LEARNING PACKS

We just do not know how long we will be offering Distance Learning for so we have decided to offer “Learning Packs” to all our families.  The learning packs for each year group will look slightly different and will be based on resources that the children need in that particularly class for the foreseeable future.  It will also include Library books assuming you fill in the appropriate document as shared by the Library team earlier this week.

Parents can come to school on the below days and times to pick up the relevant learning packs.  All packs will be in the hall.  We are having to stagger the collection to avoid groups all arriving at the same time.

Year 1 – 8.30am – 12pm on Thursday 3 Sept, 

Year 2 – 12.30pm – 3.30pm on Thursday 3 Sept.,

Year 3 – 8.30am – 12pm on Friday 4 Sept,

Year 4 – 12.30pm – 3.30pm on Friday 4 Sept,

Year 5 – 8.30am – 12pm on Monday 7 Sept,

Year 6 – 12.30pm – 3.30pm on Monday 7 Sept. 

Parents can come into school during the appropriate time above to pick up their pack which will be placed on a table in the hall. 

Parents can also pick up the pack for the other children in their family if applicable (and or their neighbours)

Parents who enter the school will have to ensure:

They are wearing a mask

They have their temperature taken at the office before entering the school

They go straight to the hall, collect the packs and then head straight back out

They socially distance from other adults when inside the school

They appreciate that no more than 8 adults will be allowed into the hall at anyone time.

 

Here is the Library Team message again in case you missed it –

FEEDBACK ESSENTIAL AGREEMENT

We have created a Feedback Essential Agreement in response to the June Parent Survey data.  The data indicated only 80% of parents (compared to an average of around 90% for the other questions) felt the feedback provided by teachers to the children was helpful.  There were comments in the survey data, from parents, suggesting that there was little or no feedback provided but the reality was that our teachers were spending hours a week providing feedback but obviously this was not being accessed by our parents and students for a number of reasons.

The Feedback Essential Agreement highlights the commitment we have as a school to provide regular feedback.  In case you do not have time to read the whole agreement, I have highlighted the two most important pages of the doc for you below:

Slide 3

Slide 6

You can view the full agreement below:

HOW TO ACCESS THE WEEKLY TIMETABLE (INCLUDING LINKS WITHIN)

Why can’t I access the links on the weekly timetable via the App?

A number of parents have reported that they cannot access the links on the weekly timetable from their phone via the App.  There is a simply reason for this.  You need to be logged in as your child to view the links within the weekly timetable.  The easiest way to do this is to log into Planet Peak using your child’s username or password or better still get them to log in and show you their weekly timetable.

The weekly timetable we share each Friday via the App is to provide you with an overview of the week.  For safety and security reasons we only want those that should have access to the learning tasks (the children) able to access the links within the timetable.  It is either all protected behind the children’s Planet Peak username and password or it is available to everyone on the web with the timetable.

To have full access to the Weekly Timetable, including the links:

Step 1 – Log into Planet Peak – Click HERE

Step 2 – Click on the Appropriate Year Group Badge/Icon

Step 3 – This will take you to the log in page.  Type in your child’s Planet Peak Password

Step 4 – This will take you to the main screen.  In the Year 1 example below, you can now see you have access to all the weekly timetables.  Click on the appropriate timetable to have full access to all the links within (if active).

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISTANCE LEARNING 2.0 UPDATE – Q&A’s

We are now 8 days into our Distance Learning 2.0 provision.

We have had lots of feedback from our parent community and we are grateful for this.  Whilst we continue to receive individual feedback from some parents wanting changes to be made to the current provision, we are confident, based on the majority of feedback received thus far, that families are very appreciative of the enhancements we have introduced this year.

We will review the current provision in 3-4 weeks time as that will give everyone a chance to get used to the changes and establish a routine before providing important feedback.

We will gather feedback from the children, parents and staff and then review the data to make any necessary changes or enhancements.  We will continue to make minor changes as we go along but we cannot accommodate all the individual requests, we are getting, as they often contradict what another family has just requested.  We appreciate and understand the reasons behind this as every family has different needs.

 

Q & A’s

There are so many Zoom calls now during the school day.  Does my child need to attend all of them?

No, our job as a school is to provide learning opportunities for our children and it is then up to you as a family to decide what you opt into.  What we are offering is based on the feedback from our school community.  Some parents want less Zoom calls and other parents want more Zoom calls.  We have adjusted our provision to meet what the majority of our parents want.  We are not in a position to deliver a provision that suits only one family.  We are trying to meet the needs of over 200 families and thus are targeting our provision around what the vast majority of our families want.

The learning tasks set are taking up the whole school day.  Do we need to do everything?

No, as above our job is to provide a full day of learning experiences so that the families can then choose what to complete.

Why is my child not receiving feedback on everything they are submitting?

This is simply not possible and whilst we will acknowledge work submitted we are not in a position to provide feedback on everything.  Our specialists for example could potentially receive up to 360 individual pieces of work submitted in a day.  Next week we will be sharing our approach to feedback, which will ensure everyone involved (children, teachers and parents) all understand the expectations around feedback and how we are approaching it as a school.

What happened with the assembly today?  There seemed to be an issue with the link?

We are not actually sure.  Fortunately we ended up with 245 children joining us but we also had another group of students in another call who were not able to join the larger group.  It may have been a case of the wrong link being shared for some but that does not account for the fact that even those that had the same link got disconnected or could not join.  Apart from the small number of children who were entertained by Chrissy Bailey (PYPC) the rest of the Year 2-6 children were able to enjoy the assembly despite starting a few minutes late.

Will there be information sessions for parents?

Yes, our priority at the moment is on the teaching and learning and of course having parents meet 1:1 with their child’s teacher via the You Tell Us platform.  In the coming weeks we will be providing Webinars or information sessions specifically designed for our parents, initially around key areas related to our distance learning provision.

Can we please come to school to get some library books?

Our library team (Mrs RG and Claudia) have come up with a plan so that parents can come to school to pick up library books for their children.  Owing to the restrictions across Hong Kong, and the work from home order across ESF, we have been unable to turn the plan into a reality.  Mrs RG and Claudia are going into school on Monday, now that the restrictions have eased, and they will be covering and processing all the new books that arrived over the summer.   Once this is done we will send out information about the arrangements regarding how to select and pick up the books assuming ESF allow us to have parents come to the school to pick up library books.

 

 

 

 

YOU TELL US – AUGUST 28 ARRANGEMENTS

What is You Tell Us?

You Tell Us is a meeting between the teacher and the parent, where the parents talk about their child for 10 minutes.  You know your child better than anyone and through the You Tell Us meetings, we get lots of really useful and important information that we can triangulate with the other information we have started to collect.  Supporting your child is a team effort and we would be amiss not to recognise that the parent is the best person to talk to in terms of learning more about the child.

Format

Friday 28 August – You Tell Us from 11am – 3.30pm (15 sessions)

Each You Tell Us meeting will last for 10 minutes and will be conducted via Zoom.  There will be no face to face meetings owing to the Covid 19 restrictions.

 

Gateway Timeline

Parents to book a slot via Gateway as of 3pm Monday 17 August.

Bookings for Friday August 28 close on Thursday 27 at 3pm

 

Logistics – Online Learning for children

Friday 28 August

There will be learning set for the children for the day but no Connect Time with the teacher in the afternoon block.

Specialists and other Online lessons etc would run as normal for the day including Assembly at 10am.  This will be reflected on the weekly timetable shared.

 

Zoom Links

Parents will use a Zoom link which is unique to each class teacher.  Upon clicking the zoom link for their child’s class, the parent/s will be placed in the “waiting room” until such time the teacher is ready to meet with them.  Please click HERE to access the Zoom links.

 

You Tell Us – Parent Survey/Questions

Please click HERE to access the appropriate google survey form for your child.  The survey form asks a range of important questions that we ask all parents to answer so we can get as much information as possible about each child.  We can discuss your responses at the You Tell Us meeting.  Your classroom teacher has already shared this link so if you have already filled in the google survey form for your child/ren, then you do not need to do another one.

YEAR 1 AND YEAR 7 ADMISSIONS – ESF UPDATE

Do you have a child entering ESF in Year 1 or Year 7 in August 2021?

If so, important information follows from ESF Centre:

  • Parents apply for Year 1 if they have siblings and for Year 6 parents to submit their Y6 to Y7 transfer forms on Gateway from 1 to 18 September 2020. Should parents be planning to move residential addresses for Year 7 allocation, the change of address providing supporting documents should be confirmed by the school’s Admissions Secretary before the parents submit their Gateway Y7 form.
  • ESF will strictly process allocation according to the registered address for secondary school allocation based on the Y7 form.
  • The deadline for Y7 transfer to indicate they require a secondary school place is the end of day 18 September (Friday).

FINANCE POSITION – UPDATE

Anton Leung, who has been our Finance Office for the past 10 years, left Peak School at the end of July.  Anton won a finance leadership position at West Island School so some of our families will no doubt see him there.

Anton ensured that all our finance practices followed the ESF Policies and as a school our audits have always been very positive with few issues identified.  He was very passionate about Peak School and we thank him for all his work.  He is really enjoying his role at WIS and I am glad that he is still part of our ESF family.

Over the holiday period we interviewed a number of candidates and I am pleased to announce that Leo Ng will be joining us, on August 25, as our new Finance Officer.  He has been doing a similar role in another school setting so we are confident he will quickly adjust to the demands of the job.

SeeSaw Update

Over the next few days the Year 1-4 children will be taken through, during the Zoom call with their teacher, the necessary steps to sign in to Seesaw.  This has to be done before parents can get access.

Once all the children have signed in, we will then be able to provide the parents with a unique code that you can enter once you have downloaded the app or if you prefer, logged in via your desktop.  Once you use the code, you will have access to everything specific to your child.

Craig Hollingsworth has put together a website so you can learn more about what is involved as a student and as a parent regarding logging in.  We will be sharing, with the parents, the unique codes later next week once all the children have been able to log in.

Here is the website – https://sites.google.com/peakschool.edu.hk/seesaw/home

 

‘YOU TELL US’ MEETINGS – PARENT AND TEACHER ONLINE MEETING

What is You Tell Us?

You Tell Us is a meeting between the teacher and the parent, where the parents talk about their child for 10 minutes.  You know your child better than anyone and through the You Tell Us meetings, we get lots of really useful and important information that we can triangulate with the other information we have started to collect.  Supporting your child is a team effort and we would be amiss not to recognise that the parent is the best person to talk to in terms of learning more about the child.

Format

Friday 21 August – You Tell Us from 8am – 12.30pm (15 sessions)

Friday 28 August – You Tell Us from 11am – 3.30pm (15 sessions)

Each You Tell Us meeting will last for 10 minutes and will be conducted via Zoom.  There will be no face to face meetings owing to the Covid 19 restrictions.

 

Gateway Timeline

Parents to book a slot via Gateway as of 3pm Monday 17 August.

Bookings for Friday August 21 close on Thursday 20 at 3pm

Bookings for Friday August 28 close on Thursday 27 at 3pm

 

Logistics – Online Learning for children

Friday 21 August

There will still be learning set for the children for the day but no Connect Time with the teacher at the beginning of the day.

Specialists and other Online lessons etc would run as normal for the day including Assembly at 10am.  This will be reflected on the weekly timetable shared.

Friday 28 August

There will be learning set for the children for the day but no Connect Time with the teacher in the afternoon block.

Specialists and other Online lessons etc would run as normal for the day including Assembly at 10am.  This will be reflected on the weekly timetable shared.

 

Zoom Link

Parents will use a Zoom link which is unique to each class teacher.  Upon clicking the zoom link for their child’s class, the parent/s will be placed in the “waiting room” until such time the teacher is ready to meet with them.  The Zoom links for each class will be shared with parents before Wednesday August 19.

 

You Tell Us – Parent Survey/Questions

Please click HERE to access the appropriate google survey form for your child.  The survey form asks a range of important questions that we ask all parents to answer so we can get as much information as possible about each child.  We can discuss your responses at the You Tell Us meeting.  Your classroom teacher has already shared this link so if you have already filled in the google survey form for your child/ren, then you do not need to do another one.

UNIFORM UPDATE – ONLINE ORDERS

Dear Peak School families,

We are delighted to announce that the ESF uniform shop for Peak School is now live, and Year 1/New students can order their uniforms!  Orders will be sent directly to your home, so no need for school collection on these new items.

You can order directly at:   https://www.schooluniform.hk/collections/peak-school

A few key points:

The school would like to recognise the time and effort that Ildi Fecser and Jennifer Andrews have put into the new uniform process.  As parent volunteers on the PTA they gave up a lot of their own time to help the school transition from the old uniform to the new uniform and as a community we owe the pair a great deal of gratitude.  Thank you both.

The current items listed are the “new” style uniform designs, which are mandatory for all Year 1 students. We worked with ESF to keep the Green colour of our tops, and are quite happy with what they came up with.

Years 2-6 are welcome to purchase the new style items, but will also have the opportunity to purchase our classic style tops and bottoms – at the heavily discounted sale price – from the sale section on the same website.  ESF is currently photographing our classic style items, and should have them up on the site in the next couple of weeks.  If you order from the Sale section, you will be asked to bring your receipt into school to pick up the item.   You will not be able to collect classic uniform items until schools have reopened.

Items to included on the sale section are:

Art Apron

Bamboo Socks

White boys shirts

Green and White checked girl’s blouse and dress

Green shorts and skorts, girl’s green trousers

Cable Knit Cardigan

Raincoat

PE Shirts

Green tracksuit pants

Unisex Sweater

Unisex Sweatshirt

Uniform Fittings/Returns/exchanges

Due to current restrictions, uniform fitting service is not currently available at either the supplier’s Lai Chi Kok Retail Outlet or on any ESF Campus. Once schools are reopened, we will be in touch regarding a fitting day.

The supplier has augmented the size guides available on the web site, to assist parents in estimating garment size. They are also offering parents free shipping for returns/exchanges (one time only) so that parents can exchange easily if they have made an error with sizing.

Details of the supplier’s current services, including provision for returns/exchanges, can be found on their ‘response to COVID-19’ page, which will be updated regularly. (link here: https://www.schooluniform.hk/pages/latest-covid-19-updates)