Glenealy School Newsletter
3rd October 2018
Message from Brenda
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students
PTA Annual General Meeting
Thanks to the PTA for hosting a lovely social evening last week for the PTA AGM. A special thank you to the PTA committee members who have stood down after supporting the PTA and the school for many years; Jane Walker, Michelle Shepherd and Bart Piestrzynski. Also Christine Meaney who has stepped down from the Chair role after doing an outstanding job in leading our successful PTA team. We welcome Fatema Jangbarwala as our new PTA Chair alongside Co-Chair Jane Madden for the 2018/19 year. Thanks to all of our PTA committee members past and present.
Three Way Conferences
Thanks for booking your appointment. Please come on time for your appointment and don’t forget to bring your child with you if he or she is in Year 3 or above. An e-mail was sent yesterday to anyone who is yet to make an appointment. Please find more information here if you need further clarification.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Our SEL assembly last week focused on the difference between Tattling and Telling. This is a useful resource to use to discuss these ideas with your child. Below are some helpful characteristics of tattling and telling, to also share with your child.
Sometimes students tattle:
to get someone in trouble
about a small problem they can handle on their own
about something they know was an accident
about something that is harmless
about something that is unimportant
about something that is nothing to do with them
Students should tell (report) when it is:
about unexpected behaviour that is being done on purpose
about a big problem that you need help from an adult to solve
about something that is harmful to you or to others
about something that is important
to keep others safe
Welcome to New Staff
A warm welcome to Jane Madden who joins the Year 1 teaching team as a part time EA in Paula Lamont’s class (1L). Jane has settled in well and is enjoying her new role.
We also welcome Anna Foote in a new Educational Assistant post within the school. Anna is new to HK and comes with extensive nursing experience. Anna is being trained to be a support person to assist students with social and emotional needs. Anna works in classrooms supporting students and will also assist with friendship programmes, bereavement support and generally helping children to feel safe and happy at school. We are excited about this new role and know it will be of benefit to many children in the school.
As a reminder we also have a trained counsellor who works in the school, Erin Donahue. If you would like your child to see Erin, please contact your child’s teacher, Jennine Harding or one of the Senior Management Team. This service is a part-funded model.
Parent Circles and Learning Walks
We had a very successful session yesterday with approximately 40 parents who attended the workshop followed by visits to classrooms to find out more about how students learn at Glenealy School. For more information about this new initiative click here. Our next session will take place on Wednesday 13th February and the focus will be on Mathematics. More details will follow.
Book Week. The theme this year is 'Languages Matter'.
A mini Book Week will take place from 24th-26th October. This is the week straight after mid-term break. As always, this will culminate in a character parade dress up day. All parents are welcome to attend this event on Friday 26th October at 8.40 am. You might want to use your mid-term break to start discussing possible costumes with your child. Everyone makes a huge effort to be creative and to try to put a homemade touch to the costumes. No pressure!
Book week will also include book-swaps, games and activities, author visits (generously sponsored by the PTA) and lots of other exciting opportunities to celebrate reading. Please note the poster below from the Green Team, promoting Book Swap. Books can be brought in from tomorrow, Thursday 4th October. Thank you!
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 4th October
Creating a Safer Internet Environment Information evening - adults only 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9th October and Thursday 11th October - 3:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Three Way Student Conferences
Friday 12th October
Dress Casual Day and donate money for The Community Chest
Monday 15th October
Monday 22nd October
Monday 12th November
Monday 26th November
Year 1 and Year 6 Immunisations
Friday 30th November
Glenealy PTA AGM and Drinks Evening
PTA hosted the Glenealy School AGM on Thursday, 27th September. Thank you to everyone that attended. It was nice to catch up with existing and new parents. At the meeting the Chair of the PTA, Christine Meaney, stepped down and will remain on the PTA as Honorary Secretary. Fatema Jangbarwala will take on the role as the PTA Chair. She will be supported by Jane Madden as Vice Chair and Rick Yoon as Honorary Treasurer. Our thanks to both Phil Sangster and Indi Kalsi for their continued support and participation with the PTA.
Glenealy School PTA 2018-19
Fatema Jangbarwala - Chair
Jane Madden – Vice Chair
Rick Yoon – Honorary Treasurer
Christine Meaney – Honorary Secretary
Principal & Teacher Representatives
Brenda Cook – Ex Officio Principal Member
Phil Sangster – Vice Principal
Indi Kalsi - Classroom Teacher (3K)
Becky Steel, PTA Coordinator
Belinda Lieu, PTA Finance Coordinator
News from Medical Room
Is your child having problems sleeping? Is it impacting your lives?
This free online webinar maybe useful for parents whose children are experiencing difficulties:
Top Tech Tips
A few weeks ago, the Social Emotional Learning assembly focus was on bullying. As our children's lives become more digital, cyber bullying will obviously be at the forefront of parents and carers’ minds.
Cyber bullying can include
Taking or sharing/posting photographs, videos or images of someone without their knowledge or permission
Sharing / posting inappropriate messages or images
Logging on as someone else or pretending to be someone else
Encouraging others to access or post inappropriate content
The biggest indicator that your child may be being a victim of bullying is a change in their technology behaviour, possibly shying away from a computer or being reluctant to online game or being anxious when messages are received.
If you think your child is being targeted, please do not try to engage or contact the other child yourself. Take screen shots, then block the account if possible and inform the school.
Please note that although the school wants to be informed of possible cyber bullying incidents as part of supporting children’s well-being, if the incidents are using social media such as WhatsApp, there are limited steps that we can take.
In fact, recent updates of WhatsApp allow the messages to be deleted which could pose additional problems.
Quarry Bay School Workshop- URSTRONG
Quarry Bay School is pleased to announce that they will be hosting URSTRONG, an internationally recognized Social Emotional Wellbeing program, on Thursday 25th October.
The aim of URSTRONG is to empower children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. To learn more about URSTRONG and their programmes please watch this short video which describes the impact of URSTRONG on children and parents around the globe.
URSTRONG will be holding two Language of Friendship workshops on Thursday, 25th October at Quarry Bay School. The workshops have been designed for parents/carers to attend with their children.
Parents can register via the attached electronic advertisement/poster:
-Language of Friendship Jr. (Years 1 and 2 plus parents) from 4.30pm to 6.00pm
-Language of Friendship (Years 3 to 6 plus parents) from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
If you have any questions or queries regarding this event then could you please contact URSTRONG directly using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you at one of the workshops.
Quarry Bay School.
Ms Mina DUNSTAN
Quarry Bay School (Hong Kong)
Ph: +852 2566-4242
Year 1 and Year 7 Admissions
Year 1 Central Application period for children born in 2014 has now closed. Please click here for Year 1 key dates for the next steps.
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.
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.
Extra Curricular Activities Term 1 2018-19
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- ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Soccer
- BANANA ART CLUB (Art)
Michelle - 6020 5476
- FOUNDATION ACADEMY (Film Makers)
Namrata Bindra -3107 8810
- Creative Dance
- ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Sports Clubs & Tennis
Penny Donowho - 9181 7318
- CHESS CLUB
Yin Ping Ho 2884 1420 / 9215 2682
- CENTER STAGE STUDIOS (Musical Theatre)
Imogen Taylor - 5236 7960
- ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Basketball
- CENTER STAGE STUDIOS (Drama)
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- THE CLASSROOM BY MG (Litteracy)
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- ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis
- APPDEV-X (Coding)
Joey Ngai -
- ACTIVE KIDS (Stormy Chefs)
Elsie - 3480 4199
- ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics
- MOK'S TAEKWONDO SELF-DEFENCE (Tae Kwon Do)
Charles Mok - 9494 7636
- ACTIVE KIDS (Science Adventures)
Elsie - 3480 4199
- BRILLIANT LEARNING (Sanskrit)
Geetnajali Dhar - 9830 0612
- ESF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES - Tennis & Gymnastics
- READ FOR MEANING (Reading)
Mary Barker - 2523 0062 / 9401 4559