Glenealy School Newsletter

13th February 2019

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Message from Brenda

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

Welcome back and I hope the ‘Year of the Pig’ has started off well for you all. It was great to see many of you at the CNY celebrations at school prior to the holiday. What a festive and wonderful way to start the new year.

Parent Circles and Learning Walks - Focus on Mathematics

Many parents joined us this morning for our second ‘Learning Walk’ of the year which focused on teaching and learning in Mathematics and ways in which parents can find additional resources to help by accessing the Glenealy Globe ‘Parents as Partners’ section.

Parent feedback suggested it was insightful and informative. To find out more about the format and timings of our next event, click here.

Accreditation and Evaluation at Glenealy School

As most of you will be aware, our school has an important evaluation/accreditation visit coming up in early March with two accreditation organisations: the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

The visit will take place from Sunday 3rd March until Friday 8th March. About 6-8 weeks after the visit, the school will receive a written report outlining commendations and recommendations which will help the school to validate our strengths and give focus areas to help the school to continuously improve.

During that week, the visiting team will be involved in a number of activities including: meeting with a variety of stakeholders (staff, parents, students and the School Council) and observing learning and operations within the school environment to get a holistic view of the provision of education at Glenealy School.

We look forward to welcoming the visiting team to our community.

New Arrangements for entering and leaving the school grounds

We have made some adjustments to the use of the gates to improve safety around the school. You may have noticed some temporary signs that have been put up to indicate these changes.

New Main Gate

The 1st gate that you reach as you come up Hornsey Road (from Old Peak Road) will now be our Main Gate.

The old Main Gate becomes the Car Park Entrance Gate

What was seen by many as the Main Gate is now called the Car Park Entrance Gate and is to be used for access only by staff cars, deliveries and school buses. Please do not enter the school grounds via this gate and instead use the new Main Gate. The Car Park Entrance Gate will now be closed at 8:15 am and as soon as the buses have left the grounds in the afternoon and will no longer be used for pedestrian access.

Car Park Exit Gate

The gate at the far end of the car park, now called the Car Park Exit Gate, will be open before and after school for those walking up Hornsey Road from Conduit Road but we ask that you please only cross Hornsey Road nearest this gate as this is monitored before and after school. During the school day 8:30 am - 2:45 pm this gate will be closed.

If you need to enter the school during this time please use the the Main Gate.

Locking of Gates During School Time

To help monitor the security of the building during school hours, all gates will be closed shortly after the 8:30 am bell and will not be open for pick up until 2:45 pm. During the school day if you are visiting or are on the school grounds, you must enter via the Main Gate and report to the office to collect a Visitors Lanyard.

Exceptions to needing a Visitors Lanyard may apply to school performances and assemblies - Book Day/Carols/CNY/End of Term, but please note that after these events, anyone remaining on school grounds will need to have signed in at the Office and get a Visitors Lanyard.

We would appreciate your help in reminding everyone when entering and leaving the school to cross Hornsey Road at the spots which are supervised before school from 8:15 - 8:30 am and after school from 3:00 - 3:15 pm.

We greatly appreciate your support in keeping the Glenealy Community as safe as possible.

Student Led Conferences take place next week.

Don’t forget to bring your child with you!


Thursday 21st February (3:30 pm-7:00 pm)


Friday 22nd February (during the school day - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm).

Please refer to Gateway for the appointment time that you have booked. School will not be open for lessons on Friday, however all after-school activities will continue as normal.

Here are more details:

Please allow yourself at least 40 minutes per child for them to show you and interact with you in all of their learning areas around the school. There will be a number of activities set up for you to engage in with your child and it’s great fun - so it’s important not to rush if you can free up some time.

The Student Led Conferences have become a highlight of our reporting processes for students and parents. This is an opportunity to be led, by your child, through their learning journey across all subjects and it allows you to see learning through their eyes. You will wish you were back at school again!

For Student ­Led Conferences (SLC) to work effectively it is important that all participants in the process know and clearly understand their role.

  • Students: SLC require children to think carefully about their learning. They will lead their parents and teacher through a discussion about what they have achieved and what has worked well for them. They will identify areas of challenge and next steps in their learning.

  • Teachers: The teacher’s role is to support the child through this process but not take over the conversation. The teacher will respond to student questions or interact where appropriate. It is important, however, to remember that the child is leading the conference. Student confidence and competence will vary from child to child and the teachers will ensure that the conference ‘flows’.

  • Parents: During SLC it is beneficial if parents support and encourage your child, praising both the samples of learning and the child’s efforts and attitude to learning. Throughout the process parents should feel free to ask questions that prompt your child to reflect and look realistically on their learning. Most importantly, the parents’ should enjoy observing their child confidently and enthusiastically discussing learning.

If you have any concerns or aspects you would rather not discuss with your child present - it is important to make contact with the teacher at another time.

As all parents have now received mid-year reports, this is your reference to academic achievement coupled with any of the ISA assessment results you have received (for Years 4-6).

Kind regards,


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Dates for your Diary

Thursday 14th February

PTA Lunchtime Disco Years 1-3

Friday 15th February

PTA Lunchtime Disco Years 4-6

Tuesday 19th February

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

Thursday 21st February

Student-Led Conferences (afternoon)

Friday 22nd February

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

Sunday 3rd March - Friday 8th March

CIS and IB Team Evaluation Visit

Friday 22nd March

Glenealy's Got Talent show 2:00 pm

Tuesday 26th March

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

Thursday 4th April

ESF Choral Concert- Queen Elizabeth Stadium

Friday 5th April

Ching Ming Festival-school closed

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

Monday 13th May

Day following Buddha's Birthday- school closed

PTA News

Lunchtime Student Discos – this week!

It is time to dress up, eat pizza and dance!

Years 1-3 - Thursday 14th February

Years 4-6 - Friday 15th February

Children attending the discos are welcome to wear their own disco dancing clothes to school on the day. Preordered pizza will be delivered to their classrooms at lunch time.

Many thanks to all the volunteers that have offered to help on the day.

Please contact Becky at with any queries regarding this event.

News from the Medical Room

Year 1 & Year 6 Parents

Immunisations will take place on 13th March 2019.

Immunisation forms will be in your child's bag today.

Please complete, in English either the acceptance or refusal part of the form and return to school with the child's original immunisation record.

These records will be kept safe in school until after the immunisations have taken place.

Please return the completed forms back to school by 22nd February, once we have the signed forms we have to collate information for the Government School Immunisation Team prior to them arriving, hence the short turn around time.

Your assistance would be appreciated. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me.


School Nurse

ESF Chinese Talent Show 2019

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The ESF Chinese Talent Show is back in May 2019! The show is a perfect platform for primary and secondary school students to demonstrate their interest and achievement in learning Chinese. It helps strengthen schools' Chinese programme, enhancs their understanding of Chinese culture and builds friendships among participating students and schools. Please go to this website for more details and to register

ESF Centre.

Kid Power Programme

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The wristbands were delivered to school yesterday for the 250 students who have registered for the programme.

A representative from UNICEF will visit school on Monday February 18th to provide technical support, and then we will be ready to distribute the bands towards the end of next week.

More details will be shared in next week's Newsletter.

Warm Regards,

Andy Pattison

Year 6 Action Week - Fitness Gurus

Linked to the Kid Power initiative, some Year 6 students will be Fitness Gurus as part of their collective action for Action Week. Please look out for them during the following times and be ready to get active!

What: Year 6 Fitness Gurus lead a series of active sessions and help get Glenealy fit.

When: Monday 18th to Thursday 21st February at 8:15-8:25 am

Where: Glenealy School Lower Playground


Andy Pattison

Physical Education Coordinator

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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Glenealy Globe

UNICEF Kid Power Bands and CNY Holidays New column from the Marvellous Media Mavericks.

Extra Curricular Activities Term 2 2018-19

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