Glenealy Library News

June 2013


We cannot say thank you enough to all parents who have contributed towards the library redevelopment project. With the help of all our parents, the PTA has raised an amazing amount of approximately $400,000 to put towards the renovation. This is an absolutely outstanding effort by the whole community!

Thank you to the many families who worked and cooked for the school fair, which kicked off the fundraising efforts. Thank you to the families who sponsored soft furnishings - because of you we have been able to order everything from our wish list! The final PTA fundraiser - the Dinner Dance, was a huge success! It was a terrific evening with great food, music and of course dancing. Thank you to the many parents, caregivers and community members who worked in collaboration by helping in a number of ways to make these events successful.
See photos below!



The Library is closed to student borrowing. We ask that all students have a careful check at home to see if they have any library books hiding there! If any are found, please return them to the library. Thank you!

Packing up the library...

Everyone is abuzz about the new library construction starting soon. The students have been asking excitedly about all the details!

We are busy boxing up the library in preparation for the construction, which will begin on Friday, after the students go home at 12:00. Final meetings with the architects have taken place, furniture has been ordered and we are busy finalising last-minute orders in preparation for August.

Some students have been in to help this week, sticking labels onto books before we box them up. We have had volunteers and older students back for the summer in to help as well. The boxes of books will be moved and stored in the hall over the summer.

We are happy to say that the existing shelving and furniture will not end up in a landfill - some is able to be utilised in other places around the school and the rest is going to The Island Christian Academy as they look to set up their new school campus, which is a win-win for everyone.

At this point, we anticipate that the library will be open in the third week of school after the summer. This will allow construction to completely finish, the finishing touches to be made, and the books unpacked and placed on the shelves.

A welcome evening for parents will be held on Wednesday, September 18. More details to come in August.

Striped Folders Please!

In an effort to recycle and re-use, we would like all students to hand in their red and blue striped folders to their teacher this week please. Your child's name and library barcode should stay in the plastic pocket of the folder.

Your child will receive their own striped folder back in August with a new label. The label will include your child's name, class, new barcode and logo ready for the new school year. Thank you.

Sarah Brennan Snake Poem Competition

The resultssss are out!

When Sarah Brennan visited our school during Book Week she told the students about her upcoming Snake Poem Competition. Many students wrote poems in class and sent them to her.

The competition proved hugely popular - a total of 151 entries from 23 schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, Brisbane and Melbourne were submitted.

We had an amazing group of winners and runners-up from Glenealy School! Congratulationsssss to these very clever people:

First Place in Grade 2-3 category: Elle McGuire

First Place in Grade 4-6 category: Emma Reed

Second Place in Grade 4-6 category: Weilyn Chong

Third Place in Grade 4-6 category: Zachary Ho

Runners-up in Grade 4-6 category: Vedika Uttamchandani, Lizzie Donowho and Daniel Kershaw

These students were awarded a special certificate at assembly - Photos below!

Click here to read the poems!


I would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time throughout the year to help cover books, reshelve books and generally help out with jobs in the library - we could not do it without you!

We look forward to welcoming everyone back in August to our brand new library!

We wish all students, parents and members of our school community a safe and relaxing summer holiday.

Best wishes,
Trish Oliver and the Glenealy Library Team

Community News


Please note that the following activities taking place in our school or at outside venues are provided by independent organisations and therefore cannot be endorsed by Glenealy School.

Writing For A Cause

Calling all young authors and illustrators - Writing for a Cause competition 2013!
Click here for details. See poster below.


Common Sense Media provides a list of great children's books for each age group for summer reading ideas - click here for details.

25 Must-See Summer Movies

Common Sense Media have reviewed some movies due for release this summer - for both young children and teens. Read reviews HERE.

Reading with your child...

Kids - become a famous illustrator!

To illustrate her 3rd book, Cosmos the Curious Whale, author, Gail Clarke invites all primary school students (Year 1 - Year 6) to draw and colour a tropical fish. More than 300 of the most original and colourful entries will be included in the book! The young artists whose pictures are chosen will receive a printed certificate and will be acknowledged on the inside book cover and on Gail’s brand-new website (

See details HERE on how to enter. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.

About Gail Clarke

Gail Clarke enjoyed more than 35 years as a primary school teacher before retiring to Italy. These days she finds herself traveling more than ever to visit family and friends living all around the world. Her personal migrations are the inspiration for her animal migration stories. As a planet-ambassador, she is also deeply passionate about wildlife protection and the environment.
Gail recently came to read her book "Searching for Skye - An Arctic Tern Adventure" to Year 4 students.

Sesame Street - Live on stage

Calling all super heroes! Super Grover needs your help - and it's Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue when this fantastic musical production zooms into Hong Kong.
Details below. For ticketing details click here.

Glenealy Library

Library Staff:
Trish Oliver - Teacher Librarian
Gisele Stones - Resources Manager
Hardeep Jandu - Library Assistant