Click to download the 2022-23 Hillside Calendar. You can also access the school calendar via the ESF App.
10-13 October: K1 Parent-Teacher Conferences
17-21 October: Mid-Term Break
26 October: Parent Webinar on K1 Parent Participation
28 October: Parent Webinar on the Chinese Programme
28 October: Dress Up Day (not necessarily Diwali/Halloween related)
31 Oct - 3 Nov: K2 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Dear Hillside Families,
I can't believe we are halfway through Term 1 already. I must thank everyone for working together to keep our community safe. We are optimistic for a smooth school term without learning disruptions as Hong Kong sets to further ease the anti-pandemic measures.
We are also approaching the flu season as we welcome the cooler weather. We want to work with you to ensure that our children and staff remain healthy and safe at school and that learning continues in person, undisrupted. We thank you for your cooperation and support in staying vigilant and keeping our community safe. Please do keep unwell children at home to rest before it manifests into a full-on URTI, as the CHP continues to be prudent about influenza-like illnesses.
Please take note of the following events coming up after the mid-term break. The first week following the break will be a week of festive celebrations with some fun activities relating to Diwali and Halloween. These will be offered during open-play time so that the children can explore based on their interests. A warm reminder Friday, 28 October, is a Dress-up Day (not necessarily Diwali/ Halloween related). Thank you to those parents who completed our 2022-23 Hillside Diversity Calendar survey. If you haven’t yet, please do so!
K2 PTC sign-ups are now available. Please look out for a separate app message with further information and make an appointment at your earliest convenience. You will have a choice of 2 days, 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.
These meetings will take place via Zoom, so please be reminded to Zoom from a quiet space to avoid poor audio connections. Please also note it will be a normal school day for the children as classes will continue as per usual throughout the PTC week.
K1 Parent Participation Experience (For K1 families)
26 October, 1pm
We would like all parents who are keen to get involved and engage with your child’s learning in-person at school to attend this webinar. We will go through what to expect from the K1 parent participation experience this year, and how to sign up.
Zoom link: [Web Link]
Hillside’s Chinese Programme (Especially for K1 families and anyone new to Hillside)
28 October, 1pm
What does learning Chinese as an additional language look like in the early years? Join our Chinese Team for a Q&A session on what Chinese Learning looks like here at Hillside, and how you can connect your child's learning between home and school.
Zoom link: [Web Link]
Similar to previous practice, the ESF Primary Admissions team will inform all ESF K2 parents of their allocation for a primary school in advance of receiving their offer package on 25 November 2022. Please note that the ESF Primary Admissions team will send out the Y1 allocation email to all K2 parents on Friday, 21 October 2022.
If you have any further questions, please contact ESF Primary Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB) announced the new Student Grant Scheme. The government's Student Grant Scheme applies to every student attending a Secondary, Primary, or Kindergarten school in Hong Kong, making them eligible for a HK$2,500 grant payment. This scheme applies to ESF and all of our schools. Click here to see the information from the Education Bureau (EDB).
By way of highlighting, here are the procedures:
For parents who applied for the grant last year (returning K2 families), EDB will issue a Hillside-specific form (Form B). Please refer to the App message on Monday for distribution details.
For parents applying for the first time, or if your child has just joined our school this academic year (K1 families or any brand new K2 families) - Please download the blank EDB form here (Form A) and print it out.
Once the form is completed and signed, submit the original copy of the completed form to Hillside by Friday, 28 October 2022. If you are returning the completed form via your child's school bag, please send a message to let us know, as it can easily be missed.