Term 2 Welcome and Uniform Reminder
We trust you have all enjoyed a wonderful holiday break and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back on campus. School resumes for the Junior and Middle Schools on Tuesday, 20 April.
Students have two weeks in which they can choose either the summer or winter uniform, depending on the weather. As we enter the colder months, please be aware that we have beautifully air-conditioned classrooms. Therefore, layers are the best choice over the winter uniform, so that your child or young person is most comfortable.
Cultivating our Mindset and Skillset
We continue to challenge our students to cultivate their mindset and skillset. I spoke at our End-of-Term Assembly about our Term 2 goal of cultivating the mindset of respect for all online and on campus. I challenged students to develop their skillset by considering how they engage online and on campus and what they are sharing and saying.
Is it respectful to all? Are they showing kind hearts in their online interactions?
Having been online for much of 2020, our students are confident on their numerous devices that, as parents and carers, we sometimes forget to check in and ensure we are aware of the digital footprint they are creating. I encourage all our families to spend time discussing topics such as respectful behaviour, amount of screen time, appropriate language, and the usernames students choose.
As a school, we encourage families to set clear boundaries around the responsible use of phones and devices in the bedroom and after 9.00 pm. School iPads and laptops are primarily for School-related learning and once homework is finished, students should shut down, plug in, and leave devices to recharge overnight, preferably in a common space.
We thank our families for partnering with us in upskilling our students and young people, as they grow their kind hearts and sharp minds online and on campus.
Early Learning Centre
ELC Project to Transform Level 3 Terrace
As we continue to encourage connection and engagement with nature, the Level 3 terrace area is preparing for change.
Discussions with children on what they would like to see in our natural environment have set our vision for a garden with colourful flowers that attract bees, beetles, butterflies and lady bugs, and a garden that provides produce for cooking in our kitchen. This has led to the idea of an Indigenous terrace garden.
The voices of children in Reception and Pre-Prep have set a scene of beauty, provided a way to connect with nature and opportunities for children to learn how to care for the environment.
Through the creation of an Indigenous garden, we are supporting children to understand the importance of sustainable practices and further embedding Indigenous perspectives and ways of being.
Consultation with the City of Melbourne’s Gardens for Wildlife group has seen engagement with our local community in planning for this change as the group assisted in providing technical knowledge and support.
We invite families to collaborate in this vision for our outdoor environment by completing the volunteer sheets next to our sign-in stations.
This is an exciting addition to our outdoor environment that will continue to provide opportunities for collaboration, exploration, problem solving, fine and gross motor development and connection with nature.
Welcome to Term 2 and Continued Student Growth
Junior School staff eagerly anticipate the arrival of students tomorrow as we begin Term 2. It will be exciting to see students entering via King St or the basement, ready for another great term of learning.
We have already seen enormous academic, social, emotional, and physical growth in our students as they work towards cultivating their mindset and skillset. Term 2 will no doubt see them in The Learning Pit again as they embrace new challenges.
Zones of Regulation Enhance Learning and Communication
Students continue to use Leah Kuypers’ Zones of Regulation in and out of the classroom. Our Year 4 students use their display at the entrance of their classroom to identify which zone they are in as they return to class from play or a specialist subject. This enables them to openly communicate how they’re feeling and allows them to be ready for learning.
Our Year 1 students use their display on the whiteboard at the front of the classroom so they can be transparent about which zone they’re in. It also provides a prompt for useful tools to help manage their feelings.
Our guest presenter, Julie Liptak, will deliver lessons to each Junior School class this Thursday, 22 April. Students will learn more about the zones and how to build a toolkit of strategies.
Year 3 NAPLAN Tests Approach
Our Year 3 program is designed to ensure that effective teaching of Literacy and Numeracy occurs every day. NAPLAN is an opportunity for our students to showcase their skill development in these two fundamental areas.
Our Year 3 students will sit their NAPLAN tests from 11–14 May (Week 4). They will complete their Writing assessment by hand and the other assessments online.
Gung-ho Attitudes and Mindsets Engaged for Term 2
We trust that the Easter holidays have allowed you and your young people the opportunity to unwind and spend some quality time together. We look forward to Term 2 with excitement.
For City Middle School, this will be a term where our gung-ho attitudes and growth mindsets are fully engaged. From our ‘Crafternoon Tea’ to a number of wonderful Music concerts and Reconciliation and Language Weeks, there is much to come!
Online Parent–Teacher Interviews
Parent–Teacher Interviews will again be held online via Zoom and will occur in Week 2. Please keep an eye on the myHaileybury app for booking details.
Mothers and Significant Women’s ‘Crafternoon Tea’
More information is to come about our Middle School Mothers and Significant Others Crafternoon Tea. However, please pop Thursday, 6 May, from 3.45 – 5.30 pm in the diary.
Online NAPLAN Tests for Years 5 and 7 Students
Our Years 5 and 7 students will sit their NAPLAN tests from 11–14 May (Week 4). We know that they have been working wonderfully with staff to ensure that they are able to achieve their very best in the new NAPLAN online format. All four assessments will be completed online, and our students have been fully engaged in the Typing Club skills program to ensure they are able to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas via this medium.
Quote of the Week
“Success is not something you achieve, conquer, climb, or complete. Success is a process.” —Tony Robbins
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
HPF City Looks Ahead to Term 2
We hope that all families have had the opportunity to relax and recharge during the Easter holidays as we head into winter and a busy Term 2.
Our ELC families had a fun and chocolate-filled Easter Egg Hunt in Flagstaff Gardens. Thank you to the ELC HPF team; Michelle White, Armine Stragan and Anita Macris, for this excellent annual event. There were lots of happy and tired bunnies at the end of the day.
Magenta and Black-Themed Cocktail Party
We are looking forward to our Magenta and Black-themed Cocktail Party on Friday, 4 June from 6.30 – 9.30 pm. An ‘after party’ will be held at a venue to be announced shortly for families wishing to kick on afterwards.
Booking will be via TryBooking. Check myHaileybury for details and the invitation.
We thank the School for its support of this annual event and look forward to seeing our City families and friends at this wonderful evening. We have included some photos of our fabulous Rooftop event.
Opportunities to Connect as a Community
Our Term 2 Haileybury Parents & Friends City community meeting will be held on Monday, 3 May, at 7.30 pm via Zoom.
This meeting is open to our whole community and attended by our HPF City Executive and Social Representatives. Everyone is welcome and the meeting details will be shared with everyone who registers their attendance by advising their Class Social Representatives or emailing HPFCity@haileybury.vic.edu.au.
We hope that the children and young people have a successful term and good luck to our APS Sport teams in their new competitions.
Nina Brooks and Nadine Sharples
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City