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STEM Week inspires

City campus was a fabulous host for our cross-campus Senior School STEM Conference for students and staff. We love hosting events that challenge people to think, question, wonder and have fun learning.

Our Junior School and Middle School students enjoyed many different STEM activities, and you will have heard some of the highlights from your children and young people. The Junior School Science Fair was exceptional, and the children loved sharing their science discoveries.

A personal favourite was the Middle School paper plane competition, where my magenta plane placed a notable eighth! One of the paper engineers managed to fly his plane across the entire length of the Indoor Running Track. This extraordinary feat indicates the passion our young people have about everything STEM.

We know the world is in good hands when the next generation have a broad set of transferrable skills, combined with a knowledge and passion for science. Special thanks to Caleb Street and Louise Elletson for their leadership of inspiration in STEM Week.

Book Week bonanza

We love reading at Haileybury and each School did something special to celebrate Book Week, as you will read below. I thank Allie Kuhne for her leadership of a great week of activities that were enjoyed by all. Hosting visiting authors, illustrators and book lovers has become a highlight of the event.

Haileybury in Concert is a hit

It was wonderful to see so many Junior and Middle School families in the audience enjoying our Haileybury in Concert at the Recital Hall recently. Seeing our young people perform on a professional stage was a highlight for all.

I encourage families to attend events such as these. Watching so many of our City students play and sing so beautifully was a highlight for all. A huge thanks to Mike England and our entire Music Department.

Early Learning Centre

Everyone loves Book Week

Community is an integral part of our philosophy and is something we value highly at Haileybury City. Joining together for School events has been wonderful and has aided in building a sense of belonging within the School community. Our Book Week Parade was a time for celebration and to foster a strong sense of community with our ELC and Junior School students. It was wonderful to see so many families celebrating Book Week and to see the children in their amazing costumes.

Learning Journal Morning Tea

Thank you for joining us at our ELC Learning Journal Morning Tea. The ELC children enjoyed sharing their Learning Journal and having morning tea with you. It was a time to reflect, build connections and celebrate our learning and growth throughout this year. We look forward to a busy time ahead, with lots of opportunities to celebrate with families and to continue to grow our community connections.

Junior School

Junior School Science Fair highlights

Haileybury City hosted its annual Junior School Science Fair on Wednesday, 16 August. The day saw young minds embracing the role of budding scientists. Students, with the support of their families, crafted project submissions at home that reflected this year’s theme of Innovation: Powering Future Industries. The event inspired innovation and ignited the students’ passion for scientific exploration. It was a memorable and enriching experience for all.

ICAS congratulations

Kudos to Haileybury City’s Junior School students for their remarkable efforts in this year’s International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competitions. Their efforts in spelling, Science, English, writing and Mathematics showcased their true dedication to learning and problem-solving and demonstrated their exceptional higher-order thinking.

Costumes full of character

The 2023 Book Week Parade set the stage for a week filled with literary delight. Under the theme Read, Grow, Inspire, students stepped into the shoes of their cherished fictional and non-fictional characters, showcasing their creativity and imagination. The event not only sparked the joy of reading but also echoed the School’s commitment to nurturing young minds

Middle School

A literary delight

Book Week was a delight for Middle School with our young people being encouraged to read, grow and be inspired. Every morning, the library buzzed with excitement as students solved puzzles before the start of the school day.

On Tuesday, Years 5 and 6 students were treated to a visit by R. A. Spratt who shared her creative journey, discussing the origins of her beloved characters and the secrets behind her storytelling.

On Wednesday, Year 7 GMS students were captivated by an interactive experience with Anna Ciddor who engaged our young historians with her stories of Ancient Rome and how she has infused this passion in her own writing. Meanwhile, the Year 7 BMS students were inspired by Will Kostakis’ beginnings as a young writer and learned how he overcame setbacks, like rejection letters, to share his stories.

Book Week concluded with a day where students dressed as the characters that inspire them. Years 4 and 5 were filled with Harry Potters, green sheep and even characters from the Year 7 novel, The Invisible Hero.

Fathers and significant men celebration

We enjoyed a morning of lawn bowls and fun on Thursday, 31 August, as we recognised our Middle School fathers and special men. Our event was held at Flagstaff Gardens Bowls Club, and everyone enjoyed the festivities and the opportunity to recognise the important role fathers and significant men play in our Middle School students’ lives.

Caroline Merrick
Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

This term feels like it is flying! It certainly has been a busy time, with the students enjoying all the wonderful opportunities that Haileybury provides.

Best of luck to the Year 9 students who are about to head off on their Options and Expeditions Camps. Lots of fabulous times ahead for all these lucky students.

Second-hand uniform shop

As we quickly approach the end of term, it is that time to check which items of uniform fit and which do not. To help with this, the pop-up shop will be open at two different times this term. We are trialling opening the shop at an afternoon time and an early morning time, based on feedback from the second-hand uniform shop survey.

Thank you to all those parents who contributed to the survey. It really does help the HPF with future planning. The donation bins will be out at the end of August for parents to drop off second-hand uniform items. The form and all the details, including opening times, will be provided through the myHaileybury app.

Have a great fortnight.

Melissa Fisher
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends City