8 May 2019

Newsletter- 08/05/19

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


Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 9 May                                  Y4 Trip to Trio Beach (4C, 4F, 4D)

Friday 10 May                                     Y4 Trip to Trio Beach (4M, 4K, 4D) and Bingo Night

Monday 13 May                                  Buddha’s Birthday – No school

Wednesday 15 May                           Y6 Immunisation

Friday 24 May                                     ESF Festival of Dance

Thursday 6 June                                 CPD – No school

Friday 7 June                                      Dragon Boat Festival – No school

Thursday 13 June                               School Disco (new date)

Thursday 20 June                               PYP Exhibition Showcase Night

Friday 28 June                                    Last day of school – Half day

Tuesday 13 August                             First day of 2019/2020 school year


Dear Parents,

We had a very positive end to last week with our Year Six children leading our whole school assembly and sharing their plans for the term ahead, the learning they are excited about and showcasing upcoming important events. The assembly reinforced the passion, positivity and integrity of our Year 6 leaders and once again highlighted our AAROW’s of Success.

Today, representatives from each year group, our Chinese Department and Learning Enhancement Team met with Kevin Tibble of ESF to create our E-Learning or Digital Road Map. This map will provide direction for our digital future to ensure we maximise the opportunity for our children through technology at KJS. It also provides clarity regarding our safety processes and both the hardware and software we have to enhance learning opportunities. We are utilising the ISTE standards for educators and students to inform the creation of our map at KJS and to support quality and progressive E-Learning experience for our children. The team also investigated a range of software tools which will enhance teacher management of digital learning and further safeguard our children as they engage in digital learning. Once we have completed the Map, we will be sharing the document with you so that you can see the plans for your children at KJS.

This week, we commenced a new way to welcome and transition our 2019/20 Year 1 student and families. Children have been visiting in small groups to play in the environment with their parents. We received very positive feedback about this early opportunity for children to begin the transition process. Our goal is to continually refine our new student and family induction and transition programmes to make the experience as positive and enabling as possible.


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly


Message from 6L

6L would like to congratulate Rachel, who was selected as part of the Hong Kong team to compete in the Artistic Swimming competition in Sydney. Her team won first place in the age 12 Team Routine. Her success is also shared with the KJS community on Facebook. Congratulations again Rachel!


Library News – Battle of the Books, Beyond the Book Project, Book Writing Contest

Battle of the Books Team Advancing to Finals, Tuesday 14 May

(Top Row) Momoka Kobayashi (5M), Lucia Fabregat Tsang (6A), Anushri Gupta (6P), Alyssa Chan (6P); (Bottom Row) Adelaide Wong (6G), Rosie Sun (6A), Michelle Chung (6A), Kashish Jain (6A), Audrey Lee (6E)


Congratulations to KJS Battle of the Books Team who competed in the semi-finals against five other international schools on Thursday 2 May and are now advancing to the finals on Tuesday 14 May.

Students on the team have been reading a list of 20 books since Term 1.  Each week, they have met with Ms. Leedale and Ms. Leone studying each book and writing book summaries, marked by Ms. Lau. Well done KJS BoB Team!


Beyond the Book Project organized by King George V students

KJS is happy to support a KGV book drive, which will be carried out in conjunction by both the Environmental Club and the Beyond the Book team from King George V School. A box has been set up outside the reception area from now until May 17.

Beyond the Book Project aims to reduce poverty and environmental waste by collecting unwanted used books in different schools around Hong Kong. We are asking you on behalf of the Beyond the Book team to request a donation of unwanted books for this project.

This will be an excellent opportunity to expand our students’ knowledge of the importance of recycling and explore other ways they can help save the environment.

Student leaders from King George V School will be delivering the collection box to our school. The collection box will have notes on it explaining the brief aims of the project, as well as the criteria of the books they aim to collect (e.g. no magazines, textbooks, or comics). The books will be directed at the younger audience. Deadline is Friday 17 May.

The books collected will then be sent back to King George V School where it will be sorted out in different categories to be sent out to the beneficiaries, including the Salvation Army, Crossroads HK, Kids4Kids, and grassroots schools, to promote educational and recreational reading.

Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Beyond the Book team at beyondthebookhk@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support and for encouraging your child to donate unwanted used books.


Book Writing Contest

Thank you for everyone’s entry to the Book Writing Contest during Term 2. After reading student entries by our selection committee, that it was difficult to announce one winner. We have now decided that all stories will be published after some editing and discussion with parents at home.

Over the next two weeks, stories will be handed back to students for them to bring home for parents to read and support students with editing. Our Library Team will sort stories to be bound together for publishing and estimate books to be out in Term 1 of the new school year.


PTA Update

Bingo Night, Friday 10 May 2019 @5pm

We look forward to seeing you and your children at our family Bingo Night on Friday, 10 May 2019. Tickets are available from the PTA office and although limited tickets will be available for sale on the day of, it would be best for parents to purchase tickets before the end of day tomorrow, Thursday, 11 May 2019 so we can cater for the event in accordance with the number of attendees.

Please refer to the flyer for more details.

Parents and / or guardians are responsible for children at this event. Everyone is reminded to stay on the 4th floor for the duration of the event; all other areas of the school campus will be closed. The safety of our children is paramount so please make sure the children are supervised.

Free water stations will be provided – please bring your own refillable water bottle.

In compliance with ESF school rules, no alcohol will be allowed inside this event.

There was an error in our ticket order forms. The event will run from 5pm to 7pm and not from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

This is a dress-up family Bingo Night – you can come dressed as your favourite pirate or voyageur at sea. Everyone plays for themselves. Best of luck!


School Hats

The new school hats are available from the PTA office. Please stop by and pick up this hat if you haven’t done so already. All children will need their new school hats from August 2019 onwards. It would be best to purchase them before the end of this term.


Library Bags

Students who do not have library bags will need to purchase one as soon as possible. The deadline for all students to use these library bags for storing and borrowing books was the end of Term 2. It is important for all children to have their own library bags, which offer better protection for our books. Library bags are still available from the PTA office.


Recipe Booklet – led by Lizzie Sharp

The deadline for the submission of recipes for the Recipe Booklet is the end of this week. If you have recipes you would like to add to this booklet, please email them with all the related information to pta@kjs.edu.hk .

Thank you.

See you on Friday!


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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