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I hope that the time away from classes has provided an opportunity for our students to get some well-earned rest as well as spend some time on examination preparation. Revision sessions have been running online throughout the holidays and were planned so students could cater for their individual revision needs and have some time away from screens.   

For our Year 12 students, the last few days are often filled with mixed emotions. Feelings of excitement at beginning life away from school have to be contained by a strong commitment to finishing the year well and preparing for examinations. 

All staff have only positive things to say about the way in which our Year 12s have persevered during the past two years—they have earned the lifelong admiration of all who have worked with them. 

My best wishes to you all and sincere thanks for your support during these challenging times. 

Year 12 Jumpers

Year 12 students had a choice to have their jumper posted to them and almost 300 jumpers were sorted and posted. We hope to see our students wearing the jumpers at school soon.

Year 12 Kahoot Night

Our Prefects recently organised a Year 12 Online Kahoot Night that saw students enjoy some much-needed relief from studying. They battled it out on topical questions such as which teacher once played in a heavy metal band and what are the four pillars of our School? It was wonderful to see Year 12s relaxed and having fun. 

ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership Awards

The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognise students across Australia who demonstrate leadership and teamwork in school and the broader community, and who display values integral to Australian society, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and ‘mateship’.

This year, Haileybury is very pleased to announce that Angus Niggl (Year 10) and Tilly McCarthy (Year 12) were successful in their nominations. 

Angus has been involved in community projects since a young age and volunteers at his local community centre assisting younger students to catch up on their work. He is trusted by his peers who elected him as their SRC. He is a natural leader, a compassionate listener and a great organiser who nudges his peers positively towards participation

Tilly is a strong advocate for the LGBTQI+ community. This is demonstrated by a presentation she made for IDAHOBIT Day that was shared among other cohorts and campuses. Most impressive is Tilly’s ability to make every member of a team feel heard and valued.

An Entrepreneur in the Making

Toby Coutts has always had a creative flair and tried a few different avenues before founding his clothing brand, Dawn Wear Co. The Year 12 student wanted to share his passion for clothes, skateboarding, music and art.

It hasn’t been an easy journey and, naturally, there have been a few setbacks along the way. When issues arise, Toby seeks advice from established businesses and has developed his communication skills as a result.  

Another challenge for Toby has been juggling school and business but he enjoys the contrast between the two commitments and is learning something new about running a business every day. 

His advice to any young Haileyburian wanting to start a business is: "Just stick at it and work really hard because people will support you no matter what. If people don’t like what you’re doing, don’t get disheartened, just keep doing what you love.”

2021 Science Olympiads

The Australian Science Olympiads are a national enrichment program for secondary science students. This year, 41 Haileybury VCE Science students completed challenging exams across Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

The following students were awarded a High Distinction, which places them in the top 10% of participants in Australia:

Sarah Shing (Year 11, Berwick)—Biology

Kloe Lashkariov-Lee (Year 11, Berwick)—Biology

Andreas Luo (Year 12, Keysborough)—Biology

Brian Yab (Year 10, Keysborough)—Biology

William Gu (Year 10, City)—Biology

Deelaka Suraweera (Year 11, Keysborough)—Chemistry

James Trembath (Year 11, Keysborough)—Chemistry

Carl Lu (Year 11, City)—Chemistry

Lauren Yim (Year 11, Keysborough)—Physics

The following students were awarded a Distinction, which places them in the next 20% of participants in Australia:

Jasnoor Daler (Year 11, Berwick)—Biology

Hivin Silva (Year 11, Berwick)—Biology

Nathan Chew (Year 11, City)—Biology

Anirudh Kathirvel (Year 11, Keysborough)—Biology and Chemistry

Sam Nielsen (Year 10, Berwick)—Biology

H Vishwajith Weerakoon (Year 11, Berwick)—Biology

Yenul Rajapaksha (Year 11, Berwick)—Biology

Aarush Dasyam (Year 11, City)—Biology

Arnav Chauhan (Year 11, City)—Biology

Andreas Luo (Year 12, Keysborough)—Chemistry

Lauren Yim (Year 11, Keysborough)—Chemistry

Tess Schutz (Year 11, Keysborough)—Chemistry

Lila Ni (Year 11, Keysborough)—Chemistry

Deelaka Suraweera (Year 11, Keysborough)—Physics

Olivia Taberner (Year 11, Keysborough)—Physics

Congratulations to all our award recipients on their outstanding achievements.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Congratulations

Congratulations to Chirandith Suraweera (Year 11 Keysborough) who has completed the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award! This is a wonderful achievement.

Pam Chamberlain

Senior Vice-Principal (Student Welfare) and Head of Senior Schools 

Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough (HPFK)

Haileybury HPFK Facebook Page

This year, our target is 900 Haileybury HPFK Facebook Group Members. If you would like to connect with our community, please join our Facebook page by clicking on this link.

If you have any queries, or would like to contact the HPFK, please email:

Lenice Norris

President, Haileybury Parents & Friends Keysborough