24 Aug 2018

Peak View – 24 August 2018

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

PYP News

Community Garden

Information from the Performing Arts Department: Ukulele, Recorders and Peripatetic

Message from the Nurse

Screenagers at Peak

Library News

News on Admissions

Message from Island School

TEDx Talk

Michael Carr-Gregg: Raising Happy and Resilient Young People

After School Activities


Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

What a wonderful start to the new academic year.  Each year group has settled very quickly and we have been especially impressed with how quickly the Year 1 children have adapted to life at primary school.

The staff have done an amazing job of ensuring the children, in their new classes, are already feeling supported and challenged as we come to the end of only our second week.  It is so nice to hear stories from new parents about how much their child or children are enjoying school or to hear from existing parents how excited their child or children were to return to school.

My thanks to all the parents who attended the Parent Information evening last night.  We do hope you found it useful and certainly, going by the feedback, this appears to be the case.  It is always pleasing to host such events and to see such a great turnout from our parent body.  We do not take the level of parent engagement for granted and we are very proud to have such a strong school community.

It was very pleasing today to see the school community come together to support our action to raise funds for the relief efforts in Indonesia (earthquakes) and India (flooding).  We raised a total of $19,500.  This will be evenly shared between the two countries.

Finally, Eid Mubarak to those in our community who celebrate this important event.

Warm Regards
Bill Garnett

Key Dates & Calendar

Please click HERE for Peak School school calendar (2018-2019)

Golden Book

PYP News

Community Garden

We’re building a community garden!  We would like to invite parents to come and join our Garden Club this year.  Mr. Michel Maruca, our Environment and Sustainability teacher, will work with parents every Monday morning from 8:30am – 10am and every Friday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00pm.  Interested parents can email Mr. Maruca at michel.maruca@peakschool.edu.hk or just come to school in your gardening gear when you are available!

Information from the Performing Arts Department: Ukulele, Recorders and Peripatetic

Welcome back to what promises yet another lively and creative year in the performing arts department.

Instrumental Teachers

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is about instrumental lessons.  We currently have two private instrumental teachers who teach at school during lunchtimes and after school.

Tom Austin teaches guitar and ukulele on Tuesdays. He will also teach small ukulele groups. (The guitar might be a little difficult to handle for younger students and therefore the ukulele is an excellent starting point)

Po Rippin teaches piano from Mondays-Fridays

Both Tom and Po are very popular and tend to get booked up very quickly but I know they currently have a few spaces.  As they are external providers, please contact them directly for more information via

 Po Rippon  <porippon04@yahoo.com>

 Tommy Austin <tommyaustinmusic@gmail.com>

Music Curriculum
As well as singing, dancing, creating, composing and performing, the students  play instruments during their music lessons with a particular focus on recorders in year 3 and ukuleles in year 5 .

Buy A Ukulele

Although we have 30 ukuleles in school, some students also like to have their own one to take home. These can be purchased through school. (Usually at around $200 or less).  If you would like to buy a ukulele, please click HERE for the order form.

Recorder Karate Programme

Year 3 students will all need their own recorder and recorder book for the recorder karate programme which will start in September. These can also be purchased through school.   Please put your order via eNotice @ Gateway.

 Coming Soon

Please stay tuned for new information on forthcoming clubs, activities and events.

Best regards
Jane Engelmann
Performing Arts Coordinator

Message from the Nurse

The Peak is a Nut Free School

As some children here in Peak School suffer from severe nut allergies we adopt a nut free policy. For some it is a life threatening condition therefore please help us and ensure that all foods brought to school should not contain any nut or nut products. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

Absentees from School

Please inform the school as soon as possible if your child is suffering from any infectious / contagious diseases.

Child Returning to School after Sickness

Please keep your child at home for at least 24 hours (Center of Health Protection recommends 48 hours) after fever/ vomiting or diarrhea has completely subsided. Furthermore, with regards to fever (37.5’C or above) this means not sending children into school until they are fever free without any antipyretic medication. If students are sent to school before they have fully recovered they may become more susceptible to other illnesses and/or spread their illness to others.

Head Lice

It is important to check your child’s hair regularly and keep him/her at home if any head lice are detected. If head lice are noted in school, students will be sent home and they can return to school once treatment has been applied and he/she is free from lice.

Gateway Medical Update

A gentle reminder to update your child / children’s medical information on Gateway by clicking HERE as soon as possible if there is any change in their condition and to ensure that the school has your current contact details in case of an emergency.

Medicine Administration in School

If your child is required to take prescribed medication in school or to camp, you must ensure a Medical Authorization Form has been completed and signed by the parent. For safety reasons, it is school policy that all prescribed medication for students must be handed to the school nurse for safe keeping and not kept with students, this is upheld through all ESF primary schools.

For camp it is recommended the medicine has been handed in to the nurse at least 7 days before the camp by an adult (parent or helper) – not a student.

The medicine is in the original packaging and clearly labeled with the following:

  1. Student’s name
  2. Student’s date of birth
  3. Doctor’s name
  4. Instructions & expiry date of medicine*

You can download the Medication Authorization form by clicking HERE;

Student Health and Dental Scheme

You can retrieve a form for the Student Health Service from the school nurse in September.

For the Dental Scheme: Please obtain a form directly from MacLehose Dental Centre at 5/F, 286, Queen’s Road East, Wan chai from mid-December. Please call 2892 2125 for details.  You will need a proof of attendance letter from the school with the HKID card (original and photocopy)/passport with a valid visa (original and photocopy) for an appointment.

Mosquito Protection

Please ensure children are fully protected with mosquito repellant before coming to school, as we know mosquitoes love the hot humid weather we are having at the moment. The school is taking environmentally friendly precautions to try stop the increase of mosquito in the area, with this and repellant, we feel it will aid the prevention of mosquito borne illness.

Peak School Medical Page

For information on the most common illnesses that can arise in primary school children please refer to our Medical Information page on the school website by clicking HERE.

Michelle Buckley & Gloria Cheung
Peak School

Screenagers at Peak

News on Admissions

Year 1 Central Applications for entry into academic year beginning August 2019/20  (For children born in 2014)

Parents with children born in 2014 wishing to apply for Y1 entry in August 2019 will need to submit applications online between 1 to 30 September 2018.  Key dates for Year 1 application may be viewed by clicking HERE.

Applications received after 30 September will be considered late and placed on the waiting list according to priority and date received.

For further details and applications, please click HERE.

Peak School Admissions office.

Library News

Calling Library Parent Volunteers!

Please get in touch with our new librarian, Mrs RG via rebecca.rigdengreen@peakschool.edu.hk if you’d like to help out in the library.

Message from Island School

TEDx Talk

Peak School Performing Arts Teacher, Jane Engelmann, was invited to speak at the TedxWanChai back in June this year.  Here is the YouTube LINK.

Please share as much as possible because we want to get the message out there and maybe even go viral.

Jane has done so much for the domestic helpers in Hong Kong and the documentary/movie produced entitled Helper, which covered Jane’s “Unsung Heroes” story, is now being screened on all Cathay Pacific flights.

The Unsung Heroes are still looking for a regular rehearsal space on Sundays (preferably in Central area) so we are asking the wider community if they might be able to help us find somewhere.

If you’d like to get involved with the Unsung Heroes, we are always looking for volunteers so please do not hesitate to contact Jane on < jane.engelmann@peakschool.edu.hk >

Michael Carr-Gregg: Raising Happy and Resilient Young People

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to hear from one of the worlds experts on adolescent wellbeing. Suitable for parents of Year 5 and above or those who want to prepare early

Parents can sign up at the using the following links. Cost is HK$200 per head

RCHK 3rd september 6.30-8pm – http://bit.ly/ESF_Parents03

WIS 4th september 6.30-8pm – http://bit.ly/ESF_Parents04

After School Activities



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