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Across all year levels and all campuses, our students show initiative, passion, creativity and leadership as they kick goals and achieve great heights…

NEWS 21 July 2022

From creating giant koala sculptures to auction and raise money for koala welfare to representing their state and country in the sports, performing arts and academic arena…Haileybury students are a busy bunch.

Here we share just a handful of highlights from Semester 1.

Success at Melbourne Highland Games

Haileybury Pipes & Drums students won a series of events at the Melbourne Highland Games and Celtic Festival in March 2022. Around 50 students piped and drummed their way to success after a two-year hiatus since their last major championships due to COVID-19 restrictions. During that time, rehearsals continued via Zoom with students joining in from home.

Young ICT Explorers National Finals winners

Young drone whizzes, Chengyun Xu, Vinay Raghavan, Sanjay Parappat and Nabhanya Gupta, developed drone technology that could one day save Australia’s flora and fauna from the kind of devastation caused by the Black Summer bushfires. The Year 9 students won the Young ICT Explorers National Finals Competition with their technology that conducts aerial surveys and collects data on animal numbers and flora. The drone can be re-launched in the same area after a fire to assess damage and give real-time alerts that identify injured wildlife.

Haileybury students on a national sporting stage

Year 12 student, Dylan Proctor-Parker, won gold representing Australia in the Team Pursuit at the Oceania Track Championships in Brisbane in April 2022. Campbell Wilson-Moran, 14, won the 200m backstroke at the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide, and Ashlee Arendse, 17, won the Girls 16/18 Platform category at the Australian Age Diving Championships that were also held in Adelaide.

Global Future Problem Solving students stand out

Students Anay Ashwin and Grace van Haaster represented Australia at an international competition that encourages young minds to tackle real world issues. More than 250,000 students from 14 countries compete in the Future Problem Solving Program International. As part of the international event, they looked at how to manage the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Anay placed third – a sensational achievement – and is Australian Junior Global Issues Problem Solving Champion. Grace holds the title of Australian Middle Division Champion in Scenario Writing.

Giant koalas support their endangered cousins

The Haileybury Koala Project saw students from across Haileybury’s four Melbourne campuses and Haileybury Rendall School in Darwin create and decorate large-scale koala sculptures. These were auctioned to raise funds for the Australian Koala Foundation. Renowned Australian artists also participated, resulting in 23 koala sculptures that were auctioned online raising close to $20,000.

Off to Oxford University

Haileybury has a strong and proud history of academic excellence, with many students continuing their tertiary education at the world’s top ranked universities. Class of 2021 graduate, Jeremy Nielsen, scored an ATAR of 99.95 which secured him a Haileybury Medal as one of the Students with the Highest ATAR of Haileybury College. Jeremy’s inspirational ATAR also earned him a place reading Medicine at Oxford University in the UK. Furthermore, Jeremy has been announced as the winner of the Premier's VCE Award for Top All-Round VCE High Achiever.

Hamilton is our star performer

Hamilton Binnie-Garcia, Year Prep, juggled schoolwork and rehearsals when he was chosen to be part of The Who’s Tommy musical at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre. Hamilton played Little Tommy, lead singer of British band, The Who, in the award-winning rock opera.

Informatics Olympiad gold medal winner

Henry Ho, Year 9, won a gold medal in the Australian Informatics Olympiad where he had to solve problems by writing computer programs. He has also qualified for the 2022 International Olympiads in Informatics.

Top class students perform at VCAA Top Class events

Some of Haileybury’s highest achieving Music and Art students were invited to perform at the Top Class events at Melbourne Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria. The events are organised by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) and recognise the most outstanding performances for assessment in the previous year of study.

State sporting accolades

Haileybury students dominated in the Victorian Age Swimming Championships, collecting a swag of medals. Students also represented Victoria at the State Trampoline Championships and Josie Lawton in Year 12 was selected in the U21 Women’s Australian Hockey Squad – the Jillaroos. Haileybury students also enjoyed state sporting success in Victorian Beach Volleyball, Touch Rugby, the State Trampoline Championships, Athletics, Diving and the Girls National Heptathlon Championships.

Equestrian successes

Some of Haileybury’s talented riders are representing their state in the National Interschool Equestrian Championships in Sydney later this year. Year 7 student, Pearl Hodson, earned her place after coming first in the 95cm Combined Training event that includes Show jumping and dressage. Avril Charman (Year 9) is also representing Victoria at the Championships. She is an accomplished Eventer — an equestrian discipline that involves Show jumping, Dressage and Cross Country. The other members of Haileybury’s Equestrian Team: Vivien Robinson, Charli Ratcliffe, Madeleine Leonard, Charlotte Hendrie, Tilly Thomas, Florence Hodson, Eva Robinson, Grace Clemens and Emily Watkins, have also had a successful year of competition. Old Haileyburian, Sam Jeffree, is also an equestrian success story having been selected for the Australian Equestrian team, hopefully a stepping stone to the World Games or Olympic selection. Sam graduated from Haileybury in 2016 and during his time at the School he represented Haileybury at the Interschool Nationals captained the Victorian Eventing Team and was Equestrian Victoria Young Rider of the Year Eventing.