Glenealy School Newsletter
22nd August 2018
Message from Brenda
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,
Dress casual next Monday and please bring a donation to support the Shiu family
Meet the Teacher Evening
We look forward to seeing you all in school tomorrow night (Thursday 23rd August from 6.00-7.30 pm) for the Teacher and Senior Management Team presentations. As a reminder this is a new format this year and is an adult only event. Please click here for the details of timings and organisation that was published in last week’s Newsletter.
Support for the Shiu family
You will remember me asking for your help last term to donate blood to help find a suitable donor for Gavin Shiu who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Thank you to those of you that got involved. Very sadly the family has had some more upsetting news. Their daughter Natalie has recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and will have to undergo intensive medical treatment too. As background for those of you who are new to the school, Jennifer, Gavin and their girls have been part of our Glenealy family for years. Gavin (Dad) is an ex-Glenealy and KGV student and daughters Felicity and Natalie are Glenealy alumni too. Jennifer (Mum) is a colleague of ours, who has taught in a supply capacity at Glenealy for many years. The staff are very keen to do anything we can to support the family at this distressing time. Please see the flyer below. This is a great opportunity to show our community spirit to a family in need. Please encourage your child to dress casual on Monday and to bring a donation for the appeal. Let’s be proud of being a small school with a BIG heart!
Do remember to check out the PTA section of this Newsletter to find out about exciting things that you and your family can get involved in. I hope to see you at the Welcome Coffee Morning next Tuesday in the downstairs playground from 8.30 am. Come and meet new people and catch up with old friends.
Introducing our School Counsellor - Erin Donahue
I am pleased to let you know that we have secured a school counsellor to work with us one day per week. Erin works with Central Health medical practice and is based at Southside Family Health Centre. We believe she will be a great asset to our team. Please see the article below for more details about Erin and the counselling schedule.
The weather is very unpredictable at the moment so it is important that you familiarise yourself with the information and procedures related to inclement weather published on our website. You can locate this information here. In the event of extremely heavy rain please don’t rush to get to school on time if it is not safe to do so. Teachers are very aware that on these days some students may be a little late depending on circumstances. The main thing is you keep yourselves safe.
If there are any changes to normal school routines due to extreme weather, a banner will be published on the school website by 7:00 am - please refer to the website if you are unsure in the event of a typhoon or extreme weather warning.
Island School Information Evening for Parents at Glenealy School
We will be hosting Stephen Loggie, the Principal of Island School, at Glenealy on Thursday 13th September. This is a session for parents of all age groups.
Please read Stephen’s letter below and RSVP using the link provided if you are intending to come. This will be an interesting and informative talk.
Island School Information Evening - Message from Principal Stephen Loggie
Island school has just recorded our best ever academic results for the IB Diploma which included;
5 students with a score of 45 points
6 Students with a score of 44 points
99.1% Pass Rate
32.5% with over 40 Points
91% with over 30 Points
I value our partnership with Glenealy School and as such I would appreciate the opportunity to give you a thorough briefing on these results as well as:
An update on the move to Sha Tin
Share details of the design and timing of moving back to our redeveloped mid-levels campus
Explain our philosophy and the programs which are driving our success
If you are interested in attending this session, I will be at your school at 6:00 pm on Thursday 13th September. To assist with our arrangements, please RSVP via this linked Google form (Click here).
I hope to see you soon.
Stephen Loggie (Principal, Island School)
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 23rd August
Meet the Teachers evening - adults only 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 28th August
PTA Welcome Coffee Morning for parents 8:30 am on Lower Playground
Thursday 30th August
Creating a Safer Internet Environment Information evening - adults only 6:30 - 8:00 pm
(Details and registration below)
Thursday 6th September
Deadline for all Vision Screening and Immunisation forms to be returned
(Please see details below from the Medical Room)
PTA Family Bingo Night 5:00 pm -7:00 pm in The Centre
Thursday 13th September
Island School Information Evening for parents 6:00 pm -7:15 pm in The Centre
Monday 17th September
Glenealy Vision Screening
Thursday 20th September
Y1 and Y6 Immunisations
Monday 24th September
CPD Day - No students in school
Tuesday 25th September
Public Holiday- The day following Mid Autumn Festival
Thursday 27th September
PTA AGM (More details to follow)
Monday 1st October
Public Holiday- National Day
Tuesday 2nd October
Happy Valley Sports Programme (Y4 - Y6) Starts this week
Thursday 4th October
Creating a Safer Internet Environment Information evening - adults only 6:30 - 8:00 pm
(Details and registration below)
Tuesday 9th October (pm) and Thursday 11th October (pm)
Three Way Student Conferences
Monday 15th October
Monday 22nd October
Welcome Coffee Morning
The PTA are hosting a Welcome Back to School Coffee Morning on Tuesday morning 28th August. New and returning parents are warmly encouraged to join us in the Lower Playground to celebrate the new school year. Join us for tea, coffee and a chat straight after drop off at 8:30 am
Family Bingo Night
The PTA are hosting the ever popular Family Bingo Night in The Centre on Thursday, 6th September from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Places are limited and tickets must be pre-booked. Tickets are $90 each which includes 1 slice of pizza. To get your tickets, please fill out the Google Form here. Tickets cannot be issued until payment is received. Additional pizza and refreshments will be sold at the event.
Send your cheque (payable to 'Glenealy School PTA Ltd.') to school in your child’s diary or leave it in the PTA tray in the school office. All payments must be clearly labelled with child's name and class.
We are also looking for volunteers to help on the night and to donate baked goods for sale.
Socks offer - discount for Glenealy families
The PTA is partnering with Eureka Bamboo Socks to offer high quality, eco-friendly socks to Glenealy families at a special discount rate of 15% off. Navy blue and white socks to wear with uniform and white sports socks for PE can be purchased online here.
For every order placed online, Eureka will donate a pair of socks to a charity of the school’s choice. Feel good and do good at the same time!
To claim your discount, please enter the code GLENEALY15% at checkout.
Families please note this offer is optional - navy blue and white socks from other suppliers continue to be acceptable. A reminder that navy or white can be worn with shorts and skorts, while navy blue is preferred for winterwear with trousers and long pants.
Looking to get involved? Opportunities in the new school year
One of the things that makes Glenealy such a special school is its sense of community. There are many ways in which you can contribute. Why not become a Class Parent next term, join the PTA or help at one of the many events and fundraisers held over the course of the year? We welcome all new ideas and thoughts. Please contact Becky at email@example.com if you are interested in hearing more.
If you have any questions or need more information about any aspect of school uniform please email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no consensus about how long children and teens should spend online. It is also difficult to find out what the 'average' time online is. However, what is certain is that the tech industry spends millions every year trying to ensure that users are retained and actively using their apps and programs. Companies use data to ensure that games are ‘just’ challenging enough to keep you hooked, or rewards such as likes or streaks are built into the programs to keep users engaged. Children need support to make healthy and balanced decisions on how long they should be online. In her book 'Mind Change', the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield reports that although social media posting is highly gratifying for our brains, teens, who have the most online friends, often report the highest levels of loneliness.
’Caring for Myself’ is one of the sections of the Glenealy School Digital Citizenship agreement and through the Programme of Inquiry, children are supported in making good decisions about their technology use.
At home, the best thing that parents and carers can do is be a good role model of technology use. Apps which track the amount of time spent online on devices such as Moment or Methal can provide an interesting insight and a great starting point for family discussions.
If you are interested in learning more about the debates around smartphone use, this BBC podcast presents various viewpoints: https://bbc.in/2MqalpV
A brilliant parental resource which gives information on a wide range of concerns that parents may have about their children using technology can be found here: https://bit.ly/2vZF2Il
News from the Medical Room
Glenealy School Vision Screening
Will take place on 17th September with Suzan Salnikow
Please click here for the flyer.
Interested parents may print out the form and return it along with their cheque to the class teacher if you wish to enrol for this service.
The deadline for enrolment is 6th September
Year 1 and Year 6 Immunisations
The Department of Health Immunisation Team will visit the school on
Thursday 20th September.
Forms will be put in your child's diary on Thursday 23rd August and must be returned completed (either by consent or refusal) along with their immunisation records to their class teacher by 6th September.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse.
Just a reminder to please apply repellent to your child before they come to school .
Erin Donahue - School Counsellor
Each Tuesday, beginning 4th September 2018, Erin will work at school to provide counselling for students. The school has a budget this year to assist in part payments of counselling services and we have secured a good consultancy price with the providers to make it more accessible for all. If you would like to seek further information about counselling for your child please contact your child's teacher or one of the management team who can assist you. Erin has a strong background in counselling across a number of areas. Please read her bio (below) to find out more.
Erin Donahue has 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and parents as a mental health professional both in the school setting and outpatient therapy. She has played an active role in the Special Education Departments of schools, as well as crisis and wellness teams, giving her a unique opportunity to work with a diverse population of needs and circumstances. Erin has also worked at a clinic as a counsellor with young people in a range of fields. This includes support in areas of social skills, anxiety and depression, stress, behavioural issues, grief, separation and/or or changing family circumstances.
Erin takes a systems approach to counselling, applying behavioural strategies and a variety of goal-oriented treatments and approaches. She works with children of all ages to help them with their social, emotional, and behavioural skills. Her main clientele is made up of children, adolescents, and parents.
Erin earned a Master’s degree in Education in School Counselling at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has obtained a post-graduate certificate in the area of Mental Health at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Raising Happy and Resilient Young People
This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to hear from one of the worlds experts on adolescent well being. Suitable for parents of Year 5 and above or those who want to prepare early.
For those interested, more information on Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg can be found here.
Parents can sign up using the following links below.
The cost would be $200 per person and the deadline to register is Friday 31st August.
The dates, venues and the links for sign up for these talks are:
Renaissance College Monday 3rd September 6.30-8:00 pm http://bit.ly/ESF_Parents03
West Island School Tuesday 4th September 6.30-8:00 pm http://bit.ly/ESF_Parents04
Street Cleaner Appreciation Day
Everyday across Hong Kong thousands of people are tirelessly working to help keep our streets clear of leaves and rubbish.
Let’s get our children, parents, friends and neighbours involved and show some love to these wonderful people who could really use an extra helping hand.
Place some money in your red packets (or envelopes) and let’s show our appreciation by giving back to the community and say thank you.
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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 refer to the Immigration section on the ESF website.
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