Glenealy School Newsletter

22nd May 2019

Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,

Save the date: Principal recruitment presentations.

Thursday 30th May in the Centre at GS. Please arrive at 6:00 pm for the briefing before the first candidate presents at 6.15 pm. The evening will last for approximately 90 minutes. Please RSVP here. For more details please see the note below from Andy Lowe, our School Council Chair.

Shenzhen Year 6 Excursion

The Year 6 team travelled to Shenzhen for their 3 day excursion last week. Thanks to Phil and Pam for the organisation and to Phil for leading the excursion. This is always a highlight on the calendar and the children certainly had a brilliant time. The staff were so impressed with the Y6 students. They were cooperative, grateful, respectful, fun, creative, risk takers and were caring towards each other. They were a pleasure to be with and they all stepped out of their comfort zone at different times. A big thank you to all the adults who attended the trip. We all slept very well over the weekend, that’s for sure!

We will be hosting a reciprocal visit with Nankai School on Thursday this week. We look forward to meeting our Shenzhen buddies again and working alongside them at Glenealy School.

Only 5 weeks to go!

Yesterday we met all of our new Year 1 students and their parents for their Induction Day. It’s amazing to think that we are at that time of the year again with about 5 weeks until the end of the academic year. As a reminder, school finishes for the year, for all students, on Friday 28th June at midday. The HK Government has now gazetted all public holidays for the year ahead so this Glenealy Calendar for 2019/20 is now the master version. Please take special note when booking family holidays to ensure you stay within the holiday periods.

Kind regards


Update on Principal Recruitment by Andy Lowe (School Council Chair)

I am very excited to confirm that our whole GS community will soon have the opportunity to meet the three excellent candidates that have been shortlisted for the role of Principal. Their bios will be shared prior to them presenting at school next week, and you may be interested to know about the process that each of them will already have gone through by the time you get to meet them.

In addition to having had one-on-one meetings with Brenda and members of the ESF senior team, they will also have attended eight panel interviews with representatives from all the different constituents across our GS community and the Foundation including:

· A GS senior management panel

· A GS teachers panel

· A GS parent panel

· A GS support staff panel

· A GS student panel interview

· An ESF principals panel

· An ESF / School Council panel x 2 (including CEO, Director of Education and School Council Chair)

Candidates will also have visited our classrooms and interacted with a very broad group of students as well as all of our teachers. They will present to the whole community on a topic which we believe will be of interest to you. If you haven’t yet done so, please save the date: Thursday 30th May at 6.00pm.

By attending this presentation you will have the opportunity to participate in this important selection process directly by giving your feedback on each of the candidates. Your input will be carefully considered alongside the many different perspectives that will have been solicited at each stage in the process and then a final panel interview will be conducted on the morning following the presentations. The final panel comprises:


• Director of Education

• ESF Board Representative

• Principal Representative from a sister ESF school

• Chair of GS School Council

• Teacher Representative from GS School Council

• Parent Representative from GS School Council

Whilst the final selection decision rests with the CEO I am sure you will take great comfort from the rigour of this process and from knowing that many different stakeholder perspectives are sought across the entire community.

Please do come and support the school, help us welcome each of the candidates, and participate in this important event.

Thursday May 30th - 6:00pm briefing, 6:15pm first presentation

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Dates for your Diary

Friday 24th May

Junior Choir Performance 8:30 am-9:15 am

Thursday 30th May

Principal Candidates' Presentations to the Glenealy Community 6:00 pm

Thursday 6th June

Glenealy CPD day- no school for students

Friday 7th June

Public Holiday- Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival

Tuesday 11th June

Year 2 (recorder) & Year 3 (violin) Performances 8:30 am-9:30 am

Tuesday 18th June

School Council Meeting (off-site) 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Thursday 20th June

Year 5 Evening Showcase "The Influencer" 6:00 pm

Friday 21st June

Brenda's Farewell PTA Morning Tea 8:30 am

Friday 28th June

End of Term 3 - school closes at 12:00 noon

PTA News

Farewell to Brenda

We know that many parents would like the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to Brenda. The PTA will be hosting a morning tea on Friday 21 June at 8.30 am, after drop off. Please join us for tea, coffee and light snacks.

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Battle of the Books

On Thursday 2nd May 2019 a team of students from Year 5 and Year 6 competed in the Hong Kong Battle of the Books at Kowloon Junior School. The teams had to read up to 20 titles over the last year memorising the titles and the names of the authors. They then had to identify events from them in a high pressure competition. The students who took part were just some of the students who joined the Battle of the Books activity at the start of the year. Thanks to everyone who participated and was able to enjoy such a wide variety of excellent books. A big thank you to Ms Stones and Mrs Pullinger who coached the students throughout the year.

Our teams did an excellent job, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1 round. They came 3rd in a very tight competition separated by just a few points. Our Year 6 students are looking forward to taking part in the senior event next year whilst our Year 5 students will build on this year’s experience as they join in the Battle of the Books in Year 6.

We all look forward to reading the new selection of brilliant books… the list will be out soon, so you don’t have to wait long to join the Battle of the Books 2020.

If you are in Year 4 or 5 then speak to Ms Stones or Mrs Pullinger and you can get a head start for next year’s ‘BOB’ over the summer.

Congratulations once again to our Glenealy Battle of the Books semi-final team who did themselves and Glenealy proud.

Mr Sangster

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Cricket Tournament

I'd just like to share how our team did at Happy Valley last Wednesday May 15th. As a group of Year 5s playing in an U11's tournament they more than held their own, winning two out of five games. There were sixes hit, maidens bowled and wickets taken in a morning filled with many individual and team highlights.

I'm very proud of their efforts and attitudes.

They were wonderful representatives of Glenealy School.


Andy Pattison

PE Coordinator

Messages from The Green Team

Tetra Pak Recycling

GREAT NEWS!...........We have found a recycler who is going to recycle tetra packs and juice boxes and we are setting up a regular collection point at school at school for our community. We need your help to collect the packaging. (only tetrapaks please e.g. juice boxes and milk cartons.)

To prepare your packaging for recycling, you need to cut it open, clean it and leave it to dry. It won’t take up too much space to store ready for the collection day. It’s one way to reduce how much rubbish that goes to landfill.

We will be collecting the packaging before school on the playground on Monday 10th June.

We have made a movie to help you prepare your tetrapaks for recycling.

Preparing Your Tetra Pak For Recycling

Take your action for World Ocean Day

Plastic Free Seas Hong Kong is running a beach clean up on Saturday 1st June between 2 - 4 pm in Discovery Bay (at Sam Pak Wan). Please come along with your family to take part and help be the change. This is great action to take in connection with World Ocean Day. See details below on what to bring.

Mrs Walters and Mrs Rutowski will be volunteering on the day to take action too. If you have any questions feel free to contact these teachers or visit We hope to see you there to make a positive difference.

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Transfer information for students

At this time of year, some families may be moving to other countries and schools. If any documentation or assessments are required for your child's new school, please contact Rekha, the School's Admission Secretary directly to arrange this at

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LIKE- The Movie

Invitation to documentary screening


ESF will host a special screening of the documentary, LIKE on 28 May 2019, to open up a dialogue between families, community leaders and experts.

About the documentary:

The event will feature a viewing of the film, followed by an informative panel discussion led by the director/producer of the film, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix - Scilla Andreen, Dr Emily Wong - Professor at the University of Washington and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at HKU; and Tim Conroy-Stocker - ESF educational psychologist.

Details for the screening of LIKE are as follows:

  • Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
  • Venue: Renaissance College, 5 Hang Ming Street, Ma On Shan, New Territories (click here for directions)

Fee: HK$100 per person

It will be on a first-come-first-served basis and better suited for children of 10 years old or above.

Click here to register

Registration deadline: Monday, 27 May 2019 at 12:00 pm

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The Journey: An exploration of Art- an ESF Community project

This exhibition highlights the many artistic talents of our students across the ESF Schools, from kindergarten through secondary school, PIS and special school. The exhibition is not just a journey through the years of our schools, it represents the way in which our young men and women grow and develop as people. The art works cover a wide range of media. This is a 10-day art exhibition and it's opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday 24th May at 4:00 pm. Feel free to come along and see the exhibition!

Details are:

Theme: The Journey: An Exploration of Art

Exhibition dates: 24th May – 2nd June 2019

Venue: K11 art space, B2/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Time: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)

(Free admission, open to public, opening ceremony special guest - Mrs. Belinda Greer)

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/Glenealy Calendar for 2018/19

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

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ESF Calendar for 2019-20

Please find the final version of the next academic year's calendar here.
Glenealy Globe

Meet our new columnists in the Hall of Fame!

Glenealy Brownie Pack

The Glenealy Brownie Pack has available places for girls in Y3 and Y4 starting this term. The Brownies meet from 3:00 to 4:30 on Tuesdays at Glenealy School. Brownies is run by volunteers and our fee for each term is $400 or less.

We offer a varied programme that aims to equip the girls with the knowledge and skills to become more independent and to develop their character. They learn in a fun, non-formal way by having a go and doing a wide range of activities that may include sewing, first aid, crafts, personal care, safety etc. Brownies is structured to give the girls opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership skills. The highlight of each year is an overnight camp in dormitories where they can put the skills they have learnt into practice.

Our pack belongs to the Hong Kong Girl Guide Association and is part of the Worldwide Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. If you would like your daughter to join the Brownie Pack, please complete the application form and email it to

Extra Curricular Activities Term 2 2018-19

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