2 Oct 2019

Newsletter- 02/10/19

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


Dates for Your Diary

Friday 4 October                                 Day before Mid-Term Break – FULL Day Classes

7 – 11 October                                     Mid-Term Break

Friday 18 October                               Y4-6 Assembly

Friday 25 October                               Diwali Celebration Assembly

31 October & 7 November                 3 Way Learning Conference (3-6pm)

Friday 1 November                             Y4-6 Assembly

Friday 8 November                             Y1-3 Assembly

12 – 15 November                              School Photo

Friday 15 November                           Bingo Night

Friday 22 November                           Y1-3 Assembly

Friday 6 December                             Whole school assembly

Friday 13 December                           Last day of term – Half day (finish at 12pm)

16 December – 3 January                   Term Break

Monday 6 January                              First day of Term 2



Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of the first half of term 1, I would like to acknowledge the determination, energy and focus of the KJS staff as they ensured our children felt safe and were able to learn in these turbulent times. Their hard work has ensured that KJS has remained a ‘safe place’ for our children and a place where the joy of learning and playing abounds regardless of the turmoil around us. I have included a table below that might be helpful to families, especially after the events of yesterday, and the worries and questions the situation in Hong Kong might raise for children.

On Monday, Teachers and Educational Assistants were able to attend a wide variety of workshops designed to share best practices across the foundation, listen to new and innovative approaches and be challenged in their thinking. I attended the ‘Teacher Day at Renaissance College’ in the morning and the ‘Educational Assistants Day’ at West Island School in the afternoon. Both days were jam-packed with wonderful learning opportunities for our staff that will benefit your children in the year ahead.

As we head into the midterm break, I hope you and your family have a restful time and that your children do in fact have a break from the routines and demands of school and have time to recharge their batteries. We know that these break times are important for brain and body development and general wellbeing. When we come back after the break, children will be straight back into learning and children they will have the excitement of the upcoming Musical, the Diwali Celebration, 3 Way Learning Conferences, Camps for Years 5 & 6 and a wide range of learning experiences for all. You will also have the opportunity to come along to our Learning Celebration Assemblies to see your child share their learning with their Year Group. Exciting times ahead!

Take care, be safe and we look forward to seeing you after the break.


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly




Green Dragons Gardening Club

The Green Dragons gardening club (Y4-6) is working on 3 projects this term and we need some support to help make these projects a success.  We are looking for plant pots to be donated, new or old, large or small.  All donations can be placed in the box outside the ground floor office.  The Green Dragons sincerely appreciate your generosity to help them grow vegetables, herbs, and air purifying plants.


Library News – Mother Tongue Book Donations and Readers

Mother Tongue Book Donations and Readers

After the first month of school and Who We Are Unit of Inquiry, we found that many KJS students speak another language at home (see above arrow for some languages identified). As such, KJS Library would like to expand our mother tongue book collection and encourage more students to read in their home language. In order to do this, we need your help.

You can help us in one of two ways:

  1. This October break, when you’re on vacation in your home country, consider bringing back a book and donating it to our library.
  2. Please ask your child to borrow a book from our mother tongue collection and record a video for us. We would like to put the QR code on our books and link them to the videos.

Videos should include:

  1. Record with your pointer finger following the text. Reading example.
  2. Read the title and author of the book.


Please return the book with a slip of paper that lets us know who read the book. Example: Dorothy Perkins, mother of Izzy Hui 3A. We will put this on the inside cover of the book permanently.

Email to Ms. Lau at macy.lau@kjs.edu.hk with the subject: mother tongue book recording. Note: we have tried asking parents and students reading it at school but there was too much background noise. Readings at home are more favourable.

Thank you for your support and let’s get our children reading in their mother tongues!


PTA Update

PTA Meeting Today

For: PTA Committee Members and Parent Representatives

Where: School Library

Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm


PTA Event 

When: Friday, 15 November 2019

More details to be released very soon…


PTA Halloween Sales

When: Thursday 31 October 2019

Where: School Playground



ESF and Other Notices

72nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival (2020)

Entry forms for the 72nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival (2020) are now available (click here ).  Parents who wish their children to participate in the Festival must return the completed forms together with the entry fee in cash, to the school office by Friday 4 OctoberLate applications cannot be processed.  Please also write your child’s name and class on the top right hand corner of the entry form.  For further details on Rules & Regulations and Syllabus, please visit the official website http://www.hksmsa.org.hk.



Student Success

The celebration of student success will channel to our Facebook page. You can find the school’s Facebook here. Please keep the photos and stories coming of our children shooting the AAROW’s of Success!


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