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Welcome to our new staff

Our school year has just begun and it has been exciting to welcome 30 new staff to Haileybury Rendall School.

Due to continued growth in our enrolment numbers, new staff were needed to teach new classes, while, post-COVID, other teachers have joined us because they have returned to their home region after working interstate. Of course, Darwin also has the most transitory workforce of any capital city in our nation, too.

The new staff included 21 teachers with the remainder being corporate staff or teaching assistants. They have joined us from across Australia and New Zealand and at a time of national teacher shortage, we were thrilled with the quality and quantity of applicants wanting to join HRS.

Two staff are from Haileybury Melbourne and several others join us from Victoria. We also have three staff members from New Zealand and new teachers from Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia to join our talented group of locals.

They enjoyed a two-day induction run by our Deputy Principal, Felicity Pearson. The experience was a true Territory affair and included a special Welcome to Country and Saltwater Ceremony at Lake Alexander in Fannie Bay. This was run by Larrakia elder, Trent Lee, and several Executive staff also attended.

In true Darwin style, staff then attended the Sailing Club for dinner and drinks and to enjoy the sunset and the obligatory downpour — after all, it is the wet season. Beautiful!

Celebrating our VCE results

The 2022 VCE ATAR results achieved by our small cohort of 28 students were pleasing, and overall, 36 students graduated from HRS last year. We were also pleased that 10 of these 2022 graduates were Indigenous students who worked through the VCE to achieve an ATAR or completed the VCAL certificate.

As we now move into our sixth year, our Year 12 cohort sizes will grow and we have around 120 students in each year of our Middle School who are progressing through HRS.

Our destination data showed that many of our graduates are commencing further study and are entering universities across Australia — Adelaide and Melbourne are the most popular destinations. In the last three years we have seen an average of 16% of our VCE graduates achieve ATARs over 95, which is a great endorsement of our learning programs and wonderful teaching.

We look forward to another exciting year in Darwin!

Andrew McGregor
Principal, Haileybury Rendall School