Meeting ID: 910 4603 5651
Meeting ID: 910 4603 5651
Chiqui Colet and I worked on a resource for the July break that proved popular with some of our families.
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.
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 RSE policy is informed by WHO guidance on Standards for Sexuality Education and references material from the Victoria State Government Dept of Education and Early Childhood development, Australia
Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in ESF is:
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.
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.
Please click HERE to view our Annual Plan – Community Version.
It highlights all key priorities for the year and was endorsed at the last School Council meeting.
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.
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
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.
Unfortunately, I am not in a position to announce any changes to our current school day arrangements but we are planning for both a full day option and an extended day option e.g. 1pm finish, should either option become available in the near future.
ESF are talking to the EDB and we are hoping the EDB will reconsider their position on ESF Primary Schools not being allowed to open for the whole day.
As soon as there are any developments in this area, we will let you know but should they change their mind we will be able to move quite quickly.
We normally have 3 Way Conferences in Term 1 and then Parent Consultations in Term 2. This year we are going to have the Parent Consultations in Term 1 as we feel it is very important that we get a chance to meet 1:1 with the parents at this time. Parent consultations only involve the teacher and the parent and not the child.
Parent Consultations Arrangements
Please note that all the Parent Consultations will be conducted over Zoom
26 November – 3.30pm – 7.30pm
30 November – 1.00pm – 5:30pm (no zoom lessons for the children in the afternoon)
23 November 1-4pm
26 November 3.30pm – 7.30pm
30 November 1pm – 5.30pm
2 December 1pm – 4pm
PE (Term 1 only) – Please book one slot per family
23 November 1pm-4pm
26 November 3.30pm – 7.30pm
30 November 1pm-5.30pm
Music (Term 2 only)
March, Term 2
All Bookings Open To Parents via Gateway
6 November | Friday | 9:00 AM
All Bookings Close To Parents via Gateway
20 November | Friday | 12:00 NN