Glenealy School Newsletter

21st August 2019

Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


It has been a really busy successful week and the school is already in full swing.


It is always good to see the children engaged and excited in their learning, and it has been a pleasure to visit classes this week - and to get to know the children.


Thank you to all the parents who came to the coffee morning last Friday - it was a pleasure to meet you and receive such a warm welcome from the community. I am looking forward to seeing more of you over the coming days. In particular, we are looking forward to greeting you all this Thursday for the Meet the Teacher Evening. You can find more details about the event below.


As many of you know, each week we introduce a key Social Emotional theme, within our Social Emotional Learning programme. This week’s focus is the concept of ‘empathy’. We have been having some great discussions about empathy, and how we can show this in our daily lives. It is particularly important at the start of the school year to support students forming new friendships as they transition into their new school or class.


Supporting Children at Glenealy

We have been asked by a number of parents about how we are supporting children who may be feeling anxious during the current period of civil unrest in Hong Kong. We would also like to provide parents with some strategies they may be able to use to support their children, should they show any signs of anxiety at home.


At Glenealy, and across all ESF schools, student safety is our top priority. This includes keeping our students safe from emotional anxiety or stress. We have lots of systems in school to support children, and the teachers have received guidance on how to ensure children feel supported if other children talk about the current unrest in HK, or if they have seen something that unsettles or worries them. These systems for support are similar to those used when children are upset for other reasons. All staff are ready to use their professional expertise to support the children in should they present signs of anxiety or distress.


In terms of our practical response to any unexpected events in HK, we would like to reassure parents that as a school we have very well established systems to notify parents should there be any issues with transportation or collection from school. Should you have any issue with transportation around HK, or in collecting your child from school, please do not hesitate to contact us through the usual channels. In addition to our Glenealy procedures, we have the support of ESF as a whole, who are in close communication with the school about any potential disruption that may occur and I will report this to you as soon as it is received.


We will monitor the support that we are providing for our students regarding any anxiety they may feel, and will continue to adapt our support to the individual needs of children.


How can parents help support children who feel anxious?

Feelings of uncertainty, anxiety about the future may be caused when hearing the news about events in Hong Kong and other places. Our children may be affected by such news and it is important that parents are aware of ways they can help their children manage, should this happen.

Parents can help provide opportunities where feelings can be discussed within a safe context, as well as maintaining a sense of normality, routine and calm. Supporting children will enable them to process and manage their feelings and build resilience. The suggestions below are equally relevant to anything that may cause a child anxiety.


The following suggestions may be helpful:

1. Reassure children that they are safe and are genuinely valued by the adults around them.

2. Let children know that it is alright to be upset – all feelings are OK, but not all behaviours.

3. Maintain a normal routine and spend time listening to what your children need to tell you.

4. Emphasize resilience: Focus on the child’s competencies, in terms of their daily life. Help them see they have many strengths to help them cope if feeling anxious or upset.

5. Note the healing nature of sharing feelings. Sharing worries or feelings of upset with other family members reduces a sense of vulnerability and isolation and raises optimism and self esteem.

6. Create opportunities for strength building: Be aware of your child’s strengths, the activities your child is good at and encourage them to take part

7. Provide opportunities for children to share their feelings. Consider books or artwork that will allow opportunities for the discussion or expression of feelings.

8. Provide opportunities for physical exercise. Exercise is valuable in developing natural chemicals in the brain to help us cope with feelings such as shock or worry.

9. Communicate any concerns with school. If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s emotional behaviour please do let the school know. There will be things the school can do to help further.

10. Look after yourself. A time of stress can mean less energy and more potential for illness for you, as well as others. So please take care of yourself.

If you have any concerns about your child please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher or any member of the Senior Leadership Team here at Glenealy.


Island School Principal Stephen Loggie - Coffee Morning at Glenealy

Friday 30th August

Stephen Loggie, Principal of ESF Island School will be holding a coffee morning at Glenealy on Friday 30th August at 8:30 am in the Library. This will be an opportunity for parents of Year 5 and Year 6 children to informally meet him and have coffee.


It will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about Island School and the open day for parents which will be held in September.


Let’s have a safe and enjoyable week.


Chris

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Dates for your Diary

Thursday 22nd August 6:00 pm

Meet the Teacher Evening

Monday 26th August 8:00 am

Tetrapaks collection - Playground

Wednesday 28th August 8:30 am to 9:00 am

PTA Welcome Coffee Morning - Playground

Friday 30th August 8:30 am

Stephen Loggie to meet Year 5 & 6 parents- Library

Thursday 5th September 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

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

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Welcome Coffee Morning

The PTA are hosting a Welcome Back to School Coffee Morning on Wednesday morning, 28th August. New and returning parents are warmly encouraged to join us in the playground to celebrate the new school year and to welcome Chris Briggs to the Glenealy community. Join us for tea, coffee and a chat straight after drop off at 8:30 am in the Playground.

Family Bingo Night – Everyone welcome!

The ever popular Family Bingo night is coming! This is always a sell out event and tickets are limited. Tickets are $90 each which includes entrance and 1 slice of pizza. Additional pizza, popcorn, cake and drinks can be purchased on the night.

How to order tickets

Step 1) Complete Google form

Step 2) Send payment - Send your cheque (payable to Glenealy School PTA Ltd.) to school in your child’s diary or leave it in the PTA tray in the school office. All payments must be clearly labelled with child's name and class.

Step 3) You will receive a confirmation email on receipt of payment

Step 4) Bring confirmation email with you on Bingo night to receive your pizza token

Please note: There will be no hard copy tickets issued.


Old School Uniform

Donations of old uniform for re-use and recycling can be dropped off at the PTA Uniform Shop on Friday 23rd August - 8:15 am.


Looking to get involved? Opportunities in the new school year

Why not join the PTA and bring your skills, ideas and enthusiasm to the heart of our school community. This highly rewarding role offers the opportunity for you to provide your input and help organise some fantastic events. We welcome all new ideas and thoughts.

Please contact Becky at pta@glenealy.net if you are interested in hearing more.


PTA Subscriptions

Thank you to all families who have paid their PTA Subscriptions for the 2019-20 school year. If you have not yet done so, please forward your payment as soon as possible. Your family will have received an invoice from ESF Centre for PTA Subscriptions. Payments can be left in the PTA Tray in the office or posted directly to ESF Centre (details on the invoice). The PTA thanks you for your support.

Please click here for the information from Nurse Sue on upcoming screening tests and inoculations.

Tetrapaks Re-Cycling

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Please scan for more information about the initiative and how to prepare your packaging:

Or click here

Extra Curricular Activities

Please see the list of Extra Curricular Activities and provider details at the end of each week's Newsletter. Parents need to contact the providers directly to arrange the classes for their children.


Note:

Mr Mok's Tae Kwon Do class is offering a special free trial lesson on Friday 30th August 2019 from 3:00 - 3:30 pm.

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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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.


MONDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Soccer

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • BANANA ART CLUB (Art)

Michelle - 6020 5476

bananaartclub@gmail.com


  • FOUNDATION ACADEMY (Film Makers)

Vivian Chan -3107 8810

vivian.chan@foundationge.com


TUESDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • Brownies

Penny Donowho - 9181 7318

pennykennington@hotmail.com


  • CHESS CLUB

Yin Ping Ho 2884 1420 / 9215 2682

hoyinpingchess@gmail.com


  • CENTER STAGE STUDIOS (Musical Theatre)

Imogen Taylor - 5236 7960

admin@centrestagestudioshk.com


WEDNESDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Basketball & Gymnastics

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • THE CLASSROOM BY MG (Litteracy)

Mary Godridge - 9103 4378

mgodridge@gmail.com


THURSDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • ACTIVE KIDS (Science Adventures)

Elsie - 3480 4199

info@activekidshk.com


FRIDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • MOK'S TAEKWONDO SELF-DEFENCE (Tae Kwon Do)

Charles Mok - 9494 7636

mokstkd@hkstar.com


  • ACTIVE KIDS (Stormy Chefs)

Elsie - 3480 4199

info@activekidshk.com



  • BRILLIANT LEARNING (Sanskriti)

Geetnajali Dhar - 9830 0612

geetanjali@sanskritiglobal.org


SATURDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis, Gymnastics & Fencing

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • READ FOR MEANING (Reading)

Mary Barker - 2523 0062 / 9401 4559

marygbarker@hotmail.com