Haileybury has, of course, worked its way through another year marked by the challenges of COVID-19. The extraordinary work of Haileybury staff, and the support from the students and families, has ensured that Haileybury students have continued their academic learning at the same pace as they would have had we been face-to-face for the full year. What this edition of the Haileyburian shows is the remarkable extent to which Co-curricular Programs have been adapted and that students have been able to participate in a wide range of experiential learning activities.
Brilliant National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results highlighted the exceptional Academic Program delivery during lockdowns. The strength of building strong project-based learning on top of a focused core skills program was highlighted by the outstanding quality of work that came out the Year 8 StartUp subject which involved detailed collaborative research, preparation, ideas and budget development all feeding into a project pitch.
I had the pleasure of being one of the judges for the final of the Start Up Pitch via Zoom which included two teams from each Melbourne campus and two from Haileybury Rendall School, Darwin. The passion, drive and commitment were all in evidence and the students’ presentations were outstanding because the enterprising spirit of each team was able to draw upon sound education foundations to present and express its ideas. I hope you enjoy reading about the Pitch finalists in this edition.
Schools exist to deliver the best outcomes they can for students. This works when you have brilliant teachers. Stewart Bell (Director of Performing Arts) has been one of the very finest. He has impacted positively on thousands of students during his time at Haileybury and has built one of the finest schedules of Performing Arts programs in a school. Right to the end of his time Stewart’s passion for drama and student performance remained strong. He leaves on a high, in spite of COVID-19.
It is because of brilliant teachers like Stewart and the School’s focus on strong education foundations, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, that Haileybury parent, staff and student satisfaction survey results remain at such a high level. I am always appreciative of the very high participation rate of the surveys and, with 12 years of longitudinal data, the results are of great value to us as we seek continuous school improvement.