Staying @ Home with Haileybury

Haileybury’s community spirit has been incredibly strong during this year’s pandemic.

Staying upbeat and keeping busy have been more important than ever, and our School community has risen to the occasion inside and outside of the online classroom.

Staff, students, and families have focused on the positives and how to stay engaged, entertained, and motivated during lockdown.

They have used their ingenuity and creativity to ensure communication lines stayed open and everyone had the activities and support needed to thrive during online learning.

As part of this, the @ Home with Haileybury  program promoted wellness through fun online activities, community outreach and entertainment.

Focus on Fun

Weekly schedules were packed with activities families could enjoy together before or after school.

The focus was on fun and Haileybury staff, Old Hailyburians Association and alumni members volunteered their time to give back to the community.

Renowned comedian Jimeoin kicked things off with lots of laughs on the first day. His hilarious virtual comedy show provided some much-needed laughs and connection.

Senior executive staff, including Deputy and Vice Principals, our Chief Operating Officer and Head of ELC and Junior School, also led popular ELC Story Time sessions.

Other activities included:

  • Online personal training sessions
  • Dance classes
  • Music concerts
  • Yoga sessions
  • Haileybury history
  • Family game night
  • Cooking demonstrations

All sessions were delivered online by generous Haileybury staff, volunteers, and special guests.

Distance runner and four-time Olympian Craig Mottram shared his journey to the Olympics with aspiring Haileybury athletes.

Craig competed in the 5,000 m at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Games. He finished eighth in Athens and won Bronze at the 2005 World Championships and Silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The talk was a rare insight into one of Australia's top athletes and an exceptional example for students and adults alike.

Footy fans listened in to AFL player Tom Boyd, who shared stories from his football career and that incredible 2016 Western Bulldogs Grand Final!

We were also lucky to be joined by Haileybury and Masterchef alum Khanh Ong for a fun Friday night cooking demo!

Overall, @ Home with Haileybury aimed to educate, entertain, and encourage. It certainly achieved that and gave members of the School community much to look forward to while Victoria's stayed safe at home.

It has brought the Haileybury community together in ways we could not have imagined and we look forward to creating more fun memories at home!