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Date: 31 MAY 2019
21st June 2019
Dear Parents,
 
It is natural for students to feel nervous or overwhelmed during the first few weeks at a new school or in a new class, and it can be a while before they feel like they have found their feet. This is where transition afternoons, which we held this week,can help ease the process.
Students starting Year 1 in August spent two afternoons exploring the school, sharing lunch, meeting their new classmates and sampling various curriculum activities. Across the rest of the school, the students spent the time in their new year groups, trying out some tasks and getting an idea of the expectations for learning, attitudes and behaviour.
At home, your emotional support for your child during transition is vital, as is keeping in touch with school regularly during the settling in period. Please remember, our door is always open!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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14th June 2019

Dear Parents,
 
My thanks to all parents who attended Parent Consultations this week – it is always so important that we share your children’s successes with you and ensure you are clear about how to support areas which need further development. Next week, you will receive the end of year report, and I hope that you will discuss this with your child and celebrate their achievements together!
Our end of year Mass at the Rosary Church, on Wednesday, was a wonderful way in which to mark the end of the academic year and to give thanks to God for the many blessings that we have each received throughout. The occasion was a very peaceful, reflective and prayerful time for all students, parents and staff present. It was lovely to see so many of our families there.
Vicky Davies
Principal

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31th May 2019
Dear Parents,
 
At Anfield, we encourage students to take an interest in their local community, demonstrate a willingness to help others and take up any leadership opportunities that are made available to them.
As an enrichment activity, yesterday, our Year 6 students spent the day supporting the teachers and students in class at our Kindergartens. It was an opportunity for our children to demonstrate their caring qualities, and be more aware of the educational and nurturing needs of those who are much younger than themselves.
 The Kindergarten teachers had planned a wide range of challenging activities for the students to co-supervise and it was lovely to hear how the Year 6 children encouraged the Kindergarten children to persevere with activities, supporting the development of a growth mindset which is so important for life-long learners. It was an exhausting day for all, but certainly one that was full of enrichment and intrinsic reward!
Vicky Davies
Principal

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24th May 2019
Dear Parents,
 
All of our children are fortunate to have the support of helpers - those special ladies, at home or at school, who contribute to making their lives more comfortable and taking care of them. On Monday, we held an assembly, to which all helpers were invited, to celebrate the Helper Appreciation Month of May. This is a community-shared initiative launched in 2015 aimed at celebrating helpers and their remarkable contribution to our daily lives, as well as communities. At the assembly, the children expressed their gratitude towards their helpers and also to our housekeeping staff.
This month more than ever, we have asked the children to regularly show helpers how grateful they are for the work they do, and to tell them how much they appreciate their contribution to their lives. There are many ways to express appreciation, with the most important being kind words and smiles! The assembly was a perfect time to connect, getting to know each other better and sharing positive experiences.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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17th May 2019
Dear Parents,
Yesterday, the whole school showcased the projects that they have working on as part of STEM week - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is so important because it pervades every single part of our lives. The projects were based on real-life situations to help the students learn how they can be of benefit to our society, and the tasks were completed in a ‘hands-on’ and ‘minds-on’ way. It is vital that our children can see that what they are learning now is pertinent to both their future, and the future of the whole world.
Our children proved on Wednesday that they are most definitely adventurous and open-minded eaters! As part of the International Day of Families, the classes made a variety of tasty dishes from across the world to show how food unites us and they were eagerly sampled by everyone. It was certainly a celebration of the ingredients, recipes and dishes that make food so exciting on our global travels
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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9th May 2019
Dear Parents,
 
There are many parallels that can be drawn between education and sport, offering numerous opportunities for the teaching of valuable lessons. Watching Liverpool Football Club play Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening was such an event. At Anfield, we continually promote a growth mindset, resilience and the importance of teamwork to overcome obstacles “whatever the odds”, and these elements were most definitely in play during the match. It was a great example of the attributes to which we should all aspire!
 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has been high on the agenda across the school this week, with a variety of practical projects challenging all students. I hope that parents who attended the STEM workshop, yesterday, now understand how STEM learning can help bridge the gap between today’s learners and tomorrow’s careers.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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3rd May 2019

Dear Parents,
 
The children have returned to school looking spic and span in their summer uniform, and have settled back to their studies in a very positive manner. This term can be a challenge for many students, as the academic demands asked of them go up a notch, and especially for Year 6 students who will be thinking about their transition to High School. I would ask that all parents make sure that the children are well rested by setting reasonable bed times and also continue to provide a healthy diet.
 
I am sure that parents of children in 2A were really impressed with their assembly today about Sierra Leone – it is a part of the world which has certainly given the children much to think about in terms of the challenges that people face on a daily basis, and how they can be helped to overcome them.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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12th April 2019

Dear Parents,
 
Easter is one of the major Christian festivals of the year – a joyful time when we celebrate the rebirth of Jesus. It is full of customs, folklore and traditional food, but is also a great opportunity for teaching diversity and tolerance. Our children presented themselves beautifully in the Easter Assembly yesterday, which clearly explained the importance of Easter through readings, artwork and song. My thanks, also, go to Father Raja for his contribution to the Service.
 
I look forward to seeing the children return to school on Monday 29th April for the Summer Term, and wish you all a restful holiday.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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4th April 2019

Dear Parents,
 
We are sure that many parents have been inspired to pick up a paintbrush, charcoal or crafting materials following their visit to our spectacular Art Exhibition at the Cultural Centre, earlier this week. The display was greatly enjoyed by members of the public, and we are all very proud of the children’s accomplishments.
 
For the children, seeing their work so professionally displayed is a most memorable experience. The process of producing the individual pieces has such a positive impact on the children’s levels of confidence, problem solving, perseverance and communication – vital skills for life!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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29th March 2019
Dear Parents, Today, you will have received an email about a climate change task we would like you to work on with your child this Earth Hour weekend, as commitment to the planet is an issue that everyone should care deeply about. Different year groups across the school have been given different challenges relating to preserving our environment.

The theme for Earth Hour 2019 is “Change the Way We Live”. As part of the homework task, by symbolically switching off non-essential lights at 8:30p.m on 30 March 2019, you can help keep Hong Kong's remaining ecologically important areas and species safe from development pressures.

In addition, some of you may like to visit Earth Hour Village, located at the public venue next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, from 2pm on Saturday. It features interactive games and experiments, VR experience and film screenings, focusing on preserving local biodiversity and saying no to single-use plastics.

Your support is vital for a vibrant future – help us change the way we live! Vicky Davies Principal 

22nd March 2019
Dear Parents,
March 22nd, annually, is World Water Day. On this day every year, countries around the world hold events to educate people about the problems of dirty water and that clean water is something that everyone should have around the world. Money that we have raised in school will go to WaterAid for their “March for Water” campaign.

For 1 in 9 people around the world getting a drink of water isn't as simple as turning on a tap. They have no choice but to make long, tiring, and often dangerous journeys to remote water sources - and then haul heavy cans or buckets all the way back home. It's a journey that for some is an eight kilometre round trip, and a burden that more often than not falls to women and young girls, who sacrifice their education and careers to make sure their families have water. Your donations, today, will certainly be put to good use!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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15th March 2019
Dear Parents, It was fabulous to see so many families at our annual picnic at Tung Wan beach today. Even though the day was overcast, beach games emitted huge shrieks of excitement from the students, whilst families gathered on picnic blankets and in tents to share food and relax. It was lovely to take time out and meet with some of our parents on an informal basis, catching up on all the latest news. As always, the staff provided great entertainment throughout the day, which the children took full advantage of. Having a close-knit Anfield community and connecting with families from all over the world is so important to us. Thank you for your continuing team spirit!

Vicky Davies
Principal

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8th March 2019
Dear Parents,
 
The Professional Lion Dance today was an amazing piece of artistry conveying true Chinese spirit and aura. It utilised stunning costumes, with skilled performers and classical musicians working in tandem – a most creative performance, and one which will have inspired many of our students.

Come rain or shine, we are all greatly looking forward to our Anfield School Fair tomorrow.  The gates will open at 11 am, and close at 4 pm. A fabulous day of fun is definitely in store for our families and friends!
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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1st  March 2019

Dear Parents,
 
The Anfield Fair last Saturday was just the most fabulous event! Despite the rain, hundreds of people attended, and smiles and laughter could be seen and heard all across the site. On the gate, we raised $15,070.00 for the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights, which is focused on fostering and encouraging children’s happiness, security, mental health, and emotional development into young adulthood.
 
Year 5 has been further developing life-long 21st century skills during their 4 days on residential camp in Sai Kung. Problem solving, team work, decision making, resilience, safety awareness and survival skills were all in evidence throughout this week, and some very weary, but satisfied, children were warmly welcomed home this afternoon.
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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22nd February 2019


Dear Parents,
 
The Professional Lion Dance today was an amazing piece of artistry conveying true Chinese spirit and aura. It utilised stunning costumes, with skilled performers and classical musicians working in tandem – a most creative performance, and one which will have inspired many of our students.
Come rain or shine, we are all greatly looking forward to our Anfield School Fair tomorrow.  The gates will open at 11 am, and close at 4 pm. A fabulous day of fun is definitely in store for our families and friends!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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15th February 2019


Dear Parents,
 
What a performance today as the children celebrated the Lantern Festival! It was evident that all the performers have spent a lot of time perfecting their moves in the ribbon dance, the fan dance and the lion dance. The Mandarin Team was really pleased that so many parents were able to share this event with us, and the staff members were very satisfied with the outcomes – the children certainly deserved the rousing applause from all quarters.
 
Preparations are well in hand for our annual Anfield Fair on Saturday 23rd February and both the staff and the children are greatly looking forward to a family day of fun. I look forward to seeing you there!
  
Vicky Davies
Principal
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1st February 2019


Dear Parents,
 
Thousands upon thousands of people will be travelling long distances in the next few days to ensure they get home for the Chinese New Year, a most special time with loved ones. 
 
Marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks and gift giving, the occasion is full of drama and joy. Although many of the old traditions are slowly on the decline, there are still many traditional practices that are followed.
 
I hope you will be able to take time to reflect on the past year and make wishes for the new one, in the hope of a bright future for your family.
 
Wishing you great happiness and prosperity - Gong Hei Fat Choy!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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25th January 2019

Dear Parents,
 
I am sure you will agree that the Chinese New Year assemblies today were absolutely fabulous!
 
As always, the Mandarin Team works tirelessly to ensure that the students perform to the highest level, and that was certainly in evidence today. The performances were all very upbeat, and the children’s faces showed just how much they were enjoying their roles in the assemblies.
 
My thanks again go to all parents who attended the assemblies for supporting your child’s development in such a positive way.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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18th January 2019

Dear Parents,
 
Rehearsals for the Chinese New Year Assembly on 25th January are in full swing, and the children are really looking forward to performing for you next week. Meanwhile, Mr. Ben and Class 5B relished presenting their assembly to their parents today – how the children memorised all those facts, I don’t know!
 
It would appear that the influenza A/B virus is causing havoc across certain areas of Hong Kong. Fortunately, we have not had any cases reported here, but I would still ask parents to be extra vigilant at this time and follow the health advice that we have issued this term so far. We continue to prioritise your children’s health and fully appreciate your continued support in this area.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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11th January 2019

Dear Parents,
 
This week has seen the start of interviews for students hoping to enroll at Anfield in Year 1 at the start of the next academic year.  It reminds me of this time last year when our present Year 1 students were coming for their interviews, and what a difference that year has made! The progress in the children’s academic work since then is most impressive, and they are all so confident and happy in school.
 
You will have received notification of arrangements for this year’s Anfield Fair by now. Parent support for this event is always essential and warmly welcomed – please could you return the slip on the letter sent to you earlier this week, indicating how you can help us on the day, as soon as possible. It will be here before we know it!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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14th December 2018

Dear Parents,
 
We certainly have an uplifting array of Christmas celebration concerts at Anfield next week! The shows are brimming with Christmas spirit and the students have been rehearsing with gusto. However, as always, it is so important to remember the real reason why we celebrate at this time of year, and also consistently reinforce the messages of peace, acceptance and tolerance across the world. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 18th!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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7th December 2018

Dear Parents,
 
The season of Advent has begun and, in assembly, we have discussed what this means for Christians in preparation for the celebration that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, and also for his Second Coming. The first candle on the Advent wreath, which symbolises Hope, has been lit.
 
The wreath itself is also symbolic. The circle of evergreen in which the Advent candles are placed represents everlasting life. The seedpods, nuts and cones used to decorate the wreath are symbolic of resurrection, and fruits represent the nourishing fruitfulness of the Christian life.
 
As we celebrate the season of Advent, it is so important to continue to remember the grace of Jesus and how He is working even now to restore light, peace, and life to our world.
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal


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30th November 2018

Dear Parents,
 
With the Year 6 students at the Dragonfly Residential Camp, it has been such a quiet few days in school! The week at Mui Wo has provided many opportunities for further character development and incorporates all elements of the global competencies (the 6Cs) which help prepare our students for adult life.
 
The activities undertaken included camp craft, hiking, problem solving and survival skills training –all of which encourage critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
 
Spending a sustained period of time in each other’s company requires communication and citizenship skills in order to develop and maintain personal relationships. The students definitely return to school, next week, richer for the experience!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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23rd November 2018

Dear Parents,
  
We are always very proud of the strong links that exist between home and school, and these were demonstrated so well today during the Parent Consultations. Partnership is vital to enhance your child’s chances of success and their enjoyment of learning experiences. The more you know about what your child is learning and their individual targets, the more you can offer support. We will also be sending you the curriculum maps for the Spring Term in a few weeks, for your perusal over the Xmas break.
  
Vicky Davies
Principal
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16th Novemeber 2018

Dear Parents,
 
Staff at Anfield are always looking to make improvements to what they do. Across the school, teachers also have high expectations for what the children can achieve, and match learning activities to the needs of individual students. Whilst I have been observing the students’ learning over the last couple of weeks, their behaviour and learning attitudes have been exemplary, showing high levels of engagement. The teachers are consistently using every opportunity to raise the confidence and self-esteem of all students, so that they become successful learners. Alongside the support you provide at home, we have a great team!
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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9th November 2018

Dear Parents,
 
The Anfield Spelling Bee competition was held this week, as it is each year. Its aim is to help our children develop and improve their vocabularies, increase memory capacity, and overcome language and grammar challenges. The students have been supporting each other really well, from the heats through to the finals, greatly increasing in confidence as a result. Celebrating the value of learning to spell has been an engaging and rewarding experience for all involved and I know many parents have been brushing up on their vocabulary and coaching skills along the way. The children have really appreciated the time you have spent at home, helping them to achieve their very best!
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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2nd November 2018
Dear Parents,
 
Part of the work Anfield does to support the local community is to host teacher training students from Hong Kong Universities. It is vital that trainee teachers see how their theoretical knowledge is actually applied in the classroom.  Our highly skilled international staff are always willing to share their expertise so that others understand both the realities of teaching and also the huge satisfaction that is to be gained from following this career path.
 
As such, we welcomed 17 students from the Education University Hong Kong, this week, to support their studies in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary) Programme. They focused on our curriculum, daily operations, teaching styles, the impact on student learning, and how to ensure the students develop a global perspective as members of our Anfield family. It was extremely gratifying to be able to support the teachers of the future in their development!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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26th October 2018

Dear Parents,
 
All staff members have spent time recently highlighting the threads we weave when facilitating the children’s growth mindset, mindfulness, international mindedness and character development.
 
Underpinning these are the skills crucial for effective functioning as adults, the “6Cs” - Character education, Citizenship, Communication, Critical-thinking, Collaboration and Creativity.
 
Earlier this week, I sent all parents detailed information about the “6 Cs” and how you can support us in increasing the children’s awareness of them on a day-to-day basis. I am sure that you will agree it is vital that we all focus on these global competencies to help our students function effectively as adults in the 21st Century!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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12th October 2018

Dear Parents,
 
One of the main highlights of this week was definitely the Mindfulness and Growth Mindset parent workshop held by Ms. Elise on Wednesday. It gave new parents real insight into why these areas are a priority for us at Anfield, and also provided updates and additional resources for those parents who have been following our progress throughout last year. I am sure all those present can’t wait to try out the strategies suggested at home!
 
Our Harvest Festival was very well attended and reminded me so much of similar assemblies when I was a child. We celebrated harvest by singing, praying, sharing students’ work and displaying the many vegetables, fruit and dried food brought in by the children from home. The food will be taken to the Missionaries of Charity today to be distributed to the poor and needy.
 
Wishing you a restful mid-term break,
 
Vicky Davies
Principal


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5th October 2018

Dear Parents,
 
The typhoon may have stopped us from sampling the delights of Ma Wan beach, but we certainly made up for it at school yesterday. The whole staff prepared a huge range of beach-based activities for the children to take part in on site. They had tremendous fun, as you can see from our Facebook page!
 
Next Thursday 11th October is our Harvest Festival Assembly. Many thanks for the food donations which have come in so far – I hope that the Harvest table will soon be filled to overflowing again, this year. We all very much look forward to sharing the children’s songs and poetry with you on that day.
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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28th September 2018
Dear Parents,
 
I was so glad to see our Anfield family return safely to school last week following the devastation of Typhoon Mangkhut. It continues to affect us at all levels, as you will know from the letter I have sent out today regarding the postponement of our annual Picnic Day.
 
During this crisis, the dogged determination and resilience of the Hong Kong community in re-establishing a sense of normality have shone through. It has been a stark reminder of how important it is to help each other in times of need, and that we should be continuously grateful for all our blessings. The most important priorities in life are not things, but people and relationships.
 
Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. 
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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14th September 2018
Dear Parents,
 
There was a real buzz at the Cheese & Wine evening on Tuesday. It is always a great opportunity for parents to come together, forging friendships that will last many years, both at Anfield and beyond. 
 
The teachers really appreciated the opportunity to share more detailed information about the curriculum which will be covered in individual year groups and also how parents can support their children at home. Our small, family community continues to go from strength to strength, and it is all down to our joint commitment to do the very best for our children.
 
Please keep yourselves safe this weekend.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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7th September 2018
Dear Parents,
 
I am extremely grateful to those of you who are using the parking spaces in World Wide Gardens or are parking well away from the school site. The safety of our school community is always at the forefront of our minds – it would be dreadful if one of our families suffered a grave injury as a result of inconsiderate parking.
 
On Tuesday evening next week, we will be holding our annual Cheese & Wine Curriculum Evening. This is a great opportunity to meet new members of our Anfield family, both staff and parents, as well as learning more about your child’s general routines and learning. I look forward to seeing you then!
 
 Vicky Davies
Principal

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31st August 2018

Dear Parents,
 
The children have certainly had lots of exciting stories to share this week! All of our many new students are settling in really well and look extremely smart in their school uniform. 
 
As always, we look forward to working in partnership with you so that your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning, and a determination to be the best person they can be. 
 
Please continue to emphasise to your child the value of school and education. Explain that treating everyone with respect, being on time and in school every day, wearing the correct uniform and working hard is important to you. The value you place on these will be the value your child holds. We will be supporting this message on a daily basis in school.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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24th August 2018
Dear Parents,
 
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the start of another exciting year at Anfield! Your children will be rested after their summer break and ready to be challenged in their studies. I hope that returning students will have taken note of the targets set for them in June, which will help them make maximum progress. 
 
Once again, I am reassured that the strong and effective working partnership between home and school will continue to the benefit of all students. Our focus on providing a healthy school environment ensures that you can be secure in the knowledge that the children are returning to a safe and healthy place of learning.
 
For those of you who bring your child to school by private car or taxi, please remember that there is no parking or dropping off on the roads outside or near to the school. To avoid traffic congestion and the resulting dangers to the children, please park in the public spaces at World-Wide Gardens or else park well away from the immediate area. Your help in this matter is much appreciated.
 
Please remember that if you have any queries, however large or small, my door is always open.
  
Vicky Davies
Principal