18 Sep 2019

Newsletter- 18/09/19

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


Dates for Your Diary

Monday 30 September                       CPD – No school

Tuesday 1 October                             National Day – No school

Friday 4 October                                 Day before Mid-Term Break – FULL Day Classes

7 – 11 October                                     Mid-Term Break

31 October & 7 November                 3 Way Learning Conference (3-6pm)

12 – 15 November                              School Photo

Friday 15 November                           Bingo Night

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,

Along with all ESF schools this week, KJS has been mourning the sudden loss of Vicky Bewsey, Principal of Tsing Yi Kindergarten. Vicky holds a special place in the heart of  KJS families as many of our children began their learning journey at Tsing Yi under the leadership of Vicky. We have expressed our sincere condolences to the staff of Tsing Yi and to Vicky’s family. We also met as staff on Monday morning as a sign of respect and also to talk about some of the questions and worries children might have on hearing the news. If your child has concerns, once again we encourage you to help them talk about their feelings and reassure them that it is normal to feel a range of emotions from sadness to worry, confusion and in some cases not knowing how to feel. It is at times like this that conversations at home are critical to support the social and emotional development of our children.

On another note I am so pleased to tell you that we have had a far more settled week outside the school gate. Following the Human Chain protest where we started late, the protestors told me it would be unlikely they would be back in the area in the short term as they felt their message had been received by the High School. This has been the case and our mornings have been trouble free.

Finally, I am pleased to advise we have selected our Musical for 2019/20. Dr. Dolittle will be performed in March and Years 4-6 will soon be invited to auditions (details to come). I am sure there will be great interest in this wonderful musical so advance warning, auditions can lead to children not being successful in winning a part and it is possible not all children will secure a role. As always, we will do all we can to be inclusive.


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly



Library News – Unusual Reading Spot Contest and After School Writing Club (Years 5-6)

Unusual Reading Spot Contest Voting Begins!

Thank you for all the entries for the Unusual Reading Spot Contest. We had such a fun time looking at all the unusual places that you’ve been reading.

From now until October 4th, 2019, you can vote for your favourite picture! Please note that voting can only be done through student email accounts. External emails will not be able to access the voting forms.

Please click on the following link and we’ll announce the results after the school break.


After School Writing Club – starting Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The After School Writing Club is back due to popular demand. There are a few spaces left.

Lessons are held from 3:00-4:15 pm in the Library starting Thursday, September 26th. After 10 weeks, students will have their books edited and published.

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.

PTA Update

AGM and Mid-Autumn Celebration

We had a great evening last Thursday at our Annual General Meeting and celebration for the Mid-Autumn Festival.  Thank you to all the parents, children and families who attended.  The evening was followed by a talk given by Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath which was very well received by parents.

Following our AGM, we have received nominations / interest for the following parents in these capacities:

Saloni Melwani as Chairperson

Suzanne Yiu and Anna Rayton as Vice Chairpersons 

Anna Rayton and Brandon Ma as Treasurer

Manju Aswani as Secretary

The position of Volunteer Secretary is still open; if anyone is interested, please let us know.

These parents will be voted it at our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

We are still looking for Parent Representatives from 2 classes – 3J and 5P.  Please let us know if anyone from these two classes would like to come forward and help.

The PTA needs your full support so please get involved.


Winter Uniforms

This is a final reminder for parents to settle payments for their orders for winter uniforms.  We have received many forms without payments – kindly please settle these immediately so the PTA Administrators can process the orders.

Thank you.

I hope you have a pleasant week.


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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