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GSIS Gazette – Issue #60

24th September 2021

Principal's Column


Community Committee

Following World Clean Up day last Saturday,  the Environmental Protection Club and Community Committee call on the GSIS Community to carry out your very own Beach Clean Up this October.

It’s easy to get involved:

  1. Choose any of your favourite beaches to clean up.
  2. Arrange a date with family or friends anytime in the month of October.
  3. Send a photo* of your hard work along with your name, class and house to communitycommittee@gsis.edu.hk

We have prizes for:

  • the most number of rubbish bags collected
  • the most unusual item found on the beach
  • the most remote beach/location

And a special bonus if you can make a piece of art out of your rubbish!

Please remember to stay safe - wear gloves, use tongs and stick to Covid guidelines when out in a group, but most of all have fun doing your part to keep HK clean!

*Please note that the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Community Committee
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Schoolwide News

Election of KPR Secretaries and Deputies on 28 September
Gazette Readership Survey
University Guidance: Upcoming Events (External)

German International Stream

Kindergarten Corner

Dear Parents

We hope you had a lovely Mid-Autumn Festival and enjoyed gazing at the full moon and a lantern walk with your children. A big Thank You to all parents who visited their child/children’s class this week to share the tradition about this Festival and all the different activities they have prepared for them to participate.

Besides the celebrations, we have now completed  the second Wellbeing Week, and for the past two days, each class enjoyed Mindfulness and Yoga sessions with Amber from “Illuminate Kids Wellness”. The sessions included a story from the Mindful Dino Crew collection, children’s yoga postures, the importance of breathing techniques for different emotions and the use of singing bowls and tingshas for calming and relaxation.

The “Act of Kindness Tree” keeps growing at our entrance area, and it is impressive to read the different acts of kindness our children  have accomplished  and are still achieving . If you visit our Pok Fu Lam Campus, please take some time to read all about it for yourself.

We would like to leave you with some impressions of the earlier events and wish you all a nice weekend.

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

Dear Parents

The Pok Fu Lam Campus is coming to an end of our two wellbeing weeks and they had a lovely time. I am sure they all will take the one or other mindful practice with them into their daily routine. It is so important for the children. Children develop their ability to direct their attention, without judgment, to the present moment. As a result of mindfulness in kindergarten and schools, children begin to learn how to increase focus & attention for the rest of their academic careers.

They have been part of different activities in the classroom, but they also could enjoy a puppet play about healthy snacks and they all stretched at a yoga session with Amber.

Thanks to the counseling team and the DVOR teachers for making the past two weeks relaxed and mindful.

Of course we are also taking the chance to have a wellbeing week at the Peak Campus, more about that will come soon.

Priska Erni
Head of German Primary Department
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Inga Riedel-Narayan
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

No updates / announcements this week.

English International Stream

Kindergarten Corner

Dear Parents

We hope you had a lovely Mid-Autumn Festival and enjoyed gazing at the full moon and a lantern walk with your children. A big Thank You to all parents who visited their child/children’s class this week to share the tradition about this Festival and all the different activities they have prepared for them to participate.

Besides the celebrations, we have now completed  the second Wellbeing Week, and for the past two days, each class enjoyed Mindfulness and Yoga sessions with Amber from “Illuminate Kids Wellness”. The sessions included a story from the Mindful Dino Crew collection, children’s yoga postures, the importance of breathing techniques for different emotions and the use of singing bowls and tingshas for calming and relaxation.

The “Act of Kindness Tree” keeps growing at our entrance area, and it is impressive to read the different acts of kindness our children  have accomplished  and are still achieving . If you visit our Pok Fu Lam Campus, please take some time to read all about it for yourself.

We would like to leave you with some impressions of the earlier events and wish you all a nice weekend.

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

Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week.

Primary Corner

Dear Parents,

We would like to announce an addition to the EPD school counselling team. This school year Jeni Chesnut-Tangerman will be collaborating with Paige Marquard (EPD school counsellor) and Tanya Schindler (ESD school counsellor) as an intern to expand the counselling services offered in the EPD. Along with providing individual and group counselling, she will be involved in Social Emotional Learning in classrooms and supporting the overall development of the counselling program in various ways.

Jeni joins us with over 12 years of experience in international education as both a teacher and as an administrator. She is currently in the process of earning her Masters in International School Counselling, which will be completed in May 2022. As such, she is working under the supervision of the GSIS counselling department. We’d like to welcome Jeni to the EPD team for the 2021-2022 school year!

Kim Cunningham
Head of English Primary Department
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Donna Morley
Deputy Head of English Primary Department
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Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week.


Secondary Corner

Departmental News and Announcements

No updates / announcements this week.


Wellbeing Corner

“It takes courage to say yes to rest and play, in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” – Brene Brown, author and social scientist

“My history with rest has always been one of reward. I had to do something, perhaps extreme, in order to feel like I was deserving of rest. This new relationship to rest is one, not of reward, but of maintenance. This understanding that that when I rest, it’s an ongoing investment into my continuous growth.” – Rachel Cargle, author and activist

Wishing you growth and (guilt-free) rest,

Your School Counsellors


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