Glenealy School Newsletter

24th September 2020

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Message from Chris

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It has been great to welcome the Year 1, 2 and 3 children back to the school site this week.

They have adapted extremely well to the adjusted classroom environment and have been great at following our 3Ms (Masks matter, Meters matter and My clean hands matter).

We are looking forward to welcoming Years 4, 5 and 6 from Tuesday next week. We know they have continued to work very hard on their distance learning this week and look forward to building on this next week back on site.

We have a few important reminders this week:

Start of Day - Staggered Times and Parents on Site

As we are welcoming all 360 children back to site from Tuesday next week, it is important that we stick to the ‘staggered’ arrival times as far as possible. You can find the expected arrival times for each year group on the webpage here.

If your child comes to school with a sibling then please choose whichever arrival time is more convenient for you as a family.

The purpose of the staggered arrivals is to reduce the number of adults and children entering the site at one time and to maintain adequate distance between children and parents.

Wherever possible, we also ask that parents are limited to one parent / caregiver dropping off with each child in the morning to reduce crowding around the school gates.

We would also appreciate it if you exit the school premises as soon as you can, once you have met your child at the end of the on site session, again to help us with potential overcrowding once all 360 students are on site again.

Thank you to all parents and caregivers for your assistance with this aspect of the school day.

Essential to download - ESF App

The ESF App has been downloaded by 98% of Glenealy families. Please make sure you stay connected by allowing push notifications. The App can also be downloaded and installed by more than one family member so that everyone stays updated.

Essential to come to school - Home Temperature Check

We are working hard to make sure that we meet all the EDB requirements for children to attend school. There are many different measures in place at school to manage the health of children around the school site.

To support this work it is crucial that parents take their child’s temperature before leaving home each morning. You must do this in order for children to attend school. It must then be added to the ESF App. The purpose of this check is to ensure that no parent sends a child on their journey to school who may have a high temperature, which is one of the symptoms of Covid-19. If your child has a temperature of 37.5 degrees or greater, please do not send them to school, further we recommend you seek medical advice.

The temperature check should be completed before 8:00 am each morning.

Thank you to parents for their support with this.

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Great Success for Glenealy Students

In summer this year, The Fred Hollows Foundation recognised Ateqa Jangbarwala and Harper Bradley from Glenealy’s 2020 Y6 class for the outstanding work and contributions they made to the Hong Kong community.

At the end of Year 6 all students at Glenealy take part in an Exhibition project, which is an opportunity to to live the Learner Profile and take action to improve the world.

Ateqa and Harper were awarded the Ambassador of Hope for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award in recognition of their contributions and positive action in supporting and helping refugee families facing the challenges of Covid 19. The two students are passionate about helping those in need and through their Y6 Exhibition work, supported families in Hong Kong who were in need of protective masks, hand gel and other household items.

Their action story is documented on the Fred Hollows Foundation website and on Monday, 14th September, their story was featured in the local “Sky Post” newspaper. Ms Fanny Lee, the Regional Communications Executive for The Fred Hollows Foundation presented the pair with their newspaper article and interviewed them about their positive and inspiring community action. Ms Lee will share the video via The Fred Hollows Foundation Website.

We are always exceptionally proud of our Year 6 students and we are proud to recognise both Ateqa and Harper for their tremendous efforts and for the positive difference they have made in our community.

2021-22 Year 1 admissions - Deadline Reminder

If any of our parents have children who are born in 2016 and who would be eligible for the next academic Year 1 intake, the window of Central Application will close on Wednesday September 30th 2020. Please ensure you put in the application in time to benefit from the priority allocation.

Please click here for Year 1 key dates.

If you require any clarification or further information on this, please contact our Admissions Officer, Rekha Mahbubani, via email on

Best Regards


Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 29th September

All year groups on site

Thursday 1st October

Public Holiday- National Day

Friday 2nd October

Public Holiday- The day following Mid- Autumn Festival

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd October

Mid -term break