Glenealy School Newsletter
26th March 2020
Message from Chris
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I want to start this week’s Newsletter by thanking you all for the support you have shown the school during these unprecedented times. Our staff team have really appreciated the positive notes, comments and feedback on their efforts over the course of the past 8 weeks. It is a testament to the strength of the Glenealy Community that we remain so well connected and so close during this time of social distancing.
Across next week, we are going to increasingly focus on wellbeing. Last week I reported back to you on the positive feedback received by parents on our recent parent survey, with which we were extremely pleased. However, there have still been concerns raised by parents about their own, and their children’s wellbeing during this challenging period of time. To this end, we have been collaborating with colleagues across ESF to create and provide a high quality resource to support at this time. In particular, one of our ESF school counsellors has created a series of videos which we feel will be beneficial to parents at this time. You can find the focus for this week below.
At Glenealy, we understand that for every family there will be challenges during this time and we would like to support you by sharing resources that might be able to help you and your family.
In this week’s Family Wellbeing video we will discuss the challenges families may be encountering as we continue to sort out these new and different ways of working. We will talk about what these challenges may look like and the pathways we can use to support well being in ourselves and in our children.
We are also well aware that the Easter holidays are fast approaching. During this time, it is extremely important that children are able to disconnect from their online home learning where they can. We understand that the transition from the structured approach to online learning to a routine without the daily support from our teaching team might be a challenge for some learners. To this end, we have been collaborating with our fantastic PTA to provide a resource that collates a very broad range of links, ideas and activities that parents can use for ideas at home. Many of these ideas can be undertaken ‘offline’ and we strongly suggest that our children achieve a good balance of ‘on and offline’ activities over the holidays. Please find this valuable resource here. It has also been shared on our PTA Facebook page.
The wellbeing of our Glenealy community is of paramount concern to us, and our further focus with the children next week will be on developing ways of ensuring they are healthy in their home learning environments, with the intention of supporting children to carry on their healthy habits during the school holidays.
Our fabulously environmentally conscious children have been collecting tetrapaks at home. Some have asked where they can send them to donate. The good news is that they can be mailed directly, should you wish, to:
82 Fuk Hi Street Yuen Long Industrial Estate.
Please make sure the tetra paks are cut open and washed thoroughly.
Given the current situation, although the Hong Kong Government has not indicated a return date, we are anticipating the continuation of home learning arrangements for a period of weeks after the Easter holiday.
Once again, I would like to thank you all for your support over the past few weeks and would like to wish you all the very best for the last week of the term. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.