Click to download the 2022-23 Hillside Calendar. You can also access the school calendar via the ESF App.
3 March: Hillside Family Event (this week!)
6-8 March: K1 Curiosity Kids Incursion
14-15 March: School Photo Days
17, 24 March: Vision Screening
21, 23 March: K2 Tai Tam Excursion
31 March: Staff Meeting Day (No Classes)
3-14 April: Spring Break (School Closed)
17 April: Term 3 Commences
17-21 April: K2 Beach Clean up (Details to follow)
9 May: Parent Webinar - Why Sleep Matters
2 June: K2 to Y1 Transition Day
12-15 June: Save-the-date for K2 Celebration of Learning
Dear Hillside families
Happy mask-free day! Another step away from the pandemic and back to normalcy.
I often like to take the time to pause, reflect and bring everything into perspective. Looking back on the past few years, we have not had a full February of face-to-face kindergarten classes since 2017! We've had school closures and distance learning due to influenza and Covid for the past five years, and it does have an impact on all of us.
We have been living in a virtual world for the past few years and perhaps getting too familiar with communicating digitally and promptly. With this said, I ask for your understanding as the teachers are now fully engaged in-person with the children. They are less readily available to reply to emails during the school day, and with 48 families (from AM & PM), it could take much longer to go through all the communications. If there is anything urgent that you need the class teacher to know, please call reception, who will help pass on the message.
With the continuing relaxation of all the Covid-related restrictions, we look forward to seeing many smiley faces at our upcoming Beach Picnic!
It is wonderful that children and staff can remove their masks starting today! This will be immensely helpful in supporting speech and language development, which has been challenging for the past few years.
Whilst many people are happy, there will be a transition period as some children might still wear masks for different reasons. A few students might initially be stressed when others take off their masks. The ESF Educational Psychologist team has written a Social Story about this.
Other points to keep in mind while supporting children to navigate changes around mask-wearing guidelines?
There were some parent questions about developing early literacy skills. Please take a look at this short video we've put together with some tips and tricks on developing writing skills and what you can do at home.
As a follow-up to the recent stakeholder survey, we would like to review our various methods of keeping parents informed of their child's progress and development throughout the year. We value your thoughts and feedback to support us in continuing to reflect and improve our practices. This will help us find a good balance between the various methods of info sharing. It's a very short survey (5 minutes) but focuses on feedback. We greatly appreciate your time to fill out this survey. We thank you again for your input!