20 Sep 2017

Newsletter- 20/09/17

Kowloon Junior School’s latest newsletter is available to read now.



Dear Parents,

Over the last five weeks we have collected an incredible amount of information from a wide range of stakeholders about teaching and learning at KJS. Last week I reported information from the parent survey about strengths and areas we can improve on as a school if we want to ensure success for every child.

This week I can report on the feedback about what “Success for Every Child” at KJS means. This feedback is from parent voice in the survey, in person and in anecdotal conversations, staff input, some student input, a review of our existing information, and consideration of our mission statement and PYP focus. What was noticeable was both parents and staff rate well-being/ happiness and academic success as the two most important aspects of “Success”. At this point (and we will still take some more time and feedback to clarify this) “Success for Every Child” means:

…having a positive sense of Well being. That is, physical, social, cultural, spiritual and emotional well being and developing as balance and growth mindset thinkers.’

…being Achievers. Children will be supported and stretch with high expectations to be the best they can be. Children developing as creative, innovative, and reflective thinkers who are knowledgeable, taking appropriate risks in their learning and communicating effectively.

…having Agency. That is, increasingly taking more and more responsibility and ownership of their learning and being empowered to take responsible action. Children who are inquirers and can learn both independently and collaboratively and are lifelong learners.

…taking advantage of Opportunity. Engaging in the broad curriculum and extracurricular experiences available to them, participating in sports, the arts and environmental challenges and preparing themselves for an ever changing world.

…displaying Respect  for self, others and the environment and are caring, open minded, principled and reflective in their family, school, community and the world.

and as a result…

Children who are Internationally minded

We are really interested in your feedback. Do you agree that ‘Success for Every Child’ is effectively captured in Well being, Achievement, Agency, Opportunity and Respect?

Please give us your feedback on this 2 minute response (Click Here ).


In the meantime I look forward to meeting many of you at the PTA Lantern Festival this Friday.


Neill O’Reilly




Student Success

Anay (2E) has been awarded a certificate for his group art work. His group has been the 2nd runner up at 2016 International year of Pulses Art and Design Competition. Congratulations Anay!



Gemma (3G) was awarded “sportsmanship” (only two medals given out among 30 players) and “completion” awards at the Scholastic Chess Competition. In the picture below is also her classmate Jason (3G). Congratulations!



Krish (5S) earned his belt black in Taekwando and would like to share his achievement with the KJS community. Congratulations Krish!



Tristan (2S) participated in the junior swimming competition at Pacific Club last Sunday. He won a gold medal in the 25m boys’ freestyle race and a silver medal in the 25m boys’ kickboard race. Congratulations Tristan!



Harshitha (5C), who is a yellow belt holder, attended the Heng Yue Yen Long Kwon International Kung Fu competition and got three merit medals in the three categories. She is one of the champions in the Novice group where yellow and green belt students participated. Congratulations Harshitha!



Sian(5D) has won the 2nd place at Division A at Scholastic Chess competition last Sunday. Division A was the group of competitors with highest ranking in that competition, and she was the only girl in her group. Congratulations Sian!



Year 2 and Year 3 Chinese Class Parent Consultations

Year 2 and Year 3 parents wanting to meet with their child’s Chinese teacher will be able to do so on Friday 13 October. Registration will be open on Gateway (Communication > Parent Consultation) from tomorrow, Thursday 21 September from 9am. Parents of other year groups have designated appointment days later in the year:


Thursday 2 and 9 November: Parent Teacher Meetings 15:00 – 18.30 including Chinese Y1 and Y4

Tuesday February 27: Y5 and Y6 Chinese parent consultations



Year 1 Immunization

Information concerning the combined measles vaccination issued by the Director of Health will be sent home to all Year 1 children on Monday 25 September. Please read it closely.  MMR immunisation is required for pupils who have never received MMR vaccine or who have only received one dose of MMR vaccine after the age of one.




Alongside the large range of sports and musical activities there are a variety of additional clubs run by teachers across the year. Registration for the first term’s clubs will be open on Gateway ( Activities) from 9am on Thursday 21 September.



Library Notice

Success for every child in our library:  Getting books into the hands of our children and ensuring our books last a long time!

The library is in need of parent volunteers to assist with the wrapping/covering of new library books.  We have many new books and more on the way, but they all need to be wrapped before we can put them in to the hands of the students.

No experience necessary as we will provide training.  🙂  Bring a friend or two and make it a book wrapping party!

If you would like to help out, please email the library team at library@kjs.edu.hk and let us know the day and time that work best for you.



KGV Year 6 Parent Info Evening

If you have missed the KGV Year 6 parent information evening, you may click here to download the presentation slides.




ESF and Other Notices…


ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon

Please click here for more information and to register for the ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon.


Date for your Diary


Friday 22 September 5:30pm PTA Lantern Festival/AGM for all the family
Tuesday 26 September Y4 Camp Meeting
Thursday 28 September 8:45am Parents Workshop: Wonderful and Terrifying: Helping our students stay safe online
2 – 6 October School closed – Half term holiday
9 & 10 October Y6 Trip to Kowloon Walled City
Thursday 12 October Dress casual day
Friday 13 October 8:45am Parents Workshop: Introduction to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Y2 & Y3 Chinese class parent consultations
Monday 16 October Y1 Immunization
Wednesday 18 October 9am Diwali Assembly
Friday 20 October Teacher training (no school for students)
24 – 27 October School photographer in
Friday 27 October Quiz Night for all the family
Tuesday 31 October Y5 Camp Meeting
Thursday 2 November 3-6:30pm Parent Teacher Meetings (including Y1 & Y4 Chinese classes)
Monday 6 November Teacher training (no school for students)
Thursday 9 November 3-6:30pm Parent Teacher Meetings (including Y1 & Y4 Chinese classes)
14 & 15 November KJS Musical
Wednesday 15 November Chinese INSET (no Chinese class)
20 – 22 November Y4 Camp
Thursday 23 November Kowloon Netball Tournament
Thursday 30 November Y6 Immunization
28 November – 1 December Y5 Camp
4 – 8 December Y6 Camp
Wednesday 13 December Y3 & Y4 Sports Day
Thursday 14 December Y5 & Y6 Sports Day
Friday 15 December Term ends at midday



Kowloon Junior School, English Schools Foundation and its affiliates shall take no responsibility for any activities, events and services that are organised by other organisations or individuals and are mentioned in our newsletters.