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Haileybury’s Reconciliation Action Plan & National Close the Gap Day

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan and continued commitment to promoting reconciliation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on Thursday, 16 March, our campuses supported National Close the Gap Day.

National Close the Gap Day is celebrated annually with an aim to close the gap of health and life expectancy between First Nations people in Australia to those of non-Indigenous Australians.

Students and staff created a ‘Sea of Hands’ installation, an iconic symbol of reconciliation and a way for communities around Australia to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and events.

In 2022, Haileybury created its first Reconciliation Action Plan that encompasses all its Melbourne campuses. Its aim is to celebrate the diverse identities and cultural heritage of staff and students who have come to our school from different communities across Australia. Through a journey of reconciliation, we will continue to create a culturally safe and respectful world-class school.

The School’s Reconciliation Action Plan can be found on the Haileybury website.

Our Edrington community continues to thrive and be a place where people feel welcome. The ELC Family Morning was a relaxed and enjoyable event with families enjoying pancakes, face painting and spending time with some friendly, native animals.

Families also turned up in force at the ELC and Junior School House Athletics and 16 enthusiastic parents took part in the annual parent relay race. The children loved seeing their parents having such fun!

Early Learning Centre

House Athletics

The Reception and Pre-Prep children thoroughly enjoyed being part of the House Athletics afternoon with all taking part in the 100 metre dash!

Zones of Regulation

For several years, Haileybury ELC and JS have worked with speech pathologist, behavioural specialist and social thinking expert, Julie Liptak, to implement the Zones of Regulation and social thinking program across each classroom.

The program helps students gain skills to regulate their actions and this leads to increased control of emotions and better problem-solving abilities. These skills help children socially and support better concentration and learning.

Educators have introduced different ways for children to recognise when they are in different states called zones. Students are taught how to use strategies or tools to stay in one zone or to move from one zone to another. Calming techniques, cognitive strategies, story books and sensory supports are introduced, so children have a toolbox to rely on.

Children are taught to read facial expressions and recognise a range of emotions, to understand how other people can react to their behaviour and to learn about the kinds of things that may trigger emotions. By doing this every day, educators can check in on each child’s wellbeing.

In Term 2, we are looking forward to Julie visiting the ELC again.

Here are some examples of how people feel in each of the zones of regulation.

  • BLUE ZONE: sick, sad, tired, moving slowly, bored
  • GREEN ZONE: happy, calm, focused, ready to learn
  • YELLOW ZONE: frustrated, worried, silly, wiggly, anxious, excited
  • RED ZONE: angry, mean, out of control, I need space.

Junior School

House Athletics

Prep to Year 4 students loved every minute of the House Athletics event, cheered on by family and friends!

Grandparents and Special Friends Morning

We always look forward to seeing our Grandparents and Special Friends at Edrington. On Tuesday, 21 March, visitors will begin the day by being serenaded by our wonderful Middle School students in the Quad before school.

At 8.30 am the children will go into their classrooms and get unpacked for the day. At 8.45 am, the doors will open for grandparents and special friends who will take part in an activity in the child’s room. If you have more than one child to see, please start your day by visiting your youngest child’s classroom.

At 9.30 am we ask all visitors to make their way to the John Twist Hall to hear our ELC and Junior School students sing like angels. We then invite our guests to join us for morning tea in the Sports Hall. As we do every year, we also ask that parents only attend if they are supporting an older person with mobility issues.

Middle School

The House spirit

It was great to see Middle School getting active and getting into the House spirit for this year’s House Athletics competition. Congratulations to Thompson for taking out the first House competition for the year.

Students are now looking forward to the House Cross Country competition where all campuses will take part. This event is scheduled for Term 2 and will be hosted at Edrington.

Off to camp 

On Monday, 3 April our Year 7 boys and girls will leave for camp. The mild weather makes this a great time of year for camps and gives students the chance to develop new friendships through shared experiences and challenges. The camp program is a valuable learning experience. Students challenge themselves to step outside their comfort zone, try something new with the support of teachers and peers and they start to form their own identity away from the comforts of home. 

International Women’s Day

Middle School students celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March. This is an important day on our school calendar when we celebrate and strive for gender equality. The students wore a touch of green or purple and took part in a presentation that outlined the history and importance of IWD. This was followed by a discussion and short assembly.

Jeanette Rawlings
Head of Edrington (Berwick)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Edrington (HPFE)

Hello Edrington!

Di and Kelly are opening the Uniform Shop every Wednesday from 8.15 am – 10.45 am. Thank you to our new volunteers for putting up your hands to assist Di and Kelly! The SHUS is always looking for an extra hand, so if you have an hour to spare on a Wednesday, please contact

Summer Sippers @ The Pavilion tickets are on sale now! Get in quick before we sell out. The HPFE committee has been working hard and gathered some amazing items for our Silent Auction, generously donated by some favorite local businesses and some from a bit further away!

If your business has goods or services that you would like to donate to our Silent Auction, please contact Tracy Day at Here’s a sneaky peak of what will be up for grabs…

  • 1 x Family pass to Luna Park
  • 2 x Bowens Timber vouchers
  • 1 x Family portrait photography session from Emotif Photography
  • 2 nights free accommodation at MACq1 in Hobart 
  • Voucher from Gilda Boutique
  • Noones Voucher worth $200
  • Let’s Unwine $1,000 Cheese and Wine Tasting for 10 to 20 people
  • Shanikas $100 Voucher
  • Autumn Rose Voucher worth $100
  • Berwick Flowers Voucher
  • New York Barbers Shaver

Tickets to Summer Sippers are $25 per person and food, drinks and entertainment are included. Tickets are available to purchase now here.

Important Edrington Community Dates

Date and Time Event Location
Friday, 24 March at 7.00 pm
Summer Sippers (Parent Event), ELC, JS, MS and SS,
The Pavilion

Kerry Ilic & Tracy Day
HPFE Presidents