Glenealy School Newsletter

14th November 2018

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,

Glenealy School Fair - Friday 23rd November 5:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you all at the School Fair which is only 9 days away! Please keep up to date by reading the PTA section of the newsletter and any emails that are sent out by the PTA over the next week. As a reminder, children will need to leave the campus at 3:00 pm that day to enable an effective set up of the school grounds in preparation for the 5:00 pm opening. If your child has an after school activity - they must be closely supervised at this time. It’s going to be a fun evening! Thanks to everyone who is donating time, food, cooking skills and working collaboratively with the PTA team to make this a fantastic community event.

Sports Day

Andy Pattison (PE Teacher) has prepared additional information for you about Sports Day. This will be emailed to you today. As a reminder:

When: Friday 30th November

Timings for Parents: Years 3-6 activities will begin at 10:00 am

Years 1-2 will begin at 11:00 am

Where: Kowloon Cricket Club, 10 Cox’s Road, Jordan, Kowloon

Transportation: All children will travel by bus to the venue from school

You may take your child home directly after the closure of the Sports Day.

A bus will be returning to school for those students who are unable to return home with their parents. A separate e-notice will be issued regarding this early next week.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Our SEL assembly this week focused on having a Benefit Mindset. You will have heard of a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, but what is a benefit mindset? A benefit mindset builds on a growth mindset, where we not only seek to fulfill our potential, but chose to do it in a way that promotes well being on both an individual and collective level. So what might this look like?

In assembly we watched 2 excellent videos and asked the children to work out what the people in the video were doing to show they have a benefit mindset. I would encourage you to watch these videos again with your child and discuss these ideas as a family.

Here are the video links: Video 1 and Video 2. They are inspiring videos and I’m sure you will enjoy them. The concept also connects perfectly with our mission statement of making a positive difference. Below is a visual to show how we can use a benefit mindset on a daily basis.

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Box of Hope

Many thanks for your generosity. What a wonderful way to make a difference to someone else less fortunate. The Journalists Team have shared more details with you in the main body of the Newsletter. Again we have shown that we truly are a ‘small school with a big heart'!

Kind regards


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Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 20th November

Kevin Tibble's Technology Workshop 8:30 am-10:00 am at Glenealy School

Friday 23rd November

PTA School Fair 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monday 26th November

Year 1 and Year 6 Immunisations

Friday 30th November

Sports Day

Thursday 6th December

Honk the Musical 1st performance 7:00 pm

Saturday 8th December

Honk the Musical 2nd performance 6:00 pm

Thursday 13th December

Christmas Carol Concert - afternoon- Family members welcome

Friday 14th December

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

Monday 7th January 2019

School resumes for the start of Term 2

PTA News

The School Fair is almost here!

New! “Rewards for Recycling” at the Bar

Every year, our children let us know that they are committed to saving the planet and supporting a Green Glenealy. Every year at the School Fair, the PTA encourages all our families to recycle their bottles and cans. Every year, bottles and cans end up in the garbage bins.

This year, we are asking our Fair-goers to put their money where their thirst is and support a new initiative – “Rewards for Recycling” at the Bar.

Every empty can or bottle returned to the Bar will be rewarded with a $10 Glenealy Money voucher to spend at the Fair. To support this initiative, all bottles and cans will be sold with a $10 premium on the price. If you recycle, you get the $10 premium back. If you don’t, we thank you for your extra cash donation. We look forward to an outstanding recycling effort this year!

And remember – reduce waste at the School Fair by bringing your own plates, water bottles and cutlery from home – don’t forget your own boxes to take away delicious food to enjoy later!

Special thanks to Swire Coca-Cola HK, for their long-standing support of the School Fair.

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Silent Auction

The ever-popular Silent Auction has a new look! Along with old favourites like Principal for a Day and Movie Night in the Library, you can bid for personalised photographic collages of your child’s year at school. A winning bidder in each year group will have the exclusive opportunity to get an insight into their child’s unique experiences at school. Please see the catalogue here for further details.

Children’s Performances

Children in each year group, the Choir and Orchestra will be performing at the following times:

Year 1 – 5:30 pm

Year 2 – 5:40 pm

Year 3 – 5:50 pm

Year 4 – 6:00 pm

Year 5 – 6:15 pm

Year 6 – 6:30 pm

Choir – 6:45 pm

Orchestra – 7:00 pm until 7:15 pm

Volunteers Needed

Thank you to those who have already offered to help. If you would like to volunteer for a 30 minute slot please complete the Google Form here.

We are also looking for Glenealy Alumni volunteers. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and help at the same time. The Google Form for Secondary School students to sign up is here.

Glenealy Money

Skip the queues at the Fair. Pre-sales of Glenealy Money will take place in the playground daily from Monday 19th November until the day of the Fair (Friday 23rd Nov) at the following times:

8:15 am – 8:45 am and 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

All food, drinks, games and PTA stalls accept only Glenealy Money on the night.

You will need cash if you wish to purchase from any of the vendor stalls.

Tote Bags: New Addition

Our very own Glenealy Tote Bags! Fill them with books, toys, kitchen accessories, shopping, craft boxes, Spin and Win jars, Lucky Dip prizes, take away food and much more! The bags will be on sale on the night of the Fair and beforehand, at the Glenealy Money table from 19th November onwards.

Collectionsfor the School Fair - Monday 19th November – Friday 23rd November

Please bring in your donations to the Glenealy Money table in the playground from Monday 19th November onwards. We will be collecting:

  • Second-hand books

  • Spin and Win jars

  • New or nearly-new toys, games and puzzles in good condition - gently loved items only please!

Glenealy Globe Library

This week’s Tech Tip is a reminder that the Glenealy Library pages on The Globe have many different educational subscriptions including PebbleGo, a fabulous research tool for younger children, as well as the Encyclopaedia Britannica, a brilliant resource for Years 5 and 6. There are also many options for safe search engines which more closely filter results than a simple Google search will. Please keep in mind though, no system is perfect and children should be supervised when they are online at home, as they are at school; this allows for adults to take quick action should inappropriate content be accessed.

"How to Take Back Control" Technology Workshop

Please click on the picture to register

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Glenealy School Sports Day 2018

As you will have noticed in the Dates for your Diary section of the Newsletter, Friday 30th November is our annual Sports Day. This event gives our students the opportunity to display their athletic abilities through enjoyable activities, completing challenges cooperatively with friends and competing as individuals with their peers. A strong focus will be placed on how students measure their own success intrinsically, whether that be achieving a specific goal, being a good teammate or reflecting on their performance for setting future targets.

The event will have a festival atmosphere and parents are encouraged to join us. We expect all of the activities to be completed by approximately 1:00 pm, followed by some presentations which normally last until approx 1.30 pm. All children are expected to stay until the end of the event. More information will be sent in an e-mail today, please keep an eye out for it.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Andy (PE Teacher)

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Thank you to all the students and staff for bringing in Boxes of Hope. The Events Team handed out the stickers and talked about this in assembly, and as a result, everyday a number students walked in and handed in numerous boxes. We estimate that we have over 360 boxes! Which is more than 1 box per child! Once again, thank you to all the students, parents and staff who helped give to this important charity.

The Marvellous Media Mavericks

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 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/Glenealy Calendar for 2018/19

Please refer closely to this calendar for any important events, (e.g . booking your holidays) for the next academic year.

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Glenealy Globe

Poppy Day, Diwali and Year 6 Camp. Read more in the Globe from the Marvellous Media Mavericks.

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