Campus News

As the Haileybury Rendall School (HRS) term came to an end on Friday, 24 September, we look back at a very busy period.

We made the most of the great weather towards the latter part of the dry season and some highlights included our Year 9 experiential adventures to Lake Argyle in Western Australia, the Outdoor Education VCE excursion to Kakadu and the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award trip to Maguk, near Jabiru.

Other special events were our popular Footy Colours Fundraising Day, the inimitable Book Week Parade, House Cross Country across the School and our Family Movie Night under the stars.

Thank you to all staff, students and parents for helping to make Term 3 another rewarding and successful one at HRS. It was unusual for us in the Northern Territory due to a three-day lockdown that caused some disruption and we thank everyone for their understanding and support as we moved to home online learning for the first time.

We wish the best to our Year 12 and Units 3 and 4 VCE students who will take part in the General Achievement Test (GAT). They enjoyed revision lectures at school during this ‘holiday’ period as they prepared for their final examinations.

Hopefully everyone in our community finds some time to relax and refresh and to get ready for the final stage of the year. Stay safe!

COVID-19 Update

As I hear the daily news of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading through New South Wales and Victoria, I always take a moment to think about my friends, family and colleagues down south.

We know that Victorian schools have now been closed for around 220 days. In the Northern Territory, we have so far been fortunate to avoid these inconveniences and have only experienced two short lockdowns this year. The Howard Springs quarantine facility team has done a brilliant job containing coronavirus cases.

Our first lockdown occurred across the June–July school holidays. Then, our main responsibility was keeping our Early Learning Centre open for the children of essential workers and maintaining a skeleton staff onsite to keep the School running.

In Week 5 of Term 3, Darwin and surrounding regions went into a full three-day lockdown. The Territory locked down ‘hard and fast’ and, incredibly, there was no spread from the one case detected in our community. During this period, Haileybury Rendall School quickly and successfully moved to online learning for all students from Transition (Prep) to Year 12.

Since then, we have continued to enjoy our freedoms with no further community cases. School life has been largely unaffected.

Working Towards COVID-Normal

Medical experts across the country are now urging us to do all we can to get vaccinated against the virus. We are advised that the way to achieve COVID-normal will be strongly connected to population vaccination levels.

Northern Territorians are getting vaccinated at similar rates to the rest of the country and the NT Government is now providing the opportunity for children aged 12 and over to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Parents are able to book and organise this privately, but the vaccines are also coming to schools as a convenient alternative.

Haileybury Rendall School will be part of this school-based vaccination program. Middle School and Senior School students can receive two doses of Pfizer vaccine between September and November and we are currently seeking parental permission for this.

Years 11 and 12 students will receive the vaccine first, before the start of the VCE examination period. A team of local health professionals will oversee the vaccine process at the School.

We wish the very best to everyone across our country in these challenging times.

Andrew McGregor

Principal, Haileybury Rendall School