Parents as Partners at City Campus
Our Early Learning Centre, Junior School and Middle School families have all had the opportunity to engage in our Parent Information Sessions this term. Cultivating our mindset and skillset is just as important for parents and carers as it is for our students, as we demonstrate our commitment to lifelong learning.
We thank our families for engaging in these important sessions, which develop a shared language between home and school as we cultivate each important aspect of our students’ skillsets.
Social Thinking Zoom Meeting
Our ELC families participated in a Social Thinking Zoom meeting led by our resident expert, Julie Liptak, where they learned the importance of identifying and acknowledging emotions. We use the ‘Zones of Regulation’ at City, and it is a powerful tool students can use to quickly identify if they are in the blue, green, yellow, or red zone.
We shared and discussed strategies for moving between the zones, and families reported in our recent ELC survey that this has been very helpful for understanding their child’s emotions and behaviour.
Our Junior School Prep families have learned about Literacy and Numeracy in two hands-on sessions that were then followed by seeing the theory put into practice with their children learning in the Prep classroom.
Prep students have grown so much since they started at school and our families are important partners in the learning journey. Literacy and Numeracy are foundational to learning and we thank our Prep families for the important support they provide for their children’s learning.
Emotional Awareness, Resilience and Social Thinking Webinar
Our Middle School parents and carers attended a wonderful webinar on Emotional Awareness, Resilience and Social Thinking led by three of our City parents—Sarah, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Renee, a senior clinical neuropsychologist and Rachel, a senior mental health nurse.
This session was so valuable, and we had some wonderful takeaway messages that could be implemented immediately in both the home and school environment. Does your young person listen more to the inner coach or the inner critic? How can you make a big deal into a little deal, and how do mistakes make our brain stronger?
We have all been challenged to consider, ‘What is our child or young person’s toolkit like?’ I know our City families appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow. I thank all our presenters and our Heads of School who facilitated these great sessions. Stay tuned for more Parent Sessions next term, which will be advertised on the myHaileybury app.
Early Learning Centre
Children are Curious, Confident and Involved Learners in the ELC
Curiosity and active engagement in learning have seen transformations throughout our ELC.
Discussions of holidays and the joys of camping have seen tents pop up within the Reception room, encouraging dramatic and imaginative play.
The range of delicious ‘meals’ being created over the ‘campfire’ have seen the children’s interests translate into cooking our own pizza lunch utilising the ELC kitchen. This provided a range of new tastes for some and the chance for all to experience the joy of cooking.
Meanwhile, the Pre-Preps have been busy investigating insects. The children were delighted to see the last of our three caterpillars form a chrysalis and eagerly await observing the transformation ahead.
Exploring Flagstaff Gardens for Bugs
Our partnerships with community saw Pre-Preps work with a local ranger to explore Flagstaff Gardens in search of terrestrial macroinvertebrates (bugs) within the Flagstaff environment.
This was the first in a series of Park Ranger Programs and we welcome families to volunteer through the signup sheet in the ELC and join us on these adventures exploring our local area and its inhabitants.
As the interests of children continue to shape the curriculum context, we encourage families to complete the Community Directory page located at the sign-in sheet. This provides us with a list of family members who are happy to share their culture, interests, knowledge, and professional experiences to further support learning within the ELC.
Learning to Identify the Zones of Regulation
Are you feeling a little tired today? Perhaps feeling a bit run down? Well, according to Leah Kuypers’ Zones of Regulation, you would be in the Blue Zone. Junior School students have begun their emotional regulation journey as they cultivate their mindset towards identifying how they are feeling.
In addition, students will build their skillset as they develop different strategies for regulating their emotions—no matter which zone they are in.
During assembly, students have been introduced to each of the four zones: blue, green, yellow and red. Students are exploring what it means to be in each zone and what strategies they can apply to assist them in these moments.
Julie Liptak, a speech pathologist who shares her knowledge of Leah Kuypers’ Zones of Regulation, will run a session for each Junior School class as they continue to investigate identifying and managing their emotions. Stay tuned for a parent/carer session with Julie soon.
Learning is a Process
Each assembly, we have heard from Mr Tim Naughton about the process of learning something new and the importance of the journey through the ‘learning pit’. Whether it is learning to juggle, show a kind heart or create a box arcade, all things take time and practice.
We start out unsure, drop plenty of balls, then grow in confidence until we can successfully juggle or share a kind word—like Dot did in our story.
At City campus, we continue to grow kind hearts and sharp minds in the Junior School and the learning pit is a great place to learn about ourselves and each other.
Much to Celebrate in Middle School
As we move towards the end of Term 1, there has been much to celebrate in Middle School. Of utmost importance is the continuing growth of our young people into well-rounded young men and women who exhibit the qualities of a City Middle Schooler.
The themes that we look to actively explore include ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’ in the Girls Middle School and ‘A.C.E.S’ (Aware, Curious, Empathy, Shared Experiences) of the Boys Middle School.
Marking International Women’s Day
City Middle School staff and students celebrated International Women’s Day ahead of the 8 March international date and it was a wonderful gala of experiences for our young people.
They enjoyed music blasting, discussions about the historical narrative in explaining why the day exists as it does, and exploring successful role models from whom our young men and women can learn much. Also popular were a Girls Middle School Slam Poetry presentation, powerful reflections from teaching staff in the Boys Middle School, and all our young people celebrating together.
International Women’s Day 2021: left to right, Saoirse (Year 6) Alexandria (Year 6) Holly (Year 6) and Georgie (Year 6)
Bonding and Learning on Camp
We complete our Year 7 Jungai Camp and Year 8 Gippsland Lakes Camp in Term 1. They serve as a wonderful bonding experience for our young people, that also stretches them and their comfort zones.
We know that from camp you will collect young men and women who are more connected (and tired!) than before they left. We thank you for your support in ensuring that this is a rewarding experience for your child.
Cheering and Enthusiasm on Display at House Swimming
House Swimming is always a highlight on the Middle School calendar, and our 2021 event was magnificent. We were fortunate to head to Keysborough to enjoy the celebrations, and the pool was filled with House pride.
The chanting and enthusiasm for all events, including the AWESOME Land-Air-Sea event for non-swimmers that our wonder team of Mrs Caitlin Rosewarne and Ms Rachael Quirk organised, provided yet another powerful moment in the tapestry of 2021.
Quote of the Week
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” —Angela Davis
Head of City
Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)
Many Responses to HPF City Survey
The HPF City Survey that launched in February via the myHaileybury app has now closed. We received more than 70 responses which are now being analysed and will be used to inform future opportunities to connect and contribute as a community.
The survey was designed to gain insights into the preferences of our City campus parent and carer community about the types of HPF City events that are held, opportunities to get involved in the City community and options available so parents and carers can contribute.
A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took the time to respond and provide their feedback, it’s much appreciated.
Join us for Summer Drinks
Come along to Summer Drinks on Thursday, 25 March, from 7.00 – 9.00 pm. To RSVP, hop onto the myHaileybury app.
We are looking forward to a fun night of enjoying delicious food and drinks and taking the opportunity to socialise together on our beautiful rooftop terrace—if Melbourne’s weather permits (fingers crossed).
Snaffle a Prize in our End-of-Term Raffle
In the lead-up to the holidays, we will hold a raffle to be drawn on the last day of term. Ticket prices are $10 each or three for $20. On offer will be a delicious hamper of sweet treats.
If you’re feeling lucky, please hop onto the myHaileybury app where you can purchase your ticket/s. The money raised via the raffle will support HPF City fundraising efforts that are invested back into our campus and School community.
If you would like to get in touch, please email us at HPFCITY@Haileybury.vic.edu.au.
Nina Brooks and Nadine Sharples
Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City