Glenealy School Newsletter

20th March 2019

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,

Sports and PE

For the first year ever, students represented Glenealy School in the Inter-School Hockey Tournament. As a small school it can be difficult to participate in such a wide range of sports like the larger schools. However, Mr Pattison, alongside his group of staff coaches including Mr Angelosante, Mr Paddy (EA), Mr Alex (EA), Mrs Walters and Mrs Rutkowski, is certainly ensuring children have a myriad of opportunities to try, and to develop a love of sport and teamwork.

A big thanks to Mr Pattison for his dedication to our sports and PE programme and for his huge effort with promoting and administering the UNICEF Kids Power Bands. This is such popular initiative and such a great piece of collective action. Students and staff are working together to make a positive difference to other children in the world. Well done Glenealy!

Staffing Update and Appreciation

Farewell to Neena Boyle
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Neena, who works as an EA in the Individual Needs Department, will be leaving us on Friday to begin her maternity leave. We wish Neena and Jamie all the best with the arrival of their first baby. Neena will hopefully be returning to us during 2020, once the baby is a bit older and more settled.

Welcome to Cindy Xu
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Cindy has joined Glenealy as our new Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Technician. Cindy is settling well into the school and we look forward to working closely with her in this important role.

Our site staff are making a huge contribution

Edmund Ho
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Polly Wong
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Susan Kan
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Geraldine Baniago
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Many of you may be aware that Ricky Yeung, our Site Manager, is very unwell and is currently receiving medical treatment.We are hoping that he may be able to return after Easter, if he is well enough, and we are all sending him our love and best wishes for a full recovery.James (who was our on-site caretaker) resigned at Chinese New Year as his family had moved, and therefore we have been left very short-staffed.

As you can imagine this has put immense pressure on our existing staff to cover the jobs that need to be be done and to ensure the school campus is maintained to the high standard we are all used to.

I’d like to publicly acknowledge how accommodating and willing Edmund, Polly, Susan and Geraldine have been in filling the gaps, and helping each other out. The entire staff thank them immensely and if you see them, please thank them too.

It seems that workman/cleaner type roles are very difficult to fill in schools and we have received only one application for James’ role. If you know of anyone who has a visa to work and might be interested in a role like this, please ask them to contact Pam or Rekha in the school office.

Reminder about March initiatives

Staff will be wearing dress casual on Fridays during the rest of March - your child can join us too if they would like to. For further information about this please refer to last week’s Newsletter.

Playground Update

As you know our top playgrounds are going to be refurbished into amazing outdoor classrooms and playgrounds for all students to use.

On Friday I will be meeting with ESF Facilities and Buildings staff to examine the tenders and choose the company who will work with us on this important project.This will mark the beginning of a new phase of the project where designs will be re-worked with staff, students and the community until we have a final design in place that meets the needs of our students. As a reminder we are hoping the playgrounds will be officially opened sometime before Christmas 2019. Watch this space!

Have a great rest of your week and enjoy this lovely weather!

Kind regards


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Dates for your Diary

Friday 22nd March

Glenealy's Got Talent - (performer's parents have been notified)

Tuesday 26th March

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

Friday 29th March

Year 2 Fundraiser 3:00 pm

Monday 1st April

8:15 am - 9:00 am Year 4 camp meeting for parents

Thursday 4th April

ESF Choral Concert- Queen Elizabeth Stadium

Friday 5th April

Ching Ming Festival-school closed

Wednesday 10th April

Year 6 Exhibition Evening 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Friday 12th April

End of Term 2 - school closes at 12:00 noon

Monday 29th April

Start of Term 3

Wednesday 1st May

Labour Day -school closed

Thursday 9th May - Friday 10th May

Year 4 camp

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 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

PTA News

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Year 2 Fundraiser

The Year 2 Fundraiser will take place on Friday 29th March at 3:00 pm in the playground. Bring $5-$20 and join us for Easter themed games and sweet treats!

Uniform Updates

The school uniform ordering website is

If you wish to arrange a fitting session of uniform before ordering online, please contact Becky at

Online orders will be delivered to your home address within 3-5 business days.

All students must be in the new style uniform by the start of the next school year in August 2019.

News from the Medical Room.

Please can all Year 1 and Year 6 parents have thir original medical immunisation records collected from the medical room as soon as possible.

As these are original records, they must be collected by an adult.

Parent Circles - Reflections

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Thank-you to all those parents who attended the Mathematics Parent Circles earlier this month. The session was a great success with lots of positive feedback from those who attended.

Alongside the opportunity to see Glenealy students in action within their classrooms the session also shared many of the mathematics resources available on the Glenealy Globe Parents as Partners pages for mathematics.

To explore these please click on the link here (you will need to use the Username and Password found in your child’s diary.)

On reading parent reflections on the classroom visits many of you were encouraged by how all students were both engaged and challenged in their mathematics learning. Some reflections were seeking clarification about the use of calculators that had been seen in a Year 2 classroom.

On occasion, students in Years 1-3 may use calculators as a tool to check their answers and receive feedback within the lesson to see if they are on the right track. This is one approach used from time to time, though certainly not in all sessions.

At Glenealy, students regularly apply and practice their mental number fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, whilst also learning and developing formal and informal written strategies. (The progression of these strategies can also be found in the Parents as Partners section of the Glenealy Globe).

In Year 4-6, students are required to have access to calculators as part of the Mathematical Literacy component of the ISA assessment.

As such some exposure to calculators is necessary prior to Year 4, so students are familiar with when to use a calculator. They learn when a calculator can be a useful tool and (just as importantly) when a calculator cannot help.

As students move up the school a game that many of the students enjoy is ‘beat the calculator’ this involves students in partners answering a quick fire calculation before their partner can type it into the calculator and press the = button. There is often a sense of pride and achievement from students as they ‘beat the calculator’ to the correct answer for the maths fact.

To learn more about the pros and cons of calculator use in mathematics classes, then please see this short reading:

Year 6 Climate Change Action

Hi again, everyone! It’s the Marvellous Media Mavericks! Today, we will be informing you about the Climate Action that happened last week and what Year 6 did. We hope you enjoy reading this article!

Climate action:

Have you heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals? If you haven't, it’s where leaders around the world agreed to try and solve some of the world’s problems by 2030.

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There is an ordinary hero who is trying to achieve one of the UN goals: Climate Action. Her name is Greta Thunberg, she is 16 years old and she comes from Sweden. She gave a speech about this issue in the UN Climate Change Conference. She proposed going on strike in protest against the Swedish Government, urging them to take action for climate change.

Last Friday 15th March 2019, people all over the world who supported her cause went on strike, and protested against their governments.

They posted their tweets under #GretaThunberg and #climatestrikes.

What Year 6 did
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Year 6 were inspired by Greta’s action and they decided to take action. Although they didn't go on the protest, they made “Save the Planet” and “Support Climate Change” signs and posted them on the Year 6 Twitter account that follows Greta and other NGOs who are helping achieve some of the Global Goals.

Check out the Year 6 Twitter account and keep updated on their action:


Thank you for reading this week’s Newsletter and we hope you learnt something new! Have a great week and we’ll see you back in the Hall of Fame for next week’s article.

Marvellous Media Mavericks,

Koel, Chloe and Noa

P.E. News

School Sports

Following the Touch Rugby Tournament last Tuesday 12th March, our busy sporting week continued as Glenealy School entered two teams into the All Hong Kong Hockey Schools Tournament at HK Football Club on Friday 15th March.

Again, our students did themselves, and the school, proud. Many of the students involved were open-minded and risk-takers in equal measure, as this was their first experience of a hockey competition.

Thanks again to the support from parents. Mr. Sangster and I had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

This Saturday 23rd March, sees some of our students represent Glenealy at 'The Race', the HK Primary Schools Sports Association (HKPSSA) cross-country championships, in Discovery Bay.

Please wish them luck and a report on the event will follow next week.

UNICEF Kid Power Update

We are now two weeks into the programme and the positive impact students are having on their own health and exercise habits is very evident. Also, as caring global citizens, our community is having a genuine positive impact on the lives of those who need our support around the world.

Please take the time to view the slides below, which were shared with students in our SEL assembly last Monday morning. I hope that this makes you smile as much it did us!

Warm regards,

Andy Pattison

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Growing up Online- Information Evenings for Parents

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan McLean's famous 'no-nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.

Please register on the links below if you are interested.

The cost would be $200 per person.

Monday 8th April 2019

ESF Centre -

Tuesday 9th April 2019

West Island School -

Thursday 11th April 2019


Lost Property

There are many unclaimed items on the Lost Property shelves outside the Nurse's room.

Can all parents and caregivers check if there is anything in Lost Property that belongs to their child (ren) as any remaining items will be cleared and donated to charity at the end of this term.

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.

Extra Curricular Activities Term 2 2018-19

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