Glenealy School Newsletter
4th June 2020
Message from Chris
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
It has been a couple of weeks now since children started to come back into school and they have continued to have great success upon their return.
The children have been doing exceptionally well as they get back into the swing of things here and there has been some great learning going on around the school. I would like to once again thank all staff for the work they have put into making this transition as smooth as possible, as well as, thanking all parents for their support in ensuring the children have been ready to succeed at school given the new requirements.
Temperature Check Forms
Thank you to all parents who are ensuring the children’s temperatures are taken before they travel to school. This is an EDB and CHP requirement and is essential for children to attend. Please make sure this is up to date each day, including Saturdays and Sundays, and whether they are at school or learning online. Thank you for your cooperation in fulfilling this requirement.
Staggered Start and End Times - Week beginning 8th June
Thank you for your understanding as we try to maintain social distancing during the start and end of the day. The times worked well this week with children. Please see next week’s staggered start and leave times on the page here
Please find the Glenealy calendar for next year here. The Government has gazetted the public holiday dates, therefore this calendar is final. A number of parents have inquired about the start of next year, and whether we think there will still be restrictions on our school functions. The simple answer at this stage is that we do not know. The school and ESF will do all it can to ensure we meet EDB and CHP requirements while delivering the best we can for our children. We will keep you as up to date as possible with plans for next year over the summer break.
Staff Leavers and Joiners
It is that time of year when we will shortly be saying goodbye to a number of members of staff, as well as, preparing to welcome others. It is always sad to say goodbye to staff members but they always remain connected in some way to our great community.
Dave joined Glenealy School as a Vice Principal in 2011. He has been an integral part of every aspect of the school’s development since then. Dave has also contributed significantly to the wider ESF community. He is an excellent school leader who inspires trust and respect in the people he works with and the students and parents he serves. He will be greatly missed. As Dave moves on to new adventures in Singapore we wish him and his family every success and happiness. He will be missed by children, parents and staff alike. I am sure you will all join me over the coming weeks in thanking Dave for his exceptional service and dedication to the school over the past nine years.
Louise joined the school in 2015. She has been an important part of our teaching team and school community over the past 5 years. Louise has carefully stewarded the Year 6 classes over this time, through their learning, Exhibitions and transitions to Secondary school. Louise has also led our English Language curriculum in recent years. Louise will be moving on and plans to travel at the end of the year. I know the community will join me in thanking Louise for her wonderful service over time to our school and wishing her the very best for the years to come.
Gillian has been with the school since 2018. She has done an exceptional job of ensuring the Year 4 children had a good year, and the Year 5 children in the year before. We would like to congratulate Gillian as she moves on to Peak School where she will be teaching next year. I know you will join me in wishing Gillian well as she continues her career at her new school.
Himali joined the school at the start of the school year and has taught Year 2 with great enthusiasm. Himali will be moving to London to continue her teaching career. I would like to thank Himali for her energy and commitment to teaching Year 2 this year. I know that the Year 2 children, parents and staff will miss her greatly.
Kirstin joined us at the start of this academic year and has really enjoyed teaching her Year 5 class. She has shown huge enthusiasm and great innovation as she taught her class this year. Kirstin will be relocating to Canada in the new academic year and we wish her the very best as she continues her teaching career. I know that the Year 5 children, parents and staff will miss her greatly.
I would once again like to thank all our staff who are leaving this year for their dedicated work for our community and wish them all well as they move to pastures new.
Looking forward, we have a number of new staff joining the school. I know you will join me in welcoming new staff to the Glenealy community in August.
Originally from Australia, Mikayla started her career in teaching in Sydney before relocating to Hong Kong in 2014. She has spent the last six years teaching at Clearwater Bay School and is very passionate about student voice and wellbeing. Outside of work, Mikayla enjoys going to the beach, travelling, hiking and sharing meals with friends at Hong Kong’s amazing restaurants. She is really looking forward to joining the Glenealy community in August.
Emily has been teaching for 14 years and has been working in Hong Kong at Sha Tin Junior School for the last 11 years. While she has worked in all primary year groups, during her time in Hong Kong she has been teaching Years 1, 2 and 3. Emily’s philosophy as a teacher is to value every child as an individual and her role in their learning journey is to create an environment where they are happy, feel safe and are able to achieve to their full potential. Emily is passionate about inquiry and using play to allow children to explore their ideas and wonderings. Emily is really looking forward to meeting the children and becoming a part of the Glenealy School community in the new academic year.
Adam is from North Wales (United Kingdom) and is an experienced international primary teacher living in The Netherlands. He has taught children of all ages from all over the world and is excited to start his new adventure at Glenealy school. In his free time he loves to be outdoors and taking part in various adventurous activities such as surfing, paddle boarding, rock climbing and hiking. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family along with meeting new people from different parts of the world. Adam’s favourite thing about teaching is building relationships with class and colleagues. He is really looking forward to joining us in August!
I would also like to congratulate Heather Darling. Many of our community will know from home learning technology sessions - Heather is our Learning Technologies leader and has been working part time with us here at school. Heather is a very experienced teacher and will be joining us full time as one of our Class Teachers next year. She will continue to lead learning technology across the school. We welcome Heather to her new role.
On another note, I am also pleased to announce that Jennine Harding will once again take the role as Acting Vice Principal in Term 1 of next year. Jennine is hugely experienced in the school and is our Inclusion Leader. She held the role in Term 1 of the current academic year and is looking forward to working in the role in the new year. During the term the school will undertake a full recruitment process for a Vice Principal. This process was put on hold this year due to school site closure and global travel restrictions. We look forward to completing the process in the new year.
For those parents who have been contacted by the EDB to correct their forms, the School Office will get in touch with you once the documents have been received. Parents may contact EDB’s enquiry number 3850 2000 if they wish to check the status of their application.
I would once again like to thank our parents for all their support over the past term and we will endeavour to keep you up to date with all developments as the weeks progress.
One of our wonderful Year 6 Exhibition Groups has shared some messages below, please do have a look at them.
Year 6 Exhibitions
Hi, our names are Annabella, Ateqa, Harper, Finn and Ronnie. For our Y6 Exhibition, we want to help the homeless by donating to Impact HK but we need YOUR help. Impact HK helps the homeless by donating food, helping them get employed and housed. More than 2000 meals are served every week by Impact HK and more than 500 people in HK are supported by them.
To help the homeless, we are collecting towels (any size) and adult trainers/sneakers (any size). These will be donated to Impact HK and will make a difference to the lives of homeless people in Hong Kong. You could help by donating towels and trainers.
Our collection point is at:
29 Conduit Road, Conway Mansion, Mid- levels.
Please leave it at the front desk marked for the attention of Apt 19-E (The Pauline family)
The towels and trainers/sneakers that you donate can be new or used but in good condition. The deadline for donations is Monday 15th of June.
Ordering New Uniform
Glenealy School Uniform is ordered online and delivered to your home within 3-5 working days dependent on stock availability and shipping logistics. A guide with further information about the uniform and how it should be worn can be found here. The correct fit is important and returns and exchanges may incur additional costs. Please contact Becky (email@example.com) if you would like to arrange a time for your child to try on samples of uniform kept at school.
Uniforms can also be purchased in person directly from the uniform supplier at their retail outlet in Lai Chi Kok. Their contact details are located here. In store uniform fittings will be by appointment only.
Donations of gently used uniform for resale can be dropped off at the PTA Uniform Shop on the following dates:
Thursday 18 June - morning drop off
Friday 19 June - morning drop off
Tuesday 23 June - morning drop off
Wednesday 24 June - morning drop off
If you have any questions or need more information about any aspect of school uniform please email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to get involved? Opportunities in the new school year
One of the things that makes Glenealy such a special school is it's sense of community. There are many ways in which you can contribute. Why not become a Class Parent, join the PTA or help at one of the many events and fundraisers held over the course of the year? We welcome all new ideas and thoughts.
- Become a Class Representative/Parent - Volunteering as class rep is a great way to help your child's school and get to know other parents. Class Parents are a central contact point between the PTA and your child’s class. In addition to communicating important information between the PTA and the class, Class Parents organize meet-ups for the parents/caregivers of all students in their class. You will work as a team of 2 per class. Please complete this form if you wish to put your name forward to be a Class Parent for your child's class.
- Join the PTA - Bring your skills, ideas and enthusiasm to the heart of our school community. This highly rewarding role offers the opportunity for you to provide your input and help organise some fantastic events. Please contact Becky at email@example.com if you are interested in hearing more.
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