Parents are invited to parent information and orientation sessions at the beginning of the school year, along with other parent workshops offered throughout the school year. Please refer to our regular newsletter for details of upcoming parent workshops.
We also have scheduled private parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress. Should the need arise, from either a parent’s or teacher’s perspective, further meetings are scheduled as required. We report against each Unit of Inquiry, which is available on ESF Gateway. Every child’s progress is also documented in their ePortfolio, which can be accessed via the Hillside Learning Hub.
Regular eNewsletters, programme planning, learning journals and class blogs are available to families via our website and the Hillside Learning Hub. Each child has a daily communication book for parents and teachers to communicate short messages. Urgent messages, such as last-minute changes to pick-up plans, should be delivered by phone and not email.
Click HERE for the Hillside Parent Handbook.
Parents are also invited to participate in our parent volunteer programme. This is one way we endeavour to work in close partnership with all our families.
At Hillside regular volunteering opportunities include:
- “Open Play” Time Parent Volunteer – Parents who wish to come along during this time have the choice of being stationed at an activity or spending the time with their child. This part of the session is approximately 60 minutes in length (10:00-11:00 / 13:45-14:45).
- Mystery Reader – Parents who wish to read stories to your child’s class can sign-up to be a “mystery reader”, please refer to the sign-up below for specific dates and times.
*Please be reminded to limit your number of sign-ups to allow all parents an opportunity on the rosters throughout the term.*
*Please CLICK HERE to read this important Parent Volunteer Guidance Notes before you start.
Please visit the Hillside Learning Hub to sign-up for Parent Volunteer.
How are the morning/afternoon sessions allocated? And can I request to change sessions?
As you can appreciate, many families prefer the morning session. Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to cater all morning requests; therefore, the morning or afternoon sessions are assigned by random allocation. However, in extenuating circumstances, such as medical or special educational needs, we will review individual cases to explore possibilities.
My child is currently in K1, do I need to apply for a K2 position?
No, you are not required to reapply, your child will automatically move through to K2 unless there are other special educational needs or concerns that need to be addressed.
Do you allocate morning and afternoon session randomly again for K2?
The children will stay in their current session unless you’ve made a request to change with special reasons and if there is a vacancy.
Do the children just move up in their same classes so they stay with their K1 friends and teachers?
The children will be regrouped in K2 to for new classes. The new class groupings will depend on primary catchment areas, friendship groups based on teacher feedback, and a balance of the class’ needs.
What is the percentage of Hillside children who are successful at ESF Y1 Admissions?
The majority of Hillside children (over 95%) will move up to ESF primary schools. If we have concerns regarding your child, we will be getting in touch to flag that with you. We do not like surprises. We always recommend parents to have a backup plan, as placement is not guaranteed. We will normally host a parent info session on Y1 admissions in August. Representatives from the primary school sector and head office will be there to answer parent questions. You can also take a look here for some info as a starting point http://www.esf.edu.hk/policy2013/
Which is my primary school catchment zone?
The catchment zones do change slightly each year depending on the number of applications. Please refer to our website for updates http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-zones/
Can I take photographs of my child at school?
Due to confidentiality and privacy, staff have a responsibility to protect the privacy of children, families and their work colleagues. Any photographs taken by parents (or other family members) within the kindergarten should be of your child only and not of other children or staff members. These photographs should be for private or personal use, and not shared in a public forum.