27 Apr 2018

Hillside Newsletter 27 April 2018

Hillside Kindergarten’s latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news from around the school and upcoming events.

  • Important Dates

    Click HERE for the Full Hillside Calendar and instructions to subscribe.

     30 April  Professional Development Day (School Closed)
     8 – 11 May  K2 Parent Teacher Conferences
     15 – 18 May  K1 Parent Teacher Conferences
     21 May  Professional Development Day (School Closure)
     28 June  Last Day of School
    Principal’s Message

    Dear Parents

    I hope you all had a lovely Easter and school holiday break – managing to get some enjoyable downtime with family and friends. Term 3 is always a great term….however, as I look at the remainder of this year’s academic calendar, I can see that we have a great deal to get done in this rather short eleven-week term!!! A highlight for K2 will be the K2 Leavers Celebration event (please make note of the details and dates for this event now in your diary – full details can be found below.)

    At the end of the last term, the teachers in both K1 and K2 planned this term’s Unit of Inquiry (UoI) and I know the children are going to have the opportunity to develop many new skills along with enjoying their new UoI (please visit our class blogs on the Hillside Learning Hub for your child’s latest class news which will include information about your child’s Unit of Inquiry). It would be great if you could encourage your child to share and talk about what they have been doing and learning in their new UoI. One of the purposes of our class blogs is to provide parents with information about the learning being undertaken at Hillside, so that it can then be discussed at home between parent and child.

    Professional Development Days for Hillside staff – school closure days

    To ensure that we offer the highest quality educational programme here at Hillside, it is essential that we provide high quality and regular professional development for all staff. It is ESF policy to provide at least 5 days of Professional Development for all Teachers and Educational Assistants and the following dates in Term 3 have been set to undertake our final (2) professional development days at Hillside. Please make note of these dates, as the Kindergarten will be closed on each of the following days:

    • Monday 30th April 2018
    • Monday 21st May 2018

    Hillside K2 Leavers’ Ceremony – SAVE THE DATE!!!

    One of the highlights of Term 3 is always our K2 Leavers Ceremony. The date set for your child’s K2 class Leavers Ceremony can be found below. Further details regarding this event will follow closer to the date.

K2 Leaving Celebration Arrangements

Tues 12th June 2018 Wed 13th June 2018
Gecko AM + Tiger AM
Dragon AM + Turtle AM
Gecko PM + Tiger PM
 Dragon PM + Turtle PM
Parent Volunteers

Thank you for all the parent participation and volunteers last term, we are very fortunate to have so many parents assisting us to enhance teaching and learning opportunities and also making it even safer for the children by providing us with an extra hand, as well as keeping an extra eye.

A warm reminder to sign-up before the end of year, but please be conscious to limit or spread out your number of sign-ups, especially this last term, to allow all parents an opportunity on the rosters before the summer break.

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 also read important information on the Parent Volunteer Guidance Notes HERE.

Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent-Teachers Consultations (PTC) are coming up, you will need to login to your Gateway account to book your appointment. The online sign-up will be available AFTER Easter break from Monday 16 April and will close on the Friday prior to your week of PTCs. Please follow the instructions HERE on how to make a booking.

Please note classes will continue as per normal throughout the PTC weeks. The appointments are about 10-15 minutes long for each child. Please appreciate that these are the dates when we have arranged cover for teachers and we would like to keep to them as much as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 2540-0066.

K1 Dolphins Frogs Monkeys Pandas
Date 15 May

16 May

17 May

18 May

17 May

18 May

15 May

16 May


K2 Dragons Geckos Tiger Turtles
Date 10 May

11 May

8 May

9 May

8 May

9 May

10 May

11 May

Latest Unit Report

A warm reminder the latest Unit of Inquiry report (for both K1 and K2) will be available for parents to access on Gateway. To access your child’s report:

  1. Please log into Gateway https://hs.tg.esf.edu.hk to access your child’s report. If you forgot your login details please use the “forgot password or login name” function. Gateway will send you an email for resetting password shortly.
  2. Once you’ve logged in, select ‘ARR Report‘ on the main screen. (Please see Screenshot 3 below)
  3. Select the relevant report template. This will create a PDF file that you can save as a soft copy or print out if you wish. If you have more than one child, select the appropriate child in the top left corner.


Please contact the office on admissions@hillside.edu.hk if you have any difficulties accessing this platforms.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kind Regards

Class Blogs

Please click on the links below to visit our class blogs on the Hillside Learning Hub for your child’s latest class news and photo gallery. Please contact kinder@hillside.edu.hk if you cannot access the Learning Hub.

Dolphin Dragon
Frog Gecko
Monkey TigerAM    TigerPM
Panda Turtle
Parent Volunteer Sign-up

Inspiring Futures

Data Privacy The information we collect from you is in accordance with the ESF Personal Data Handling Policy and its related Personal Information Collection Statements (“PICS”). Our PICS statement is available online. http://www.esf.edu.hk/privacy

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