Glenealy School Newsletter

10th April 2019

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End of Term - Friday 12th April- school closes at 12:00 noon.

Remember to dress in casual clothes!

Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

Thank you for the messages and feedback we have received from the community about the passing of Ricky, our much loved and respected Site Manager. We will be supporting the family, and paying tribute to Ricky, in the following ways:

  • A community collection has begun and money, cards, notes, pictures etc. can be placed in boxes which will be on the playground every morning from 8:15 am - 8:30 am for the remainder of this week.

  • We will compile the tributes and emails we receive into a Memory Book, which will then be passed on to Ricky’s wife and daughter, Alman and Abigail, some time after Easter.

  • If you wish to send a donation, could we request they be put in the separate box from messages of sympathy. Any further donations will be collected and passed on to the family, along with the Memory Book, after Easter.

  • There will be a tribute to Ricky at assembly this Friday 12th April. We will hold the assembly downstairs from 11.15 am -12.00pm. You are all welcome to attend. We don't want to make this too sad for the children or adults but we do want to acknowledge the special man he was and that he will be missed by all of us. There will be a number of other assembly items too, including snippets of the Year 6 exhibition, a couple of songs from the Year 5 choral concert and an opening number by the school orchestra.

I know Ricky's family will be very appreciative and it will be another way of showing what a special community we are…..’a small school with a big heart!’

ESF Choral Concert

Our year 5 students performed superbly as part of the combined ESF Choral Concert. Thanks to parents and family members who supported the event and congratulations to Mr Benzie and the students for a brilliant performance. They sung the roof off the Queen Elizabeth Stadium!

Year 6 Exhibition

Yesterday the full school had the pleasure of getting a first ‘sneak peak’ of the Year 6 Exhibition. The dress rehearsal went very well with students showing in-depth knowledge of their area of study, speaking and performing with passion and pride. I’m sure their performance will dazzle the crowds tonight! Good luck Year 6. A huge thanks to the Year 6 team; Nia Sexton, Louise Bott, Elaine Pullinger and Jennifer Shiu. Staff from all over the school helped out in a variety of different ways. It’s been a great team effort with superb results and outcomes for all students. They have inspired us all to Take The Lead and to explore how Ordinary People Can Do Extraordinary Things’.

When we choose to make a meaningful difference, we become an everyday leader: Someone who promotes well-being on both an individual and a collective level.

As a reminder school will close at 12 midday on Friday and children may wear dress casual on this day.

Happy Easter and happy holidays!

Kind regards


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Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 10th April

Year 6 Exhibition Evening 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Friday 12th April

End of Term 2 - school closes at 12:00 noon

Monday 29th April

Start of Term 3

Wednesday 1st May

Labour Day -school closed

Thursday 9th May - Friday 10th May

Year 4 camp

Monday 13th May

Day following Buddha's Birthday- school closed

Tuesday 14th May

School Council Meeting 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Wednesday 15th May- Friday 17th May

Year 6 Shenzen trip.

Thursday 6th June

Glenealy CPD day- no school for students

Friday 7th June

Public Holiday- Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival

Tuesday 18th June

School Council Meeting 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Friday 28th June

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

P.T.A. News

Uniform Recycling

The PTA are partnering with the Year 6s and will be collecting second hand uniforms at the PTA shop on the playground this Friday 12th April at 8.15 am-8.30 am and on Monday 29th April at 8.15 am-8.30 am. We welcome your donations of secondhand uniform, which will be responsibly recycled and used overseas.

Medical Room News

Chicken Pox

Since our last email, we have had two further cases of Chicken Pox. These cases have come from two separate year groups. We are still in close contact with Hong Kong Department of Health and they continue to monitor the situation with us.

As before, please can you check your child before school for any fever, spots or rashes. Should any rash be found, please take your child to the doctor.

Please find attached an information sheet.

Could you please also inform us as soon as possible if your child presents with these symptoms or contracts the virus. Please send the doctor's certificate if your child has been confirmed with chicken pox.

Mosquito Spraying Measures

Just to let you know that the Food and Environment Hygiene Department (FEHD) has carried out spraying on the slope last week. They have also passed the matter to the Highways Department as they are responsible for slope maintenance.

Our gardener is going to spray the inside plants during the Easter holidays too. It is difficult to control at certain times of the year. The nurse has additional spray which can be applied if a child needs during the course of the day.

Please do not hesitate to contact us over the coming days should you need any further information.

For those children who aren't well, we wish them all a speedy recovery.

Nurse Sue

Year 6 Exhibition Actions

Old Uniform Collection

Dear Parents,

My name is Noa and I am in Year 6. My Exhibition group is working on "Sustainable Community" and we are looking into how to reuse clothes. We are collecting used (but clean) uniforms from all year groups at Glenealy School to donate to the Crossroads Foundation.

Donations of old uniform for re-use and recycling can be dropped off at the PTA Uniform Shop/ or Year 6 on Friday 12th April from 8.15 am -8.30 am and on Monday 29th April from 8.15 am - 8.30 am.

Remember: You will not be able to use the old style uniforms after the end of June at school anymore.

Thank you to all families that have already recycled old school uniforms. The PTA sent 16 large bags of recycled uniform to Crossroads Foundation at the end of last term, for use overseas. Click here for more information on the wonderful work this charity does. Glenealy is committed to responsible recycling and re-use of our old uniforms. We will be arranging further collections of the old-style uniform later in the year.

Thank you.

Noa Yoon 6S

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P.E. News

UNICEF Kid Power Update

As we approach the half way point of this programme, almost every Glenealy School student is now enrolled and taking action to make a positive difference. The ongoing support from our community is something that we can be truly proud of.

We are looking forward to hearing about all of the exciting and interesting ways that our students will increase their step counts over the Easter holidays. If your family is travelling over the break, please remember to take your charger cable with you and keep it in a safe place.

Andy Pattison

Physical Education Coordinator

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Growing up Online- Information Evenings for Parents

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan McLean's famous 'no-nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.

Please register on the links below if you are interested.

The cost would be $200 per person.

Thursday 11th April 2019


Lost Property

There are lots of unclaimed items on the Lost Property shelves outside the Nurse's room.

Can all parents and caregivers check if there is anything in Lost Property that belongs to their child/ children as any remaining items will be cleared and donated to charity this Friday 12th April.

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 Draft Calendar for 2019-20

Please find the Draft version of the next academic year's calendar here.


The start date for 2020/21 shown for indication only. We recommend individuals and families avoid making travel plans for August 2020 until the school start date and back to school work date are confirmed.

Glenealy Globe

Scarlett Gannon (5A) shines on stage. Read More 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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