Glenealy School Newsletter

2nd April 2020

Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As this most unprecedented of terms comes to an end, I am minded to reflect on the various challenges faced across the period. Through conversations with parents and staff, it is clear that we collectively recognise this has been an incredibly difficult period for all here in Hong Kong and for our families around the world.

When, during the CNY break, the HK Government announced an in school class suspension until the 2nd March, many in our community wouldn’t have expected us to be approaching Easter break with still no end in sight. Nor would we have anticipated the rapid or tragic spread of the virus around the world, affecting our families and friends of our Glenealy community far and wide. Our thoughts are with our community and with their families wherever they may be during these unprecedented times.

We started the period of home learning with the clear intention that we wanted to provide students with a continuity of learning, and that we would run our curriculum as close to our regular coverage as possible. As the term progressed, our staff team and our children became increasingly experienced with online teaching tools. It is clear from our parent and student surveys that the community appreciates the development of our online teaching approaches. This development will continue after the Easter break.

We have also seen an increase in student engagement over the period. Not only are we delivering using Zoom as a face to face tool, we are also screencasting, creating videos, setting learning online, running assemblies, using different apps and introducing new platforms like Google Classroom and Seesaw to our families. One thing is for certain, our teaching team and our children are really missing the face to face connection of school life, which makes being in education one of the best jobs on the planet. Even though we are yet to have a set date of return - we are busy preparing for the various health and safety challenges we may face.

I want to take this opportunity, at the end of a long term, to thank you all for your support for each other and for the school during this time. When we get back to the school site, there will be a huge cause for celebration, and I am sure you will join me in looking forward to this day with great anticipation.

We wish you a restful Easter break, hopefully with reduced screen time for our children and staff, and we look forward to resuming online learning on Monday 20th April

Family Well being Video

Last week’s Newsletter contained a great video, created by Jennine Harding, our Inclusion Leader, detailing the challenges families may encounter during this period and how we may overcome these. This first video can be found in last week’s Newsletter on our newsletter page of our website.

In this, our second Family Wellbeing video, Tracey Chitty, Discovery College’s Primary Counsellor, discusses coping and wellbeing. She gives a definition of coping and talks about what it might look like if we are not coping in these challenging times. Tracey then shares how to intentionally change how we are feeling and coping so we can be well again. You can find the video here.

There are some apps mentioned in the video. They can all be found on the App Store or Google store.

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There are a number of links mentioned within the video. You can click below to access the links to today’s presentation.

Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children - 20 Practical, Powerful Strategies (Backed by Science)

7 Strategies for Building Your Family's Resilience

Resilience Guide for Parent & Teachers

Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids

Resource for Easter Break

With the teachers unavailable during Easter, we know many of you will want to entertain your children. I want to thank the PTA once again for putting together this fabulous resource which has lots of ideas and links to follow. Please have a look and click the links. The zoos and museum links are very entertaining.

EDB Student Grant Scheme update

All the forms that were received at Glenealy have been delivered to ESF Centre who will submit them to the Education Bureau in the next few days.

We have been informed that the processing time may take between 6 to 8 weeks, so please don't expect anything until early June.

For those parents who wish to check if their child's forms were received, please follow these steps:

Log into your child's Gateway account > Student Demographics> Additional Contact.

Under "Remarks" there will be a note to confirm if we have received their form at Glenealy.

Finally, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to you all for your support over the past term. Our staff are looking forward to a very well earned rest over Easter, before we return to resume online learning on Monday 20th April.

I wish our whole community the very best for the coming two weeks and look forward to connecting with you and the children after the Easter break.

Best regards,