5 Mar 2018

eNews Term 2 Issue 3


Principal's Message

Welcome back to school following an extend Chinese New Year break.

We had a busy start to the half term, with book week and the re-arranged China Day Celebrations.  There are many photographs in this newsletter which show the engagement of students and parents in the events which were held.  It was a great feeling to jump back into school life in such a positive and community-minded way.  It was good to celebrate the events with the children and to meet up with all the parents who managed to find the time to come up to school.  Thank you, your support is always welcomed.

Kind regards,

Perry Tunesi

Shuttle Bus Service

Many thanks to our PTA for providing a shuttle bus service for parents wishing to attend the Chinese Spring Lantan Festival event on Friday.  Alongside this service, we have been working with Sha Tin College, ESF Centre and Kwoon Chung Motors in an attempt to provide a similar service for students, teachers and carers before and after school.

I am pleased to inform you that a service will run between school and Fo Tan MTR. It will commence on Monday 5 March and will be available to community members from both schools.  It will be free of charge until the end of term on 29 March.

This is viewed as a pilot service and we are looking to introduce improvements as we proceed.  We would welcome feedback on the quality of the service and suggestions for improvement.

The Timings of the service will be:

Depart Fo Tan MTR Exit B to School     7:15 am, 7:40 am & 8:00 am

Depart School to Fo Tan MTR                3:00 pm, 3:40 pm & 4:10 pm

Location Map:  Fo Tan Station (Exit B) – Au Pui Wan Street (stop at the layby).


For the duration of the pilot, all SJS children who wish to use the service must be accompanied by an adult or an older sibling/family friend from Sha Tin College.  A bus escort will not be provided initially.

We do hope the shuttle bus service will prove successful, will reduce the long queues which are becoming the norm for the two green minibus routes and reduce the need to travel to school by private car.


School Uniform

Many thanks to those parents who have provided feedback on the new uniform designs.

The drivers behind the suggestions were to provide a multi-purpose uniform which enables the children to participate in the ‘active’ education programme we run at SJS.  The idea is to eliminate the need for parents to purchase separate boy/girl, summer/winter and PE/school uniform.

We received a number of positive comments from parents relating to cost and the ease of maintaining the uniform.  The major suggestions were responses to concerns about

  • The colour scheme
  • The need for a long-sleeve shirt alternative
  • The smartness of the uniform.


We have spoken to the uniform suppliers and they have agreed to work with us on the production of a long-sleeved shirt option and an alternative colour scheme which has a greater focus on house colours.

With regards to the smartness we feel the materials proposed for the new uniform are more durable and hard wearing than previously and are expected to retain the colour and shape for longer.  If this is not the case or if the hybrid tracksuit pants/trousers do not look ‘smart’ enough, we will look to add some additional uniform items.

We will trial with our new Year 1 cohort in August and will place the first order within the next few weeks.

See what the community has said about the new uniform designs.

SJS Parents as Partners Workshop - Positive Parenting

Positive Parenting emphasises mutual respect and utilises positive instructions. It focuses on learning (for the future) instead of punishing (of the past). Studies consistently show that using positive parenting yields better outcomes in terms of a child’s behavior, emotional growth, academic performance and mental health. It helps children learn consideration and responsibility, and makes for happier children and parents.

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation in the way we raise our children.” – Marianne Williamson

We are delighted to once again be welcoming Dr. Mark Gandolfi, Executive Director of St. John’s Counseling Service to present a workshop on Positive Parenting.

This follows his highly engaging and well-received Parents as Partners workshop on developing children’s Emotional Intelligence, presented to our families last year.

Date Thursday 8 March 2018 Time 6:00 – 7:30 pm
(Please note extended session time)

Venue SJS School Hall

Speaker Dr. Mark Gandolfi

Dr. Mark L. Gandolfi, St. John’s Counselling Service Executive Director, has been a clinical psychologist and health care executive for over 35 years in the U.S. and Asia. He has extensive clinical experience working with children, teenagers and families in many areas of social and emotional health. Dr. Gandolfi is also a doctorate clinical adviser and has taught courses at US, HK, France and Australian universities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Elise Draeger elise.draeger@sjs.esf.edu.hk

Please complete the on-line registration on Gateway eNotice by 4 pm on Wednesday 7 March.

Book Week - Book Donations


SJS take action and collected 1252 books, thank you for donated your books!


Book Week - Spelling Bees House Competition

Book Week Spelling Bees Winners:
Year 4 Winner Alyssa 4.3 Sandmartin
Year 5 Winner Yixuan 5.1 Sandmartin
Year 6 Winner Blythe 6.5 Banyan
Each winner’s house gets 50 house points.

(More photos are available in the PDF version. Parents may visit our Image Gallery on VELoCity for the full album.)

Sharing - Instead of asking your child 'How was your day?', how about trying one of these ...

Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
What did you do that was creative?
What is the most popular game at recess?
What was the best thing that happened today?
Did you help anyone today?
Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
Who did you sit with at lunch?
What made you laugh?
Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
Who inspired you today?
What was the peak and the pit?
What was your least favorite part of the day?
Was anyone in your class gone today?
What is something you heard that surprised you?
What is something you saw that made you think?
Who did you play with today?
Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
What is something that challenged you?
How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
Did you like your lunch?
Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
How were you brave today?
What questions did you ask at school today?
Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
What are you reading?
What was the hardest rule to follow today?
Teach me something I don’t know.
If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
What made your teacher smile?
What kind of person were you today?
What made you feel happy?
What made you feel proud?
What made you feel loved?
Did you learn any new words today?
What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
What is your favorite part of the school building?
If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

Link: 50 Questions to ask your kids instead of asking how was your day

Photo Albums & Students' Recognition

(Students’ Recognition are available in the PDF version. Parents may visit our Image Gallery on VELoCity for the full album.)

  • 12 Students’ Recognition
  • Book Characters Parade
  • Book Week – Book Donation
  • Book Week – Story Telling
  • Book Week – Sarah Brennan Book Reading Session & Writing Workshop
  • Book Week – Spelling Bees Competition
  • Chinese Spring Lantan Celebration (China Day)

If your child has achieved something special, we would happy to feature their efforts in the newsletter if we can. Please email to the Communication Officer.