16 May 2018

Newsletter- 16/05/18

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Dates for Your Diary


Tuesday 22 May                                 Buddha’s Birthday (no school)

Monday 28 May                                  Y1 Trip to Kadoorie Farm

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



Dear parents,

This week we have two very important messages for you.

  1. How the brain grows and how growth mindset plays such a critical role in learning
  2. A cyber safety reminder

I am sure you have heard about growth mindset, what you might not know is the science behind how the brain grows and manages mathematics learning. This video helps us understand the role of conceptual thinking in maths as opposed to methods and endless rules. At KJS we are moving toward more conceptually based maths and number sense in an effort to enhance mathematically learning. The second video shows us how the brain grows new pathways, evidencing that perseverance, practice, real life challenges and meaningful learning experiences help the brain to grow (like learning through inquiry!). Please take the time to have a look and listen, and as always we are keen to hear your feedback.

Secondly, we had a timely reminder last week of the importance of cyber safety at school and in the home. An event occured that reminded us of the need for parents to always have their children ‘in the room’ (where you can see the screen) when they are online, to have agreements about social media use and have agreement that you as parents will randomly check your children’s internet accessible devices to ensure their safety. This checking becomes more contentious with teenagers so now is a good time to make agreements with your child while they are still in primary school. We can assure you, and you can assure your children, that the checking of their devices is to keep them safe until they know how to manage the very complex world of the internet and social media. It is important you regularly talk with your children about the benefits and dangers of social media/ chat rooms/ hangouts/ snapchat/ facebook/youtube where they are potentially talking with someone they do not know personally. Here are some very basic and important messages for your child:

  • Internet access is done in family public spaces where others can see the screen
  • If you see something inappropriate tell an adult straight away
  • If someone contacts you online and you do not know them tell your parent immediately

This link and our website can also help. Let’s work together to keep our kids safe online!


Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Advance Fees and Student Withdrawal

A message was sent from ESF to all parents regarding advance fees for the 2018/19 academic year. You may also view the message here.

If you are withdrawing your child at the end of this academic year, please complete the student withdrawal notice and return it to the school office via email by 1 June 2018. Otherwise, ESF will assume that your child is returning after summer and parents are liable to the tuition fees for September 2018 even if the student does not return to school.


Message from the Nurse

Due to a recent incident we ask all parents to log onto Gateway and update their child’s ‘Emergency Contact’ information. This should be the contact details of a designated caregiver other than yourselves, for example a Helper or a Grandparent. We will always try and contact parents first, but when this is not possible it is imperative we have another option.


PTA Update

PTA Shop

The PTA shop is open from 8:15 to 11:00am and 2:30 to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday except on weekends, schools holidays and public holidays. Please do stop by during these times if you need to purchase school uniforms.


Kindly note that all lunch refund vouchers from Sodexo will expire on 28 June, 2018. Please use your vouchers when placing your lunch orders for June.

Thank you.


Student Success

Indira (5D) was awarded The Most Promising Writer Award for her story at the annual Kids4Kids My Story Creation. She would like to share her story with the KJS community through this link:  http://wfac.openclass.hk/read/TtbkD. Congratulations Indira!


Abby (6L) participated in the “All HK Inter Schools Gymnastics Competition”, representing KJS. Abby scored an overall 36.85 (floor routine 12.7, vault 12.0 and balance beam 12.15), which entitles her to a Certificate of Merit. Congratulations Abby!


Veer (3D) got a award in the Cheongji Taekwondo Poomsae competition, and he was promoted to red black belt. Congratulations Veer!


Anessa (4MC) joined the Hong Kong Law Society’s 8th Members and Family Fun Day and was awarded champion on a drawing competition with the theme “Children’s Rights” at the age group of 8. The artwork of the winners will be exhibited in the Central Station later. She also got 1st runner-up for a standing long jump competition. Congratulations Anessa!


Kavya (3D) participated in Mandarin speech competition organised by Children’s Cultural Group in Hong Kong and she won 1st place. Her topic was “I love my mum”. She wrote the speech on her own in English and took help to translate in mandarin. Congratulations Kavya!


Adelaide (5C), the writer, and Bridget (3C), the illustrator, have won the Treasury Award in the 10th Annual My Story Creation Competition. Their winning story “Jimanju Bees” has been published in the Kids4Kids Treasury Volume 7, which is available this month. Congratulations Adelaide and Bridget!


Maya (4T) is part of the Show Choir at the Red Vocal Academy, and she has been awarded the Most Improved Student. Congratulations Maya!


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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