Glenealy School Newsletter

3rd October 2019

Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It seems like no time at all that we were just beginning the half term, fresh from the summer holiday. So much has happened over the past 8 weeks - PTA events, various trips and excursions, parent workshops, meet the teacher, three way conferences, Year 3 Camp, coffee mornings and many other exciting things. Most importantly, the children have settled brilliantly into their new class groups, forming new friendships and approaching their learning in their new year group with great enthusiasm.

After the half term break we have much to look forward to. During the first week back it will be our Book Week - a celebration of all things to do with reading, with an exciting programme in school to support our children. Of note will be the famous Glenealy Book Character Parade! This will be held on Friday 18th October from 8:40 am to 9:30 am. All children can come dressed as their favourite book characters and take part in the parade. Younger siblings, those not yet at the school, are also welcome to dress up and join in if they would like to! Please find more information about book week in the The Library Newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you all at the parade.

We would like to thank the PTA for organising such a successful AGM last week - it was great to see parents there supporting the work of the school. I wish the new PTA committee the very best for the coming year and I am looking forward to working with all parents in partnership over the year. Regarding the PTA, I am also pleased to announce that we will be launching an Art Competition to design a poster for the School Fair this year. Children have the chance to design a school fair poster which will be professionally produced and used to advertise the Fair and displayed all around the site on the day! This is very exciting and we hope lots of children enter the competition. More details can be found below in the PTA section of this Newsletter.

Finally, we would like to wish you all a fabulous half-term break and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 14th October.

Best Regards

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 3rd October 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Three Way Conferences

Monday 7th - Friday 11th October

Mid Term Holiday

Friday 18th October 8:40 am - 9:30 am

Book Character Parade

Wednesday 23rd October

Influenza vaccine 1st dose

Friday 25th October

Redress Day- no uniforms

Friday 22nd November

PTA School Fair

Friday 29th November

Sports Day

Wednesday 4th December

Influenza vaccine 2nd dose

Friday 13th December

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

PTA News

Glenealy PTA AGM and Drinks Evening

PTA hosted the Glenealy School AGM on Thursday 26th September. Thank you to everyone that attended. It was nice to catch up with existing and new parents. At the meeting the Executive Committee for 2019-20 was voted in. Our thanks to both Phil Sangster and Indi Kalsi for their continued support and participation with the PTA.

Glenealy School PTA 2019-20

Executive Committee

  • Fatema Jangbarwala - Chair
  • Yulia Cherniakov – Vice Chair
  • Rick Yoon – Honorary Treasurer
  • Aisling Quinn – Honorary Secretary

Parent Representatives

  • Sumita Barnes
  • Greta Bradley
  • Jewell Chua
  • Ting Guevarra
  • Melissa Howard
  • Rajshree Chirkut-Govender
  • Firuzeh Ispahani
  • Helen Lam
  • Alex Maiden
  • Kritika Muhki
  • Suchitra Kuruvilla
  • Rashida Mithaiwala
  • Kanchan Porta Panjabi
  • Tanya Verghese
  • Lisa Wang

Teacher Representatives

  • Chris Briggs – Ex Officio Principal Member
  • Phil Sangster – Vice Principal
  • Indi Kalsi - Classroom Teacher (3K)

PTA Staff

  • Becky Steel, PTA Coordinator
  • Belinda Lieu, PTA Finance Coordinator

Glenealy School Fair - Save The Date

This year the Glenealy School Fair will be held on Friday 22nd November. We look forward to welcoming you to an evening of fun, food and socialising. Keep an eye on the Newsletter for further updates.

Art Competition - Design the School Fair poster

We are excited to invite all budding artists to participate in Glenealy’s first ever competition to design the poster for this year’s School Fair. The winning posters will be used in marketing The Fair and seen all over the school in the run up to the big night.

Cost: $10 to be submitted with your poster design

Drop off: Between 8:15 am - 8:30 am in the School Office

Deadline for all entries: Monday 21st October 2019

Winners will be announced in the Newsletter on Thursday 24th October

The poster will be used to inform the public about The Fair so there is key information that must be included in every entry:

Glenealy School Fair

22nd November 2019

5.00 pm -8.30 pm

There are two categories:

Years 1 and 2

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6


All entries must be submitted on an A3 sheet of paper (hard copy only, no digital entries please).

All posters must be submitted with $10 entry fee.

It is important that you write your child’s name and class on the back of the poster.

One entry per child only.

All entries must be the students own work.

The rest is up to you. Get creative and have fun. We can’t wait to see the entries!

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This October we are supporting local charity Redress in their environmental awareness campaign ‘Get Redressed Month’. Through education, Redress’ goal is to help reduce textile waste, address over- consumption and educate students about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

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Glenealy School Clothing Drive

Glenealy School are working with Redress HK to collect unwanted clothes from our community. Please drop off your unwanted men’s, women’s and children’s clothes after half term. Please note that shoes, school and work uniforms and home textiles e.g. towels, blankets etc. are not accepted.

Drop off point: The Redress Donation boxes in the lower playground
Drop off dates: Between 14th - 25th October

Drop off times: Before and after school

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Glenealy Redressed Non-Uniform Day

Glenealy School Redressed Day is to raise awareness for healthy consumption towards clothing and will take place on Friday 25th October. Students should wear something that was not purchased from new.

For example:

  • Clothes purchased secondhand
  • Clothes that have been fixed e.g. patch, altered, new buttons
  • Clothes that have been borrowed or swapped with a friend/family member
  • The oldest item in their wardrobe
  • Hand-me-downs
  • Homemade or upcycled clothes
  • Items made from recycled yarns/plastic

How will your actions make a positive green difference?

One of the simplest ways to reduce the environmental impact of our clothes is to make sure they receive a second life through re-sale, re-use or recycling when we don’t want them anymore. All clothes collected for the clothing drive will be carefully sorted by Redress and either re-sold at the Redress Educational Pop-Up Shop, redistributed for re-use by 20+ local charities including Pathfinders, Impact HK, Crossroads and J Life Foundation, recycled, down cycled or re-purposed.

Get Redressed Day raises awareness of healthy attitudes towards our consumption of clothing and celebrates alternatives to buying new clothes, such as swapping, borrowing or buying secondhand.

Please click here for more information on how to support the environment through Redress Day.

Help us to make a difference!

Thanks from Green Team

School Uniform

Recently we have noticed a number of students who have been coming to school wearing non-uniform items. Please click here to go to the school website for more information about the uniform.

We would appreciate you ensuring that your child is in the correct uniform.

Parents as Partners 2019/20

We would like to thank parents for their survey suggestions for our Parents as Partners events this year. We may add to this programme over the year, but wanted to share the initial schedule with parents at this time.

Details of timings, and registration for each workshop, will be announced closer to each event.

Teaching of Maths at Glenealy

Parent Circle

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Assessment at Glenealy - Building Understanding for Parents


Wednesday 12th February 2020

Inquiry at Glenealy

Parent Circle

Wednesday 4th March 2020

Social Emotional Learning at Glenealy-Building Resilience


Wednesday 29th April 2020

Understanding the Teaching of Language at Glenealy

Parent Circle

Term 3 - Date To be confirmed

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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