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13th October 2017

Diwali assembly

Dear Parents


Diwali themed library celebration, Library Open House for Parents and Diwali assembly

You are warmly welcomed to our Primary Diwali assembly. It will be held on 13th October 2017 at 11:00am in the school Gymnasium.

The dress code for the day is Indian or Traditional Attire. If you are dressed for the occasion, a donation of HK20 or more would be much appreciated.

We will be having a Diwali themed library this October in celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights. This is also the first event that will be celebrated in the library (and we are looking forward for more events!). It will be a themed dress day for primary this Friday 13/10/2017, to support the Diwali festival. The cost will be 20HKD.which will go to the Community Chest of Hong Kong


12th October 2017

Letter to Parents - Art Festival

Dear Primary parents,

As a prelude to our Art Fest that will officially begin on 23rd October through 3rd November, 2017, the Art Committee and KIS Librarian, Ms Diana Chian, are honoured to present a known wildlife photographer, Ms Jan Latta. She will be sharing her adventures and experiences from her new, true-to-life book, "Diary of a Wildlife Photographer". This fabulous presentation will be done in our newly, renovated KIS Library!

"To create the True to Life Books, Jan follows wild animals, taking photographs and writing about them in their natural habitats. She is the 'voice' of the animals to help their survival. Jan has travelled to China, Borneo, India, Uganda, Sri Lanka and ten times for the African animals. She has played with orangutans in Borneo, chimps in Uganda and pandas on the mountains of China. She walked with four young lions in Zambia and has been charged by elephants in Amboseli. A cheetah came up to her in Nanyuki and she has held the horn of a rhino!"

Ms Latta will also talk about her other books and educational video that can be found at http://www.truetolifebooks.com.au/. Please see the attached information and order form if you're interested in purchasing any of her books.

Please send in HK$30 by Thursday, 12 October to help support the Library for this and future Library events.

Thank you,
Art Committee and The KIS Library


11th October 2017



Library Open House for Parents on 13th October, 2017

Our brand new library is open to all primary section parents on October 13, 2017. In line with the celebration of Diwali, we will be having a short introduction to the festival. This will be a great opportunity for parents to explore our newly renovated library. Coffee, tea and sweets are provided (Thanks to our Diwali committee).

9:00 – 9:30Meet and greet parents
9:30 – 10:00Diwali presentation by Ms. Jay
10:00 – 10:45  Free Reading


3rd October 2017

Professional Development Day on Friday 6th October (School closed for students)

On this day the school staff will be exploring further the many procedures for;supporting the emotional needs of students; child safeguarding and child protection; we will have local experienced experts in to work with us.

Staff will also have time to work together during the day for professional collaboration.


3rd October 2017

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!/Chuseok celebration

Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second largest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season.
Chuseok celebration is the biggest holiday in Korea. Family members come together to share food; it’s a time of visiting relatives and family and celebrating.These are some of the interesting facts that the students will learn from the assembly.

In order to celebrate these traditional festivals our students have been listening to stories and watching videos to understand the reasons for celebrating them.
Our students have been learning about the festivals through the relevant language teachers .

We are holding an assembly on the Tuesday 3rd. Some students have produced lanterns and have been making moon cakes. and working on songs and dances for the asssembly presentation.


28th September 2017


Library October Events
We will be having a Diwali themed library this October in celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights. This is also the first event that will be celebrated in the library (and looking forward for more events!!).

Guest Speaker from 9th -13th October, 2017
A very special speaker, from our own KIS family, will introduce and share how Diwali is celebrated to all primary students during their library class.

Ms. Jay is our year 4 assistant teacher. She has been working in KIS for six years. We are very happy and grateful for having her celebrate Diwali with us in our KIS library!

Library Open House for Parents on 13th October, 2017

Our KIS library is open to all primary section parents on October 13, 2017. In line with the celebration of Diwali, we will be having a short introduction to the festival. This will be a great opportunity for parents to explore our newly renovated library. Coffee, tea and sweets are provided (Thanks to our Diwali committee).

9:00 – 9:30 Meet and greet parents
9:30 – 10:00Diwali presentation by Ms. Jay
10:00 – 10:45Free Reading

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


28th September 2017

Mid-Autumn Festival / Chuseok celebration on 3rd Oct, 8.30am.
Whole school assembly


Dear Parent/Guardians/Teachers,

On the 3rd of October, the whole of the International Section will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn/ Harvest Moon Festival and the Chuseok celebration during our morning assembly at 8.30am.

On that day, all of our students and staff will meet together for the first time this year for a joint celebration. All Students will be encouraged to dress in traditional Korean/Chinese/heritage costume.
Students may of course bring along their lanterns to join in the festive fun.
As this assembly will be celebrated with the Secondary Section it will, unfortunately, mean that there will be no space for Parents.
Chuseok Assembly celebration –
Sophia mentioned that there would be performances by students and teachers will be asked to dance on stage during Assembly. A demonstration of the dance was given during the meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIJ4L7jW4-s&feature=youtu.be
we hope the year 9 will sing their festival song too

Teachers can dress up in traditional costumes /clothes on that day
Our thanks to Sophia/Marvin and their team
Thanks to Patti to put out chairs.
Many thanks.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


22nd September 2017

Letter to Parents – September

Dear Parents,

During these first few weeks of the school year, I have been delighted to see so many students settling into their new classes, forming new friendships and finding their way. I am beginning to detect their pride and happiness in belonging to our prestigious school. Their learning journey has now reached week four and things are working very well indeed; most students understand the rules, routines and their responsibilities. They understand to ask for help if they feel uncomfortable or sick. They are joining in the many new activities with enthusiasm and are learning to be leaders by being inclusive and working with others.

Our school’s two streams give students their own unique identity which I, along with the KIS team and the Board, would like to protect and develop to infuse students with the confidence and pride of belonging to our rich and vast community. We have now asked all families from across the school to be aware of the entry and exit procedures. We have re-introduced them as we did last year to make the campus safer.
Keeping your children safe while at school is our top priority. In order to safeguard their security and provide an uninterrupted learning environment in school, parents will not be allowed entry into school from Wednesday 13th September onwards in the morning. Please leave your children at the front / side gate and encourage them to walk in. All students, from reception to Primary 6 will walk into the green area by themselves. This encourages all students to be much more independent and self-aware. The teachers on duty will ensure that the students are safe. I know some parents worry about how their child will settle in /make friends/learn the rules/ we will help them. I know some parents like to share and chat in a Whatsapp group about the incidents at school and their unhappiness AMONGST THEMSELVES but they don’t come in to chat to us about it. Please, our doors are open, come and chat about any concerns/worries/issues let us solve the problem with you we might have the answer to what it was/ or what was going on; but we need to know to help. For other parents they are not too worried, they understand that we are doing our best to watch all the students. Some parents worry about their child adapting to the new school learning environment and compare with their last school what can and can’t be done, what is acceptable and what is not.
To re-assure you all we have increased the number of duty teachers, employed an additional TA for the older students and we have already shortened the waiting time at the beginning of the day so students go up to class earlier. The same rules applies for dismissal time. All children will be brought to the side gate and lined up in their classes before they are released to you at 3pm. Please refrain from entering the side gates. If you have an appointment with any of the staff after school hours and need to enter the school, please secure a pass on our school website or security guard and enter by the front gate instead. It's true that before the dismissal looked messy and disorganized as parents were coming through the barriers. We ask you to please try to stay back and we will bring the children down to you. This week the ECA start so there will be less students going home at 3.00 pm which will help [ more details to follow ]. By working together, we can continue to make KIS a welcoming and safe school and we would like to thank you for entrusting your children to our care.

Internal House activities for Primary
A new idea for our established thriving House system forms an integral part of the daily life of each and every student at KIS School.
Our House system delivers a level of care, guidance and support, which is fit for an international school of the 21st century. The high standards of pastoral care and healthy competition aims to ensure that each and every student achieves their potential. The House point trophy rewards students for excellent work in lessons, behavior, attitude and for their participation in activities. It encourages high standards of sportsmanship, fair play and appropriate behaviour.
It provides the challenge and enjoyment of participating in a wide "range of competitions based in sport, the arts and academia. It develops a sense of pride in their House and in the School a love of learning and confidence for life" with specific aims: 1 To Ensure that all students feel happy, safe and valued 2.Create a healthy atmosphere of competition through House events

1) House Activities to be student-centered and student led.
This is a great opportunity for Y6 to learn responsibility and take on leadership roles. The Y6 students will conduct those sessions the week after and the teachers will facilitate. Y6 teachers, to be present during those brainstorming sessions and help
2) House Activities Slot (6th Block Thursdays)
During those times when House Leader Teachers meet up with the Y6 students, the rest of the students will have PSHE with the classroom teacher. This is to respond to the parents feedback last year that there was insufficient time in for PSHE. House activities with the student body will be conducted fortnightly.
3) All House Leader Teachers will select an activity with Y6 students; the same activities will be rotated.
4) These are examples of some of the activities:
  1. Charity – Collecting items/ Knitting / Making Cards
  2. Recycling – Bottle Cap Art
  3. Green Activities – Farming / Looking after plants in school
  4. Sports – Football/Rounders/Dodge ball/Yoga
  5. Art – Creating a Mural in the Green Area
  6. Music – Dancing/choir/singing
  7. Literacy – Story Telling/drama
5) All class teachers and assistants will be present during the House Activities session to help facilitate and manage the students. Reception students will be involved.

Amazing news
We are proud of all our senior students who took their exams this year for IGCSE and A/AS level.
This year we have 3 students that have won the Cambridge Learner Award for High Achievement
Christopher Lo – AS Economics
Jessica Hunter – A Level Biology
Sammi Tam – A Level Chemistry & A Level Psychology
These three students have been invited to a Hong Kong Cambridge school celebratory ceremony in November to receive their award with all the award winners from all the other schools.
We will have a school assembly TO CONGRATULATE THEM and their teachers.
Congratulations and thank

The Standard Fair and the Hong Kong International School Festival
We were represented at both Fairs; September 16 was another big day for us at Korean International School. This was the day we ran a booth at the International Schools Festival. Our second outing in two weeks - The first being the Standards Fair. We expected the event to be quite interesting but in fact the result was nothing short of astounding; we were also invited to the Hong Kong International Schools Leadership Breakfast with more than sixty senior leaders attending. At the Hong Kong International School Festival we had a cast of 12 teachers and the following students; Marco /Prestley / Sid/ Jayan/Maria/Omega/Fabia/It was great 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 students and our teachers. So many of the visitors commented about how; enthusiastic, helpful, confident, competent and communicative our Y11/12/13 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 Cantonese and Chinese [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!

Together student and teacher dealt with wave after wave of interested families who were asking many questions and yearning for information about our school we all worked hard but boy were we tired at the end! 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. 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 Y11/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.

Non uniform day
Dear All
I have changed the aim and purpose of next week’s Non uniform day=Mexican earthquake relief
I'm writing to you all to ask the school community to come together to support some of our families who have connections/family/ friends in Mexico who were affected by the Earthquakes.

As you may be aware, Mexico has been victim of two major earthquakes in the past 9 days. The first one left heavy damages in 2 towns and the last one happened yesterday and has created chaos in many cities in the center of the country, including Mexico City, damages are expected to be very big. We are all concerned and sad about what the people are suffering after these events and one way we can help now is sending donations.

We will aim to ask the KIS community to donate money during the dress free day next week; we can then make a e deposit of the money collected to the Red Cross in Mexico.
There are many other ways to cooperate too:

Topos Rescue Squad (professional non-profit Mexican rescue team)
Donations with PayPal
donativos@brigada-rescate-topos.org

Red Cross
https://cruzrojadonaciones.org/
Donations w/credit card

www.amazon.com.mx
Amazon has an option to buy the products requested by the red cross

Student council Meeting 20th OCT 2017
Some of the main points
  1. Rules from Student; review
    Changes=(Year 13 no uniform) majority Yes for year 13 no-school uniform
  2. September 29th Free dress day (Donation$20 minimum-$30)
    Mexico earthquake support
  3. October 3rd mid autumn festival/ Chusok
    Moon cakes/ lantern decoration/Chinese costume or
    Korean harvest celebration Korean national costume of
    Students can wear own national costumes Whole school assembly
    Teachers will organize students need to help
  4. student led activities / can be many other activities not just tutoring
  5. School Mascot-for Sports
  6. Seniors curriculum program advices Centre (IGCSE Year 9)
    Prefect can involve
Parent Information Night
Wow what a great turnout .It was good to see so many parents, for both evenings. It was great to see and meet many of our families new to the school too.The purpose of the evenings was to come along to hear lots of information, to find out more about the various schemes and programs we offer; to find out about our changes and future plans and most importantly how you can help

Author visits
Just a reminder, we will be having an Author Visit on Friday from 8:30- 13:20 at the mini-auditorium.
For Year 3-6, please bring a pencil and paper for some writing exercises.
We attached the book order form with the letter we sent yesterday. If your student would like to order a book, please remind them to bring the payment on Friday.

Secondary Trips
School trips are an important and compulsory part of our curriculum and each trip has been considered in depth as to how the experience will enrich and broaden the minds of our students. We strive to improve not only your child’s academic skills, but to also instill whole person development. We have included a variety of outdoor team building activities encompassing environmental conservation and community service to help students gain independence, self- confidence and a wider perspective regarding the world around them. This is school lesson time not holiday time. We work hard to develop programs that offer strong experiential learning opportunities as well as offering value for money for Parents. This year the Secondary trips are held during November we need to move quickly to ensure that your child can be enrolled and registered well ahead of time.

For all of our external overseas trips in the Secondary School we partner with educational travel and tour companies that have a proven track record in delivering: challenging, fun, effective and most importantly safe outdoor programmes for our students. Each of these trips has a clear purpose, often linked with Community Service with students developing a greater understanding of the issues and challenges faced within our region. You can learn more about these providers online via the company websites listed on the Student Preference Form which your child will bring home.

Parents are welcome to come in and chat about their child’s trip as this is school lesson time not holiday time otherwise you must complete the absent from school letter and have her absences recorded onto her personal file and record which may over the year affect her promotion prospects[please read the school rules]Failing that; when the students return to school for the follow up work your child will again be missing out and on top of that; when the students return to school they will create an assembly of what they have learnt again he/she will miss out.
If there are any other issues you would like to discuss do let me know; we even have an easy payment scheme.

IT Engage – Parent Portal
We would like to invite all parents to join the IS section parent portal as a part of enhancing/improving communication and going paperless as a part of our school environment policy. The parent portal will be activated by October 13th. You will be receiving an email on how to activate the portal before the mid-term break. Please follow the instructions in the email and change your password accordingly.

Calendar events
September 18th ECA’s begin
September 29th Dress up day for the Mexico’s Earthquake victims
October 1st Holiday
October 3rd Assembly Mid-Autumn /Chusok Celebration
[whole school dress up in; Chinese/Korean /heritage costumes]
October 4th HALF DAY Holiday
October 5th Holiday
October 6th CPD school closure for staff training
October 9th Y1 Camp/SBP Camp/art week begins
October 10th Y2 Camp/ SBP Camp /Prefects Lunch
October 13th Library soft opening for parents/Diwali assembly and dress up with parents
October 16th-20th Mid-term break
October 24th UN day

Best regards
C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


20th September 2017

Parent Portal Activation

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite all parents to join the IS section parent portal as a part of enhancing /improving communication and our ongoing effort to go paperless in support of our school environment policy.

The parent portal for all classes will be activated by October 13th. You will be receiving an email (from our School Management System kisengage-noreply@kis.edu.hk) on how to activate the parent portal, before the mid-term break. Please follow the instructions in the email and change your password accordingly.

If you have any questions related to parent portal, please email Jenny Choi ( jchoi@kis.edu.hk ).

Sincerely,

Kavitha Suresh
ICT Teacher & Head of Technology
International Section


18th September 2017

Library - Book Buffet

Dear Parents,

Library update

First of all I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the postponement of library classes. As of now, I am still in the process of clearing and ordering the resources in the library.

Starting next week, I will be opening one section (the upper secondary section) of the library to accommodate primary library classes. However, not all books will be available, Year 6 students will help prepare and pick books according to age levels. We will be having a Book Buffet where students can read any books from the table, and once they have finished, they should put them back and choose more books that are available.

We would like to thank you Mr. Clough and Mr. Vessey for having the Year 6 students to help with this activity. Please note that borrowing of books would start on October.

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


14th September 2017

ECA bus arrangement

Dear Parents,

Buses will leave at 3pm every day. If your child does an after school ECA, you are required to organise their transport after their classes.

Faye De Lacy
ECA Coordinator


13th September 2017

Notice to Parents – Students Arrival and Dismissal

Dear Parents,

Keeping your children safe while at school is our top priority. In order to safeguard their security and provide an uninterrupted learning environment in school, parents will not be allowed entry into school from Wednesday 13th September onwards in the morning. Please leave your children at the front / side gate and encourage them to walk in. All students, from reception to Primary 6 will walk into the green area by themselves. Our teachers on duty will ensure that they are safe.

The same rules applies for dismissal time. All children will be brought to the side gate and lined up in their classes before they are released to you at 3pm. Please refrain from entering the side gates. If you have an appointment with any of the staff after school hours and need to enter the school, please secure a pass on our school website or security guard and enter by the front gate instead.

By working together, we can continue to make KIS a welcoming and safe school and we would like to thank you for entrusting your children to our care.

Mr. Christopher Chadwick
Principal

Mrs. Glenda Khoo
Head of Primary


12th September 2017

Author Visit

Dear Parents,

We will be having an author visit on September 22 (Friday), venue will be at the mini-auditorium (Rm 415).

Author Visit details

The author is Ms. Sheetal Tahilramani - “I grew up in the beautiful suburbs of Miami, Florida. Moved to Hong Kong in 2008. “The fear of diving into the world of writing scared me, but just like Blu, I had to let go of the fear and I am happy I did. With great excitement, I introduce the world to Blu, the cutest little raindrop! I look forward to more writing and bringing you more characters and books in the future.”
http://www.sheetaltahilramani.com/

Book title: Happy to be Blu

Blu is a tiny, sweet raindrop who is about to go on a big and wild adventure! As he twists and turns, he learns to let go of his fear and enjoy the ride, all while learning that change can't change who he is on the inside.

The book is suitable for Reception to Year 2 students. The author will have a story telling and Q&A sessions with Reception to Year 2’s. Whilst, Year 3-6 will have a presentation about the writing process.

TimeClass# StudentsTotal #Duration
8:30-9:155L,5K20209340 min
KG57  
6C,6V2020 
KG66  
 
9:20-10:051F, 1A, 1N2122239230 mins
KG113  
KG213  
 
10:15-11:002J and 2S2423 5630 mins
SBP9  
 
11:05-11:50RY and RP1716 6230 mins
KLG1 and 21217 
 
12:35-13:203F,3C2223 11240 min
KG312  
4D,4B2524 
KG46  
Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


11th September 2017

Welcome

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the start of a new school year. It has been my pleasure to meet many of you over the last two weeks at our Parents information meetings. The parent information nights were a great opportunity for you to meet your child’s new teachers and specialist teachers and to find out about the teaching and learning program for the term/year in Primary/Secondary. Both evenings went very well and I hope you all took something away with you on how to help your child.

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 looked 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 new start arrangements for Primary students has helped them settle in more easily.

I am pleased to inform you that we have many new students in Years RC-Y12 commencing school at the start of this year from all over the world; so we are very pleased to welcome them and their families into our School family and community. Some families have moved to live in the area with students transferring from other schools, other students are from all over the world. My teachers and I 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;
Mr Alan Brown, Year 4 Class Teacher
Mr David Carter, Year 3 Class Teacher
Ms Marche Shaw, Year 2 Class Teacher
Ms Nicole Norden, Year 1 Class Teacher
Ms Tracy Peckham, Reception Class Teacher

We also welcome two new Education Assistants;.
Dickie Ng, Royce Fong , Springboard Primary
Martha So, Springboard Secondary

Our school leadership team this year consists of
myself (Principal),
Ms. Maisie Chan Vice Principal, who is responsible for the Secondary section
Ms. Glenda Khoo, Head of Primary, responsible for the Primary section.
Ms Pamm Kwok who is responsible for the Primary section of Springboard
Mr Peter Barnes who is responsible for the Secondary section Spring board

New website
Do take a look at our new website there are still a few teething problems and things to sort out but its working well. The academic School Calendar and planned school events are firming up nicely.

AMAZING NEWS
We are proud of all our senior students who took their exams this year for IGCSE and A/AS level.
This year we have 3 students that have won the Cambridge Learner Award for High Achievement
Christopher Lo – AS Economics
Jessica Hunter – A Level Biology
Sammi Tam – A Level Chemistry & A Level Psychology
These three students have been invited to a Hong Kong Cambridge school celebratory ceremony in November to receive their award with all the award winners from all the other schools.
We will have a school assembly TO CONGRATULATE THEM and their teachers.
Congratulations and thank you to all the teachers involved with IGCSE and AS/A level classes for 2016-2017
And for the award winners

Parents letters from the nurse
Primary
The Department of Health (DH) has invited our primary students to join the above annual services.
SHS is provided free to check the general physical condition eg. body weight, height and to give health advices. Students who join this service will go to the center on their own with parents on the appointment date as arranged by DH. Letters of appointment will be given to them next year about 1 month prior to appointment date. DCS is offered as group visits and students need to pay $20 each to join the service. The enrolled students (except G6 students) will be taken to the dental care centre by chartered buses during school day and escorted by teachers.
Please find in your letter box the pamphlets and forms and distribute to your students. Please take note that pamphlets are only inserted inside the forms as they are too thick to be stapled.
Parents kindly please collect the completed and signed forms, with $20 per student for dental care service, and return to me nurse nora before 11 September 2017. No late submission will be accepted as forms must be returned to SHS Centre before deadline as required.

Secondary letter
The Department of Health has invited our secondary students to join this annual service for physical health assessment and education. The enrolled student will be scheduled an appointment date to visit the SHS Centre for such service. An appointment letter will be issued to the enrolled student about one month prior to the appointment date ( usually next year in July or August).Kindly please find a "Letters to Parents with pamphlets and forms" distributed to all students.
Please remind your student to return the signed and completed consent forms before 11 Sept 2017 should they wish to participate; late submission of forms will not be accepted.

Library
Dear parents,
First of all I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the postponement of library classes. As of now, I am still in the process of clearing and ordering the resources in the library.
Starting next week, I will be opening one section (the upper secondary section) of the library to accommodate primary library classes. However, not all books will be available, Year 6 students will help prepare and pick books according to age levels and your requested topics (send me an email if you have any certain topics you need). We will be having a Book Buffet where students can read any books from the table, and once they have finished, they should put them back and choose more books that are available.Thank you Mr. Clough and Mr. Vessey for having the Year 6 students to help with this activity.

As I mentioned in our information sessions
I am committed to our students; being involved in their schooling, blossoming through projects they create, taking responsibility andbecoming independent.
I will pay close attention to how our teaching and administrative teams help students develop personal qualities of open-mindedness, friendship and civic duty.

During these first few days of the school year, I have been delighted to see so many students forming new friendship and finding their way. I am beginning to detect their pride in belonging to our prestigious school. Our two streams give students their own unique identity which I, along with the KIS teams and the Board, would like to protect and develop to infuse students with the confidence and pride of belonging to our rich and vast community.

I wish you all an excellent first term

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


7th September 2017

Deposit policy of Korean International School

  • A refundable deposit equivalent to one month’s school fee will be collected upon the notification of a place for your child.
  • Your deposit is non-refundable even if your child never attends the school.
  • This deposit is fully refundable subjects to Korean International School receiving a minimum of two month’s written notice prior to the date of withdrawal. If two month’s written notice is not received, the deposit will be forfeited.
  • After receipt of the written notice of withdrawal, the deposit cannot be used as payment of the last month of the school fee.
  • Parent should take careful note that April 30, 4:30pm is the absolute deadline for applications from students leaving KIS to get the deposit refunded.


7th September 2017

Amazing News!!!! Cambridge Learner Awards for High Achievement!

This year we have 3 students that have won the Cambridge Learner Award for High Achievement

Christopher Lo – AS Economics
Jessica Hunter – A Level Biology
Sammi Tam – A Level Chemisty & A Level Psychology

We are so proud of these students!!!!!

Bianca Brown
Social Studies and History Teacher
Assessment & University Advisor – International Section


1st September 2017

Primary Parents information evening
Tuesday 5th September
@ 6.30-8.00
In the gymnasium


Dear Parents,
You are invited

To the beginning of the year, Primary parent information evening .
This is a great opportunity to meet ; the school’s leadership teams/the Primary leadership team/class teachers specialist teachers and new teachers
This is a great opportunity to meet to find out about the teaching and learning program for the term/year ahead in Primary.

How will the evening work? I will break the evening into two parts .so when you arrive at school you should come to the gymnasium rather than going directly to any classrooms.

Firstly;
I will introduce and tell you about myself
I will introduce you to our school leadership team, the Primary leadership team, new subject Leaders of Learning
I will introduce you to our new teachers and the new Spanish teachers
I will tell you about our school’s future plans and projects

You will then hear about all the new changes/developments in your child’s timetable
You will then hear about how we plan to do more external assessments in English with the students
You will then hear about; Chinese language changes,
You will then hear about the trial plan of Spanish as a third language
I will introduce you to Springboard primary and staff
You will then hear about our important new changes to IT
You will then hear about our important new changes in pastoral care and how we care for the well- being of our students PSHE
You will then hear about how we plan to do more READING ACTIVITIES
You will then hear about our school camps planned for November.
You will then hear about Y6 Cambridge exams
You will then hear about our important new changes in student leadership and citizenship with our new internal House activities programme
You will then hear about the IPTA need for class reps
You will then hear about new ECA plans
You will then hear about the new end of day collection arrangements

Secondly;
The second part of the evening is a chance for you to visit and meet your child’s class room teacher and assistant teacher;to find out about the teaching and learning program for the term/year in Primary and the expectations of the year group.

The staff and I hope that you will take away many ideas about how you can support your child’s learning at home for this year.
Thank you

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


28th August 2017

Secondary Parents Information Evening

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the start of a new school year.

We have had a very smooth start to the year with the students being very excited to be 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!
We welcomed many new Reception students who are also very excited to be here for the first time in the BIG school.

As in previous years we have quite a number of new students in Years Y7-Y13 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. My teachers and I hope your time at KIS School will be both very positive and rewarding.

Secondary Parents Information Evening
Thursday 31st August.
Changed on the School Calendar.
- Mini Auditorium @6:30pm-8:00pm

Our beginning of the year, Secondary parent information evening is a great opportunity to meet me and hear about the future plans for KIS and to meet your child’s new tutor and specialist teachers to find out about the teaching and learning program for the term/year in SECONDARY.

I am splitting the evening up.
When you arrive at school you should come to the Mini Auditorium rather than going directly to any classrooms. First I will introduce you to our new leadership team and then you will hear our plans and learn more about our new; projects/plans / revised curriculum subjects/ overseas trips/ and Cambridge exams.

The second part of the evening is an open chance for you to meet and visit the form tutors/and specialist teachers. To hear firsthand what they are teaching your child and any concerns you have can be raised directly to them.

C. Chadwick
Principal


30th June 2017

Chinese Language class

Dear Parents,

From the beginning of the academic year 2017-2018, we will be using both Traditional Chinese Characters (TCC) and Simplified Chinese Characters (SCC) as our text for reading. Group 1 and 2 (First language) students will start using TCC, and Group 3 and 4 (Foreign language) students will continue using SCC.

We believe this will benefit our students because we are experiencing an increasing number of students joining us from the local school sector. As these students have been learning Chinese with TCC, it will be easier for them to adopt.

Finally, please note that the students will be allowed to use either character system for writing and will be given all the necessary support by the Chinese teachers to help with the transition.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me at hyeung@kis.edu.hk.

Your Sincerely,

Ms. H. Yeung
Chinese Coordinator
Korean International School


19th June 2017

2016/17 IGCSE Results

Students can access their IGCSE results on Thursday 10th August.

They must log onto the following website: myresults.cie.org.uk
Students will be given individual access codes and passwords. The IGCSE certificates will be sent to school by the end of October. They will be distributed in school. For students who are leaving KIS, they should notify the school of an address that they wish the certificate to be sent to. If a student has any enquiries about their results these can be made to Ms. Brown in person immediately upon return to school after the summer holiday.

If a student has left KIS, they can email Ms. Brown from Thursday, 31st August.

M. Chan
Vice Principal & Secondary Coordinator – International Section


15th June 2017

Graduation day update

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that Graduation Day will fall on 23rd of June, 2017. This is a normal school day and all students will attend the ceremony. Only parents/guardians of graduates and progress award winners will be invited to the ceremony owing to limited space in the gym. Letters of Invitation will be sent home soon.

The Graduation ceremony will be split into 2 sessions this year. The Primary Graduation Ceremony will be at 10am – 11.30am, the Secondary Graduation Ceremony, 1.30pm-3pm. All graduates will be released from school after the ceremony to celebrate their special day, the rest of the student body will stay in school till dismissal at 3pm.

Thank you.


6th June 2017

Author Visit for Lower Primary

Venue: Library
Lower Primary
Author Visit – June 6
Anjali Mittal
Time Tuesday Number of students
8:30 - 9:15 Year 1 45
9:20 - 10:05 Year 2 / SBP 48/9
10:15 - 11:00 Reception 40
11:05 - 11:50 Year 3 46

Best Regards,
Literacy Committee


5th June 2017

Swim Gala

Dear Parents & Guardians,

This year’s Swimming Gala will take place Thursday 8th June and Friday 9th June. All classes will be heading across the road to the Island East Swimming Pool for some fun swimming and games, whilst classes from Year 2 to Year 6 will also be competing within races at school. Students are requested to wear their house t-shirts, as this is an inter-house competition, similar to Sports Day. Parents and spectators are more than welcome to attend, however seating and spacing is limited. Seats will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please find attached the swimming gala schedule and each class’ allocated swim time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Pool entry at Island East charges $8 per child, $17 for accompanying adults
  • We encourage the use of Octopus cards or exact change for efficient pool entry
  • Lockers are available at Island East and require $5 deposit
  • NO PHOTOGRAPHY is allowed at Island East
  • Please ensure that your children have all of their equipment the day they swim, there are some spare goggles at the school pool but these are limited

Thanks,

KIS PE Department

SCHEDULE
CLASSISLAND EASTKIS
RLTHU 8th June, 14.15-15.00NA
RYFRI 9th June, 14.15-15.00NA
1FTHU 8th June, 11.05-11.50NA
1YTHU 8th June, 8.30-9.15NA
Year 2THU 8th June, 10.15-11.00THU 8th June, 8.30-10.05
Year 3THU 8th June, 9.20-10.05THU 8th June, 10.15-11.50
Year 4FRI 9th June, 10.15-11.00FRI 9th June, 8.30-10.05
Year 5FRI 9th June, 11.05-11.50THU 8th June, 13.25-15.00
Year 6FRI 9th June, 9.20-10.05FRI 9th June, 10.15-11.50
SBP & SBSTHU 8th June, 13.25-14.10NA


2nd June 2017

Graduation day update

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that Graduation Day will fall on 23rd of June, 2017. This is a normal school day and all students will attend the ceremony. Only parents/guardians of graduates and progress award winners will be invited to the ceremony owing to limited space in the gym. Tickets will be sent home soon.

The Graduation ceremony will be split into 2 sessions this year. The Primary Graduation Ceremony will be at 10am – 11.30am, the Secondary Graduation Ceremony, 1.30pm-3pm. All graduates will be released from school after the ceremony to celebrate their special day, the rest of the student body will stay in school till dismissal at 3pm.

Thank you.


1st June 2017

Vaccinations day for Year 1 & Year 6

Dear parents,

Government vaccinations programme
Please be reminded that tomorrow will be vaccination day for Y1 and Y6
The SIT nurses usually start to give the jabs from around 10:00am. The nurse will come up to their classroom to take the students down when it’s time for that class.
This is a very good scheme that the Government runs for families.

Thankyou,
Nurse Nora


31st May 2017

Updated Library Schedule

Dear Parents,

Library renovation

Due to the upcoming library renovation, please be advised that this Friday June 2nd is the last day of borrowing books.

Please see the updated library schedule for the coming weeks.
June 2 last day of borrowing
June 5 – 16 returning of books (note: ALL library books – teachers & students)
June 19 – 30 packing up of books (note: library classes are cancelled)
July 1 start of renovation

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


29th May 2017

Update for parents

Dear Parents,

I can now confirm that we are losing the following teachers at the end of this term. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and efforts over this year.
Some of them have been at KIS for a long time and I thank them all for their service, loyalty and commitment over the years to our students.

Mr Baumberg; relocating to Singapore to work
Mr Davies; relocating to Scotland to work
Ms Yuen ; staying in HK
Ms Kjestrup; relocating to NZ to work
Ms. Clark; moving to another school
Ms Kung; relocating to Japan to work
We have interviewed more than 25 teachers so far for the various positions and will continue to search for candidates of high caliber for your children.

Calendar of last few weeks events the plans for next year

May 22nd Literacy fest book donation week
May 24th last ECA
May 25th Battle of the Books
May 26th Springboard Primary –horse riding
May 26th Y6 assembly/ character dress up day
May 29th Battle of the Books
May 30th Holiday
May 31st RC out at Tiger who came to tea/ end of Festival

June 1st
June 2nd Springboard Primary –horse riding
June 5th -9th Y7/8/9/10 internal end of year exams
June 6th IPTA meeting
June 8th-9th swimming gala
June 9th Spring Board assembly

June 12th half day for Y7/8/9/10 students
June 13th half day for Y7/8/9/10 students
June 16th FATHERS DAY ASSEMBLY
June 19th Y11/12/13 return to school from study leave
June 22nd Theatre workshops for Y10/11/12/13
June 23rd Graduation day =RC/Y6/in the morning and Y12/13 in the afternoon this is a NORMAL school day;And all Students will attend a Graduation[details to follow]
June 23rd last day of school for Y12/13 /class parties for PRIMARY


June 26TH last week of the school year
June 26th project week for Secondary Y7/8/9/10/11
June 26th Graduation dinner for Y11/12/13
June 27th Reports out
June 28TH Meet your new teacher for Primary
June 29th Primary end of year assembly
June 30th last day of school/Assembly

Message for parents; the next academic year
I would like to share with you some of our ideas for future plans and projects that we plan to; intiate/trial /start as a project


Whole school plans
Renovation of library
Revitalizing the library system
More in depth academic studies in; English from RC-Y13
More reading in English across the school
Introducing/Upgrading IT ;Chrome books/ BYOD in Secondary /notebooks in classrooms/laptops
Timetabling; longer working week for Students
Timetabling of Y7/8/9/10/11/12/13 into the library.
Timetabling; earlier start for Primary enabling more Circle time/PSHE/Reading time in the morning
Timetabling to create a two week timetable for Secondary
Timetabling to create more Student leadership opportunities for the Senior students at the end of days” (y10-11 have extended lessons once a week, 12-13 twice)
Timetabling to create more Student leadership opportunities

Project ; Greening of the school campus

Primary
Languages trials
additional language trial; in Primary; Spanish =each class one lesson a week
additional language trial in Primary; all students to have exposure to the opposite first choice language =mandarin/Korean =for one class/ one lesson a week; this means all students will experience some Korean language and culture exposure as we are the Korean International school.
New Y1 class[TEACHER AND ASSISTANT]
Springboard Primary; raise its profile and staffing levels
KELY workshops for primary
Introducing new Cambridge assessments in primary[Movers/starters/flyers /PET/KET]
Develop exposure to more Korean culture; Korean day/sports/music/language
Improve and strengthen student support mechanisms


Secondary
Introduce Drama for secondary students in Y7/8/9
Introducing new IGSCE /A level courses= Computer studies/Global perspective /Enterprise/ English Literature
Springboard middle; raise its profile and staffing levels
Create more Student leadership opportunities for all/ prefects
Introducing new Cambridge assessments in SECONDARY flyers /PET/KET
Develop exposure to more Korean culture; Korean day/sports/music/language
Improve and strengthen student support mechanisms


Staffing
CPD for staff; to keep offering excellent education tailored to our students needs
Leadership roles and allowances for curriculum leaders
Improved academic viability as a global international school


International classroom changes
New Y1
Reorganize year groups

Student Leavers
If your family is intending to leave KIS School at the end of this term - please get the form in as soon as possible. Please let us know the date so we can also say goodbye the week before at assembly on Friday 23 June
I will do a farewell assembly at the end of this term. This will take place on Friday 30th June .
Student Withdrawal - deadline June
To assist us with class planning for the 2017/18 school year, if you are intending to withdraw your child/children from School, please complete the notice form and return to the Admissions Secretary in the office

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


24th May 2017

Cambridge exams

The Cambridge exams (IGCSE Physics and AS Biology) have been cancelled for this afternoon. They will take place tomorrow (May 25) morning. Students should arrive at 8:30am for these exams.


24th May 2017

Black/Red rainstorm message

Dear Parents

We will carry on as per normal (ECAs) we should continue with OUR normal school hours
We will let the kids stay in school till it is safe to travel home. Buses are at 4
WE KNOW THEY ARE SAFE HERE
If we cancel ECAs, you the parents have to make last minute travel arrangements and rush over here in the heavy rain.

Ms. Brown just got off the phone with Cambridge. If the warning goes down by noon, the exam students should come to school.
We will start the exams once everyone has arrived, even if it is after 1pm.

If it does not go down by noon, the exams will be rescheduled for tomorrow morning at 9am.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


24th May 2017

Literacy Fest reminders

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded of the following events for Literacy Fest. A few more major activities to go : )

Battle of the Books (Y4-Y6)
Date: 25th May (Thursday)
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Venue: Gym
Please remind your students to come to school tomorrow in their HOUSE T-SHIRTS

Character Dress
Date: 26th May (Friday)
Please remind your students to come to school dressed in their favourite book character costumes
Year 6 assembly will take place from 12:35-1:20pm.

Book Donation
Please remind your students they can bring books they would like to donate (in good condition) and drop them in the Book Donation Box in front of Mr. Chadwick’s office : )or buy one from the IPTA list

Battle of the Books (R-Y3)
Date: 29th May (Monday)
Time: 10:30-11:40 am
Venue: Gym
Please remind your students to come to school next Monday in their HOUSE T-SHIRTS

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,
Literacy Committee


22nd May 2017

Last week of ECA!

Dear Parents,

This is just a reminder, that this is the last week of ECAs.
Please remind all of your students.
There is ONE class of African drumming which will take place next week (a make-up lesson) and those specific parents have been told.
I would like to say a great big thank you to all my teachers for their hard work and dedication this year in running the activities.

Faye De Lacy/Kelly Kjestrup
Coordinators for Extra Curricular Activities – International Section


18th May 2017

Merging classes for the new academic year 2017 - 2018

PRIMARY
At the end of this term I will inform you which teacher your child will be working with in the next academic year. The Staff and I will be merging classes in preparation for the next academic year using a variety of criteria. Class merging is very common practice in many schools around the world in particular in: France, USA, Canada, Australia and in the U.K. This is a common feature of practice at KIS

Primary
Teachers in the year group work together in harmony for the benefit of all the students on such activities as: Art, sports, inter-house activities, trips, school camp,Year Group Assemblies and Christmas productions. Through these activities, the students work and play along- side each other across the year group. It also means that the teachers in that year group get to know, work and become involved with all the children too they become knowledgeable about all the children across the whole year group and not just their own class. This accumulated knowledge is then shared when we come to parent conferences, reporting progress, behaviour and support issues and merging classes.

When ‘merging classes’, many factors are taken into consideration. We try to ensure that there is a balance of gender, abilities and nationalities, in each class. We also try to ensure we keep some friendship and working groups together, in order to maintain a cohesive unit. As the classes move up as a group to their next teacher, there is still a nucleus remaining of each original class.

Our other objectives being to provide opportunities for the children to; make new friends, consolidate current friendships and to re-address the balance of a class and year group. After much discussion and accumulated experience, we developed our own set of criteria and we decided, as a Staff, that for the younger students, these decisions would be best left to the class teachers.

My teachers do not find this process straightforward and it can take time especially with the younger age groups, there is much deliberation across the year group. With the older students, my teachers will try to involve them in the process and explain what is going to happen to them. We feel it is an important part of our P.S.H.E. citizenship programme. We try to gauge their interest and involvement in this process and make it exciting. Some parents might also like to take the time to talk to your child about this and about their friends that they feel they can work alongside.

The Staff will do their utmost to make the best decisions for the children as individuals and as a group following our criteria. Some year groups once having produced their new groups of students provide opportunities for them to work and get together before they move up to their new class and teacher.

There will be a ‘swap day’ in the last week of term, on the 28th June , for all the classes to move on to their next classroom and meet their new teacher; Y6 will have a Y7 taster day .

If you would like to put forward any issues concerning your child, which may need to be taken into account when being placed into a new class, which you feel the class teacher is not aware of, then please notify the class teacher.

The Staff and I hope you will support us in this necessary action and recognise that the final decision is ours.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


18th May 2017

Staffing

Dear Parents,

This letter is to bring you up to date about confirmed staff ‘leavers’
I can now confirm the following staff have given in their official notice ;
Warren Baumberg
Mark Davies
Mandy Yuen
Kelly Kjestrup

From the management side Ms. Chan, Ms. Khoo and I have started the recruitment process off by inviting in ‘prospective candidate teachers’ to have an interview and for them to hear and see how our school functions and meet established staff and students where possible.

We are opening a new Y1 Class in September and are interviewing internally first to see prospective candidates There are other possible staff changes in the pipeline and I will confirm all of these very soon.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


8th May 2017

Play day Information

Dear Parents

Play Day will be happening this week
Please see below for details and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Day camp venue

Lei Yue Mun Park
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/camp/p_lymp.php

Rundown

Buses will leave school at 10am, and return at 2:15pm.
*First block will be regular classes (external included), second block will be quiet reading time (optional) and to get ready for buses.

At Lei Yue Mun (LYM)…

10:30am-11am – snack in the big room
11-11:30am – Activity 1
11:30am-12pm – Activity 2
12-1pm – Lunch time
1-1:30pm – Activity 3
1:30-2pm – Activity 4
2-2:15pm – get ready to leave LYM
2:45pm – back at KIS (free time – optional)
3pm – dismissal

Activities

Please see list attached

Staff/parent volunteer allocation

Please see list attached, and let us know if there are any problems asap.

Lunches

For students with lunch orders, they will be provided with a takeaway lunch (sandwich, fruit and a bottle of water) on the day. Please send someone to pick these up any time after 9am.

The little snack hut at the top of the hill will be closed for renovation when we go, which means we will all have lunch in the big canteen next to the soccer field. There will be hot food available for sale in the canteen. Please see menus attached below.





*Also note that there are several beverage vending machines around the campsite.

Bus arrangement

This will be sent out on Wednesday the 10th at the latest.

Weather

At the moment, it says “Sunny intervals and one or two showers. Hot during the day.”
Please remind your students to bring their raincoat/umbrella, sun screen, mosquito repellent, hat, water and a healthy snack.

Photographs

Class teachers will help to take lots of photographs on the day, and put it in the “Play Day” folder on z-drive. Some of these will be used for the newsletter.

*Attached is the letter we sent home to parents via email before the Easter break.

Thank you all for your support in advance!
Play Day Committee (Sandhya, Amanda & Pamm)


4th May 2017

Year 4 to Year 7's Author Visit - May 15

Dear PARENTS,

On 15th May, Mr. Blair Reeve together with his newly published book would be visiting us again!

About the Author

Blair Reeve is a New Zealander living in Hong Kong. He holds an honours degree in Japanese and English literature and an MFA in Creative Writing from the City University of Hong Kong. He set up his children's literature business in 2015 and likes to write comical anapestic rhyming verse. His books are designed to spark children's creativity with language!

Blair Reeve’s website: www.anapestpress.com


About his books

1. Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink

It’s Hogart’s ninth birthday. Alas, he doesn’t know his age, because hedgehogs count on their back feet and their back feet only have eight toes. As Snorning’s eldest hedgehog, Hogart is no longer the adventurer he once was, but someone has to find out what comes after eight, and Hogart has the experience for the job. On his quest, he meets a helpless earthworm, a pragmatic robin, a friendly owl, a gullible badger, and a mystical centipede. Hogart discovers that a hedgehog can count on its spines in more ways than one…

Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink is a rhythmic, comical narrative in anapestic rhyming verse, written to be read aloud.

2. Greta von Gerbil & Her Really Large Lexicon

Greta von Gerbil is a tiny little rodent with a really large vocab. When she walks around Rodentville using lots of big words, her fellow townsfolk start to feel threatened. A pair of Chipmunks steal her thesaurus, but instead of destroying it, the local gangsters decide to take revenge. They plan to outsmart Greta by using her thesaurus to make sentences with the biggest words they can find, and a crazy word battle commences.

Greta von Gerbil & Her Really Large Lexicon is a comical narrative in verse that encourages vocabulary building and revels in the pleasures of language.


Book Order

Please see attachment for the book order form.
eadline for submission of book orders is on May 10.

We are having 4 sessions with him, Block 1 to 4. Please see below the draft schedule for your reference.

Venue: Library
Upper Primary
Author Visit - May 15
Blaire Reeve
TimeMondayNumber of students
8:15 - 8:30Form roomForm room
8:30 - 9:15Year 436
9:20 - 10:05Year 634
10:15 - 11:00Year 5/SBM26 + 5
11:05 - 11:50Year 728


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send us a message.

Best Regards,
Literacy Committee


4th May 2017

Reception to Year 3's Author Visit - May 17

Dear parents,

Ms. Anjali Mittal author of children’s books who has published four adventure stories, The Convent Rules, Mystery of the Art Teacher, The Boat Race (set in Africa) and The Secret of the Golden Dragon (set in Hong Kong), will be visiting us on May 17.

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About the Author

Anjali Mittal, a graduate from the University of York is a mother of two who understands how important it is for children to read. The author of ‘The Convent Rules‘, an adventure story for children, has a diverse international background. The different cultures and environments has given her an extraordinary insight into all walks of life and these experiences are reflected in the characters and setting for her stories.

Author’s website: http://www.anjalimittal.com


About her books

1. The Boat Race

When Zack returns home to a sleepy town in the heart of Africa, he thinks he is in for a dreary summer holiday. With two lazy sisters and a bunch of bullies in the town, there is not much hope for him. It all changes when he forms a friendship with Kante, his new ‘rafiki’.

One stormy day they decide to have a paper boat race, which leads them into the most extraordinary adventure of their lives, taking them into an enchanted kingdom.
Zack and Kante must save the Banana people, a tribe from several moons beyond. With Ria, the Banana King’s daughter, they set off on their mission. Armed with their new-found powers to talk to animals, they encounter Herbert the hippo, Serena the saddle-billed stork and many other creatures. With the help from Maasai warriors they embark on a journey to Africa’s great zebra and wildebeest migration.

Can two eleven-year-old boys save the Banana people? A story of friendship, mystical creatures and the magic of a million stars of love and kindness. Above all, a story of Africa.

2. The Mystery of the Art Teacher

Tammy, Marina, Betty, Anya, Jenny, Rita and Madhvi arrive at the convent to start a new term after the holidays. Their friendship is as strong as ever. All is well until they get introduced to their art teacher.

‘She looks so… so… crooked,’ says Anya
Certain peculiarities at the school puzzle them. There is a nun who does not speak, guards that are armed and ghosts, more sinister than ever.

They soon discover that there is a princess amongst them and she is in danger. With their every move being monitored, they must find a way to warn her? It takes intelligence, creative skills and complete discretion from the group to solve the mystery.

A story about teamwork and courage.

3. The Secret of the Golden Dragon

A year after their Boat Race adventure, Zack and Kante are summoned once more by King Kra of the Banana People, whose pouch of love and kindness has been stolen. The Evil Explorers and the Six Snakes intend to use it to create a powerful serum to take over the world.

The clue to the stolen pouch lies with the Golden Dragon in Hong Kong. The boys, accompanied by Ria, the Banana King’s daughter, are helped by the Peacemakers, the Jade Emperor and animals of the Chinese Zodiac. They prepare to face their enemies in battle. Will they get the precious pouch of love and kindness back to the Banana Tribe and save the world? This is a story about the power of good over evil. It is entwined with the culture and magic of Hong Kong.

4. The Convent Rules

On the highest peak of the mountainous resort sits a strict convent school for girls. Tammy, Marina and Betty wait in anticipation for the arrival of the Hamilton sisters. When Anya and Sacha Hamilton turn up at the school they have to contend with getting used to being away from home, all the strict rules, the girls at the school and not to mention the ghosts in the corridors. Who would have known that the girls would be thrown together to experience the greatest adventure of their lives?

A tale about secrecy, mystery and courage. Above all a story about how everlasting friendships are formed.


Book Order

Please see attachment for the book order form.
Deadline for submission of book orders is on May 10.

We are having 4 sessions with Ms. Anjali, Block 1 to 4. Please see below the draft schedule for your reference.

Venue: Library
Lower Primary
Author Visit - May 17
Anjali Mittal
TimeMondayNumber of students
8:15 - 8:30Form roomForm room
8:30 - 9:15Reception40
9:20 - 10:05Year 145
10:15 - 11:00Year 2 / SBP48/9
11:05 - 11:50Year 346

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send us a message.

Best Regards,
Literacy Committee


28th April 2017

Study Leave during IGCSE & A-Level Examinations

To:     Parents/Guardians and Students of Year 11, 12 and 13

Study leave for the IGCSE and A-Level examinations for 2017 will be effective from Tuesday 2nd May until Friday 16th June. Students are expected to return to school on Monday 19th June.

Please note carefully the following arrangements for these examinations.

All exams will take place in Room 605.
  • Morning Exam Only: Students must arrive at 8:30am.
    All Year 11, 12 & 13 examining students must report to room 602

  • Afternoon Exam Only: Students must arrive at 12:30pm.
    All Year 11, 12 & 13 examining students must report to room 602

  • Students are not expected to be in school anytime except for exams.

  • Those students who wish to meet with one of the teachers during study leave must email and inform the teacher directly to make an appointment.

  • A study room will be available – 602 for some students who wish to self-study

Should you have any questions concerning these arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact me at machan@kis.edu.hk

M. Chan
Vice Principal & Head of Secondary
Korean International School


27th April 2017

Children's scoliosis screening

To: Parents/ Guardians of Students from Year 5 to Year 13
From: School Nurse
Date: 21 April 2017
Subject: Spinal Screening

Our school has invited a female chiropractic physician to come to perform a Spinal Screening and give health advice on correct posture for Year 5 to Year 13 students.
This service is provided free. They will visit our school on Friday 28th April. The examination will take place in Room 100.

Our spine is the main supporter of our body. Children and adolescents are in an important stage of bone development. Correct posture helps to prevent injury and illness of the back.
Scoliosis is the abnormal, side to side curvature of the spine, which should ordinarily be straight. It affects children usually 10 years old and above, the cause is unknown but does tend to run in the family and is more common in girls. It is often progressive and the degree of curvature can continue to get worse until the child reaches skeletal maturity. Scoliosis is generally asymptomatic but more severe cases can require surgery and can affect heart and lung function.

Your child is therefore encouraged to undergo this spine check. During routine spinal screening, a quick (1-2 minutes) and easy exam is done by feeling the child's spine through clothing, followed by an equally easy orthopedic test to make the scoliosis more obvious.

If you do not agree for your child to have their back examined, kindly please fill in and sign the below slip and return it to your child’s class or form teacher before Wednesday 26th April.

Thank you.

Ms Nora Young

- Refusal Slip

27th April 2017

Literacy Fest News

- Literacy Fest 2017 : Letter to Parents
- Literacy Fest 2017 : Calendar of Events

26th April 2017

Welcome back!

Our final push to the end of the school year has now started. I am not really sure where the time has gone this academic year and cannot believe we are almost at the end of April already. KIS students were very settled and focused last week.
I have been quite proud of their attitudes to learning tasks when I have seen them at work in the classrooms and around school.

Here are some of the main events for the next few weeks for your reference. It will be a busy term and we hope this information assists you. I look forward to a successful term ahead for everyone.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child’s school life at KIS.

April 24-26thY9 checkpoints
April 25thIPTA Meeting/ Y1 assessments
April 27thOrbis talk / Blindfold lunch/non uniform day[dress up day]
April 28thSecondary assembly[farewell to Y11/1/2/13]start of study leave starts for Y11/12/Y13
April 28thY2 assembly with PARENTS
May 1stHoliday [school closure] Literacy fest opening
May 2ndStaff training day [school closure] IGCSE / A and AS level exams start.
May 3rdHoliday [school closure]
May 4thGeronimo Stilton show [RC-Y4]
May 5thLiteracy fest opening assembly
May 8-10thLiteracy fest Book Fair
May 11thLiteracy fest Y1 &2 (show Blast Off!)
May 12thPlay day [RC-Y6]
May 15thLiteracy fest Author visit
May 18thLiteracy fest Pajama day[ book at bed time]
May 22-26thLiteracy fest Book donation week for the Library
May 26thLiteracy fest Y6 assembly /dress up day
May 27thRamadan begins
May 29thBATTLE -0F –THE –BOOKS
May 30thHoliday [school closure]
May 31stLiteracy fest RC [show the tiger who came to tea]

Year book cover competition
It’s the time of the year to put your CHILD'S creativity to the test for the Year Book cover competition. All children at KIS are invited to enter the Year Book Cover competition for 2017. The entries need to be on A4 paper, brightly coloured and eye catching .It needs to have the wording “KIS YEAR BOOK 2017 “on the entry.
1) Theme for this year is “Follow the Stars” ( Hopes, Dreams, etc )
2) book vouchers will go to the front page winner and back page winner
3) All Cover Art pieces to be submitted to class teacher, who will collect and hand them over to Mr Clough ;
4) deadline Friday 5th May with their name clearly on the back of the entry.

Health test
Please note that all Year 5 to Year 13 students will undergo a spinal screening check next Friday 28th April. Parents have received the letter that explains what will happen.
If you do not consent to your child receiving the spinal check, then please fill in the reply slip and return it to their teacher.

ORBIS day ; a gentle reminder
Our ORBIS day will be on 27th April, next Thursday A letter has been sent home already.
For Primary students
They will have an Orbis talk on Thursday (27th) morning 9:20 to 10:00am in the gym
Blind fold lunch on the same day[Eye mask and book mark will be in given out]Blindfold Lunch, which all students who have donated HK$ 30+ receive a blindfold and get to experience life without sight! We encourage everyone to participate and keep a close eye on their students to ensure that it is controlled and not too messy! Primary will have free dress on Thursday (27th) for all black/ grey/white. Students can bring the money in to their teacher from Monday 22nd April until Friday 28th April.

For Secondary
they will have free dress day on Thursday (27th) for all black/ grey/white with HK$ 30+ donation per person.
Secondary students can also bring the money in to their teacher from Monday 22nd April until Friday 28th April.
Thanks, Charity Committee

IPTA COFFEE MORNING
Date : 17 May 2017 (Wed)
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 Venue: Room 415 Topic: How to talk to young people about bullying
Speaker : Ms Jenny Bate, Programme Manager from KE LY Suppor t Group


Staff training day; KIS: Two Streams, ONE TEAM.”
Main aims
“KIS: Two Streams, ONE TEAM.” our goals are;
to grow the cooperation and teamwork between the sections,
to break down the barriers between the two sections, and meet new people whilst learning new skills in a fun and relaxed environment.
to encourage the staff to take on a leadership and management role of one of area of the programs

In this final term of the year, it is very important that all students continue to give their best, strive for improvement and enjoy each day. You at home can support this by ensuring that your youngster gets a good night’s sleep, a nutritional breakfast and is ready for the day ahead.

Thank you

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section

21st April 2017

Orbis Blindfold Lunch

Dear Parents,

On Thursday, 27th April 2017 the Korean International School will be actively supporting the ORBIS Hong Kong charity organisation in their annual campaign.

All primary students will have a talk from ORBIS staff on Thursday, 27th April, at 9:20 to 10:00 am to explain more about the work that they do. To participate in the Blindfold Lunch we are asking for a donation of HKD $30 per student with all monies collected going to the ORBIS Charity campaign. Students can bring the money in to their teacher on Thursday 27st April which is a free dress day (non-uniform day) in black/grey/white.

For secondary students, Thursday 27th April is a non-uniform day for all. They too can dress up in black/grey/white with a donation of HKD $30 plus.

ORBIS Hong Kong contributes to the fight against global blindness by promoting a variety of innovative fundraising and awareness-building campaigns. The charity helps to conduct training sessions, eye examinations and check-ups all over the world using their ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital.

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

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

Yours Sincerely,
Korean International School Charity Committee
19th April 2017

Student Health Service appointments for 2017

A message from the school nurse

Dear Parents,

Letters for Student Health Service 2017
You will be receiving your "Appointment Letter" for those families who had opted to attend the Student Health service.
Students will bring home their letter this week, then you should go to the Student Health Service Centre
on the scheduled appointment day with your student.

Thanks,
Nora
19th April 2017

No hat no play

Dear Parents,

APRIL-JUNE; Hot weather protocols
This week saw the hottest day of 2017 the Observatory recorded a temperature high of 30.7 degrees Celsius
Yesterday was the hottest day of the school year in Hong Kong
Its true the temperature will drop and rain will come but please be aware over the next few weeks.Have a hat ready

As yet we have not made hats a compulsory part of the Primary school summer uniform
However I strongly urge all students to wear a hat /cap outside when its sunny.
Please remind your students that they should bring a hat to wear during the outdoor recess times during hot sunny weather
Students that do not have a hat will be asked to ;play or sit in the shade/ or be supervised inside in a classroom.

Please also put a note that we will have indoor recess if the extreme weather warning is issued by the HK Observatory.

Thanks,

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
29th March 2017

Letter to parents about raising fees

Dear Parents,

We write to advise you that fees at Korean International school International section will increase in 2017-2018 academic year. Our planned increase in School Fees for new academic year at KIS is by 9 %

At KIS we aim to deliver exceptional breadth and balance in education. Our class sizes are small and our teachers provide the attention and support every child deserves in their school years. Riding on an excellent curriculum that is internationally recognized and with accompanying up-to-date research in early childhood education, there are no compromises at KIS. Meeting these high standards and demands is indeed ambitious and constantly achieved at KIS.

Maintaining the high standards depends on the revenue generated. School fees and admission fees are the International sections primary source of income. It helps finance our new long term plans and objectives too; continuously improve the quality of our campus site and services which are in place and what we offer. Fees cover our operating costs at the school, repair, and maintenance to our existing facility. Any additional source of revenue helps finance additional requirements.

The increase is consistent with our strategy of maintaining the rising cost of education . We have again done this while continuing to invest in the quality of our educational product and our learning environment.

KIS is in an exciting space right now, what with an increasingly rigorous and inquiring academic environment and we are also attracting top quality academic staff as and when the need arises!

We have had many additions to the school equipment creating an ever more exciting environment for our children! Despite the increase, we believe KIS continues to offer good value. This is particularly true when fees are compared against peer INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS. In addition, our fee increase is relatively low when you consider that KIS works tirelessly to keep our fees low in general we have not raised the school fees for nearly 3 years.

As a parent, WE THANK YOU as you have made a significant investment in your student's education so far. Please know that I, and the entire school management community, understand this and take our responsibility to provide an outstanding educational experience for your student very seriously. Your investment in a high-quality educational experience allows us to invest in your student--to prepare him or her for a world of meaningful work and life beyond our concrete walls.

I would like to share with you some of our ideas for future plans and projects;
Renovation of library/library system
Introducing new IGSCE /A level courses
Upgrading IT ;Chrome books/notebooks in classrooms
Timetabling; longer working day for Y10/11/12/13 Senior/i.e. exam students
Timetabling; earlier start for Primary
Languages; additional language in Primary ?
More in depth academic studies in; English from RC-Y13
More reading in English across the school
Looking to introduce Drama for secondary students
New Y1 class
Springboard; raise its profile and staffing levels
Create more Student leadership opportunities
KELY workshops for primary
CPD for staff; to keep offering excellent education tailored to our students needs
Introducing new Cambridge assessments in primary
Introducing new ELS TEACHERS in primary
Develop exposure to more Korean culture
Leadership roles and allowances for curriculum leaders
Planned inclusion of IPTA fee
School future expansion;6th form center/off site
Create Learning support Provision
Improve and strengthen student support mechanisms
Improved academic viability as a global international school

We are also looking for corporate sponsorship for school related projects e.g. Library/IT/Arts

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
22nd March 2017

PARENTS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Calendar dates to remember

March 20th P/T conferences
March 21st Y1 assessments
March 22nd Kely group workshop for Y7/8/9/10 / HKYWAwards
March 23rd School Dance for all Secondary
March 23rd Y1 assessments
March 27TH --31st Maths week
March 27th RC assessments
March 28th Y1 assessments/ IPTA meeting/
March 30th Y1 assessments
March 31st Y4 assembly /maths dress up day[all parents welcome]

EASTER HOLIDAY

School reconvenes on Tuesday 18th April
April 18th Y1 assessments
April 19th Y6 checkpoints
April 20th Y1 assessments
April 24th KIS Literacy festival begins
April 28th Y2 assembly[all parents welcome]

Kidsfest in MAY
Blast Off for Y1, Y2, and SPRINGBOARD PRIMARY: Thurs, May 11th
Tiger Who Came to Tea for RECEPTION: Wed May 31st

Geronimo Stilton show coming! [WATCH THIS SPACE]
22nd March 2017

Earth Hour

Dear Parents,

It will be Earth Hour this Saturday March 25th at 8:30pm.

This is an annual lights-out event participated by many countries around the world to promote energy saving and increase awareness in climate change.

Please spend some time to discuss this international event with your child. This is the official website you could use in your discussion.

https://earthhour.wwf.org.hk/en/home/

It’d be great if you could turn the lights/computers off in your apartment for one hour (whenever it suits your schedule) on Friday to support this event and also remind the family to participate on Saturday night.

Thank you!
Regards,
Carmen
21st March 2017

Open Art Exhibition

Dear parents,

We had a very successful opening yesterday for our first International Section Open Art Exhibition. I received a lot of good feedback and thank you to those that attended. If you did not get a chance to see the exhibition, please come today after school from 15:20-16:45.

Please be reminded not to touch the artwork, except for the floor installation pieces. The installation pieces that can be touched are the foam brick squares, which you can arrange in any way you want as long as it connects to the small model of the school on the floor. Please take a photo of your completed contribution and email it to me.

Unfortunately, the exhibition will be closed down early on Wednesday to allow secondary students to set up for their school dance on Thursday night so do try and come see the exhibition today. I will be at the exhibition hall to assist from 15:20-16:45 today. I hope to see you.

Sincerely,
Mr S 'Teri' Mohm

tmohm@kis.edu.hk
Art Week Committee member
KIS IS Photographer


21st March 2017

IGCSE exams coming up

Hi Everyone,

So it begins; the exam season gets off to a slow start….
IGCSE
There are some IGCSE exams coming up
The Speaking exams for; Chinese as a Second Lang (Tues), Mandarin (Wed) and ESL (Fri) are this week at 3:30.

The IGCSE Art exam is next Monday (all day) and Tuesday ( 9-12).

Please note this may effect the use of certain rooms and students away from normal schedule

Thank you
C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
16th March 2017

Sports Day Medals Assembly and Dress Casual Day (17th March 2017)

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that we will be presenting the medals to the Sports Day winners tomorrow during Assembly and you are invited to share this proud moment with us.

The Primary assembly will take place at 12.30pm in the GYM as usual. The dress code for the Primary Assembly will be very colourful this time around as the Assembly coincides with Dress Casual Day and Arts week. Primary students, teachers and parents are encouraged to dress in rainbow hues as we celebrate sports and arts together.

Do bring your cameras along and see you there!

A special note of thanks goes out to the IPTA for making the arrangements for the medals and presenting them tomorrow.

C Chadwick
Principal
15th March 2017

Weekend to remember for KIS

I would like to congratulate and thank everyone below who made all these events possible; they showed great enthusiasm , hard work, involvement, help, support, commitment for our school

Friday
Cambridge evening
Ms Chan and Ms Brown organized a great event. It was a celebratory evening for our successful Cambridge students Results – Awards –IGCSE / A Level Every year Cambridge awards students that achieve the highest marks in a subject in their city, country or world. This year we have 3 students that have received awards for the highest exam mark in Hong Kong.
Cambridge Presentation Ceremony (10th March) / Mini Auditorium Mr Eric Ding (Regional Director East Asia, Cambridge International Examinations), Ms Jamie Jin (Senior Manager South China, CIE), Mr Tony Cai – (Hong Kong Representative, CIE) attended from Cambridge for this special ceremony.

Awards
Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in IGCSE Foreign Language Malay – Arina Syahirah Raizal Azhar
Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level Biology – Jessica Hunter
Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level English Language – Jessica Hunter
Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level Mathematics – Sammi Tam
Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level Psychology – Sammi Tam

other excellent results to mention:

Cambridge AS & A Level, Chinese Language : The students were
KUNG Yin Lam Muriel
A
CHAN Cheuk San Jason
A
YU Cheuk Sze Jessie
A
TANG Wing Hong Marco
A

The three students that received awards for the highest exam mark in Hong Kong each received an engraved crystal keep sake from the school. Cambridge presented a special medal to each students and they also received their official certificate.
The PTA and their Chairman Ms Esther Buls gave all the students a voucher of 150 dollars.
The PTA again provided specialist support with food, drinks and even non -alcoholic champagne. Thank you too.
The parents were impressed as were Cambridge. They told us we were the only school to honour its award winners. Congratulations to all the students.

Saturday
International school Fair
Once again we ventured out into the MARRIOT hotel armed with brochures/banners/sweets/flags/and on line info
My thanks to; the many teachers and the following studnets;Marco/Jessica/Chris/Prestley and our thanks to Patti and the office staff

The official attendance number was 2,000.We met maybe 300 parents and families and received about 100 offers of interest
It was a long day . It too was a busy day; but the students were once again our trump card they shone as they talked about our school.
What was special was that more and more parents were saying they had read and heard about our small school.

Sunday
HISTORY BEE
Congratulations to Mr Green and his team of organisers who set up the History Bee for many visiting schools and their families. It too was a busy day but the students did us all proud in their efforts.
This weekend, our campus hosted nearly 300 student contestants for the History Bee and Bowl Hong Kong Championships, including students from Hong Kong International School, Chinese International School, South Island School, Renaissance College, Island School, Sha Tin College, International Christian School, as well as other international schools from Hong Kong and Macau. Also, our event was attended and emceed by both of the organisation’s cofounders: Mr. David Madden and Mrs. Nolwenn Madden. The competitions for the Bee and Bowl are organised by age groups. KIS was represented by Omega Lai (Y9), Aimee Wong (Y9), Lok Yin Yun (Y9), Jadealyn Jancosko-King (Y9), and Christopher Lo (Y12).
Lok Yin finished 6th overall in the preliminary competitions for the Middle School Bee. He advanced to the semifinals which included the top eight students from the original field of 35.
In the semifinals he moved up to the top three and earned his spot in the finals. After a hotly contested back and forth, in the end,Lok Yin fished with 3rd with only two points separating bronze and gold - a very close finish indeed. Both Aimee and Lok Yin have qualified to represent Hong Kong in the Asia Championships which are hosted in Singapore in June.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Madden individually complimented our school on its accommodations and our students on their performance in this round. Only one of our students had previously attended an event like this before. This was a great showing on our part and we look for the program to grow more in the terms to come.

Once again Congratulations to Mr Green for organizing a great competition; for our students is was their first time and they did so well we are all so proud. Thanks to PATTI AND HER TEAM TOO;Thank you

Congratulations and thankyou to all the above; I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who made all these events possible; they showed great enthusiasm , hard work, involvement, help, support, commitment for our school

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
15th March 2017

Update on KIS IS Art Week
2017

Dear PARENTS

Update on the 1st Korean International School International Section Art week and Arts Exhibition

We are excited to be bringing Art Week this year to the International Section. It kicked off on 13th March and will conclude on Wednesday the 22nd after the exhibition has closed. There will also be a special Art week assembly on 17th March, @ 12.30.

The Art Week will culminate with our 1st Korean International School International Section Open Arts Exhibition that will display works from our creative and talented students in our school. Art takes on all creative forms from the visual, musical, and performance; it encapsulates and can engage or incite us. So let keep going!

We started the week with a fabulous musical presentation by the HKPhil Ensemble on Monday morning for Primary and a special assembly ‘Art Talk’ for Secondary was held on Tuesday. On Wednesday a couple of local artists came into KIS to work with groups of students; they were all excited and explored the theme together whilst working ‘in the style’.

As we continue through the week, students will be working on various art projects and challenges, while being presented with an eclectic variety of genres and styles of art. Local professional artists will be attending the school to do presentations and workshops with the students to encourage exposure, understanding, and involvement.

We have been collecting student artwork from ACROSS THE SCHOOL and will be recording performances that will then be selected for our internal open art exhibition. Student artwork will appear in the exhibition hall and selected areas of the school. All artwork will be returned to the students unless they wish to donate it to the school for future displays.

Parents you are invited too;
The 1st Korean International School International Section Open Arts Exhibition will begin at;
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM on Monday, 20th March, 2017, during the International Section’s Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Please drop by to enjoy some refreshments while experiencing the exhibition. The exhibition hall will be held in our multi-purpose Room 415 of the annex building.

The exhibition will continue during school hours on the 21st and 22nd March for the students to experience their creative works.

The Charity Committee has been encouraged by our Student Council to raise money for a local charity in Hong Kong so during Art Week, we will be requesting donations of $20 or more for the Hong Kong Society for Education in Art.
A dress free casual day is scheduled for Friday, 17th March with the theme being; the colours of the Rainbow.
Dress Bright, Be Colourful! Also on Friday, 17th March, starting at 12:30 PM, will be our Primary Assembly to highlight Art Week and we will also present the Sports Day medals; Parents are invited to attend and dress colorfully.

Art info
Please inform your students of the art events below:
Click on the ARTS EVENTS tab and introduce these to your students.

Teachers;
We are also looking out for 3D pieces; works in clay/sculptures small installations to decorate the corridors with

Best regards In ‘creativity’
Teri Mohm/ Andy Yeung/Eleanor Ching

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
13th March 2017

Introduction to Korean Juniors United Football Club

About our club
Our club, Korean Juniors United Football Club is a private, non-profit youth football club organized by parents of Korean international School. It was founded two years ago by a couple of dads with a goal to provide outdoor team sports activities to our kids and have fun together. We now have more than 20 players, boys and girls, different nationalities, with mixed ages from Year 3 through Year 6, and the vast majority of them are students of KIS.
All of our coaches are volunteer dads, though, none of us have received any professional coaching training before but we are very passionate and enthusiastic about coaching our young players. The joy we get from seeing our young lads improve is tremendously rewarding experience and it also motivates us to work hard to deliver better coaching.

Training session
The training session is held on every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at the soccer pitch in Shau Kei Wan reservoir playground, which is located up on the hill next to Kornnhill.
Trainings includes basic passing, dribbling and shooting and up to a tactical training. Also, we always have a 30 mins of mini-match and 'Coaches vs kids' match at every session ,which all of our players enjoy most.

Soccer matches
In order to to give our players chances to play and compete in a real match, we regularly organize a match against other youth football teams in Hong Kong. This season, we’ve had matches against Hong Kong International School, Dragon shooters, ACC Juniors and J.L.L and we try to have more matches.

Membership Fee
In order to cover club’s expenses such as soccer pitch rental, equipment purchase, Bus hire for an away matches etc., we collect one-off admission fee of HKD 200 and a monthly membership fee of HKD 150.

Admission
All boys and girls from Y3 to Y6 are welcome. Due to a limited capacity (we need more volunteer coaches!!) we will consider players who bring along his/her dad (or mom) as a coach first.

Should you need more info or any questions please let me know.
Contact details
Steffen Schade (Head coach)
Mobile Phone: 6317 7833
Email address: steffen.schade@yahoo.com
Je Chung Lee (Team manager)
Mobile phone: 5686 3117
Email address: leejechung@naver.com



13th March 2017

KIS IS Art Week
2017

Dear Parents / Guardians,

We are excited to be bringing Art Week this year to the International Section.
It will kick off on 13th March and peak with a special assembly on 17th March, 2017. The Art Week will culminate with our 1st Korean International School International Section Open Arts Exhibition that will display works from our creative and talented students in our school. Art takes on all forms from the visual, musical, and performance; it encapsulates and can engage or incite us. Get ready!

We start the week with a musical presentation by the HKPhil Ensemble on Monday morning for Primary and a special morning assembly Art Talk for Secondary on Tuesday. Throughout the week, students will be working on various art projects and challenges, while being presented with an eclectic variety of genres and styles of art. Local professional artists will be attending the school to do presentations and workshops with the students to encourage exposure, understanding, and involvement.

In addition, we have been collecting student artwork and will be recording performances that will then be selected for our internal open art exhibition. Student artwork will appear in the exhibition hall and selected areas of the school. All artwork will be returned to the students unless they wish to donate it to the school for future displays.

The 1st Korean International School International Section Open Arts Exhibition will begin at;
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM on Monday, 20th March, 2017, during the International Section’s Parent-Teacher Conference.
Please drop by to enjoy some refreshments while experiencing the exhibition. The exhibition hall will be held in our multi-purpose Room 415 of the annex building. The exhibition will continue during school hours on the 21st and 22nd March for the students to experience their creative works.

The Charity Committee has been encouraged by our Student Council to raise money for a local charity in Hong Kong so during Art Week, we will be requesting donations of $20 or more for the Hong Kong Society for Education in Art.
A free dress casual day is scheduled for next Friday, 17th March with the theme being Rainbow Colours. Dress Bright, Be Colourful!

On Friday, 17th March, starting at 12:30 PM, will be our Primary Assembly to close off the Art Week and present the Sports Day medals.
Parents are invited to attend and dress colourfully.

Sincerely,

Mr S. ‘Teri’ Mohm
Art Committee Member
tmohm@kis.edu.hk

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
10th March 2017

ART WEEK
13th -17th March with dress up day on the 17th; using colours of the rainbow or sports kit as we will be having the sports day awards presentation.

Mr. Mohm will be sending a letter later today about Art Week.

Parent Teacher Conferences Monday March 20th – school closure

HKYWA
22nd March at Cyberport for our budding authors

Secondary Student dance night (Y7-Y13)
Thursday 23rd March
6th March 2017

Cambridge Presentation Ceremony (10th March) / Mini Auditorium

Eric Ding (Regional Director East Asia, Cambridge International Examinations), Jamie Jin (Senior Manager South China, CIE), Tony Cai – (Hong Kong Representative, CIE) are coming to KIS for a special ceremony.

This event is an early evening presentation for our award winning students.
We are acknowledging the successes of Jessica Hunter, Sammi Tik Sum Tam, Arina Syahirah Raizal Azhar, and the following students who achieved an ‘A’ grade in their AS Level Chinese, Marco Tang, Muriel Kung, Jessie Yu and Jason Chan.

Date: March 10
Venue: Mini Auditorium
Time: 6:15pm

Staff, Parents and other students are all invited to share this occasion.

Sincerely

C. Chadwick
Principal
27th February 2017

Shrove Tuesday on 28th February

For parents: Just to bring you up to date
Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day!


TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28th, 2017

Hello all,

Next week is Shrove Tuesday!

What: Prepare to feast upon pancakes next Tuesday.
When/ Where: The pancakes will be delivered to the classrooms around 9:20am.
Why: Shrove Tuesday – videos will be available to teachers/celebration for many families in KIS.
Who: Available to all students RC-Y13 (check allergies)

Note: We are being environmentally conscious this year so we will use the utensils from the canteen. Please use and then we will send the cutlery back to Jeana so they can wash up for the next food wave at 11:00!

Happy Pancake Day!

Best Regards,
Special Days Committee

UP DATE FOR YOU ALL

Primary-Secondary Information Evening (2nd March) / Mini Auditorium
Parents, teachers, students are invited to this evening. This event is meant for parents in Primary who want to know more about the Secondary educational programme/systems/ curriculum, IGCSE, A levels, etc.

What: Everything you wanted to know about our Secondary Section, but were afraid to ask!
Not any more… Please ask away …. We will invite you to an information evening for all Primary parents to hear about, learn about and understand life in our own Secondary Section.
This is your chance to ask questions of senior staff, subject teachers, Form tutors and students themselves.
Let us hear your concerns or worries about the Secondary Section and we will help provide answers.
To hear from the student’s point of view about what life is like in Secondary for them.
To hear about our way forward new ideas, courses and plans for the section from the Head of School, and our University counsellor.
When:  Day: Thursday
Date: March 2nd
Time: 6:15 pm
Where: Mini Auditorium
Who: All Primary Parents. Please feel free to bring you Y4/5/6 student to hear the messages.
Why: Everything you wanted to know about our Secondary Section.

Cambridge Presentation Ceremony (10th March) / Mini Auditorium
This event is an early evening presentation for our award winning students.
All students in Y11-13 are expected to attend. Staff, parents and other students are also invited.
Jamie Jin will be there from CAMBRIDGE, the PTA, along with the KIS board members all as guests of honour for this event.

Y11/12/13 Mock exams
Monday, 27th February until Friday, March 10th

ART WEEK
13th -17th March with dress up day

Parent Teacher Conferences Monday March 20th – school closure

HKYWA
22nd March at Cyberport for our budding authors

Secondary Student dance night (Y7-Y13)
Thursday 23rd March

Special Assembly

Mr. Chadwick has addressed the recent suicide of a student from another International School with the secondary students at a special assembly on Thursday. Our prayers and condolences go to their family and friends.

Mr. Chadwick said he wanted to reassure all KIS students that they are not alone, that life is precious, that they make the world a better place by being in it.

How are we going to help:

1) Excellent caring teachers around them –who can be approached any time.
2) Excellent Form Tutors who can be turned to in a time of crisis for advice or to listen.
3) Excellent outside visiting counsellors from KELY group who are in school 4 days a week, who are available for private consultations e.g. Avis/Kim.
4) Ms. Chan/ Mr. Chadwick whose doors are always open.
5) Any doubts, they can always consult: Samaritians/Police hotlines/Pastor/Priest/fellow student
Remember: the world is a better place with you in it.

Please let me update you all on our IGCSE assembly
The IGCSE options assembly went smoothly.
Booklets were distributed with course descriptions in them.

We mentioned to the Y9 STUDENTS all subjects on offer including our exciting new IGCSE subjects for 2017/18 of:
Enterprise
Computer Science
Global Perspectives

We ask the teachers of all these subjects especially the new subject teachers e.g economics/Global perspective/Computer sciences / Enterprise – if they would like to drop into the year 9 form groups at a suitable time/tutor time to speak to the students directly about their course; here is the Subject Selection Form that students must return.

Ms Chan , Ms Brown and I also explained to the Y9 students
1) the system and agreement [ 5 compulsory areas 3 electives][ that we will try to provide their preferred choices]
2) school determines appropriate English/mathematics groups based on term grades and checkpoint results
Chinese groups determined by mandarin teachers based on attitude/achievements and approach
3) reasons for; choosing /not choosing subjects;
4) need to discuss with parents, teachers, Ms Chan, Ms Brown before deciding
5) course agreement; commitment for 2 years / no changing after 15/09/17 /exams in all subjects are compulsory and fees to be paid
6) decision deadlines were also explained

So as I said at the beginning the IGCSE options assembly went smoothly
My thanks to Ms Chan and Ms Brown and my thanks to their form tutors for following up and supporting

C.Chadwick
27th February 2017

Battle of the Books

- Battle of the Books : Letter to parents
- Battle of the Book List Lower Primary
- Battle of the Books List Upper Primary
20th February 2017

Letter to Parents: February and March

What: Everything you wanted to know about our Secondary Section, but were afraid to ask!
Not any more… Please ask away …. We will invite you to an information evening for all Primary parents to hear about, learn about and understand life in our own Secondary Section.
This is your chance to ask questions of senior staff, subject teachers, Form tutors and students themselves.
Let us hear your concerns or worries about the Secondary Section and we will help provide answers.
To hear from the student’s point of view about what life is like in Secondary for them. To hear about our way forward new ideas, courses and plans for the section from the Head of School, and our University counsellor.
When:  Day: Thursday
Date: March 2nd
Time: 6:15 pm
Where: Gymnasium
Who: All Primary Parents. Please feel free to bring you Y4/5/6 student to hear the messages.
Why: Everything you wanted to know about our Secondary Section.

Calendar of events
February
13th there is No Professional development day…. it’s a full school day
16th is Sports day
20th ECA‘s start buses @ 4.00 for Wednesdays
24th EARTH DAY /Greening action dress up day
24th Y1 Assembly
27th Mock exams start for Y1-Y13 until March 10th
28th Pancake day/shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday/MARDI GRAS

March
2nd Primary parents secondary information evening
11th International school Fair
13-17th Art week [details to follow]
20th Parent Teacher Conferences [school closure]
23rd Senior students dance [Y7-13]
24th full day of school
27TH-31ST Math week
31st Y4 assembly
Easter holiday

PLEASE NOTE THE Professional development day will now be on May 2nd

Medical health
Chickenpox
Further to our Chickenpox Note to Parent or Guardian, we would like to inform you of the fact that we have a few students on sick leave diagnosed with Chickenpox.
• The common symptoms include low-grade fever and skin rash (itchy vesicles).
• It is very contagious in the early stage of rash eruption.
• A void sharing eating and drinking utensils as well as personal items e.g. Handkerchief.

If you suspect that your child has Chickenpox, please consult the doctor for confirmation of diagnosis.
The sick child/children should refrain from school and to return to school as per doctor’s advice.
Please closely monitor other children in the family.
Always Keep Hands Clean.

Summer school
We are looking to hold 2 x summer school during the summer vacation, 3rd -28 July.
We are looking at one in the morning and then late in the afternoon. More details to follow.

Sports day
See you on Thursday
20th February 2017

Sports day news

Dear Parents,

Sports Day for the whole school was a wonderful day on Thursday.
The weather was fabulous and the children had a fun time with opportunities to compete in competitive ways. This year the points the children scored are being tallied and will be used to determine the winning Houses for each year group and the overall Sports Day House winner. We look forward to announcing the results soon.

Special thanks to Mr Davies and Mr Ackerman and Mr Lin for their excellent organisation, to all our teachers and TAs for running the activities and supervising the children and to the site staff for all their work pre and post event.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
6th February 2017

University Guidance

KIS University Counsellor Ms Brown helps our students to consider their further education options and assist with their application process. Ms Brown as the Counsellor has built up strong relationships with Universities around the globe and is in an excellent position to explain the different options available.

In individual meetings with students, Ms Brown offers guidance on deciding areas of interest, broad destinations, the final university list and on the application process itself, which varies by country and institution.

Choosing which course to pursue or what option to follow post-secondary is not always straightforward for students. Our advice for students, particularly for Year 11 when choosing their ‘A’ Level subjects and Year 12 when choosing what to do after secondary school, is to do their research early so that they are in the best possible position to meet deadlines and move forward having made their choices.

To help our students in their decision-making process, a series of presentations are made by the representatives of universities from various countries. Most of these happen between September and February (check here), and the aim of the presentations is to give students insights into the nature of study in specific institutions and, more generally, in different countries.

All students are expected to research their chosen universities in detail during the summer of their Year 12, if not before. Students follow internal deadlines in order to ensure all aspects of their applications are finalized and official deadlines are met.

For University guidance Ms Brown has produced detailed resources which can be accessed through their dedicated website link. The website contains destination-specific advice, application procedures, deadlines and details of events both at KIS and in Hong Kong for universities.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
6th February 2017

Hong Kong Forest Adventures

Hong Kong Forest Adventures
This is the company that I was telling you about this afternoon
www.hkforestadventures.com

They have put together an overview of their programs tailored to schools who may be interested in visiting. The link for that is here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-

And lastly their Facebook page, which has been there most active means of communicating is this:
https://www.facebook.com/hkforestadventures

If you would like to get hold of them you can on their email:
hkforestadventures@gmail.com

The business managers name is Charlene Ng, and the Founders name is Danie Strydom

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
27th January 2017

Parent newsletter

CNY Assembly

Y5 Chinese new year assembly
Congratulations and thank you Ms. Khoo and Ms. Kjestrup.
The assembly whose main purpose was to inform us about the meaning of Chinese new year certainly succeeded. Everybody enjoyed the assembly and more importantly every student did. The smiles on their faces and the depth and quality of their narration, acting and singing was amazing. Congratulations!

Reception Testing

We are currently in the middle of our RC admissions process. I have been meeting lots of parents who hope to join the school.
This is a time consuming but worthwhile process and always a wonderful opportunity for me to reflect on how lucky we are with our facilities, resources and community as I see the school afresh through their eyes; to a wonderful second term!

Results – Awards –IGCSE / A Level

We have received some amazing news from Cambridge yesterday! Every year Cambridge awards students that achieve the highest marks in a subject in their city, country or world. This year we have 3 students that have received awards for the highest exam mark in Hong Kong.

Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in IGCSE Foreign Language Malay – Arina Syahirah Raizal Azhar

Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level Biology – Jessica Hunter

Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level English Language – Jessica Hunter

Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level Mathematics – Sammi Tam

Highest mark in Hong Kong for High Achievement in AS Level Psychology – Sammi Tam

We are so proud of these students for their hard work and dedication to their studies.

We would also like to give a big thanks to all their Secondary teachers bus especially their subject teachers,, Ms. Lau (Bio), Ms. Srivastava (Eng), Me. De Pauw (Psych) and Mr. Cardinal (Maths).

Thank you for imparting your knowledge and supporting your students! This year is the second year in a row that Yvan has had a top scorerI

other excellent results to mention:

Cambridge AS & A Level, Chinese Language :
 KUNG Yin Lam Muriel A
 CHAN Cheuk San JasonA
 YU Cheuk Sze Jessie A
  TANG Wing Hong Marco A


ECA
ECA information letter went to the parents via email on 24 January.

Behaviour ;
Mr. Chadwick, the staff and students are collaborating on a new behavior policy to create a Code of Conduct for all groups of students.

Candy and Snack Policy in Primary / Card Games
( Pokemon/Football)
The staff agreed that all card games (Pokemon, Match Attack, etc) should be banned in classrooms and the school as it encouraged trading, gambling and theft and the students tend to invest a lot of time and money accumulating the cards. Please note from 6 February, we will ban them.

The Primary school would move towards banning lollipops,candies and sugary drinks in school. Teachers have agreed to exercise their discretion whether cakes and cookies would be allowed for class celebrations/birthday. This will also be discussed with the PTA.

Student Teacher

Ms. Liu, Student Teacher of 5KK
I am writing to inform you that Ms. Liu will be a trainee/student teacher’working with 5KK during the second part of this term; she is following a PGCE course from the University of Sunderland she has already completed her first practicum. Ms Liu must follow; the planning on the school’s schemes of work ; curriculum planning / objectives and activities in cooperation with the class teacher. She must also complete any other work with the class teacher who will be present all the time too. Ms Kjestrup will be not only remain the class teacher but will be her guide, mentor and will monitor her planning and progress by providing feedback and support. The aim is to make her work with the minimum of interruption: as she will integrate with the students slowly and carefully for the first few weeks.

The Year of the Rooster;Happy new year
Dear Parents, 你们好,新年好!
The Year of the Rooster is fast approaching. The Lunar New Year will begin on Saturday, the 28th of January this year. The rooster is the 10th sign in the Chinese zodiac. It is generally aligned with loyalty, a sociable and friendly nature and with a punctuality that is bound to impress.

The staff and I wish you Happy Holidays
Kung Hei Fai Choi!

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
26th January 2017

Sport Day

Dear Parents and Care Givers,

Our Annual Sports Day will be held at Siu Sai Wan Sports Stadium on Thursday, 16th February, 2017. Parents are most welcome to attend. Parking at the stadium is very limited but there are car parks close by.

All students will be attending and participating. Secondary students will be expected to make their own way to the stadium and should arrive no later than 08.50. This was a policy adopted last year in the belief that our secondary students should be given more personal responsibility. It is a practice in line with many other international schools. Registers will be taken by Form Tutors. This is an official school day. Students will be dismissed from the stadium at the end of the competition. This may be earlier than advertised.

Primary students should come to school as normal. Buses will take the Primary students to the stadium. For Years 2 – 6 the buses will depart at 08.45. Reception and Year 1 classes will travel to the stadium at 12.10. This is a schedule change from previous years. It was felt a full day for our very young children was overwhelming. All Primary students will be returned to school at 14.50. For parents of Primary students there will be a limited number of seats available on the buses which will transport the children to the stadium.

Please ensure your child has sufficient water and some healthy snacks. There is a small shop at the stadium but the choice is quite limited. The PTA is once again kindly providing healthy and very tasty fruit snacks for all competitors. Those primary students who have ordered lunches from the canteen may pick up a packed lunch on Wednesday morning. Those secondary students who have ordered lunches will have a packed lunch delivered to the stadium on the primary buses.

It is advisable, at this time of year, students prepare for the weather by bringing the appropriate clothing. All students are expected to wear house colours, sports shorts or track suit bottoms. Sports footwear is essential. It might be cold so it is recommended that warm clothing is worn while not competing. It might be warm and sunny. Wear sun screen.

As always students are also reminded to take care of all their belongings and to leave valuable items at home. Students should not bring large sums of money as there are no locker facilities available at the stadium.

This event is one of the highlights of the school year. We look forward to a great day of sporting fun and competition.

Regards,

Mark Davies
Coordinator of Physical Education
Korean International School
International Section
24th January 2017

January Update - Information for Parents

Dear Parents.

Calendar January;
10th The Immunization Team from the Department of Health came to school and gave jabs/ vaccines against Mumps, Measles and Rubella.
The class visits to the dentist went ahead as planned.
Jan 19th the Awful Egyptians Y3/4 trip was a great success
26th Year 5 CNY assembly all parents welcome and it’s a CNY Dress up day [red/gold/traditional]
26th is not a half day for Parent Teacher Conferences this is postponed; it is a normal full school day finishing at 3.00pm
27th is still a half day with a 12.00pm finish

CNY assembly and dress up day [red/gold/traditional] to celebrate Chinese New Year, we would like to encourage students to donate any of their unused clothes (accessories like scarves/hats are also welcome) to KIS, or clothes that may no longer fit. We will then pass it on to Salvation Army near our school. This is in keeping in line with the ‘out with the old, in with the new’ Chinese tradition in welcoming in a New Year.Please help your children collect a maximum of five pieces of clothing to donate to the school. They should be in reasonable condition and washed. Do feel free to bring them in from Monday 23rd until Thursday 26th. Thank you in advance.
Charity committee – International Section(Courteney, Julia & Kitty)

Reminder;
Reference letters and testimonials
All requests for reference letters, testimonials and confidential student assessment reports for /from other schools must now be submitted in writing to the principal, Mr. Christopher Chadwick. He will then extend an invitation to meet with you and possibly include the class teacher too. The purpose of this initial meeting is for you to explain your thoughts for the future, how we can help assist you and for us to guide you in the process. We will then advise you on the school package that we now offer. The school package; we have introduced this measure because parents often request references and testimonials for between 3-5 schools each one being different in format and style. Teachers are busy people and this takes their time as they want to write a comprehensive and accurate letter for you. Teachers also need a window of time to write such references/testimonials of which most are completed after school, so we will introduce a fee which will be charged to compensate the teacher for the amount of time spent working for you. Where possible a time allowance of at least a 2-3 week to give sufficient time for processing the request and collating evidence is advisable. The package is designed to assist you and for us to guide you but it takes time to do so.
This package does not apply to parents of students in Y12/13 ;the many references we write for all these students for different University applications is free as it always has been.

Payment for transcripts: Notice of Change
We are in the process of reviewing the costing of producing student transcripts on demand. At the moment we charge 10HKD per each service. We now believe this is uneconomical and does not reflect the amount of work taken to provide these certificates. We are looking at raising the price to 50HKD from February 6th 2017.

In today’s assembly we had a lively and very interesting talk from the Hong Kong snake man!!! He showed students lots of photographs of all the different of types of snakes found in Hong Kong.
Have a great week

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
20th January 2017

Operation Santa Claus

KIS again participated in ‘Operation Santa Claus’ this year. Its main aim is to support the Hong Kong community, but goes beyond this too.
Through Santa Fun Day and other charity drives at KIS, we raised $22 428.50!!!!

Santa Fun Day was a huge success with Secondary students creating fantastic games for the Primary students. We also had pancakes for breakfast and Primary had some fun photos with Santa.

A HUGE thank you to all parents, students and teachers for their donations and support for Operation Santa Claus 2016.
6th January 2017

Parents welcome back message

The gifts have been exchanged. The mince-pies and cookies have been eaten. The decorations have been taken down (well mostly). Dads and mums are back at work. Life is slowly returning to normal. For me internally I was groaning, “Does Christmas really have to be over?” I was enjoying my time with my family; having all my three children[my eldest just over from University] together for the first time in two years; spending time with my granddaughter and watching her experience the joys of Christmas Day, socializing, shopping and going to the theatre, staying up late and sleeping in. I was not ready to get back into school ‘mode’... but I knew I had to. I knew I had to get back into school and reconnect with my other family... my KIS family. So I came in on Monday to slowly easy my way in.

So…on behalf of my teachers, I welcome everyone back from their Christmas holiday/winter break and festivities. We trust you are all rested, relaxed and ready for the year ahead. We also wish to extend a warm welcome to our new families who are coming to our school for the first time; there are 12 new families joining us and we hope you all settle into KIS quickly and easily and that you will be very happy with us.

The teachers and I hope that each of you spent some time with your family, friends and relatives and that you enjoyed much laughter, but also took a moment to reflect on the things that are most important to you.

As we get back to our business at hand, we remember that the development of the children at KIS is our first priority. In the words of the famous educationalist Maria Montessori…“The adult must recognize that he and she must take second place, endeavor all they can to understand the child, and to support and help him in the development of his life. This should be the aim of mother, father, teacher…”. We strive to ensure that the children are at the center of everything we do. In fact, at ‘back to school time’ some children may feel;
  • stressed or anxious
  • excited about seeing friends again
  • sad or upset that holidays are now over
  • concerned about being new into school
And over whelmed by their work load and keeping up with their school exams [ Y7-Y10]

Children of all ages have different experiences of going back to school after a holiday, and parents and teachers should try to tune in to work out how their children are coping, what they are feeling and how we can help settle them back into a steady routine. It was interesting for me as I observed the students return to school over on the first few days; I saw tired faces from jet lag, anxious new faces, saw smiles and excited faces and heard squeals of delight as old friends met up and shared stories; the usual.

For the Y7-10 they came back to school and go straight into exams and to be honest not many squeals of delight were heard but they have knuckled down to their tasks aided by their teachers to do their test papers.

I should just mention some diary/calendar updates;

January
10th The Immunization Team from the Department of Health will come to our school in the morning of January 10th and will give jabs/ vaccines against Mumps, Measles and Rubella. This is a free, routine immunization scheme for children in Hong Kong. Kindly remind your students to wear loose sleeve clothes on that day for easier exposure of upper arms.
26th is not a half day for Parent Teacher Conferences this is postponed; it is a normal full school day finishing at 3.00pm
26th Year 5 CNY assembly [all parents welcome] and CNY Dress up day
27th is still a half day with a 12.00pm finish

February
13th is not a school closure for Professional development; it is a normal, full school day finishing at 3.00pm
16th Sports day [details to follow]
20th ECA‘s start… buses @ 4.00 for Wednesdays
27th Mock exams start for Y11-Y13 until March 10th
In FEBRUARY we aim to have a Secondary information/ fact finding meeting for all Primary parents, to learn more about our Secondary programme and our Cambridge exam systems.

March
20th Parent Teacher Conferences …is a school closure day
23rd Senior students dance [evening]
24th is a normal full school day finishing at 3.00pm

PLEASE NOTE; for your diary
The Staff Professional development day will now be on May 2nd for all Primary Classes: the dates for all of the Kids fest shows have been confirmed.
Please make a note for your diary
Y3, Y4- Thurs, Jan 19th (Awful Egyptians)
Y5, Y6, SBM - Tues, Feb 7th (Why the Whales Came)
Y1, Y2, SBP - Thurs, May 11th (Blast Off)
Reception - Wed, May 31st (Tiger Who Came to Tea)
Thanks Ms. Feg

In the coming days, weeks and months, we must all continue to assist the children on their path of learning and discovery. We should re-establish; good routines, habits and order within their lives. This will ensure that the child understands that we are paying close attention to their needs and are not distracted by the demands of our social and professional lives. This is the basis for establishing a set of expectations for our children and ultimately it helps them feel safe and secure.

Happy New Year to you all
and Thank you
C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section
5th January 2017

Science Alive 2017

Hello Parents,

This year’s HK SciFest will run from Feb 18 – Apr 23 with Science Alive 2017 from Mar 4 – 17 at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Attached is the PDF file of the Science Alive 2017 brochure which lists all the lectures and workshops offered. All events are free-of-charge. Please take a look and sign your student up to attend these activities.

Please try to register on Jan 10th and seats are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thanks,
P. Lau
7PL Form Teacher, Secondary Science – International Section

Science Alive 2017 brochure
3rd January 2017

School Dental Care Appointments

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that starting from next Monday, our primary students will go out to Dental Clinic in Wan Chai by chartered bus accordingly for their dental care appointments.

On the appointment day students need to bring along their own tooth brush as well as the Student Hand Book (those who had joined this service before should have the hand book at home).

Thanks a lot,

Nora
School Nurse
3rd January 2017

Signing Ceremony between SUNY Korea & KIS HK

A Memorandum of Agreement between The State University of New York in Korea (SUNY-Korea) and the Korean International School in Hong Kong (KIS HK) was signed today by Mr Choon Ho KIM, President of SUNY Korea and Mr Woon Young KIM, Supervisor, KIS HK.

The Memorandum of Agreement aims to develop and execute an international, academic collaboration program to cultivate global leaders of the next generation.

A ceremony was held on 15 Dec 2016 with the presence of representatives of both the organizations. In the photo (from left to right) Mr Yeoman YOON, Ms Margaret CHANG, Mr Keumhyun JUNG, Mr ChoonHo KIM, Mr Christopher CHADWICK and Mr Woon Young KIM.


15th December 2016

Reference letters and testimonials

All requests for reference letters, testimonials and confidential student assessment reports for /from other schools must now be submitted in writing to the principal, Mr. Christopher Chadwick. He will then extend an invitation to meet with you and possibly include the class teacher too. The purpose of this initial meeting is for you to explain your thoughts for the future, how we can help assist you and for us to guide you in the process. We will then advise you on the school package that we now offer.

The school package; we have introduced this measure because parents often request references and testimonial for between 3-5 schools each one being different in format and style. Teachers are busy people and this takes their time as they want to write a comprehensive and accurate letter for you. Teachers also need a window of time to write such references/testimonials of which most are completed after school , so we will introduce a fee which will be charged to compensate the teacher for the amount of time spent working for you. Where possible a time allowance of at least a 2-3 week to give sufficient time for processing the request and collating evidence is advisable. The package is designed to assist you and for us to guide you but it takes time to do so. This package does not apply to parents of students in Y12/13; the many references we write for all these students for different University applications is free as it always has been.
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 )