Glenealy School Newsletter

8th May 2019

Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,

Many members of our Glenealy and ESF family, past and present, attended the memorial services for our late site manager, Mr. Ricky Yeung, over the weekend. Ricky’s family expressed their sincere appreciation for our kind thoughts, our attendance and for the sizeable donation received from the warm hearted Glenealy community. They also appreciated the lovely Memory Book that included tributes, cards, pictures and messages. Thank you for your contributions.

Update on the Principal Recruitment Process

I have been informed that Belinda Greer (ESF CEO), Adam Hughes (ESF Director of Education) and Andy Lowe (GS School Council Chair) are now moving to the final shortlisting stage of the recruitment process. This will culminate in 2-4 candidates undertaking a rigorous 3 day process which will take place at the end of May.


On Thursday 30th May the candidates will spend the entire day at Glenealy School. They will be present in the playground in the morning to meet you before school and will then be interviewed by a number of stakeholder panels including, staff, support staff, senior management, students and parents throughout the day. I will be involved in the process on the day before at ESFC where candidates will have the opportunity to ‘fact find’ about the school with me. There will be a formal presentation evening on Thursday 30th May beginning at 6.15 pm. This will take place at Glenealy School in The Centre. Each candidate will give a presentation on a set topic for 20 minutes and will then field questions from the floor for 10 minutes. Feedback will be gathered from all stakeholders who attend. We would strongly urge you to attend and be part of this important evening. I will give you more details on timings once we have a confirmation of how many candidates will move to the final shortlist process.

Congratulations to our Year 6 Debate Team

It was a wonderful experience to listen to our Year 6 Debate Team convince the audience and the adjudicators with their robust and articulate arguments and rebuttals about why swimming should or should not be taught in Hong Kong primary schools. A HUGE congratulations to Louise Bott who coached the team to a win last Saturday. We are now off to the Hong Kong International Debate Final in June!

It’s not all about winning, but it did feel good!

Kind regards


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Dates for your Diary

Thursday 9th May - Friday 10th May

Year 4 camp

Friday 10th May

Year 1 Fund raiser Bake Sale - after school

Monday 13th May

Day following Buddha's Birthday- school closed

Tuesday 14th May

School Council Meeting 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Wednesday 15th May- Friday 17th May

Year 6 Shenzen trip.

Thursday 30th May

Meet the candidates for the Principal's post

Presentations begin at 6:15 pm

Thursday 6th June

Glenealy CPD day- no school for students

Friday 7th June

Public Holiday- Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival

Tuesday 18th June

School Council Meeting 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Friday 28th June

End of Term 3 - school closes at 12:00 noon

PTA News

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Year 1 Fund raiser

Year 1 will be hosting a summer themed bake sale on Friday 10th May. Please be sure to send your child to school on the day with $10-20 so that they can join in the fun.

Uniform Recycling

Many thanks to the families that donated their second hand uniform in our recent drop-offs. We will arrange for these donations to be responsibly recycled and used overseas. There will be further collections of uniform towards the end of this term.

Message from Jockey Club Sarah Roe School PTA

On behalf of the JCSRS PTA, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for your support of World Autism Awareness Day and our Danceathon.

Thanks to all the caring, courageous students, teachers and staff, we are not only closer to the financial goal of purchasing a bus for our special needs children, but also touched by a strong sense of kinship with the broader ESF community. We are overwhelmed by your spirit of inclusion and support.

To date, we have received over $200,000 from the ESF schools and parent communities who have participated in the Wear Blue Day and the Danceathon. While we still have much work ahead of us to reach our goal of $1 million for the bus, your support has kick-started our efforts in a huge way, and lifted our spirits and hope. We proud to be part of the ESF community.

With best wishes,

Sandra Feran & Sandra Lee

Co-Chairs of the JCSRS PTA

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The Journey: An exploration of Art- an ESF Community project

This exhibition highlights the many artistic talents of our students across the ESF Schools, from kindergarten through secondary school, PIS and special school. The exhibition is not just a journey through the years of our schools, it represents the way in which our young men and women grow and develop as people. The art works cover a wide range of media. This is a 10-day art exhibition and it's opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday 24th May at 4:00 pm. Feel free to come along and see the exhibition!

Details are:

Theme: The Journey: An Exploration of Art

Exhibition dates: 24th May – 2nd June 2019

Venue: K11 art space, B2/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Time: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)

(Free admission, open to public, opening ceremony special guest - Mrs. Belinda Greer)

Beware of TikTok App

Susan McLean is a prominent author on cyber bullying and Australia's foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people.

In recent parent and teacher sessions that were held with Susan McLean, it was mentioned that the TikTok app wasn't very safe for children.

In a recent article citing research from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) that was conducted with 40,000 children, it was found that 1 in 20 were asked to take their clothes off whilst streaming on TikTok.

Read more about this here.

If parents hear their children talking about this app, we suggest you look closely at it and steer your children away from it. As always, it is good practice to monitor young children's internet activities and use your own judgement to evaluate appropriate apps.

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, you may 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 this academic year.

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ESF Draft Calendar for 2019-20

Please find the Draft version of the next academic year's calendar here.


The start date for 2020/21 shown for indication only. We recommend individuals and families avoid making travel plans for August 2020 until the school start date and back to school work date are confirmed.

Glenealy Globe

Read more about the upcoming Year 6 Shenzen trip and the past China Week from the Marvellous Media Mavericks in the Hall of Fame section.

Glenealy Brownie Pack

The Glenealy Brownie Pack has available places for girls in Y3 and Y4 starting this term. The Brownies meet from 3:00 to 4:30 on Tuesdays at Glenealy School. Brownies is run by volunteers and our fee for each term is $400 or less.

We offer a varied programme that aims to equip the girls with the knowledge and skills to become more independent and to develop their character. They learn in a fun, non-formal way by having a go and doing a wide range of activities that may include sewing, first aid, crafts, personal care, safety etc. Brownies is structured to give the girls opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership skills. The highlight of each year is an overnight camp in dormitories where they can put the skills they have learnt into practice.

Our pack belongs to the Hong Kong Girl Guide Association and is part of the Worldwide Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. If you would like your daughter to join the Brownie Pack, please complete the application form and email it to

Extra Curricular Activities Term 2 2018-19

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Michelle - 6020 5476


Namrata Bindra -3107 8810


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Sports Clubs & Tennis

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  • Brownies

Penny Donowho - 9181 7318


Yin Ping Ho 2884 1420 / 9215 2682

  • CENTER STAGE STUDIOS (Musical Theatre)

Imogen Taylor - 5236 7960



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  • THE CLASSROOM BY MG (Litteracy)

Mary Godridge - 9103 4378



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  • APPDEV-X (Coding)


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics

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Charles Mok - 9494 7636

  • ACTIVE KIDS (Science Adventures)

Elsie - 3480 4199


Geetnajali Dhar - 9830 0612


  • ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics

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  • READ FOR MEANING (Reading)

Mary Barker - 2523 0062 / 9401 4559