Glenealy School Newsletter
12th September 2018
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.
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.
When something happens by accident (e.g. someone accidentally bumps into you)
When someone is being rude (e.g. someone isn’t showing you respect i.e. by cutting into the line or shouting at you)
When someone is being mean (e.g. someone is purposely doing things to make you feel unhappy or angry)
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. email@example.com
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.
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
Monday 22nd October
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Open Day Invite from South Island School
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 http://www.esf.edu.hk/year6-to-year7-key-dates/ for key dates and http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-zones 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.
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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