Peak School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.
The school is very excited about the upcoming art auction which is being held on the evening of March 2nd. Annette Ainsworth and the staff have been very busy supporting the children so that they all have at least one individual piece to display. On top of this the children have all contributed to collaborative pieces as a class, or year group, that will be available to bid on at the art auction.
You will have received an email and flyer from the PTA last night and I just wanted to really encourage you to attend the evening to help us raise funds for our ‘In Residence’ program. Money raised from the Centennial Celebrations 5 years ago, which currently funds Artist and Author visits, is slowly running out so the art auction is our major fund raiser for the year so we can continue to offer the artist and author experiences in the future that the children thoroughly enjoy and learn so much from.
We are also extremely grateful to the wonderful members of our community who have donated artistic pieces for the art auction. It is no surprise that our community is very talented but we have been humbled by the amount of people who have so willingly donated pieces. Thank you.
The art auction is free to attend but as part of our fundraising drive we are asking all families to ‘purchase’ their child’s or children’s pieces of art work. Regardless of whether or not you can attend we encourage you to support us by purchasing the individual pieces at a cost of $150 per family. We are in the process of setting up a website that will enable parents to bid online before the actual auction meaning that you can also be in the running to have the winning bid even if you are unable to attend.
Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see as many of you as possible attending what should be a great night on March 2nd.
In the Peak School Garden
Over the last few weeks Garden Club members have had a chance to harvest, prepare and taste some home grown salads.
The Year 1 children have been exploring different colours in the garden and sampling the different scents that the garden has to offer, including our home grown herbs. The Year 4 children have been taking a closer look at the more unusual plants we have in the garden such as pitcher plants and air plants to see how they have adapted to different habitats.
Hong Kong Flower Show
We are now preparing for the Hong Kong Flower Show which will take place at Victoria Park from the 10th to the 19th March. Garden Club students are working on design ideas at present. Then we will create a prototype of the plot at school before taking all the plants and accessories down to Victoria Park on 7th March for set up.
The theme flower for the Hong Kong Flower Show this year is the rose, so if anyone is considering sending a plant in as a birthday gift, a rose bush would be perfect! It could form part of our plot at the show and then we can plant it alongside our other roses on the upper playground once the show is over.
Growing Your Own Edibles
For anyone interested in growing edibles at home, the cool sunny weather provides the perfect time to plant salad leaves and herbs. This is easy to do with a pot on a sunny windowsill. You could be harvesting your own salad in 8-week time!
Look out for our Floral Art at the Art Auction on the 2nd March!
Sustainability / Environment
The Peak School students have been displaying the Learner Profile attributes in their own ways. All around the school, you will see displays of student work showing their creativity as well as their knowledge. In Y4, you will see displays of different biomes, each one made with so much care and thought. Along with it, the children’s researches show how knowledgeable they are about their unit of inquiry. Last week, our Y1 students shared their personal timelines with their Y4 buddies. They showed very good understanding of personal histories, the role of artifacts and significant events. The Y1s all presented with so much confidence. Congratulations!
Being Principled and Taking Action
Over the past week, two of our Y6 students have taken action and have shown what it is like to be principled. Javi Adrada – Rodriguez (6A) celebrated his birthday last week and, instead of receiving presents, Javi asked his guests to make a donation for Christian Action. Javi was able to raise HK$3,200+ for the refugees being supported by Christian Action. Congratulations, Javi!
Some of you may have already heard about the now famous strawberry pictured below. A number of environmental groups have started an online petition asking HK supermarkets to stop unnecessary packaging of products such as fruits and vegetables. Max Young (6A) took action by writing this fantastic poem:
Max Young 6M
The strawberry which was wrapped in lots of plastic,
The quality which was supposed to be fantastic,
The strawberry which was in a box,
Covered by a gigantic “sock”.
Legends might say this strawberry was overprotected,
And that one day this box will be collected.
The strawberry which was made in Japan,
One of the most expensive strawberries known to man,
Now till this day this strawberry is lost
And no one will buy it because of its extremely high cost
Vice Principal & PYP Coordinator
Chinese Home Learning
The recent Chinese home learning issued on 17 Feb 2017 can be found in your child’s year group Chinese home learning folder on Planet Peak.
A call for parent volunteers: Non-Chinese speakers welcome!
We are looking for parent volunteers who can help us supervise the children when they are working on small group tasks. You don’t need to be a Chinese speaker but you do need to be eager to support the children in managing their time and staying on task! You can volunteer to work with any year group — not just your own child’s. You may be supervising them as they read their Chinese stories online, as they practice their writing on the iPads, or when they play language games. You might even learn some Chinese words and phrases along the way. We look forward to having you with us!
The sign up form for Feb 20 and Feb 27 can be viewed by clicking on this LINK.
Thank you for your continued support!
The Chinese Team
February was a busy month in the Library!
For all the latest news, events and information click HERE.
Mrs Campbell, Mrs Rodwell and Mrs Wang
the Library Team