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Fight MND

The Brighton campus will be supporting Fight MND again with the Rendall House Senior School boys leading an Ice Bucket Challenge at lunchtime on Friday, 9 June.

Tickets will soon be on sale so you can vote for the teachers you most wish to see deluged by icy water. Beanies and socks will also be on sale before the event with all proceeds going to Fight MND. Further communication will be available soon via the myHaileybury app.

Curious Minds – LEAP Week

A strong focus on academic achievement in the classroom is paired with our Curious Minds program that creates opportunities for students to be involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and LEAP (Literature, Enterprise, Arts and Politics). The program allows students to broaden their critical thinking and creativity. On Monday, 22 May, LEAP Week began with many activities and clubs for students including Debating, Art Works, Drama Club, Library Trivia, Spelling Bees, National History Challenge, Writer’s Club, Future Problem Solving and $20 Boss market stalls.

Students become planet protectors

The launch of the Planet Protectors Club as part of the Curious Minds program is raising the profile of sustainability in our community. The student-led club plays a crucial role in advocating for sustainability within school and empowers and encourages students to participate in environmental education and community engagement.

The club provides networking opportunities and enhances future university and career prospects while fostering a long-term commitment to sustainability.

The club’s first project is the establishment of the Plant Hotel which symbolises our school’s dedication to environmental stewardship.

Traffic and parking reminder

Student safety is paramount and all members of the community are asked to respect and follow the rules, regulations and behaviour when parking in and around the school.

Parents are encouraged to use the South Road entrance for drop off and pick up. We have many bike racks on campus and encourage students to walk, ride or scooter to school. For older students, the PTV planner is available to find public transport options.

We ask families to be considerate of the parking signs in our surrounding streets and respectful of our neighbours’ properties. Bayside Council parking officers have a regular presence in the area to ensure people comply with parking and road rules.

Students in Years 10–12 should access the school from South Road or Rouen Street and are not permitted to use the gates on Villeroy Street. Drop off and pick up by vehicle is only permitted via South Road.

Early Learning Centre

Partnerships with families

How lovely it is for the children to have families spend time in the ELC or take part in our Beyond the Classroom learning experiences. Together we have enjoyed sports activities, environmental learning, cooking, storytelling, show and tell and Parent Information sessions.

The educators have enjoyed this time connecting with families and it has fostered strong partnerships between school and home. We see this as a valuable experience for children, families and educators. Thank you!

  • “I loved smelling the flowers with Mummy, it was fun.Morgan
  • “It made me happy having Dad join us for sport. We played duck, duck goose and over and under. It was fun, and he was really good.” Shep
  • Watching the birds in the park with Daddy made me feel excited and happy having Daddy with my class friends.” Gigi
  • “I like sharing all the activities I do with my friends and teachers and with my Mum and Dad. It makes me feel happy.Mila

We are excited to be offering two Parent Information sessions this term.

  • Speech pathologist, Julie Liptak, will present on the Zones of Regulation, emotional regulation and how to bring these into the home environment. Tuesday, 30 May at 9.30 am
  • First aid trainer, Helen McGrath, will discuss health scenarios and concerns related to young children. Wednesday, 21 June at 9.00 am.

Junior School

Thank you for visiting

What a gorgeous day we had celebrating the mums and special women in our lives on Friday, 12 May. Junior School classes opened their doors and invited children to wander and try a wide range of activities. It was a lovely way for children to see their previous years’ teachers and classrooms!

We were also treated to special performances by Fairytale Fiascos and Brainstorm Productions that support our curriculum in a fun way. Students enjoyed participating in a mixed-up version of some of their favourite fairytales and loved acting out the scenes.

From time to time, you might see a new face in your child’s classroom. Haileybury is happy to partner with Monash, Deakin, Swinburne and Melbourne Universities to give pre-service teachers practical experience in the Junior School. All lessons are fully supervised by our Homeroom teachers and align with our curriculum.

Just a reminder that if you are visiting your child’s classroom, please remember to check in at Main Reception. This ensures we know who is on campus in the case of an emergency.

Middle School

Mother’s Day in the Middle School

To celebrate our special mums, carers and guardians, we kicked off our Mother’s Day celebrations in Years 7 and 8 with a fun Kahoot challenge that was enjoyed by all.

Our Years 5 and 6 students took to the stage at our special assembly to honour and celebrate their mums, and they delivered beautiful and entertaining speeches. There was also an artistic challenge to draw the best ‘mummy monster’.

It was a memorable day for everyone and a wonderful opportunity to connect.

Important routines

As we head towards the year’s halfway mark, now is the time to ensure student routines are in place and consistent. This means students take accountability for their organisation and learning by using study skills and routines that help them work to their best potential. This may be setting up homework schedules with breaks, using their diary, laying out their uniform the night before, packing their lunch and prioritising sleep.

These important practices set young students up for success and will help them through their middle years journey.

Katrina Manson

Head of Castlefield (Brighton)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield (HPFC)

Mother’s Day

It was wonderful to see so many of you all dressed up and in the one room for our annual Mother’s Day luncheon. Our guest speaker, Jelena Dokic, received a standing ovation.

Thank you to all donors of the raffle prizes — your generosity is greatly appreciated. We reached our goal and raised enough funds for our next HPFC scholarship recipient which is organised through the Haileybury Foundation.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Upcoming events

Our Middle School Bowling Nights continue next Friday evening. These nights are a fantastic opportunity for students to have some fun with their school friends.

Friday, 2 June Year 5 Bowling

Monique Chapman

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Castlefield