2 Nov 2018

Hillside Newsletter 2 November 2018

Hillside Kindergarten’s latest newsletter is 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.

 5-7 November  IB PYP Evaluation Visit
 23 November  Hillside Sports Day @ HK Football Club
 13 December  Last Day of Term 1
 7 January  First Day of Term 2
 10 January  Kids Fest Theatre Trip – HK Academy of Performing Arts
Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Parent Teacher Conferences held these last two weeks. We’ve moved the conferences to this time of the year to give the K1s a bit more time to settle and the K2s time before the Y1 interviews to look at next steps. We hope you found it helpful.

One of the tasks I have as Principal of Hillside is to prepare an Annual Report for the past academic year. As I wrote this report I was amazed at how much we did and achieved at Hillside in the last academic year. I believe in keeping our parents fully informed and I thought rather than write about the report in this newsletter we would share a copy for your information – I hope you find the Hillside International Kindergarten Annual Report to be informative and entertaining. Please click HERE to view the full Annual Report 2017/18.

We have shared Hillside’s Key Development Priorities for 2018/19 with those who attended the Home-School Partnership and the Introduction to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) parent sessions. At Hillside we all value the development of positive partnership, and we know that this is an overall important factor in ensuring the children’s success. Please click HERE to access the presentations for your information.

If you do have any questions after reading our reports, please do not hesitate in getting in contact with me.

Parent Volunteers

The Parent Volunteer Sign-Ups are now available. 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.

Before you sign-up, please do read the important information on the Parent Volunteer Guuidance Notes. Please Click HERE for the guidance notes.

For new or K1 parents, please do check with your class teacher to make sure your child is settled enough for you to join the school programme, so we can avoid any potential tears or upsets.

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.
Get Your Tickets! Theatre Trip for Hillside – “Kids Fest 2019” – Thursday 10 January

We have received information from HK ‘Kids Fest’ 2019 about an upcoming opportunity for the Hillside children to see a live theatre production. Over a number of past years, Hillside children, staff and parents have attended this event and we have always found the live theatre productions to be of an extremely high standard, along with being well targeted to the age group of our children.

We are pleased to inform you that we have secured a booking for the entire theatre (for both the Hillside AM and PM sessions) to see the production titled “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai). The date for Hillside to attend this production is Thursday, 10 January 2019. We believe this will be a great experience for our children and we are excited to be able to accommodate the whole school to see this production on one day!

We will meet all attending families directly at the venue; please do not come to the Kindergarten on that day and the school buses will not operate. The show runs for approximately an hour. The morning families are invited to the 9:45am show and the afternoon families are invited to the 12:00noon show.

We get a special school discount price of $430 for TWO tickets. Please send in payment to secure your booking, we will need to confirm final numbers with the production house before Christmas. Payments can be made by cheques, payable to “ESF Educational Services Ltd”. TICKETS ARE CONFIRMED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT (First-come-first served-basis).
Please place your cheque in a sealed envelope labelled with your child’s name and class, along with the number of tickets you wish to purchase.

Please contact us on 2540 0066 or kinder@hillside.edu.hk for any enquiries.

SAVE THE DATE: Hillside Sports Fun Day – Friday 23 November

We cordially invite all parents to join us at our annual Hillside Sports Fun Day on Friday, 23 November at the Hong Kong Football Club in the hockey pitches (3 Sports Road, Happy Valley).

The day will begin at 09:00AM for all children (both morning and afternoon classes) with a welcome and a warm up. Please do not arrive before 08:45AM so that we have time to set all the activities and equipment on the pitches before the children arrive. The day will conclude around 11:15AM with a break built into the rotational activities to rest those little bodies. Parents can also take their child for a break whenever they feel their child may need one.

Due to both the AM and PM classes coming together for this event, we unfortunately do not have capacity for additional children (such as siblings) to attend this event. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with this request.

Please note: We will meet all families directly in the hockey pitches at the Hong Kong Football Club, and there will be no classes operating at Hillside and no school bus service available on this date. More detailed information will follow closer to the event.


We would like the children to wear a coloured t-shirt to add to the atmosphere on the day. Please have your child wear a (predominantly) plain, coloured t-shirt to the event according to the list below. The t-shirts do not have to be identical!

ESF Hong Kong Run – Saturday, 26 January 2019

The ESF “Run for Our Future” is the major community engagement event organized by the English Schools Foundation (ESF) among the annual ESF

calendar of events. It will be comprised of a running course of 1km to 10km, with adjacent community activities and carnival at Hong Kong Science Park.

The ESF Hong Kong Run:
Date: Saturday, 26th January 2019
Time:  start from 0830
Venue: Science Park, HK
Distance: 1Km, 3Km and 10Km
Open to: Students and families, teachers, support staff and their families and friends
Registration fee: Individual $200 / Family Run $450 (shuttle bus service from University Station to Science Park)
Online registration: https://hkrun.esf.edu.hk/en

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

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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