Glenealy School Newsletter

17th October 2019

Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A warm welcome back to the whole school community after the half term break; it has been pleasing to see the children approach the week with such energy and enthusiasm. The cooler October weather along with some sunshine has certainly helped!

Years 4-6 have been enjoying their renewed sports experiences at Happy Valley this week - with fabulous weather to accompany them. The Happy Valley sports and games experiences, which will run for the next 16 school weeks, provide the children with a great sports and learning experience - taking advantage of the extra space available.

Book Week is in full swing and the children are very excited. We have authors coming to school, staff story times, book swaps, competitions and of course the famous dress up for the Book Week Character Parade on Friday morning at 8:40 am. We look forward to welcoming you all to this event on Friday.

The School Fair Poster competition is in full swing, with the opportunity for children to design the school fair poster which will be professionally produced to advertise the school fair. There is still plenty of time to enter with last minute entries being accepted up to next Wednesday. Children can take their entries to the school office with the $10 entry fee - maximum size is A3. A great chance for children to showcase their design skills!

You will have noticed the Redress / recycle containers placed near the car park entrance gate, which are there for collecting old clothes on behalf of the Redress Charity. The Glenealy Green Team and the school community are taking action to support this important charity, while raising awareness about the important issue of clothes waste along with the impact it has on the environment. Please drop off any men’s, women’s or children’s clothes in the boxes for this worthy cause. On Friday 25th October we will also be raising money for this charity by holding a ‘Redress Day". This is a non-uniform day, where children are encouraged to wear old, mended, borrowed, upcycled or recycled clothes on the day.

You may have noticed this week there have been some unexpected visitors on Hornsey Road - in the form of a family of wild boar. We have made arrangements for the overflowing rubbish to be removed from the bins outside the school, but would like to ask parents to exercise caution with the animals. Please do not feed or touch them - not only could this be dangerous for your children, but it also encourages more frequent visits to the area.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Character Parade tomorrow morning which will take place in the outdoor blue area, and hope you have a great weekend.

Best Regards,


Dates for your Diary

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

Book Character Parade

Monday 21st October

Tetrapak Collection

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

Monday 6th January 2020

School resumes for Term 2

Tetrapak Collection

The next TETRAPAK collection will be on

Monday 21st October - On the playground before school

Please scan for more information about the initiative and how to prepare your packaging:

Or click here

To Do:

  • Save your tetrapaks.

  • Open, flatten, clean them and leave them to dry.

  • Bring to school on the morning of Monday 21st October

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PTA News

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: Wednesday 23rd 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, 2 and 3

Years 4, 5 and 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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Year 3 Fundraiser - Friday 25th October 3:00 pm

Tricks, Treats & Spooky Sweets - Join Year 3 for their Halloween inspired fundraiser on Friday 25th at 3:00 pm in the playground. Year 3 is keen to keep it green so bring your own container (lunch boxes are great for this) so that you can take your ghoulishly great goodies home.

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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

Island School Campus Tour 24th October

For those parents who missed the opportunity to visit Island School on their last Open Day, they have scheduled another opportunity on October 24th.

For those Year 5 and 6 parents who would be interested, could you please register on the link here.

Visitors are requested to register as it helps for the planning (catering, spaces needed and tour guides).

Once parents have registered, they will receive a confirmation email from island School.

Event details:

Location: Island School Sha Tin Wai

Date: 24th October

Time: 8:15 - 9:30 am

For any questions please email

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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