Glenealy School Newsletter

19th September 2018

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,


Please note my e-mail that was sent out today with further information about the current situation regarding school resumption for students and continue to check your e-mail until a firm decision is shared.


Thank you to our hardworking and committed Site Staff Team who have worked tirelessly for days to get our school campus pristine again! We are all extremely grateful for the work they do for us and the way they have such pride in our school. A BIG thanks to Ricky and the Team.

The photos above say it all!

Book your Three Way Conference as soon as you can! (Teacher, Child and Parents)

No doubt you are eager to find out about how your child is going at school and to learn from them and their teacher about what is going well and what could be even better? The school will have common evenings for consultations which will include:

Tuesday 9th October and Thursday 11th October, from 3:30 pm-7:00 pm.


Each teacher will also make other session times available which you will be able to access on the Gateway. Please book in quickly to ensure you get a time that suits you. We encourage all children from Years 3-6 to join these sessions with you. It is optional for Year 2 students to attend and we don’t include Year 1’s in these sessions, as they are a bit too young at this stage.


You will need to book your appointment by going into Gateway. If you have not updated your information please do this at the same time. To book an appointment please follow these instructions.

  • Log into Gateway

  • Click on Parent Consultation

It is difficult for our specialist teachers to make a schedule to see all 180 - 360 parents. If you require information or updates from your child’s specialist teachers (Music, PE, Mandarin), please contact them directly. Their email is in the school diary. For your information, a Mandarin workshop for parents will be taking place this term. More details to follow.

These conferences are part of our annual reporting cycle which includes:

Term 1

  • Meet the teacher

  • Three Way conferences

  • Inquiry reports (after the first 2 units)

Term 2

  • Half year written report

  • Student led conferences (student, parents, teacher)

  • Inquiry reports (after the next 2 units)

Term 3

  • End of year Report

Please also be reminded that you can contact a teacher at any time outside of these scheduled meetings if you have queries or concerns. Please make an appointment via your child’s school diary.


An Exciting New Initiative for Parents!

On Tuesday October 2nd from 8.30-10.15 am we would like to invite you into school to be involved in Parent Circles and Learning Walks. This is a new way of working with you.


Purpose:

An opportunity for parents to be learners within their child’s school:

  • To find out about learning and watch ‘learning in action’ across a variety of year groups

  • To understand approaches to learning and teaching

  • To find out ways to support their child at home which complements learning at school


For more information about how this will work, please click here which will take you to our website link.


Please note that on this occasion, Year 6 students will not be involved as they will be in Happy Valley and 5B (Mrs Bellerby’s class) will not be in their home room, however they will be in their Mandarin lesson.

Numbers are limited so RSVP quickly using this form. We look forward to sharing our focus on learning with you all.


Other Workshops coming up for Parents held at Glenealy School


Technology - Creating a Safer Internet Environment at home on PC and Mac.

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.


Kind regards


Brenda

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Dates for your Diary

Monday 24th September

Normal school day for students (cancellation of CPD day)

Postponed till further notice

Vision Screening - originally scheduled for Monday 17th September

Y1 and Y6 Immunisations- originally scheduled for Thursday 20th September

Class, Group and Individual Photos - originally scheduled for Friday 21st September.

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

Parent Circles and Learning Walks 8:30 am - 10:15 am

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

PTA AGM and Parents’ Drinks Evening

A reminder about the Glenealy School PTA AGM and Drinks Evening next week:

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

Date: Thursday, 27th September 2018

Place: The Centre, Glenealy School


To help us plan the catering, please RSVP using the short Google Form here. Please join us and enjoy complimentary food and drinks - delicious finger food, soft drinks, beer and wine - as we briefly review the past year and thank you all for your support. Please note that this is a parent/teacher only evening, so come ready to mix, mingle and enjoy the hospitality!


For copies of the Agenda and/or 2017-18 Report & Accounts, please contact Becky on pta@glenealy.net. If you would like to nominate for the Committee, please email Becky for a nomination form.

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Year 6 Bake Sale

Year 6 kicked off this year’s playground fundraisers with a fantastic team effort. ‘Love our Planet’ was the theme and the challenge was to keep waste to a minimum, while keeping the fun and energy high! Parents and caregivers got creative with a pre-loved toy & book sale, five different games and a huge variety of savoury and sweet treats. There was something for everyone and the afternoon raised over $12,500 towards the playground project. Thanks to the Year 6 Class Parents and everyone involved!

News from Medical Room

Due to adverse weather conditions, both the Vision Screenings and Year 1 and Year 6 Immunisations have been postponed till further notice.

We will keep parents informed when the re-scheduled dates are confirmed.

Interested in French Mother Tongue Development?

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Cours de français langue maternelle - Écoles primaires - ESF

Chers parents,


En fonction de vos préférences, voici les deux formes de soutien que pourraient prendre les cours de français langue maternelle dans les écoles primaires de l’ESF cette année :

  • Soit un cours dispensé par les parents pour lequel l’ESF s’engage à fournir formation et ressources pédagogiques.

  • Soit un cours assuré par un enseignant recruté par l’ESF et rémunéré par les familles concernées.

Vous serez libres de décider de la fréquence et de la durée des leçons qui se dérouleront dans l’école de vos enfants et commenceront après 15h00.


Vous noterez toutefois qu’un minimum de 4 élèves (tout âge confondu) sera nécessaire pour envisager l’ouverture d’une classe de français dans un établissement du primaire.


Afin de mieux cerner votre intérêt pour ce programme, vous serait-il possible de m’envoyer vos réponses au court questionnaire suivant, de préférence avant le 30 septembre ?


Bien entendu, n’hésitez pas à me contacter pour toute information complémentaire sur ces cours de langue maternelle et à faire circuler ce message auprès des familles de langue française de notre fondation.


Cordiales salutations,

Benoît Bardin


ESF Bilingual Hub - The English Schools Foundation
benoit.bardin@esfcentre.edu.hk


QUESTIONNAIRE

Réponses à adresser à benoit.bardin@esfcentre.edu.hk

Le nom de votre enfant :

Son prénom :

Son école :

Sa classe actuelle (2018-2019) :

Votre préférence concernant l’enseignement du cours :


Un cours dont vous pourriez, en tant que parent, assurer l’enseignement

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L’emploi d’un enseignant aux frais des familles intéressées (coûts précisés ultérieurement)


Type de soutien reçu par votre enfant à ce jour en français :

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 has now closed.

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.

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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Extra Curricular Activities Term 1 2018-19

Disclaimer Notice: Glenealy School does not endorse or represent the accuracy, truthfulness or reliability of these advertisements placed by outside agencies.


MONDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Soccer

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • BANANA ART CLUB (Art)

Michelle - 6020 5476

bananaartclub@gmail.com


  • FOUNDATION ACADEMY (Film Makers)

Namrata Bindra -3107 8810

namrata.bindra@foundationge.com


TUESDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Sports Clubs & Tennis

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • Brownies

Penny Donowho - 9181 7318

pennykennington@hotmail.com


  • CHESS CLUB

Yin Ping Ho 2884 1420 / 9215 2682

hoyinpingchess@gmail.com


  • CENTER STAGE STUDIOS (Musical Theatre)

Imogen Taylor - 5236 7960

admin@centrestagestudioshk.com


WEDNESDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Basketball

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • CENTER STAGE STUDIOS (Drama)

Imogen Taylor - 5236 7960

admin@centrestagestudioshk.com


  • THE CLASSROOM BY MG (Litteracy)

Mary Godridge - 9103 4378

mgodridge@gmail.com


THURSDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • APPDEV-X (Coding)

Joey Ngai -

info@appdev-x.com


  • ACTIVE KIDS (Stormy Chefs)

Elsie - 3480 4199

info@activekidshk.com


FRIDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • MOK'S TAEKWONDO SELF-DEFENCE (Tae Kwon Do)

Charles Mok - 9494 7636

mokstkd@hkstar.com


  • ACTIVE KIDS (Science Adventures)

Elsie - 3480 4199

info@activekidshk.com


  • BRILLIANT LEARNING (Sanskrit)

Geetnajali Dhar - 9830 0612

geetanjali@sanskritiglobal.org


SATURDAY


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics

2711 1280

sports@esf.org.hk

Website: http://www.esf.org.hk/index.asp


  • READ FOR MEANING (Reading)

Mary Barker - 2523 0062 / 9401 4559

marygbarker@hotmail.com