15 Jan 2020

Newsletter- 15/01/20

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

 

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 17 January                 CNY Celebration assembly (Children wear red or Chinese traditional costume) & School Disco

Tuesday 21 January             Y6 Immunization

Wednesday 22 January        Y3 & 4 Sports Day

Thursday 23 January            Y5 & 6 Sports Day

Last day of mid-term             FULL Day Classes

24 – 31 January                     Mid-Term Break

Wednesday 5 February        Registration for audition for stage performance for KJS Fair

Friday 14 February              CPD – No school

Friday 21 February               Bingo Night (New Date)

Saturday 22 February          ESF Cross Country Festival

3 – 6 March                            Y6 Camps (local and overseas)

9 – 13 March                          Book Week

25 & 26 March                      School Musical: Dr Dolittle Jr

Wednesday 1 April               Last day of term (FULL Day Classes)  &  Y1 & 2 Sports Day  &  Student Led Conference (evening)

Thursday 2 April                  Student Led Conference (all day)- No classes

Friday 3 April                       CPD – No school

Monday 20 April                 First day of Term 3

 

For our news please watch the video below.

Kind regards

亲切的问候,

सधन्यवाद

Neill O’Reilly

Principal

 

International School’s Assessment (ISA) Results – Y4 and Y6

The results from the ISA tests that our Year 4 and 6 pupils took in October have now been published on Gateway.(Assessments)

These tests provide assessment data in Reading, Mathematical Literacy, Narrative Writing and Exposition Writing. The scoring system used for ISA is explained on your child’s report.

As with all standard assessments the ISA scores represent a moment in time and are currently being used by the teachers in school to triangulate the data they have already gathered on your child through summative and formative assessments. It is important to remember that the test scores are just one part of the assessment picture and form part of the information that teachers share with you through face to face meetings, mid year reports (due in February) and end of year reports.

 

Chinese New Year   & Celebration

After a peaceful and restful Christmas holiday, we are back into another festive season. Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Kowloon Junior School will be celebrating Chinese New Year next Friday 17 January.

All students are invited to come to school wearing their favourite Chinese-style clothing and/or red-colored clothing. Red is a very auspicious color for the festival, so let’s celebrate together!

While we would love to invite all parents to attend our events there simply isn’t enough space available. The assembly is for year 1-6 and once they are all seated in the hall the space is extremely limited.

For those parents of performers who do wish to attend please be aware seating will be very limited. We will be video recording the event and will have it available for everyone after the event. If you are attending please do not come before 1:15pm as the hall will be closed.

 

Calling KJS Alumni!

KJS is in the process of building an alumni database. With more than a hundred years of proud history, KJS has a rich heritage and a strong community. Alumni are an integral part of our school community, as they are the living embodiment of the KJS heritage.

Your alma mater now calls for you! We would like to invite alumni, here in Hong Kong or overseas, to fill in a simple registration here, and to let us know your whereabouts.

If you know a friend or family member who is a KJS alumnus or alumna, please share this link with them.

We look forward to seeing you back home at KJS!.

 

Library News

After School Writing Club – every Tuesday and Thursday

The After School Writing Club is back due to popular demand. Lessons are held from 3:00-4:30 pm in the Library starting Thursday, January 16th (Years 5-6) and Tuesday, January 21st (Years 3-4) from 3:00-4:30. After 12 weeks, students will have their books edited and published. Here are a few pictures of the book launch.

Please note that classes are not taught by KJS Teachers and Kowloon Junior School, English Schools Foundation and its affiliates shall take no responsibility for any activities, events, and services, that are organised by other organisations. This course will be taught by a teacher from Elephant Community Press (ECP).  Priorities will be given to students who were on the waiting list last year.

Please see the flyer for more details.

Parent and KJS Alumni Volunteering Opportunities

The Library is looking for Parents and KJS Alumni looking for volunteer opportunities. Our library has a wide range of help that includes:

  • Book wrapping – All library books are wrapped with protective plastic film. Work independently at your own pace.
  • Book shelving – Placing books left on trolley by students and placing them back on the shelf. Put misplaced books back in the right place.
  • Shelf walking – Look at shelves and around the library to ensure books are shelved correctly with the spine facing forward. Put misplaced books back in the right place.
  • Storytelling (mother tongue) – record videos of reading stories in mother tongues or storytelling during lunchtime play.
  • Art & Display – use your creativity by helping us decorating the library, such as display boards, tables and walls.
  • Lunchtime play parent volunteers – during lunchtime, help us by monitoring student activities in the library. Ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in the library.

Volunteering timetable is flexible. Come to the library the first time and sign an essential agreement for parent or alumni volunteers. Once signed, you can come as often as you like, for as long as you like. For example, we have KJS alumni (KGV students) that come back to volunteer weekly on Mondays after school.

Please drop by the library or email Ms. Lau at macy.lau@kjs.edu.hk if you have any questions.

 

PTA Update

PTA Meeting

We had our first meeting for 2020 yesterday with discussions about our upcoming school events, Year 6 transition activities, PTA finances and sales, and sustainability measures in place at school.  We also got to see the new developments in the library.  Thank you to the parents who were present at the meeting.

It is important that more parents and class representatives attend these meetings to stay in touch with what’s happening around school. Parental involvement at our meetings is vital.  Your opinion counts and the meetings provide a great platform where ideas can be expressed and exchanged.

 

PTA Disco

Our School Disco is on Friday.  Please get your tickets if you haven’t done so already.  More details are listed on the flyer.

Prizes will be given out to the best dressed male and female (child or adult) at the disco, so put on your Disney themed outfits and we will see you on Friday at 5pm.

Limited tickets will be sold on the day of; kindly please purchase your tickets before Friday so we can cater for the event accordingly.

A reminder to bring in your own refillable water bottle to the event.

Children are not encouraged to stay back at school on Friday after 2:45pm.  We would prefer to have the children to go home, rest for a bit and then return to school ready for the disco.

 

PTA Bingo Night

Our much-awaited Hogwarts’ Bingo Night will take place on Friday, 21 February 2020.  Tickets are on sale now.  If you had previously purchased Bingo tickets, please hold onto them – they are still valid.  If, for any reason you cannot make it to the Bingo, please approach the PTA office and we will give you a full refund.

Please note that Bingo Night tickets cannot be used at the Disco.  For the purpose of accounts, the tickets are different, and parents must purchase the correct tickets for the respective events.

 

PTA School Fair

Our school fair will take place on the second Saturday of March. We look forward to seeing your family

and friends there. The school fair is an event where we open our school doors to the rest of the

community for a day of fun, games, activities, talent showcases, shopping and food adventures.

The focus of our fair will be sustainability and moving towards a greener Hong Kong and a greener

globe. We would like to request all families and visitors to please bring in their own containers for food

and drinks for the day. Water stations will be available around the school throughout the day.

The fair is our biggest fundraiser of the year; this year we will be raising money towards investing in

Maker Resources, affordable versions of tools and technology created for and used in Primary Schools

to enhance the power of learning by doing.

We still need donations in the form of cash and kind to be used towards the fair. If you have any auction

items you would like to donate, please let us know. Cash donations will be used to purchase items for

our live auction and in other areas of the fair.

We need lots of volunteers for our School Fair. If you can help out for 60 minutes or more, please do let us know. We need all the help we can get.

Our events are possible and successful because of all our wonderful parents and the support they offer.

 

PTA Sales

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the PTA shop is selling Lai See Packets at $15 for a pack of 10.

Please do stop by and pick up some.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday at 5pm.

Thank you.

 

Kind regards,

Saloni Melwani

Chair, PTA

 

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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