16 Mar 2017

Peak View – 17 March 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
 PTA News
 Our Annual Sports Day
 Mixed Field Hockey Tournament
  PYP News
  Gardening Club
  Message from the PTA Administrator
  Others
 Disclaimer

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

We recently enjoyed our Upper School Sports Day thanks to the superb organisation of Mr Erwin.  Congratulations to Cameron House for winning the Athletics House Competition Cup for the first time in a very long time.   For the Year 6 children in Cameron, who have been at Peak School since Year 1, this is their first taste of victory at the Sports Day.

We have also been enjoying the events surrounding our annual Book Week this week.  My thanks to Liz, Rosheen and Claudia for organising such a great week.  All the children have worked with ‘Visiting Authors’ from around the world and they have clearly enjoyed it.  My thanks also to the PTA who help fund the Authors via the Learning Enhancement Fund (the same fund that we raised money for from the Art Auction).

In my blog this week, which you can access HERE, I cover the following;

  • Student Initiated Action – Find out what action Albert Haustorfer (5B) has taken to support our local community
  • Pollution in Hong Kong – A CNN report that highlights a recent study which shows promising results (just sharing for your information as it is topic that affects all of us here in HK)

Finally, for those that follow rugby, I understand England have the potential to break a world record this weekend against Ireland.  Should be a great game with a lot riding on it so may the best team win!

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Warm Regards
Bill Garnett
Principal

Key Dates

PTA News

Dear Parents,

We would like to begin with a few words of appreciation.

Thank you to everyone for a very successful Art Auction at the beginning of this month. The staff worked tirelessly to pull everything together. Special thank you to Annette Ainsworth who worked so hard for the event. Craig Hollingsworth and the IT team also did a fantastic job with the online portion. Thanks to all the parents who contributed art, volunteered that night, and joined in the fun. The kids also really loved how everyone participated in viewing and purchasing their precious pieces of art! Thanks again to everyone.

We would now like to thank Jane Peters.  As you know, she served as the Vice Chair of the PTA for the past three years and while she is still on the PTA, she has stepped down in this role as her youngest child leaves Peak School. Jane has been an incredible asset to our school community and has devoted so much of her personal time in supporting the school in many different ways and particularly in organising so many of the school events. We can’t begin to thank her enough for all she has done. Thank you, Jane, from all of us!

We are very fortunate to have such committed and caring staff and parents at the Peak School. Thanks always to Mr Garnett, Mrs Ainsworth, Ms Colet, Jackie To and the entire staff for all you do!

We have two more major events this year. We look forward to seeing you and your children with dancing shoes on for the Dance-a-Thon in May and then for Peak School has Talent in June.

One last small note, ear buds are now for sale at the Main Office. For a bargain price of 100 HKD, you can get high quality earbuds for your children to use at school or anywhere!

Thanks again for your continued support.

Kind regards,
Ildiko Fecser and Victoria Fouladi
PTA Co-Chairs

Our Annual Sports Day

The weather could not have been better for the Year 1 and 2 Annual Sports Day. With music playing students showed great team spirit and determination as they rotated through all their activities. These included sprinting, scootering, space hopping, parachuting, hurdling, bean bag tossing, relay running and participating in the obstacle course.

To help make the day such a success, sixteen Year 6 students took part as leaders and  supervised, lead and supported each of the ‘School Houses’ or explained and helped run one of the activities. These students did an outstanding job adding to the Year 1 and 2 children’s enjoyment. The day was full of highlights but one enjoyed the most by all was the parent relay race which saw many parents come out of retirement and show how fleet footed they still are.

The Day of the Year 3 – 6 Sports Day started ominously but this had no bearing on how the day turned out. Students arrived at the Stanley Ho Sports Ground dressed in very creative hats and accessories and covered in many cases from head to foot in their house color. Chants and songs were broadcasted across the stadium and the field with teams supporting and encouraging each other throughout the day.

Students participated in a variety of throwing (frisbee and vortex ball), running (short, long and obstacle), jumping (hurdles and long jump) and relay events while trying to accumulate as many points as possible. At the end of the day, the results were very close with Cameron winning for the first time in seven years. Congratulations to all the students for trying their best and encouraging their team.

The School would like to thank all the parents and family members who came and joined in by helping at events and/or cheering and encouraging the participants throughout both days.

Mixed Field Hockey Tournament

Congratulations to the Mixed Field Hockey Team for demonstrating excellent teamwork and improvement in their play and positioning at the annual ESF Mixed Field Hockey Tournament at the Hong Kong Football Club. The team played 6 games winning two (1-0 and 2-1), tying one (1-1) and losing three (2-1, 2-1 and 3-0). With their results the team finished fourth in a very tight pool.

Well done to all the following players for an excellent tournament: Sophie Williams, Hugh Li, Yennah Lee, Gustavo Hendriks, Lucas Munt, Florrie Hattam, Haider Malik and Anum Javed. The team would like to thank all the parents who came and supported them throughout the day.

PYP News

 

It’s been a very exciting Term 2 at Peak School and we have been risk takers on many instances.  Over the past few weeks, we have had different guests who have helped spark our interest in science concepts as we begin new units of inquiry.  Toni Goatee and Ashley from Jurassic Garage brought their animal friends to our Y2 classes.  Our Y2 students learned about reptiles and arachnid.  Each and every one was real risk taker as they handled the snakes, lizards and spiders with care. The children took turns petting the animals and learned about them first hand.  It was a great way to start our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit, where we are looking into how these animals interact with and depend on each other and their environment as well as what they take and bring to their habitats.

On Wednesday, we had a whiz-bang presentation from the Ministry of Science.  A few children got the chance to participate in some hair-raising experiments (quite literally!), which left the audience ooh-ing and aah-ing.  This was a fantastic way to start our ‘How the world works unit’ where we are learning about energy, transformation, technology, and experimenting.  The presentation was sponsored by the British Council.  They had a very limited number of school shows this year and we were extremely lucky to have been able to book them so we invited the Y5 students of Bradbury School to share the fun with us.

Today, Mr. Magnus Renfrew talked to our Y3s about his work.  He helped the children learn more about art, artists, and art shows.  Mr. Renfrew’s visit happened at the perfect time as the Y3s are about to launch into their very own Art Exhibit as their ‘How we express ourselves’ unit comes to an end. Thank you, Mr. Renfrew!

Through all these events, the children have been real inquirers, asking questions, finding answers and asking further questions.  They have been exploring, observing, and challenging their initial ideas.  We’re almost at the end of Term 2, and we look forward to more exciting learning experiences in the coming term!

Gardening Club News

A BIG, BIG congratulations to the Garden Club for winning 1st runner up in this year’s HK Flower Show School Garden Plot Competition.  Many thanks to Mrs. Bryce for leading our little gardeners.  Thanks, too, to Mrs. Anne Suarez and Mrs. Barbara Engo-Aranha for their help with setting up.  You still have the chance to visit our prize-winning garden at the HK Flower Show.  The show runs until Sunday, 19 March.

Message from the PTA Administrator

Uniform NEWS –  Special deals!

Earphone is available in school now, for $100 only!  ICT Department has selected this very good quality, well-known brand earphone for our children. Student will need an earphone in class from time to time, without the earphone they would not able to complete their task.  Please remind your children to come to the school office; we can always let them take it pay tomorrow.

Tips for Surviving the Rainy Season:

This long sleeve waterproof poncho raincoat and a built-in hood can keep your little one dry.  It’s excellent for school trip.  The raincoat is available now to purchase at PTA Uniform Shop now. Order forms can be downloaded from the Peak School Website; you can also pick up from the office.

Please remember to label all new uniform clearly with the name of your child!  Thank you.

Others

Disclaimer

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