Connecting our City Community
Our City families enjoyed a fabulous evening as the sun set over the final days of Term 1. We celebrated in style with the best view in West Melbourne on our City campus rooftop. It was a glorious event and over 100 families were able to greet old friends and make new ones, as we connected as a City community.
It was such a joy to be together once more. Our HPF City Co-Presidents introduced their 2021 Committee and shared the importance of staying connected.
Mr Scott Doran, our Vice-Principal Community Engagement and Advancement, reflected with us about how grateful we are for the support of our community across Haileybury’s campuses and what an extraordinary year we had just experienced.
We are reminded on these evenings just how important a mindset of hope in the future is for us all. Despite our 2020 Rooftop event being cancelled, we had hoped we would be together once more.
Indeed, it was so, and we celebrated in style. We can’t wait until our next event, the HPF Cocktail Party. Book Friday, 4 June, into your diary, and we will include an after party next time so that the lights don’t have be turned on quite so brightly.
Fraser Main and Adam Elliot Visit City Campus
Over the past few weeks, we have been very fortunate to have our Main and Elliot House patrons visit and spend time with our students.
Mr Fraser Main (OH ’88) was Cricket Captain in 1988 and also a member of the First XVIII, Athletics teams and the Pipes & Drums band. Fraser hosted a morning tea and a question and reflection time with our Junior and Middle School Main House leaders for 2020 and 2021. Everyone enjoyed the morning tea immensely.
Elliot house is named after Adam Elliot (OH ’89). Adam is one of the world's leading independent filmmakers and clay animators. He eclipsed three Hollywood giants—Disney, Pixar and Fox studios—to win his Oscar for Harvie Krumpet in 2004.
Dedicated to his artform, Adam has spent years animating blobs of Plasticine. In 1999, he was Victoria’s Young Achiever of the Year and is now an official voting member for the annual Academy Awards. Adam joined our Junior and Middle School assemblies and met the Senior School students and our STEM and LEAP captains from Keysborough.
He has also created one of the Haileybury koalas that are part of our Koala Project and shared his inspiration for his koala.
Early Learning Centre
Parent Morning to Discuss the Zones of Regulation ‘Toolbox’
We value our parents’ and carers’ engagement in learning. A survey was recently sent to families to gather feedback and input regarding the introduction of Social Thinking in the ELC. The responses identified a number of positive aspects of the Social Thinking curriculum being used and seen within the home environment.
As we continue our Social Thinking journey within the ELC, families were asked to identify one area of focus moving forward to further support social and emotional development in their child.
The overwhelming number of responses to this question identified the need for tools to assist in moving between the Zones. For example, this may include ways to assist a child who might be tired and sluggish in the Blue Zone to re-energise and get their body engine moving again.
In response to the survey feedback, Zones expert Julie Liptak will join us in the ELC on Thursday, 15 April.
Families are invited into the ELC to observe Julie introduce strategies to the children in Reception and Pre-Prep to assist with self-regulation. Both concrete and cognitive strategies will be introduced to children as part of a ‘toolbox’ for moving between the Zones of Regulation.
Julie will then hold a session for families to unpack what has been observed and answer any questions. This is a valuable opportunity to deepen our partnership with families as we work together to cultivate our mindset and skillset in the ELC.
Gross Motor Development through Play
An exciting change to our outdoor environment has been the addition of four trikes, supporting coordination and development of gross motor skills. The children have enjoyed the social aspects the trikes have provided as they negotiate and facilitate play.
Discussions around personal and road safety have also been prompted with Pre-Prep children beginning the ‘See More’ Safety Education Program as they follow this child-led focus. Reception children will also focus on road safety as we prepare for our Out and About program to start in Term 2.
Preps Cultivate their Mindset and Skillset
Prep students continued to cultivate their mindset and skillset this term. During the Week 10 Assembly, their impressive progress was highlighted as they presented a snapshot of their learning to the Junior School. We were wowed by their knowledge of digraphs as the Prep students displayed their understanding through actions and words.
Next, the Prep students will explore blends as they continue to grow as learners. We are tickled pink as we observe our students applying a growth mindset towards their learning and look forward to seeing them progress this year.
Year 4 Camp Highlights Student Resilience
Our Year 4 students learned outside their comfort zone during their recent Portsea camp. The giant swing and high ropes certainly posed challenges for some of our students. However, their ability to be prepared to have a go highlighted their resilient nature.
Their smiling and tired faces when the camp concluded was evidence of a successful three days. Thank you to our parents and carers for helping to build resilience and a growth mindset in our students.
Oscar (Year 4) being challenged on the climbing wall
Outdoor Camp Experiences Build Independence
Our Years 7 and 8 students recently enjoyed their Outdoor Education Camps to Camp Jungai and Gippsland Lakes. Students partook in a range of activities including rock climbing, canoeing, mountain bike riding and learning about Indigenous flora and fauna.
These experiences aim to develop our students’ resilience, independence, and collaboration skills. The Camps are an integral part of the Haileybury Program and aim to prepare students for their Year 9 Expeditions.
Year 8 students enjoying Camp at Gippsland Lakes. From right to left (back row), Alana, Roshni, Nuha, Prati, Audrey, Charlotte, Konoka, Annabelle, and Grace
Sharing and Caring for International Happiness Day
City Students from ELC to Year 12 enjoyed International Happiness Day. Each student contributed to a mural that exhibited what brings happiness to each of our students’ lives.
Our Middle School leaders spread happiness across all levels of the building by sharing an icy pole with each of our year groups. Days like this encourage our students to reflect on what brings them joy as well as endeavour to bring smiles to other students’ faces while they connect with their peers throughout our vertical building.
International Happiness Day: Daisy Ennis (Year 8) with Celeste (ELC)
Families Experience a Taste of Middle School in Action
It was fabulous to host so many Years 5 and 6 parents and carers at our Middle School in Action Morning. Our students relished having their special people in the room learning alongside them to experience a snippet of their day in the Middle School.
The Year 6 girls and their parents/carers particularly enjoyed their experience in the Science Lab where they dissected different species of mushrooms. The Year 5 boys enjoyed crafting their ideas for narrative writing alongside their special people.
Thank you to all who joined us, and we look forward to hosting our parent and carer community again in the future.
Remy (Year 5) with his father crafting narrative ideas at the Middle School in Action Morning
Lilla (Year 6) with her parents during the Middle School in Action Morning Science class
Quote of the Week
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” —Tony Robbins
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
A Time of Reflection for our City Community
As we complete Term 1, it has been a time of reflection for our HPF City community.
It’s been wonderful to embrace the opportunities the School has offered for face-to-face engagement, most recently with the Summer Drinks that were well attended by more than 100 parents and carers.
Despite the Melbourne weather testing our resilience, it was another chance to meet more of the families that make our School great.
Secondhand Uniform Shop up and Running
The Secondhand Uniform Shop also got up and running for 2021 and we aim to have further Pop Ups on the final Friday of each term from 8.00 – 9.00 am in the cafe.
Reflecting upon Respect and Safety for all Students
We also reflect on the current climate of respect and safety for all children and young people at Haileybury and society in general. The letter from CEO|Principal Mr Derek Scott was a public acknowledgment of recent events in the media and an opportunity for honest and open dialogue in an age-appropriate manner with our children.
We thank the School for its proactive approach and for its ongoing work to address relationships in an equitable and positive manner.
Thanks to our Teachers and Families for their Efforts
A big ‘thank you’ to our teachers for their hard work in engaging our children to create a fun and dynamic term. It has been fantastic to hear tales of friendship, encouragement and perseverance during the recent Years 4, 7 and 8 camps with trekking, camping, canoeing and lots of washing for the parents and carers.
We would like to thank all families who have contributed to the recent HPF City Survey. We are analysing the results and look forward to creating more events led directly by your feedback. Our Events Working Group, led by Michelle White, will help coordinate this.
Cocktail Party Save the Date
Now is the time to save the date for the highlight of the HPF City calendar—The Haileybury City Cocktail Party. Our theme will be announced early in Term 2. Please pencil in Friday, 4 June, for this evening event which will make a welcome return in 2021.
Thank you to those who supported the HPF City Raffle with the opportunity to win a beautiful hamper of Easter treats kindly donated by Brunetti's. We thank the Angele family for their kind support of this venture.
Have a wonderful holiday, stay safe and well and we look forward to continuing the HPF City work in Term 2.
Nina Brooks and Nadine Sharples
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City