5 May 2021

Newsletter- 05/05/21

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Dates for Your Diary

Wednesday 19 May                           Buddha’s Birthday – No school

Friday 28 May                                     Whole School Transition Day

Monday 14 June                                 Dragon Boat Festival – No school

Wednesday 30 June                           Last day of school – Half day (finish at 12pm)

Thursday 1 July                                  Summer holiday begins!



Dear Parents,

I want to start the message this week by acknowledging the very sad and serious situation in India at the moment. We know many of our staff, children and families have close connections, friends and relations in India and that this will be an especially trying time for you. Our Indian community is a very central and dear part of the KJS Community and our school culture so we are especially aware of the impact on families of the unfolding events.  We also want to acknowledge families who have been placed in mandatory quarantine due to potential Covid cases in their buildings. We know that this is incredibly upsetting and disruptive for families and we are keen to work with every family in this situation to support the learning and wellbeing of your children.

If your child is feeling especially concerned or worried about any of the recent developments, please do reach out to your child’s teacher so that we are aware. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Indian community and families in quarantine at this very challenging time.

As the situation in Hong Kong continues to evolve, we are back in the scenario where Influenza (ILI)and upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) are on the rise again. This has implications for schools as the symptoms between URTI, ILI and Covid can be very similar. Furthermore, the CHP has advised that where cases in schools exceed certain thresholds in individual classes (more than four) or across the school (more than 10%), further action may need to be taken, including potential suspension of classes for up to five school days. As you can imagine we want to work with you to ensure that our children and staff can safely be in school for as long as possible and that learning continues safely and undisrupted.

At school, we are doing all we can to support safe and continuous learning by closely following our 3M’s to success. You can help at home by keeping your child home if they are unwell and reporting the reason for absence with accuracy. We are especially keen to know if the absence is for a non medical reason as this has an obvious impact on the school data. If your child is sick, Nurse Victoria has already messaged you about the need to be precise in reasons for medical absence and asking that you list all of the symptoms your child is displaying. Our hope is that with home and school working together to support wellness and accurately report on illness that we can maintain our current ½ day in school timetable for as long as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership with the school as we all work together for success for your child in this last term of 2020/21.


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly




Library News

The library is buzzing with activity these days with students borrowing books home. We’re excited that books are finally moving off our shelves and returning back to your homes. With the increased amount of activity, we’ve recently recruited new Year 5 library monitors to help us shelve books during their playtime and some of our old library monitors that are in Year 6. Thank you for their dedication and help during this time.

We also wanted to share the news that our Battle of the Books (BOB) competition was held today. Our wonderful club started in Term 1 with 55 students in Year 5 and 6 with the support from Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Berube, Ms. Seward and Mrs. Isaacs. Our students enjoyed reading 20 books, met weekly and had fun. Our final 12 team members represented KJS and battled with 4 other schools in the semi-final competition and did extremely well to finish off in second place in the semi-finals. Thank you to Ms. Wendy and Ms. Eva for helping us prepare for the competition and the ICT Team, Mr. Alex, Mr. Andy and Mr. Boas for making sure we were able to compete online without any problems. Congratulations to the team for all their hard work!

Left to right: Gemma Yeung (6G), Amelia Chan (6G), Cherie Lee (6S), Zara McMillan (6T), Bridget Wong (6G), Anya Chan (5W), Jacey Ling (6G), Urvi Mishra (6T), Hannah Lee (6S), Aylin Teow (6T), Cyrus Seto (6J)



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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