6 Jun 2018

Newsletter- 06/06/18

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Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 7 June                                 Y6 Exhibition Showcase,   11 am (KJS Y5 students) and 6-8pm KJS community

Monday 11 June                                 Return your library books!

Tuesday 12 June                                PTA Annual Dinner

Monday 18 June                                 Dragon Boat Festival (no school)

Friday 22 June                                    Y5 Market Day (see below)

Wednesday 27 June                          Y6 Leavers Assembly – 2pm at School Hall

Friday 29 June                                    End of Year (half day)

Monday 13 August                              Start of 2018-2019 School Year


Dear Parents

This year we have a number of staff who will be leaving us for a range of destinations, jobs and career choices. Some have been with KJS for many years and others just a few. Regardless we will miss their professionalism, hard work and dedication, humour and the skills they have brought to KJS. Over the last 4 months we have been seeking the best teachers and support staff from Hong Kong around the globe to replace these wonderful individuals and we have been very successful in securing exceptional teachers and support staff for KJS.

Those leaving us are:


  • Leonie Raymond and Nina Soulsby both returning to the UK
  • John McArthur and Matt Caplin are both moving to Chinese International School
  • Bob Chahal and Jane Howells are both taking a years sabbatical leave
  • Heather Darling is leaving to spend more time with her young family
  • Rob Taylor is moving to the US to work with his partner
  • Jacqui Stewart is exploring opportunities for study and continued special needs leadership

Support Staff

  • Robin Shilling recently left us to pursue a career in early childhood teaching
  • Karen Wen is moving to Shanghai with her family
  • Wai Ying Yeung, Viola Mak, Chiu Wah ip, Gigi Hung retiring

and we are pleased to advise the teaching team who will be joining us are:

  • Kate Blackshaw – existing KJS temporary teacher
  • Megan Ainsworth – from Peak School
  • Scott Panico – from Renaissance College
  • Joseph Fahy – from Renaissance College
  • Dana MacLennan – from New Zealand
  • Carolyn Aukafolau – from New Zealand
  • Sarah Simpson – from Australia
  • Francesca Knapman – from UK
  • Elizabeth Montoya – from USA (currently in Mexico)

We are still in the process of making support staff appointments.

It is an exciting week for us this week with the PYPX on Thursday night showcasing all the skills, attributes and knowledge our Year Six students have gained at their time at KJS. We are looking forward to a great night!


Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Calling All Students in Year 3, 4, and 5

We are very excited to announce that our musical production this year will be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Performances will take place on 15 and 16 November with rehearsals every Wednesday from 3-5 pm.  There will also be one Saturday rehearsal (date TBC) in November leading up to the performances.

A Google Form sign up sheet, for actors, singers and dancers, will be emailed to parents of children in Y3, 4, and 5 on Monday 11 June. Please ensure before you sign your child up that they are available for all rehearsals.

Auditions will take place before the end of the school year with parts allocated accordingly. Every child who auditions can take part but please help us to manage your child’s expectations around the part they will play in the production.  We view every part no matter how big or small as essential to the production being successful.

Tech and backstage crew will have an opportunity to sign up in the new academic year.


Library News – Return your books by 11 June 2018

All library books should be returned to the Library by Monday 11 June. Students can continue to read ebooks through Tumblebooks and Wheelers. Links are available through the Library Splat page.

If you received an overdue notice, please help us look for these missing books in your home. Otherwise, we will be sending invoices home by email. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at library@kjs.edu.hk.


Message from 5D

Hello everybody! We are from 5D. For our market day we are looking for donations of crayons, your donation would help us a lot. Any chipped or tiny pieces of crayons will be good enough. Being environmentally friendly is very important to us, but we need your help to be able to do this and not produce new waste. If you have donations please leave them in the donation box outside 5D. Please bring your crayons to the 5D classroom.Thank you very much for your time!

Kashish, Michelle, Kyla & Khiara



PTA Update

PTA Committee 2018-19

We are currently looking for parents to join our PTA committee for the new academic year.  If you are interested in joining us, please email the PTA office at pta@kjs.edu.hk with your details.  Alternatively you can also approach the PTA administrators in person.


Helper Appreciation Afternoon


It seems there was a confusion with this event which was held last Thursday.  In order to facilitate the inflow of people coming into school during school hours, parents were required to sign their helpers up on a form that had been provided in the newsletter of 23 May 2018.  Signing up also helps us when it comes to catering for and managing an event. Unfortunately, there were a lot of walk-ins and some could not be accommodated for security reasons.

We always appreciate your feedback. Please do email us if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions. Thank you.


Student Success

Natalie (4MC) earned 1st Runner Up in the Little Musical Philanthropist 2018. Congratulations Natalie!


Kavya (3D) won the “Zhou Younguang Cup” Chinese Culture Champion award and 2 champion awards for Pinyin and Singing  at 4th International Zhou Younguang Competition. Congratulations Kavya!


Stavya (2J) was awarded Champion Trophy in English Olympiad 2017 and also got 1st prize in Yoga Art Competition over the weekend for her painting which she made for increasing awareness about Yoga. Congratulations Stavya!


Rosie (5D) recently took part in The International Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show, and was awarded two 3rd places at Middle primary Native Chinese Hard Pen Calligraphy and Pinyin Input. Congratulations Rosie!


Harshitha (5C) participated in four events and received the championship trophy at the 2018 International Kung Fu Championship. Congratulations Harshitha!


Jayden (1T) participated in the 4th Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show. He got 1st runner up of Ancient Poems Chanting and 2nd runner up of Story Telling. He also got Excellence Award for Modern Poems Chanting (The organizer said that this prize will be sent to the school soon). Congratulations Jayden!


Jaden (3G) joined the Oxfam Musical Marathon. It was his first time to sing solo in front of people, and his song was “Hey Jude” with his ukulele. Well done Jaden!


Kayla (1W) has participated in The Faust Festival 2018 at Hong Kong Art Centre. She performed in the show “Peter Rabbit” as main character Peter Rabbit. This is her first time on stage and she did a fantastic job and demonstrated confidence and joy through her performance. Well done Kayla!



Aaryan (2S) helped his older brother Aarav (6T) and his friends cleaned up a beach at Discovery Bay for their Year 6 action for the project. Collected all plastic and waste from the sea and threw in the recycle bin. Well done both!


A group of KJS students have won prizes in a local yoga championship competition. They are Urvi (3D) with first prize in junior group, Arjun (3G) with third prize in junior group, and Cheyenne (4K) with first prize in middle group. Congratulations to all the children!


Avery (4L), Ching Yeung (4L), and Alva (4K) attended the Graded Reading World Award Ceremony, held. They obtained the Gold, Silver, and Bronze certificates respectively for the Best Reader Within the School to foster reading habit. Congratulation girls!


Serena (4R), Saria (3A), and Riaan (1B) participated in a talent competition on Saturday. The three siblings performed together, dancing to a mix of pop Bollywood songs at ‘Hong Kong Has Talent’. Well done kids!


Allie (4MC) was the second runner up for the Piano competition organised by MF magic fingers. Congratulations Allie!


Lion (2J) participated his first piano competition in the 4th Europe – elbe valley international music festival invitational competition. He won the first prize in under-7 age category. Congratulations Lion!


Sumukh (5M) was awarded the ‘Most Improved Player’ for  2017-2018 soccer season by his football club KCC. Sumukh got this award in the category of KCC junior boys of age group 10. Congratulations Sumukh!


Cyrus (3C) received High Honors Award in the Talent Search organised by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, for his test scores were among the highest of thousands of students worldwide this year. Congratulations Cyrus!


Tristan (3G) and Aaden (2E) won ‘Most Sporting Player’ for U8 players and ‘Most Improved Player’ for the U7 players respectively from the KCC Junior Football Awards Ceremony. Congratulations boys!


Hajun (1S) was nominated as VIP for the boys U6 (under 6) class Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) Soccer team. Congratulations Hajun!


ESF and Other Notices

ESF Summer Sports Camps & Clinics


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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