Learning as Usual
Our staff have been working so hard, online and on campus, to support the learning of our students at home and to teach the authorised workers’ children onsite.
Our Early Learning Centre has continued its usual, wonderful play-based learning. If you want some practice in receiving vaccinations or need a bandage applied, then these junior doctors are ready!
Our Senior Years 11 and 12 students returned with a mask and with a bag of books on their back and were all pleased to be in front of their teachers again. Prep to Year 10 students have been busy learning and tell me their pets are glad to have them back.
I know parents have enjoyed hearing lessons in the background and knowing that their young people are continuing to thrive, but we understand the significant impact on mental health that occurs at times of heightened anxiety. If parents have any concerns about how their children and young people are coping and they need the support of our team, please email your Heads of School.
I am so proud of our staff who continue to foster great connections and deliver brilliant academic learning each day, onsite and online. Every student and staff member continues to matter every day.
I am pleased that we are all now back onsite.
Cocktails via Zoom
Our Parents & Friends at City campus enjoyed a hilarious Zoom Cocktail Hour, complete with fascinators and splashes of magenta. Who would have guessed how competitive the parents would become in the Inaugural Haileybury Parent Scavenger Hunt?
Mr Robert Johnson, Head of Senior School, was resident judge and he certainly had a tricky time with the creative minds at play in the Zoom room. How toasted must bread be to be considered toast was a question that remains unanswered. If in doubt, best bring your own toaster to the Zoom room, just to be sure.
It was a wonderful lead-up to our postponed Cocktail Party to be held on the new date of Friday, 30 July. We are in for a great night. Thanks to all our HPF Committee members who are busily preparing great activities, prizes and auction items to ensure the evening is a huge success.
Early Learning Centre
National Reconciliation Week—More than Just a Week in the ELC
The 2021 theme of More than a word. Reconciliation takes action was the focus in our City ELC for National Reconciliation Week. While many activities occurred during this time, we have an ongoing and deeply embedded focus on reconciliation in the ELC.
Our Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap was a huge success with children in Reception and Pre-Prep donating and swapping books for a gold coin donation. All funds raised support the printing of culturally appropriate literacy resources for Indigenous communities.
Within the ELC outdoor environment, our Indigenous garden has flourished with the recent rains. To further support our Indigenous garden and connection to each family, all Reception and Pre-Prep children have planted a murnong seed or yam daisy. This seed will be cared for by each child through the propagation stage before children take their murnong plant home.
The many discussions that have already taken place regarding the planting process have been an authentic connection to country, land and scientific thinking. We look forward to sharing a part of our Indigenous garden with each ELC family as the murnong plants make their way home later in the year.
Out and About with Reception
Reception children have enjoyed their first visit to Flagstaff Gardens as part of our Out and About Program.
The lead-up to this exciting time has allowed for numerous conversations around road safety and we have utilised Google Maps to plan our path across to the gardens.
During our visit, we searched for possums in tall limbs and deep hollows and the children questioned the purpose of the silver sleeves around the trees, concluding these were in place to keep the possums away.
This was an exciting time of connection for our Reception children as they explored their local environment.
Learning a Valuable Lesson in the Doctor’s Station
The children’s interests have seen the inclusion of a Doctor’s Station within the Pre-Prep room. Practice in applying bandages has been a highlight for children as they engage in dramatic play opportunities when diagnosing and treating a wide range of ailments.
This has also led to children engaging in discussions surrounding the current COVID-19 situation. It has provided authentic opportunities for educators to remind children about the importance of thorough hand washing and staying home when unwell to help keep themselves and their friends safe.
Optical Illusions and Spooky Stories
Our Junior School students hit the ground running for our second instalment of online learning this year.
Prep students were lucky to have the involvement of a parent as they strengthened their recount writing. In Year 1, students enjoyed exploring optical illusions while our Year 2s shivered as they wrote some spooky stories to demonstrate their narrative writing abilities.
In Year 3, students had a special Breakfast in Homeroom Day as they shared stories to start their day of learning. Our Year 4 students investigated Indigenous Australian drawings and came up with their own piece of artwork.
Our students have, once again, proven how resilient and focused they are as they continue to learn and grow, no matter where the setting.
Fight MND Beanies
From Tuesday, 15 June to Friday, 18 June, Junior School students are able to wear their Fight MND beanies to and from school.
Purchasing a beanie plays a pivotal role in fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease research. You can also bring in a gold coin donation that can go towards warming the head of a homeless person through Melbourne City Mission.
It was with great joy that we welcomed back Ms Carolyn Mansour to Middle School on Monday, 24 May. Our young people across both schools were thrilled to have her back on campus, as are our staff. Ms Mansour is very much looking forward to the remainder of term.
A special thanks to Ms Catherine McNamara and Ms Rachael Quirk for their efforts in the Girls Middle School in Ms Mansour’s absence.
Students Take the Lead in Assemblies
As we move into the second half of Term 2, our Year 8 Leaders have really shone in their roles, including coordinating BMS and GMS Assemblies.
The GMS had 2021 Sport Captain and fellow City student Lucinda Rourke (Year 12) present their Summer Sport Awards and speak to the girls about the importance of being active.
The Boys Middle School enjoyed a session of BMS Bingo put together by 2021 BMS Captain Max Trinder (Year 8). The boys had an opportunity to chat and form new friendships with students from across the year levels. We look forward to more of these student-led assemblies in future.
A special thanks to Dr Gabriela Welch for the organisation of the LEAP Week activities, including the awesome badge-making workshop with Years 5 and 6 students and the Book Exchange. LEAP Week ran for the first time in 2021 and we know our Middle School students are already looking forward to 2022!
Honouring First Nations Peoples
In their Homerooms, our Middle School students have been discussing the importance of National Reconciliation Week and why it is so important that we honour the history of our First Nations Peoples. It has been wonderful for our Year 6 students who are studying the 1967 Aboriginal Rights Referendum and the National Apology to lead this conversation.
Quote of the Week
“Community is about doing something together that makes belonging matter.”—Brian Solis
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
Working as a Team
On behalf of the HPF City team, we would like to send a virtual high five and group hug to all our families and children for swiftly pivoting back to a COVID-19 lockdown lifestyle and online learning.
During these challenging periods, the foundations of a quality education and access to information, services and support are increasingly valued. Along with recognising the hard work of parents and carers to ensure our City children are prepared and ready for their school days, we send a very big ‘thank you’ to all City campus teachers and staff for providing a seamless and exemplary online learning experience, and for supervising the children of essential workers.
This achievement takes many people working together to deliver stimulating content, integrated IT solutions, student engagement and monitoring health and wellbeing...the list goes on. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone for working together as one team for the benefit of our children.
Cocktails at a Later Date
The Cocktail Party planned for Friday, 4 June has been postponed to Friday, 30 July. Please refer to the myHaileybury app for further details and how to RSVP. We cannot wait to see you to share some fun together in person!
In lieu of this event, an online Cocktail Hour was enjoyed by many parents and carers and included lucky 'e-door’ prizes, a Magenta Cocktail mixologist demo and an opportunity to chat with other parents and carers in an informal setting.
Special thanks to Mrs Caroline Merrick and Mr Robert Johnson, who shared the highlights of a week of online learning and then hosted our Games Time. Thank you also to Michelle White, the Prize President. Thank you to all who attended and got into the spirit of fun on the night. Many stories and laughs were shared across the evening that lifted spirits.
If you would like to reach out and connect with the HPF City team at any time, please send an email to email@example.com We love to hear from you and make connections across our City campus.
Keep safe and see you on the other side.
Nina Brooks and Nadine Sharples
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City