9 May 2018

Newsletter- 09/05/18

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



Dates for Your Diary


Tuesday 22 May                                 Buddha’s Birthday (no school)

Tuesday 29 May                                 Y3 Trip to E-Farm

Wednesday 30 May                           Y3 Trip to E-Farm

Friday 1 June                                      Y3 Trip to E-Farm,   ESF Y6 Transition Day

Thursday 7 June                                 Y6 Exhibition Showcase

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 Celebration

Friday 29 June                                    End of Year

Monday 13 August                              Start of 2018-2019 School Year


Greetings families,

Things are heating up here at KJS! The weather is getting warmer (and wetter!) and the learning is heating up as children really begin to excel and achieve their 2017/18 learning goals. Y6 are into their PYPX (Exhibition) mode, other year groups have exciting learning planned to ensure our final eight weeks is successful, and additionally we have a wide range of extra curricular activities coming up that many children are involved in.

To continue our maths theme, this week we are looking at collaborative learning in maths.

So why would we encourage collaborative learning in maths as opposed to independent silent learning? The bottom line is when children work on problems and challenges collaboratively they achieve better results and their learning is improved. There still will be times when children undertake independent learning as part of their maths, however ‘best practice’ for us at KJS is to have maths learning include collaborative problem solving. This week we have two links for you. One provides some specific benefits for collaborative learning and the other is a video clip with children talking about how they feel about collaborative vs independent silent learning. Please, have a look and if you have questions or comments we would love to hear from you!



Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Rainy Season

As we enter the rainy season we ask you send your child to school with the uniform raincoat as we will still have the children playing outside when there is light drizzle, they really do need the movement and change in space that outside play and lunchtimes provides.


Year 5 Market day

At the Year 5 Market Day on Friday June 22, students will sell the products or services they have created in their teams over the course of the previous 3 weeks. They will use their maker skills as well as what they have learned about advertising. This will be an opportunity for parents to visit a pre-sale “trade fair” with the main sale to follow.


Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books team competed in the semi- final at Kennedy school on Thursday 3 May.

They demonstrated superb collaboration on stage, conferring and checking answers with each other. The audience was very impressed. Each member of the team has read twenty books over the course of the year, some of them quite challenging. A great achievement in itself! Well done team you did yourselves proud, coming in a very close second.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to support. It was much appreciated.

Thank you to the team Chiraq, Anahita, Anabelle, Narelle, Hailey, Anushri, Rosie, Dhriti, Charlotte, Bhavika and Ishaan. (Abigail couldn’t make it, she was not well)

Thank you to all the children who have been part of the Battle of the Books club this year. It has been great fun and so many of you have read so many books. You can all be proud of yourselves.


PTA Update

We are gathering data and feedback on our current lunch provider, Sodexo, as an evaluation for Term 3 of this academic year.  If you have any experiences you would like to share, kindly please email the PTA office at pta@kjs.edu.hk.


Student Success

Arham (5H) has won Dayal’s Junior Badminton championship trophy in Under 11 Boys Doubles. Congratulations Arham!


More on badminton, Mannat (5H) won the singles championship under 11 and was runner-up in doubles championship at the Junior Badminton Championship. Congratulations Mannat!


In addition, Mannat (5H) represented USRC Avengers and won the team championship under 11 Elite Junior Elite Cricket Championship. Congratulations again Mannat!


More on badminton, Diyaansha (4K) and Param (2S) participated in the Unirich VIth International Badminton Junior Championship 2018. Diyaansha, along with her partner, won in doubles U11 tournament, and Param came second in singles U11 tournament. Congratulations Diyaansha and Param!


More on badminton, Aarav (6T) represented his club Sky Warriors for under 13 boys single and under 15 boys doubles categories at the Unirich International Junior Badminton Championship tournament. He was was declared runners up for both category. Congratulations Aarav!


Even more on badminton, Dhyana (5M) fought in the finals and came Runner-Up at the Unirich seniors doubles league and Juniors International Championship. Congratulations Dhyana!


Tashi (2G) won first prize in colouring competition organised by Children Cultural Group of Hong Kong to commemorate the Mother’s Day and Lord Buddha’s Birthday. Congratulations Tashi!


Rodney (5C) won another trophy from a Go competition.The competition is the largest annual Go and Chess competition in Hong Kong among students. Congratulations Rodney!


Arthur (5C) attended the law society’s members and family fun day and won the Boys All Rounder Award for Age 9.  He came first in the bean bag throw, 60m running, and second runner up for standing long jump. Congratulations Arthur!



ESF and Other Notices

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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