Peak School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.
We are now two weeks into the new term, and despite the weather, we have made an excellent start. It is obvious that everyone involved with the school has benefited from the Christmas break.
We have just completed our Year 1 admissions for next academic year. We have had a record number of applications and whilst this is great news for the school community, it does mean that a number of families will miss out on a spot at Peak School. As you know we have two classes at each year level and we have had enough siblings applying for Year 1 next year to the point where one Year 1 class next year is already full of siblings (assuming they are all accepted). This only leaves 30 spaces for all the other families who are applying to join Peak School for the first time.
In the coming weeks you will be emailed a link to access a survey from CIS (Council of International Schools). As previously mentioned we are going through the re-accreditation process and part of this process is to gather comprehensive feedback from our community (parents, teachers and children) via the survey. Please look out for the survey in the coming weeks as we really do want as many responses as possible. Not only does it provide us with a range of feedback, it also sends a strong message to CIS that our community is very engaged with the school.
Just the one entry in my blog this week, which you can access HERE:
- 2018/2019 Academic Calendar – View the Draft ESF Calendar for next academic year.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Key Dates in Term 2
The Magic Flute
We are embarking on rehearsals for our biannual big school production which this year is an adaptation of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.”
The focus of this production is creativity, colour, multimedia and whilst there are very limited main roles/speaking parts, all children from Years 5 and 6 who wish to participate will be included either in dance, gymnastics, singing, physical theatre, music, film work, composition, design or technical and backstage.
As with any opera, the chorus is a crucial element and we invite all children from Years 4,5,6 to join the choir which will take place on Thursday lunchtimes initially, although there will be occasions when they will be required at after school rehearsals and one Saturday rehearsal on March 10th.
As soon as we have a list of all children and have them allocated in their various groups, we will send out a detailed rehearsal schedule and there will be also be regular notices and reminders within school. There is no need to email me in the meantime.
All the children are aware of the opportunities and of which groups they may choose to participate in. If they have not signed up, it is because they have chosen not to and not because they didn’t know about it. Being involved in this production will take a lot of dedication, hard work and commitment. With a cast of this size it is crucial that the children who participate have made their own, personal choice to be there and are ready to put in the extra time and hard work.
Although you may have some questions, please kindly wait until the notice comes out next week before emailing me as it will, hopefully,all be explained.
Click HERE for all the January 2018 Library News!
The 4th International Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show (Hong Kong), 2018
To better promote Chinese Culture and to strengthen Chinese education amongst Hong Kong’s youngsters, Peak School together with other schools are going to hold the 4th Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show in April, 2018.
We also aim to use this event to showcase young Chinese learners’ talent and to offer them a platform for communication. Here is some basic information about the Chinese Talent Show:
A snapshot: Please click HERE to watch a video about last year’s Chinese Talent Show.
Participants: Students of 4-11 years old, in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools
- Chinese Native Speakers – both parents are of Chinese origin, and using Chinese as her/his first
- Non Chinese Native Speakers – with one or two non-background parents, or using other languages as first language despite the fact that parents are of Chinese origin.
Use of Language:
Putonghua is the only accepted language in speech items. Both simplified and traditional Chinese characters are accepted in writing items.
- Every participant should select competition items matching their age as well as their year level ( For Peak School students, Year 1 students aged 5 will be allocated in Kindergarten group, Year 1 students aged 6 will be allocated in Lower Primary group; Year 2 /3 students will be allocated in Lower Primary group; Year 4/5 will be allocated in Middle Primary Group and Year 6 students will be allocated in Upper Primary Group)
- Every participant can choose no more than three competition items that match their age group.
- Any participants whose total score from three competition items is the highest will be awarded the title of “champion”;
- Champions will get a certificate of award and a special cup; they will also be qualified to enter the national final;
- Each item from each group will have one first prize, one second prize and one third prize (a certificate will be awarded); additionally, there will be several awards of excellence (a certificate will be given to the winners).
- One or two extraordinary participants from this year’s event will be chosen to be the “Chinese Culture Ambassador”; they will become the image ambassador showing up on Hong Kong region’s poster for the year.
Please click Here for detailed information.
Registration Period: 25th November 2017 – 26th January 2018
Registration Methods and Payment:
- Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/ws1OG1hLRRdCW4JJ3
A cross cheque collected by Chinese teachers:
- The cheque is made payable to: HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF PINYIN QUALITY EDUCATION (PYQE) ;
- Please write down your child’s name and competition items at the back of the cheque (Cash is not acceptable).
Timetable for After School Activities in Term 2
ESF’s Got Musical Talent
The JCSRS will be hosting the successful ESF’s Got Musical Talent again to raise funds for SEN students.
On the afternoon of Saturday 27 January 2018,ESF secondary school musicians and/or singers will be performing in “ESF’s Got Musical Talent”. This is not a competition, rather an opportunity to perform, using professional equipment, to an audience in a club style environment.
The event will start at 2pm and finish at 6pm and take place again at Grappa’s Cellar in Central. The event will also raise funds for JCSRS PTA to support their children with special educational needs as well as to promote awareness of, and to raise funds for SEN within ESF in general.
“ESF’s Got Musical Talent” has been a great success the last five years and the feedback from the students very positive. Kindly help us advertise this event to your community and encourage them to participate.
Resilient Child Summit
A Message from Occupational Therapist
As an Occupational Therapist, part of my work is helping children to regulate their behaviour, emotions or output to get the best of the learning experience at school. This often means adapting their environment to help with reduced distraction or providing movement breaks if their energy level is low and needs a little boost as examples of a couple.
I was able to go out at lunch break the other day and noticed how many children were wearing so many layers. Hong Kong is a country which is so difficult to work out what the temperature is going to be, one minute its cold, the next its hot or even different areas can have their own little eco system! When children overheat, their output will reduce as they will become sleepy. Children in primary school, even year 6s don’t always think about their own temperature. I suggest having some discussions with your children to increase their awareness of this issue.