31 Aug 2018

eNews Term 1 Issue 3

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the first ‘full’ newsletter of the new school year. The first 3 weeks of term have flown by and it is great to see how quickly the children have settled back to their learning. School is ‘buzzing’ and we teachers are privileged to be part of such a vibrant learning community.

I would like to welcome again all teachers, support staff and children and parents who have joined us this year. I hope you enjoy a productive and inclusive experience as members of the SJS community.

Parent Meetings

Our major ‘welcome back’ event – Meet the Teacher Evening – took place last week. It was good to meet up with so many parents who came along to meet their child’s new teachers and to hear about the plans for the year ahead. I hope you found the information of use.

The Parent Volunteer Coffee Morning took place earlier this week and we were most encouraged by the high level of interest shown. Our Classroom Helper programme is very important to us and the extra resources provided add much to the education of the children.

We welcome parents and other volunteers to help in a number of ways. You may wish to:

  • Become a class helper
  • Support with administrative tasks
  • Run a club using your expertise
  • Speak and inspire children about something relating to their curriculum

If you missed the event, but would still like to help in school at some point during the year, please contact Chris Briggs (christopher.briggs@sjs.esf.edu.hk) to express your interest.

Our thoughts now turn to the first set of Parent Teacher Conferences which will be taking place on 11, 13 and 19 September. Directions on how to book a timeslot on Gateway will be sent separately. Please look out for the instructions and book your appointment as soon as possible.

Next Thursday and Friday we are hosting a series of workshops for our new Year 1 parents entitled, “New Parents, Helpers and Families – Positive Approaches.” The sessions are designed to provide a flavor of our teaching programme, how children learn at school and how learning can be supported outside school. The sessions will be held on a class by class basis.

Student Achievement

Lily Lam and I were delighted to attend the SEYSA (Sir Edmund Youde Scholarships Award) presentation event at HKU last week. Ex SJS students, currently representing Sha Tin College, Island School and Chinese International School, were members of teams involved in the final presentations. Congratulations to;

Marcus, Nicole and Siddhant, who were members of the team which won the Master Communicator Award

Natalie, Ambrose and Sigrid, whose team won a YDM Merit Award

And Alpha who was a member of the team which won the Junior Category.

The innovation, enthusiasm and dedication shown by all seven team members was a credit to SJS and your current schools. It was wonderful to learn about the progress you have made since you first joined the SEYSA scheme 2 (and in 1 case, 3) years ago.

Parent Teachers Association and School Council

The new PTA Committee met for the first time this year on Monday evening. The committee works tirelessly in support of the school, organizing buses, running the uniform shop, providing hot lunches and raising funds for school improvement. We are still interested in hearing from parents who would like to join the committee. If you are interested, please contact our PTA Administrators, Deirdre or Connie – pta@sjs.esf.edu.hk

The new committee members and positions will be confirmed at the PTAAGM which will be held on Friday 7 September.

The School Council is effectively our governing body. The council meets regularly to discuss the strategic direction of the school and to oversee operations such as staffing structures, finance and budgeting, curriculum development and student achievement. The body is comprised of parent, teacher, support staff and community representatives. We have started a process for the election of a new parent representative. If you are interested in the post, please complete the nomination form which was sent to you by separate email. If you would like more information, please drop me an email – perry.tunesi@sjs.esf.edu.hk

Further information about the roles of each of these two representative committees will be provided in newsletters later this term.

Best wishes,

Perry Tunesi



Admission Message

Central applications for 2019/20 Year 1 (children born in 2014)

Application period: 1 to 30 September 2018.

Please click Year 1 for information and key dates.

Please note that siblings of students already attending an ESF school will also need to make their applications during the central application period.

Current Year 6 students transferring to Year 7 from an ESF Primary School

Parents wishing their child to transfer from an ESF primary school to an ESF secondary school need to submit a transfer application for Year 7 (only available on Gateway).

Please click Year 6 to Year 7 for information and key dates.

Openings to be a Supply EA / Supply Lunch Supervisor at SJS

We are interested in inviting high energy, hardworking personnel to work for us as supply EA or Lunch Supervisor. If you are interested, please send your resume to Ms. Kari Yeung via email info@sjs.esf.edu.hk .  Candidates will be shortlisted for an interview.

** Personal data is collected and used for recruitment purposes only.

Student Recognition & Other Information

The followings are available to read on the PDF version.

  • Student Recognition
  • Japanese Mother Tongue Lessons
  • Michael Carr-Gregg parent sessions 3rd and 4th September – Raising Happy and Resilient Young People
  • Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival