Glenealy School Newsletter

16th March 2016

Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

What a SENSATIONAL evening!

Huge thanks for supporting the Art Walk and Auction last Thursday night. We have received such positive feedback about the event and are delighted you enjoyed the format of the evening and appreciated the quality of artwork for sale. A very special thanks to Liz Moser and Maxine Shaw who led this event alongside a dedicated team of parents who organised the display of the artwork, the food, bar, arts and crafts, the silent auction and the finances and logistics for the evening. Thanks also to the entire Glenealy team who were involved in the event, it was a huge community evening! Thanks to our auctioneer on the evening and to those parents who participated in the live and silent auction. What an exciting night it was for all.

Whilst the numbers aren’t definite yet, we know we have more than nearly tripled our estimated figure of 100K, so we are getting closer and closer to our target. Terrific! Alongside this we have received very generous personal donations over the last month too! If you would like to make a personal donation, it’s not too late. We completed all the architectural plans ready for tender this week so this is a reality now. Our hall transformation is a massive project and will take 5-6 months to complete. We will take possession back in January 2017. We can’t wait!

Book Week is next week. Make sure you read all the information below and don't forget about our GGT this Friday March 18th! Your child will have had a sticker placed in their diary if they are performing. For parents attending we are lucky enough to have both our orchestra and choir performing as you enter the hall!

Our School’s/ESF Survey was sent to your email on Tuesday. Please help us by filling this in to give us feedback on what’s working well and ways we can continue to improve. There is a short window for completion so please try to complete as soon as you can. Please note that it was sent to the Parent who is recorded as ‘contact 1’ on the Gateway.

Island School (IS) Update

Most of you will be aware that ESF and IS staff have spent many years planning the process of decanting and design for the new build of Island School on Borrett Road. Our community is being closely informed by Island School. You may have read an article in the SCMP on Saturday about this, which we are all disappointed about as it misrepresents what is happening in this process. Chris Binge has written a letter to Year 6 parents explaining the inaccuracies. Whilst this letter is primarily for year 6 students, I think it's important for all parents to understand how proactive and well-planned and thorough IS has been in this process. For further information click here.

Kind regards


Dates for the Diary

Thursday March 17th

- Year 4 parents meeting regarding Year 4 Camp at 8.15am in the hall

- Year 1 trip to the History Museum

- PTA uniform shop closes for Term 2 at 8.45am.

Friday March 18th

- Glenealy's Got Talent show at 2.15pm

- Year 2 Natural Resources Workshop, at school

- Earth Hour at Glenealy School - dress in Green and Blue!

March 21st - 23rd

Book Week

Wednesday 23rd March

Character dress up day parade at 8.30am

Thursday 24th March

End of Term - school finishes at 12pm

25th March - 10th April

School Holidays

Monday 11th April

First day of Term 3

12th - 13th May

Year 4 Overnight Camp at Tai Tam

Year 4 Camp - Parents Meeting

Please be reminded that there is a Year 4 Camp parents meeting tomorrow, Thursday March 17th at 8.15am in the school hall.

After School Activities and Supervision

The 3.15pm school bell indicates that the playground will no longer be supervised by school staff and children not attending an after school activity are required to leave school at this time.

Children in Years 1, 2 & 3

When a child is taking part in an activity immediately after school / 3:15pm, the child should be met at 3pm by an adult who should stay with the child until the activity begins and then ensure the child’s safe return home when the activity ends.

If the activity begins later than 4pm please arrange for the child to be taken home at 3pm and return to school in time for the activity.

Children in Years 4, 5 & 6

If the activity begins later than 3:15pm, then parents need to arrange for an adult to supervise the child until the activity begins and then to ensure their safe return home when the activity ends.

On no occasion should a child be unsupervised in the playground after 3.15pm or before 8.10am.

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Book Week Is Coming!

This academic year, we will have a ‘mini Book Week’ in the short week just before the Easter holidays, on March 21, 22 and 23.

Read all about the Author line-up, the Book Swap, the Dress-up Parade and more in the Library Newsletter by CLICKING HERE!

Due to a short week, we won’t have the usual Bookazine book sale or the “Catch-Me-Reading’ photo competition this year, but all your favourite competitions and Bookazine will be back in a BIG way next academic year!

Trish Oliver and the Library Team

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As part of our Book Week next week, we invite all students to - Give a book, take a book, donate a book.

All students may bring in one or two gently-used books from home they are no longer reading and swap them (for free) for another!

We’ll be running this Book Swap on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Book Week next week, but students are encouraged to bring in a book or two from home this week if possible.

This is a great way to refresh your home collection. We’ll be donating left over books to charities who help schools in need, so please send in a couple of books with your child anytime between now and book week to participate!

Your child will receive a special ticket they bring along to the book swap to use.

For news on more Book Week activities please click here.

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Dress-up Parade

Our parade this year will be on the lower playground at 8:30am next Wednesday, March 23.

The PTA is providing complementary coffee for parents and caregivers on the playground, so grab a cup and enjoy the parade!

There's no need to spend a lot of money on fancy Book Week costumes. Simple, home-made ones are often the best!

Click here to see some great home-made costumes!


The PTA uniform shop will be closed for the last week of term. Last opening will be Thursday March 17th from 8.20am - 8.45am. The uniform shop will re-open for Term 3.
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Earth Hour

At Glenealy School we are internationally minded global citizens and we want to make a difference to our world and community.

Glenealy will celebrate Earth hour this Friday March 18th and students can come to school wearing Green and Blue on this day.

We will be having 'lights out' for an hour and participating in other "Green" activities during the day.

Click here for more information

Glenealy Globe

The Glenealy Globe's 'Wall of Fame' and 'Extra Curricular' have been updated. Please click on the button above to visit the website.

ESF 2016/17 Draft Calendar

Dear Parents,

Please find the final draft calendar for 2016/17 including the Glenealy CPD days. Please click here to view the calendar online. We do ask when planning your family holidays for the next academic year that you refer to the holiday periods as indicated on the calendar and try to take your holiday during these times.

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Primary Matters Reading and Writing Workshops

Primary Matters Reading and Writing Workshops at Glenealy School

Mondays: 3.15 – 4.30 (Y4 – Y6)

Wednesdays: 3.00 – 4.15 (Y4 –Y6) 4.15 – 5.30 (Y4 – Y6) 4.15 – 5.30 (Y7 – Y9)

April – June 2016

Course Overview: ‘ I’m a Journalist’

Please click here for further information about the Primary Matters Workshops