Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 8

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Dear Parents,


After my absence, it is great to be back at the school and in the classroom. Thank you to all for the kind messages and well wishes. I am also pleased to report that Chris Roussos was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is well on the road to recovery. Chris, you are a brave and strong young man and everyone in the HFS community is thinking of you and hoping for your speedy recovery.



These are the items that I wish to share with you in this week’s newsletter.



GL Assessment and Year 6 & 9 Checkpoint Next Week


As we approach the end of the academic year we must gauge the learning that has taken place over the year. This week the F2 – Y9 students successfully completed the GL assessment tests and next week the year 6 and 9 students will do the Cambridge Checkpoint exams. The GL assessments are the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools, overseas ministries and British, bilingual and international schools worldwide. The Cambridge Checkpoint exams reflect the highest standard international assessment and are used and respected by educational establishments around the world. I have no doubt that they have been well prepared for their tests and I wish them the best of luck for these assessments.



Book Character Dress-Up Day on Thursday 25 June


In the name of fun and promoting reading, HFS will have our annual “Book Character Dress-up Day” on Thursday 25 June since we were unable to hold it while E-Learning was taking place. All students are encouraged to dress up as a literary character from their favourite book on the day. (I must remind parents that face masks are still to be worn even if not part of their costume). I look forward to seeing the creative costumes that the students can come up with and each class will vote for the best dressed person in their class. It should be a lot of fun.



Scholastics Book Club Due by Thursday 25 June


Still on the topic of reading, I am happy to share with you the link to the HFS Scholastic Book Club Special. If you would like to order books for your child at a greatly reduced rate, please click here to see what the HFS Scholastic Book Club has on offer. A percentage of sales will go to a worthy cause; Since, for every $1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards. Please place your order online by 25 June 2020. Thank you for your support with this fantastic initiative.



HFS School Sports Day on Friday 3 July


On Friday 3 July between 09:30 and 11:30 am HFS will hold the school sports day. The HFS student council has been hard at work planning games that observe the correct social distancing guidelines while still being fun and competitive. If you feel that your child should not participate in the day’s fun and games, please inform the admin office by Tuesday 23 June. It promises to be a morning of exciting activities and competition and parents are encouraged to come and spectate.



Survey on the Year-End School Dance Due by Tuesday 23 June


Finally, as has come to be a tradition at HFS, we close the school year with a special event and in the last few years this has been in the form of a school dance. In the age of Covid-19, however, we must consider social distancing guidelines and for this reason we would like to gauge the feelings of all the parents of the HFS community regarding whether or not hosting an end of year school dance is preferred. We have designed a single question, yes/no survey for you to complete to see if we should go ahead with planning this event. Please click here to complete the survey by Tuesday 23 June. Should the majority favour not going ahead with the school dance, an alternative event will be arranged. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.



Mr. Kearney