30 Aug 2019

eNews Term 1 Issue 2

Dear Sha Tin Junior Community,

Thank you for making me so welcome at Sha Tin Junior. I am incredibly proud to be the Principal of this school. The children and young people are inspiring and motivate me to make sure that I enable them to believe and achieve their goals, objectives and aspirations. Sha Tin Junior is an innovative school and I am proud to take the learning creativity to new levels.

Meeting the wide ranging needs of all children, young people and their families is the heart of what makes an excellent school. Schools cannot achieve this by themselves. Strong effective partnership at local and systems level are key to developing our practise and are key to future improvement in Sha Tin Junior School. As the new Principal, it is critical for me to evaluate the impact of our partnership working and collaborative activity to work alongside you. This will enable me to deliver learning pathways to meet the needs of all children in my care. I would be grateful if you could complete the survey ‘School Evaluation and Development Parent Survey’ on Gateway eNotice so that you can support me to remove any barriers to learning and ensure all children and young people experience success in school and beyond school.

Thank you for taking the time to participate. I will be using the information to collate a Principal position paper (December 2019) and self-evaluation summary to be validated (May 2020).


Best wishes,

Rehana Shanks


Date for your diary

Tuesday 24 September  –  Parents Volunteer Coffee Morning (9 am)


Student Council

After a successful election in each class at SJS, we have our newly elected Student Council for 2019-20. Our successful candidates were:

1.1 4.1 Natalie 
1.2 4.2 Shannon 
1.3 4.3 Joey 
1.4 4.4 Xavier 
1.5 4.5 Kiefer 
2.1 Theo  5.1 Ethan 
2.2 Livia  5.2 Cheviane 
2.3 Zenith  5.3 Angela 
2.4 Evan  5.4 Jason 
2.5 Ethan  5.5 Ross 
3.1 Troy  6.1 Kate 
3.2 Gareth  6.2 Rita 
3.3 Daisy  6.3 Kari 
3.4 Aarshia  6.4 Evelyn 
3.5 Eira  6.5 Hector 


Our representatives from Year 1 will be joining us after the October Half-Term holiday and we look forward to welcoming them then.

In the meantime, the Student Council will be electing two Chairs and two Secretaries at our weekly meeting next Friday, and we will be supporting Mrs Shanks with our Whole School Assemblies. We will be working together to think of how we could focus our efforts this year to make learning and life at SJS even better, and how we can support our local community in Hong Kong and communities around the world through our fundraising and community engagement activity.

We will keep you updated through this newsletter and regular assemblies throughout the year.

Watch this space!


Student Recognition

I am delighted to congratulate,


ELSA - Emotional Learning Support Assistance

Children who are emotionally and socially skilled are more successful at school.

Since 2014, a number of staff at Sha Tin Junior School have been trained by ESF Educational Psychologists as ELSAs to plan and deliver programmes of support to students who are experiencing temporary or long term additional emotional needs.

ELSAs help children to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They provide the time and space for students to work through their issues either on an individual basis or, if appropriate, as part of a small group. 

What is emotional literacy?

Emotional literacy is defined as the ability of a person to understand and express their feelings appropriately, as well as being able to understand and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. This involves being self-aware and able to recognise and express our own feelings in a positive, productive way, such as staying calm when upset or angry, or thinking positively when anxious.

When a child has strong emotional literacy, they are able to cope well and achieve in learning and life. If a child can do this, they are more likely to be able to:

  • Know and articulate their own feelings
  • Manage their emotional life without being overwhelmed by it
  • Be persistent in the face of difficulties – be resilient!
  • Show empathy
  • Handle relationships with skill

Why do we have an ELSA programme?

There are always children in school who face life challenges that keep them from engaging and learning in the classroom and some of them will need extra support to develop their emotional literacy. The ELSA programme at Shatin Junior School is part of this support structure and recognises that children learn better, and are happier at school, if their emotional needs are addressed. It is recognised that change is a long term process that requires help from many people.

ELSAs work together with the classroom teacher to set specific targets which the child works towards, to help them develop new skills and learn coping strategies. The programme is usually delivered once a week over a 6-12 week period, with sessions that are designed to be fun using a range of activities including games, role-playing with puppets or arts and crafts. 

If you have any further questions about the ELSA programme you can contact either Mrs Draeger (Lead Teacher Personalised Learning) or Ms Lucas (ELSA Coordinator) via info@sjs.esf.edu.hk .

Overcoming Anxiety

It is perfectly normal for some children to be anxious and worried about returning to school after a break, especially at the start of a new school year. To help with this transition we have collected together some ideas on what you can do to support your child with their feelings and emotions.

  1. Breathe – The following exercises can help your child relax when they start to feel anxious or feel like they are losing control.

    (Taken from: The Zones of Regulation by Leah M Kuypers- www.socialthinking.com)

  2. Talk to your child about their anxieties and support them in learning strategies that empower them. The attached article gives some helpful ideas on how you can do this. What to do (and not do) when children are anxious.
  3. There are a number of great story books available that you can read with your child that address anxiety, these can provide you with opportunities to talk about what is worrying them. Recommended books

Sports Trial - Football & Netball

Admission Message

Central application for 2020/21 Year 1 (For children born in 2015 and for entry in August 2020)

Application period: 1 to 30 September 2019

Please click Year One 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 (for Year 7 entry in August 2020)

Parents wishing their child to transfer from an ESF Primary school to an ESF Secondary School need to submit a transfer application form for Year 7 (ONLY available on Gateway). 

All ESF secondary school offers are accepted with a two year commitment before any transfer request regardless of residential address. 

For details of the application process, please click Year 6 to Year 7 for information and key dates.


Lost & Found

Please collect the lost items below from the school office if they belong to you. We will only keep them until the end of October.

New House Cap & PE Short / Skort (PTA)

New House Cap & PE Short / Skort are available for purchase now. Sizes are available for fitting at the Uniform Shop.

*The PTA uniform shop will be closed during school holidays and CPD days.
Please support the environment and bring your own bag.

Job Vacancies

If you are interested to apply, please click here for details.

Current available positions:

  • Mainscale Teacher (Maternity Cover from Nov 2019 – May 2020)
  • Educational Assistant – Learning Access Team, Part-time (Sept 2019 to June 2020)
  • Supply Lunch Supervisor

Happy Retirement to our Dearest Ms Wong

You’ll be missed, you’ll be remembered but never forgotten!

Thank you for all of your dedication! Do unwind your mind and may your new journey be filled with joy!

Other Messages:

ESF Japanese Mother Tongue programme at SJS

ESF - Prof Yong Zhao - Parents' presentation (7 SEP, at QBS)

What Matters: Effects and Side Effects of Education

In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve their greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalizable by the child, instead of personalized for the child.
Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Quarry Bay School, 6 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong
Fee: Free of charge
Requirement: ESF parents only
Registration: Link

* Registration will be closed on Wednesday 4 September 2019

** Seats are limited. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis

Remarks: Parking is not available at school campus

West Island School Open Day (18 SEP)

You are warmly invited to the West Island School (WIS) open day on Wednesday 18 September.  WIS staff and students look forward to hosting you. There will be a tour around our classrooms to see learning in action and a presentation and Q&A session.  You are also welcome to join their whole school assembly from 11:05 am – 11:50 am to gain a sense of the school community working together. Click here for more details.

Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival

Sha Tin Junior School retains its membership of the Hong Kong Music and Speech Association in order to support individual parents who wish to train and then enter their children into the annual festival.

The registration day is quickly approaching. In order to facilitate the process and to help parents take advantage of this opportunity should they wish to do so, the school will coordinate the administration of forms and entry fees.

First, parents should be familiar with the demands of the festival competition and these can be found on the association’s website on www.hksmsa.org.hk

The next step is to download the appropriate entry form, complete with a cheque for entry fee made payable to Sha Tin Junior School.

Important Dates to be noted

Syllabus available to download from the Association website Immediate
Entry Forms available to download from the Association website Now – 17 September 2019
Deadline for return the application form and cheque to Sha Tin Junior 6 September 2019 (4:30 pm)
Speech Festival Period 18 November 2019 – 18 December 2019

To access application the form via the Association web, parents need to enter the membership number and password.  Entry forms will not be available at school.  The details are as follows: 

Membership: 013085

Password: 4pywv5

Should you have any queries regarding the festivals, please contact the Hong Kong Music and Speech Association or visit their website for assistance.


Special Notice: HKSMSF – Special Notice

Clubs by Private Providers

Click here for details.


Please note: The following programmes are not school based. They are run by some reputable organizations in Hong Kong and information is passed to parents on this basis.