18 Oct 2019

eNews Term 1 Issue 4

Dear Sha Tin Junior Community,

Welcome back after our October Break. It has been lovely meeting many of you at the parent meetings this week and again next Wednesday. I am very much looking forward to meeting more of you with my family at tonight’s PTA AGM and family BBQ.

Global Sustainability Goals are something the students in the school are learning about. As a school community we are embedding our work in real rich and rewarding sustainable projects in Hong Kong and learning opportunities that allow for our students to engage in real world sustainable development in their communities. With this in mind I would like to highlight two of our current development projects:

  1. The Student Councils Redress Drive https://www.redress.com.hk/getredressed/2019. An absolutely fabulous and creative charity helping the school and Hong Kong work together towards Sustainable Development.
  2. Our second Global Sustainable Goals charity we are working with along with the support of our PTA is Feeding Hong Kong and this months collections are rice, noodles and pasta.

If you can, please do support both causes by donating your unwanted clothes and some pasta, noodles or rice all of which will be highly appreciated. Please do help us work towards a more sustainable lifestyle in Hong Kong, reduce inequality and poverty. Help our children make a difference.

Thank you for your ongoing support,


With best wishes,

Rehana Shanks


Date for your diary

WED 23 OCT Parent Teacher Conferences
FRI 8 NOV Y4-6 Athletics Day
MON 11 NOV School Closure – CPD Day
FRI 15 NOV Parent Workshop: Writing

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: http://sjs.edu.hk/calendar/


Important Message from ESF Parent Election Voting Pack

Please read the PDF newsletter for details of the ESF Parent Election Voting Pack and a Postponed Deadline of Election.

Box of Hope

SJS will proudly be contributing to Box of Hope in 2019, an annual charity project aimed at providing useful and educational gifts to underprivileged children in both Hong Kong & Asia. We hope that you can help support this initiative by getting involved and taking action.

To get involved, students fill a decorated box with the necessary items. These boxes will then be collected and delivered to children in need. For more information, please visit the website directly at www.boxofhope.org.

The list below outlines what items need to be placed inside your box. Once the box is completed, please bring it to the Year 6 shared area for a sticker that you can fill out so that your Box of Hope can be labelled and collected.

Thank you for your support in this very worthy cause.

Details on ‘How to Make Your Box’ and ‘What to Pack’ are on the pdf newsletter.

Positive Parenting using a Strength Based Approach

Dear Parents,

The Parent Network Group is starting again! This year, our groups will be running every term.  Come and meet with other parents to empower one another on your parenting journey.  Our aim is to help you develop a Strength Based Approach to parenting which has been well researched to be effective in building children’s self-esteem, resilience and achievement.

The group is facilitated by Ms Lily Lam.  There will be 5 sessions in Term 1.  The sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 8:30-10:00 at SJS hall.  Dates for the sessions are as follows:

Session 1
Friday, 1st November
Developing a balanced digital lifestyle – Guest speaker Mr. James Haworth

Session 2
Friday, 8th November
The challenge of parenting in the digital age

Session 3
Friday, 22nd November
What are age appropriate expectations and exposure

Session 4
Friday, 29th November
Setting boundaries using a strength based approach

Session 5
Friday, 6th December
Strategies for maintaining healthy boundaries – stress free?

In order to ensure a positive group experience for everyone, priority is given to parents who are able to commit to all sessions.

If you would like to join the Parent Network Group, please sign up by Monday, 28th October 2019.

Kind regards,

Lily Lam
Year 3 Teacher

Hong Kong Young Writers Awards

The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2020 (HKYWA)is being organised for the eleventh year.

The HKYWA is an annual competition for aspiring writers to showcase their talents and creativity in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and cover art.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2020, Future Adventures of the Greater Bay Area. One winner will be chosen in each of the groups, and one lucky student will be named the Hong Kong Young Writer of 2020.

Submissions must be made through the school. Therefore we ask that any students who are interested in participating submit their finished piece of writing or artwork to Miss McMillin by Monday 9th December 2019.

Details for submission are available on the pdf newsletter.


House Competition - Y1-3 Obstacle Course Race

Just before the October break, the Years 1, 2, 3 children participated in a House obstacle course race, they helped their House gain tons of points. It was very challenging but they all tried their best and did a great job. The children were very eager and excited to start the race, as for some of them, it was some of their first House competition ever. It was very enjoyable, we were all very happy and excited and had such a fun time. It was our first time as captains hosting a competition and we think it was very successful.

By Akanksha and Jason
Lion House Captains

School event photos can be found in our Google Shared Drive > Photos and Videos > Events

Students’ VELoCity account has access to this drive. You may copy the photos that you would like to keep.

House Competition - Y4-6 Basketball Throw-Out

The Basketball Throw-Out was a successful competition. We were very proud that everyone gave it their best shot to help their team win points. We have a very good feeling that this year will be competitive and lots of fun with these amazing athletes helping their Houses. We loved how everyone cheered enthusiastically for their team, encouraging them. Of course, there were challenges that the competitors had to face when shooting a basket, the sun was bright, the pressure was on but they persevered. Which House do you think is going to excel this year?

By Valerie and Evelyn
Dragon House Captains

School event photos can be found in our Google Shared Drive > Photos and Videos > Events

Students’ VELoCity account has access to this drive. You may copy the photos that you would like to keep.