Letter To Parents

17th October 2016

29 October from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Korean day festival

Dear International Section Parents,

You are invited to
Korean day festival is on Saturday, 29 October from 11:00am to 4:00pm at school site.
This is a Korean family fun day.
You will experience traditional Korean cultural events,
For example, Korean Drum Dance, Fencing with sword,
there will also be many market stalls and booths selling traditional Korean food items, organic vegetables, delicious food to eat, etc.
You and your family can take part in some fun and games throughout the day.

There will also be student performances covering music, dance and singing.
It will be a fun day for all the family.

Do come along.

Mr. Chadwick.

17th October 2016

Community chest

Dear Parents and students

Thank you for supporting our Dress Casual day today.

This was an intiative instigated by the student council for a ‘once a month non-uniform day’ to raise money for a deserving cause.

For their first one they chose to support the Community Chest and I am delighted to announce that we raised HK$$17,121.00 which has already been donated to the Hong Kong Community Chest.

I AM DELIGHTED TO add that our colleagues and friends in the Korean section also joined in with this special day; this total represents an amount from the whole of the student body of KIS. An amazing effort well done everyone.

Our next non-uniform day to raise money for a charity is Hallowe’en on the 28th October; more details to follow.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section

7th October 2016

University Forum

Date: 27th October 2016
Location: Korean International School, 55 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho
Gym -3rd Floor

Event Rundown:
4:00 – 4:20 – Universities to arrive and set up.
4:30 – 4:40 – Principal Welcome
4:40 – 4:50 – CityU
4:50 – 5:00 – HKUST
5:00 – 5:10 – HK Poly
5:10 – 5:20 – CUHK
5:20 – 5:30 – SCAD
5:30 – 5:40 – HKBU
5:40 – 5:50 – Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland
5:50 – 6:30 – Students/Parents visit booths
6:30 – End of event

6th October 2016

Cambridge Re-sit Examinations Upcoming

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please be reminded that some of our year 12 and 13 students will be taking re-sit examinations for IGCSE and AS-level, starting Friday 7th October.
I have attached the examination timetable for your reference. Students received their copy a few weeks ago.

Students are expected to be in school full-time as normal.

We wish them well with their final preparations for these important examinations.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Best regards

M. Chan
Vice Principal & Secondary Coordinator – International Section

6th October 2016

School Counselling

School can be both rewarding and challenging for students. At times social, emotional, and/or behavioural issues may affect students’ performance in school.

As a school that caters to students’ welfare, psychological services are available for students at no additional costs. These services are provided at school by KELY Support Group ( www.kely.org ) through the Growing Up with KELY programme. This not only provides one-on-one and group counselling to any student in need, but also provides a comprehensive set of workshops incorporated into PSHE classes from all years, covering personal well-being, sexual education and drug and alcohol awareness education at crucial points during your child’s development.

As part of this service, a school-wide youth questionnaire will be completed by all secondary students. If necessary, a one-on-one follow-up will be offered to students by psychologist/counselling trainees in school, and a letter will be sent to parents/guardians if we believe your student could benefit from continued follow-up at school.

It is important to note that ongoing individual counselling sessions are by referral only and with the consent of parents. If you have questions regarding this service provided, or wish to speak to the psychology trainee regarding your child, please contact Ms. Maisie Chan.

3rd October 2016

Cambridge information evening

Dear All,

The staff, students and leadership team has the pleasure of inviting you to a Cambridge information evening [featuring an information session on its International Examinations of IGCSE/A/AS levels] on Thursday 20th October in the school gymnasium.

We expect this Cambridge’ workshop to provide you with an excellent opportunity to find out more about the developing pathways to success in a Cambridge school starting in Primary.

The workshop contains an appreciation of Cambridge’s approach to teaching and learning – and to what represents its approach to working towards the future.

Cambridge International Examinations is the only global provider of international qualifications that is completely owned by a world-leading university – the University of Cambridge. They are a not-for-profit organisation and devote all their resources to education.

Cambridge provides a diverse range of subjects, helping students to develop their own strengths and interests while nurturing an informed curiosity and building a lasting passion for learning. When passion and talent combine, students’ potential is fully unlocked. We will also mention our new courses which fall in line with our view to the future.

Cambridge qualifications are widely recognised by the world’s best universities, and support students to enter leading universities worldwide.

So come and get started on the pathway to University and education for a better world.
Hear how we start in our programme in Y1 and work and build progression up to University Hear about the amazing choices/options we offer at IGCSE and at A level and how best to maximize your student’s pathway to success.

This workshop is a required attendance for all Y9 and Y11 but is open to any parent in our school who wants to find out ‘everything you wanted to know about Cambridge assessments /examinations and the pathway to the future …but were afraid to ask’.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section

3rd October 2016

Hong Kong International School Festival

September 24 was a huge day for us at Korean International School. This was the day we took over and ran a booth at the International Schools Festival. We expected the event to be quite interesting but in fact the result was nothing short of astounding and mind-blowing. Some highlights:
  • Number of school’s booths increased from 40 to 69 (+73%)
    • KIS received nearly 300 written enquiries
  • Number of attendees grown by 3,000+ to 4,330+ (+44%)
    • We distributed all of our 200 brochures
  • First ever Hong Kong International Schools Leadership
Breakfast was hosted, with more than sixty senior leaders attending the event including our own Maisie Chan and Glenda Khoo
  • We had a cast of 12 teachers and 12 students
It was good to see our school participating in this event we did ourselves proud. It was a great marketing exercise, but more importantly it showed Hong Kong the quality of our young people/students and our teachers.
So many parents/visitors commented to me about how; enthusiastic, helpful, confident, competent and communicative our Y12/13 students were on the subject of their school. They really all were amazing and awesome! They conveyed to many parents the strengths of our school in many languages not just English, at times I heard them extolling our virtues in Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin!

So too I might add were the members of staff who volunteered their time on the Saturday to support me and the school. They too were amazing and awesome! Many parents commented to me about how; honest, enthusiastic, helpful, knowledgeable, confident, competent and communicative my staff were on the subject of their school. It was also seen by many staff as an eye opener about how education in HK is marketed; so a useful exercise for the future; we did however run out of marketing materials such as brochures and yearbooks but they all still worked on; but boy were we tired at the end!

Together student and teacher dealt with wave after wave of interested families who were asking many questions and yearning for information about our school.

Also my thanks to the office staff and Patti for all their input and help especially when we thought our boxes had disappeared. Patti you were a life saver. Jenny in the school office was wonderful.

To the Board; the event would not have been possible without your support. You openly supported the initiative thank you.

Next month, SCMP will be providing all participating schools with a post-event report, to access further information about the event and to see the true scope of the event report on Education Post, and a 360-degrees video of the Festival.

To you our parents and your Board of Governors; Thank you once again for your continuous support, patience and commitment as together we are moving KIS forward to make us become a ‘school of choice’ in Hong Kong and to establish a place in the International schools’ ecosystem ’the cradle of excellence and innovation’.

Once again a great big THANK YOU to all the Y12/13 students, the teachers and office and admin staff. Please let me state for the record how proud and pleased I was about our school’s enthusiastic response to this event… we came… we saw… we conquered. Now for the follow up

Thank you

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section

30th September, 2016

Dear Parents,

On Thursday 6th October, 2016 the Korean International School will be actively supporting the Community Chest charity organisation in their “Dress Special Day” campaign.

Students and teachers are asked to wear their own clothes in exchange for a small donation. We are asking for $20 per student (although both students and teachers are welcome to donate more!) with all monies collected going to the Community Chest.

The Community Chest works with 148 different social welfare agencies in the city, with all of the proceeds collected helping some of the less advantaged people in our community.

Our contribution to this charity last year was over $12,000 and we are hoping to be able to donate even more this year!

If you would like to find out more information about the Community Chest and the work they do, you can find more details on their website: www.commchest.org

We would like to thank you kindly in advance for your support and generosity for this worthy cause.

Yours Sincerely,
Korean International School Charity Committee

Dear Parents,

As part of our ‘International mindedness’ we are encouraging families to share their special days with all the school. These are days which are important culturally /specifically/ for a group of our school community /families that may be different to others e.g; Diwali/Thanks giving/Sinterklaus/ UN day/Christmas /Martin Luther King day/ Boys day/New year/Easter

This year, KIS will be celebrating Diwali on Friday, 4th November. As part of this special celebration, we will be holding an Internal Assembly on Diwali. The assembly will include a costume parade, poetry and a special dance presentation performed by the staff. All staff and students are encouraged to dress up in traditional Indian attire on that day , so do send your child to school in colourful Indian costumes if they are available. To top off the celebrations, we have also made special arrangements for the canteen to have special Indian food during lunch time. Please check the lunch menu for 4th November for more details.

We look forward to celebrating Diwali with your children.

Thank you,
The Diwali Committee
( Indian Teachers of KIS )

The International Section celebrates 100 years of Roald Dahl

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and the International Primary Section celebrated this amazing author, poet and screen writer’s birthday with a wonderful array of events. The events included digital stories and games in the library, stories with teachers, character dress up and assembly performances.

On the 13th of September, we celebrated by coming to school in Roald Dahl’s character costumes. We had Matildas, Golden Tickets, Oompa Loompas, Willy Wonkas, the Twits and many more fabulous characters strolling in school all day! We also enjoyed many amazing presentations and performances by students. We had a fantastic day.

Thank you Roald Dahl for all your marvellous stories. We love you and we wish you a happy 100th year anniversary!


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the start of a new school year. We have had a very smooth start to the year with students very excited to be back in their new classes, with their new teacher and catching up with old friends and making new ones. There were also many parents who seemed just as excited about the start of school as their children! The children all seem to be happy to be back at school and the mums and dads look happy to have them back with us!

Our new Reception students are of course, very excited to be here for the first time and are settling in to BIG school extremely well. Our staggered start arrangements for Primary helped them settle in more easily without being so teary.

As in previous years we have quite a number of new students in Years RC-Y12 commencing at the school at the start of this year so we are very pleased to welcome them and their families to our School community. Some families have moved to live in the area with students transferring from other schools, other students are from all over the world. We hope your time at KIS School will be both very positive and rewarding.

New Staff
We are also pleased to welcome several new teaching staff this year including; Andy Yeung, Kim Ashman, Jordan Warburton, Jeremy Green,

We also welcome a new Education Assistant; Sean Blanco.

Our school leadership team this year consists of myself (Principal), Ms. Maisie Chan is Vice Principal, responsible for the Secondary section and Ms. Glenda Khoo who is my Primary Coordinator responsible for the Primary section.

Parent information night on September 9th will be held exclusively for the primary section. There will be a Parent information session for Reception classes on Tuesday, September 6th and Secondary will be announced on a later date.

Our beginning of the year, parent information nights are a great opportunity to meet your child’s new class teacher and specialist teachers and to find out about the teaching and learning program for the term/year in Primary.

Details are listed in the School Calendar, with all parents most welcome to attend. Please note that this year Secondary teachers will not be in attendance. I am splitting the evening up solely for PRIMARY. When you arrive at school you should come to the GYM first rather than going directly to classrooms there you will meet me and hear about some of our school plans for Primary for the future. Then you will be able to go to the classrooms, and meet your child's teacher/s and assistants.

Student Council / Student voice
I believe that our students can offer a unique insight into the life of our school. There is a clear need to engage in regular dialogue with the students ensuring that they reflect on areas of real significance.

The aims of the Student Council
The Student Council is a forum for students to demonstrate their Active Citizenship and willingness to perform school community service. Reflects the culture of the school: “everyone contributing”.
Students actively participate in decision making throughout the school.
Students engage in meaningful discussions with their peers representing these views to Staff.
Each class holds its own selection process for the representatives who hold the position for about six weeks.
The Council is a representative body of children across most of the Primary years and Secondary with two representatives from each class.
Children learn how to be active contributors to class, community and society. Meeting frequency
Council meets 1 x 3 weeks Election 1 x 6 weeks
The Agenda
There is no set agenda, representatives raise their class issues / concerns / opinions. Brainstorming an idea / issue.
There will be some points to discuss: Good things happening around our school
Not so good things happening around our school
Discussion points, actions etc. are recorded by the Principal Head of Council. Some points are recorded in the Reps diary for referral back to their class.

Feedback to school
The main points of the meeting are worked through in an assembly with the representatives contributing.
Class representatives feedback to their class and go through the Reps diary for referral back to class.

Election of Representatives
Any Primary student may stand for election for a 6 week ‘term’.
Each student has to persuade their class that they are the best candidate.
Each Primary class elects two reps. / votes from list of nominees.
Year 2 have ‘TWO guest councillors from the whole class on a rotational basis giving all children the chance to be involved.

Results of Student Council
Elected by peers
Represent class in meeting with Principal and get class views discussed and recorded
Represent Student Council in; Assembly

Student leadership;
Introduction of a Head Boy/girl leadership position
  • To be the leaders and spokesperson of the KIS student body, setting standards and tone for that body.
  • To jointly chair the Student Council with the Principal providing an appropriate level of leadership, and ensuring open and active communication between the Year 12/13 student body, the School Administration, and the Student Council.
  • To make a significant contribution to School Assemblies and to the Graduation Ceremony.
  • To chair the Graduation Committee, with responsibility for arranging the Graduation Dinner (with advice and assistance from the School Administration where appropriate).
  • To assist the faculty members responsible (Assistant Principal /Year 13 form tutor) in ensuring the smooth running of the Senior Student Body and with the maintenance of high standards of Senior Student conduct.
  • To contribute to the welcoming of parents, guests and visitors to KIS, and to act as the representatives of KIS students at external events, as deemed appropriate by the School Administration.

C. Chadwick