4 Sep 2019

Newsletter- 04/09/19

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


Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 12 September                   CPD – No school and PTA AGM & Mid Autumn Festival Evening (new date)

Monday 30 September                       CPD – No school

Tuesday 1 October                             National Day – No school

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

7 – 11 October                                     Mid-Term Break

31 October & 7 November                 3 Way Learning Conference

12 – 15 November                              School Photo

Friday 15 November                           Bingo Night

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,

I have written a long piece this week and I strongly urge you to take 5 minutes of your time to read this.

As I look at the PYP Learner Profile and consider the situation in Hong Kong, I feel reassured of supporting our children AAROW’s of Success, especially their wellbeing, by leveraging these attributes. While the school plays a large part in your child’s success, so do you. I encourage you to think about the attributes of open mindedness, communication and balance.

If our children are to become internationally minded lifelong learners, we need to enable respectful communication and conversation through an open minded position. It is very evident there are opposing views on the current situation. Supporting your child to talk about their concerns and what they see through a respectful open minded position, will support not only their wellbeing, but also their understanding of the situation. Balance is also very important at present to support student resilience and optimism. Ensure that as much as possible, you stick with family routines and outings and make sure that you manage your child’s viewing of media, social media and TV in relation to the events of the last 13 weeks. Images portrayed on screens can have a lasting effect on children and it is our job, as parents and guardians, to protect children from excessive images of violence, and unrest. We also have a responsibility to be reflective and monitor our own adult conversations to ensure that these do not traumatise children.

The ongoing nature of the current situation can have a negative impact on student wellbeing. I witnessed this first hand in Christchurch through the devastating earthquakes of 2010-2012. Families who were reflective and open communicators were more effective at supporting their children through the challenging years of earthquakes, school closures, home destruction, relocation, loss of work, family dislocation and ever more earthquakes. Let’s do all we can to support our children through these challenging times. I refer you back to our newsletter of 14 August for more suggestions.

Finally, you will note the PTA advice that we have postponed the AGM and Lantern Festival. This postponement was due to the forecast weather. However, it does now allow us to add to the value of the night for families by including a 40 minute talk by Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath. Dr Jared will be working with the staff during the day, working with KGV and other ESF schools and we have managed to secure him for the evening for you. We consider his talk, “Is my Teenager Crazy?  Brain Development and Learning from Baby to Adult” so valuable, that we will look after your children so that you can have 40 minutes with this internationally renowned speaker. Please do add this evening (next Thursday,12th of September 5:00pm to 6:45pm) to your ‘normal family routines’. Come along, support the PTA, enjoy the festival and be educated!


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly



Update – Distribution of 2018/2019 Yearbook

2018/2019 Yearbook will be ready to distribute in mid September. For parents who have pre-ordered a copy before the summer holiday, they should have received an email from us regarding the submission of payment. Should there be any yearbook left due to last minute withdrawal, we will announce it through our newsletter next week.


IMPORTANT – Y6 to Y7 Transfer Application

This is an important notice to all Y6 parents. If you wish your child to transfer to an ESF secondary school, you are required to submit a transfer application for Year 7 (available only on Gateway) during the period Monday 2 September- Friday 13 September 2019.

Applications are processed according to current residential address at the time of application; change of residential address following submission of application and prior to entry to Year 7 will not be considered.

For further details, please refer to information available on the ESF website at http://www.esf.edu.hk/year6-to-year7-key-dates/ for key dates and http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-zones for school zones.


Library News – Library Splat Page and EPIC Digital Library

Thank you, Parents and Guardians, who visited the Library during the “You Tell Us” meetings this week. It was a pleasure meeting all of you.

During your visit, many of you asked whether there were any additional resources or eBooks for your children. This week, we would like to highlight to you our Library Splat Page and Epic Digital Library.


Library Splat Page

Through our Library Splat page, students and parents can access links to our library catalogue system, ebooks, author pages, and online databases. Please take some time to look through these resources with your children.


Epic Digital Library

KJS Library and IT team have completed setting up EPIC Digital Library in the classrooms for your children. Through EPIC, KJS students have the opportunity to access 35,000 ebooks, videos and more during the school day.

Should students wish to access the same books at home and follow their assigned readings by teachers, parents can join for the monthly fee of USD $7.99 (approximately HKD $65/month). Please note, there is no pressure or obligation for parents to join EPIC.

For parents who have not joined EPIC, we will resend emails in the next several days to link to their child’s classroom.

For more information on how to set up EPIC at home, please click on the following link.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our KJS Library Team or email Ms. Lau at macy.lau@kjs.edu.hk. Happy reading!


PTA Update

AGM and Mid-Autumn Celebration Postponed to next week

Please note that the AGM and the Celebration for Mid-Autumn Festival has been postponed to next Thursday, 12 September 2019.  A joint executive decision was made to postpone the event in light of the weather forecast for tomorrow.  Please refer to the flyer for more details.

International Guest Speaker, Dr. Jared Cooney Horvarth will be speaking at the event as well.

Kindly take note of the following points concerning this event:

  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times; (Except when staff supervise them so that you can attend the AGM or listen to Dr Jared)
  • Please bring your own refillable water bottles;
  • This will be an alcohol-free event;
  • Families, siblings and grandparents are welcome to join;
  • Ice cream and popcorn will be available for purchase; and
  • Children are encouraged to bring in their own handmade lanterns using recycled materials.

The children will participate in the School Lantern Parade immediately after the AGM.

We are looking for volunteers.  If you can spare 30 minutes or more at the event, please do approach the PTA office and let us know.

The event will run from 5pm to 6:45pm.


New Committee 2019-20

We are still looking for nominations for the PTA Committee in the following capacities:

  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Honorary Secretary
  • Volunteer Secretary

If you are interested in joining our committee or if you know of any parent who would be great for the job, please let us know via https://www.kjs.edu.hk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Nomination-form-2019-2020.pdf

A new committee needs to be in place by the AGM next week.


Parent Class Representatives

It is important for classes to have a Parent Representative so that each class has a presence at PTA Meetings and the link between the PTA and parents of the school is strengthened. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Rep, kindly please let us know via email at pta@kjs.edu.hk.

Parent Reps are added to a Group Chat where messages regarding the PTA and its events are posted and shared.  Parent Reps are also required to attend monthly PTA meetings, which serve as a platform where school and PTA updates are shared.

The following classes do not have a Parent Rep:






I encourage the parents of these classes to please elect one person to represent their class.

Thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you and your families on Thursday, 12 September 2019 at 5pm.

Kind regards,

Saloni Melwani,

Chair, PTA


ESF and Other Notices

Parent Workshop: “What Matters: Effects and Side Effects of Education

In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve their greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalizable by the child, instead of personalized for the child.

It will take place on Saturday 7 September at Quarry Bay School, from 9.00 to 10.30am. This is on a first-come, first-served – maximum 300 places

Registration link: http://bit.ly/Zhao_2019


West Island School Open Day

Please see details about the West Island School Open Day with the link below.



71st Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (2019)

Entry forms for the 71st Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (2019) 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 Tuesday 10 September.  Late 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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