18 Apr 2018

Newsletter- 18/04/18

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



Dates for Your Diary

Monday 16 April                                  Term 3 starts

Friday 20 April                                     Info Session for Y6 Exhibition

Monday 30 April                                  Teacher training (no classes for children)

Tuesday 1 May                                   Labour Day (no school)

Wednesday 2 May                             Y6 Immunisation

Tuesday 22 May                                 Buddha’s Birthday (no school)

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)

Wednesday 27 June                          Y6 Leavers Celebration

Friday 29 June                                    End of Year


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school for the final term of the year.

It seems incredibly we are in the final push for the 2017/18 year! A chance for children to really extend their learning and for teachers to challenge and stretch their students and for us all to focus our energies on creating the best end to the school year we can. We had a staff meeting on Monday night and there is a real level of excitement and anticipation about the term ahead, especially in relation to the Year 6 exhibition (PYPX). I subsequently had the pleasure of sitting in on a planning session with the Year 6 teachers today for the PYPX and I can see it will be an exciting time for the children as they plan their inquiry and work on real global problems and challenges.

The stakeholder survey information was received toward the end of last term and is currently being analysed, this information will assist us as we work to ensure Success for Every Child at KJS and as we seek to continually improve what we do. One question that received a similar response from both staff and parents was regarding communication of children’s progress and achievement (only 73% of you felt you were adequately informed) and we will be investigating ways to improve our reporting in term 3 so that we might start 2018/19 with an improved process and format- more to come on this. We will share more feedback from the survey in due course.


Safety Messages

Sun Hats

Thank you for your support in ensuring your children have their hats at school. We only have  a tiny percentage without hats now. Our practice is ‘no hat, no play’ so please, if your child is one of the few without a hat send along the $64 so they can purchase a new hat and play safety in the sun! While our hats are not perfect they at least protect the face when children are out and about.

Unsupervised children

If your child is dropped at school before 8:00am at present you are putting your child at risk. We do not have supervision for children before 8:00am so alternative arrangements need to be made. We will be notifying parents of children in this situation individually.

Bus children

Please remind your children before they get on the bus in the morning about bus safety rules:

  1. Stay seated with seatbelt on
  2. No eating on the bus
  3. No shouting or loud noises on the bus.

Ask them to explain to you why these rules exist!

Finally, we would like to do some work with our nine dragons of Kowloon and our AAROWS of success. This is a call out for any 3D gaming animators, parent or family members, who might be able to help us. Please contact me directly if you can help (neill.oreilly@kjs.edu.hk).

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you during the term.


Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly



Library News – Introducing the revamped Library Splat page

The library has revamped its Splat Page (https://splat.kjs.edu.hk/) to provide more online resources to the school community. Please spend a few minutes with your children to explore the new page to find new e-learning resources for you and your family.

Remember not to share KJS logins and passwords with anyone. Should you have difficulties accessing the information on Splat, please do not hesitate to contact us at library@kjs.edu.hk.



PTA Update

We are in the process of collecting data and feedback from your experiences with our current lunch caterer, Sodexo.  If you have experiences you would like to share with us, please email us at pta@kjs.edu.hk.  We would like to know what works and what needs to be improved.


Thank you so much.



Student Success

Three girls from KJS (Sian 5D, Sofia 4L, and Suie 4R) participated in the ‘All Hong Kong Inter-Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition’ in Ma On Shan Sports Centre. They came 3rd in the Primary Girls C Grade Category, and they would like to share this with the KJS community!


Rachel (5M) and her teammates got 2nd place for the 12 years and under Team Free Routines in the 2018 Australian Open and Age Group Championship for Synchronised Swimming. Congratulations Rachel!



Jasper (1W) recently received a Bronze Award in the 7th World Children Art Awards 2018 – Painting in Kids Section (Hong Kong) organized by World Children Arts & Culture Association. Congratulations Jasper!


Brandon (3A) participated in the Mini Rugby Showcase and March Past at the HK Rugby Sevens this year. He also get to meet players from Canada Rugby during the Easter weekend. He would like to share this with the KJS community!


Chien-Ya (4K) and Sofia (4L) attended the Spartan Race last week. Both completed 1.8km obstacles where they ran, balanced, crawled, and climbed in muddy condition course. She would like to share this fun experience with KJS community!



ESF and Other Notices

Grasshopper Scout New Member Recruitment

Please click here for more information.


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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