Glenealy School Newsletter
24th October 2018
Message from Brenda
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,
Welcome back! You will recall that on the last day of half term, our school community wore casual clothing and donated money to support the HK Community Chest charity. We raised a total of $13,150. Thank you so much for your generosity.
It’s Book Week time! ‘Languages Matter’
The children are very excited as Book Week officially starts today with lots of fun competitions and visits from authors to inspire children to read for pleasure and information. The authors will also share the ways they capture their audience through their writing. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring the author visits.
Come along to the Book Character Dress Parade this Friday morning at 8.40 am. If you are in need of a good coffee to start your day, make your way to the PTA table where refreshments will be provided for parents.
PTA School Fair - Secondary school volunteers
We are looking for ex-Glenealy school students who would like to volunteer to help with our School Fair.
When? The evening of Friday 23rd November.
Every year we welcome back many students for this occasion and they have a wonderful time and we really appreciate their help. If your secondary student would like to help out please fill in this form.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Our SEL assembly this week summarised many of the ideas that we covered during the first half-term. This are included below for your reference. Please take time to ask your child to explain these ideas to you.
Being thankful and grateful
Leadership organisation for next week
Next week the Year 6 team of students and teachers, along with additional school staff, will attend their two day camp on Lantau Island. The Senior Management Team (SMT) will be attending the ESF Senior Leadership Conference at ESF Centre in Quarry Bay from Monday-Wednesday. I will be contactable by email if urgent, however, other staff will stand in as Acting Principal during this time.
The arrangements are as follows: Chris Angelosante will be acting principal on Monday and David Benzie on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please, direct any SMT related inquiries to the office and Pam or Rekha will pass these on to Chris or David.
We look forward to seeing you at the Character Dress Up Day this Friday!
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 24th-Friday 26th October
Mini Book Week
Friday 26th October
Character Dress Up Day and Parade- 8:40 am Lower Playground
29th - 31st October
SMT at Leadership Seminar ESF Centre
Box of Hope donations
Monday 12th November
Friday 23rd November
PTA School Fair- 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Lower Playground
Monday 26th November
Year 1 and Year 6 Immunisations
Friday 30th November
The Fair is coming!
The PTA Committee has already started planning for our annual School Fair on Friday 23rd November. This wonderful community event is a highlight of the school calendar, featuring performances by all year groups, delicious international cuisine, some great shopping with our external vendors and lots of fun games for the kids.
If you’re planning a clear out over the half-term holidays, remember that we will be collecting for our second-hand book stall and last year’s very popular ‘Spin and Win’ game will be returning. Start collecting jars and things to fill them, click here for inspiration and ideas! We will also be collecting new or nearly-new toys, games and puzzles in good condition – gently loved items only please. We will advise collection dates and times in the newsletter – watch this space!
The PTA also welcomes donation of new items – toys, shoes, clothing or accessories – to sell at the Fair. If you have contacts in import/export or know someone wanting to move quality samples, please get in touch with Becky by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Bake Sale
Year 3 will be hosting a Halloween themed Bake Sale on Friday 2nd November. More details to follow in next week's Newsletter.
We still have a number of prizes that have not been claimed from the Bingo evening. Please contact Becky at email@example.com if you won a prize on the night and are yet to receive your tickets.
Box of Hope
The Box of Hope is an annual charity project aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong & Asia. Many Hong Kong schools donate things to help these children to bring a big smile on their faces. What you have to do is fill a shoe box with some things and then wrap it with some colourful or nice paper.
Details of the items and how to pack the box can be found on a special label that the Events Team of Year 6 will give to each class on Thursday.
The drop off dates for the filled boxes are the 5th- 9th of November. The deadline will be on 9th November so make sure to remember! When you bring your Box Of Hope to school, please drop them off to either Mr. Sangster or Mr. Buckley’s office . Like they say, charity begins at home!
If you have more questions, go to the Box Of Hope website here or ask us. We can be found in the 6B & 6S classrooms.
The Marvellous Media Mavericks,
Hayley Stork, Koel Malhotra and Noa Yoon
Top Tech Tips
Books Vs. E-Books
With Mini Book week happening at Glenealy, it leads to the debate about whether books or e-books are better for young readers to engage with. As always with children and technology use, there is no simple answer. This article from The Independent explains both sides.The key advantage of a paper book seems to be the opportunity for bonding with family members and a reduced chance of being distracted as you read. However, there are suggestions that e-books can help reluctant readers become engaged whilst with older children who read independently, there is no real difference.
There are many e-book subscriptions that you can try, for example https://www.getepic.com/ which has a free 30 day trial for when you cannot get to the Glenealy School library
Quarry Bay School Workshop- URSTRONG
Quarry Bay School is pleased to announce that they will be hosting URSTRONG, an internationally recognized Social Emotional Wellbeing program, on Thursday 25th October.
The aim of URSTRONG is to empower children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. To learn more about URSTRONG and their programmes please watch this short video which describes the impact of URSTRONG on children and parents around the globe.
URSTRONG will be holding two Language of Friendship workshops on Thursday, 25th October at Quarry Bay School. The workshops have been designed for parents/carers to attend with their children.
Parents can register via the attached electronic advertisement/poster:
-Language of Friendship Jr. (Years 1 and 2 plus parents) from 4.30pm to 6.00pm
-Language of Friendship (Years 3 to 6 plus parents) from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
If you have any questions or queries regarding this event then could you please contact URSTRONG directly using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you at one of the workshops.
Quarry Bay School.
Ms Mina DUNSTAN
Quarry Bay School (Hong Kong)
Ph: +852 2566-4242
6th Annual Terry Fox Run 2018
The Terry Fox Run Hong Kong is coming soon on Saturday 3rd November and this year will be held at ESF Renaissance College.
The Terry Fox Run Hong Kong aims to continue Terry Fox’s “Marathon of Hope” and keep his aspiration of a cancer-free world alive. Since its Hong Kong debut in 2013, the Terry Fox Run has become one of the key charity events in Hong Kong.
All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting cure-oriented, biomedical cancer research in Hong Kong.
For more details visit: http://www.terryfox.org/hongkong/
Has your child's visa status changed?
As a reminder, all children attending an ESF school need the appropriate and valid visa status to do so. Please inform the school if your child's visa status changes. For more information refer to the Immigration section on the ESF website.
Read The Marvellous Media Mavericks news column about Book Week,Year 5 Camp and The Community Chest.
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