27 Oct 2021

Newsletter- 27/10/21

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


Dates for Your Diary

27 October                                   Triple P Parenting Session (all parents)

02 November                                Diwali Dress Up Day

11 – 12 November                         3 Way conferences

17 December                                 Last day of term – Half day (finish at 12pm)

20 – 31 December                         Term Break

03 January                                     First day of Term 2



Dear KJS Families,

The excitement around learning at KJS every day is an absolute joy to behold. As a great example, I have just returned from the Year Three shared area where I experienced a genuine learning buzz from the natural disasters provocations that the year three team have created for the students. The year three team have skillfully taken resources in the shared area that the students are already familiar with and adapted them to represent post natural disaster scenes. These scenes are then paired with learning resources, such as a rich range of natural disaster books and visuals, that support the students in going further with their learning on the wave of curiosity and excitement. I was escorted from scene to scene by a large number of students that enthusiastically shared a great deal of knowledge and questions with me. Needless to say, I can’t wait to go back and learn more with the students.

Diwali is just around the corner, and we look forward to our Diwali dress-up day on Tuesday, November 2nd. This day coincides with one of the two days that Diwali author – Bhakti Mathur – will be visiting the school. The other is November 5th. The PTA have also kindly sponsored a parent Zoom session on November 8th at 5 p.m. (please sign up here). Please follow this link if you would like to know more about the author: Ms. Bhakti Mathur. Finally, if you would like your child to dress-up in other cultural dress on November 2nd then please feel free to do so.

As previously mentioned, our Three-Way Conferences will be held via Zoom from 3-6 p.m. on November 11th and all day (no school for students) on November 12th. A letter will be sent towards the end of this week via the ESF App with further details and information regarding Gateway Sign-up.

Kind regards,


Dr Jamie Schmitz

Acting Principal



EDB Student Grant

The latest EDB Student Grant forms will be distributed to your child by the end of today, please check their backpacks when they arrive home. Kindly sign and bring back the original copy to school by Friday, 29 October 2021.


Become a Parent Volunteer at KJS

After reviewing the prevailing conditions across Hong Kong related to COVID management and ESF/EDB guidance, we are keen to resume field trips and parent involvement in school.  Such re-introduction will be made at a gradual pace and under close monitoring to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

An eNotice “KJS Parent Volunteer 2021-2022” was issued via Gateway yesterday. For interested parents who have already been fully vaccinated (2 doses plus post 14-day period), please sign up on or before Sunday 7 November 2021.  A copy can be found here on Gateway – https://kjs1.tg.esf.edu.hk/src/module/notice/notice.php. For any questions, please email finance@kjs.edu.hk.


Yearly Fee Collection 

To streamline fees and provide a sustainable solution to technology demands, we will continue collecting a lump sum from each child.  Invoices have been issued and parents can view / settle them via the online payment system.

  • For details of the yearly fee, please refer to the newsletter that was issued via ESF App on 27 October 2021.
  • Payment must be made by PPS, PayPal, credit cards or eWallet balances.
  • To know more about the online payment system, please visit https://www.kjs.edu.hk/payment/.
  • Deadline: Sunday 14 November 2021
  • For any questions, please email finance@kjs.edu.hk.


Revised School Calendar 

A copy of the school’s calendar can be found here.


Class WhatsApp Groups

Class WhatsApp groups are primarily for sharing information about school events and seeking clarification from each other about such events e.g. dress casual day, parents evening dates. Your class WhatsApp group is not an appropriate place to share comments, messages and views from other groups. It is also not a place to share comments or concerns regarding other children. It is always worth thinking about how your post could come across, and about how you would feel if you or your child were on the receiving end. As always we encourage that if you have any concerns or comments to make that these are best directed to the school as we have knowledge of the school context and are able to act in a confidential manner.


Our recycling program at KJS is off to a great start!

At KJS we celebrate Success for Every Child through our AAROW’s of Success, Achievement, Agency, Respect, Opportunity and Wellbeing. Today we are celebrating Achievement and Respect as we find out how the recycling program is going at KJS and celebrate our successes with it.

We have just received our first reports from the owner of the company, Love Recycling HK. I’ve taken a screenshot of our most recent report (see below) so that you can get a sense of the amount of waste we are creating at KJS on a weekly basis (19.60KG), how much of it is paper (15KG), tetra paks (0.8KG), plastics (2.4KG), glass (0.9KG) and metal (0.5KG).

The report also includes some comments (see example below) about how we are doing and what we can think about doing better in order to reduce our waste.

While recycling is a very responsible thing to be doing, the ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of waste we are generating so that we don’t have to recycle very much at all! We will be working very hard at KJS, with the students, to reduce the amount of waste we generate.

Some things you can be doing to support are:

  1. Reduce any need to recycle tetra paks by sending in only water for your child to drink.
  2. Send in ‘nude food’ instead of pre-packaged snacks that are wrapped.

Thank you everyone.

I’m sure together, we can reduce our overall waste and support positive habits with regards to protecting our planet!


Mrs. Doucette


Get Redressed Month, a HUGE success!

Dear KJS families,

At KJS we celebrate Success for Every Child through our AAROW’s of Success, Achievement, Agency, Respect, Opportunity and Wellbeing. Each part of our AAROW’s can be celebrated through this year’s hugely successful clothing drive!

First of all let me just say a really BIG thank you on behalf of the KJS Student Council for the clothing donations we have received over the past few weeks! As a school we have participated in several clothing drives in the past, and never before have we received such an enormous amount of clothing, as we have this year. We reached well over our goal of filling 4 huge Redress boxes, which is all because of your donations!

Our Get Redressed Day was also a big success with most children and staff participating in the day and making a donation. The total amount raised was $17,818.60 which will be given to Redress to help support their very important mission of reducing textile waste in Hong Kong.


None of this would have been possible without the efforts of our KJS Student Council and Ms. Bailey. They put in a lot of hard work preparing materials to promote the events, going into classrooms to talk to students and in the end sorting through much of the donations. A fantastic effort everyone!


Thank you!

Mrs. Doucette



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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