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CEO | Principal's Report

The Performing Arts plays an important role in the development of students. This week Castlefield Middle School students perform Disney’s Moana Jr which is the final of the campus-based Middle School musicals. Newlands has already performed Disney’s High School Musical Jr, Edrington has performed The Wizard of Oz and City brought Oliver Jr! to life.

While these performances have been underway, more than 250 music students from Senior School and Middle School came together for an outstanding Haileybury in Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The event took place for the first time since COVID-19 lockdowns and highlighted the great foundational music skills that are built as students come through the Junior and Middle Schools. It also showcased the extraordinary performance quality that can be achieved when students come together from all Haileybury Melbourne sites.

The great breadth of music genres was on display with the Wind Symphony, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Stage Band, Chamber Brass, Haileybury Singers and the Contemporary Singers, Percussion Ensemble, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra all performing superbly.

The teamwork, collaboration and effort required to participate in the more than 60 Performing Arts events each year support the growth and development of Haileybury students. Thank you to the committed and dedicated Haileybury Performing Arts staff across all campuses.

Deputy Principal (One Haileybury) 2024 - Stanley Wang

Stanley was Dux of Haileybury College in 2006 and was Head of Languages from 2015 to 2017. Prior to becoming Head of Languages, Stanley joined the teaching profession through the Teach for Australia program and worked for three years in the government sector. In the last six years, Stanley has held roles as Chief Executive Officer of Teach for Taiwan and as Principal of Abbotsford Primary School — Australia’s oldest bi-lingual primary school.

Stanley is an ambassador for language learning and intercultural capability. He speaks English, Chinese and Japanese to a high level of proficiency, speaks Korean and French conversationally, and in 2023, his language project is Russian.

Stanley was the Education Category Winner for the 40 under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards in 2021 and was one of the winners of the NEiTA Founders’ Principals Award for Leadership and the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in 2022.

Head of Newlands 2024 - Hugo Engele

Hugo is the Director of Co-curricular and a member of the School Executive at St Aloysius College in Kirribilli, Sydney, a highly academic Catholic school. He chaired the Pastoral Leadership committee at the school. Hugo has worked in several other leading independent schools in New South Wales in academic and pastoral care leadership roles and will move to Melbourne with his family to become Head of Newlands.

Hugo has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of New South Wales. He has completed the Senior Executive Program at the Association of Independent Schools — the national flagship program from the Association of Independent School’s Leadership Centre. Hugo is also a panellist for the centre. His expertise in the co-curricular, wellbeing and pastoral care spaces will serve the Newlands community and Haileybury well.

I extend my appreciation to Mark Harrop who has done an outstanding job as Acting Head of Newlands this year following the 10 years of excellent service as Head of Newlands by Jane Gibbs. Jane has been Acting Deputy Principal of Haileybury this year and we farewell her at the end of the year as she retires.

Derek Scott
CEO | Principal