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Senior student leaders' away day

Sixty years ago this month, Dr Martin Luther King Junior delivered his iconic speech, a plea for equality, tolerance, jobs and freedom. His rallying cry for tolerance and hope is as relevant today as it was then, and the speech remains inspirational to this day as a tool for the teaching of effective rhetoric and persuasive communication. It serves as a model for students the world over who are learning about the power of words and the art of persuasion.

On Thursday, 17 August, 14 of our Senior School executive student leaders took time away from their busy schedules and leadership portfolios to meet at City campus to share experiences of their own leadership journeys and to prepare for future leadership roles and responsibilities post-school.

School leadership teams have a responsibility to develop their student leaders for the future – this is a critical endeavour. Sharing wisdom is crucial to empower creative young people to champion appropriate change and social justice; it also ensures that the most capable young people can challenge and promote positive leadership in a turbulent and disrupted world.

City campus is an excellent environment for creativity, thinking, discussion and the broader exploration of ideas. The overarching theme for the day considered how school-based student leaders can continue to grow and develop as role models and leaders into wider society and workplaces beyond school.

What took place was a wide range of spirited discussion on relevant topics about school life, the quest for constant improvement and about personal and collective responsibilities of the future generations of leaders.

In all, the day was a wonderful survey of leadership education and training, mentorship and role modelling, leadership opportunities, community service and volunteering, empowering student decision-making, encouraging self-reflection, promoting diversity and inclusion, challenging comfort zones, conflict resolution skills, feedback and evaluation and about promoting ethical leadership and strategies for long-term vision.

A resolution at the end of the meeting was for the current student leadership team to return next year to share their initial experiences of post-school life, work and education, alongside mentoring the next and successive generations of Haileybury’s senior student leaders.

Goldstein Youth Forum

On Monday, 21 August, four Year 10 Brighton students (Lucy Poole, Kayla Johnstone, Harrison Roberts and Kennedy Jacoby) attended the Goldstein Youth Forum in the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Parliament of Victoria.

The event was hosted by Federal MP, Zoe Daniel, who listened to groups of local students present on a range of issues that impact teenagers in the Goldstein electorate. These four students spoke wonderfully, and the messages presented will hopefully inform future decisions and policy that lead to positive change in our community for young people.

Pre-Senior Options and Expeditions

Haileybury’s entire Year 9 cohort will spend the final two weeks of term engaged in experiential learning activities around Australia and the world more broadly. Our students will complete their options which have seen groups travel to places as diverse as Uluru, Cairns and the Barrier Reef. It provides a wonderful opportunity for them to diversify their travel experiences.

The Year 9 Haileybury Girls College students will be out on expeditions which involve them completing challenging hikes and sleeping out under canvas. Our students are really building their resilience under difficult circumstances.

VCE trial examinations and revision

Haileybury will conduct a series of trial examinations for students undertaking Units 3 and 4 VCE. These will begin on Tuesday, 5 September and finish on Monday, 11 September in Term 3. A copy of the trial examination timetable is available to students and parents via myHaileybury.

Haileybury academic staff will run revision workshops for Units 3 and 4 studies throughout the September school holidays. Attendance is not compulsory, but families may want to take this into account when planning holidays.

Finding a tertiary pathway

As students move into the VCE years, they and their families often have questions about how their academic pathways at Haileybury match university pre-requisites.

Previously, each Year 10 student received a copy of a VTAC Year 10 Guide to help with this planning. VTAC has now moved all information within this guide to its website. It contains information about VCE subject selection, scaling of VCE study scores and a section called prerequisite and course explorer which provides information on tertiary entry requirements for students entering universities or other tertiary institutions.

While Haileybury will continue to provide students and parents with information about subject selection and university entrance throughout the next three years, this guide is an effective way for Year 9 and 10 families to familiarise themselves with the VCE and tertiary entrance.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is available to all students aged 14 years or older. It is voluntary and students can start at any time.

Currently, we have over 150 students registered and actively completing the award. Information about our Duke of Edinburgh program is available on the myHaileybury app.

Next year we have some amazing trips on offer to all Senior School students and DOE participants. If your child is interested in participating in any of the trips listed below, or they are interested in commencing the award, please email Tamsin Visick or head to myHaileybury for details:

  • Term 1: Cape Otway
  • Term 2: Cultural Exploration, Borneo
  • End of Year Residential Project Bucan Caves

Dr Nicholas Grigsby

Deputy Principal
Head of Senior Schools