Peak School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.
It was lovely to see so many parents attend the Parent Information evening on Wednesday. I do hope you found the session with your classroom teacher/s informative and enjoyed the opportunity to meet a number of our external providers in the lower playground.
This week in my blog, which you can access by clicking HERE, I cover the following:
- ePayment is coming – shortly we will be launching our new ePayment system so you no longer have to pay via cash or check
- Water Dispensers – we have the cleanest air and now we have the cleanest water thanks to the PTA
- You Tell Us – A reminder to fill in the survey form
- The New Luncher – information about the new service
- Island School – Presentation made available by Stephen Loggie, Principal of Island School
Thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend everyone.
Vice Principal’s Message
Year 1 Applications for Academic Year 2020 – 2021
Application period for incoming Year 1 is from 1 – 30 September 2019
Online Applications opens on 1 September 2019 and not earlier. Applications received after 30 September (for Year 1) are considered late and placed on the waiting list according to first preference of school, priority and date received.
Year 7 Applications for Academic Year 2020 – 2021
All current Y6 students who wish to apply to ESF Secondary Schools need to submit the Y7 secondary transfer application (located on Gateway) from Monday 2 September to Friday 13 September 2019. The Gateway Y7 transfer form will be available for parents to access from 2 September.
Parents will receive an email from the system once they submit their Y7 transfer form. Please make sure that you receive this email, which will indicate that you have successfully applied.
If you plan to change your residential address in September 2019, we advise that you update your details on Gateway before submitting the Y7 transfer application. Once the Y7 transfer form is submitted, the residential address cannot be changed. Allocation for secondary school will be determined by your residential zone at the start of Year 6.
All newly joined Y6 are guaranteed a Y7 place but not necessarily for the school of zone.
Y7 offer letters will be sent to parents from the respective secondary schools on Friday 29 November 2019 and the Y7 deposit payment deadline to secure their secondary school place is Monday 16 December 2019.
Please note that the Y7 Central application closes earlier this year. The deadline is 23 September.
Introduction to PYP
Calling all instrumentalists aged 7-11!
It’s the beginning of the school year and I’m on a musical recruitment mission again. Many of our talented musicians from last year have moved on to secondary school, which means there are lots of free spaces in our Peak School Orchestra which need to be filled. Orchestra is open to children who are in years 4, 5 and 6 and play any of the following instruments at instrumental grade 1 or above (no beginners, sorry): flute, recorder, guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, oboe or any brass instruments. All piano / keyboard spots have been filled already.
Our orchestra usually performs during assemblies and school concerts in order to showcase what they have been practicing. Previous year’s highlights have included our performance at St. John’s Cathedral just before Christmas, as well as performances at Chinese New Year. Children thoroughly enjoy taking part, as it is not only an opportunity for them to learn how to play their instrument in a group and to perform, but also to get to know and socialise with children outside their respective classes.
I will be running an orchestra taster session on Thursday lunchtime (12.45 – 13.20) on September 5th in the Performing Arts room for any new and existing members of the orchestra. If your child plays any of the above-mentioned instruments, do encourage them to bring their instrument, come along on Thursday and have a go. Regular rehearsals will then take place every Thursday at lunchtime
Mental and physical well-being is currently a much-discussed topic, particularly regarding children and young adults. The National Literacy Trust has recently published research on how reading can have a positive impact on children’s well-being, together with some book recommendations for different age groups. Feel free to browse the attached pdf documents to find out more!
Anna Casley, Felix Auld
What’s been happening in the library and information about the Library coffee morning and volunteer opportunities.
Please be reminded that we will have our school photos next week from 2-4 September (Monday-Wednesday). Children need to wear the school uniform and black shoes for their class photo. Please find the schedule as follows:
Sibling photo: September 4, Wed
Y1 class photo: September 3, Tue
Y2 class photo: September 3, Tue
Y3 class photo: September 2, Mon
Y4 class photo: September 2, Mon
Y5 class photo: September 2, Mon
6B class photo: September 2, Mon
6W class photo: September 3, Tue
Environmental and Sustainability Education at Peak School (Parent Volunteers Needed)
We are very committed to ensuring the children at Peak School learn about the important role they can play in helping to protect the environment and understanding their own impact on the planet under the broad aims of:
1. Improving our use of natural (finite) resources e.g plastic, food, paper, energy, glass
2. Enhancing biodiversity at Peak School (variety of plants and animals).
We are continuing our excellent work this year by developing our garden (deck area) into an outside classroom and we need your help. We are not only looking for gardeners but first and foremost anyone with time and energy to spare, or expertise in the following areas: design and landscaping, construction / woodwork, sustainability/recycling knowledge, crafts- upcycling, or composting!
If you can spare any time, click the link to sign up.
Extracurricular Activities 2019-2020 – Term 1
Island School Open Day
Island School would like to invite Year 5 and 6 families to an Open Day at Island School – Sha Tin Wai Campus.
IS are very proud of the new Sha Tin campuses and the wonderful community that has developed since they moved over 18 months ago. Island Schoolhope that some families considering high schools next year and beyond will visit: to meet teachers, tour the Sha Tin Wai campus and meet students to hear about their passion for learning and what it means to be an Islander!
Please RSVP through the following link:
Island School Open Day
Friday, 13 September8:10am – 11:00pm
Professor Yong Zhao Parent Presentation
ESF are delighted to be in the position to offer to our ESF parents’ community, Prof Yong Zhao’s following Keynote: ” What Matters: Effects and Side Effects of Education “.
In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve their greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalizable by the child, instead of personalized for the child.
It will take place on Saturday 7th September at Quarry Bay School, from 9.00 to 10.30am.
This is on a first-come, first-served – maximum 300 places
Registration link: CLICK HERE
Turtles for Adoption
Are you interested in owning a turtle? A resident of Happy Valley approached us to let us know that they have rescued red-eared sliders and painted turtles and they are now up for adoption. If you wish to own a turtle, please WhatsApp Ms. Bonita Hui at 9847 7800.