Students Take the Lead
Haileybury students have made the most of a unique school year by taking charge of their education.
With the support of dedicated teachers and staff, Haileybury students have been encouraged to lead online assemblies and activities. Independence and initiative in the classroom is driven by the School's entrepreneurial approach to learning.
Online learning has presented many opportunities to sharpen our students work-ready skills such as teamwork, digital literacy, critical thinking and presentation.
This time has also provided a wonderful opportunity for students in all year levels to try new things and and seek out more information and actvities to connected to their favourite subjects or interests.
Virtual assemblies have given students the chance to connect and take on leadership roles.
At Haileybury City, Year 8 student leaders inspired, engaged, provided movement breaks, shared activities, and injected some fun moments.
One Middle School Assembly focused on surviving and thriving during online learning 2.0.
Middle School captains Eliza Goodwin (Year 8) and Ryan Zhang (Year 8) outlined the many benefits of home learning and the opportunities for students to gain skills in independence and creativity.
Edrington Middle School Captains, Tom Bailey (Year 8) and Stephanie Liddell (Year 8) compiled a light-hearted video for their Semester 1 Academic Awards Assembly, stressing the importance of good online routines and ways to unwind.
Rewarding their Teachers
Junior City students surprised their teachers by presenting them with a ‘Care, Learn, Play’ Award during an online assembly.
The students highlighted staff who had cared for them and each other, learned new Zoom skills and enjoyed ‘playing’ new games. It was delightful to see what each class wrote about their wonderful teachers.
Newlands Year 8 students showed great initiative with their entrepreneurship projects, which took them through the design thinking process to empathise, define, ideate, prototype, and test their idea.
After completing their Business Model and gaining feedback from their mentors, students entered the prototyping phase to create a minimum viable product to test, market, and brand.
Working remotely required innovation in how they communicated as a group. But that didn’t stop them brainstorming ideas and preparing to pitch them to peers, teachers and mentors.
Building Rapport and Relationships
Key Newlands Middle School student leaders started their own web page during remote learning to develop their leadership profile and share relevant and inspirational material.
With class representatives, they had special online access to make announcements to their peers. This enabled them to promote events and challenges, facilitating greater connection to the School and their friends. Parents and carers could also see the messages.
City Year 8 students also stepped up as peer mentors for younger students as a part of the Girls Middle School Buddy Up and Boys Middle School Brothers sessions.
The sessions allow our community to come together and build rapport and relationships, while connecting with each other in a peer-only space.
Embracing Home Learning
Students embraced home learning across Haileybury campuses. Edrington Middle School students, for example, developed new skills and a different outlook with a positive approach to classes.
The Thrive in Action Program saw Years 7 and 8 students participate in activities including photography, knitting, cooking, short film appreciation, creative writing and 'old school' games.
Middle School students also held a Virtual Cross Country Competition. They were challenged to walk or run for an hour in their neighborhood or around their own backyard to earn House points.
They also enjoyed a public speaking competition with a boy and girl from each House speaking on the topic: What is the greatest invention of our time?
If your children are looking for that extra challenge during at-home classes, check in and see if there is a new opportunity they are interested in. A successful student is an engaged student, so finding that passion and growth mindset will surely lead to fantastic results throughout online learning!