Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to the first newsletter of Term 3. We have busy few weeks ahead so please keep an eye on the diary dates coming up. We will try to provide as much notice as possible.
The first date to remember is that school will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week.
- Monday 30 April Staff Training Day
- Tuesday 1 May Public Holiday.
Please enjoy the long weekend.
Sha Tin College and Sha Tin Junior School Shuttle Bus Service
Following the success of the service to date and in consultation with staff from Sha Tin College and ESF Centre, it has been decided to continue with the before and after school shuttle bus pilot. The provision will continue as a FREE service until the end of term – June 29 2018 and will continue into Term 1 of next academic year – Aug 2018 – Dec 2018.
Charges may be introduced from the start of the next academic year and details will be provided as we move forward.
There will be some slight changes to the timing of the buses provided and these are outlined in the revised schedule below. The changes will be effective from our next school day – Wednesday 2 May 2018.
Please note, the changes include;
- Slightly earlier departure times for buses leave Fo Tan MTR each morning
- An extra drop off at Sha Tin MTR for the bus with departs school at 3.50pm each day.
From Fo Tan MTR – Exit B (down the stairs at Exit B to Au Pui Wan Street) to STC/SJS Return
|Morning Departure Times||07:25am, 07:45am and 08:05am|
|Afternoon Departure Times||02.30pm (Wednesdays only), 02:50pm, 03:30pm and 03:50pm (except Wednesdays)
The last departing bus will also drop-off at Sha Tin MTR.
|Cost||FREE – until the end of June|
|Who can use this service?
|All STC and SJS students, teaching staff and support staff. Parents and helpers may also use the service if accompanying children to school. SJS will communicate directly with their parents about these updated service logistics.|
We believe the shuttle service provides an opportunity to minimise our impact on the environment. Hopefully, use of the buses will enable a reduction in the number of car trips to and from school each day. The service has certainly reduced the waiting time for the public minibuses on Sui Wo Rd.
We encourage you to use the service wherever possible.
With multiple environmental projects underway in both schools our students are often the loudest advocates around environmental issues and continually challenge us to reflect on our practices. In support of these initiatives SJS and STC hope to work together on a joint ECO Project in June.
Further details about this later.
Big Bird Race 2018
The Pupil Council were happy to support Mr Thomas in his quest to spot as many species of birds as possible, as part of the ‘HK Big Bird Race 2018”. The Council donated $3,534 from the funds they have raised this year to The World Wildlife Fund in recognition of the efforts of Mr Thomas and his team.
Please see the message below from Mr Thomas:
Each year I join the Professionals team in the Big Bird race to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. The money raised is donated to the Mai Po Nature Reserve to help save the migrating shorebirds which travel each year from New Zealand and Australia on their way through East Asia flying to Siberia to breed.
My team has to see as many birds as we can in 12 hours. We travel to wild places in the northern New Territories such as Tai Po Kau, Long Valley, and Mai Po. Each team member has to identify the bird and the total number of species seen is recorded. This year we saw 154 species of birds and were in second place. My team raised over $90,000 which all goes directly to Mai Po. I am very grateful for the continuing support of the children, parents and staff of Sha Tin Junior School.
1.5 Class Teacher
More info here: https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/your_support/join_our_events/hkbbr/
Donate online: https://apps2.wwf.org.hk/BBR2018/page/listcompany