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Nude Food Week

Cox House recently led a fantastic environmental initiative across Newlands called Nude Food Week. Students in ELC, Junior School and Middle School were asked to bring ‘nude’ lunch boxes, meaning no pre-packaged foods or plastic packaging that would end up in the bin.

Not only did this initiative promote environmentally sustainable lunch boxes, it encouraged healthier food choices. A competition was held across ELC and Junior School and the class with the most rubbish-free lunches throughout the week received ‘nude’ lollies. Middle School students also had daily opportunities to win a prize.

Wear it Yellow

On Friday, 2 June Newlands is having a Social Justice event called Wear it Yellow for Children’s Ground.

Children’s Ground is a not-for-profit run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that aims to create a better future for generations to come. They provide learning, health and wellbeing opportunities for First Nations children, and community and cultural development.

The HPFK will provide a Newlands sausage sizzle with sausages and drinks for sale and vegetarian and gluten free options available. All money raised will be donated to Children’s Ground.

Early Learning Centre

ELC Parent Information sessions

Newlands ELC Parent Information sessions continue this term. ELC parents valued the opportunity to participate in CPR training during the recent First Aid training session by Helen McGrath.

The next presentation is by Anne Muscatello, an experienced child therapist, who will talk about the work of a play specialist and how children benefit by learning how to process their understanding of social or emotional difficulties during their play. Please see the Haileybury ELC app for further details.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week was recognised across Haileybury with many special events.

Newlands ELC launched a take home book project where children take turns to take home an Indigenous story picture book to read with their families. The children and their families are learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and ways of being and belonging.

The ELC children also participated in creating a Sea of Hearts where they decorated hearts, wrote messages of support and planted the hearts at the entrance to the ELC.

Child care subsidy revision

The 202324 Federal Budget announced adjustments to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and these changes come into force in the new financial year. Under the plan for cheaper child care, the Government will lift the maximum CCS rates for around 96% of families earning under $530,000. The revised CCS will automatically be calculated through the Qikkids portal.

Junior School

Thank you, Ganga Giri

To close off Reconciliation Week, the Junior School were treated to an entertaining Didgeridoo performance from Ganga Giri. Ganga Giri has gained the respect of Aboriginal didgeridoo (yidaki) players for his unique approach to didgeridoo playing.

Deeply inspired by the sacredness of Australia’s land and how that feeling can be expressed through the didgeridoo, he has become an ambassador for his country, offering his world-wide audience a reflection of contemporary multicultural Australia.

It was an absolute privilege to have him visit our school and it was an extremely valuable learning experience for all.

Year 4 Worawa Visit

Year 4 students will venture on an exciting excursion to Worawa Aboriginal College to take part in a Sports Reconciliation Carnival. This will form part of the Junior School’s National Reconciliation Week activities. 

The day will begin with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country. The students will then participate in cultural activities such as Indigenous painting, Aboriginal dance, Indigenous games and face painting. 

The Year 4 students will also participate in netball, volleyball, football and basketball clinics and games and they are looking forward to this amazing opportunity.

Middle School

Make a splash at House swimming

Middle School students will hold their annual House swimming event at Newlands on Tuesday, 6 June. This will be an opportunity for members of each House to build camaraderie and demonstrate their House spirit as they cheer on their peers in the pool.

Participation is crucial to earn points for each House, so students are encouraged to jump in and swim in the individual events, team relays and novelty races. Good luck to all competitors!

A Symphony for Year 5s

Year 5 students from across Melbourne will watch a special school performance of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall this year. 

Our Year 5 GMS students will take part in an Art and Music excursion on Friday, 9 June and the Year 5 BMS students will have the same opportunity on Friday, 18 August. They will tour the National Gallery of Victoria and the Vault. This excursion links with Haileybury’s Year 5 Band Program, where each student can learn a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument for a semester.

Camp Marysville

Students in Year 8 will participate in a five-day outdoor experience at Camp Marysville from Monday, 29 May and build their camp craft, problem-solving and teamwork skills. The days will be spent rock climbing, hiking, cycling and camping out. Nights will be spent in tents and in cabins and students will prepare and cook all meals for themselves under the supervision of Outdoor Education Group and Haileybury staff.

We wish our staff and students well as they embark on this exciting journey.

Channel 31 Star!

Congratulations to Lara Marinkovic (Year 5) on her involvement in the production of the Serbian CH 31 community program.

We acknowledge the wonderful work and commitment Lara is showing as she volunteers her time to give back to the community.

Lara not only interviews guests on the program but is involved with the production and direction of each segment. She is a great example of how Haileybury students are extending their skills while giving back to our community.

Watch more here.

National Reconciliation Week

As part of National Reconciliation Week, Middle School students experienced traditional storytelling in the form of dance and song from 'Bandol Tati' meaning 'Small Ant Brothers'.

Bush Tucker

Lionel Launch, CEO of Living Culture and proud Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalong man, offered an enlightening presentation on Indigenous bush tucker and medicine plants.

Mark Harrop

Acting Head of Newlands (Keysborough)

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

HPFK Luncheon 2023

What a fabulous turnout for the annual Haileybury Parents and Friends Keysborough luncheon. Thank you to Dr Nicholas Grigsby, Deputy Principal, Head of Senior Schools for being our special guest speaker.

Our delicious food was served by our VCE VET Hospitality students and our brilliant and talented Senior School musicians created a wonderful ambience.   

We look forward to making 2024 even bigger!

HPFK Uniform Shop

Opening times for the remainder of Term 2 are:

Day Date Hours
2, 9, 16, & 23 June
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
17 June
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fundraising BBQ volunteers, please

This year the HPFK Fundraising BBQ is raising funds for Children’s Ground, a not-for-profit run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to create a better future for generations to come.   

If you can volunteer on Friday, 2 June between 10.00 am – 2.00 pm for this worthy cause, please email us.

Lenice Norris
President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough