11 Jan 2017

Peak View – 13 January 2017

Peak School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

 Principal’s Message
 Key Dates
 Golden Book
 PTA News
 PYP News
 Chinese News
 Art Auction – Donations of Art Work
 Donations to Year One and Two
  Music News
 Garden News
 Student Council
 After School Activities

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

A warm welcome back to the new term and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

My thanks to you all for being so understanding of the situation at the end of last term and I am pleased to hear that everyone is now fit and well.  It certainly was a nasty bug and perhaps the fact that it was the 3rd warmest December in Hong Kong’s recorded history played a part.

We had the pleasure of meeting our prospective Year 1 intake for next year.  We spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week ‘interviewing’ families who hope to join us next year.  It was lovely to have so many siblings looking to join us next year as well as a large number of new families.  The new parents were certainly impressed with what they saw and it was so nice to see our current children greeting the parents spontaneously as these parents walked around the school during their tour.

We are currently in the process of finding new teachers to join us next year.  Our annual recruitment involves us reading through 100’s of CV’s and this year it is my turn to go to London to recruit.  As a result I will be away all of next week recruiting meaning that I will miss a number of exciting events next week including our Annual PTA Bingo night.  The first one I have missed in many years of teaching!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Warm Regards
Bill Garnett

Key Dates

Golden Book

PTA News

Jackie To
PTA Administrator

PYP News

PYP Parent Workshop

Please mark your calendars for the parent workshop on Thursday, 9 February, on Action and Global Citizenship.  Click on the link to register for this workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/jZx6mYt5hu07OeBk2

Y6 PYP Exhibition – Parent Info Session

Y6 parents are invited to join the PYP Exhibition Information Session on Thursday, 23 February.  We will have a morning and and evening presentation.  If your child is in Y6, kindly complete the attached form to indicate which session you will attend: https://goo.gl/forms/GWdvfdeHWeVUd87W2

Chiqui Colet
Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator

Chinese News

Chinese Week Schedule

You will all have received the Chinese Week Newsletter, which was sent out yesterday Thursday, 12 January.  Please take time to read through the schedule for Chinese Week.

Chinese Book Fair

Good news!  In order to improve students’ Chinese learning and promote reading in Chinese, Peak School will be holding a Chinese Book Fair during the Chinese Week celebration.

Date: 26 Jan, Thursday
Time: 12:30-13:30
Place: The lower playground

We will be having Chinese books from two publishers on the day.  Children may bring in money and buy the books they are interested in.  Parents are welcome to join us if you are free!  This is our very first Chinese Book Fair at Peak School so we hope everyone can support it!

Chinese Home Learning

The recent Chinese home learning issued on 13 Jan 2017 can be found in your child’s year group Chinese home learning folder on Planet Peak.

The 7th Peak School Putonghua Speech Festival (Year 3-Year 6)

We had a fantastic start with passionate children performing in the The 7th Peak School Putonghua Speech Festival preliminary this week.  All the participants have put in great effort in their preparation.  They have all impressed us with their creativity and courage.  Semi-final will be held on Wednesday 18 Jan.  Keep up the good work, children!

CEANT Speech Contest ( Year 4- Year 6)

Every year, the Cultural and Educational Associations of the New Towns holds a Hong Kong based Putonghua Speech Contest. They invite all schools in Hong Kong, local or international to participate, creating a great platform for cultural and language exchange between schools.

We have a good number of Peak School students participate each year. If you are interested in participating, please let Huang laoshi know as she will be the teacher in charge of the enrollment. The deadline for this competition is 22 Feb 2017. For more information, you can browse their official website- http://www.ceant.org.hk/

The Chinese Team

Art Auction – Donations of Art Work

For our main PTA Fund raiser this year we are holding a Peak School ART AUCTION on 3rd March. If any of our parents (or friends) have an artistic talent of any kind and would like to donate one of their creations for the auction, we would be most grateful.  It can be absolutely any type of Art e.g. painting, collage photography, pottery, sculpture, flower arranging…. the list is endless.

Please contact Annette Ainsworth <ainswortha@peakschool.net> if you are willing to make a donation of Art work or indeed, if you know of anyone in the ‘Art world’ in Hong Kong who we may be able to approach for an Art donation.

Many thanks in advance,
Annette Ainsworth

Donations to Year One and Two

Dear Parents,

In the spirit of recycling if you are having a sort out of unwanted dolls and dolls’ clothes (in good condition) for our young children to play with we would be very grateful. We are also looking for dolls’ pushchairs / buggies or prams. 

In addition if you have any unwanted double K-size bed sheets, picture frames and wool/thread we would be very grateful for these too.

Any donations can be dropped into our Year One and Two teachers.

Thank you!

Music News

With all the Christmas concerts done and dusted, and the tinsel packed away for another year, it’s time for the senior choir to start working towards the ESF Primary Schools’ Choral concert which will take place on March 17th at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. It’s an amazing experience singing together with all the other ESF primary schools (around 900 voices) and this year is even more special as it marks the ESF’s 50th anniversary.

We had a great turn out on Friday lunchtime and it looks like we might already have over 50 in the choir. I know that some students hadn’t yet returned from their holidays, and some previous choir members may have chosen not to return (possibly unbeknown to their parents) so our numbers might still increase .

The senior choir meet on Friday lunchtimes and for this term there will be 7 additional rehearsals after school on Thursdays.

We have many challenging songs to learn and most are in two part harmonies, so commitment and practise is absolutely essential. All students in years 4,5, and 6 are welcome to join but must be prepared to attend rehearsals and to practise the songs at home.

The choir are already sounding pretty amazing so I think we are all going to have a lot of fun.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

With kind regards
Jane Engelmann
Performing Arts Coordinator

Garden News

The garden is looking lovely at the moment, full of herbs, lettuce and even some roses. The children worked hard last term, sowing seeds and then transplanting their seedlings into larger planter boxes to grow on further. We are now close to harvesting some salads to sample.

Would you like to Volunteer in the Garden?

We have a small group of parent helpers who meet regularly on Monday after school drop off to help with garden maintenance such as planting and pruning. We would welcome more volunteers! If you would like to get involved and learn a little about gardening in Hong Kong in the process do get in touch with Jo Bryce, brycej1@ps.edu.hk

Plant or Seed Donations Welcome

As an alternative birthday celebration, donations of plants and seeds on behalf of your child are always welcome. The school florist can help to provide seasonal flowers for planting around the school, $100 will buy 4 or 5 small pots of flowering plants which your child and a few friends can then assist with planting in the school grounds.

Jo Bryce
Sustainability / Environment

Student Council

This year as part of Peak School’s Chinese New Year celebrations the Student Council is supporting the RedGivers -Red Packet Sharing 2017 programme.  We would like to invite students to think about donating some of the lai see money they are given to the Change Young Lives Foundation.


The Student Council have set up a display with a red box in the shared area.  If you would like to donate money from your lai see please put it into the box.

This collection will run from today until February 17th when we will collect up all the donations and send them to CYLF.

Thank you for helping to make sure other children have a happy Year of the Rooster.

Tiphany Bloomfield
Year 5 Class Teacher
Student Leadership Co-ordinator


Year 6 students enjoyed their first visit day to Island School on Wednesday 4th January. They had a tour of the school followed by a quiz competition.They then completed a humanities focus project and enjoyed lunch using the different tuckshops in school. In the afternoon they were able to ask current Year 7 students about all the opportunities at Island School in the Q and A session. Island School looks forward to welcoming them back towards the end of Year 6 for their next transition day.

Kate Sommerville
Transition Manager
Island School

After School Activities


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