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.


Bill Garnett


Here are the teacher placements for next academic year:


Year 1 – Ruth Maclennan and Mark Evans
Year 2 – Marama Fowke and Gillian Mee
Year 3 – Anna Casley and Lauren Blaik
Year 4 – Rachel Roma and Ben O’Carroll
Year 5 – Sarah Cheng and Steve West
Year 6 – Stephenie Rowe and Jonty Woods
Performing Arts – Jane Engelmann
PE – Jamie Erwin
Chinese – Mary Liu and Abbie Tsang (full time), Judy Li (3 days) and Mirander Wong (2 days)
LET – Loraine Fay and Helen Hattam
Leadership Team
Chiqui Collet
Chrissy Etchells-Bailey
Bill Garnett
Craig Hollingsworth
The “meet your new teacher” event will be 2.20pm on Wednesday 23 June.  This is where the children get to meet their new teacher for next year.


We have had some more movement in the Office, with more to come in the coming weeks.

For your reference and information we have the following staff working in the office:

  • Matilda Ng – Office and Admissions Manager – office@peakschool.edu.hk or admissions@peakschool.edu.hk
  • Mia Barnett – Office Administrator – office@peakschool.edu.hk
  • Leo Ng – Finance Officer – finance@peakschool.edu.hk
  • Joanna Chung – PTA Administrator – pta@peakschool.edu.hk

Matilda replaces Nicole who has had to resign for family reasons.  Matilda started at the beginning of this week so we welcome Matilda to the school community.

Leo is leaving in July and we are currently recruiting for a finance officer to replace him.


Olivia (5R) and Lili (6W) have been awarded an “Ambassador of Compassion” from the Fred Hollows Humanity Foundation.  We are very proud of them.

The following is from Chrissy Etchells-Bailey (PYPC)

Olivia Saunders has organised the bulk purchase of fidget toys, and bags and stickers and has spent time with her family to re-bag the toys into individual packs.  She then set up a stall in her building where she sold most of the fidget toy packs and also had a few orders from outside of her building too. Olivia acknowledges how much the fidget toys used at Peak School have helped her with her anxiety and focus and wanted to help other children that have the same needs. She has donated the money to Mind HK, which has more of a connection to the purpose of fidget toys and mental wellbeing. Olivia has made $1750. She also brought one of the packs in to donate to the ‘Learning Zone’ at Peak School.

Lili is passionate about the Charity Mother’s Choice. She did a lot of research and interviewed people from the Mothers choice organisation. She then decided to combine it with her passion for baking. Lili created a website called Baking For Babies. Where people from her building could scan a QR code and order baking from Lili. At last count, she has raised around $2,000-$3,000 for the charity.

Click the link below to visit her website.



RSE Parent Presentations
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) parent presentation on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  You may access the powerpoint presentations used during the information session by following the links below.
Please feel free to reach out to me and / or to Mrs. Roma, if you have any further questions regarding the RSE program at Peak School.
Thank you
Chiqui Colet
Y1 – Y3 RSE Parent Presentation – Click HERE
Y4 – Y6 RSE Parent Presentation – Click HERE


Dear Peak School Families,

As you may know, dollars raised by the PTA have a direct impact on Peak School students. Each year, we are presented with a wish list from Bill and the Peak School team. The PTA is currently raising funds to cover the cost of:

  • Visiting Authors Program (ongoing funding for the past 10 years, as well as virtual Author visits for this school year and hopefully physical visits next school year and beyond)

  • New levelled readers across the Year Groups

  • Mathletics subscription for all the Year groups that use Mathletics

  • Significant ICT support (includes laptops loaned for home learning)

It is our goal to not only raise funds but use our fundraising events to continue to build community and create fun opportunities for our families to enjoy even when we cannot be together in person. We hope you have enjoyed our virtual events thus far and please do sign up for this next opportunity to have a fantastic Taco Tuesday experience at home whilst supporting Peak School!

Kind regards,

Peak School PTA


Please click on the logo below to learn all about the upcoming PTA Taco Tuesday.   All the information is in the link below and a small leaflet was sent home today with the children regarding Taco Tuesday.


The PTA wanted to send a friendly reminder that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 8:00 am this upcoming Monday, April 26, 2021 via Zoom (please see app message for the link as I do not want to share it on a public blog).
The PTA would be grateful for your support and participation, and in particular helping to ensure we have a quorum. The financial statements to be approved are attached and below is the agenda. The meeting should be approximately 30 mins.
Thank you in advance!
Peak School PTA
AGM Agenda:
  • Welcome / Regrets
  • The Chairpersons’ Report
  • To consider a resolution to (i) receive the Honorary Treasurer’s Report for the 2019/20 Financial Year and (ii) adopt the Audited Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2020
    To consider a resolution to appoint the Auditor for the 2020/21 Financial Year
  • To elect the new Executive Committee to serve until the next AGM
  • Any additional matters affecting the affairs of the Peak School Parent Teachers Association Limited, which have been submitted to the Honorary Secretary for inclusion in the Agenda not less than seven (7) business days before the date of the meeting
  • Any other business


We have our Parent Consultations on March 25, April 13 and April 14.  This time we are doing it a little differently to cater for the different needs of our year groups.


Parent Consultation Logistics

Year 1-4 – Parent Consultations – This includes just the parent and the teacher.  The child should not attend

Year 5 & 6 – 3 Way Conferences – This includes the child, parent and teacher.  They all need to attend the conference.


Parent Consultations Arrangements

Please note that all the Parent Consultations will be conducted over Zoom


Classroom Teachers

25 March – 2.00pm – 7.00pm

13 April – 1.00pm – 4.00pm

14 April – 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Jane Engelmann (Music and Performing Arts)

Please note you will not be able to book a time slot with Jane Engelmann but she is offering parent consultations.  She can only see so many families and she is reaching out to those parents that she needs to meet with separately to coordinate a time.  If you need to talk to Jane regarding an important issue, that you would like to discuss, please email her – jane.engelmann@peakschool.edu.hk

There are no Chinese or PE consultations this round.


All Bookings Open To Parents via Gateway

15 March | Monday | 12:00 PM

All Bookings Close To Parents via Gateway

22 March | Monday | 12:00 PM


Here is the link for the video guide for the Gateway booking – HERE
Parents can email ictsupport@peakschool.edu.hk for any account access issues.


With all the children back next week, it is imperative that our parent community err on the side of caution and keep their child or children home if they are exhibiting any flu like symptoms.   We must all work together to keep our children safe and if you are in any doubt please keep the child or children home.

We are still having children arrive to school without their temperature recorded.

This is a concern moving forward.  We appreciate that all the children have their temperature taken by our thermal camera at the school entrance but it is the fact that children are leaving the house not having their temperature taken which is of concern.

As a community we have a responsibility to keep each other safe.  If children are coming to school without having their temperature taken in the morning before leaving their home, that is putting us all at risk.

Please take your child’s temperature and record it in the ESF App.

Alternatively – you can download and print off this document (click Temperature Record Sheet.docx) which allows you to record the temperature each morning and the child can bring the piece of paper to school.

None of our children should be leaving home without having their temperature taken for their own safety and the safety of others.  Please take you child’s temperature every morning and record this accordingly.