Welcome

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 12, 2012

Welcome to my Principal blog.

This blog is designed to provide the latest in news and updates on the happenings at Peak School along with information on a number of topics related to education.

Enjoy!

Bill Garnett

St John’s Workshop – CONFIRMED

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 1, 2019

We now have 55 families who have signed up to attend the St John’s workshop on dealing with anxiety ourselves, as well as how to support our children during this time of disruption in Hong Kong.

I have now contacted Kim Ho from St John’s to confirm an evening workshop.  The workshop is on 20 November from 7pm – 8.10pm.  This is the same night as our 3 way conferences but they should all be finished by 7pm.

If you did sign up and cannot make it, please do not worry as we understand everyone is busy.  If you did not sign up and would actually like to attend, you are most welcome.  The workshop is available to all.

3 Way Conferences

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 1, 2019

The 3 way conference is an opportunity for the teacher, your child and yourself to discuss the targets your child will be working towards for the remainder of this term and possibly beyond.  The parent conference, held in Term 2, is the parent and the teacher talking about the progress of the child.
Please note school will operate as normal during the 3 Way Conferences and you simply have to arrive at the time that you have booked (with your child if it is outside school hours).  Whilst some schools close during this time, we cover our teachers so that classes can run as normal during the week.
The 3 way conference is 15 minutes in length and your child needs to be present at this meeting as they are the one sharing their targets (or wishes for the younger children) with you.  As usual with the 3 way conference there will be an opportunity, should you wish, to talk to the teacher one on one towards the end of 15 minute conference.
3 Way Conferences are scheduled for the week beginning November 18.
Monday 18 November – 8.30am – 4.30pm – Year 5 and Year 6
Tuesday 19 November – 8.30am – 4.30pm – Year 1 and Year 2
Wednesday 20 November – 3.15pm – 7pm – All year groups including Chinese

Thursday 21 November – 8.30am – 4.30pm – Year 3 and Year 4

Friday 22 November – 8.30am – 4.30pm – Chinese*
Friday 29 November – 8.30am – 4.30pm – Chinese*
For visual learners please see below:
*Please note that if your child is in the Ox Chinese group and taught by Judy Li (Ox groups in Year 1, 4 and 6) you will only be able to book Wednesday 20 November and Friday 22 November.  If your child is in the Ox Chinese group and taught by Mirander Wong (Ox groups in Year 2, 3and 5), you will only be able to book Wednesday 20 November and Friday 29 November.
Bookings are via Gateway.
Below is the video link on how to make a booking via Gateway.

Uniform – Black Leather Shoes

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 1, 2019

This is a repeat of the message sent out at the beginning of the year because we are still having children come to school in black trainers rather than black leather shoes.
As you may know we are making changes to our uniform over the next year or two.
ESF have centralised the procurement so that we can benefit from economies of scale.  This will mean the uniform should be slightly cheaper and of equal or better quality.
It does mean however we will need to make some comprises including moving away from green shorts and trousers but fortunately we will be able to maintain our green tops.  The PTA and school will work closely together to ensure the changes goes as smoothly as possible.  However, there will be a 18-24 month period where our uniform will be in transition meaning we will be “in between” uniforms.  For example children will be able to wear black or white shorts for PE until we have fully transitioned to black (our only options with the new supplier was dark blue or black so we went black).
This can look look a little messy so we will need your help to ensure no other items “creep” into the change.
One item that will not be changing and the expectation remains that the children wear black leather shoes (not black trainers).  We still have a number of children come to school in black trainers.  These are not the same as black leather shoes and are not part of our day to day uniform.
For PE we have always asked for white trainers but have appreciated white trainers are hard to get or are made of a heavy hot leather.  With that being said, children can wear coloured trainers with their PE uniform moving forward.
However, what they cannot wear are black trainers with their normal school uniform.  The shoes need to be black leather shoes that are either lace up or smart velcro.  
We will be informing parents if their child is coming to school with the wrong type of black shoes.  Uniform is a collective responsibility and should not just be left up to the school to monitor.
If you receive a uniform note from the class teacher please respond to ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform as soon as possible.

Office Assistant – Maternity Cover

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 1, 2019

Cathy Yau, our current Office Assistant, is taking maternity leave for all of Term 2.

We have advertised the position but realised we have not reached out to our own school community to see if there is a mum or dad who may want to be considered for the role.

We are hoping that the person who covers can work (alongside Cathy) for the last week of this term (Dec 9-13) and then work weekdays from January 6 – April 3 (all of term 2).  Working hours are from 8am – 4.30pm but we are open to negotiating these hours if required.

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Gabriela Frisinger by ringing the school and asking for her or emailing her directly at – gabriela.frisinger@peakschool.edu.hk

ST JOHN’S SUPPORT

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 18, 2019

On Monday I organised for Kim Ho from St John’s to talk to our staff.    She focused on some basic mental health awareness topics in light of the recent disruptions in Hong Kong, and some of the anxiety, stress, depressive and trauma related symptoms that some of us may have been experiencing.

She also touched on the dynamics of in group love, out group hate, and intergroup conflict as one perspective on understanding the polarization in our society today.  Finally, she highlighted the importance of self care during stressful periods like this, and when it may be appropriate to seek professional support.

Finally, she focused on what we should be looking for, in terms of our children and what things we should and should not be saying to our children.  As a school it is important that we remain neutral and our only focus is ensuring our children are safe and that we continue to do the things we have always done (stability).

My question to the parent body is whether or not you feel that a session like this, for our parents, would be useful.  The session run by Kim would involve her presenting for 50 minutes and then having a Q&A for 20 minutes.   The session would also focus on some parenting tips in light of our current situation in Hong Kong.

We will only offer the session to our parents if there is enough interest.  Next week, I will be sending out a survey to gauge interest.  Please fill in the survey if you would like to attend.  At this stage we would plan for the session to start at 6.30pm with a finish time of around 7.40pm.

 

 

PEAK SCHOOL APP IS COMING

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 18, 2019

Over the coming days and weeks, I will be reaching out to our PTA members and other parent reps to help test our new Peak School App.   The idea is to test the new App for the next few months with the goal of ensuring it is ready to release to all our parents in Term 2, or possibly in Term 3, depending on how the testing goes.

The purpose of the app is to streamline our communication to parents.  One issue that I hear often is the fact that, as a school, we can be guilty of over communicating.  Obviously this is better than under communicating but I appreciate the number of channels in which we use to communicate can become a burden for some families in terms of accessing it.

It is hoped that the App will streamline this so that, eventually, the App will become the “one stop shop” for all school wide communication including important messages, making payments, granting permission for trips, notifying school of absences, accessing calendars etc.

The App is almost ready for testing and although it will start off with limited features, the hope is that in the months and years ahead, the app makes our communication more efficient and effective.

YEAR 5 “POP UP” SHOP

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 18, 2019

First thing, Thursday morning, our Year 5 children are operating a “pop up” shop to sell some of the many clothes that have been donated as part of our “ReDress” involvement.  Any money raised from the sales will be donated to ReDress.

Some of the Year 5 children have been working on the “marketing material” to promote the pop up so please look at the material below to learn more about the shop on Thursday.

 

POP UP – MARKETING VIDEO

 

 

POLLUTION – LOCAL ACCESS FOR LOCAL DECISIONS

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 18, 2019

As previously mentioned we now have a pollution monitoring machine, on site, at Peak School.

This allows us to access local information to make decisions specific and appropriate for Peak School.  I do not have access to actual figures but we have a system made up of coloured levels and when it gets to a certain coloured level, we make the decision to cancel outside activities.  The good news is that now the weather has cooled, it appears the likelihood of us getting to that particular level is now reducing.

On the odd occasion we have had to keep the children inside during a lunch break or we have had to cancel an after school activity.  Whilst I know this can be very disappointing for the children and an inconvenience for the adults having to rearrange after school pick up etc, please appreciate this is all about the safety of our children.

I think it is fantastic that we had ESF support us by providing the weather/pollution machine and it now means that we are one of a few schools that can confidently state that they can keep the children safe in regards to exposure to harmful pollution.  On top of that we have the amazing support from our PTA who have purchased IQ Air Purifiers (x 20) in all the rooms of the school meaning that if the pollution outside is high, the pollution levels within the school buildings are low and safe.

STAFF PHOTOS/CONTACTS – WHERE ARE THEY?

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 18, 2019

A number of parents have asked why we have taken the staff contacts, including photos and email addresses, off the website.

The reason is because staff, including myself, were being impersonated.  An example of this was happening on a regular basis where someone would impersonate me and email staff members, obviously using the email addresses available online, making requests for vouchers etc.   Other staff members across ESF were having their photos and email addresses used for fake profiles etc so all ESF have had to take the step to remove their staff from their websites.

The good news is that the photos and email contacts are still available to you and you simply have to log into Planet Peak to access.  The idea is that the information can only be accessed by parents as they have the username and password to access the data.

Please read my other blog entry about how we are in the process of making it even easier for you to contact the school via the Peak School App.

FRENCH MOTHER TONGUE LESSONS

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Posted by peakschool | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 27, 2019

We are pleased to inform you that, in collaboration with the ESF Centre, we are currently exploring the possibility to offer French mother tongue classes for native students of Years 1-6.

Further to the below details regarding the course, we would be grateful if you could confirm your interest by replying to Mr. Benoit Bardin: benoit.bardin@esfcentre.edu.hk by Wednesday 2nd October.

Mr. Bill Garnett – Principal – Peak School

Mr. Benoit Bardin – First Language Programmes Coordinator – ESF Centre

 

Course details:

  • Classes will be held after school (3:00 pm) on Wednesday afternoons on Peak School campus and last 60-90 minutes (exact duration will be determined at a later stage). Classes will combine native students from different year groups.
  • Class start: After Mid-term break (exact date to be confirmed).
  • Teacher: Ms. Geraldine Wdonwicki.
  • Fees: Payment will be made through the ESF Centre on a term basis, following Peak School academic calendar (2019-2020).

4-5 students (minimum): 150 HK$/student/hour + Administration fees: 200HK$/student/term

6-10 students: 100 HK$/student/hour + Administration fees: 200HK$/student/term

 

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