2 May 2018

Newsletter- 02/05/18

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Dates for Your Diary


Wednesday 2 May                             Y6 Immunisation,  Y2 Trip to Lions Nature Education Centre

Tuesday 22 May                                 Buddha’s Birthday (no school)

Tuesday 29 May                                 Y3 Trip to E-Farm

Wednesday 30 May                           Y3 Trip to E-Farm

Friday 1 June                                      Y3 Trip to E-Farm,   ESF Y6 Transition Day

Thursday 7 June                                 Y6 Exhibition Showcase

Tuesday 12 June                                PTA Annual Dinner

Monday 18 June                                 Dragon Boat Festival (no school)

Wednesday 27 June                          Y6 Leavers Celebration

Friday 29 June                                    End of Year


Dear Parents,

Our recent CPD day was a wonderful opportunity for staff to come together to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning in Maths in 2018 and to build relationships and consistency of practice as we aim for ‘Success for Every Child’. The day was facilitated by the wonderful team at KJS with the main resource for the day being Professor Jo Boaler from Stanford University and her team at youcubed. A large number of our staff have now completed her online course “Mathematical Mindsets”

During May we will be sharing some of the key information covered at our CPD day that you might find helpful in order to support your children to become a successful mathematician. The way we teach and learn in maths has changed in recent years and continues to evolve as brain research influences our understanding of how children best learn maths. Each week we invite you to take just 10 minutes of your time to watch a video or review a reading as we work toward a shared understanding of what ‘successful maths’ is at KJS.

Our introduction to Maths in 2018 starts with  4 Boosting messages. This eight minute clip gives you a taster of the information to come over the weeks ahead and tells us:

  • Everyone can learn maths to high levels
  • Beliefs about yourself and your ability to learn make a difference to your success
  • Struggle and mistakes are really important to grow the brain
  • Speed is not important

In the weeks ahead we will go into more detail regarding these ideas. Please take 10 minutes, watch the clips and then we would love to have your views! Feel free to email if you have questions, challenges etc. The team would be more than happy to discuss maths learning further with parents who are interested.


Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Student Success

Chloe (1T) participated in the Zhou Youguang Chinese Talent Show last week. This is her first ever public competition and she enjoyed it very much! She would like to share this with the KJS community.


Well done to Sophie (1T) and Jesse (1T) who did their Taekwondo belt exam yesterday and earned yellow-green belt and yellow belt. Congratulations Sophie and Jesse!


Bernice (3P) earned silver trophy in JSMA Hong Kong Joint School Music Association last week. Congratulations Bernice!


ESF and Other Notices

ESF The First 50 Years

‘ESF The First 50 Years’ is now published! This volume chronicles the ESF story, highlighting key events over the last 50 years. It also celebrates the successes and contributions of our students and staff, both past and current.

What’s in the Book?

  • Stories of ESF’s major developments and milestones over the past five decades
  • Interviews of all 22 ESF schools with key historic events and current whole school photos
  • Exclusive interviews of 22 prominent alumni
  • Interesting stories from 5 key leaders and 12 long-serving staff

The book is now available for sale via the ESF website: www.esf.edu.hk/50th-book/. Copies will also be available in major bookshops in Hong Kong by late December.

Enquiries: 50book@esfcentre.edu.hk

More details: http://www.esf.edu.hk/2017/12/11/esf50-book/



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