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  Letter To Parents



7th December 2016

December updates

Dear Parents,

December has arrived and with the arrival of a new month comes the knowledge that we have two weeks until the Christmas / New Year Holiday.

I can hear the sounds of our children practicing their Christmas carols and songs throughout the day as they float on the wind across school. Christmas is definitely coming.

Our last few school days of 2016 are busy, active, exciting and action packed.
We have the Santa Fun Day [we have invited two local schools to join us in the afternoon fun for charity], the Christmas concert rehearsals which are well underway with lines and songs being practiced; class parties being penciled in and plans being made; exams for the older students are being prepared and revision tasks explained; we have staff training going on too .. so busy busy busy.

Please mark the these dates in your diaries.
The Santa Fun day is being organised by our Charity committee with additional help from the PTA, they are coordinating a fun-filled festive celebration. This will take place on Wednesday the 7th so please send your donations in.

The Christmas concert is being organised by Mr. Barnes and Ms. Jorge and their committee with additional help from the PTA, they too are coordinating a fun-filled festive evening for us all. This will take place on Wednesday the 14th so please send your donations in FOR BOTH!

As you saw the PTA will be joining in with both the festivities and will be selling hot chocolate and goodies.

So we are all looking forward to an exciting two weeks.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section



2nd December 2016

Remembrance Day 11th November

In an assembly we learnt about Remembrance Day which is also known as Poppy day.

WE LEARNT that;

On Remembrance Day we remember all those who have fought for peace in the past and all those who fight for peace today.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the fighting of the First World War stopped.
Remembrance Day takes place on the second Sunday of November or the Sunday nearest the 11th November.
We are silent at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year.

Why is the poppy the symbol of Remembrance Day?

Poppy seeds which had lain dormant for many years in the battlefields in northern France bloomed after the earth was disturbed and became a symbol of new life and loss.
An army surgeon called John McCrae wrote this poem, “In Flanders’ Fields” and today it is read at Remembrance Services around the world. It has become the inspiration for people to wear artificial poppies as a sign of remembrance.

"In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below."

- John McCrae 1915

At the end of this segment of the assembly we had discussed that we remember; all those who have fought for peace in the past and all those who fight for peace today



25th November 2016

Santa Fun Day

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It’s getting close to the holiday season and it is time for fun and fundraising to come together here at KIS. Through Santa Fun Day, we will once again support “Operation Santa Claus” by making a contribution to the community and enrich our school life with activities such as, “Pancake Breakfast”, “Photo with Santa” and “Santa Fun & Games”. This year’s Santa Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, December 7th and all students are encouraged to come to school on that day wearing Christmas themed clothing, or wear Red, Green and White.

Please complete the attached slips and return them to your child’s class teacher in an envelope with payment in CASH, on or before Thursday, December 1st.

Tree decoration
Please decorate the attached bauble in any way you like and return it to your class teacher by Thursday, December 1st. You can use markers, stickers, glitter, etc…. Please label your NAME and CLASS clearly, and we will hang it on the K.I.S Christmas tree!

1-Pancake Breakfast
This year we will extend the Pancake Breakfast to include all classes in KIS, including the Primary and Secondary and from the International and Korean sections. Santa Claus will make a visit to each class while the students are eating their pancakes.

2-Photo with Santa
All Primary students can have their photo taken with Santa in the morning at Santa’s fireside!

3-Fun & Games
An afternoon of Fun and Games will be held with booths run by students from the Secondary Section to entertain the Primary students. Students can purchase a Game Card to enjoy many activities such as Hair styling, Elf Football, and Sponge-A-Claus!

Please complete the FORM and return it with your donation as soon as possible.

Many thanks,
Santa Fun Day Committee

Bauble to decorate



24th November 2016

Vigilance against Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

A primary student was confirmed yesterday to have contracted Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease. Therefore we would like to ask for your vigilance against this disease.

HMFD is a common disease in children caused by enteroviruses such as enterovirus 71(EV71). The EV71infection is of particular concern as it more likely associates with severe outcomes eg. viral meningitis, encephalitis, poliomyelitis-like paralysis and even death. However, the disease is mostly self-limiting and resolves in 1 week.

Please note for any red spots over palms, soles and inside the mouth. Other symptoms of HFMD may include sore throat, malaise, poor appetite and fever. Please check your children’s temperature before sending them back to school.

To prevent outbreak of HFMD, children with fever and respiratory symptoms are strongly advised not to attend school till 48 hours after fever has subsided. Please obtain a doctor’s certificate to prove that your child is fit to return to school.

You and your children are urged to adopt the following measures:
  • Maintain good personal and environmental hygiene
  • To disinfect children’s toys and other objects with diluted household bleach (1 part in 49 parts of water) followed by rinsing with clean water
  • Do not share personal items, food and drinks
  • Keep hands clean and wash hands properly especially when they are dirtied by respiratory secretions e.g. after sneezing
  • Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing and dispose of nasal and mouth discharge properly and put on a surgical mask
  • Have a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate rest, avoid too much stress and passive smoking
  • Ensure good indoor ventilation and avoid crowded public places
  • To consult doctor for medical advice promptly upon development of influenza-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat and cough
For the latest information on HMFD and other communicable diseases, please refer to: Centre for Health Protection www.chp.gov.hk and Education Bureau www.edb.gov.hk

Thank you.

Ms. Nora Young (RN)



22nd November 2016

Revisit of Ms. Jamie Jin; the Senior Manager for Cambridge International Examinations

Dear Parents,

On Monday 7th November Ms Jamie Jin; the Senior Manager for Cambridge International Examinations, for the South China, Hong Kong & Macau region visited KIS. She apologized for the short notice but was nearby in China running a conference.At the start of the academic year I had written to Cambridge asking them to arrange an academic review and /or inspection with them from the Cambridge curriculum and assessment authorities we hoped this was it!

On her arrival Ms Jin stated that UNFORTUNATELY it was not an inspection it was just a curtesy call so Ms Chan and I were a little deflated.

I know you must think I am mad asking them for an off the cuff inspection who does that? Well, I had requested Cambridge visit us because as I was the new Principal I wanted to get a base line view on how we are doing after Ms Thompson’s departure. To answer such questions as; how are we doing with the Cambridge Primary programme[CIPP]; what are our teaching strengths; where do we need to; change/develop. How/What do we need to do to strengthen in our academic ties across the school?

We also asked her about providing more support and to provide more suitable teacher training for our school. We explained that we wanted Cambridge to help our school to develop and grow to move forward especially in our new exciting choices for IGCSE and A level. Which she thought were excellent choices.

Ms Jin was here all Monday afternoon asking and answering questions about KIS. She listened and agreed to help. She told us of new training for teachers including primary teachers; she said she would try to get a ‘Primary consultant’ to visit and advise us; she said she would provide support to develop academic regimen for the checkpoints and progress tests; she agreed to explore inclusion links for Springboard and how we can assimilate the older students into our main stream, even for IGCSE.

Ms Jin was happy she came and said she would use this visit to collect our feedback and work on solutions; she did try to answer all out questions. Watch this space!

Best Regards,

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section



18th November 2016

KIS Family day Picnic – Time change to 3:00 pm

Dear Parents,

*IMPORTANT!

Please note that because of an event being held at the park during the morning and noon, we have change the start of our gathering at 3:00 p.m.

See you all there!

IPTA



15th November 2016

23rd November
No Beginner Conversational French ECA on Wednesday


Next week there will be no Beginner Conversational French because Mr Cardinal will be on camp. If you have a child on the list below in Primary, please send them to 408 next Wednesday and they can join my ECA.



8th November 2016

14th November
CPD Day, No school for students on 14th Nov


Dear Parents,

Whilst there will be no students in school on Monday all staff and associated staff will be in learning and working. They will be having a professional day’s training with Mr. Ian Gilbert.
Mr. Gilbert is an Inspirational educator, author and motivational speaker who will be running our CPD day on Monday November the 14th and we are very lucky to have secured his services as he is in great demand with International schools across Asia. Enclosed is the staff’s programme for the day, for you to see:

Here are some of Ian Gilbert's Book titles.
  • The Little Book of Thunks: 260 Questions to Make Your Brain Go Ouch!
  • Why Do I Need a Teacher When I've Got Google?: The Essential Guide to the Big Issues for Every Twenty-First Century Teacher
  • Essential Motivation in the Classroom
  • Little Owl's Book Of Thinking
  • The Book of Thunks: Is Not Going Fishing a Hobby and Other Possibly Impossible Questions to Stretch Your Brain and Annoy Your Friends
  • Independent Thinking
I will be sending out more information about Mr. Gilbert to you very soon.

CPD Training programme Monday 14th November
Title: ‘Thinking ahead’
‘Developing a vision - the next stage in our journey’

Programme for the day
Coffee and intro 8.15 in the canteen
Session 1
Coffee break
Session 2
Lunch
Session 3
Session 4
End of the day

Best Regards,
C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section

About Ian Gilbert

Ian Gilbert is a leading international educational speaker, innovator, entrepreneur, award-winning author and editor and was in IB Magazine's list of top 15 'educational visionaries'. He is currently based in Hong Kong but has worked and lived in the UK, the Middle East and South America. He is the author of best-selling educational books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom, The Little Book of Thunks and the controversial Why Do I Need a Teacher When I've got Google? His vision for education is one in which, above all else (and now more than ever) we give children the skills to think - to think deeply, creatively and for themselves. He is the man behind one of the UK's leading educational organisations, Independent Thinking, which is going strong after over 20 years pushing its message of humane, child-centred and creative education for all.

Here is the kink to his profile on the ITL website - http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/people/associates-d-i/ian-gilbert.aspx

Please see photo attached this was taken by the British council when he was working with educators and young people in Singapore in 2014.

Ian is looking forward to Monday and meeting all the staff.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section



10th November 2016

KIS School Sports - Wall of Fame

Many of our students are achieving sporting success both at school with our teams and out of school either individually or as part of a club.

The KIS School Sports Wall of Fame is a forum where children can share their sporting achievements. Please encourage your child to celebrate their sporting passions and successes with the rest of the KIS Community through this format.

KIS Wall of Fame
WE COULD POST / celebrate the successes of other children at KIS by
Putting up /reading their threads and writing positive comments for them.



8th November 2016

Lost property

Our lost property boxes are starting to over-flow so please ask your child(ren) to come and check there if they have lost their hat/ water bottle etc. Please make sure you name everything that is brought to school.



8th November 2016

Diwali assembly and Charity

Congratulations and thank you to everyone
Thank you to the students, teachers and parents
Thank you Diwali committee for a fantastic assembly and associated events
Thank you to Patti and her team
Thank you the Charity committee – International Section
(Courteney, Julia & Kitty
For making this all possible

Many thanks to everyone for making Diwali such a success! So many great costumes and events to raise money.
We have raised $7382 for the charity LAP.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section



26th October 2016

16th – 18th November
Letter to all parents - Photo taking


Dear Parents,

The annual school photo-taking session have been re-scheduled for 16th, 17th and 18th November 2016.

All students are requested to wear their winter uniform for their class photo and the whole school group photo on the 18th November 2016. Students who have Physical Education lessons planned for the day are to change into their sports uniform at recess or lunch times, after their class and school group photo sessions. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Every effort has been made to advise all parents of the schedule outlined for the day. However, please be aware that this timetable is a draft only and may change during the day. Staff members have been advised to be ready to move at any time, especially if the photographers are running ahead of schedule.

The order envelopes from Techni Photo has been sent home. Please fill in the order form and enclose a cheque if you wish to order the photographs. The order forms are to be returned to the class teacher before 16th November, 2016. If you haven’t received an envelope, please contact the class teacher via email.

GIRLS’ WINTER UNIFORM
School skorts (knee length) with dry-fit long sleeved polo T-shirt
Black leather shoes with grey tights or grey socks ( Primary) , black tights or black socks ( Secondary)
Hair accessories: School colours- black, navy blue or white ONLY

BOYS’ WINTER UNIFORM
School grey trousers with dry-fit long sleeved polo T-shirt
Black leather shoes with grey tights or grey socks ( Primary) , black tights or black socks ( Secondary)

Thank you.
C. Chadwick



26th October 2016

31 October - 4 November
Box of Hope


Dear parents and students,

As you know, KIS cares for the needs of Hong Kong and works towards making a change through many charities and social projects. We’re happy to take part in this project once again and wish for all of us to get involved in helping others in need.
*Last year, 21,000 boxes were delivered!!!

Box of Hope is an annual charity project aimed at providing useful and educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong & Asia, donated by Hong Kong school children and local organisations.

You fill old shoe boxes with NEW interesting and EDUCATIONAL gifts at home and drop them off at school. The boxes are then collected and delivered directly to the children in need. Some of these children have never received a gift.

How To Make Your Box  

Take some time this week to fill your box!

Please deliver your box directly to your teacher/homeroom teacher from
31 October - 4 November



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.
Principal



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
Presentations:
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

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

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



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 )