4 Dec 2019

Newsletter- 04/12/19

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Dates for Your Diary

Friday 6 December                             Whole school assembly

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

16 December – 3 January                   Term Break

Monday 6 January                              First day of Term 2

7 – 10 January                                     School Photos

Friday 17 January                               Chinese New Year Celebration assembly

Tuesday 21 January                           Y6 Immunization

Thursday 23 January                          Last day of mid-term – FULL Day Classes

24 – 31 January                                  Mid-Term Break

Friday 14 February                             CPD – No school

3 – 6 March                                         Y6 Camps (local and overseas)

9 – 13 March                                       Book Week

25 & 26 March                                    School Musical: Dr Dolittle Jr

Tuesday 31 March                             Student Led Conference – No school

Wednesday 1 April                             Student Led Conference (evening) – FULL Day Classes

Friday 3 April                                       Last day of term – FULL Day Classes

Monday 20 April                                  First day of Term 3


Dear Parents,

Our student leaders had a wonderful opportunity to learn from their KGV role models this week as they explored the concept of leadership and the qualities and skills needed to be an effective leader. Once again we see our AAROW’s of Success and our PYP values in action as these children had the Opportunity to learn from older students, developed Respect for the role of leadership and of their peers and enhanced their own Achievement and capabilities as leaders. From a PYP perspective, they have developed Communication, Social and Self Management skills. We are very grateful to Mr. Panico for making the opportunity possible and for the KGV students who led the leadership workshop.

We also got back into the full swing of learning this week with the Year 3 children undertaking a field trip to investigate organic farming as part of their Unit of Inquiry. They had a wonderful time at a real organic farm, digging up vegetables, learning about organic farming and tasting healthy food! This trip enabled their learning profile attributes of being caring, balanced and knowledgeable and supporting their Wellbeing.

It will be our final week of the term next week. Amazingly, we are nearly halfway through the year already.  Please note the 12:00 pm finish time next Friday and make plans accordingly for your children. I know the teachers are working hard to ensure that we make the most of every moment at school, especially after the disruptions to learning we experienced recently. We will be enjoying a music assembly this week and especially some music related to the Christmas Season.

We hope you are enjoying the cooler weather with your children. It is a great time of the year to get outdoors and enjoy the nature, parks and trails of Hong Kong!


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly




Chinese New Year Celebrations

Our Chinese New Year Celebration Assembly will be on Friday 17 January. If your child is preparing for these auditions and the hotly contested spots, please remember the time limit for each item is 2 minutes and auditions will run in the week of 9-13 December.

Please complete this form before 6 December at 3pm if your child would like to have an audition.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Dawn Doucette, dawn.doucette@kjs.edu.hk


Term 2 Extra-Curricular Activities (After School or Lunch Time)

Term 2 activities run by our teachers will open for registration at 7pm on Monday 9 December 2019. Details will be posted on Gateway on Friday 6 December.

For Music Clubs that are run by registered tutors, parents will receive updates from individual tutors directly regarding Term 2 arrangement.


Term 2 Chess Club

Term 2 Chess Club will start during the week of 6 January 2020. For sign up and further enquirers, please contact The Chess Academy directly on 34804199 / 91787376 / info@activekidshk.com.


Term 2 Baking Class

Please click here for detail.


Library News

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback from the Parent and Helper Library Workshop Survey. Our team will start planning workshops for Term 2 and 3 in response to the results.

As Christmas break is fast approaching, our Library Team team’s gift to students for the holiday season is allowing them to borrow 1 extra book for the next two weeks. During the holidays, a reminder of the upcoming resources and events that are taking place:


1. Unusual reading spot contest – Continues!

Due to the popularity of the contest, we will continue our Unusual reading spot contest. This Christmas, share your love of reading by showing us the unusual and interesting places where you can read. It can be a place you visit this winter, someplace in Hong Kong, or just a weird place in your home: it’s up to you! We know you love to read EVERYWHERE!

Contest Rules and Details

In the photos, students should be visibly reading a book and we should clearly be able to see the book cover. Remember, KJS students only! One entry per KJS student.

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

Contest Rules:  Participating students must turn in a 4” x 6” or 5” x 7” photo print on photo paper of their contest entry.

Photos taken should be in the highest resolution your camera or smartphone. Finally, please do not Photoshop or edit the photo in any manner. We would like the photo to be as authentic as possible.


2. Home Language (Mother Tongue) Book Donations and readers 

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. When you’re on vacation, consider bringing back a book and donating it to our library.
  2. Please ask your child to borrow a book from our mother tongue book collection and record a video for us. We will be putting a 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.

Of course, you can explore all the wonderful resources we have in the Library Splat page.

Merry Christmas everyone!

From KJS Library Team


PTA Update

School Disco

School Fair

We need volunteers for the school fair on Saturday, 14 March 2020.  If you can spare 60 minutes or more on the day, please fill up the form below:


Thank you.


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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