Click to download the 2021-22 Hillside Calendar. You can also access the school calendar via the ESF App.
1-30 September: K1 Admissions Application Period (2019 births)
22 September: Public Holiday (Mid-Autumn Festival)
1 October: Public Holiday (National Day)
5 October: Parent Hack S2: Curriculum
11 – 15 October: Mid Term Break
I saw this Ted Talk: How every child can thrive by five over the weekend and wanted to share it with our community. This 7-minute video sends a powerful message on how parents and caregivers can support children's development, Highlighting the “benefits of play on lifelong learning, behaviour and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five.” - Ted.com
I think it compliments our last Parent Hack session on Wellbeing and beautifully illustrates why Wellbeing is our key school priority. On this note, don’t miss out on our next parent session on the PYP curriculum, please see details below.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Mid-Autumn Day!
CURRICULUM: What is the IB PYP, and what does it look like in the early years? Is it just playing? Join us for some ideas and activities to connect your child's learning between home and school. We anticipate this session to be about 70mins long as we have lots to share. Click HERE to register.
Over the summer, we implemented a brand new library system for Hillside that better enables teachers to conveniently search for and borrow books. It will also give children a chance to have more ownership around using the library as they will learn how to scan books out by themselves using their own library cards.
Bringing home library books will commence for the K2s the week of 27 Sept. The K1s will start after the October term break. Closer to the date, your class teacher will let you know which day of the week your child's library day is. Children will carry books home using their Hillside book bag. You may purchase a book bag here through our uniform shop.
In the next couple of weeks, children will be using their library time to get to learn where different books are located in the library (there are fiction and non-fiction sections!) as well as how to use the new system to loan books out by themselves. The library is an opportune space to help children develop self-management skills!
We appreciate the class WhatsApp groups are helpful for sharing information about events, support info and class socials. We want to remind our community of a few safeguarding guidelines as outlined in our Parent Handbook. Please get in touch with the school or your class teacher directly for the most accurate information.
Keep the following guidelines in mind:
Confidentiality is key
Treat others with respect - i.e. Respect the beliefs, cultures and opinions of others even if you disagree
Use non-judgmental, respectful language
Photographs and Filming – Due to confidentiality and privacy, staff are responsible for protecting 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 other children or staff members. These photographs should be for private or personal use and not shared in a public forum.
We take safeguarding responsibilities seriously and will deal with any reported incidents appropriately.