NAPLAN Online Testing Conducted Successfully
The National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) online testing was conducted last week for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
Students were well prepared for the new mode of testing online and I extend my thanks to the NAPLAN coordinators, curriculum leaders and technical support staff who ensured all went well for our students in accordance with the national protocols for test administration.
Support for our Community
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in India and other countries around the world, I remind you of the support our Newlands campus extends to all families who have been affected by this serious global situation.
We also send our condolences to Ryan Wangsirimonkol and his children, Isabella (Year 7) and Daniel (Year 2) at the sad passing of their mother, Kony, in Thailand recently.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Early Learning Centre
Parent Participation always Welcome
Parents and extended family members are always welcome to participate in the ELC Program. We strive for genuine engagement with our ELC families. For example, Specialist Music Teacher Ms Julia Goodall would welcome parents to join her class to play their musical instruments.
In response to the ELC Child Safe Policy and our vigilance in upholding Child Safe Standards, we ask that all family members wanting to assist in any aspect of our program obtain an online volunteer Working with Children Check. Information on how to apply for this can be found at www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au.
Keeping the Importance of Play Front of Mind
When we ask any child in the ELC what they enjoy about their day, it will invariably begin with, “I like playing with…”
Play is the core of what the ELC does and who we are. Creating opportunities for learning through materials and equipment are always carefully planned, set up and observed by the educators.
From here, goals are established, and outcomes achieved, all through intentional play. The ELC Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Social Thinking curriculums are embedded in the learning experiences that are set up in the indoor and outdoor play environments each day.
Year 1 Students Worming their Way Through Class
Year 1 students are participating in the Term 2 Science unit, Watch It Grow. In this unit, students look at the life cycles of both animals and plants and identify their stages of life.
To take a closer look, we have some exciting new class pets … mealworms. The students are keenly watching our mealworms develop from an egg, to the larva (mealworm) stage, into pupa and then finally into a darkling beetle.
Paige (Year 1) and Arya (Year 1)
English as an Additional Language Curriculum Project
On Wednesday Morning, Old Haileyburian Jack Clemens (OH 2018) visited the students of Prep P and 1B to film some exciting videos. Miss Niki Preston and Miss Kristen Bennetts have been leading a team that is creating an English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum for Haileybury’s overseas partner schools.
As parts of the curriculum would be unfamiliar to these schools, Prep P and 1B modelled these to be a part of the Professional Learning element of the program. Both classes made their teachers extremely proud with their exceptional attitude towards the project.
Miss Niki Preston
Miss Kristen Bennetts and Year 1B
Smiles at Junior School Mothers Day Celebration
Newlands Junior School mothers enjoyed an afternoon tea together before joining their children in the classrooms, which had been transformed into myriad Mothers Day activities for the mums and children to enjoy.
Activities included ‘Insta Famous’, where Mum and children could have an Instagram-worthy picture taken together, ‘How well do you know...?’, where mums and children tried to accurately guess the answer to a wide range of questions about each other, and art activities such as creating a bouquet of flowers or making a bookmark.
It was lovely to have so many mothers in attendance and the smiling faces everywhere were a delight to witness.
Mothers Day classroom activities in 1B
Mothers Day Breakfast Celebrates and Connects
Newlands recently hosted a beautiful Mothers Day Breakfast. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Middle School community to get together again to connect and celebrate. Student leaders were actively involved in helping to decorate the room and welcome everyone.
Our guest speaker, Assistant Principal (Respectful Relationships and Consent) Mrs Diane Furusho, addressed the guests about the importance of thoughtful parental role modelling and choosing to simply listen to our children, rather than always looking to fix their concerns.
There were outstanding musical performances from several Middle School ensembles as well as Alexis King (Year 8) singing a breathtaking rendition of Memory from Cats. The morning concluded with heartfelt video messages from the students to their mothers and not a dry eye in the room.
It was a stunning morning.
Head of Middle School (Girls) Mrs Sandra Tiepermann and Assistant Principal (Respectful Relationships and Consent) Mrs Diane Furusho
Middle School Mothers Day set up
Years 5 and 6 Dance Team Makes State Finals
Our Years 5 and 6 Aerobics and Dance Team, Mambo No 5, recently competed at the regional finals of the School Aerobics competition. In a competitive section where only a few points separated second and third, the students placed third and will now compete in the State finals on 12 June.
We wish them the best of luck.
Back row, from left to right, Anaina (Year 5) Keira (Year 6) Catherine (Year 5) and Cynthia (Year 5)
Front row l-ri, Davia (Year 5) Hayley (Year 5) Rungano (Year 6) and Amishi (Year 6)
Standout Performances at the Dance Regional Finals
Many of our Girls Middle School teams recently competed in the Dance Star and School Aerobics Regional Finals at Rowville Secondary College.
Chelsea Armstrong (Year 7) came second in her Secondary Singles division. The Year 7 Team Wild Hearts, Alana McDuff, Lexi Perfect, Chelsea Armstrong and Mia Seymour came third in the Secondary Open B Division.
Both categories saw the girls competing against students in Years 11 and 12, so it was such a great result for them. They will all progress to the State Finals in June and we wish them all well!
Unfortunately, the Newlands Years 5 and 6 teams did not qualify for their section, but they will be entering the online Cyber Challenge competition and the Spring Challenge in October. In the meantime, they will continue to develop their skills and refine their routine.
From left to right, back row: Miss Olivia Jenkins, Keesha (Year 5) Radha (Year 6) Anaina (Year 5) Darenya (Year 6) Dalenna (Year 6) and Miss Shannon Seers
Front Row, l-r: Victoria (Year 5) Riha (Year 5) Chelsea (Year 5) and Yo Yo (Year 5)
From left to right, Alana (Year 7) Mia (Year 7) Alexandra (Year 7) and Chelsea (Year 7)
From left to right, back row: Victoria (Year 5) Chelsea (Year 5) Anaina (Year 5) Keesha (Year 5) Radha (Year 6) Yo Yo (Year 5) Riha (Year 5) and Dalenna (Year 6)
Front centre: Darenya (Year 6)
May the Fourth Be With You
On 4 May, Newlands campus celebrated all things Star Wars. The day was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase, "May the Force be with you". A wide variety of Star Wars-themed activities were organised by Mr Damian Del Vecchio and Mr Gerard O’Dwyer.
These included a homeroom Kahoot! Quiz, a Star Wars Lego competition and the chance to create an original Star Wars character or spacecraft. The highlight of the day was the lunchtime trivia quiz, where teams were tested on their knowledge of the Star Wars universe.
Congratulations to the Wookie Mistakes for their win.
A great time was had by all involved.
Deputy Head of Girls Middle School Mrs Sarah Haley, Aaron (Year 5) and Mr Damian Del Vecchio
Deputy Head of Girls Middle School Mrs Sarah Haley, Harry (Year 8) Nathan (Year 8) Harrison (Year 8) Ethan (Year 8) and Mr Damian Del Vecchio
Head of Newlands (Keysborough)
Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)
HPFK Backpacks 4 Kids Mega Raffle
The HPFK Fundraising Luncheon will be held on Friday, 28 May, in Altera Terra. This year, we are raising money for Backpacks 4 VIC Kids. Parents and friends not attending the event can purchase tickets for the HPFK Backpacks 4 VIC Kids Mega Raffle on TryBooking.
Our generously donated prizes include:
$350 Haiser Bar Fridge
$349 Marc Jacob Sunglasses
$250 Endota Spa Voucher
$200 Castello’s Food and Beverage Voucher
$200 Cookie Cake Voucher
$200 Posh Josh Voucher
$160 Posh Pouts Full Set of Lashes
$150 Mexican House Berwick Restaurant Voucher
$120 Blossom and Holly Gift Hamper
Tickets cost $10 each, three for $20 and 10 for $50. You can book tickets online here.
Thanks to all our Mothers Day Volunteers
A huge ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful parents who volunteered for our ELC and Junior School Mothers Day Stall and Junior School Mothers Day afternoon celebrations.
ELC Mothers Day Stall: HPFK volunteers
Junior School Mothers Day Stall: HPFK volunteers
HPFK Junior School Mothers Day Afternoon volunteers
HPFK Uniform Shop Opening Hours
Winter Uniform is here! The HPFK Uniform Shop opening hours for the first three weeks of term are:
Friday, 21 May, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Saturday, 22 May, 9 am – 12 noon
Friday, 28 May, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Friday, 4 June, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Haileybury HPFK Facebook Page
This year our target is 800 Haileybury HPFK Facebook Group Members. If you would like to connect with our community, please join our Facebook page by clicking on this link.
We are looking forward to hosting many events for parents, carers, and students in 2021.
If you have any queries, or would like to contact the HPFK, please email HPFK@haileybury.vic.edu.au.
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough