Campus News

A Warm Welcome

I look forward to warmly welcoming all our students, staff and families back to City campus this term. Our Senior School students will be the first to return and then there will be a staggered return for the Early Learning Centre, Junior School, Middle School and the remainder of Senior School.

In the meantime, we continue to keep learning in our remote classrooms with our brilliant teachers. We trust you have enjoyed a restful break and are looking forward to the final term of 2021.

Sharing Language and Strategies

At City, we value the partnership we share with parents in the academic, social, emotional and physical development of children and young people. As educators, we understand the importance of empowering our community with the shared language and strategies that we use at Haileybury City to cultivate our students’ mindsets and skillsets.

At City, we value the partnership we share with parents in the academic, social, emotional and physical development of children and young people. As educators, we understand the importance of empowering our community with the shared language and strategies that we use at Haileybury City to cultivate our students’ mindsets and skillsets.

In ELC, we are learning to ‘squeeze lemons’ and manage big emotions with new skills and tools. Our Junior School students are understanding the importance of being in the ‘Learning Pit’ and working hard to climb out the other side with practice, focus and determination.

In Middle School, we have been learning tenacity and gratitude by focusing on excellence in all that we do.

To our Senior School students, we wish you every success in your upcoming exams. Finally, we send our best wishes to our Year 12 2021 Graduates during their final term at Haileybury City.

Early Learning Centre

Mindfulness in the ELC

Children in Reception and Pre-Prep have engaged in a range of mindful activities as we continue to expand our cognitive toolkits to support emotional regulation.

Ms Olivia Cosgrave, our Haileybury City psychologist, ran a mindfulness session for Pre-Prep children. She introduced breathing routines and Pre-Preps learned to trace a ‘figure 8’ with their finger—inhaling for one half of the figure 8 and exhaling for the other half.

Children have also been squeezing lemons. By pretending to hold and squeeze a large lemon, children have been assisted in releasing muscle tension and supporting emotional regulation.

Crazy Hair Disco

With a trip to the hairdresser not being possible due to COVID-19, City ELC organised a ‘Crazy Hair Disco’. Children in Reception and Pre-Prep expressed themselves and were very creative as they danced the day away.

Following the huge success of the Middle School musical, and with a number of our ELC children attending the online premiere, songs from The Lion King were a popular disco request. Children boogied to Baby Shark and Let it Go with the cast of Frozen, in an active and exciting day.

Junior School

A Year of Growth

As we begin the last term of 2021, we can reflect on an excellent year of growth in the Junior School. Our students have been cultivating their mindset and skillset for three terms and will continue to do so in Term 4. 

Our Junior School students have embraced James Nottingham’s Learning Pit and are recognising that learning often involves confusion, challenges or thinking you know the answer. In addition to this, the language of needing to work hard and using support networks to achieve success has become commonplace in the Junior School.

This understanding of the learning process, coupled with their commitment to grow and improve, will provide our students with the ability to continue to cultivate their mindset and skillset this term.  

World Teachers' Day

Our Junior School students appreciate the work that our teachers do each and every day. There are many ways in which our students show their appreciation—sometimes it’s a simple ‘thank you’ and other times, it’s a smile. 

Tuesday, 5 October, is World Teachers’ Day and it provides students with another opportunity to show gratitude and thanks to their teachers. We know our teachers appreciate kind messages from their students and we look forward to all that this day brings. 

Middle School

Term 4 Learning and Celebrations

We hope that you enjoyed a relaxing break and the opportunity to switch off from devices for at least some of the holiday. With the announcement of a staggered return to the classroom, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the Middle School back to campus in the coming weeks. 

This term promises to be another exciting one as we host our Girls’ Night In and BMS Games night, move into 2022 classes on Up Day and farewell our Year 8s as they graduate from the Middle School and move to the Senior School.

Teachers in the Spotlight

Tuesday, 5 October, is World Teachers’ Day—a day to recognise the hard work of teachers all over the world. We would like to take this opportunity to show our sincere gratitude to the City Middle School staff for their ongoing commitment and dedication to their students.

Below is a short message written by Middle School Captains Bhuvi Diwakar and Maximus Trinder to the Middle School teaching staff:  

We know that at Haileybury, we are so fortunate to be educated and inspired by the most dedicated and caring teachers. Every day you manage to weave your teacher magic into our lessons, where you inspire us, empower us and enable us to find our voice, passions, resilience and courage.  
From the Middle School to you, thank you so, so much! The support and passion you have provided us with is incomparable, especially in uncharted territories like these. We can proudly say that, throughout our lockdown experience, we didn’t miss an opportunity, an assignment or any knowledge we would have gained in the face-to-face environment. 
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”
Alexandra K. Trenfor

Caroline Merrick
Head of City

Haileybury Parents & Friends City (HPF City)

Cocktail Party Rescheduled

Hoping all our families had a rest during the low-key school holidays. It’s wonderful that our students will soon be back on campus in Term 4! This will be very welcome for students, parents and teachers alike!

Fishing out the school uniforms may reveal some short pants or dresses. However, we are unable to provide a pop-up Secondhand Uniform Shop on campus at this time. Our SHUS Coordinator Extraordinaire, Alice Johnson, has a list of all items available and we are exploring contact-free options. 

Our Cocktail Party has been rescheduled several times and is now pencilled in for Friday, 19 November. We are hoping to be able to enjoy the City Rooftop. Please watch out for more information on the myHaileybury app as we have some great auction items available on the night. Our thanks to Michelle White for collating all items donated by our families.

HPF City is also proud to continue our annual donation of $1,500 to each of the schools on campus to purchase items specific for their area. We are also working towards a larger body of work to raise funds for gymnasium equipment for all students.

COVID has caused much disruption to all of our lives, however, we are indebted to the amazing teachers and staff at Haileybury City. We would like to recognise their excellent work over the past two terms of online learning. We encourage families to support our HPF City initiative and find out more on the myHaileybury app.

Continue to stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing happy faces back on campus soon.

Nina Brooks and Nadine Bissland

Co-Presidents, Haileybury Parents & Friends City