18 May 2019

eNews Term 3 Issue 1


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and managed to spend some quality time with family and friends. The children were refreshed and eager to resume their learning when they returned to classes on Wednesday.

School Transport - School Buses & Car Park Restrictions

Our PTA Committee have been engaging with ESF Facilities staff in tendering for a school bus provider commencing next year. I am delighted to report that the process has been completed and the finishing touches are being applied to the routes. The full schedule will be ready to be shared with all parents within the next two weeks. We are working towards a comprehensive network of school and shuttle buses which we hope will serve to meet the needs of all our families. We have also worked with the bus operator to keep costs at a reasonable level.

I would like to urge you to please make use of the bus network in order that we may reduce our reliance on transporting children to and from school by private car.

Further to site inspections by the Land’s Department in March and April this year, ESF have been instructed to ensure full compliance of the lease for the Sha Tin site. As such the number of car parking spaces available for use has been reduced to 19.

Please be aware that our security team cannot allow additional cars onto the site to ensure we remain compliant at all times. Please make particular note of this limited availability during parent teacher conferences and during student performance evenings where previous practice has been to allow many cars onto the site to alleviate parking congestion in the neighbourhood.

Enforcement of this may be especially challenging for our security team. Please be understanding in your interactions with them as they are simply during their duty in managing appropriate car numbers on site. Your support as always is much appreciated.

Year 6 PYP Exhibition

Congratulations to our Year 6 students on a very successful Exhibition last Thursday evening. The children showcased their learning admirably and the event was a true culmination and celebration of their time at SJS.

I was most impressed by the passion and knowledge of the presenters, the confidence shown in explaining ideas to an audience of adults and by the sheer enjoyment evident.

In addition to the efforts of the students, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the teachers. The Year 6 team of course, but also the large number of teachers from across the school who gave of their time to support in mentoring roles. Thank you also to the parents who came along to support their children.

Year 2 Learning Journey

The Year 2 children are excitedly taking their parents on a journey of their learning, as I type this newsletter.

Parents as Partners - Parent Support Group & Workshops

We have a number of parent events, either in progress or taking place prior to the end of the year, which I would like to draw to your attention.

Parent Support Group

Fridays 8.30 – 10.00am

Lily Lam and Elise Draegar are running a series of workshops based on the philosophy of ‘Strength Based Parenting’. The programme, outlined below, is proving very popular. It is designed as a complete course, but if you would like to join any of the sessions, please contact Ms Lam or Ms Draegar directly: elise.draeger@sjs.esf.edu.hk & lily.lam@sjs.esf.edu.hk.

Parent Support Group Workshop Dates

  • 10th May What is Strength based parenting and identify your own parenting strengths
  • 17th May Gain a new perspective of your child by understanding and assessing your child’s strengths
  • 24th May Different stages of strengths growth
  • 31st May Guest Speaker: Jennifer Ma, Founder and Director of ARCH
  • 14th June How to strengthen your child’s self-control
  • 21st June Strength based communication – tools for life

Mother Daughter and ‘Father Son’ Workshops – Wednesday 29th May at 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

The registration for this workshop, which focuses on specific issues around puberty, has recently been distributed by eNotice.

Year 1 Familiarisation Day and Year 6 Year 7 Transition Day - Friday 31 May

Our new Year 1 families will be joining us during the day to meet their new teachers and to learn about SJS.

On the same day, our Year 6 students will be provided with a taste of life at their new secondary schools.

Trips Next Week

And finally ….. good luck to our Year 5 team who are heading off to Cheung Chau for their (delayed) residential camp next Monday.

And to the group of teachers and Year 6 students who are off to Beijing for the week.

I hope the weather is kind and that you have a great time.

Best wishes,

Perry Tunesi


Read our PDF newsletter for more on:

  • Student Recognition – HK Inter-School Gymnastics Competition
  • Other Student Recognition
  • Photographs from Y6 Exhibition
  • Photographs from Y2 Learning Journey
  • Summer Programme by Sprout in Motion
  • Summer Programme by HKC CAISE – Creativity & Talent Development