16 Mar 2018

eNews Term 2 Issue 4


Principal's Message

Led by the SJS Environmental Warriors, our students are keen to remind us of our responsibilities in ensuring the planet remains healthy and sustainable.

Environmental awareness is a key theme running through our teaching and learning programme at SJS and is an area where our children demonstrate passion and commitment and are keen to take action.

Global Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday 24 March 8.30 – 9.30 am local time. I have no doubt that your children will be reminding you of this event and requesting action at home.

We will be supporting the event at school through an ‘Hour of No Power’ event on Friday 23 March and a ‘Walk to School Wednesday’ on 28 March. Details appear later in the newsletter.

Learning Journeys
Thank you to parents from Years 5, 3 and 4 for making the time to attend your child’s Learning Journey over the course of this week. The children are always excited to share their learning with you and I hope you found the tours of the learning spaces and the explanations of learning useful.

SJS Stakeholders Survey
The deadline for responses to the survey is 12 midnight on Monday 19 March. Login details for parents have been circulated. If you have yet to do so, please find a few minutes of your time to complete the survey and pass on your views as to how the school is doing.


Kind regards,

Perry Tunesi

Shuttle Bus Service

The before and after school shuttle bus service is proving popular. The timing of the bus runs have been altered slightly in response to feedback received and are now:

Depart Fo Tan MTR Exit B to School 

7:30 am, 7:50 am and 8:10 am


Depart School to Fo Tan MTR 

2.30 pm (Wednesdays only), 2:50 pm, 3:30 pm and 3:50 pm (except Wednesdays)

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


The service will continue in the present format until the end of this term.

School Council Notes

The SJS School Council is comprised of a group representing the range of school stakeholders. Members of the Council include parents, teachers, support staff, community representatives and a representative from ESF. The Council meets five times a year. In order to assist parents in more fully understanding the work of the Council it has been agreed that notes of the meetings will be circulated via the school newsletter and uploaded to the SJS Website. The notes of the meeting held on 12 February 2018 are featured in this newsletter.

Summary Notes of the 120th School Council Meeting.pdf

Crazy Hair Dress Casual Day

The Pupil Council would like to pass on details of their next Fund Raising Fun Day. On Friday 23 March, all at SJS are invited to come into school in their favourite casual clothes with or without their worst crazy hair experience. We are asked to donate HK$25 for the privilege. There will be a free disco for those students who have joined the fun and made a donation. The discos are scheduled for:
Y1-3 12.00 – 12.30
Y4-6 12.30 – 1.00
With lots of prizes and lots of fun.
Please support the efforts of the Pupil Council.

ESF 50th Anniversary Carnival

The Carnival will take place tomorrow, Saturday 17 March from 3-7 pm at KGV School. Details can be found at:

Admission prices are HK$120 (adult) and HK$60 (child)

A group of our Year 3 children will be performing a dance at the carnival. Their performance is scheduled for 4.45 pm

Please come along if you can.

Hour of No Power

Next week is a special week here in Sha Tin. SJS and STC have joined forces, along with all ESF schools to show their support of Earth Hour 60+ by taking action within our schools.

Friday 23rd March – Hour of No Power

10:30 – 11:30 am students will turn out the lights to show our support for Earth Hour. The global Earth Hour is on Sat 24th March 8:30 – 9:30 pm. We are taking it further in SJS by turning off all non-essential items. Computers, A/C, fans and lights will be turned off to emphasise how much we rely on fossil fuels for energy in our daily lives. We will then use the En-trak system to see the difference our actions have made and monitor how much energy we have saved.

Walk to School Wednesday

We would like people to think about the transport they use when travelling to school. Students are encouraged to either walk to school if able and safe, or use public transport (e.g. Buses, MTR, Carpool).

Mr Hyde and other teachers will be catching the MTR to Fo Tan and walking from there. Students are welcome to join him and other teachers at 7:15 am at Fo Tan exit B (down the escalator, near the bus area). There will be an eNotice signup sent to you early next week.
Our goal is to get 100 or more students walking to school. If we reach our goal, the environmental reps are putting their faces on the line to be painted green for a day by some of the walkers. Painters will be chosen from the list of walkers at the whole school assembly.

This exercise is meant to raise awareness of environmental issues and, although it is not compulsory to walk, it is a great way to start the school day.

PE Enrichment - Swimming Trials

Friday 23 March

10:30 am – Years 4-6 Girls

11:15 am – Years 4-6 Boys

Strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly

*Only swimmers who can swim continuously for 50 metres and feel they are fast enough to race competitively should trial.