Glenealy School Newsletter

12th September 2019

Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

An improvement in the weather this week has been much appreciated by all in school - with plenty of fabulous learning experiences on offer for the children. Year 5 welcomed an inspirational talk from ‘Living Oceans’, our units are in full swing in all year groups, and our girls netball team went out to their first ‘warm up’ competition of the year.

It was also great to see so many parents at the hugely successful PTA Bingo evening last Thursday. Mr Sangster’s bingo calling lived up to its legendary reputation, and the whole of the PTA delivered yet another fabulous event. We would like to thank all the parents who supported the event along with our wonderful PTA for organising this successful and fun evening!

The next PTA event to add to your diaries is the PTA Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held on Thursday 26th September. You can find details of the AGM in the PTA section of the Newsletter below - if you would like to attend, please follow the link and fill in the digital form. We look forward to seeing you all there.

We are pleased to announce that we have a vacancy available on the School Council for a parent representative. Tomorrow, we will send a letter and digital form for you to nominate potential candidates for the position. The letter will explain more about the position - please look out for this separate letter tomorrow.

Next Tuesday morning we will hold our first Parents as Partners workshop in the Library. Heather Darling, our technology coach, will be sharing with parents useful and important information about how to help keep your children safe online by setting up parental controls on digital devices. There is still plenty of space on the workshop - please find details below to sign up.

Thank you to all the parents who filled in our online survey asking which workshops you would like us to run to support your understanding of your child’s learning at Glenealy. You will find a list of proposed events for the year below.

Parents of Years 5 and 6 children please also note the request below for information about each child’s journey to school. We are collecting information about this for health and safety reasons, and we are compiling a record of those older children who walk to or from school on their own. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

I hope you all have a fantastic remainder of the week and a good weekend beyond.

Best Regards,


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Dates for your Diary

Monday 16th September

Vision Screening - for those students who have signed up

Tuesday 17th September

Creating a Safer Digital Home Environment Workshop 8:30 am in the Library

Friday 20th September 3:00 pm

PTA Year 6 Bake Sale Fundraiser - Playground

Thursday 26th September

PTA AGM 5:45 pm - 7:30 in The Centre (adults only)

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 and Parents’ Drinks Evening

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

Come along and join us for delicious finger food, soft drinks, beer and wine as we briefly review the past year and thank you all for your support. Please note that this is a parent/teacher only evening, so come ready to mix, mingle and enjoy the hospitality!

To help us plan the catering, please RSVP using the short Google Form here

For copies of the Agenda, the 2018-19 Report & Accounts please contact Becky on

Year 6 Fundraiser

Year 6 will be kick starting the fundraising with a Bake Sale on Friday 20th September. This year our theme is ‘Carnival’ where we celebrate our happiness and joy with vibrant colours.

We are seeking to strike a balance between healthy and delightful treats with environment friendly and green alternatives. Please send $20-$30 along with your child to enjoy plenty of delicious goodies and exciting games.

Don’t forget to bring along your empty snack boxes to store your yummy treats!

Bingo Evening

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Thank you so much to everyone that attended the Family Bingo night last Thursday. The children all had an amazing time and the experienced based prizes were a real hit thanks to our generous sponsors.

Parents as Partners 2019/20

We would like to thank parents for their survey suggestions for our Parents as Partners events this year. We may add to this programme over the year, but wanted to share the initial schedule with parents at this time.

Details of timings, and registration for each workshop will be announced closer to each event.

Parents as Partners Events

Creating a Safer Digital Home Environment


Tuesday 17th September 2019

8.30 am in the Library Sign Up Here

Teaching of Maths at Glenealy

Parent Circle

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Assessment at Glenealy - Building Understanding for Parents


Wednesday 12th February 2020

Inquiry at Glenealy

Parent Circle

Wednesday 4th March 2020

Social Emotional Learning at Glenealy-Building Resilience


Wednesday 29th April 2020

Understanding the teaching of Language at Glenealy

Parent Circle

Term 3 - Date To be confirmed

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Please click here to register for this workshop

Travel to School Arrangements - Years 5 and 6

The school is currently collecting information about how Years 5 and 6 students travel to and from school. This survey is focusing on Years 5 and 6 because we expect all younger students to either be accompanied by an adult or catch the school bus.

Please look out for the Travel Arrangements eNotice which will be sent out tomorrow.

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-Tomorrow 13th September

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.

Tomorrow, 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.

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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Glenealy Globe

Read the latest article from The Rocking Writers about Kip Giving 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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