Dear Parents and Children,
School is closed on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May
Please remember school is closed for students on Monday, to facilitate a staff training day and again on Tuesday for the public holiday in recognition of Buddha’s Birthday.
Teachers and Educational Assistants have a busy day planned for Monday, with a full programme looking at Language Teaching and Social Education strategies.
ECO Day – Friday 8 June
We are planning a joint ECO Day with Sha Tin College on Friday 8 June. The student environmental groups from each school are meeting to discuss a programme of joint activities aimed at raising our awareness of and the ways that we can reduce our impact on our environment. The groups will share further details in the days leading up to the event.
One of the main functions of the event will be to provide alternative means of transport to the school site in order to reduce the number of private cars in use.
We will be holding a ‘Walk to School’ event from Fo Tan MTR Station and we will be increasing the number of free shuttle buses on the day.
Please look out for the information and sign up requests that will be coming your way.
School Uniform Update
Thank you to everyone, students, parents and teachers, who have offered advice regarding the new school uniform designs. A team of teachers and parents are now working with a designer and our uniform supplier to respond to the design changes suggested.
We are also looking at the logistics of joining the ESF Central Procurement Scheme for School Uniforms, which is currently in the pilot phase. The aim of the scheme is to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of the purchase and supply of uniform items. We are monitoring the experience of the schools in the pilot scheme and, as a result, will delay the introduction of any new uniform items.
I will keep you updated on progress and in the meantime our uniform and the operation of our Uniform Shop will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future.
Many congratulation to the Year 6 team for their wonderful PYP Exhibition event last Wednesday. The students had been focusing on their individual and collaborative inquiries for the duration of UoI 5 and the presentation to parents was an appropriate finale.
The Exhibition process is an authentic opportunity for the students to focus on an area of passion or interest and to look for opportunities to plan, prepare, research, summarise, collaborate, take action and present. They are supported in this task by the Year 6 teaching team alongside other SJS staff, teachers from Sha Tin College, parents, local business people and NGO representatives who give of their time to act as mentors or experts. It is a true community effort and the students showed their enthusiasm and knowledge with a series of well-structured presentations on the evening.
Year 6 Trip to Beijing
As I write this newsletter, 34 students and 5 staff members are preparing for the last day of their week-long trip to Beijing. Reports are that the weather has been reasonably kind and the children have enjoyed 5 days of culture, sight-seeing and Chinese Language immersion. We wish them a safe journey back tonight and look forward to a full report on their experiences.
PTA Arts and Cultural Day
It was good to see so many parents in school last Saturday afternoon in support of the Arts. The PTA Drama Club members entertained us with their presentation of “The Wizard of Oz”. The production was coordinated by Cue Education and we thank their drama and technical staff for providing an authentic opportunity for the children.
This was followed by the SJS Talent Show where children from Year 1 to Year 6 took the opportunity to showcase their many talents. Thanks are due to our Teacher Representatives on the PTA, Kirsty Chambers and Les Cumes for supporting our talented students.
Thank you to our PTA Committee for supporting and organizing the event.
Year 2 Learning Journey
I look forward to meeting up with the Year 2 parents next Friday when the students will be hosting the final Learning Journey of the year. The children are very excited and eager to share their learning.
Stop Press – Battle of Books
The story of our semi-final success in this competition is outlined later in this newsletter. The competition final took place yesterday and our literacy champions joined 5 other finalists at HK Academy. Our team performed very well and, although not taking the overall prize, can be very proud of their efforts and their achievement.
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Lost & Found
Please collect from the school office if they belongs to you. We will only keep them until the end of term.
- 12 pieces of watch
Celebration of Dance
Due to the success of last year’s Celebration of Dance it was decided to hold the event again this year. An opportunity to display the dance talent and diversity across all ESF schools, primary and secondary.
Those students who were successful in the audition process had the chance to represent SJS, including original members from last year and some new girls. The dance is called Let Your Soul Fly, which conveys the importance of embracing different cultures and, whoever you are and wherever you are, reach for your dreams.
The girls all demonstrated commitment, passion and talent during the rehearsal process which resulted in an elegant and polished performance. However, more importantly they had fun performing on the stage in their beautiful costumes. A personal thank you to our silent sponsor who has paid for these so that the girls can keep them.
Choreographing SJS’s dance for the second year has been a joy and a privilege. It has been a wonderful opportunity to work with such talented dancers and I am incredibly proud of the girls’ performance!
Battle of Books
We are pleased to announce that our SJS Battle of the Books team won the Semi Final competition that was held at our school on 3 May. Well done to all our students and staff that helped ensure it ran smoothly. The children were incredibly excited by their semi-final victory. We look forward to the upcoming finals.
Ms Hyde & Ms Prideaux
4th Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Competition
Our students have again achieved highly in early May at the Chinese Talent Competition.
Michael of class 5.1: Champion (Hard Pen Calligraphy)
Thomas of class 5.1: 2nd Runner up (Character input)
Yixuan of class 5.1: 2nd Runner up (Ancient poem chanting)
Sze Yu of class 5.2: 1st runner up (Characters Input, Dictionary Use)
Michael of class 5.2: Champion (Strokes counting)
Oscar of class 5.3: Outstanding Award ( Hard Pen Calligraphy)
Sastha of class 5.4: 2nd Runner up (Strokes counting), Outstanding Award (Pinyin reading)
Bethany of class 5.5: Outstanding Award (Characters input)
Luciano of class 6.1 : Outstanding Award (Pinyin reading)
Christopher of class 6.2 : Outstanding Award (Characters input)
Nicholas of class 6.3 : Outstanding Award (Characters input)