Glenealy School Newsletter

12th September 2018

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,

Thanks to the PTA for hosting a fantastic BINGO evening last week. Everyone had a super time and loved the fun and family atmosphere, and of course winning some of the wonderful prizes too!

I look forward to seeing you at the PTA drinks and AGM Evening on Thursday 27th September. This is always a fun social event and a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of the PTA, the School and the Glenealy Community. More details will follow in the PTA section.

Weather Warnings

Many of you will be aware that it appears that a super typhoon may hit Hong Kong over the weekend and possibly into Monday. Please keep yourself informed through the local media. We will post a banner on our school website’s front page if there is going to be any disruption to the school day. Remember, when going onto the website, please refresh your browser so you can access the latest information. General procedures for inclement weather can be found on our school website here.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Our SEL assembly this week focused on what happens when relationships go wrong!

We explored a variety of incidents and found that they fall into 4 different categories.

  1. When something happens by accident (e.g. someone accidentally bumps into you)

  2. When someone is being rude (e.g. someone isn’t showing you respect i.e. by cutting into the line or shouting at you)

  3. When someone is being mean (e.g. someone is purposely doing things to make you feel unhappy or angry)

  4. When someone is bullying you (see below for further details)

In our Positive Relationship Policy we define bullying as:

An ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm​. It can involve an individual or group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long term effects on those involved including bystanders.

Single incidents​ ​and conflicts or fights between equals, whether in person or online, ​are not defined as bullying.​ ​However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved.

Please see this reading for further explanation. It is important that we all understand the difference between these types of behaviours. I have noticed recently that students and some parents will often use the word bullying when it is a one-off incident where someone is being mean or rude. Please help your child understand the difference and we will too. As noted in the Positive Relationship Policy, we take all of these incidents seriously and follow up accordingly.

Workshops for Parents held at Glenealy School

Island School Information Evening

We have already received replies from about 70 parents. To assist with arrangements, please Click here to RSVP. For further information on this evening, please refer to the detailed description in here.

Technology - Creating a Safer Internet Environment at home on PC and Mac (not Chromebooks)

Take back control of your child’s laptop! Attend the workshop on Thursday 4th October (pm) and bring your laptops with you. Be guided as to how to make your laptops safer for your child. This will be a hands-on, informative workshop. Please click here to register for this workshop.

If you are keen for us to run another session similar to the one above for ipads, tablets and phones please register your interest with our Tech Coach Heather.

School Counsellor - Erin Donahue

Each Tuesday, beginning 4th September 2018, Erin will work at school to provide counselling for students. If you feel your child would benefit from school-based counselling, please make contact with the classroom teacher, Jennine Harding or one of the Senior Management Team who will be able to organise this for you. For further information about Erin, please click here.

Kind regards


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Dates for your Diary

Thursday 13th September

Island School Information Evening for parents 6:00 pm -7:15 pm

at Glenealy School in The Centre

Friday 14th September

Year 6 Bake Sale 3:00 pm in playground

Monday 17th September

Glenealy Vision Screening

Thursday 20th September

Y1 and Y6 Immunisations

Friday 21st September

Class, Group and Individual Photos

(More details to follow)

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 and Drinks Evening 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm Parents & Teachers only

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 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday 9th October (pm) and Thursday 11th October (pm)

Three Way Student Conferences

Monday 15th October

Mid-Term holiday

Monday 22nd October

School resumes

PTA News

Year 6 Bake Sale

Year 6 will be kick starting the school fundraisers with a Bake Sale this Friday 14th September. It will be themed “Love Our Earth”. The aim is to be as environmentally friendly as possible, striving for zero waste!

Join Year 6 for plenty of delicious goodies, fun games and an exciting jumble sale of pre-loved treasures! Don’t forget to bring along your own empty snack boxes to store your yummy treats.

Save the Date - PTA Annual General Meeting and Drinks Evening

Parents, caregivers and teachers, please join us for the Glenealy School PTA AGM and Drinks Evening – details as follows:

Time: Doors open at 5.45 pm, wrap up by 7.30 pm

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018

Place: The Centre Glenealy School

Enjoy complimentary food and drinks - delicious finger food, soft drinks, beer and wine - as we review the past year and thank you all for your support. Formalities will be kept to the minimum, leaving plenty of time for socialising.

Whether you are new to the school or back for another year, it's a great chance to connect and catch up. Please note that this is a parent/teacher only event and social evening, so tuck the kids up at home and come ready to enjoy the hospitality!

To help us plan the catering, please RSVP using the short Google Form here.

Please click here for the Agenda for the AGM and please click here for the Report & Accounts for the 2017-18 Financial Year. If you have any queries on these documents, please email

PTA Committee Nominations

If you would like to join the PTA Committee for the coming year, please complete a Nomination Form (click here) and leave in the PTA Tray in the Main Office. Please note that the deadline for submission is 3.00 pm on Monday 24th September 2018.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the Committee, please join us for an informal Information Session on Thursday 13th September at 8.30 am in the Library or email Becky on

Family Bingo Night – thanks to all!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Family Bingo Night – it was a fun evening presided over by our Star Caller, Mr Phil Sangster, and superbly run by our willing and friendly volunteer team. To all those who planned and organised, helped on the night, and donated cookies, cakes, crisps and treats, you were brilliant – thank you. Sincere thanks to Bookazine and our new sponsors (see below) for their donations of fantastic prizes. As well as being a great night out, we raised over $16,000 for the rooftop playground project – well done Glenealy!

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Open Day Invite from South Island School

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Year 1 and Year 7 Admissions

Year 1 Central Application period for children born in 2014 commences on 1st September and closes on 30th September 2018. Please click here for Year 1 key dates.

For Year 6 students, the submission of the Year 7 secondary transfer application on Gateway commences on Monday 3rd September and closes on Friday 14th September 2018.

Allocation for secondary schools will be determined by residential zone at the start of Year 6.

For further details, parents should refer to the information available on the ESF website at for key dates and for school zones.

Please note, ESF reserves the right to redirect students based on majority of transferring cohorts in primary school should there be overcapacity at any of the secondary schools.

Year 7 offer letters will be sent to parents from the respective secondary schools on Friday 30th November 2018 and the Year 7 deposit payment deadline to secure their secondary school place is Friday 14th December 2018.

The weather this weekend looks like there may be even more rain however, your child can transport themselves anywhere in the world with the magic of greenscreen. All you need is the ‘GreenScreen by Doink’ app and a coloured sheet of paper. Green works best to give a sharp image as people do not have green colour in their skin but any colour background will work to a degree. This YouTube tutorial from Doink explains more. Using puppets on green sticks behind green paper is a really simple yet effective way of creating interesting effects! The image is from Roylco where you can buy pre-made puppets but I am sure creative Glenealy students will have far better ideas!

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 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/Glenealy Calendar for 2018/19

Please refer closely to this calendar for any important events, (e.g . booking your holidays) for the next academic year.

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Glenealy Globe

Introducing The Marvellous Media Mavericks, our new journalists. Read the Glenealy Globe Hall of Fame for their column.

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