On the Road Back to City Campus
We are delighted to see our way back to City on the Haileybury Roadmap you all received on your myHaileybury App. It has been a long and winding road but we are all looking forward to coming back together in person and being connected once again as a community (physically distanced, of course).
It will take time for all to adjust but the most important part remains our commitment to supporting each student as they transition back. We are here to support you and your family through this period and can’t wait to see all our smiling students again.
Strengthening a Strong Community
We have continued to look for creative, innovative ways to teach and connect in these times. It has been wonderful to see the wealth of opportunities available at Haileybury to develop new passions and interests, enjoy cuppas and artistic endeavours, take on physical and trivia challenges and to see our staff sharing their interests and expertise beyond the classroom. We are so fortunate to have such talented people teach our students.
What has shone through in all these virtual experiences has been the strong support from our parent/carer community. Our recent Zoom Parent–Teacher Interviews were evidence of this with so many kind words of support shared with their City staff. Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Early Learning Centre
ELC Performance Space Sparks Creativity
During recent weeks, the ELC has created an extra-large performance space, which incorporated a stage, props and instruments. This has been a huge hit with many of the children and has provided them with an opportunity to express themselves through dance, singing and movement. Children have been using this medium to practise their ballet dances, showcase their hip hop dance moves, express their joy at singing their favourite Disney songs, while also participating in performing traditional tales, such as The Billy Goats Gruff.
To extend this interest, last week, children were invited to wear a performing outfit/costume to School to make the stage come alive even more. This was certainly a highlight of the term for all involved, as the stage was used all day by our ELC children and staff.
Through sharing their interests in this way, children have had the opportunity to develop knowledgable and confident self-identities and feel recognised and respected for who they are. Educators look forward to seeing these performances evolve as the children learn from each other and celebrate their skills in an environment that supports creativity and individualism.
Immunisation Certificates Required
Could all parents please be reminded to present their updated immunisation certificates as soon as their child has had their four-year-old vaccination. This is a legal requirement, so we appreciate your support with this.
ELC – The Billy Goats Gruff
Dinosaurs and Unicorns at Guess Who? Dress-Up Day
Dinosaurs, unicorns, cartoon characters and even Harry Potter attended our Junior School classes in Week 4 at City! We loved sharing our super, creative costumes and trying to guess who everyone was. It was lovely to see so many smiles as we enjoyed this fun day and saw the lighter side of online learning.
Team Spirit Soars in PE
With the AFL and other sports returning to training, our Physical Education staff were inspired to celebrate with a week of themed classes. Students were encouraged to wear the colours of a team they support and undertook drills and exercises that would get the heart rates of even professional athletes racing. Perhaps we will even have some of the next generation of sport stars in our midst.
Creative and Complex: Lego Masters House Competition
Getting creative with our families was the aim of the game when we launched our first Lego Masters competition. Entries were submitted and judged on creativity and complexity. Each year level will have an overall winner and the combined totals for each House will decide the winner of the House Trophy.
We are thrilled to see some of the designs that have been submitted already and our Arts Captain looks forward to sharing the results soon.
Junior School – Year 1 Guess Who?
Kind Hearts and Sharp Minds in Virtual Classrooms
What a marvellous few weeks it has been in Middle School. We are continually blown away by the efforts of our families, our young people and our staff as they engage in virtual online classrooms. They have had virtual chit-chats, assemblies featuring magnificent music and tricky trivia, students displaying their kind hearts and sharp minds with Haileybury Hearts beating throughout society and, of course, plenty of renewed enthusiasm for a return to campus.
Haileybury Hearts on Display
Middle School students rose to the challenge of displaying their Haileybury Heart over the past few weeks. They have taken their musical talents to the streets to share joy and happiness, created care packs for their neighbours, written letters to strangers, and cooked up a storm in the kitchen—food is always welcome!
We are so proud of their efforts and encourage them to continue to live with others in mind.
Keeping Challenged with City MasterChef, a Scavenger Hunt and Steps
It has been awesome to see how engaged our Middle School students have been in the Keeping Challenged section of the Head of Middle School Course on go2. Led by our resident MasterChef, Ms Caitlin Rosewarne, it has been great to see all entries into our very own Great Isolation Bake-off!
It has also been fantastic to see the House Scavenger Hunt and House Steps Competition starting to heat up, potentially to make sure that our families are keeping a balanced approach to their homemade yummy snacks!
Middle School Paint and Sip Event
A wonderful afternoon organised by our City Head of Visual Art, Mrs Rebecca Frith, saw our families come together and create some wonderful portraits of their mum and/or special other. It was so wonderful to see the creations. I’m sure some will hang in our City gallery soon!
Year 8 Student Leaders—Leading from the Front
A special note to our Year 8 Student Leaders, who are exceptional in their modelling of behaviours and engagement with the online space. From agar.io tournaments, to Middle School Trivia and presentations at assembly, they have been wonderful examples of what it means to be a Haileyburian.
Middle School HY Hearts
Middle School MasterChefs
Quote of the Week
“The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” —Okakura Kakuzō
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
Return to School and Online Events
We hope that everyone is looking forward to the staggered return to school from Monday, 25 May. It will be terrific to see friends, teachers and all the friendly faces of our Haileybury City community.
The HPF is developing online events with details to be provided soon. If you would like to find out more about participating in HPF City, please feel free to contact us or reach out to your Class Representative. Everyone is welcome to join in.
Secondhand Uniform Shop Online from 1–12 June
Due to current restrictions, the Secondhand Uniform Shop will be available for families in a reduced and changed capacity for the foreseeable future. Please note while we can offer families limited access to our current secondhand stock, we cannot accept items to sell at this time. All items purchased are sold as final and we cannot accept or offer returns, exchanges or refunds on items purchased.
To shop at the current secondhand shop, please follow the steps detailed below during the period 1–12 June.
Step 1. Email the secondhand uniform shop (email@example.com) with desired items and sizes. Please include your child’s name and year level in this email.
Step 2. You will be notified if these are available to purchase. An invoice will be emailed to you.
Step 3. Transfer the invoice amount to Haileybury (specific account details will be on your invoice).
Step 4. Email payment confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5. You will receive notification that your items are ready for collection from City Reception. Please note there will be a time delay from confirmation of payment to collection notification.
Step 6. Collect items from City Reception. Please provide Reception with your child’s name, year level and your order number.
On behalf of HPF City, we hope that you have a seamless return to school.
Nina Brooks/Jane Woolard
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City