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Head of School Blog

Date: 26 MAR 2021
26th March 2021
Dear Parents,
 
We have had a wonderful week at school and would like to thank you all for your support in helping us to raise over $14,000HKD for WaterAid on Monday. On Tuesday we enjoyed a LIVE performance from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and they commented on how engaged our students were and how much they were enjoying the performance via Google Meet. Wednesday saw us crown our Anfield Spelling Bee winners and on Thursday the students enjoyed watching the Easter Assembly; I hope that you have managed to see it online too, it was posted to your child’s Google Classroom yesterday.

The school was a sea of colour today as the students paraded in with their fabulous Easter Bonnets. The creativity on show was really something to behold, thank you for helping the children to make these and for ensuring we finished for our Easter holiday with big smiles on our faces.

It has been another challenging term with the mix of online and face-to-face learning but as we head towards the holiday, we would like to thank you all for your ongoing support. Have a wonderful holiday.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School




19th March 2021
Dear Parents,
 
This week the students took part in their annual Sports Day and were able to engage in the activities through virtual means. It was wonderful to see that their enthusiasm for wanting to do their best and for cheering on their classmates was not dampened by the different format. They were all so proud to leave school with their medal on Monday and some even chose to wear it back to school again the following day! 
We have all had to become more resilient and adaptable in the past 12months, which is a positive life skill that we will be able to take forward from our current situation.

We are looking forward to sharing our Easter Assembly with you all online next week and celebrating the fabulous Easter Bonnet creations that will no doubt appear for the competitions in class next Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
Elise Rees
Head of School


12th March 2021
Dear Parents,
 
This week we invited the CIS (Council for International Schools) evaluators to come and see what we do on a day-to-day basis, to talk to our students, staff and parents and to find out more about what makes Anfield such a fantastic place to be. Although they were not able to come here in person, they commented on the vibrancy of the classroom displays, the warmth in relationships between staff and students and the fantastic attitudes to learning that our students displayed throughout the week. We were proud to show them what we do here, and were delighted to have positive feedback to reinforce the hard work and dedication shown by all stakeholders, in making Anfield a positive learning environment and experience for our students.
We thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement, and wish you all a restful weekend.
  
Elise Rees
Head of School


5th March 2021
Dear Parents,
 
We have had a lot to celebrate this week as we welcomed all of our students back in to school together. Alongside this, we celebrated our love of reading for ‘World Book Day’, it was great to see the children dressed up as their favourite characters and to watch them enjoying stories being read from different teachers throughout the day.
Next week we look forward to welcoming two CIS (Council for International Schools) Evaluators into our school, virtually, to show them the wonderful work that we have been doing since we achieved our accreditation in 2016. They will have the opportunity to speak to our students, staff and parents about their experiences here at Anfield and we hope that they feel as proud as we do of all we have achieved.
Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe and stay healthy,
 
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



26th February 2021
Dear Parents,
 
It has been wonderful to welcome our students back after the CNY holiday this week and to be able to announce that they will all return from 1st March for half days was even better! The students are very excited to return so we look forward to the energy and enthusiasm that they will bring with them each day.
 
This week everyone has taken part in their Black History Month celebrations. We were very interested to hear about the work of ‘The Justice Centre Hong Kong’ in supporting those who need it most. It is all too easy for us to forget about the minorities within our community or to simply pass them by as we go about our daily business. On hearing about the work that is done by this charity to ensure people are treated fairly and equally, makes us stop and think. Throughout February the students have worked together on recognising and celebrating people throughout history that have impacted on our world, and in doing so, have been shocked at times about the treatment of these individuals. Our hope is that by educating ourselves about what can and should be done, we can work together to continue building a caring and respectful society.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School


5th February 2021
Dear Parents,
 
We have all enjoyed watching the Chinese New Year Talent Shows that the students have contributed to this week. I hope that you will find time to watch them online over the weekend. The Chinese New Year celebrations are always a time for colour, vibrancy and energy, and that shone through in the performances once again this year. I am glad we were still able to bring these celebrations to life, albeit in a different way to what we are used to. As we enter the Year of the Ox, we look at the traits of this animal; diligent, dependable, strong, determined, hardworking and at times, stubborn! We hope to inspire and develop similar traits in our students through the opportunities for challenge and through the support that they receive at school. 
 
As we come swiftly towards the end of this half term and the staff and students prepare for a well-earned break, we reflect once again on all that has been achieved and the progress we have made in reaching our goals. I wish you all a restful holiday next week, happy new year celebrations and continued good health.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School


29th January 2021
Dear Parents,
 
This week I have been popping into a range of online lessons to see how the children are getting on and have been so proud of both the students hard work, and the teachers imaginative ways in which they are continuing to bring learning to life through the computers. So many of our students are working independently on their tasks and navigating their multiple devices with ease, I lost track of how many tabs I had open during one lesson with the number of different things going on!  I loved seeing the genuine awe on the faces of Year 6 students as ‘Curiosity’ (the Mars rover) spoke to them, live from Mars, to answer their questions and the excitement in St. Bosco as they opened the postcards they had received from Sunny about his trips to Anfield School and his adventures in Hong Kong.
 
We may not be learning in the way we are used to, but we are definitely still learning and exploring the world through our curriculum here at Anfield.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School





22nd January 2021
Dear Parents,
 
This week the students have been fully embracing their face-to-face learning during their day in school and taking up their ‘Mantle of the Expert’ roles within their new cross-curricular learning topics. We’ve had some animals rampaging around the playground that Year 1 are helping Ocean Park to deal with, NASA have been in touch with Year 5 about their faulty equipment on Mars and we even had an email from a villager in Kenya about the unusual animals that have been spotted there, which our students in St. Bosco are investigating. Real-life experiences created through an imaginary world, which is helping bring learning to life for our students.
 
Today we also focused on ‘Mother Tongue’, with a day of special activities designed to celebrate the diversity of language within our school community and the range of expertise we have at our finger tips. As we all embrace our current ‘new normal’ way of living, it is a good opportunity to investigate our own family roots and cultures as we slow life down a little. As a Chinese proverb once said “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



15th January 2021
Dear Parents, Nothing makes us happier than having the children back in school for face-to-face learning, it has been wonderful to see them all in school over the course of this week. They were so happy and excited to see their friends and to spend some time catching up on their news from the holiday period. We hope and pray that the COVID-19 numbers continue to stabilise and we can make plans to resume for longer periods of face-to-face learning soon. The teachers have made arrangements for some resources to be sent home with the children when they come in to school each week. This will support them during online lessons and will then facilitate some more practical elements of the curriculum during online learning . We are celebrating ‘Mother Tongue’ during January and have enjoyed learning about the range of languages spoken within our Anfield School community. The students will celebrate this in their online lessons next week and we will share some stories read by our parents in their mother tongue alongside a special assembly led by our School Council members. Elise Rees Head of School




8th January 2021
Dear Parents,
 
Happy New Year to you all! Whilst we are not making the start to a new year that any of us would have hoped, we are grateful to have been able to make arrangements to welcome our students back in to school, albeit for a lessened time only. 2020 taught us many things; we acquired new skills and we learned to slow life down a little, let’s look to 2021 as a way of making these changes our new habits. Making more time to spend with loved ones, focusing on learning new things in an ever-changing world and opening our minds to change. These are skills which our fabulous students already possess and will need to continue to draw on in the coming days, weeks, months and years ahead of them.
 
We will continue to work together in partnership with you to make our learning happen and ensure that progress is not deterred by the unexpected challenges that we face on what feels like a daily basis at times.
 
Stay safe and stay healthy.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



18th December 2020
Dear Parents,
 
As we come to the end of our Autumn Term and reflect on all that 2020 has thrown at us, I am incredibly proud of the resilience and perseverance shown from each one of our Anfield family members this year. Christmas is the time of year where we focus on the birth of Jesus and the hope that brings for the future. If ever there was a time to look for hope in our future it is now! As we close the curtain on this term and calendar year, we will take a moment to reflect on how far we have come and all that we have achieved. Whilst looking to the future, we will continue to work hard to ensure we are providing the best quality of education and experience for our students, be that face-to-face or online. 
 
Wishing each and every one of you a relaxing and peaceful Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year ahead.  
 
Elise Rees
Head of School

 



11th December 2020

Dear Parents,

 

The students have embraced another week of online learning, and in some cases, astounded the teachers with their ability to multi-task on more than one device, problem-solve their own technical issues and make use of the range of features that Google Meets is now able to offer us. Whilst we long to be all together in school again, we are proud of the achievements of both staff, students and parents during our online learning period. We are confident that we have managed to keep our learning going in a positive and engaging way for students, made possible by your support at home. 

 

As we begin to move towards the end of this Autumn Term, we can reflect on the highs and lows that we will all undoubtedly have lived through this year. We should move forward with the knowledge that we are all braver than we know, stronger than we seem at times, and definitely smarter than we ever thought possible when it comes to technology!

 

Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend ahead, 

 

Elise Rees

Head of School

 




4th Decmber 2020
Dear Parents,
 
During this first week of Advent, the students have begun looking ahead to the important celebration within the Christian calendar, Christmas. They have been discussing the meaning behind the celebration, and the way in which it is celebrated, in some of their lessons this week. Alongside this, we turned our attention to ‘Technology in our World’ as our December monthly theme. Never before has technology been more important in our lives that throughout 2020. It has enabled us to keep our learning going during school closures, to remain connected with our friends and families while we have been unable to travel and let’s face it, we have all upskilled considerably on where we were in January! The children will focus on Coding through their computing learning this month, taking part in the global ‘Hour of Code’ activities. Coding is essentially using programming language to be able to get the computer to behave in a way we want it to. With our students being more and more tech savvy, this is a very relevant skill for them to learn and could lead to programming jobs in the future.
 
Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend ahead,
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



27th November 2020
Dear Parents,
 
Whilst it hasn’t quite been the week we had all been expecting, the students and staff have once again risen to the challenge of learning online. The way in which the children adapted, literally overnight, to the new way of learning again is testament to their resilience and positive growth mindset. In between lessons, the staff have been preparing ‘rainbows of hope’ for the classrooms in order to welcome the students back, because as the saying goes “after every storm comes the rainbow”.
 
The health and wellbeing of our students is paramount and we will continue to do all that we can to keep them safe and learning.
 
We will keep you updated with all developments about our return to school through our Piota App, so please ensure you have your notifications
switched on.
 
Wishing you all a healthy and happy weekend.

Elise Rees
Head of School



13th November 2020
Dear Parents,
 
It has been another busy week here at Anfield, with our Year 5 & 6 children really excelling in the great outdoors! It was wonderful to see their tired but cheery faces at the end of each day as they talked about the challenges that they had overcome and the funny events that had happened along the way. On Wednesday the school fell silent for two minutes as we remembered those who had given their lives in war, so that we could live more peacefully today. Our Year 6 assembly was a visual reminder about the impact of war and the how precious life really is.
 
As we celebrated Diwali Day at school today, we were reminded about the "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". A strong lesson which ties in with our whole school philosophy of growth mindset and positivity in the face of adversity. Something which is regularly being tested during the continuing challenges we all face each day, but which is plentiful within our school community.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School


6th November 2020
As another week passes us by, we find ourselves in November and it is easy to question where 2020 has disappeared to. In school, our monthly theme for November is ‘Celebrations’. Whilst it might seem odd to ‘celebrate’ during a global pandemic, it is important that we do take time to celebrate achievements, to celebrate our health and to celebrate the day-to-day challenges that we, as humans, are overcoming. In our learning, the whole school will celebrate the festival of Diwali, and we will take time to learn about and celebrate the ways in which children are having an impact on changing the world during Universal Children’s Day. We will work with you, as parents, to celebrate the learning that your child is doing in school and online at our Parent/Teacher Consultations and we will continue to celebrate the positive growth mindset being shown daily by our students.
If you are celebrating anything special during November then please let us know!
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



30th October 2020
It has been a busy first week back at school for our staff and children and they have enjoyed seeing each other again after their half term break.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful volunteers from Friends of Anfield, who have been working in our playground all week to create some amazing painted games for the children to enjoy. It is wonderful to have our own community members working together to benefit our children.
 
The students have enjoyed taking part in a range of STEM workshops in class this week. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Through the workshops, the students have had the opportunity to focus on ‘hands-on learning’ within real-world applications, which helps develop a variety of skill sets, including creativity and 21st-century skills.  We are looking out for our engineers of the future!
 
I wish you all a restful weekend, 
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



16th October 2020
It has been a very exciting week at Anfield as we look forward to our half term break. On Wednesday, we had a very special visitor in school to help us recognise and celebrate our ‘Kindness and Wellbeing’ month. Mui Mui, from the Sai Kung Stray Friends charity spent the day at school and acted as an important reminder that we must show kindness to others, both fellow human beings and animals. She also proved the theory that animals can improve your wellbeing, with her gentle manner enabling even our most timid students to say hello to her or to simply smile when she was around. The children asked insightful questions during the shared Google Meet with Linda from the charity and are keen to find out more about ways in which they can help the charity in the future.
I hope that you have all had the opportunity to watch our Harvest Assembly online this week? The children put such a lot of effort into their amazing artwork, singing and prayers, we were very proud of their end result. Thank you to all of our Anfield families who have donated food for our Harvest collection, we are delighted to be able to send such a generous amount to Feeding Hong Kong
https://feedinghk.org/ and the Missionaries of Charity again this year.
 
I hope that you all enjoy a restful and relaxing half term break this week. Stay healthy and stay safe.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School


9th October 2020
It has been another productive and positive week here at Anfield. It has been wonderful to have the children back for a full week of learning!
 
We were delighted to be able to present our new School Council members with their badges and to be able to celebrate our new House Captains and Vice Captains in Year 6 this week. The children are very excited to take on their new leadership responsibilities and are looking forward to undertaking their new role throughout the academic year, in support of their classmates and peers.
 
Saturday is ‘World Mental Health Day’ and it is now more important than ever for us to stop and think about our mental health. The children will be learning about ways in which they can manage their emotional responses and build their levels of resilience on Wednesday when we celebrate our monthly theme of ‘Kindness and Wellbeing’. We are looking forward to welcoming a special visitor into school to help us think about ways in which we can show kindness and the importance of this now and always.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



25th September 2020

We were delighted to welcome back our Year 1-3 and St. Bosco students to on-site classes this week. The children have taken it all in their stride and really adapted to their new classroom surroundings. Having had a number of weeks learning online with their current teachers and teaching assistants has made it much easier for them to come back and feel settled and ready to learn. We are excited to welcome back the rest of our students next Tuesday and to really establish our Anfield family here in school. Thank you to all of the grown-ups who are dropping off and picking up under our new systems, it has been working well and is ensuring we can maintain social distancing measures and the safety of our children at all times.
 
In order to keep our bodies healthy and fuel our minds while we are at school, I would remind you to send the children in with a healthy snack each day. One item is all they need to give them a quick ‘pick me up’ at break time and enable them to have more time to socialise and move around with their friends outside.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School


18th September 2020
It has been fantastic to have the sound of children’s voices filling our campus again this week. As some of our youngest and newest students have been in to school for their Induction Sessions from Wednesday onwards, I have been so proud of the way in which they have adapted to their new surroundings. They have entered school confidently and excited about their new adventures and I thank parents for helping to make that happen. I know how anxious you are about them starting school anyway, and doing that during a global pandemic adds additional challenges! They have been wonderful and I know that the staff will continue to foster that positive attitude in their learning as we move forward with this next phase of their schooling.
 
We are fully prepared to welcome back all of our Year 1-3 and St. Bosco Class students from next Wednesday, 23rd September. May I take this opportunity to remind all parents that there is NO parking in school or on the roadside outside of school. When all of the students are back and the school buses are running, it causes unnecessary traffic congestion and safety risk to our students in the morning and at the end of the school day. There is visitor parking available in the Worldwide Gardens Carpark which I would urge you to use in order to keep yourself and our children safe.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



11th September 2020
It was wonderful to have so many parents join our online Curriculum Evening this week and for the teachers to share the year ahead for the children. We are continuing to plan for the students returning to face-face schooling and will be sending you more information in the coming days about what that will look like for each child. We look forward to being able to welcome our newest students in to school next week for their induction sessions before school resumes.
 
The staff are continually impressed with the attitude to learning that the children are demonstrating online, it is a credit to their resilience and positive growth mindset. Whilst we recognise that we cannot replicate social situations in the same way across a computer as we would in school, it was heartening to hear a story from one of our younger classes this week. Students were chatting together and sharing what they had made before the teacher began the lesson, one child was upset as they wanted to add sparkles to their creation but didn’t have any at home. A classmate suddenly left their screen and returned with a jar of sparkles they wanted to share to help finish the product, true Anfield family spirit in action!
 
The kindness and empathy of our children remains strong during these challenging times.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School



4th September 2020
We were delighted to get the news this week that we can begin making plans for the students to return to face-to-face lessons before the end of the month. We are putting plans in place to make this as smooth a transition back to live learning as possible, whilst keeping the health and wellbeing of all of our Anfield students at the forefront of our thoughts.
The staff are looking forward to sharing their plans for the year ahead with you all at the Curriculum Evening on Tuesday 8th September. There will be time at the end of the session for you to ask any questions that you may have about the curriculum and year ahead for your child. Teachers will post the Google Meet codes on the Google Classroom stream 30mins before the sessions.
Class sessions 5.30 – 6.15pm
Mandarin sessions 6.30-7.15pm
 
Have a lovely weekend, stay safe and stay healthy.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School

28th August 2020

It has been wonderful to have our students back with us this week and to see their energy and enthusiasm demonstrated in their online learning.  
I am proud of the positive growth mindset shown by students (and parents) at home when navigating new technologies, it’s amazing how much we have all learned in a short space of time. Who would have thought 8 months ago we would have become so tech savvy!
All of the staff have enjoyed getting to know their new students this week. It takes time to build new relationships and that is made more challenging across a computer screen; but they are constantly finding new ways to communicate ideas, share hands-on learning and continue to make learning fun for the students.
Please take some time to watch our online celebration assembly together this weekend, it has been posted on the Google Classroom streams.
Enjoy a well-deserved rest and some relaxation time this weekend, we will see you all online again next week.
 
Elise Rees
Head of School

21st August 2020

I am excited to be writing my first post of the academic year and my first as Head of School at Anfield. Whilst it is not the start of year we had all hoped and prayed for, it is a new chapter nonetheless and one we are fully committed to making a success.
I am delighted to welcome new students, parents and staff to our Anfield Family and also to be welcoming back so many familiar faces once again. The start of a new term brings with it many different feelings and emotions. The excitement/fear of moving on to a new school, class, job or even country, the possibilities brought about by new experiences and the challenge of making friends/learning different ways of working. 2020 has taught all of us that despite every effort, there are some things in life we simply cannot change or control, no matter how much we want to. We need to learn to adapt, to get creative, and at times, to accept that there is a new way of living and working. Our staff have been busy preparing the online learning experiences for our students to begin next week and are excited to meet their new classes and share learning with them. They have worked tirelessly to gain new skills, to learn about new apps/software and to be able to enhance the high-quality e-learning experiences that we are providing. We have adapted our curriculum to be able to share it all with you online and we can’t wait to welcome you (albeit virtually) on Monday morning.

 
Elise Rees
Head of School

Winter Camp Cancellation

Date: 09 DEC 2020
Dear Parents,
 
Unfortunately, due to the latest Government announcement yesterday regarding the worsening situation of the COVID-19 epidemic, our planned Winter Camp will have to be cancelled.
 
This is very disappointing for us, but, as always, the health and safety of our families is our priority. However, please be assured that full refunds will be made accordingly.
 
Wishing you a very safe and peaceful festive period!
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 Elise Rees
Head of School

PD Day on 4th January 2021

Date: 04 DEC 2020
4th January 2021 wil be the Staff Development Day. No classes on this day.

Government announcement regarding suspension of face-to-face classes

Date: 01 DEC 2020

Dear Parents, 

As you are aware, the Hong Kong Government continues to take measures to prevent further growth of COVID-19 cases across the community, and the Education Bureau has recently announced suspension of all face-to-face classes and school activities starting on Wednesday 2nd December until the beginning of the school Christmas holidays.

We thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support during these unprecedented times.

Kind regards

Elise Rees
Head of School

School Closure due to T8

Date: 13 OCT 2020
The Hong Kong observatory has issued the Tropical Cyclone Signal Warning No. 8  at 5.40 am, therefore as announced by the EDB, all classes of all day schools are suspended today. 

There will be NO LIVE online learning. 

Take care and stay safe.