Cultivating a Mindset of Excellence and Respect for All
Our City staff united for an important professional learning meeting in Week 1. We focused on our goals this term of respect for all and continued academic excellence by listening to our Senior School student leaders, discussing at each school level the skills required and sharing effective strategies to empower our students.
As we cultivate a mindset of respect and excellence, we need to develop a greater skillset in our students to be able to navigate the challenges they face, to ensure they are demonstrating respect and excellence in all the academic, social, emotional, and physical domains.
Our families are an important partner in supporting these messages and challenging their child or young person to continue to strive to be better in all facets of their life. We thank you for your support of this important work at Haileybury City.
Commemorating Anzac Day: Lest We Forget
It was a special day at City campus when we came together for our Anzac Day Commemoration. Our students from Prep to Year 12 gathered with our VIPs, parents, carers, and members of the public under the flagstaff at Flagstaff Gardens.
Our Junior, Middle and Senior School leaders recited war poems and read the list of Old Haileyburians who paid the ultimate sacrifice, while students placed a cross to represent each life lost. We paused for a minute to remember those who have fallen and heard the Last Post and a piper playing, with the notes lingering throughout Flagstaff Gardens.
It is an important occasion when we remember them. Lest we forget.
Mrs Caroline Merrick with Dhimanya (Year 10)
Sensational Aerobics and Dance Displays Thrill Audiences
Our young people performed a fabulous array of Dance and Aerobics items at our recent Aerobics and Dance Display Night. Ms Catherine McNamara and Mrs Christine Stephenson did a terrific job of preparing and rehearsing everyone’s performances and all four campuses performed their routines in front of an amazed audience.
I was so proud to see our young women and men leaping, hip hopping, executing too many push-ups to count, twirling around the stage and more. For many, it was their first time on stage in these two sports that we love at City.
Well done to all our Years 5 to 8 students in the Aerobics and Dance teams.
Big smiles from the Dance Team
Celebrating Mothers and Significant Women at City
At City, a day is not long enough to celebrate the special women in our lives. Instead, a week of celebrations allows our mothers and significant women to spend precious time with their adorable child, loving teenager or almost adult.
There is certainly a plethora of wonderful experiences to be enjoyed. Please remember to book into each event so that we can ensure we are ready for your arrival.
All mothers, special friends and significant women in your child or young person’s life are welcome across the week, depending upon the event or the capacity. For those who are not able to attend, don’t forget to visit our photo booth in the Haileyburian café any time before or after school to capture a family photo.
All details are on the app. Happy Mothers Day to you all!
Early Learning Centre
Learning About Tools for Regulating our Emotions
Our journey of social and emotional development continues in the ELC thanks to the support and feedback of our families through our recent survey.
Families were also recently welcomed into the Reception and Pre-Prep rooms as Julie Liptak, our resident expert, worked with children to introduce tools supporting emotional regulation. Julie demonstrated how to move from the Orange Zone, when emotions are heightened, by slowing down our bodies.
We watched in awe as Julie communicated with children through eye gaze alone in order to collaboratively build a tower. Through modelling and discussion, children were also supported to match the size of their reaction to the size of the problem. Morning tea and question and answer time with Julie topped off a fantastic morning.
Information and common language introduced on the day have been shared with all families who were unable to attend, to ensure our strong partnership continues in supporting social and emotional development in the ELC.
Mothers and Significant People Morning
Mothers and significant people are invited to a morning of fun in the ELC on Tuesday, 4 May. You are invited to participate in activities and create a keepsake with your child on the morning, beginning at 8.30 am. Please ensure you have confirmed your attendance through the TryBooking link on the invitation.
We look forward to celebrating with you in the ELC.
Social Justice in the ELC Supporting Indigenous Literacy
Our ELC will participate in a Great Book Swap to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation on Wednesday, 26 May. Leading up to the day, children will be encouraged to bring in a book from home that they have already read and are happy to pass on.
On 26 May, children will be encouraged to browse for a book they would like to take home in exchange for a gold coin donation. All money raised will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support rural and remote Indigenous communities through resources to support Literacy.
This social justice initiative has sparked many discussions within the ELC, with children eager to share their love of books with other children.
Year 2 Students Explore the History of Anzac Day
At the start of the term, Year 2 students explored the history of Anzac Day and investigated the importance of Gallipoli as we commemorated the occasion. After viewing an informative video, they created a collage which represented a silhouette of a soldier.
This task was part of a three-week History Inquiry unit, where the students are exploring the question, ‘How does conflict shape our future decisions and actions?’ through the conceptual lenses of conflict and resolutions.
Year 2 students then enthusiastically shared their understanding of Anzac Day at the Week 2 Assembly. It was fantastic to see them making a link between history and the present as they participated in the recent Anzac Day Commemoration.
Madeline (Year 2) and Ethan (Year 2) with their Anzac soldier collage
Mothers and Significant Women Morning: Quality Time and Music
Junior School students are excited to welcome mothers and significant women to our special morning on Friday, 7 May. Students spend some quality time with their mother or significant woman, and everyone involved will enjoy some musical items and a light breakfast.
We look forward to this special day in our calendar.
Welcome Back for Another Term of Kind Hearts and Sharp Minds
It was fabulous to see our students return to school dressed in their winter uniform ready to challenge, learn and grow in Term 2. Our Middle School students are continuously reminded of our message of ‘respect’ for ourselves, others and the communities in which we reside.
Our Year 8 leaders are committed to our culture of kind hearts and sharp minds, ably led by the two Middle School captains Bhuvi Diwakar (Year 8) and Max Trinder (Year 8). Thank you to our parent community for the continued partnership in supporting our young people with their academic and personal endeavours. We look forward to a wonderful Term 2.
Middle School Captains Bhuvi (Year 8) and Max (Year 8)
Year 6 Girls Middle School Students excited to return to Term 2, left to right: Amisha, Siena, Viduni, Holly, Ananya, and Lilla
Anzac Commemoration Honours those who Served their Country
Our whole City community recently congregated for a memorial to pause and reflect for those who served and made sacrifices for our country. Our Cadets wore their ceremonial dress with pride. It was wonderful to commemorate this day in Flagstaff Gardens with all members of the community and the public.
Aerobics and Dance Display Night ‘Thank Yous’
Our Middle School Dance and Aerobics students shone at Display Night at the Drum Theatre. Students have been rehearsing their choreographed routines from the beginning of the school year. Their talents and tenacity were ever present on the stage as they dazzled during their performances.
Thank you to the parents and special friends for coming to support our young people on the night. We wish all our performers the very best of luck for their upcoming Regional Finals.
Middle School boys and girls dance with attitude
Mothers and Significant Women Crafternoon Tea
We look forward to enjoying an afternoon celebrating our Middle School mothers and special women at our Crafternoon Tea. Our Year 8 Leaders have planned some fabulous and fun activities that will be keepsakes for those special women in our students’ lives.
Sip tea, eat cakes and listen to our delightful City musicians with your child/special person.
We look forward to seeing you there from 3.45 – 5.30 pm on Thursday, 6 May.
Quote of the Week
“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” —James Cash Penney
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
Warm Welcome to Term 2
Despite Melbourne’s cold weather at the commencement of Term 2, the smiles on the faces of our students, teachers, parents and carers were very warm and welcoming.
Delighted to be back on campus, we look forward to another productive term for our students’ learning and growth and opportunities to connect with our HPF City community.
Celebrating our Mums and Significant Women
Mothers Day is fast approaching, and we look forward to celebrating our mums and significant women across our City campus. A big thank you for everything you do for your children, your unconditional love and support.
You deserve to be celebrated.
HPF City Social Representatives and Community Meeting
The HPF City Social Representatives and Community meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday, 10 May, via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join, we look forward to seeing you there.
Splash of Magenta Cocktail Party
The HPF City Cocktail party will be held from 6.30 pm on Friday, 4 June. With a ‘splash of magenta’ as the theme, we will have a lucky door prize, a silent auction and a live auction on the evening, with fundraising efforts helping to create a more inspiring and engaging environment for our children and more.
For more details and to purchase your tickets, use the myHaileybury app.
If you have any questions or would like to reach us, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nina Brooks and Nadine Sharples
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City