13 Jun 2018

Newsletter- 13/06/18

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



Dates for Your Diary

Monday 18 June                                 Dragon Boat Festival (no school)

Friday 22 June                                    Y5 Market Day

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

Friday 29 June                                    End of Year (half day)

Monday 13 August                              Start of 2018-2019 School Year



Dear parents,

Success at KJS was exemplified at the PYP Exhibition last Thursday night. All aspects of our AAROW’s of Success were evident. The children were passionate, determined, and communicating serious messages. They showed empathy, kindness and great respect for self others and the environment. Their presentations evidenced the quality teaching and support they have been receiving and showcased the cumulative impact of six years of quality teaching and learning at KJS. Our special thanks to Di May and the Year Six Team for their work with the children in the last few months preparing for the exhibition.

However, one child commented that despite all they do and the important messages that nothing really changes, he said, “Next year people will do the same PYPX presentations because nothing will have changed”

This is a sad observation and requires us to actually take action. The children provided sufficient evidence and research for us to make some changes here at KJS for the year ahead these include (but not limited to):


  • More regular appreciation and information sessions for our helper community
  • Only permitting water to be drunk at school (no sugar drinks)
  • Removing glitter from our practice (this includes glitter pens)
  • Improving our sustainable practices, less laminating, less waste and more reusing products
  • Up cycling through maker education
  • Using less paper and being more effective with technology
  • Reinforcing the message of the need for children to bring real food to school (and sending home high sugar processed food)
  • Increasing our tree planting and native garden areas at school
  • Reducing our electricity consumption (coal, coal, coal…)


You can help at home as well, especially if your child presented in the PYPX, make a commitment as a family to take action on at least on of the Global goals.

I hope you enjoy the long weekend coming up and the time with your children. Together we can make a difference, what might your family do this week to honour the work of the Year 6 children and the UN Global Goals?


Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Message from the Music Department

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank all of you for your support this year encouraging and helping students learn Instruments in Activities. I am sure you aware of the success they are experiencing. Next year we would like to have more violins, especially smaller ones, to start new students. Around 90 students already learn violin and our stock of violins is all used up enabling students to play in clubs. We know that many of the existing violin players have smaller instruments that they have grown out of and if you still have that instrument then please feel free to donate it to the music department. We can make good any minor defect and can use all parts of the violin to recycle Instruments to enable more students to be able to participate. If you have an old unwanted Instrument please leave it at the general office.


Thank you for your support,

Stephen Davenport


Audition for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Parents of children in Year 3, 4, and 5

The response to auditions next week for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been amazing so far. Sign up closes on Friday 15 June. Please remember your child cannot audition if you have not signed them up. We will inform the children who are signed up, what time to come to the hall on 20 June.

In the music folder on the SPLAT page you will find a script for your child to learn (have a go at all of the parts). This is just for the audition and not necessarily for these parts in particular. There is also a song to learn.

Once again, we have had a huge response and we are so impressed by the enthusiasm and that our KJS children exhibit.

For our students… remember, Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the part,” and together, no matter what part you have…..big or small….you are important to the whole production. We cannot do it without you!

Mrs Parker, Mrs Tucker, and Mrs Rigby


Student Success

Scott (6M) won Champion in Division B of the Scholastic Chess Tournament. Congratulations Scott!


Ava (5S) won Most Valuable Player in the U10 Girls KCC Football team. Zara (3A) won Most Valuable Player and Top Goal Scorer for the U8 Girls KCC Football team. Congratulations Ava and Zara!


Jeongwoo (2E), Ryan (4K), and Joon (4k) participated in ‘Hong Kong Baseball Little League game 2017-2018’, representing Korean team “Angle’s”. They have been awarded in the category of ‘demonstrated character, courage and loyalty’. Congratulation boys!


Emmy (3P) came 2nd in the vault and 4th overall at the 2018 ESF Gymnastics Tournament (Falcon Level, Group D). Congratulations Emmy!


A group of KJS students performed at an event organised by the Chinmay Group at the Central Harbourfront. They are: Kushagra (1S), Tashi (2G), Stavya (2J), Arsh (3P), Ishaan (3P), Naitik (4T), and Niyati (4L). Good job children!


Atharva (3D) earned a distinction in the Eye Level Math Olympiad. Congratulations Atharva!


Zarak (1T) he graduated to the yellow and white belt of Capoera and won 2nd prize in the tournament. Congratulations Zarak!


Adam (1W) passed his Taekwondo test on Sunday and successful moved to yellow green belt. Congratulations Adam!



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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