NEW SCHOOL COUNCIL CHAIR – MALCOLM KEYS

On behalf of the school community, I would like to welcome Malcolm Keys to our School Council.  Malcolm is an ex parent of Peak School and his two daughters are currently attending an ESF Secondary School.  We are very lucky to have Malcolm join us as he has spent the last 6 years as the School Council Chair at Beacon Hill School meaning he has lots of experience and will add real value to our School Council.

Malcolm joined our School Council meeting this week as Chair and we look forward to having him lead our School Council into the future.

RSE UPDATE

ESF have reviewed the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) program across all schools.  A new curriculum program for RSE has been developed and the intention was for this to be introduced in Term 3 of last year but owing to the Hong Kong situation across the year, the staff training was suspended.  Hence we were unable to introduce it to our children in Term 3 as planned.

This year we are looking at training our staff in Term 2 with a view of introducing the new comprehensive RSE program in Term 3 this academic year.  We will provide parent information sessions next term so that all parents can learn about the new RSE program in greater detail.

The RSE program roll out is being led by Chiqui Colet and Rachel Roma.

The ESF RSEpolicy is informed by WHO guidance on Standards for Sexuality Educationand references material from the Victoria State Government Dept of Education and Early Childhood development,Australia

Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in ESF is:

  • developmentally appropriate to the student’s level of understanding as informed by research and best practice
  • relevant to young people’s lives
  • based on a holistic concept of wellbeing
  • based on gender equality, self-determination and the acceptance of diversity
  • based on scientifically accurate information
  • cognisant of the Hong Kong and international context
  • sensitive to culture and values of families

 

PARENT SUPPORT – LUNCHTIME SUPERVISION

In case you missed the email from the office regarding filling in the Google Form for lunchtime supervision (once we are able to go to full days), please click HERE to access the Google Form.

The times we are looking for, in terms of parental supervision are as follows:
Year 1, 2 and 3 Rotation – 12.00 – 12.25 and 12.30 – 12.55

Year 4, 5 and 6 Rotation – 1.00 – 1.25 and 1.30 – 1.55

It would be great if we had more to help with Tuesday afternoon (Year 4-6) and Thursday afternoon (Year 1-3) but we have had a terrific response thus far with close to 50 parents signing up.  We will confirm times etc once we know more from the EDB regarding going full day.

We are hoping that we are able to have 3-4 parents per day per rotation (55 minutes in total).  You will always be supported by a member of staff.
We have had a terrific response from the parents regarding lunch supervision so we are ready to go once the EDB provides us with the green light!

EDB PLAN SUBMITTED

The EDB confirmed that they would accept revised plans from PS and having had to update/revise a lot of our plan, we were in a position to submit the plan yesterday (Thursday).

Hopefully we get a response from the EDB early next week.  We are expecting to have to make some changes as we are hearing from other schools, since our submission, that these schools need to change some of the lunch eating procedures before the EDB will look at the plan any further.  We have submitted similar lunch eating procedures so we anticipate that the EDB will come back to us with some required, but manageable, changes.

One concern at the moment is the level of URTI cases in Hong Kong which, is obviously bad enough to force the closure of Kindergartens for two weeks, but hopefully this does not affect their decision to allow us to extend the school day to 3pm.

I know it has been frustrating for some parents regarding EDB’s stance re allowing us to have snack in the classrooms but then not allowing us to have lunch in the classrooms.  I get asked “what is the difference?”  I cannot speak on behalf of the EDB so my job has been to focus on, and understand, what we can and cannot do and then work out ways to work around these.  Which, I believe, we are close to doing.

They have been very clear that they will not allow children to eat lunch in the class so we plan to turn the hall and the art room into “cafeterias” so that our children will eat in these areas during their lunch time.  This means the hall and art room cannot be used for anything else but this is something we can manage.  Chairs will be 1.5m apart to ensure safe social distancing.  This is all subject to approval.

Parental Help

I mentioned last week we are likely to need your help if the EDB approve the plan.  This is because we have 4 x 25 minute rotations to manage from 12.00pm – 1.55pm.  This is so the children get 20 minutes to eat and 25 minutes on the playground.  If our application is approved we will be asking parents, that are in a position to help, to come to Peak School to help supervise the children eating and/or supervise them play for a period during the lunch rotations.  You will always be with a teacher but with your support we are able to supervise all the areas necessary.  Please look out for an email next week, as if the EDB approve our application, I will be sending out an email requesting help.

I need to stress there is still a chance that the EDB will come back and reject our application or worse still, insist on conditions we cannot meet.  Whilst confident we can meet the requirements, I cannot guarantee their response will be a positive one regarding extending the school day but I know you appreciate and understand this.

MESSAGE FROM NURSE MICHELLE

Message from Nurse Michelle

Owing to the high level of upper respiratory illness (URTI) in Hong Kong we are closely monitoring absentee numbers here in school. If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms please keep them at home. URTI symptoms could include but are not limited to fever (>37.5 forehead skin temp), nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, headache, muscle aches, generalised malaise.

Please inform the school if your child is unwell and state the specific symptoms for their absence. If your child has seen a Doctor please provide us with the Doctor’s certificate. 
Students should be fever / symptom free (without medication) for 48 hours before they can return to school. We appreciate your help with this matter.
Note from Mr Garnett
Regarding the ESF App to record your child’s temperature.  Unfortunately the ESF system does not support having additional adults able to input the information e.g Aunty, Helper etc.  You do still have the option of downloading the sheet (see earlier post in my blog) and writing the information on the form and having your child bring this to school.