SCHOLARSHIP PROPOSAL – GIVING BACK TO HONG KONG

The School Council and I are conscious that we are very privileged as a school and we are all very lucky to be part of an amazing and incredible school community.

One idea that we would like to share with you all is the idea of offering a scholarship to a child so that they can attend Peak School for their entire primary school (Year 1-6).

The child may be a refugee or an orphan and if the idea gets the full support of the community we can spend the time required to look at the logistics of how to select the child etc.  At this early stage, I am simply putting the idea out to the community and would be interested in your thoughts.

Initially we would look to select one child that would spend Year 1-6 with us (assuming their situation does not change) and we then in partnership, hopefully with an ESF Secondary School pass the child onto them so that the child is able to spend Y1-13 at an ESF School.

Realistically we are talking about introducing this in the 2019/2020 academic year should there be enough support.  That gives us plenty of time to raise the $600,000 required as well as work closely with the Secondary Schools to ensure they would be willing to continue supporting this and that there is a smooth transition from our school to theirs.  Obviously the child is at least 8-9 years away from entering the Secondary School so we have plenty of time to plan this aspect.  We are also working closely with ESF Head Office with this idea.

We would need the support (both in concept and financially) from our School Community as well as work hard to tap into the many organisations who have funding available for such/similar initiatives.

At this very early stage the idea has been shared with staff and the PTA and the next step is to do what I am doing now and that is to share it with the community.

This is our opportunity to really give back to our community (Hong Kong) and by doing this we would be changing the life of a child.  If successful we would look to have more children join (maximum of 1 child per academic year) so it has the potential to have a huge impact.

At the moment a School Council delegate (Peter Cunich) and I in conjunction with a representative from ESF are in the process of developing a Trust/Deed.  This is good to have regardless wether we go with the Scholarship idea or not.

If we do have a parent who is a lawyer who specialises in Trusts or you know of someone who would be willing to donate their time to help us develop one can you please let me know.

In the meantime can you think about the following questions;

  1. What do you think about the idea as a concept?
  2. Would you be willing to support the idea including financially (donation)?
  3. Do you have connections with any organisations that you think might be able to financially support our idea?
  4. What questions/concerns would you have about the idea?

 

ACCESS TO DEVICES – BASIC GUIDELINES

During the Easter holiday I was made aware of some social media issues that, although took place outside of school, I had to deal with.
One of the key points to come out of this is our children having access to phones and/or the internet and what measures our parents are putting in place at home.
The phone issue is related more to our Year 5/6 parents and I encourage all parents who feel their child is responsible enough to have a phone to closely monitor their usage.  It is fair to say that the issues I had to deal with were a direct result of parents not being aware of what their child was saying or doing online.
Here are some basic guidelines we suggest parents consider around this issue;
  • Does you child really need a phone?  If the answer is yes, because you are worried about safety, then buy them a basic one that texts and allows phone calls.
  • Does your child really need a phone?  I have asked this again as a large number of children in Year 5/6 seem to manage without one.
  • If you do buy them a Smart phone make sure you have access (usernames and passwords) to all their accounts.  CHECK THEM OFTEN.  If they don’t want to share their passwords etc, take the phone off them until they do.
  • Remember Whatsapp/Instragram usage is restricted to 13 years and over for a reason.  Some of our children have demonstrated they are not mature or sensible enough to have access to social media accounts.  Perhaps part of this reason is because they are only 10 or 11 years old.
  • Only allow children access to the internet on any device in a ‘common area’.  Computers/laptops/phones in their bedroom or in a private area is strongly discouraged.

TEACHER PLACEMENTS FOR 2017/2018 (NEXT YEAR)

I am delighted to announce the following line up for next year;

  • Year 1 – Loraine Fay and Anna Casley – 1F and 1C
  • Year 2 – Nicole Maclennan and Rachel Roma – 2M and 2R
  • Year 3 – Ruth Maclennan and Marama Fowke – 3M and 3F
  • Year 4 – Mark Evans and Amanda Moxham – 4E and 4M
  • Year 5 – Sue Richards and Stephenie Rowe – both are 5R and 5S
  • Year 6 – Tiphany Bloomfield and Chrissy Bailey – both are 6B so it becomes 6TB and 6CB

 

  • Music/Performing Arts – Jane Engelmann
  • Chinese – Mary Liu , Abbie Tsang and Mirander Wong
  • PE – Jamie Erwin
  • LET – Gail Walsh and Helen Hattam
  • IT/LMT Member – Craig Hollingsworth
  • VPs – Annette Ainsworth and Chiqui Colet
  • Principal – Bill Garnett

As previously mentioned we sadly lose Jane Durbin and Felix Auld who are leaving us at the end of this academic year.  Amanda moves from a 10 month contract to a full time teacher and we have appointed Marama Fowke and Chrissy Bailey who are both very experienced and passionate teachers.

We will say more about Jane and Felix closer to them leaving.