18 Jan 2019

Hillside Newsletter 18 January 2019

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

Important Dates

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 25 January  K1 Admissions Day for 2019/20 (School Closed)
 4-8 February  Term Break – Chinese New Year
 6-7 March  School Photo Days
 15 March  Professional Development Day (School Closed)
 8-9 April  Book Fair
 11 April  Last Day of Term
Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

As this is our first newsletter of the year I would like to wish you all the very best for 2019 – I hope that you and your family have a truly wonderful year! We hope everybody enjoyed the Christmas / New Year break. It was wonderful to welcome back the children last week – they were all very excited and ready to start another term of exciting and engaging child-centred inquiry-based learning.

In light of the flu season, please note that it is imperative that unwell children should not attend school. Parents and carers are reminded to be vigilant and to take your child’s temperature every day before sending them off to school. We have a “Zero Tolerance Policy” towards the spreading of illness at Hillside, and we will send children home if they come to school for example with a fever, runny nose or a continuous cough. These procedures are in place to protect to protect all members of the Hillside community.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reminds members of the public, as well as the staff of institutions and schools, to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene as a preventative measure against influenza and other illnesses.

We would also like to advise that Hillside had a visit from CHP representatives yesterday– Thursday 17th January 2019. The feedback we received from the CHP was very complimentary – both in regards to their observations made today of our practices and the preventative measures that we have put in place and also in the written communication/updates that they have received from Hillside since the commencement of this outbreak.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS: Lion Dance Performance at Hillside

On Friday 1st February 2019 we will be celebrating Chinese New Year at Hillside.

As part of our celebrations, we have secured the services of an outstanding Lion Dance troupe that have a performance geared specifically for younger children.

To assist in bringing this professional performance group into Hillside it would be appreciated if each child could possibly bring in a $30 cash donation (no cheques please). Donations can be placed in an envelope in the message book any day over the next two weeks and sent in with your child. Many thanks in advance for your support in securing this important cultural performance for our children.

Hillside 2019-20 K1 Intake admissions Play Visits

We will be conducting our play visit/interviews for our 2019/20 K1 intake on Friday 25 January 2019. Please note that this will be a school closure day for current Hillside students. All ESF Kindergartens will be closed on this day to conduct their K1 play visits/interviews. The reason for having a school closure day is to enable us to conduct the majority of our K1 play visits / interviews on one day, rather than spreading them over a three-week period as this causes major disruptions to regular classroom programs (as teachers need to be constantly released from teaching duties to conduct the play visits/interviews). This interview process has been extremely successful in recent years and we thank you for your understanding regarding the need for this school closure day.

School Photo Days

We have scheduled Peter Inglis, a professional photographer, to come on the 6th and 7th March 2019. We have worked with Peter in the past and he has been wonderful with the children. Peter has a selection of puppets and tricks along with lots of patience to make the children smile. The children are now developing their confidence and characters; I’m sure there will be lots of fun sessions throughout the day. Peter will be taking photographs of individual children, siblings and class groups.

Please note that we will not force children to be photographed against their wishes. Siblings will also get an opportunity to be photographed together. A whole school photograph will also be taken.

When available, you will be able to view the proofs online. More details will follow. There is no obligation to purchase.  

Thank you! Theatre Trip – “Kids Fest 2019”

We would like to thank all parents for your support of the Theatre trip that was held on Monday. It was a great day and the production of “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” was again of an extremely high standard and well targeted to the age group of our children. We believe live theatre is a great experience for the children and we thank you again for your support in enabling our whole school to have the opportunity to attend this wonderful show. The children are still “going on a bear hunt” and making their way through the river and mud in our role-play corner!

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

Inspiring Futures

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