14 Nov 2019

Newsletter- 14/11/19

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


Dates for Your Diary

12 – 15 November                              School Photo

Friday 15 November                           Bingo Night   Postponed to Term 2

Friday 22 November                           Y1-3 Assembly &  Library Workshop for Parents and Helpers

27 – 29 November                              Y5 Camp

26 – 29 November                              Y6 Camp

Friday 6 December                             Whole school assembly

Friday 13 December                           Last day of term – Half day (finish at 12pm)

16 December – 3 January                   Term Break

Monday 6 January                              First day of Term 2


Dear Parents,

You will now know that school is again suspended tomorrow at the instruction of the EDB. Thank you for your support and patience over the last few days. We are living in unprecedented times in Hong Kong and this is having an impact on regular routines for our children, and potentially on their wellbeing. We will continue to focus on student safety, wellbeing and learning when children return and staff will meet tomorrow to ensure we are ready to support children and help them to feel safe on this return. We will also keep the meaningful home learning coming while classes remain suspended.

Once again, we encourage you to monitor your child’s access to social media and mainstream media as a steady diet of footage of the nature we have been seeing in the last week is potentially harmful to their wellbeing. Please also encourage open dialogue, put devices away and take the time to help your child to make sense of this complex situation. To help us and your child, please let your child’s teacher know if there are any concerns about your child’s wellbeing so that together we can ensure success for each child.

Unfortunately, due to the events of this week, together with the PTA, we have made the decision to postpone the Bingo night. This will now be rescheduled into Term 2.

We know that parents may be worried about the upcoming camps. At this stage our plan is to go ahead with camps with careful consideration given to safe travel to and from camp and any travel within camps. We will continue to monitor the situation over the days ahead and will consult with ESF and other ESF Schools about their experiences as some have camps next week. Our overall aim is student safety and learning, hence if safety is at risk we may have to reconsider the camp dates. We will keep you informed.

We do hope that classes resume at school on Monday and will keep you up to date via our normal communication channels.

In the meantime, stay safe and please do contact me if you need any clarification regarding our current situation.


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly




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Message from the School Nurse

The seasonal flu vaccination will NOT be arranged in school, but the Government are continuing to implement the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme this year. This means that you can take your child to a private doctor that is enrolled in the scheme and receive the flu vaccination with a reduction of HK$210.

Information about enrolled doctors and the extra fees they will charge will be uploaded to the Centre for Health Protection website (https://apps.hcv.gov.hk/SDIR/EN/index.aspx).

Please contact the school Nurse Mrs Davies if you have any questions.



Library News – Library SPLAT Page and Mother Tongue Book Donations

Library Splat Page

Did you know that the Library has a Splat page that is full of different ebooks and online databases? If you’re looking for more things to read while school is closed, please spend some time to explore the page. Please note that each of the boxes is direct links to the webpages. If login and passwords are required, it is indicated in the box.

For Ebooks, Wheelers and Tumble Books are paid subscriptions from KJS. Epic is used in classrooms but Parents will need to pay if used outside of classroom time. This is an optional service to subscribe to.

If you have time, the Library team highly encourages students to access a HK Public Library card. HK Public Library also provides a wealth of resources that are useful for research and learning.

Should you have any trouble accessing any of these resources, please email Ms. Lau at macy.lau@kjs.edu.hk.


Home Language (Mother Tongue) Book Donations and Readers

After the first month of school and Who We Are Unit of Inquiry, we found that many KJS students speak another language at home (see above arrow for some languages identified). As such, KJS Library would like to expand our mother tongue book collection and encourage more students to read in their home language. In order to do this, we need your help.

You can help us in one of two ways:

  • When you’re on vacation in your home country, consider bringing back a book and donating it to our library.
  • Please ask your child to borrow a book from our mother tongue book collection and record a video for us. We will be putting a QR code on our books and link them to the videos.

Videos should include:

  1. Record with your pointer finger following the text. Reading example.
  2. Read the title and author of the book.

Please return the book with a slip of paper that lets us know who read the book. Example: Dorothy Perkins, mother of Izzy Hui 3A. We will put this on the inside cover of the book permanently.

Email to Ms. Lau at macy.lau@kjs.edu.hk with the subject: mother tongue book recording. Note: we have tried asking parents and students reading it at school but there was too much background noise. Readings at home are more favourable.

Please look at our latest Mother Tongue Book Donations:

Thank you for your support and let’s get our children reading in their mother tongues!



ESF Orchestra Jam 2019

Last Thursday on 7 November, the KJS orchestra participated in the ESF Orchestra Jam held at Renaissance College. This event involves the collaboration of orchestras from ESF primary schools coming together and playing music. The students spent the morning rehearsing in sectionals refining the pieces before putting all the parts together and ending the event with a concert. Our AAROW’s of Success were showcased with high levels of Achievement evident, students having Agency by taking advantage of Opportunity to perform as a mass orchestra and all of this supporting Wellbeing for our children!

The Orchestra Jam consisted of roughly 180 students and proved to be a wonderful opportunity for our students to not only perform but meet students from other schools.



Term 2 Baking Class

Please click here for detail.



PTA Update

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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