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.
Dates for your Diary
Friday 18th October 8:40 am - 9:30 am
Book Character Parade
Monday 21st October
Wednesday 23rd October
Influenza vaccine 1st dose
Friday 25th October
Redress Day- no uniforms
Friday 22nd November
PTA School Fair
Friday 29th November
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
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
Save your tetrapaks.
Open, flatten, clean them and leave them to dry.
Bring to school on the morning of Monday 21st October
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
Location: Island School Sha Tin Wai
Date: 24th October
Time: 8:15 - 9:30 am
For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Assessment at Glenealy - Building Understanding for Parents
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Inquiry at Glenealy
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Social Emotional Learning at Glenealy-Building Resilience
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Understanding the Teaching of Language at Glenealy
Term 3 - Date To be confirmed
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.