7 Feb 2018

Newsletter- 07/02/18

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


SCHOOL CLOSURE (no classes until after CNY)

The Education Bureau has announced that all Kindergarten, Special Schools and Primary Schools in Hong Kong shall be closed for classes for students starting tomorrow, Thursday 8 February 2018 until after the CNY holiday (meaning affected schools will re-open for students on 27 February 2018).

This step is being taken in response to the increasing number of very serious Influenza cases across Hong Kong and to try to halt further spread.

We will advise more details tomorrow including learning opportunities for children while they are at home.



Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 8 – Friday 23 February                        School closed & Half term holiday

Monday 26 February                                         Teacher training (No classes for children)

Tuesday 27 February                                        Y5 & Y6 Parent Consultation with Mandarin Teachers (No Chinese Class)

Thursday 8 March                                            Y1 Immunisation

Tuesday 13 March                                            ESF Chinese INSET (No Chinese Class)

Wednesday 14 March                                       ESF Mixed Basketball Tournament

Thursday 15 March                                          Student Led Conference (After school)

Friday 16 March                                               Student Led Conference (Whole school day)

Saturday 17 March                                          KJS School Fair and ESF 50th Anniversary Carnival at KGV

Friday 23 March                                              School Concert

Tuesday 27 March                                          Y1 & Y2 Sports Day

Thursday 29 March                                         End of term (Full school day)

Monday 30 April                                              Teacher training (No classes for children)



Dear Parents,

We are well into Book Week and enjoying the intense focus on literacy. I had the pleasure of hearing visiting international author Stuart Reid present to Year 3 and 6 today. He really drove home the message (with snot zombies, smelly teachers and other hilarious characters) that reading should be great fun and alliteration is a wonderful strategy to add quality to a story.  He had the children laughing, shocked, cheering and yelling all within a few minutes. This was especially the case when he got Mr Fay and Mr Wishart up on the stage to play Smelly and Jelly Elephants!

The session once again reminded me of the power of the written word to invoke feelings, emotions, responses and to create what Stuart called “TV shows in your head”. I invite you to spend some extra special time enjoying books with your children this week, join us at KJS in our Book Week and reinforce to your children the joy, wonder, power and importance of reading.


Please take the time to read with your children this week!

Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Term 2 Teacher Training Day – 26 February (no class for children)

Parents please note that Monday 26 February, which is the first Monday after the half term holiday, will be teacher training day. There will be no class for children.


Y1 Immunization (DTaP-IPV)

Information concerning the combined DTaP-IPV vaccination issued by the Director of Health will be sent home with your child today. Please read it closely. DTaP-IPV immunization (booster dose) is required for all Y1 students unless a student has received this booster at or after 4 years of age.

A vaccination team from the Department of Health will visit KJS to administer the vaccination to eligible Year 1 pupils on Thursday 8 March 2018.

Please read the consent form very carefully and complete all the sections by ticking and signing as appropriate.

As school is closed starting tomorrow, please note that forms and original immunization records must be returned to the school nurse on Thursday 1 March 2018. Please could records be submitted in a named envelope. Late submissions will not be accepted.



PTA Update

Just a quick update, Fair Talent Quest auditions will be held in the first week back after Chinese New Year so if your children have entered they have practice time.


School Fair

The PTA welcomes you to our School Fair, Once Upon A Time, on Saturday 17 March 2018.

Raffle tickets for the school fair have been sent home with the kids. We appreciate your help and the children’s help with the selling of these tickets. Please refer to more details in the accompanying letter with the tickets.

All stalls at the fair with operate with coupons, no cash will be exchanged. Coupons can be bought with cash, Octopus and EPS at designated coupon-selling counters.

We are looking for lots and lots of volunteers in the following areas:

  • Face painting
  • Nail polish corner
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Hairbands Stall
  • Hair spray coloring
  • International food stalls – anyone of any nationality and origin can help at these stalls
  • White Elephant Stall
  • Book sales

Please click here to download the volunteer sign up form.


We have asked the teachers for their help too. Please sign up to help with our biggest event of the year. You can sign up for 30 or 60 minute time slots or more if you like. We appreciate your help.

Please note that we will share your name and contact number with the other parents / teachers helping at your stall so as to make it more efficient on the day of the event, especially when you need to leave a stall or are running late getting to a stall.

We are thrilled with the response for the auditions and look forward to a great display of acts after the Chinese New Year holiday.



Thank you for your feedback with regards to the lunch service at school. We have gathered all the information and will have a meeting with them tomorrow afternoon in the PTA office at 2:30pm. If you would like to join this meeting, kindly please let us know.



Student Success

Victoria (6L) received a Merit Reward for clear finishing at the Beas River Equestrian Centre Riding Show Class 5 – Clear Round Jumping (20cm). She would like to share this with the KJS community. Congratulations Victoria!


Jayden (2B) has recently achieved a Merit award in Grade 3 drum examination held by Trinity College London. He would like to share this with the KJS community. Congratulations Jayden!


Nyrah (5D) and her family and friends organised a sewa (service) day where they get together and cook food at isckon temple, pack boxes, and then head to a centre where we distribute the cooked meal to the elderly. She would like to share this good will with the KJS community.



ESF and Other Notices


ESF Sports – CNY Clinics

Please click here for more information.



ESF 50th Anniversary Carnival

Please click here for more information.


ESF Language & Learning – Author Writing Workshop

Please click here for more information.



4th International Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show

To better promote Chinese Culture and to strengthen Chinese education amongst Hong Kong’s youngsters, we are going to hold the 4th  Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show in April, 2018. We also aim to use this event to showcase young Chinese learners’ talent and to offer them a platform for communication.

Please click here to watch a video about last year’s Chinese Talent Show, and click here for more detail about this year’s show and registration.


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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