Glenealy School Newsletter

5th September 2019

Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Another great week has passed, and although the weather has been more than a little damp, spirits in school have been very high. It has been fabulous to see the learning in action around the school and the children have begun to get into their Units Of Inquiry with great enthusiasm.

This week we welcomed the introduction of our new Class Parents, who are ready to organise socials, fundraisers and support with communication within each class. If they haven’t already contacted you they will be doing so in the very near future. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered for these roles and to the PTA for organising the introduction for the parents.

Football and netball activities started this week, it was great to see our coaches along with so many children participating in these after school clubs. Please can we remind parents and children that when the bell goes at 3:15 pm, it is time for children who are not waiting for after school activities to leave the school grounds. This helps the coaches and after school clubs to set up for the afternoon activities.

It was nice to greet parents in Year 3 for their Camp briefing - we know the children will have a fantastic experience while on camp later in the term. Briefings and details of other camps with be provided later in the year for Years 4, 5 and 6 and we look forward to some great experiences on all of these.

Thank you to all the parents who responded to our survey, which was sent digitally after the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening, asking parents which workshops or parent information events they would like this year. We are just collating the responses and will publicise a programme for the year in next week’s Newsletter.

Finally. A quick reminder that this evening, for those who have tickets, we have the PTA Bingo - “Eyes down for a full house!” We look forward to seeing you all there!

Best Regards,


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Dates for your Diary

Monday 9th September

Hearing test (for those who signed up)

Friday 20th September 3:00 pm

PTA Year 6 Bake Sale Fundraiser - Playground

Thursday 26th September

PTA AGM (Save the date, more information to follow)

Monday 30th September

ESF CPD Day- no students in school

Tuesday 1st October

National Day public holiday

Wednesday 2nd October 3:30 - 7:00 pm

Three Way Conferences

Thursday 3rd October 3:30 - 7:00 pm

Three Way Conferences

Monday 7th - Friday 11th October

Mid Term Holiday

Friday 22nd November

PTA School Fair

Friday 29th November

Sports Day

Friday 13th December

End of Term 1 - school closes at 12:00 noon

PTA News

PTA Annual General Meeting – Save the Date

We would like to extend a warm invitation to all parents and teachers to attend the Glenealy School PTA Annual General Meeting and Drinks Evening in September.

Details as follows:

Start Time: Doors open at 5:45 pm, wrap up by 7:30 pm

Date: Thursday 26th September 2019

Place: The Centre at Glenealy School

Please join us for complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and delicious finger food. The formalities will be kept to the minimum as we review the past year and thank our amazing community for all your support. Once the meeting has wrapped up, please stay on for more drinks and food. Whether you are new to the school or are back for another year, it's a great chance to connect and catch up. Please note that this is a parent/teacher only event and social evening, so tuck the kids up at home and come ready to enjoy the hospitality!

Year 6 Bake Sale

Year 6 welcome you to their Bake Sale on 20th September. More details to follow in next week’s Newsletter.

Year 1 and Year 7 Admissions - Important information for parents

The Year 1 Central Application period for children born in 2015 has commenced on 1st September and will close on 30th September 2019. Please click here for Year 1 key dates.

For Year 6 students, the submission of the Year 7 secondary transfer application on Gateway commenced on Monday 2nd September and will close on Friday 13th September 2019.

Allocation for secondary schools will be determined by residential zone at the start of Year 6.

For further details, parents should refer to the information available on the ESF website at for key dates and for school zones.

Please note, ESF reserves the right to redirect students based on majority of transferring cohorts in primary school should there be overcapacity at any of the secondary schools. All newly joined Year 6 students are guaranteed a place in Year 7, but not necessarily in their school of zone.

Year 7 offer letters will be sent to parents from the respective secondary schools on Friday 29th November 2019 and the Year 7 deposit payment deadline to secure their secondary school place is Monday 16th December 2019.

Shoes collection for Kenya

Hello, I’m Henry and I’m in 4M.

Over the summer holidays I went with my family to Kenya and while there we worked with the charity KipGiving. We visited some villages and gave kids second-hand shoes that people from HK donated. The kids were really happy and excited. Did you know that in Kenya if you don’t have shoes, you can’t attend school?

I am asking people to help by donating old shoes so we can help kids in Kenya go to school. Instead of throwing your shoes to the rubbish, I will collect them and we will send them to Kenya. If you don’t have old shoes to donate you can help out with the cost of postage by donating $10, or even more if you’d like.

On Friday 13th September, please bring in your old shoes (good quality that may no longer fit you), new socks or a $10 donation (to help with postage of the shoes to Kenya). I will set up a table in the playground next Friday morning before school starts.



Do you want to...

  • help kids in Kenya go to school?

  • prevent sending unwanted shoes to landfill?

  • give shoes to kids who have none?

Without shoes, kids in Kenya cannot go to school!

Please donate:

  • Footwear that doesn’t fit or that you don’t want anymore

  • New socks

  • $10 to go towards shipping the shoes to Kenya.

Bring to school on Friday 13th September 2019

West Island School Open Day

West Island School is hosting an Open Day on Wednesday 18th September 2019.

Please click here for more details and to register. This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the ESF's secondary schools in full action.

Special Talk by Professor Yong Zhao - 7th September

Professor Yong Zhao:

" What Matters: Effects and Side Effects of Education ".

We are delighted to be in the position to offer to our ESF parents' community, Prof Yong Zhao's following Keynote: " What Matters: Effects and Side Effects of Education ".

In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve their greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalizable by the child, instead of personalized for the child.

This presentation will take place on Saturday 7th September at Quarry Bay School, from 9.00 am to 10.30 am.

This is on a first-come, first-served basis - maximum 300 places

Registration link:

Important Reminder

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, you may refer to the Immigration section on the ESF website.

Useful School Forms

Student Withdrawal Form - required one month before the last date of attendance

Medical Authorisation Form - required should your child need to take medication whilst at school, on a school trip or camp

ESF Calendar for 2019-20

Please find the final version of the next academic year's calendar here.
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Meet the Rocking Writers and Burhanuddin 2L wins at Chess. Read more in the Hall of Fame

Extra Curricular Activities Term 1 2019-20

Disclaimer Notice: Glenealy School does not endorse or represent the accuracy, truthfulness or reliability of these advertisements placed by outside agencies. More information on individual activities may be found in the Glenealy Globe.



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