10 Jan 2018

Newsletter- 10/01/18

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



Dates for Your Diary

Monday 8 January                                         First day of Term 2
Friday 19 January                                          Red and Gold Disco Night
Thursday 25 January                                    Agents of Change Conference
Monday 5 – Friday 9 February                   Book Week
Thursday 15 February                                  Chinese New Year Assembly (Half day for children)
Friday 16 – Friday 23 February                 School closed – Half term holiday
Monday 26 February                                    Teacher training (No classes for children)
Tuesday 27 February                                    Y5 & Y6 Parent Consultation (No Chinese Class)
Tuesday 13 March                                         ESF Chinese INSET (No Chinese Class)
Wednesday 14 March                                   ESF Mixed Basketball Tournament
Thursday 15 March 9:30am                       Y6 Touring Theatre
Saturday 17 March                                        KJS School Fair
Friday 23 March                                             School Concert
Tuesday 27 March                                         Y1 & Y2 Sports Day
Thursday 29 March                                       End of term (Full school day)



Dear Parents,


Welcome to 2018!

I trust you had a lovely time with your family and friends over the break. I do hope you managed to have some time where you were totally present with your children. I was encouraged by the number of parents who wrote or spoke to me saying they were going to make a concerted effort to ‘be present’ with their children and loved ones over the break and not have a phone or electronic device disrupting real time. As we get into 2018 I do encourage you to:

  • Limit the your child’s screen time
  • Limit your own screen time (especially phones) so that you can be present with your child
  • Set aside uninterrupted 1:1 time with your children
  • Read with your child and model reading, children who read well are more successful in life


As we get into 2018 let’s remind ourselves about what Success at KJS means. In 2017 we agreed the five key characteristics of Success at KJS are A.A.R.O.W or the “AAROW of Success”:

Achievement: Ensuring each child is making positive progress and succeeding

Agency: Children taking progressively more responsibility and control of their learning

(more self regulating)and knowing what they are learning, how they will learn, how they will be successful and their next steps.

Respect: Having respect for self, others and the environment

Opportunity: Having opportunities to learn in different ways with different people, at

different times and places. Opportunity for creative, critical and collaborative thinking and learning and opportunity to learn in a joyful learning environment

Wellbeing: For our children to have a positive sense of wellbeing and have the skills,

strategies and understanding to cope with the complex challenges in life with resilience and a growth mindset


If we want our children to achieve with the AAROW of success it will be through a partnership with you at home. Please feel free to talk about these characteristics with your children. Perhaps focus on one at a time over dinner time or at other times when you have 1:1 time with your child. Talk with them about how you use the AAROW in your own life and ask them about how they are using the characteristics to achieve success at KJS.

Together we can ensure Success for every child at KJS!








Lost and Found

There are quite a lot of jackets, jumpers, water bottles, recorders, trainers, hats, and other items that have been put in the Lost & Found Corner for a while. Please send your child to the Lost & Found Corner which is in the lift lobby on G/F and check if they have lost these items in school. All these items will be disposed of after Friday 12 January 2018. Please check with the school office if you or your child have lost some valuable items such as necklaces, earrings, etc.



2018 Chinese New Year Assembly Audition

Would you like to be a part of our Chinese New Year celebration?

Come and audition for the KJS Chinese New Year Assembly!

Chinese New Year Assembly Date: 15-Feb-2018


For auditions, please prepare a Chinese culture-related performance. Some suggestions are: Chinese dance, Chinese poetry recitation, Lion dance, Chinese song, Chinese Kung Fu.

Audition Date and Time:   17-Jan-2018    8:30-11:00

Audition Location:    KJS School Hall



PTA Update

Welcome back everyone! A very Happy New Year to you and your families.


We will be kicking off our first event for this term with our School Disco Night next Friday 19 January 2018 from 5:30pm onwards. This event is open to all parents, children, siblings and teachers. Tickets are on sale now at the PTA office. The Ticket Order Form as well as the  Volunteer sign-up sheet can be found here.

If you can spare 30 to 60 minutes on the day please do sign up as a volunteer. We need your help.

This promises to be a fun-filled event and is a huge success year after year. We look forward to seeing at the disco. Do come dressed with a touch of red and gold…and bring your dancing shoes.

Thank you.



Student Success

A group of children from KJS, Cheyenna (4K), Urvi (3D), Aarohi (3C), Arjun (3G), and Stavya (2J), won both first and second prize in a talent competition organised by Indian Art Circle in December 2017 at India Club. They would like to share their success with the KJS community. Congratulations children!


Aiden (4L) participated at the U10 division of the Youth Ice Hockey Tournament held in Pattaya, where 17 teams from different regions in Asia competing in three divisions. Although Aiden’s team didn’t get into the finale, Aiden was awarded the Most Valuable Player of his team. Congratulations Aiden!


Aarohi (3C) and her elder sister Pihu, who is in year 8 at KGV, worked with underprivileged kids in a charitable organisation in India during their Winter break. They taught them dance and yoga and shared Christmas joy and happiness with them. Aarohi and Pihu would like to share this with the KJS community!


Charissa (2S) has won 1st runner up in The 14th De Yi Shuang Xing Ballet Competition held by China Artist Association in December. She would like to share this with the KJS community. Congratulations Charissa!


Sian (5D) and Emma (4T) have won awards at the Sportscene Inter-school Gymnastics Preliminary Competition. Sian won a medal (merit at Vault) and a trophy  (merit at Floor), and Emma won a merit medal at Vault even it was the first participation for her. Congratulations Sian and Emma!


Praneel (5M) has achieved coding level one, and he would like to share this with the KJS community. Congratulations Praneel!


Nathan (2S) has participated in a martial arts competition for the first time on 31 December 2017, after practising martial arts for 1.5 years. He got 8.16/10 for performing Wu Bu Quan (Five Steps Form) and ranked 3rd in his age group. Congratulations Nathan!


Victoria (6L) won a prize in a drawing competition held by My Brilliant Kids Culture and Art Development Association of HK. She would like to share this with the KJS community. Congratulations Victoria!


Grace (3A) has represented Hong Kong to join a regional Go tournament in Zhuhai on 10 December. Grace and her team got 1st runner-up at the tournament. Congratulations Grace!



ESF and Other Notices

ESF’s Got Musical Talent



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 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

To mark ESF’s half-century, we are publishing a commemorative book: ESF The First 50 Years. This volume will chronicle the ESF story, highlighting key events over the last 50 years. It will also celebrate the successes and contributions of our students and staff, both past and current.

The book will be published in November 2017. Place your online order NOW at http://www.esf.edu.hk/50th-book/

Enquiries: 50book@esfcentre.edu.hk




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