Glenealy School Newsletter
23rd March 2016
Message from Brenda
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students
In last week’s newsletter we celebrated the success of the Art Walk and Auction. I’m thrilled to report that as a community we raised $314,000 on the evening. This is a truly incredible amount from a relatively small community. Thanks to everyone for supporting the evening. Every cent of this will go to the redevelopment of our new school hall. The generous prices paid for the live and silent auction pieces were astounding. Thank you!
Alongside this we have received very generous personal donations over the last 18 months. Thank you so much! Please click here to see the list of personal donors who have contributed to the project. If you would still like to make a personal donation, it’s not too late. As always we want to acknowledge everyone who contributes to the school by cooking, buying, helping organising events, giving your time to lend a hand, donating goods and products to sell, sitting on committees, helping with excursions and special class events. Your goodwill and support is greatly appreciated by all of us. THANK YOU for working in partnership with us.
Our Mini Book Week has been a lot of fun this week. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring our author Sarah Brennan who came into school this week. The character dress up day was again a fun event with many creative and clever costumes. Thanks for getting into the spirit of the morning.
Have you filled in the GS survey yet? It was sent to your email by ESF. Only one day to go! Please help us by filling this in; it will only take a few minutes.
Rugby 7’s and supporting the Ben Kende Foundation
Some of you may know of the Kende family. Ben was an ex-Glenealy and Island school student who loved representing his school in all sorts of sport. He was a gifted rugby player and a rising member of the HK rugby community. In 2010 Ben suffered a serious accident playing rugby for HK in Thailand and became a quadriplegic. After the incident, family and friends set up the Ben Kende Foundation in early 2011 to help support Ben in his rehabilitation. Ben has been successful, attending university in Sydney and has gained a lot of independence. His foundation is still active, raising awareness and also helping Ben with further medical care. One of the Foundation’s initiatives was designing a t-shirt and getting members of the HK community to wear this during the week of the HK 7’s, especially on the Sunday at the ground. Jenny, Ben’s Mum has dropped off t-shirts to school to try to help continue this initiative through to the rugby sevens this year.
The shirts will be placed in the playground this afternoon and on Thursday. Students are welcome to take a shirt for your family to help be advocates for Ben’s foundation. If you would like to give a donation then we will pass this on to Ben’s Foundation too. Many thanks.
Wishing you a happy Easter holiday and a reminder that as usual for the last day of term, children can come to school in casual dress.
Dates for the Diary
Thursday 24th March
- Dress Casual!
- Leaver's Assembly will begin at 11.30am
- End of Term - school finishes at 12pm
25th March - 10th April
Monday 11th April
First day of Term 3
Thursday 28th April
Year 6 Exhibition - parents evening
12th - 13th May
Year 4 Overnight Camp at Tai Tam, payment and enotice deadline Thursday March 24th
After School Activities and Supervision
Children in Years 1, 2 & 3
When a child is taking part in an activity immediately after school / 3:15pm, the child should be met at 3pm by an adult who should stay with the child until the activity begins and then ensure the child’s safe return home when the activity ends.
If the activity begins later than 4pm please arrange for the child to be taken home at 3pm and return to school in time for the activity.
Children in Years 4, 5 & 6
If the activity begins later than 3:15pm, then parents need to arrange for an adult to supervise the child until the activity begins and then to ensure their safe return home when the activity ends.
On no occasion should a child be unsupervised in the playground after 3.15pm or before 8.10am.
Supporting Children through bereavement or loss is a very important issue for our children. If your family were to experience this we have some excellent resources available that we can suggest for you or are happy to just be available with a friendly ear should your child need some emotional support during their busy school day. Please feel comfortable to notify us if you wish and feel your child would benefit from this.
Lost and Found
If your children are missing any school clothing please check the lost property area before 12pm tomorrow as there are quite a few named and unnamed articles of clothing to be collected. All water bottles will be disposed off and any non school uniform clothing items will be donated to charity.
Have a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing everyone well rested in April.
Pauline and Sue
Catch me BEING GREEN photo competition
Ask a family member to take a photo of you doing something GREEN – somewhere, anywhere!
You can get ‘caught’ taking action in Hong Kong over the holidays, you could be recycling, on a beach clean up...anything!
The winners will be announced during Green Week in term 3 on the Glenealy Globe.
Photos should be emailed directly to Mrs. Sexton 6S
The Glenealy Globe's 'Wall of Fame' and 'Extra Curricular' have been updated. Please click on the button above to visit the website.
ESF 2016/17 Draft Calendar
Please find the final draft calendar for 2016/17 including the Glenealy CPD days. Please click here to view the calendar online. We do ask when planning your family holidays for the next academic year that you refer to the holiday periods as indicated on the calendar and try to take your holiday during these times.