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The City awaits

Welcome to all our new and returning City families. We look forward to a wonderful 2023 and to our students learning and growing. We’re sure students are eager to walk through the gates, to see their friends — and to make some new ones.

Our staff have been working hard on planning some great learning experiences and they are very excited to spend their first day with students on Monday, 30 January. All students should arrive in Haileybury summer uniform, including their blazer. Our Heads of School will be at the front of King Street to meet all new families from 8.00 am.

There is always an extra special buzz of excitement in the building on the first day of term and we look forward to welcoming our Prep to Year 12 students.

Congratulations City Graduates of 2022

Our City Year 12 graduates finished the year as strongly as they started. They were focused, determined and worked hard, and our staff were outstanding at teaching, challenging, supporting and caring for every student, every day.

We were thrilled with our students’ excellent Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) results. They were some of the most outstanding results in the state and students achieved the highest results in the School’s 30 year VCE history.

There were many success stories from our City cohort with students scoring over 99 and attaining perfect scores of 50. There is much to be celebrated and we acknowledge the important support of all families.

Great academic results are the product of a strong partnership between students, parents and guardians, and the School and its staff. This partnership starts now as you prepare for the start of the academic year and assist your child to slip back into an early morning routine, ready for the year ahead.

I look forward to seeing you all in person at our upcoming ELC, JS and MS Parent Information Sessions. These are important events where you will hear about goals and areas of focus from our City Leadership team, and the specifics from your child’s Homeroom teacher.

Please pop these key dates into your diaries. Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

Early Learning Centre

Welcome to the ELC in 2023

We have started the new year with smiling faces, new friends and a sense of belonging within the ELC. The principle of ‘belonging’ within our Early Years Framework is of huge importance, as children ease into a new year and new routines.

As Reception children settle into their learning environment, morning routines have provided opportunities for them to develop their skills in independence. Children have shown great pride when carrying their own school bag and placing these into their locker each morning.

Family photos on each locker and located throughout the room provide a sense of connection and belonging for children.

Pre-Preps have welcomed back old friends and met some new friends and our Pre-Prep children continue to develop a sense of belonging as they learn more about their peers, establish and strengthen new and existing friendships, and engage with the environment around them.

ELC Information Session

We invite all parents to attend the upcoming Parent Information Session on campus on Tuesday, 7 February at 9.00 am. The session outlines key components of our program at Haileybury City ELC. Please look for more information via the myHaileybury app.

Junior School

A new start

Jacqueline Gough, our new Head of Junior School, looks forward to meeting all families at our upcoming events and is very excited to welcome our Junior School students onto Level 3. She has been busily preparing for the year ahead and she will enjoy getting to know all our students, especially our new Year 4 leaders who will help her in the Junior School.

All our staff can’t wait to see the smiling faces of students on day one. In Term 1, students wear their full summer uniform, including their school hat, and they must also bring their Haileybury sun hat and water bottle each day.

Now is a good time to try on uniforms and to check everything is ready. Please also ensure your child applies sunscreen before school when the UV level is 3 and above.

Junior School Parent Information Night

We look forward to seeing our Junior School families at our upcoming Information Night on Thursday, 2 February at 6.00 pm. You will hear about our academic program, pastoral care and our ‘Care, Learn, Play’ philosophy. More details on the myHaileybury app.

There is a lot to look forward to in Junior School.

Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School

Welcome back to our returning families in Middle School (MS) and welcome also to new families joining us in 2023. We also welcome our new Head of Middle School (Boys), Brent Ritchie, who is looking forward to getting to know our young men and their families.

We congratulate Carolyn Mansour on her promotion to Senior Deputy Head of Campus and she will also continue her role as Head of Middle School (Girls).

They are both looking forward to an exciting and busy term ahead.

Induction Days

To ensure students are well-equipped and prepared for the year, all students in Middle School take part in two Induction Days at the beginning of the academic year on Monday, 30 and Tuesday, 31 January. This is an opportunity for new students to collect and become familiar with their devices, and for current students to learn about new programs and resources for 2023. Strategies for embracing the new year ahead are also a focus and include organisation, diary management and mastering the timetable.

All Middle School students also participate in camp briefings to prepare them for their outdoor experience and engage in a series of workshops based on respectful relationships.

Setting Goals

The start of the year brings a wonderful sense of renewed enthusiasm and the chance to set new goals. As the school year starts, please remind your Middle Schoolers that:

  • Academic rigour is important. Set goals for your learning and commit to working hard to achieve them. There are many people who will support you, including your parents and family.
  • Be curious about the world around you. Ask questions and interrogate answers to grow your sharp mind. Approach opportunity with a gung-ho attitude and a growth mindset.
  • This is your year to try something new and when the going gets tough, know that you are resilient and capable. With an open mind, you will achieve great things.
  • Treating others with kindness will make your world a better place — that is a responsibility of being a member of our Haileybury community, as you grow a kind heart.
  • Smile and find joy in what you do because there is no greater reward.

MS Parent Information Evening

Parents are invited to attend our MS Parent Information Evening on Thursday, 2 February at 6.30 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet your student’s Homeroom Teacher for 2023 and you’ll hear important information from the Heads of Middle School and other School leaders.

Please put this date in your diary and stay tuned for further information on the myHaileybury app.

“Enter this year with gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.”
Avina Celeste

Caroline Merrick
Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Welcome to 2023 from HPF City

We hope everyone had a wonderful festive season and a fantastic New Year. It has been great to recharge the batteries and enjoy the lovely summer nights that Melbourne has turned on for us this holiday season. The HPF City committee is ready for an exciting year ahead.

As we step into the 2023 school year, we are thrilled to welcome new and returning families to our school community. The ELC new families have already started their Haileybury adventures with eager smiling faces.

It will be lovely to see all the ELC to Year 12 students as we return to school on Monday, 30 January for another great year of learning at Haileybury.

For families new to Haileybury, the HPF City works with Haileybury City campus to engage with families and strengthen ties among our school community. It is so important to have a support network available to you and your young people.

Generally, there is a social representative for each class who co-ordinates a distribution list. Via the distribution list, parents and carers can ask questions such as ‘Do they need sports uniform today?’ ‘Do they have a copy of the maths homework?’ or ‘When is the next HPF City Second Hand Uniform Shop?’ It is a great resource for busy parents and carers.

The social rep is also a great way to communicate any suggestions for events to the committee. The myHaileybury app will keep you up –to date with everything going on around campus, including dates for the second-hand uniform shop.

Our HPF City meetings are open to all. We will formally welcome our new 2023 Executive members and Social Representatives for each level on Monday, 13 February at 7.30 pm via Zoom. Details will be on myHaileybury.

We hope that you can join us as we plan our year of events and discuss the various ways in which we can all get involved. We love to hear new ideas and, as we venture into the COVID-normal world, we are keen to try new ways to bring everyone together. So please come and join us for a chat, make some new connections and get involved.

HPF City Facebook page

Families are invited to join the HPF City Facebook page. A password must be entered before you can access the group to ensure the safety of your children. The Facebook page is a great way to keep in touch with what’s happening around the campus and to receive information about events and reminders and helpful links. We will share this password at our Parent Information Nights.

The Committee and I look forward to a wonderful and successful start to 2023 for all our young Haileyburians. We wish the students all the best.

Melissa Fisher
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends City