part in our successful return to campus for the ELC to Year 7 students. Everyone has been diligent in applying the rules of social distancing and personal hygiene to ensure the safety of all. I thank you for your patience when entering and exiting the School grounds.
It has been wonderful to see students engaging with their teachers and peers once again. Similarly, staff are enjoying the face-to-face contact with their colleagues despite the constraints of masks. Importantly, we can’t wait to see the return of our Years 8 and 9 students who have continued to work on the online program at home due to Victorian Government restrictions.
I commend them for their diligence and positivity during this challenging period. Newlands will feel truly complete when all our students are on campus once again.
We may have been in lockdown, but our bees were very busy while we were away from school. Under the watchful eyes of Mr David Simpson, beekeeper Ms Bec McBride and Newlands staff, a thorough spring check of the hives has been carried out and our bees are in tip-top condition.
There is a wide range of eggs, pearly whites, and capped brood. Both the hives have plenty of new nectar, pollen and capped honey. Neither hive is ready for a split yet, but there is evidence in both hives that the bees have been practising their queen cell making skills. Monitoring for swarms will be conducted on a regular basis in the weeks to come.
New hives have been constructed, and as we look to expand their number the time has come to move beyond trying to remember them by numbers, such as Hive #1, Hive #2, and Hive #3. Naming them will be an important task on our return to campus.
A spring check of the hives showed they are in tip-top condition.
The new hives are constructed and ready to be named
Australia will celebrate Children’s Week from Saturday, 24 October, until Sunday, 1 November. The theme for 2020 celebrates the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.
This is based on Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating the talents, achievements, skills, and rights of children.The ELC students will celebrate this week with a Teddy Bears Picnic.
Pre-Prep T, Pre-Prep D and Reception N will celebrate on Wednesday, 28 October, and Pre-Prep K, Reception S and Reception C on Thursday, 29 October.
The children are invited to bring their favourite teddy bear from home to share on their day.
As we begin making plans to move forward in 2021, educators supported children to develop their connection to their classroom community by naming their ELC room. The children worked with their educators to choose the new names.
Our focus on bringing local culture into the ELC environment resulted in the children and educators naming their rooms after indigenous birds. The names are highly relevant as children readily identify birds visiting the Newlands ELC environment from neighbouring Braeside park and its abundant local birdlife.
ELC classes will now be referred to by the following names:
The children are looking forward to researching and creating visual artwork related to the various birds.
Parker He (Reception N) climbs the tree to look for local birds
Michael Bi (Reception N) is hoping the birds will stay in the playground
Reception N classmates Reyaan Bachireddy, Michelle Poon, Parker He and Charlotte Makwanya help to set up the Reception class worm farm
Year 4 students recently enjoyed their Virtual Camp Day. They spent the morning using their creativity and initiative to build a pillow fort using items around their home, then enjoyed listening to camp stories.
In the afternoon, they did some cooking and created bush art with leaves and flowers from their gardens. The highlight of the day was the ‘Haileybury’s Got Talent’ show. Students showed off their amazing skills with a range of entertaining items that had all Year 4 students enthralled.
Later that night, students finished their fun-filled day by eating a delicious dinner together online and enjoying hot popcorn, while watching a movie. Everyone had a wonderful time participating in different activities with each other. All students got in the spirit of the day and enthusiastically embraced each session.
While our Year 4 students would have enjoyed flying foxes and giant swings, this was a unique experience they will always remember.
Evan Jiang (Year 4) makes delicious s’mores on Virtual Camp Day
A group cooking session led by Year 4 teachers Mr James Salter, Miss Alana Kanton and Mrs Christine Pogue was just one of the many fun activities on the day
Cooper Dunn (Year 4) is fully set up in a campervan for a day of virtual camping
Hayley Ching (Year 4) sets up her camp in the lounge room
The Middle School Assessment period is approaching and will take place from Friday, 6 November, until Tuesday, 10 November. The Years 7 and 8 examinations provide us with an important opportunity to assess student learning from throughout the year, while giving them valuable experience in preparing for such events.
There have been a few changes to the process this year given COVID-19 restrictions and the way we have delivered curriculum and assessments throughout the year. Namely, the exams and student revision materials will be delivered online rather than the traditional paper. Information about this has been sent home to parents and carers.
Our Year 8 Graduation will be held at the end of assessment week. Following this, Term 1A will begin on Monday, 16 November, when our Year 8 cohort will move up to Pre-Senior and the Year 7 students will become Year 8s. Further information regarding these key events will be sent home to parents and carers.
The Newlands Digitech Explorers have submitted their Young ICT Explorers projects for 2020. The Young ICT Explorers competition aims to inspire and encourage students to be not just end users of digital technology but creators and innovators.
Working for months as part of the Newlands Digitech Explorers lunchtime program, Years 7 and 8 students designed, developed, coded, prototyped, and documented technology-related projects.
At the upcoming online judging event, students will present their projects to a panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals. Projects are assessed on their creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and documentation.
This year, Haileybury has entered 50 students in 11 teams with the following projects:
Haileybury Newlands campus is currently the Young ICT Explorers Competition National Title holder for the Years 7 and 8 division. Since 2013, students from the Newlands Digitech Explorers program have taken out 18 State awards and four National awards.
Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
A huge welcome back to campus for all families with children in ELC to Year 7. You have all shown amazing resilience during remote learning and I wish you all a smooth transition back to face-to-face teaching.
Our Term 4 Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, 29 October, at 7.00 pm. We will send the Zoom meeting details to the community on myHaileybury on Thursday, 22 October.
We now have more than 550 members in our Haileybury HPFK Facebook Group and hope to increase that to 600. If you would like to join our Facebook page, please click the link here.
Stay positive, stay connected and stay well!
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough
I hope Term 4 has begun well. Last week, I sent to students in Years 9–12 this New York Times article. It may also be of interest to you.
I especially like the advice to teenagers at the end of the article:
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
These thoughts have been readily adopted by our Pre-Senior students, who were fortunate to attend an exam study webinar presented by our amazing Psychology Team.
In response to this, the Keysborough Pre-Senior Students acted upon their advice and refined their approach to exam preparation. Trialling different study methods has proven to be crucial in perfecting preparation in the lifelong quest to learn.
The students have been given the opportunity to be part of a Study Hub and to attend Subject Masterclasses.
The Study Hubs allowed students to learn from each other in a peer-tutoring environment, with the organisational support of a Pre-Senior Tutor. Groups were encouraged to share their talents and build a support network to assist them with their understanding of study techniques and subject content. This planted the seed for a more collaborative approach to learning on their journey through Senior School.
Masterclasses were also conducted on Tuesday afternoons. A range of subject teachers provided students with an opportunity to revise the semester’s content and ask for assistance. This enabled students to jump-start their study program, immersing themselves in the subject discipline of their choosing.
City campus is incredibly proud to announce that the Australian Defence Force Academy has offered Kavinya Dissanayake (Year 12) a position to begin an Electrical Engineering Degree in 2021. Kavinya has been a long-serving member of the Australian Air Force Cadets and is passionate about the encouragement and advancement of women in engineering.
It has been so wonderful to follow Kavinya’s journey. She has inspired staff and students alike to pursue their dreams.
This year, more than 18,000 students took part in the international Big Science Competition, of whom 56 were from Haileybury Years 9 and 10. To achieve a High Distinction or Distinction award requires an exceptional understanding of a broad range of scientific disciplines. It is a remarkable achievement.
The following students achieved a High Distinction, which placed them in the top five per cent of participants:
Deshitha Galpayage Don (Year 9) Sam Nielsen (Year 9) Yenul Rajapaksha (Year 9) Sarah Tan (Year 9) Rohan Zhao (Year 9) Daniel Arnould (Year 10) Hanshal Goyal (Year 10) Anirudh Kathirvel (Year 10) Charles Leonard (Year 10) Jules Seng (Year 10) James Trembath (Year 10) Suchi Vithanage (Year 10) Lauren Yim (Year 10) Brendan Yong Teck (Year 10) and Wei Lai Zhao (Year 10)
The following students achieved a Distinction, which placed them in the top 5–15 per cent of participants:
Pranav Biju (Year 9) Abhinav Chimalkar (Year 9) Yianni Gianakis (Year 9) Arkash Jayasinghe (Year 9) James Johnson (Year 9) Ling Yu Kan (Year 9) Loic Lombardo (Year 9) Kaveen Ranasinghe (Year 9) Maya Rowse (Year 9) and Riva Dubey (Year 10).
The Australian Science Olympiads are a national enrichment program for secondary Science students. This year, 22 Haileybury VCE Science students completed challenging exams across three disciplines—Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
The following students were awarded a High Distinction:
Andreas Luo (Year 11)—Biology and Chemistry
Yue Liu (Year 11)—Biology
Anirudh Kathirvel (Year 10)—Biology
Samarth Raghavendra (Year 11)—Chemistry
Sinthugaah Senthilmohan (Year 11)—Chemistry
Max McCulloch (Year 11)—Physics
The following students were awarded a Distinction:
Thomas Carroll (Year 11)—Biology
Liam Watt (Year 11)—Biology
Anna Ghuliani (Year 11)—Biology
Hannah Byrom (Year 11)—Biology
Dinal Kirinde (Year 11)—Biology
Hayley Kerekes (Year 11)—Chemistry
Jeremy Nielson (Year 11)—Chemistry and Physics
Yue Liu (Year 11)—Chemistry
Rahul Mudaliar (Year 11)—Physics
Jielong Li (Year 11)—Physics
Amelia James (Year 11)—Physics
Congratulations to all our award recipients on their outstanding achievements.
Rhea Tara (Year 10) recently received the ADF Long Tan Award and donated her prize money to the Salvation Army, with the hope of helping those in need during these difficult times.
It is fantastic to see our students continuing with their strong social justice ties while at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Head of Senior Schools
In Darwin we are fortunate to be living a COVID-19 free life. This has meant our school year has been relatively unaffected. Staff from Melbourne and Perth who still can’t go home without either spending a quarantine period in Darwin or Perth respectively are certainly missing family and friends in their place of origin.
Fortunately, during this holiday, many in our School community were able to go to Brisbane and Adelaide and other regions that don’t have quarantine implications. It may interest everyone to know that the Northern Territory has had over 100,000 people enter since the borders have been progressively opened, and there have been no outbreaks of the virus.
At Haileybury Rendall School, we returned for Term 4 a week later than Haileybury Melbourne. As we deliver the VCE, this meant our students studying Units 3 and 4 subjects had to undertake the General Achievement Test (GAT) during their holidays.
The students completed the test at the same time as Melbourne students and due to daylight savings starting in Victoria, there was a the time difference is 90 minutes making for an early 8.30 am start.
Similar timing arrangements will occur for the VCE final examinations. Our students sat practice examinations this week and all were conducted using the same time schedule as the final examinations, so that the students are used to the routine of arriving at School early if they have a morning examination.
Our VCE students have had a relatively normal year compared with the massive disruption that has occurred in Melbourne. The vast majority of our students have not had online learning. The students most affected by COVID-19 have been those who come from remote areas in the Northern Territory.
Most of these students are from remote Aboriginal communities were Wi-Fi is sometimes problematic. We have been able to keep these students on track with their learning through the hard work of our teachers and students. While most of our students haven’t missed class, there has been some anxiety caused by the uncertainty that COVID-19 has created.
I think all of our students are looking forward to completing the examinations and finishing what has been a year to remember.
At this point, it looks like we will be able to have those important end-of-year celebrations. Our Year 12 students are looking forward to their Graduation Assembly and Valedictory Dinner later this month. We are also hopeful of holding Speech Night in December.
All plans are on track, pending no further COVID-19 outbreaks.
Mr Craig Glass
On behalf of HIST, our Executive Principal, Mr Peter Rogerson, was awarded the 2020 Tianjin Haihe Friendship Award. The award is Tianjin’s highest honour prize at the municipal level and set by the Tianjin Municipal People's Government. It was officially established in 2006 as an award for foreign experts who have had an outstanding impact on Tianjin’s economic and social development.
Officials from the Talent Office of Wuqing District, Wuqing Municipal Science and Technology Bureau and Gaocun Government visited our school to present the award and the prize money. They expressed their appreciation to Mr Rogerson for Haileybury’s outstanding contribution to international education in Tianjin.
Mr Rogerson said that while he accepted the award as an individual honour, he also accepted it on behalf of the School and acknowledged the leadership of predecessors and the commitment of the current team. He donated the prize money to the School. It will fund the Science Department’s purchase of a telescope, chess venues for students, and decorative carpets for several buildings.
Year 11 students recently participated in a weekend work study activity at the annual Beijing Burger Festival. The festival began in 2016 and is full of fun and activities for individuals and families. Our students worked in partnership with major sponsor JSS on their tasks to practise their English with foreigners. Teresa Yuan (Year 11) and Max Wu (Year 11) share their experience:
“It was a completely new experience for the students to find the confidence to talk to a lot of foreign people and everyone was nervous. So, we divided up into groups of two and began our public relations with excitement. It was particularly difficult to say ‘hi’ at first, however, words started to come out quite easily with more practice. Overall, it was an enjoyable and meaningful experience, and we learned a lot from it. It was also a great opportunity to learn about the foreign community in the major cities of China in which we had never known before.”
As is traditional in China after 26 days of their first school year, our Junior School held a Year 1 initiation ceremony organised by the Chinese Department, teachers and Calligraphy staff. The main aim of the ceremony was to lead the students onto the path of learning and enlightenment.
The students performed a traditional dance and recited a famous education oath. At the end of the ceremony, Calligraphy teacher Zhang Jing dedicated a mural of the Chinese character ‘person’ to each student.
International Principal, HIST
It has been a year of change and adaptation and the Malthouse Theatre Suitcase Series has been no different. The intention of the program, in which our Year 9 Drama students have participated since its inception, is to break with realism and use a more freeform style.
The script given to the students demands a more adventurous and imaginative approach to staging, with a focus on climate change. Ironically, the students were asked to deal with what the internet may look like when you take away the screens, while this year their final presentations have been forced back onto a Zoom screen.
Fortunately, our students are media savvy, have risen to the challenge and will share their work with our campuses after the examination period. We are all keen to see what the professional production looks like, as the Malthouse team has been working under the same constraints.
While Senior School students are readying for examinations, our Performing Arts Team is wrestling with what classes will look like as we deal with social distancing. Students will be excited, so containing and directing their energy safely is the task at hand.
We are exploring everything from ‘sit spots’ to grids, as well as focusing on activities with less movement than usual.
Director of Performing and Visual Arts
In the past week, most of our VCE Music students completed their final performance recitals for 2020. For most students this was a 25-minute recital presented to a panel of external Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) assessors. The exams represent a significant high point in the musical journey of these talented students, many of whom began instrumental music lessons at Haileybury in Junior School.
Across their developmental journey, these students have probably received 300 instrumental lessons and attended over 500 ensemble rehearsals. They will have performed to thousands of people at more than 100 concerts.
Most VCE students will have completed more than 3,000 hours of practice in the lead-up to these exams.
No matter what I hear from politicians or the media, if I’m looking to identify a personality type that will be vocationally ready—or ready to adapt to whatever the future workforce needs—I’d turn to a focused individual with a long-term record of perseverance.
A serious musician is an artist who is technically competent, can follow direction and lead others, understands the value of tradition, seeks to learn new skills, incorporates their own perspective and works towards a common goal for others and themselves.
The 2020 cohort has inspired our Music staff. As a group they have shown a remarkable level of determination to push through barriers faced by musicians across the world this year.
Thank you and good luck with the rest of your exams, class of 2020.
Head of Haileybury Music
An area of focus this year has been the use of digital technology in the Art classroom. The managed device program sees students access the full Adobe range, including a variety of digital programs, to develop their works.
Adobe Photoshop was used for the first time by our Year 5 students when developing their Print folios. While online, they demonstrated flexibility and adapted their technique to create digital collages. Each completed online tutorials to develop their skills, then edit found images to create artworks inspired by surrealism.
Our program is about creative play, and the students had fun while producing exciting works. But it is essential to look beyond the work to the learning.
Gaining an understanding of the photo manipulation process helps build on the students’ understanding of how imagery can be manipulated. Most, and I would hazard to say all, published images that we see every day have had some form of manipulation, from cropping to digital ‘plastic surgery’.
A central part of an excellent Arts education is to ensure that we instil in our students an understanding of the power of imagery. This includes the ways that images affect us and the effect our images have on others.
Amisha Singh (Year 5)
William Clyne (Year 5)
Lilla Bramley (Year 5)
Head of Visual Art and Design
Haileybury Foundation is incredibly grateful for the current support of members from three Haileybury Year Groups, which are providing named scholarships for deserving young boys and girls from the wider community to attend the School. This includes a new 2021 Class Giving Scholarship generously supported by the Class of 1984.
The Year Group Giving Program is made possible by the generosity of former classmates who combine to fund an annual scholarship which truly changes lives forever. Giving back through a Class Giving Scholarship is making ‘dreams come true’. It enables a student, who would not ordinarily have the chance to attend Haileybury, to experience the incredible academic and co-curricular opportunities these Year Groups once did.
Participation in the program gives alumni members a greater sense of connection and an opportunity to celebrate their years at Haileybury in a meaningful way.
In 2019, representatives of the Class of 1988 were involved in selecting their scholarship category and interviewing shortlisted candidates alongside members of the Haileybury Foundation Team. More recently, the Class of 1984 selected its scholarship recipient.
In 2020, we have scholarships involving the classes of 1988 (Hannah Chard, Year 7, City) and 2007 (Caden Ong, Year 10, Keysborough). In 2021, we will welcome a deserving young woman into our fold as recipient of the Class of 1984 Scholarship.
Class Giving benefactors are regularly updated on their scholarship recipient’s activities, with personal messages and notes from the student, along with an opportunity to meet at specific events, both online and face-to-face.
Class of 1988 members recently shared the following after receiving an update from their beneficiary:
“Please say hi to Hannah and let her know that it brings a lot of joy and always puts a smile on my face to hear her news every term.”—Fraser Main (OH ’88)
“She is clearly thriving as we thought she would when we interviewed her.”—Nick Wakeling (OH ’88)
Other Class Giving donors have shared that, ‘‘Haileybury played a big part in my life so it is now time to give back and help others.”—Anon.
We would like to acknowledge and thank members of the Classes of 1988, 2007 and 1984 for their generosity and commitment to changing lives forever, and for their ongoing support of the Haileybury Foundation.
If you are interested in contributing to one of the abovementioned Year Group Scholarships, or in class giving with your fellow Old Haileyburians, please do not hesitate to contact us in the Foundation Office.
To stay updated on life in our Haileybury Foundation community, please join us on our social media pages.
Stay connected, stay safe, and stay well.
Your Haileybury Foundation Team
The recent AFLW Draft saw many young women search to fulfil their dreams of playing football at the highest level. Isabella Eddey (OH 2019) was drafted to North Melbourne at pick 13 and Alice Burke (Year 12) was drafted to St Kilda, where father Nathan played for many years.
Isabella Eddey (OH 2019)
Alice Burke (Year 12)
We wish both players all the very best in the careers.
As school returns for many of our students, Haileybury will continue to offer optional online activities on Tuesday afternoons. Students, parents and carers are advised that the links to these sessions can be accessed via their Canvas platform.
Director of Sport
The OHA is proud to announce that Isabella Eddey (OH 2019) and Alice Burke (Year 12) were selected in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
Isabella was selected by North Melbourne’s AFLW team as pick 13 and Alice will join St Kilda under the Father–Daughter selection. Alice will wear the No.3 guernsey made famous by her father and St Kilda legend, Nathan Burke.
We look forward to watching their bright futures with interest and can’t wait to see them on the field next year.
Isabella Eddey (OH 2019) North Melbourne AFLW
Alice Burke (Year 12) St Kilda AFLW
In this month’s Heritage & Archives Podcast (Episode 21) we pay tribute to the Reverend Jim Stevens, a much-loved member of staff, who passed away on 1 September in his 80th year. We begin with a short tribute from Bill Waters, who was a colleague of Jim’s.
This is followed by an extract from Jim’s inauguration in 1989 and, finally, the eulogy from his funeral held in the David Bradshaw Chapel on 22 September. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this was streamed live and on demand and has been viewed by nearly 1,200 people.
To close the episode, we include a short interview produced by Chief Archivist Matthew Wootton with our very own OHA Data Coordinator Kylie Phillips about her amazing Haileybury family.
In loving memory—the Rev Jim Stevens