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GSIS Gazette – Issue #105

29th September 2023

Principal's Column

Dear Parents

We have completed the first six weeks of the school year. The weather now consistently has adapted to the 5-day school week. The school routine has set in, with projects, group work, homework, and tests being part of our students' daily challenges.

This week, the election of the KPR Departmental Secretaries took place. For the first time in years, we conducted this event in person at the Peak, and I am delighted about the extremely high attendance in all the departments. This shows how seriously the role of the KPR is taken in our school community - a big thank you to all committed to our school in this responsible position.

I also look forward to working together and having regular exchanges with the newly elected KPR representatives of the individual departments this school year:

Kindergarten: Mr. Alexander STEINKUHL and Ms. Vivian WANG

German Primary: Mrs. Verena FAVRE and Mrs. Angie KHALID

English Primary: Ms. Richa SOOD and Mrs. Anju BRANTLY

German Secondary: Mrs. Corinna WIDMER and Mrs. Natalie STAACK

English Secondary: Ms. Xiaobo HONG and Ms. Shuchi SINGH

Our first meeting will take place on Thursday, 17 October, to define joint goals for the school year and discuss ways to improve our school environment. An invitation will be sent to you shortly.

The coming week begins with an extended weekend with two holidays: Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day. We celebrate the most important German national holiday on the coming Tuesday, German Unity Day. In an assembly, our students want to remember the beginnings of this fascinating journey and the enormous challenges that have brought many people great opportunities and prospects for a better future. Thirty-three years after the German reunification, much more exists that unites us than divides us. This has been primarily shaped through embracing diversity and fostering a spirit of togetherness - a value that is more crucial than ever nowadays. 

I wish you all a festive Mid-Autumn Festival and a beautiful Chinese National Day.

Grit Cichon
Acting Principal
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Schoolwide News

University Guidance: Upcoming Events

October is nearly here, bringing a multitude of university events taking place around Hong Kong. Attached is the gazette with many opportunities to attend and take advantage of.

Claire Wilkins
Head of University Guidance
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Beatrice Ugolini
University Guidance Counsellor
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Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Gazette-105.pdf

76th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival 2024 Registration Opens

Registration is underway for the 76th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. We realise that some of you may wish to register your son or daughter for the Festival, and as registration can only be done through the school, we are very happy to support this.

Please use the below links to enrol your child or children.

Years 2-7 / K01-K06: https://asas.hktedu.com/hksmsa/10703/40631#front

Years 8-13 / K07-K12: https://asas.hktedu.com/hksmsa/18094/40642#front

Deadline: Thursday, 19 October 2023, at 2:00 pm. Late submissions will not be entertained.

Some important notes and links:

  • Our school only supports student applications from Y02/K01 until Y13/K12.
  • A guide to the online enrolment process can be found here
  • Music Festival website
  • Specific questions regarding classes should be directed to the Music Festival Association at 2761 3877.
Simon Misso-Veness
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, HEAD OF ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL STREAM

Box of Hope

After a successful run last year, the Box of Hope campaign is back at GSIS! Three Year 12 students -  Nicole Chan, Claris Pon and Mengyang Sun – will run and organise the campaign this year. Box of Hope aims to bring the gift of joy to children living in challenging circumstances. This year, they are focusing on making boxes for teenagers – be sure to include items targeted at that age group and the compulsory items. Please note that they are also accepting individual items in all categories.

The deadline for box collection is Tuesday, 31st October. To learn about what to pack in a box and how to pack it, please check out their poster below, or visit the Box of Hope website. Thank you for your support in this initiative!

Please view the poster below.

Nicole Chan, Claris Pon & Mengyang Sun
Year 12 students
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Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Box-of-Hope-Poster.pdf

Cafeteria Lunch Menu (October 2023)

The cost per meal for our hot lunches is HK$36 for meals A and B, in which you may choose a choice of carbohydrates from the daily options. The soup noodles option is HK$ 38, and the Chef’s special is HK$ 40. As mentioned before, the sandwich station and the salad bar at the coffee corner also provide a range of choices daily. The Library Terrace is also open between 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. with a grab-and-go station for instant purchase.

Upper Primary parents are welcome to pre-order meals for their child/children participating in activities in lessons 9 and 10 in Term 1, 2023/24. A separate email with the pre-order form has been sent out on 19 September 2023. Pre-ordered lunches for Primary Students will be delivered to the Upper Building each day at 1:15 p.m.

Please note that no cash payment will be accommodated. Please pay by Octopus card only.

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Chartwells Operations Manager Mr. Ariel Chan and Unit Manager Mr. Baric Wu directly under the following email address: gsis@compass-hk.com.

See the below attachment for our lunch menu for October 2023.

Student Services Team

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Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/GSIS_Weekly_Octmenu_Primary.pdf, https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/GSIS_Weekly_Octmenu_secondary.pdf

Kinderleicht German Half-Term Camps

Calling all young German language enthusiasts! Join Kinderleicht for an unforgettable autumn German camp during the GSIS fall term break from 23 to 27 October!  Immerse yourself in the beauty of the season while boosting your German language skills.

From exciting language games to creative crafts and engaging activities, this camp is designed to make learning German an absolute blast! Kinderleicht's experienced and passionate instructors will guide your child every step of the way, ensuring a fun and enriching experience.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! Sign up now to secure your spot and give your child a head start in German language learning.  Limited spaces are available, so don't wait too long!

For all details, please see the PDF below.

GSIS Advancement

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/GERMAN_AUTUMN-CAMP_Kinderleicht.pdf

10% GSIS Discount

The Goethe-Institut Hong Kong opened its doors in 1963 as the official German cultural institute in Hong Kong and now celebrates 60 years of cultural exchange and collaboration between Germany and Hong Kong. Find out more on their website!

They offer German language courses for children and teens, and current GSIS students can enjoy a 10% discount for any of their German courses.

Attachments

https://www.gsis.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Goethe-Institue-10-off-for-GSIS-Students.pdf

2022-23 Yearbook Pre-Orders

The 2022-23 Yearbook is still available for pre-orders on the GSIS Online Shop. The estimated publication date is November 2023.

This year, we will once again have a special Early Bird offer valid now until 31 August 2023:
• Print - HK$299
• Digital - HK$129
• Print & Digital - HK$349

Reserve your copy today and keep these cherished memories at GSIS.

PRE-ORDER NOW

Advancement
Advancement
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What is your Superpower?

This week, we encourage you to ask, ‘What is your Superpower?’ Because we all have our own special superpowers. It could be a mindset, a habit, a set of actions, a behaviour, principle.

It’s been suggested that increasing awareness around the actions we are currently taking can help us visualise our future plans, motivate us and take action towards habits we would like to build, become ‘the change we want to see’, and harness our Superpower!

Here are a few examples to help get you started on your special power. Perhaps you may find you identify with a few of these:

Are you?...

  • Accepting of others
  • Understanding what someone is going through
  • Leading with your heart
  • Logical and good at finding solutions
  • Inclusive and wanting to include everyone in groups and activities
  • Working as part of a team
  • Having a good listening ear
  • Considering others feelings
  • Saying positive words to friends and peers when they are feeling sad
  • Seeing the positives in a situation

We hope you enjoy making your own superpower list. Please share your ideas with us at ESD_Counsellor@gsis.edu.hk.

Dominique Talebli

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German International Stream

Kindergarten Corner

Another week has ended, and the children had their school photos taken on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Events in October

We are planning for the Hong Kong Fire Department to pay us a visit to Pok Fu Lam Campus. The Fire Safety Education talk will primarily focus on proper behaviour during a fire and the role of a fireman and the fire department. This event will also prepare for our trial Fire Drill, which we will conduct in October at Pok Fu Lam Campus.

KPR Secretary Election

We thank all Kindergarten KPRs who joined the Kindergarten KPR Secretary election on Tuesday at the Peak. 

Our Kindergarten KPR Secretaries are:

Mr. Alexander Steinkuhl from Schmetterlinge, dksc-kpr2324d@learning.gsis.edu.hk is our representative for the German International Stream, and Ms. Vivian Wang from Crickets, kg2c-kpr2324d@learning.gsis.edu.hk is the representative for the English International Stream of the Kindergarten. We look forward to a collaborative and fruitful year.

A gentle reminder to all our parents: if your child has a fever, please keep them at home and only allow them to return to school 48 hours after the fever has subsided. Many of our students come to school with bad chesty coughs and infections. Kindly keep them home till they have fully recovered. We appreciate your support for the health and safety of our children and staff at PFL Campus.

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy the lovely long weekend and the fireworks on October 1. 

Sophie Burdel
Head of Kindergarten
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Eileen Mah
Deputy Head of Kindergarten and Deputy Child Protection Officer Pok Fu Lam Campus
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Primary Corner

The preparations for our Sports Days on 19 and 20 October are already in full swing. We look forward to joint games, activities, and competitions where students can earn Housepoints for their house team.

 You will receive more detailed information about the Sports Days in the coming days.

Johannes Claassen
Head of German Primary Department
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Beate Weinhardt
Deputy Head of German Primary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Secondary Corner

Departmental News and Announcements

Sports Day 2023

Atomic Physics in the Cinemas!

English International Stream

Kindergarten Corner

Another week has ended, and the children had their school photos taken on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Events in October

We are planning for the Hong Kong Fire Department to pay us a visit to Pok Fu Lam Campus. The Fire Safety Education talk will primarily focus on proper behaviour during a fire and the role of a fireman and the fire department. This event will also prepare for our trial Fire Drill, which we will conduct in October at Pok Fu Lam Campus.

KPR Secretary Election

We thank all Kindergarten KPRs who joined the Kindergarten KPR Secretary election on Tuesday at the Peak. 

Our Kindergarten KPR Secretaries are:

Mr. Alexander Steinkuhl from Schmetterlinge, dksc-kpr2324d@learning.gsis.edu.hk is our representative for the German International Stream, and Ms. Vivian Wang from Crickets, kg2c-kpr2324d@learning.gsis.edu.hk is the representative for the English International Stream of the Kindergarten. We look forward to a collaborative and fruitful year.

A gentle reminder to all our parents: if your child has a fever, please keep them at home and only allow them to return to school 48 hours after the fever has subsided. Many of our students come to school with bad chesty coughs and infections. Kindly keep them home till they have fully recovered. We appreciate your support for the health and safety of our children and staff at PFL Campus.

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival. Enjoy the lovely long weekend and the fireworks on October 1. 

Sophie Burdel
Head of Kindergarten
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Eileen Mah
Deputy Head of Kindergarten and Deputy Child Protection Officer Pok Fu Lam Campus
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Primary Corner

We are pleased to inform you that we will hold our annual Sports Days at Stanley Ho sports ground again this year on Thursday, 19th October and Friday, 20th October.

Our students will participate in various sporting events where they will work together in their house teams. As always, we aim for the children to have fun and develop a love of sport! There will also be a focus on encouraging all children to strive to beat their own best times and distances, and there will be opportunities for children to compete with their peers.

Full details of the Sports Days will be shared by email shortly, but please do save the dates. We wish all of our families a very happy Mid-Autumn festival and an enjoyable public holiday on Monday.

Donna Morley
Head of English Primary Department
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Eleanor Cowling
Deputy Head of English Primary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week

Secondary Corner

I hope that you are all well and that your children are looking forward to the adventure of the 1st full Discovery Week since 2019.

A few housekeeping details

  • Students will experience more frequent class tests and other formal assessments as the term progresses. This is a normal part of school and, whilst there will no doubt cause some nervousness, students should not become overly stressed or anxious over class tests. Please encourage your child to view assessments as a method of informing future learning, with the main outcome being to recognise strengths and to identify areas on which to work in the months and years to come. Please do not treat an assessment or test as a competition between students - this is not the case, and, as our final results in public examinations show, the vast majority of our students ultimately excel in the vast majority of their examinations.
  • If you have not seen these, the homework schedules for Y07-9 may be viewed in this folder. Please note that the homework times are the maximum (all being well). If your child finds that homework is taking much longer to complete than it should be, please encourage them to reach out to the relevant teachers (or their class teacher) for advice or support.
  • You will no doubt be aware of the Parent Information Days (PID) on 15 & 16 Nov for Y07-11 & on 7 Dec for Y12/13 (more information and invitations in due course) during which you may meet with all of your child's teachers for a brief discussion. There are further PIDs in March. However, if you have a pressing matter or issue requiring a longer or more in-depth discussion than possible during PID, please consider using the teacher's weekly consultation lesson and making an appointment through our ESD Secretary.

Ken Stevenson
Head of English Secondary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

Sports Day 2023

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