Glenealy School Newsletter
27th February 2020
Message from Chris
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I hope all of our community are well this week during these unprecedented times. You will have received the notification from ESF Communications Team regarding the extension of the home learning arrangements. I know that many of you, like me, will be very disappointed to hear this news. That said, it has been truly heartening to see many of the learning experiences, videos and photos of our children learning here in Hong Kong, and in countries around the world. We maintain our commitment to do all we can over the coming period to continue to develop our service to our children through distance learning. I want to thank our community once again for the support you have shown to the school and our teaching team throughout this period.
We have continued to adapt the learning within year groups, and it is a great credit to the students that they are applying their independent learning skills so readily and successfully to the distance learning model. Access rates for home learning have increased this week, which is great. Our staff, currently working from homes in Hong Kong, are doing all they can to connect with the children throughout the school day to respond to their learning and are busy feeding back or connecting with them through written feedback, Google Hangouts and other platforms.
Our focus this week has been to continually develop our feedback on learning that has been submitted. Feedback is coming in the form of written comments, audio comments, or face to face during connect times. This was an area that I identified last week in this Newsletter, and we will continue to work on this to ensure that we know how well our learners are progressing.
We know that it can be challenging at home for parents and caregivers to maintain the momentum of learning with children during the day. This is natural. We are also mindful that families are approaching home learning in different ways and at different times. Children are not used to learning in their home environment with the level of intensity that we are currently experiencing. This article contains some tips to support your child with their home learning. We will continue to encourage children to engage in home learning. Whilst we are doing our best to monitor the learning progress and output of children in the home, if you feel your child needs more external encouragement to undertake the learning, please let your teaching team know and we will endeavour to support in any way we can. We know it can be difficult in the home, but for those children who are accessing home learning, please make sure they take regular brain breaks, and get some exercise in between learning tasks. Thank you once again for all your support, as we work in partnership to navigate this period of distance learning.
We still have some Chromebooks at school, ready to be loaned to families. If you need to borrow one (or an additional one) within your family, just let our admin team know via email and they can be collected from the School Office.
Student Grants Update
We would like to remind all parents to submit these applications for the Education Bureau‘s Student Grant scheme. Please note the following points:
The application form, pre-filled in for your child, can be located in their Gateway account.
The completed and printed forms must be originals, copies will not be accepted by the Education Bureau (EDB).
Forms must be submitted to the school and not directly to the EDB or ESF Centre.
For your convenience, forms may be mailed to Glenealy School at 7 Hornsey Rd, Mid Levels and the deadline for submission is March 20th 2020.
For those parents who are not sure if we have received their forms, they may check directly in their Gateway account > Student Demographics> Additional Contact. Under "Remarks" there will be a note to confirm that we have received their form at Glenealy.
If you still have questions, please email Rekha on firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Once again, I would like to thank you all for your support during this challenging period. I wish you all the very best for the week ahead.