Glenealy School Newsletter

9th January 2019

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,


It was great to see the children back at school happy and relaxed and ready to go for another exciting term. I trust you all got some rest and relaxation over the holiday period too.

Happy New Year!


Update on student progress

Over the next couple of months you will have further opportunities to find out about your child’s progress at school. Mid term reports will go ‘live’ on Gateway on Monday 28 January. Year 4-6 results of International School Assessment (ISA) testing will be issued at this time also. On February 21st (pm) and February 22nd (full day) there will also be an opportunity for you to spend a significant amount of time at school with your child as part of the Student-Led Conferences.

More information will be released on Gateway in the coming weeks. As always, if you have any worries or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. E-mail contacts can be found in the school diary or on our Glenealy School App.


Look what’s happened over the holidays!

As you can see by the photos, significant work has taken place on the upstairs playgrounds during our time away. It’s exciting to see the redevelopment project started. The students have adapted very well to the new arrangements for snack and lunch, which means all children have the opportunity to play downstairs during the day.


Staffing

Gillian Mee (Teacher) has started full time in 5B this week and already has the class settled and into great routines.

Welcome to Georgie James and Alex Tunesi who are working as educational assistants (EA) in a job-share role in 4L, supporting Ms Lavery and the students.

Heenu Nagrani (EA) will be working in 2M (Mrs Matthews class) for the rest of the year and a new EA, Clare Goshawk, will be starting next week in 2S (Mrs Scott’s class).

Nurse Sue Beer- Philip will be working full-time over the next few months.


Keeping up to date

There are a number of events taking place at school over the next few months, so please consult the Diary updates below to ensure you are aware of the events that are pertinent to you and your child.


Kind regards and keep warm!


Brenda

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Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 8th January - Tuesday 15th January

Glenealy's Got Talent Auditions 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Friday 25th January

School Photographs

Saturday 26th January

ESF Fun Run - Hong Kong Science Park

Thursday 31st January

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Monday 4th - Friday 8th February

School closed for Chinese New Year Mid-Term break

Monday 11th February

Glenealy CPD Day- no school for students

Wednesday 13th February

Parents Circles 8:15 am - 10:00 am

Thursday 14th February

PTA Lunchtime Disco Years 1-3

Friday 15th February

PTA Lunchtime Disco Years 4-6

Thursday 21st February

Student-Led Conferences (afternoon)

Friday 22nd February

Student-Led Conferences (all day, no lessons for students)

Friday 5th April

Ching Ming Festival-school closed

Friday 12th April

End of Term 2

PTA News

Uniform Giveaway!

The PTA Uniform shop has ceased trading and we still have limited quantities of stock in some sizes. As a ‘thank you’ to our families for all your support, we are offering items of the old uniform to students in Years 3 to 6 free of charge. Please click here for the Google Order Form. Orders will be filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Please be reminded that these items cannot be worn next school year. From August 2019, all Glenealy students will transition to the new school uniform.

School Discos - Thursday 14th & Friday 15th February

The hugely popular School Discos will be held on Thursday 14th (Years 1-3) and Friday 15th February (Years 4-6). Look out in next week’s Newsletter for ticketing information.

Uniform Recycling

Thank you to all families that recycled old school uniform. The PTA sent 16 large bags of recycled uniform to the Crossroads Foundation at the end of last term, for use overseas.

Click here for more information on the wonderful work this charity does.


Glenealy is committed to responsible recycling and re-use of our old uniforms. We will be arranging further collections of old-style uniform later in the year.


With the cooler weather here, please remember that we have fitting samples of all new winter uniform items. Contact Becky at pta@glenealy.net to arrange a fitting or for any enquires regarding uniform. You can order the new uniform online from www.schooluniform.hk and delivery will be to your home.


Please be reminded of the following winter uniform guidelines:

  • Long-sleeved t-shirts/underwear not to be worn with short-sleeved blouses, shirts or PE tops – long-sleeved versions of uniform and PE Tops are available for winter wear
  • Heather Grey Knit Sweater with collar out, with school uniform only (not with PE kit)
  • Unisex Fleece Jacket can be worn with both uniform and PE Kit
  • Boys navy trousers and Girls navy long pants to be worn on school uniform days only, preferably with navy socks
  • PE tracksuit pants/Girls Long PE Pants to be worn on PE Days only
  • Girls Skort can be worn with Navy Tights or white socks – no leggings allowed
  • Black school shoes only with uniform; trainers (any colour) with PE Kit


Eco-friendly navy blue and white socks are available from Eureka Socks at a special discounted rate for Glenealy families. Click here to order online and enter the discount code “Glenealy15%” at check out.


For every order placed online, Eureka will donate a pair of socks to a charity of the school’s choice. Parents are advised that navy and white socks from other suppliers are also acceptable.

Glenealy's Got Talent!

GGT is coming is coming in Term 2!!

Get your acts ready.


Auditions will take place on the following dates in The Centre from 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm:


  • Thursday 10th January - Instrumentalists only
  • Monday 14th January
  • Tuesday 15th January


Only polished acts will be chosen.

We look forward to seeing you at the auditions.

Christmas Gifts and using them safely

In the new year, as some children may have been gifted new devices or even just to refresh, it would be worth reviewing the Glenealy School Digital CItizenship agreement with your child and discussing why the agreements are important. The Year 1 and 2 agreement is here, and the Years 3-6 agreement is here.

Kevin Tibble, the ESF technology advisor ran two workshops earlier in the year which gave advice to parents about how best to set up safe guards. The mobile device presentation can be accessed here and the presentation concerning PCs and laptops is here. If your devices are Apple products, booking an appointment at the Apple store takes all of the hard work out of making your devices family friendly.

ESF Websites- Parent feedback is important.

ESF are now conducting a survey to try to find out how their websites could be improved to help parents in their information searches and decision making.

It would be great if you could help by filling out a simple questionnaire at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/qjDRSqRvXDqKp7jW2 (The deadline is Thursday 17th January 2019).


Thank you for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback.

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ESF Fun Run

Following last year’s huge success, the ESF Hong Kong Run is returning on 26 January 2019 at the Science Park. Individual races, family runs and community carnival will be open for the community.

More details can be found here

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 2 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


  • Creative Dance
Hillary - 9124 5814

htinnerg@gmail.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)

info@appdev-x.com

http://www.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