25 Oct 2019

Hillside Newsletter 25 October 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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 1 November  Sports Fun Day
 26 November  Parent Workshop: Importance of Open Play
 13 December  Christmas Family Action Day
 16 Dec – 3 Jan  Christmas Break
 6 January  K1 Admissions 2020/21 – School Closed
 15 January  Theatre Trip (Kids Fest): The Gruffalo
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 hope you found the face-to-face meetings insightful.

One of the tasks as the Head of School is to prepare Termly Reports for the ESF Directors. As I prepared the final report for the past academic year,  I was amazed at how much we achieved at Hillside. I hope that you will benefit from the well-rounded perspective of the Hillside Learning Community, as I share our Termly reports with you. Please click HERE to view all Termly Reports for 2018/19. We hope to keep our home-school partnership at an optimal level, by keeping our parents informed. 

It was unfortunate that we had to cancel our Parent Workshops prior to the term break as a contingency response to a protest in Central. We would like to share the slides from the Introduction to Primary Years Programme HERE. We will plan other workshops to provide parents with more insight to our curriculum. We were able to reschedule The Importance of Open Play to November, please see below for details:

The Importance of Open Play
When: Tuesday 26 November, 3:30-4:30pm; Where: Hillside

This workshop aims to demonstrate what active learning looks like at Hillside, particularly during our Open Play time. We hope parents will take away ideas on how to support and extend learning at home.

We will share different learning opportunities with parents and explain the learning intention behind each one (with the aim of enabling parents to reinforce and extend their child’s learning at home). We hope that this parent workshop will provide parents in attendance with a bank of ideas and activities to do with their child at home.

Hopefully, theory can also be put into practice when parents come in as Open Play Visitors.

On this same note of home-school partnerhsip, please feel free to contact your class teacher if you ever want to share anything from your culture or celebrations.

Happy Diwali to families who celebrate this Festival of Lights! May every candle that will be lit on Diwali bring joy and prosperity for everyone.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Acting Head of School

Hillside Sustainability Efforts

Over the past few months, 16 year-old Greta Thunberg has become one of the world’s most vocal climate activists. At one of her first TED Talks she said “We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” – TEDxStockholm, December 2018

It was a powerful talk, compelling us to think about our children’s futures, what we want for our children and our roles as educators. It reminded me of the IB learner profile: “We want to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As early childhood educators, we have a powerful window of opportunity and an important responsibility to assist young learners to understand sustainability issues, concepts and practices. It is essential to build children’s environmental awareness and values, and we request our parent community to support our efforts. 

We at Hillside are glad to share our sustainability stance with you.

Ongoing Green Efforts

  • Teaching responsibility and respect for the environment
  • Educating and reducing single-use plastic consumption
  • Moving away from weekly water delivery and paper cups, to water filter installations on all floors
  • Working with local charities and nonprofit organisations
  • Changing from paper folders and records, to digital e-folders and soft copies of documents
  • Launching digital pick up cards (introduced in phases, starting with K2 walkers in Term 1)
  • Switching to digital phone message records
  • Reducing lamination of resources and only laminating for long-term uses
  • Ordering natural, and biodegradable teaching materials and resources, where possible
  • Not using plastic materials for collage
  • Reusing materials whenever possible, such as paper, cardboard boxes, double-sided printing… etc.
  • Continuation of our crayon upcycle efforts

We have brainstormed a few other ways to protect the environment, starting with a GREEN FUND RAISING DAY.  Further details will follow once our plans have taken shape.  We hope to engage our wider community in developing a healthy respect for the environment and for us at Hillside.

Fresh Green Efforts

  • Subscribing to a more efficient recyclable materials collection system with HK Recycles
  • Ordering a second set of mini recycling bins for the K1 floor to introduce the concept of recycling
  • Purposefully switching off unnecessary lights and appliances to minimise energy consumption
  • Introduction of glue pots and glue boxes to replace the use of glue sticks

We welcome your suggestions and active participation in our sustainability efforts.

“This is not a one-time thing, this is our entire future.” – Greta Thunberg, i-D Magazine, April 2019

Parent Participation

Open Play registration is up and running! You are welcome to book a visit and spend time with your child or help out at a station. Open Play runs for one hour (10:00-11:00 / 14:15-15:15).

Parents who wish to read stories to your child’s class can sign-up to be “Guest Storytellers.” You can read a story of your (or teacher’s) choice, or put on a dramatic performance for us.

Please CLICK HERE to sign-up. Please be mindful and courteous to limit or spread out your sign-ups to allow all parents an equal opportunity on the rosters throughout the term.

We look forward to seeing you at Hillside!  Please do read the Parent Volunteer Guidance Notes in advance – click HERE to access them.

Hillside Sports Fun Day

We cordially invite all parents to join us at our annual Hillside Sports Fun Day on Friday, 1 November at the Hong Kong Football Club at the hockey pitches (3 Sports Road, Happy Valley). Map Here

The fun starts at 9:00 am for all children (both morning and afternoon classes) with a welcome and a warm up. We will meet all families directly on the hockey pitches at the Hong Kong Football Club. Please arrive after 8:45 am to give us time to set up all the signage and equipment on the pitches.

The children (in class groups) will rotate through a series of activities that will encourage the participation of both children and parents in physical movement – running, jumping, balancing, climbing, throwing, kicking and hopping etc… Parents can take their child for a break whenever they feel their child may need one. Please note that we are not permitted to bring food or drinks into the Football Club. However, a snack bar will be available for parents to purchase snacks or drinks (cash payment only please). To prevent long queues, the cash bar will also operate throughout, from start to finish.

Due to both the AM and PM classes coming together for this event, we request at least one adult to accompany each child for safety reasons. The day will conclude at around 11:30 am. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding of this request.


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 coloured t-shirt to the event according to the list below. The t-shirts do not have to be identical!

Get Your Tickets! Theatre Trip for Hillside – “Kids Fest 2020” – Wednesday 15 January

We have received information from HK ‘Kids Fest’ about an upcoming opportunity for the Hillside children to see a live theatre production. Over the past few years, Hillside children, staff and parents have attended this event and we have always found the 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 “The Gruffalo” at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai). The date for Hillside to attend this production is Wednesday, 15 January. 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!

We will meet all attending families directly at the venue; please do not come to the Kindergarten on that day and please note 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 $450 for TWO tickets. Please send in payment to secure your booking, we will need to confirm final numbers with the production house by the end of November. Payments can be made by cheque, payable to “ESF Educational Services Ltd” or banking transfer: HSBC 511-335-069-001  Account holder name: ESF Educational Services Ltd.

TICKETS ARE CONFIRMED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT (on a first-come-first served-basis). Please place your cheque or deposit/transfer record 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.

Learning Blogs

Please click on the links below to visit our year group learning blogs on the Hillside Learning Hub. Please contact kinder@hillside.edu.hk if you cannot access the Learning Hub.

K1 Learning K2 Learning

Inspiring Futures

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