27 Jun 2018

Newsletter- 27/06/18

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



Dates for Your Diary

Friday 29 June                                    End of Year (half day)

Monday 13 August                              Start of 2018-2019 School Year


Dear Parents,

As we say farewell to our Year 6 leavers, other children and families who are leaving KJS at the end of 2017/18 we reflect back on a wonderful year of learning, laughter, action and joy. It is a time to celebrate how successful our leavers are and the active and motivated way they have engaged with the learning experiences at school during the year. If I might make some observations, especially about the Year 6 children at KJS, coming from New Zealand and in my first year at KJS I have noticed:


  • How aware children are of their progress and achievement and how they are prepared to be courageous, take risks and through reflection, learn from their mistakes
  • The significant progress the children have made during the year and how through inquiry they have developed knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • How articulate they are when they communicate their learning and interact with others
  • How responsible they are for their own learning, knowing their goals and next steps and showing determination to achieve their goals
  • Their principled characters evidenced by the high levels of respect for self, for others and for the environment, especially evident in the PYPX
  • The open minded response to an incredibly wide range of learning opportunities available, developing them as balanced learners and internationally minded citizens
  • The critical and creative thinking evidenced throughout the year
  • The positive and caring way in which children interact with one another developing healthy and supportive relationships together with the focus they have on their own wellbeing and that of others
  • The joy they display each day


Late in 2017, parents and staff confirmed the AAROW’s of success as appropriate indicators of “Success for Every Child” at KJS. If this is our measure then I am happy to say we are making great progress toward achieving our vision for each child here at KJS.

We are only able to achieve our vision due to a supportive community, School Council, PTA the ESF family and the quality of the staff who work tirelessly at KJS. You will be aware we will farewell a number of staff this year, their contribution to KJS (in some cases extending to nearly 20 years) is immense and deeply appreciated. We wish them all the best as they head to new jobs, new situations and new countries. While we have been able to attract exceptional candidates to replace our departing staff we will miss those who have been such an important part of the history of KJS.

It will be exciting times ahead for our leavers (especially our Year 6 children heading to High School) for the staff who are departing and for the school with new highly motivated, qualified and experienced staff coming to join us as we continue to strive to provide an exceptional learning environment for your children.

We wish you a safe and restful summer break and look forward to welcoming families and children back in the new academic year.


Kind regards



Neill O’Reilly




Parent’s Guide to Fortnite

Over the summer (or perhaps already) your child might access and begin playing Fortnite. There are some very serious implications for your family if your child gets ‘hooked’ into this game.

Please take five minutes to read this information publication: a parents guide to Fortnite.



PTA Update

The PTA would like to thank all the parents, teachers and children who have helped make this year a spectacular one.  We raised funds to put towards the development of ‘Secret Gardens’ around the school, and the purchasing of new and additional equipment for the playground.

A huge thank you to our administrative staff, Naomi Chow and Candy So, for their tireless efforts at events and in running the PTA office.

We hope you have a great summer and look forward to reconvening with you and your families after the summer.

We would like to wish our Year 6 graduates all the best on their next adventure.

Thank you.



Student Success

Charissa (2S) participated in the Sportscene Gymnastics Competition Cum Invitational Competition 2018. She got 1st runner up at the competition of beam, champion of trampoline , merit of the competition of floor, and the overall final championship of the whole competition. Congratulations Charissa!


A group of KJS students performed yoga for the inaugural ceremony of International Day of Yoga 2018 celebrations conducted by Indian Consulate and Asia Society. They are Aarohi (3C), Urvi (3D), Stavya (2J), and Tashi (2G).


Trinity (2J) participated for her first time in 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival 2018. She was awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Grade One. Congratulations Trinity!


Tanya (2E), Dylan (joining KJS in August 2018), and Tiana (3C) attained their 8 Keub Taekwondo Promotion Test and have been promoted to Yellow Belt. Tiana also received a Certificate of Excellence and a Medal for outstanding performance in the Belt Promotion Test. Congratulations children!



ESF and Other Notices



ESF Summer Sports Camps & Clinics


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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