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Dance and Aerobics State Finals 

Congratulations to our City Dance and Aerobics teams who performed at State Finals over the past two weekends. They dazzled their audiences on stage and demonstrated tenacity, expertise and teamwork.

It was wonderful to see the teams apply the feedback they received at the regional finals and receive such positive feedback from the judges at state finals.  

Our City 5/6 Dance group, as well as the 7/8 Solo, Hip Hop and Jazz group, have all booked themselves a place at the National Championships on the Gold Coast in August. We wish them good luck! 

Well done to all our Dance and Aerobics students.

Inspirational moments

As we traverse our busy days and weeks, it’s always lovely to seek out those inspirational moments and to reflect upon how lucky we are at Haileybury — and we do like to remind our children and young people of this!

At the recent Sports Awards Assembly for Middle School, we celebrated the City cohort’s sporting success in a variety of Saturday morning sports, as well as our Dance and Aerobics teams’ successes.

We were also inspired by the LEAP Week activities and appreciate that, every day, something amazing happens in our classrooms and in our co- and extra-curricular activities.

I am so proud of our staff who deliver brilliant teaching all day and then lead these wonderful opportunities after school and inspire our young people to find their passion and purpose.

Oliver Jnr

Our Middle School Musical for 2023 is Oliver Jnr. Rehearsals are now happening with the lead characters and full cast. Our creative crew is busy designing props, sets and costumes and our music team is teaching songs. All of this is pulled together by our wonderful drama team.

Please pencil in your diary the performance dates of Wednesday, 2, Thursday, 3 and Friday, 4 August. Tickets sell out quickly so be ready to book on myHaileybury next term. More details will follow.

Early Learning Centre

Hands on healthy food choices

Children in Reception have been hands-on as we’ve explored healthy eating and nutrition. The healthy choices food pyramid has been introduced and children have learnt about foods that we should eat often that help us to be healthy and active.

We also explored different fruits of the season and the children were delighted to make their own orange juice. Many hands were squeezing and juicing before enjoying the fruits of their labour. While the texture of orange pulp was interesting to some, all children enjoyed the experience and learnt more about healthy food choices and how those choices benefit our body.

Around the world in Pre-Prep

Pre-Prep children are deepening their knowledge and understanding of the world around them with a globe of the world in the Pre-Prep room leading to a number of conversations and explorations of other countries and cultures.

Children have been excited to spin the globe and choose a new country to explore. So far, we have ‘visited’ Sudan and Madagascar, with children learning more about the customs, cultures and traditions of these countries.

This has led to discussions about our own backgrounds and those of our families which have been identified on our Pre-Prep world map. We look forward to continuing our journey around the world, developing an understanding and respect for diversity and enriching our sense of belonging.

Junior School

Ships Ahoy!

Our Junior School students are thrilled with the wonderful gifts we have received from HPF City. We have particularly enjoyed an incredible time aboard the newest addition to our Level 3 terrace — the play boat! Students’ imaginations have well and truly been unleashed as they have taken command of the seven seas of the terrace.

It is safe to say that the play boat, complete with two steering wheels, two chalkboards and a toy telescope, has quickly become the centrepiece of their young adventures. We are very grateful to HPF City for their generous donations which have made our days more magical.

Junior School House Athletics Carnival

On Friday, 2 June, the Junior School House Athletics Carnival unfolded for students from Prep to Year 4. The fun-filled event kicked off shortly after recess at the Collingwood Harriers Athletic Club in Clifton Hill. A range of track and field events awaited the eager participants, allowing them to demonstrate the skills they have mastered during PE classes.

The carnival was a huge success and fostered a sense of friendly competition as students vied for points to contribute to their House leader board. The Year 4 House Captains boosted the lively atmosphere with House-themed accessories and well-rehearsed chants.

And the winning House for 2023 was ... Main!

Disco supports social justice

Our City Junior School Disco Night brought together students for an afternoon of fun, friendship, song and dance in the Level 2 Drama space.

Students could also purchase a specially curated Disco Party Pack for $5.00 that included disco-themed goodies and accessories and allowed our School to contribute to a worthy cause. All the proceeds from the Disco Party Pack sales were donated to Melbourne City Mission to support our commitment to social justice and making a positive impact within our community.

Middle School

Middle School in Action

On Thursday, 1 June, Years 6 and 8 families joined their children in their classrooms on Levels 4 and 5 to learn more about Haileybury’s brilliant teaching and learning program that students experience each day.

In Year 6, students and their families had to ‘crack the code’ using their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. Once students were finished, they worked with their special family guest to make their own code.

Class 8.1 provided an insight into Startup, Haileybury’s entrepreneurship subject where Year 8 students form teams and build their own business startup to solve a real-world problem that they are passionate about. The boys and their families began creating their first prototype of a product or service.

Class 8.2 worked alongside their parents and families to complete missions based on their Humanities History unit which is studying the Black Death — a plague that swept through Europe in the 14th century.

Class 8A, with the input of their families, designed a coat of arms after discussing the origins of heraldry in Medieval Europe and its key symbols. This was part of their unit studying feudalism and social organisation in the Middle Ages.

Class 8B had their special guest assist them to complete a Tarsia puzzle to find unknown angles in triangles and quadrilaterals.

Middle School in Action is a wonderful opportunity for families to engage in a Middle School lesson and strengthen the connection between home and the school. The students were thrilled to have their special guests in the classroom and to demonstrate their growth and love for learning.

Off to Marysville

From Monday, 5 to Friday, 9 June, the Year 8 boys and girls set up camp in Marysville with students from Haileybury Berwick. Sleeping in cabins and tents, this experience helped prepare the students for the more rigorous expedition in Year 9. It was also an opportunity for them to disconnect from their electronic devices and to further connect with students and staff and have fun.

Many skills developed in the outdoors can be transferred to the classroom, such as teamwork and problem solving. Highlights of the camp included rock climbing, cycling, canoeing, hiking, and preparing and cooking camp meals.

Adventures in Phillip Island

The Year 5 girls and boys and their peers from Haileybury Berwick attended a three-day camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort from Monday, 5 to Friday, 9 June. Features of the trip were visits to A Maze’N Things and Antarctic Journey, koala spotting, surfing, the flying fox, archery and the giant swing.

The 80-acre resort provided cabin accommodation and a base for the students as they built new friendships and strengthened existing ones. A wonderful time was had by all.

Caroline Merrick
Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Cocktail Party

We hope everyone has had a lovely long weekend and enjoyed a few winter nights out and about. It is definitely winter now!

The HPF City Cocktail Party a couple of weeks ago was a great evening. We have collated the funds and can proudly say the event raised $7,300 from the live and silent auctions, the raffle and balloon pops.

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the live auctions and a huge thank you to Baden Lucas, Mark Sutherland and Cherie Tomkin from Lucas Real Estate Docklands for donating their time to support us with the live auctions, raffle and announcing the silent auction winners. They provided many laughs during the evening and assisted us in our fundraising efforts.

Also, we thank all the wonderful Haileybury City families who donated auction, raffle, lucky door and balloon pop items. Our HPF Executive Committee was extremely appreciative of the generosity of so many families. Thank you, everyone. All the donated items, big and small, contributed to the wonderful amount we raised this year.

Without the support of the HPF City, the night would not happen. I would also like to personally thank Michelle White for spending many hours collating items, organising suppliers and generally pulling the night together. Michelle, the night was such a success due to your wonderful efforts.

In addition, we thank Vicki Huang, Sarah Hitt, Melissa Tolani, Jane Woolard, Selena Zhang, Jade Wisely and Angela Farbridge-Currie for assisting with setting up and keeping things running during the night. The entire night is truly a team effort, and this team is pretty amazing!

We also thank Breanna Whitehead, Megan Rapp, Gabe Di Martino, Teni Brown and the facilities team who helped make the campus space look fabulous. The HPF City would also like to acknowledge the many hours that Caroline Merrick and her Executive team at City put in to make the cocktail party a success. We also thank the very talented Middle School Jazz Combo for providing some swinging tunes during the night.

So, you may be asking, what are we doing with the funds that were raised? Well, HPF City are proudly purchasing the following items for the school:

A class set of scooters
Junior School:
Pirate boat and reading canopy
Middle School:
Air hockey table
Senior School:
More items of gym equipment

In addition, $2,000 was raised at the time of ticket sales and during the night towards the future HPF City Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship will provide a full scholarship from Years 7 to 12 for a child who would not normally be able to receive a wonderful Haileybury City education. With every dollar donated, we are getting closer and closer to that aspirational goal.

Thank you for everyone’s efforts to create a great night and I look forward to the 2024 cocktail party!

Second-hand Uniform Shop

A reminder that the Second-hand Uniform Shop will be open on Friday, 16 June from 8.00 am – 9.00 am. So, if your kids have had a growth spurt in Term 2, you might need to pop in and top up the wardrobe in readiness for Term 3.

We are just in the process of finalising our Term 3 event. Keep your eyes on the myHaileybury app for details.

We hope all the Year 9 students who departed on their Options and Expeditions Camps have had a wonderful time. I know my house will be very quiet for the next 10 days!

As Term 2 closes, I wish everyone a lovely school holiday break and hope you get time to relax, recharge and make some lovely family memories. Stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.

Melissa Fisher
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends City