9 Nov 2018

eNews Term 1 Issue 7

Dear Parents and Students,

This time of the year is always one of my highlights on the school calendar. The cooler and dryer weather allows us to add a number of exciting outdoor trips and activities to the school programme, with little fear of cancellation. As a result we are enjoying a busy and productive few weeks. Children can be seen engaging in a variety of learning opportunities and it is a pleasure to note their enthusiasm and dedication.

We are approaching camp season and the dates for Year 4 and Year 6 residential camps and the Year 3 Day Camp are listed in this newsletter. Preparations for the camps are nearing completion and I wish the children enjoyable experiences. I know that, for many children, camp is a highlight of the year.

Year 5 Camp will take place from 20 May 2019 on Cheung Chau Island. The camp was originally scheduled for next week, but was postponed in response to earlier fears around the outbreak of Dengue Fever on the island.

Other highlights this term include:

Boxes of Hope

We have had a wonderful response to our Boxes of Hope Drive. The boxes will be collected on Monday afternoon, so if you have yet to return your box and wish to take a little extra time to complete the task over the weekend, we can accept further donations on Monday morning.

If you have any spare items, such as:

  • soap
  • toothpaste (kids or regular)
  • toothbrushes
  • notepads
  • pens or pencils
  • hygiene items (e.g face cloths, hand towels)
  • fun (e.g. card games, small puzzles)
  • active (e.g. skipping ropes, small ball)
  • something to love

Please send them in on Monday and we will add to the boxes we already have.

Family Working Bee (Saturday 17 November)

Teachers are hugely encouraged by the response from families to our request for some help with tidying up the school premises. The number of families signed up by Thursday morning was 175. This is a wonderful response and I thank you for your generous support. It has however, left us with a unique problem in that we are unable to cater for such large numbers.

Our solution is to restrict attendance next Saturday to families with Children in Years 4 ─ 6 (and younger siblings). This will maintain numbers at about 80 families, enabling us to share out the small jobs that require attention around the school and will allow PTA to cater adequately for the BBQ.

We will hold a second Working Bee for families with children in Years 1 ─ 3 shortly after Chinese New Year. The tentative date is 9 March 2019.

We will write to all families who have signed up for the Working Bee, with the revised details, next week.

Green Week and ECO Friday (19 to 23 November 2018)

Plans for ECO Friday are almost complete and we will confirm details in the next few days.

The over-riding objective is to encourage students, parents and staff to take action on our environmental footprint, reduce congestion and pollution and enjoy a Car Free Morning (i.e. no car drop off at school on that day.)

The Walk to School event from Fo Tan MTR has been confirmed. Details and a sign up sheet will be sent out next week.

In addition, we are working with ESF on the provision of a number of extra buses to transport children to and from school on the day.

Plans are to provide an enhanced shuttle bus service between school and Fo Tan MTR.

The possibility of providing buses to transport children between Wu Kai Sha, University MTR and City One and the school campus are also being investigated. The buses will be supervised and free of charge.

As soon as details have been finalized, we will communicate with you and open the sign up sheets.

We will work with Sha Tin College staff in analysing the popularity of the bus service on offer and the data will inform conversations about our bus routes moving forward.

Winter Concert (13 December 6pm)

This year we will be reverting to a single Winter Concert performance on the final Thursday evening of term.

Performances will take place in the festive surrounds of a Winter Night Market. The event will also serve as an acknowledgement of the schools 30th Anniversary.

Please add the date to your diary.

Congratulations to:

The House Captains and teachers for organizing the recent House Lunchtime Challenges; Lower School Obstacle Race and Upper School Netball and Football Competitions.

The Boys Football Team (and Mr Coast) for their 3rd Place Finish at the ICHK/HLY Tournament.

Our Tournament of Minds team (Skye, Ivy, Anna, Amanda and Annie and Mr Kelleher) for being wonderful ambassadors for SJS and HK at the International Tournament finals in Darwin over half term. Please read their reports in this newsletter. Thanks also for Ms Stears, Ms Crawley and Ms Jeynes for coaching and organizing our teams during the year.

Our New Record Holders for their performances at the 2018 Athletics Day.

Please remember

School will be closed next Thursday 15 November for a staff training day.

Our teachers and EAs will be joining colleagues from Sha Tin College and Wu Kai Sha Kindergarten for a series of discussions around our inclusive practices across the three schools.


Best wishes,

Perry Tunesi


Dates for your Diary

15 November School Closed – Teacher Development Day
16 November Pyjama Day and Teachers Got Talent Show
17 November PTA Working Bee and BBQ (Y4-6 Families)
19 – 23 November Green Week
23 November ECO Friday
22 – 23 November Year 4 Camp
27 – 30 November Year 6 Camp
3 – 7 December Computer Science Education Week
6 December Parents as Partners – Y6/7 Transition
7 December Year 3 Camp
Year 1 Learning Journey
13 December Holiday Concert
14 December End of Term

As always, we have a number of events planned for parents. You will be receiving separate invitations/notifications for each event, but to remind you of the programme, there are some of the events that are already in the diary. Subscribe to our School Calendar for the latest updates:


Read our PDF newsletter for more stories on:

  • Recycle your rechargeable battery
  • Japanese Mother Tongue Programme at SJS
  • Thank you message from the Song Africa Mobile Library Project (SAMLP)
  • Tournament of the Minds Students Reflections
  • Athletics Day Results – Check out who broke the school records and the winning house
  • Pupil Council Pyjama Day & Teachers Got Talent Show (16 NOV)
  • ECO Day
  • Student Recognition