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10th December 2018

Parents' Christmas Party Invite




3rd December 2018

Santa Fun Day

1. Letter to Parents – Santa Fun Day
2. Christmas decoration


19th November 2018

Hong Kong Young Writers Award for Secondary

Dear Parents,

Students are invited to enter the 10th-anniversary competition of the Hong Kong Young Writers Award!
The awards are being organised by Playtimes, one of Asia's leading parenting and lifestyle magazines.
The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards (HKYWA) is an annual competition and fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers to showcase their talents and creativity. Entry categories are in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and cover art.
The competition’s main aim is to foster excellence in creativity by providing students with the opportunity to develop their expressive talents and expand their horizons. The awards encourage excellence in English writing and artwork among students of various age groups, diverse backgrounds and different language abilities.

KIS has done well in the past. Last year, the following were the shortlisted candidates from Secondary:

Y13 LO, Ting Ho Christopher and Y10 CATACUTAN, Kayle

Each year, KIS students are amongst the winners and certificate holders (shortlisted entries) of the competition.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2019, New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages. Awards will be given in each of the following groups:

DivisionSchool Year EquivalentsHKYWA Groups
SecondaryYear 7-9Form 1-3 Group 3
Year 10-11Form 4-5 Group 4
Year 12-13Form 5-6 Group 5

New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages

Pirates usually travel the seas looking for gold to steal.

But in the early 1400s, a fleet of ships set sail from China which did the exact opposite! It carried cargoes of gold and silk and other precious items for the captain and the sailors to give away as gifts.

There were seven voyages by the Ming Treasure Fleet—and the people on board had many adventures. Sometimes they met peaceful people and did give away the wonderful presents they had brought from the Emperor, making new relationships with a variety of countries.

On other occasions, they had to fight battles with hostile armies, or deal with nasty pirates of the more usual sort. Luckily, the ships also carried military forces and weapons.

But this group of travellers also did something wonderful: they won for themselves a place in history as some of the first great explorers of planet Earth, reaching India and Africa and Arabia. Historians looking back say China truly “ruled the seas” in those days.

What sort of adventures do you think they had? What would it be like to have been a young person on such a journey?

What sort of jobs would have to be done on the ship, and what sights would you see that you would remember forever?

We hope this rich topic will get the imaginations of young writers' floating into whole new waters!

Word limits
Schools HKYWA GroupCategory and word limit
Secondary FictionNon-FictionPoetry
Group 3
(Y7-Y9)
Up to 1500 wordsUp to 1500 wordsNo limit
Group 4
(Y10-Y11)
Up to 3000 words Up to 3000 words No limit
Group 5
(Y12-13)
Up to 3000 words Up to 3000 words No limit

Judging Criteria

Please click the link ‘KIS Writer’s Award Judging Criteria

Awards
The awards ceremony will be held on 27th March 2019. The shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology, which will be given to all shortlisted students at the Awards Ceremony and will be available for sale at Bookazine Landmark Prince’s Building. All entries will be published on the www.hkywa.com as an ebook.

All shortlisted writers will be invited to the awards ceremony to collect their certificate and a winner will be announced in each group. Winners in each of the 23 award categories will receive trophies and prizes. From these winners, the judges will choose the overall Hong Kong Young Writer for 2019.

Winning entries will be selected by an independent panel of judges, headed by journalist and author, Nury Vittachi, our Chairman of Judges.

Please note the deadline for this competition is December 17, 2018.

Submission of Documents

To submit the student’s work, please follow this Step-by-Step Guide. Please do not insert pictures, backgrounds, borders, etc. They will not attribute to extra marks as we are only interested in the student’s writing. The HKYWA team will manage the publishing process and ensure the entries look attractive and consistent in the final publications.

Step-by-Step Guide
  • Writing should be in word document format and attach it to an e-mail addressed to the following teachers:
    Y7-9 Group 1 - wmoeke@kis.edu.hk
    Y7 & Y9 Group 2 - hnam@kis.edu.hk
    Y8 Group 2 - jwarburton@kis.edu.hk
    Y10 & Y11 Group 1 - vsrivastava@kis.edu.hk
    Y10 & Y11 Group 2 – wmoeke@kis.edu.hk
    Y12 & Y13 – vsrivastava@kis.edu.hk
  • In the subject line of the e-mail, please write "Student Submission for HKYWA"
  • The word document must have a font of 10 point Times New Roman and single line and word spacing
  • The word document contents must only feature the title and written text of the students’ work - no student/teacher names or school name is required
  • Each word document must have a very specific filename: School Name, Student’s name, Category & Group.doc (e.g. Korean International School, Gabrielle Tse Mei Ying, Fiction Group 1.doc)
Please note that its compulsory for all students (Y7-Y11) to complete this task. Y12 & Y13 students who have not opted English as their A-level subject are exempted. This assignment will be marked and graded by the teachers.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's English teacher.

Thank you!

Regards,
Ms V Srivastava
Head of English - International Section


13th November 2018

Hong Kong Young Writers Award for Primary

Students are invited to enter the 10th anniversary competition of the Hong Kong Young Writers Award!
The awards are being organised by Playtimes, one of Asia's leading parenting and lifestyle magazines
The Hong Kong Young Writers Awards (HKYWA) is an annual competition and fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers to showcase their talents and creativity. Entry categories are in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and cover art.
The competition’s main aim is to foster excellence in creativity by providing students with the opportunity to develop their expressive talents and expand their horizons. The awards encourage excellence in English writing and artwork among students of various age groups, diverse backgrounds and different language abilities.

KIS has done well in the past. Last year, Lara Chan from 3C and Kaden Wai from SBP were the winners (first place in Hong Kong) for their respective categories. Each year, KIS students are amongst the winners and certificate holders (shortlisted entries) of the competition.
All entries should be based on the theme for 2017, New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages. Awards will be given in each of the following groups:

Y1-3 Non-fiction
Y1-3 Fiction
Y1-3 Poetry

Y4-6 Non-fiction
Y4-6 Fiction
Y4-6 Poetry

Y1-6 Cover Art

New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages

Pirates usually travel the seas looking for gold to steal.

But in the early 1400s, a fleet of ships set sail from China which did the exact opposite! It carried cargoes of gold and silk and other precious items for the captain and the sailors to give away as gifts.

There were seven voyages by the Ming Treasure Fleet—and the people on board had many adventures. Sometimes they met peaceful people and did give away the wonderful presents they had brought from the Emperor, making new relationships with a variety of countries.

On other occasions, they had to fight battles with hostile armies, or deal with nasty pirates of the more usual sort. Luckily, the ships also carried military forces and weapons.

But this group of travellers also did something wonderful: they won for themselves a place in history as some of the first great explorers of planet Earth, reaching India and Africa and Arabia. Historians looking back say China truly “ruled the seas” in those days.

What sort of adventures do you think they had? What would it be like to have been a young person on such a journey?

What sort of jobs would have to be done on the ship, and what sights would you see that you would remember forever?

We hope this rich topic will get the imaginations of young writers' floating into whole new waters!

Word limits
Year GroupCategory and word limit
FictionNon-FictionPoetryCover Art
Y1-3No more than 500 wordsNo more than 500 wordsNo limitNo limit
Y4-6No more than 1000 wordsNo more than 1000 wordsNo limit
This is the maximum number of words ONLY. Student entries may be a lot less than this limit.

Judging Criteria
Please click the link ‘KIS Writer’s Award Judging Criteria

Awards
The awards ceremony will be held on 27th March 2019. The shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology, which will be given to all shortlisted students at the Awards Ceremony and will be available for sale at Bookazine Landmark Prince’s Building. All entries will be published on the www.hkywa.com as an ebook.

All shortlisted writers will be invited to the awards ceremony to collect their certificate and a winner will be announced in each group. Winners in each of the 23 award categories will receive trophies and prizes. From these winners, the judges will choose the overall Hong Kong Young Writer for 2019.

Winning entries will be selected by an independent panel of judges, headed by journalist and author, Nury Vittachi, our Chairman of Judges.

Please note the deadline for this competition is December 13, 2018.

Submission of Documents

To submit the student’s work, please follow this Step-by-Step Guide. Please do not insert pictures, backgrounds, borders, etc. They will not attribute to extra marks as we are only interested in the student’s writing. The HKYWA team will manage the publishing process and ensure the entries look attractive and consistent in the final publications.

Step-by-Step Guide
  • Writing should be in word document format and attach it to an e-mail addressed to the following teachers:
    Y1 - nnorden@kis.edu.hk
    Y2 - birsan@kis.edu.hk
    Y3 - mhamblin@kis.edu.hk
    Y4 - jsubramanian@kis.edu.hk
    Y5 - klau@kis.edu.hk
    Y6 - snair@kis.edu.hk
  • In the subject line of the e-mail, please write "Student Submission for HKYWA"
  • The word document must have a font of 10 point Times New Roman and single line and word spacing
  • The word document contents must only feature the title and written text of the students’ work - no student/teacher names or school name is required
  • Each word document must have a very specific filename: School Name, Student’s name, Category & Group.doc (e.g. Korean International School, Gabrielle Tse Mei Ying, Fiction Group 1.doc)
If you have any questions, please contact your child's class teacher. Thank you!


7th November 2018

2018 Han Ma Eum Jang Tuh from KRA

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Korean Residents Association H.K. Ltd., Mr. Ryoo our Supervisor would like to extend a warm invitation to you to join “2018 Han Ma Eum Jang Tuh” as follow;

Korean Festival hosted by the Korean Residents Association H.K. Ltd.
Date:
November 17, 2018 (Sat.)
Time:
11:00 A.M. ~ 5:00 P.M. (Opening Ceremony: 12:30PM)
Venue:
G/F Area & 3F Gym
@ Korean International School - 55 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong

Programs:
Opening Ceremony & Special Performance
Korean Festival
(K-Food, K Products, Bazaar & Auction, Lucky draw and more)
Photo Exhibition (HK KRA 70 years)
Korean Guinness Challenge
Sports Activities
Closing Ceremony
(incl. 2018 Korea National Sports Competition HK Team’s disbandment)

Fundraising stall:
IPTA
Springboard
International section

Contact:
KRA (2543-9387 / admin@kra.hk)

We hope through this event, you enjoy an authentic experience of Korean food and culture. Please come and join!!!

Best Regards,
Sally Soyoung Jeon
Office Manager / Personal Assistant to Supervisor
General Office


7th November 2018

Hong Kong Inter-School City Nature Challenge

Dear Parents,

Today was the first day of the Hong Kong Inter-School City Nature Challenge.

This is a competition between 30 schools around Hong Kong to collect and send the most data possible about plant and animal species in our school's neighborhood. The purpose is to feed information to an independent scientific study on urban biodiversity in our city.

Here is a link to the competition rankings:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/hong-kong-inter-school-city-nature-challenge

Here is a link to our school's project page:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/hkiscnc-korean-international-school On our project page you can see the observations that have been logged by our school.

As you can see, we have had an extremely successful first day and are currently at the top spot for both the number of observations and the number of species identified.

This competition will run from today until Thursday. We are dedicating some Social Studies class time and each day's ALO time (from 2:30) until 3:30 for this purpose.

As students have been instructed, if they have previously scheduled obligations after 3:00, they are okay to leave at that time. If they do not, we strongly encourage them to stay until 3:30 to log more observations and species classifications.

Some students are still setting up their accounts and preparing their devices. Please help them to do so if needed. The best way for them to compete for KIS is to download the iNaturalist App on the Google Play Store or Apple Store. It's free and simple to use.

If KIS can pull off the big win over the other 30 schools competing, we hope to reward the students with a special day with an event sponsored in part by the WWF. There are many options. The main focus now is to win! We need many more observations and classifications to ensure a victory.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and our program.

Best wishes,
The Social Studies Department


7th November 2018

HKISCNC - Korean International School

The Tigers of KIS and the Social Studies Department will take to the streets around Sai Wan Ho to study and document local biodiversity in our neighborhood.
By doing so, we hope to contribute to the larger study by scientists of urban biodiversity for all of Hong Kong.


1st November 2018

Box of Hope

Dear Teachers,

Our Senior Student Librarians have already explained and handed out the Junior student librarian application forms to Year 5’s and 6’s.
We have narrowed down the applicants and would be interviewing 10 students for the Junior Librarian position.

Please see the arranged timetable for the interview.

Location: Library
DateTime NameInterviewer
29/1011:50 - 12:10Cooper Rodda 6W
Conor Robinson 6W
Charlotte Lee 6V
Suzu Hattori 5L




Alexis, Ariel, Fan Yu, Hirotaka
30/1011:50 - 12:10Tsz Kiu Ng 5Y
Clara Han 5L
Harin Jeong 5Y
Kayan Tam 5L
31/1011:50 - 12:10Kim Yee Hui 5Y
Matthew Kim 5Y

Senior Librarian
This school year, four students from Year 6 will be our Senior Librarians and ten students in Years 5 and 6 will be chosen to serve as Junior Librarians. The purpose of the programme is to familiarise students with the process of obtaining and keeping a job. The tasks should help develop a positive work ethic and attention to detail, while boosting the students’ confidence.

Junior Librarian
  • You must be a Year 5 or 6 students. No experience is required as we will teach those students selected to be Junior Librarians how to shelve correctly. Each Junior Librarian is assigned a section of shelves that he or she will take “ownership” of. This includes keeping the shelves neat and clean, keeping books in order, and shelving books that are on the returned box. Occasionally there will be additional jobs you may be asked to help with. We ask that you commit to coming in three times a week (lunch time) to check on your shelves. If other students are in the library and need help, our librarians are welcome to assist them, as we know our librarians truly “know” their library!
  • Since Junior Librarians will be coming in while there are other students using the library, good behavior is expected. Our Junior Librarians are models of behavior for the other students, and will be asked to be consistent, courteous, respectful, and helpful.
  • Junior Librarians are allowed to check out five books instead of just three, they have the opportunity to see and check out the new library books first, and at the end of the year, we will have a fun year-end celebration.
  • Junior Librarians must obtain parental permission before they begin their duties.
The Senior/Junior Librarian Programme is a fantastic way for kids to learn about serving, practice positive interaction with others, gain confidence, and have fun! It will be a fun year filled with more activities and surprises in the library!! Expect more reading activities to be organize by our Senior and Junior Librarians.

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


1st November 2018

Box of Hope

1. Letter to Parents – Box of Hope
2. Box of Hope Packing Instructions


1st November 2018

Letter to Parents - Photo-Taking Day

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Our school photo-taking day has been arranged on Nov 6 and 7th, 2018 and the forms have been sent home already.
Please note that there will be three types of photograph:

1) Tutor Group photo (either Nov 6th/7th 2018)
2) Individual Student photo (optional, taken after class photo is taken)
3) Whole School photo (Nov 7th 2018).

As with the year before, please ensure that your son/daughter is dressed in the correct winter school for both photo taking days.

This consists of the long-sleeved polo shirt, grey skorts or grey trousers and black shoes.

Dryfit L/S Polo
Girl's Skorts
Trousers

Please fill in the order form and attach a cheque if you would like to order the photos.

The forms are to be returned to the tutors by the 6th of November, 2018.
We will not accept any photo orders after the 6th of November, 2018 as the school runs on a tight photo-taking schedule for two sections.

You will need to submit your own order / bring your child to the photo studio (http://www.techni-photo.com/) if you have missed the collection deadline.

Your son/daughter’s tutor will inform you the date of the class photo, closer to the event. Please contact them via email for further queries.

Best regards,

Maisie Chan
Vice Principal
Head of Secondary School
International Section


1st November 2018

Y4 - Y5 Camp / Typhoon Updates

Dear Parents,

We are mindful that Typhoon Signal 3 is now raised and have contacted our staff members and TIG in Cheung Chau to find out what their plans are.

TIG reported that they have studied the local weather conditions and that everything will go on as planned today and tomorrow. However, they will inform us immediately if plans are changed.

Bearing that in mind, the children will return to KIS, if plans go on normally, tomorrow on Friday, 2nd of Nov, 3pm at KIS.

We have formerly reported that the students will be released at the front gate, but we've learnt that the teachers wish to debrief the students in the green area and they will be released at the back gate instead. The back gate will be opened at around 2.45pm for you to enter.

Please note that there will be no buses on the 2nd of Nov as it is the Parent Teacher Conference Day and there are no lessons on that day.

Thank you.

Glenda Khoo / Chris Chadwick
Head of Primary / School Principal
International Section


29th October 2018

Social Studies Fieldwork Update




26th October 2018

Primary Halloween Assembly 30 Oct

Dear Parents,

We will be having a musical Halloween Assembly on Tuesday, 30th October at 8:30am – 9:15am in the Gym and you are invited to join in the fun*.

Students may wear costumes in the morning for a spooky good time with sing-a-longs and dances with our Music Teachers. Lessons will run as per normal after assembly, so do pack a change of clothes for your children that are appropriate for school activities (e.g., PE, recess, swimming).

Each teacher has planned their own classroom activities, at their own discretion. As a reminder, if you are contributing food items to classroom activities, please send healthy treats and do not bring items that may contain nuts, artificial colouring or preservatives as several of our students have life-threatening allergies.

As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday!

*The doors to the GYM will only open at 8:30am for parents. Please wait patiently in the canteen before assembly, as we need the space for students to walk into the GYM.


Special Committee for Halloween


26th October 2018

Secondary Diwali Assembly 08 Nov

Dear Parents,

We are organising a secondary Diwali assembly on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 8:15 am in the school Gymnasium.

It is going to be a free dress day and Indian / Traditional Attire is encouraged. If your child is dressed for the occasion, a donation (optional) of your choice would be much appreciated.

There will also be samosas sold at school during recess break. The money collected will be handed out to the school charity committee and the beneficiary will be the below mentioned government organisation.

Government of Kerala : Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Stand With Kerala Flood Relief
https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/

Sincerely,
Diwali Team
International Section
Korean International School


26th October 2018

Primary Diwali Assembly 09 Nov

Dear Parents,

You are warmly welcomed to our Primary Diwali assembly. It will be held on Friday, 9th November 2018 at 8:30 am in the school Gymnasium.

The dress code for the day is Indian or Traditional Attire. If your child is dressed for the occasion, a donation (optional) of your choice would be much appreciated.
There will also be samosas sold at school during recess break. The money collected will be handed out to the school charity committee and the beneficiary will be the below government organisation for

Government of Kerala : Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund
Stand With Kerala Flood Relief
https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/

The school lunch for 9th November will be special Indian Diwali menu. Please note that the original 9th November lunch menu choice is now switched to 6th November.

Sincerely,
Diwali Team
International Section
Korean International School


26th October 2018

Secondary Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear parents/guardians,

We would like to invite you to attend the Secondary Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) on Friday 2nd November 2018. These meetings are a valuable chance to meet with your son or daughter’s tutor and subject teachers to discuss how they have settled in since the start of year, review their progress, and consider next steps in their learning.

In order to provide parents with the most convenient time possible with their teachers, we use the Engage appointment system throughout the school. The Parent-Teacher Conference booking sheets will be available on your Engage Parent Portal from Friday, 26th October, 5 p.m. to Tuesday, 30th October, 5 p.m.

Please login to the portal and book your time slots for the 2nd of November. A help document on how to book, is emailed to all parents. Confirmation of the appointment times will be issued immediately by Engage.

If you are unable to attend this day, or unable to book a slot online, please contact the teachers directly by email. They will try their best to arrange an alternative, mutually convenient appointment to see you or refer the technical problem to the IT department.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO NOTE:
  • There is no school for students for the full day.
  • All meetings will be held in the Gym. Please make your way up to the 3rd floor when you arrive.
  • Each appointment is 10 minutes long and we would ask all parents to keep to these timings.
  • We try to support parents by providing Chinese and Korean translation where required. Should you require a translator, please inform Ms. Jenny Choi and we will try our best to facilitate this. Where possible, we ask that parents with limited English try to bring along someone to help with translation.

Best regards,

Maisie Chan
Vice Principal
Head of Secondary School


26th October 2018

Primary Parent Teacher Conference

Dear parents/guardians,

We would like to invite you to attend the Primary Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) on the 2 Nov 2018. These meetings are a valuable chance to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss how your child has settled in since the start of year, review their progress, and consider next steps in their learning.

In order to provide parents with the most convenient time possible with their child’s teachers, we use the Engage appointment system throughout the school. The Parent-Teacher Conference booking sheets will be available on your Engage Parent Portal from Friday, 26th October, 5 p.m. to Tuesday, 30th October, 5 p.m.
Please login to the portal and book your time slots for the 2nd of November. We have emailed a help document to all parents. Confirmation of the appointment times will be issued immediately by Engage.

Each appointment is 10 minutes long and we would ask all parents to keep to these timings. We would like to request that you do not bring the children to school or into these meetings as they often distract parents from the important discussions with teachers. Please make arrangements for your children to be supervised by an adult while you are in your meetings.

If you are unable to attend the PTC, or unable to book a slot online, please contact your child’s teacher by email. They will try their best to arrange an alternative, mutually convenient appointment to see you or refer the technical problem to the IT department.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO NOTE
  • All scheduled appointments on during the PTC are with your child’s class and specialist teachers. They will have all the relevant information on your child’s progress in all subject areas.
  • The Year 4s and Year 5s will be away on camp on 2nd November. Mr Clough, Mr Brown, Ms Yen, Ms Lau, Ms Dilip, Mrs Nair, Ms Jayshree Subramaniam will be away. We will send another email for you to book your appointments. The PTC for Y4,5 will take place on the 2nd week of November, 2018.
  • We try to support parents by providing Chinese and Korean translation where required. Should you require a translator, please indicate this on the reply slip provided and we will try our best to facilitate this. Where possible, we ask that parents with limited English try to bring along someone to help with translation.

Glenda Khoo / Kavitha Suresh
Head of Primary / ICT Teacher & Head of Technology
International Section,
Korean International School


25th October 2018

6th Form Update

Dear parents/guardians,

We hope you and your family had a wonderful midterm break, and you found some time to unwind. Just a quick update:

Some housekeeping

Ms Kim and I passed the login data for EGP on to the students. Please remind them to give it to you, so you have access, and can monitor their progress and grades.

Also please remember to log into the Engage portal. A few parents from new students haven’t done it yet. An email with login info was sent to all parents.

Should your child be absent from school due to an appointment (doctor, dentist, administration, etc.) , please try to let us know a few days in advance, so we can fill in the student absence/leave form.

University Evening

On Wednesday 28 November from 5 to 7pm we’ll host a University Evening. We asked our Y13 students to shortlist universities they are interested in, and we’re in the process of inviting delegations of these institutions into the school. CUHK, PolyU and HKBaptistU have already confirmed, and we’re waiting for some more to respond. We will also invite some alumni and motivational speakers. 55 students (Y11, 12 and 13) will be there along with their teachers, and of course you (and other family members and friends) are cordially invited to join.

Yours sincerely,

Jeroen De Pauw
Head of 6th Form
Psychology and Global Perspectives


23rd October 2018

Mental Health Awareness Talk

Dear Parents,

Please be informed that KIS will be conducting a ‘Mental Health Awareness’ assembly on the 24th October for the Primary and on the 25th for Secondary students. Counsellors from a Hong Kong based private organisation called ‘Central Minds’ will be conducting a talk, and green ribbons will be distributed as part of this programme.

Students are free to contribute any amount they feel like as a part of charity. All proceedings will go to ‘The Samaritans, Hong Kong’, which is a charitable organisation that provides support to people dealing with mental health-related issues.

Thank You,

Mrs Sunita Nair/ Ms. M. Chan
Lower Secondary teacher / Head of Secondary
International Section


9th October 2018

No Trip week information

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you regarding this week's programme for students who have chosen to attend the Local Trip. Please take careful note of the following information concerning the arrangements for the week:
1). Students are to arrive at school by 8:00 am each day and to report to room 604 if in years 7,8,9 or 605 if in years 10,11,12,13. Attendance will be taken at 8:15 am. School uniform must be worn unless otherwise stated.
2). Students have 4 blocks of lessons each day:
Block 1 → 8:15 am - 9:15 am
Block 2 → 9:20 am - 10:20 am
Recess → 10:20 am - 10:35 am
Block 3 → 10:40 am - 11:35 am
Block 4 → 11:40 am - 12:40 pm
Students are dismissed at 12:40 pm each day.
3). Students will have stimulating study lessons (e.g. Create your Dream Home Math activity) in addition to more fun content, such as Ultimate Frisbee.
4). The supervising teachers are Mr. Reddy (Trip Leader), Ms. Laws, Mr. Moeke, Mr. Green, Mr. De Pauw, Mr. Cardinal, Ms. Nair, Mr. Blanco, Mr. Ackerman and Ms. Srivastava.

I hope you now have a clearer idea about the content of this week.

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this week, please do not hesitate to contact me at hreddy@kis.edu.hk.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Howard Reddy
Local Trip Leader

hreddy@kis.edu.hk.


27th September 2018

Newsletter – October 2018

Dear Parents,

It was good to get the students back to school last Wednesday, after the school closure due to Typhoon Mangkhut. We did have some issues with fencing and debris and we had a tree on the RC playground that was damaged and slightly uprooted, this tree is awaiting removal. As a precautionary measure, we have closed off part of our playground to students.
I hope families have been able to make any repairs to homes and that your travel routes are accessible. I would like to thank our SCHOOL OFFICE and site staff for their diligence, assistance and time in assessing the school facilities and their quick response to cleaning-up the school in preparation for opening back up for students. We are all back safe and well and have talked about our adventures and things we saw/encountered and then it was back into learning.

Assembly rescheduled – Thursday. As a result of the school closure, it was necessary for us to postpone the Roahl Dahl birthday celebration assembly to last Thursday. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We all had a great occasion and almost all students took part.

(I)GCSE and A Level results 2018
We are extremely proud to announce another great set of IGCSE and A Level examination results and are truly delighted for the students as there are significant individual achievements across the board.
What is particularly remarkable about the students’ achievements is that KIS is an inclusive school, catering for students of all abilities.

IGCSE re-sit exams: We have posted the schedule of when each exam will be held onto the website. During the exam period, students sitting exams will be on study leave. We will send you more information and examination guidelines closer to the time.

The school’s growing success at IGCSE and A Level is the result of a highly personalised approach to teaching and learning, placing the highest value on effort, giving outstanding levels of support for individual students and maintaining the highest expectations of all. We wish to congratulate all our 2018 students on their fantastic achievements.

I know I speak on behalf of the whole school community when I congratulate the students on their fantastic achievements. Equally, a considerable debt of gratitude is due to the staff. KIS is fortunate to employ an incredibly talented and professional group of teachers and educational assistants who have worked tirelessly to support our students. We are also very appreciative of the continued home-school partnership that ensures that our students are given every opportunity to succeed.

New Head Prefects
Students have been elected prefects and the student body elected the Head Prefects. Last week we were able to announce our new Head Prefects for the next school year.
Ian Cameron
Gen Flauta
I am delighted that student leadership opportunities have continued to develop significantly this year in all phases of the School. I’ve also been tremendously impressed by all the students who have assumed leadership roles and are poised to make a positive difference to the School. All of the students who put themselves forward for consideration were worthy of high praise. I know you will want to join me in congratulating our new Head prefects. I’m confident that they will all represent the School with distinction and will have a positive impact on the school community.

Calendar events
Week 5
  • Monday, 24th September – Half Day then No School Dress Casual Day
  • Tuesday, 25th September Mid-Autumn Festival – No School
Week 6
  • Monday, 1st October National Day – No School
  • Tuesday, 2nd to Wednesday, 3rd of October – Y2/3 Camp
  • Wednesday, 3rd October – Korean National Day
Week 7
  • Monday – Friday Secondary Overseas Trips / 8th-10th October – Primary Camp of Y6
15 to 19 October Mid Term Break – No School
Week 8
  • Monday, 22nd October Staff Professional Development Day – No School
  • Tuesday, 23rd October – Shark Assembly
Week 9
  • Wednesday, 31st October – Halloween happening
  • Wednesday, 31st October to Friday, 2nd November – Y4/5 Camp
  • Friday 2nd November – Parent Teacher Conferences
Week 10
  • Monday-Wednesday, 5th-7th November – Photo Days for classes
  • Tuesday, 6th November – Diwali Assembly
  • Saturday, 10th November – Cambridge Learner Awards
Week 11
  • Wednesday, 14th November – Elephant charity event

Seeing our students grow, blossom and flourish over the year ahead will be hugely satisfying for us all here at KIS. I'm acutely aware that teaching and supporting children at its best arises from healthy staff that are well rested, open minded, clear thinking and empathetic towards the challenges of learning. Equally, I’m aware that an overwhelming amount of research shows that promoting the health and wellbeing of children within schools has a significant impact on their happiness, readiness to learn and academic achievement.

C. Chadwick
Principal


26th September 2018

Re-sit Exam Timetable

Dear Parents,

Please select the link below for the Exam timetable for Cambridge IGCSE, GCE AS & A2 Level Re-sit Timetable October-November 2018

https://www.kis.edu.hk/document/Cambridge%20Exams%20Timetable.pdf

Best Regards,
Ivan Yvan Cardinal


21st September 2018

Literacy Pro Online Resource

Dear Parents,

KIS is embarking on a Year of Reading for 2018! In order to raise the reading standards in our school, track our students’ reading levels and enable them to read in depth on a wide range of topics, the school is getting a subscription to a research- based, online assessment resource that is used in international schools in Hong Kong.

The annual subscription for Literacy Pro and Literacy Pro Library is HK$165 per student. The payment will allow students access to regular reading level tests, more than 70,000 book quizzes and around 900 e-books. Please fill in the form attached and submit this with a cheque payment to your child’s class teacher. Also attached is more information about Literacy Pro and Literacy Pro Library. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at klau@kis.edu.hk. Thank you.

Literacy Pro Information
Literacy Pro Subscription

Regards,
Keith Lau
Leader of Learning for English


20th September 2018

Public speaking course for Y7-Y9 students

Dear Parents & Guardians,

This is to inform you that KIS is offering a public speaking course for Y7-Y9 students . Please find attached a copy of the Course objectives and letter to know the details of the course. The deadline to submit the confirmation letter along with the cheque is 24th Sept. 2018.

Course objectives
Course details

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call on 5921 9786.

Thanks & Regards,
Ms. V Srivastava (Vandy)
Head of English- International Section
English Teacher-IGCSE,AS & A Levels


20th September 2018

Mid-Autumn Festival on the 24th Sep 2018

Dear Parent/Guardians,

The International Section will celebrate the Mid-Autumn/Chuseok Festival on the 24th of September. On that day, all of our students and staff will meet together, for the first time this year, for a joint celebration at the gym from 10:30am – 11:30am.

All staff and students will be encouraged to dress in traditional Korean/Chinese/heritage costume/attire.
Students may bring along their lanterns to join in the festive fun.

This will be an internal assembly for the staff and students only due to the limited space available in the gym. Please be reminded that the 24th of September is a half day for KIS. Dismissal will be at 12pm instead of 3pm.

Many thanks.
Mid-Autumn Festival Team




19th September 2018

KIS 6th Form Update

Dear parents/guardians,


We hope you and your families are safe and sound after the typhoon. At KIS we’re checking every corner of the school to make sure our infrastructure is safe to receive your children.

During the past few weeks the students have settled in and became accustomed to our daily routine. We have a wonderful group of 6th Form students and we’re very happy with their positive energy and dynamism.

Prefects
The following students volunteered to become prefects: Phoebe, Jennifer, Gen, Casper, Ian, Presley, Sid, Catherine, Fabia, Jayan, Jasmine, Radia and Aryan. They agreed to look after their fellow students and help Mr. Chadwick and the teachers with various duties. In exchange we will allow them to use the lift and Mr. Chadwick will buy them a few lunches in one of the restaurants around the school. Their contributions will also be mentioned on their university reference letters.

Head Prefects
4 students – Aryan, Casper, Ian and Gen – applied to become Head Prefects. They delivered excellent speeches during our secondary assembly last week. All secondary students then proceeded to vote for their preferred candidate.
Actually all 4 candidates displayed great leadership skills and the results were quite close, but Ian and Gen were finally elected as Heard Prefects. They will represent the whole of our student body, and will act as a bridge between students and teachers.

Meet the teachers evening
On Thursday (20 September) at 5:30 you are welcome to come to our Meet the Teachers evening in the gym. We will share some information about the subjects and the workings of the school, and will be available for a brief chat afterwards.

University Fair
On Friday (21 September) we’re taking all 6th Form students to German Swiss International School for a University Fair. We’re leaving the school by bus at 8:20 am and will return shortly after 11 am. At this moment we still have 10 seats available on the bus. If some parents are interested to join please email me, and I will reserve a seat.

This University Fair will host around 60 universities (38 from the UK, and all the major HK universities). It’s a unique opportunity for your child to learn about the application process and start focusing on her/his further academic career. Please take the opportunity to discuss this topic with your child and stimulate them to make a shortlist of targeted universities. We know Y12 students usually struggle a bit to focus on tertiary education, but it’s important to get started.

Kaplan mini-seminar
On Thursday 4 October at 2 pm Kaplan is coming into school for a short 1 hour seminar on the application process for US universities. They will focus on SAT’s and ACT’s.

That’s all I have for now, but we have lots of more activities in the pipeline. So you will hear from me again soon. I see the sun is making its appearance after the storm. I hope the rays may enter your households and make you all feel relaxed and happy.

Yours respectfully,

Jeroen De Pauw
Head of 6th Form
Psychology and Global Perspectives


11th September 2018

Meet the Teacher Evening

We plan to hold a ‘Meet the Teacher Evening’ for Primary from Y1-Y6 on September 12th and for Secondary on the 20th. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn about the expectations for the year ahead.

The Primary evening will begin at 3:00-4:00 with an ECA exhibition of all planned ECA in the mini auditorium [room 415] for you to see and hear about
ECA dates for non- sports are; 23/09-7/12/2018 Term 1 more details to follow. ECA sports started on Monday 10th

This will then be followed at 4:15 by a short introduction in the gym by the school leadership team where they will; introduce the new teachers /specialist teachers and talk about our projects and plans. At 4.40 the specialist teacher will mention their plans.
At 5.00 you can go to the class room meet up with the teachers.

After this you will meet your child’s Class Teacher and Assistant Teacher in the classroom. This is an adult’s only evening. If you have a number of children, you will have to decide which presentations you will attend.

We plan to hold a ‘Meet the Teacher Evening’ for Secondary on the 20th September from 5.15-6.45 in the gymnasium.
There will be a short introduction in the gym by the school leadership team where they will; introduce the new teachers and talk about our projects and plans.
Then you can visit the specialist teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn about the expectations for the year ahead.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


28th August 2018

Beginning of Term 1 Open day

Open Day for the whole family on the 30th August
On 30th August from 10:00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. it is an Open Day for all families.

Please come along. You are welcome to walk around the campus with your guide,
visit the many different specialist facilities e.g. swimming pool, gymnasium, mini-auditorium, laboratories, art studios, media studio, mathematics and social studies rooms and then see the many Primary classrooms.

Moving on you could head into the gym you can meet the;
school management team, IPTA ; specialist teachers for; ESL/English/PE/SENCO /IT/ Chinese Korean/ Spanish teachers.
All the other teachers are in their rooms; music/media studio/science labs/ social studies/ Springboard/IT rooms.

Feel free to chat to any teachers to be here able to gain a better understanding of our school. Please register at the guard post on entry.

Thank you
C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


21st August 2018

Letter for 6th Form parents

Dear parents/guardians of 6th Form students,

I hope you/your children are enjoying a relaxing holiday. At KIS we’re preparing ourselves for the new school year. The IGCSE and A-level exam results are in, and we’re very proud of some amazing achievements of our students. We will make sure to highlight these in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile please allow me to pass on some important information for the coming school year:
  • School Uniform: all students, including 6th Form, will have to wear the school uniform. Last school year we tried to introduce non-uniform for our senior students, but we noticed it created confusion and some students struggled to follow the dress code. In some of the interviews with the new students we did mention we would introduce non-uniform for 6th Form, and I do apologize for not being able to provide you with clear information at that time. However, all teachers unanimously voted to keep the uniform for Y12 and Y13 so, starting from Friday the 31st of August, all 6th Form students must come to school wearing the uniform.

    Details about the uniform – how to order or where to purchase it – can be found on https://kis.edu.hk/gp_uniform.asp.

    Please note that students will not be allowed to wear personal hoodies, jumpers or jackets on top of their uniform. They must wear the uniform only. We will closely monitor them and won’t allow any exceptions to the school uniform rules.

  • Orientation Day: all 6th Form students should come to school on Friday the 31st of August from 8am to 12pm. We will use this half day to provide our students with all the information needed to start the school year, to get to know each other (especially the new students) and to conduct some team building activities.

  • Textbooks: normal lessons will start on Monday the 3rd of September. From that day on all students should have the textbooks for the subject they selected. If you haven’t ordered the books yet please do so immediately, as it may take some time for the books to arrive. The textbook list can be found on the school website.

  • University Advisor: Ms. Bianca Brown is moving to Dubai, and I will take over the university counselling position from her. Our aim is – and has always been – to help our students gain admission to the best universities around the globe. We’re proud to say we’ve been very successful in achieving this aim in the past and we will continue to uphold our standards in the future. Our Y13 students will have to focus on their university applications from the start of the school year and work diligently and meticulously to secure access to the institutions they aim to join.

  • Communication: All information for the students will be provided during Form time at the beginning of every school day. In addition to this I will create a WhatsApp group for all 6th Form students and teachers, and will communicate with you, parents, via email. In the case of serious/urgent issues I will call you directly. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
We’re looking forward to welcoming all returning and new students on Friday the 31st of August. 2018-2019 will be a great school year and we will make sure all our students will be able to study in a safe and comfortable environment.

For now, please (allow your children to) continue to enjoy the holiday.

Yours sincerely,

Jeroen De Pauw
Head of 6th Form
Psychology and Global Perspectives


10th July 2018

Secondary - Beginning of School Year

Dear Parents,

Parents Information for 2018-2019 Secondary Students: (Y7-13)
Please take note of the following important information for the beginning of the new school year.
  • From 20th August: School office open. Administrative staff and Principal present.
  • From 24th August: All senior management staff, Heads of Departments, IT teachers, Assistant Teachers will be in school with all new staff for orientation preparation and training.
  • From 27th August: All staff are in school for in-service training and preparation for the new school year.
Beginning of Term 1
Open Day for the whole family on the 30th August
On 30th August from 10:00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. it is an Open Day for all families. You are welcome to walk around the campus, visit the many different specialist rooms e.g. canteen, swimming pool, gym, mini-auditorium, laboratories, art studios, media studio, mathematics and social studies rooms and more. You can also meet the school management team and the IPTA. All the teachers will be here to gain a better understanding of our school. Please register at the guard post on entry.

“Orientation Day” 31st August for Year 7 and Year 12 & Year 13
For all Year 7, 12 and 13 only: Friday 31st August 8:00am to 12:00pm. This is a half day.
All Year 7 students will sit Grouping Assessments for core subjects and be introduced to the secondary school.
All Year 12 & 13 students will work with the Head of Sixth Form.
All Secondary Students Year 7 to 13: Monday 3rd September
Students should meet in the Front Area under the KIS sign, where information regarding the class lists will be posted and where Year 7, 12 & 13 tutors will be present to greet the students. This is a half-day orientation. There is no lunch but the canteen will be open.

First full day of School on Monday 3rd September
All Secondary students should return and report to school on Monday 3rd September by 8:00 am for their first full day with lunch. Students should meet in the Green Area (at the rear of the school) where information regarding the tutor group lists will be posted and tutors will be present to greet students. There is lunch time and the canteen will be open.

School Calendar: The most recent copy of the school calendar is posted on the school website. Parents should take note of the holiday and trip dates in particular. The website should be checked regularly as the calendar is revised periodically.
School Bus: Parents wishing to use the school bus service which is provided by James Jumbo Shuttle Services Limited can find the information on the school website. Payment of fees and questions about routes should be done directly with the bus company using the telephone number 2944-8912 or email jamesjumboshuttle@gmail.com
IPTA: We have a very active Parent Teacher Association that supports the school in many different ways. Information regarding the fees and the role of the PTA at KIS is enclosed. Come and meet them on the Open Day.
School Lunch: Students may bring their own lunch or use the school canteen service. An order form for Chartwells, our catering service, can be downloaded from the website and parents wanting this service should complete the form and send it with a cheque directly to the company. The School lunch service will begin from Monday 3rd September. Secondary students can also pay for any food items daily using their octopus card.
School Uniform: Students should come to school in uniform on the first day. For information regarding the uniform please refer to our website under the MENU > Guidelines for Parents – School Uniform. https://kis.edu.hk/gp_uniform.asp
Textbooks: Secondary students have the option to purchase their textbooks either through any bookstore, online companies or the Hong Kong Book Centre. Orders through HK Book Centre can be done online using the webpage with a KIS order form. Please go to www.swindonbooks.com/tborder/kis or by visiting the Hong Kong Book Centre stores around HK. The textbook list can also be found on our website.
*All NEW Year 7, 8 & 9 ESL students should follow the instructions as found for each level. They will be assessed in the first week of term. Chinese books are purchased through school.
Students of Year 7 will sit subject assessments on Friday 31st August. Books can be purchased after their grouping has been issued. Teachers will provide notes/copies of texts required for lesson until the books can be bought.

If possible, students should bring all their textbooks to school on the first day.

Timetables: These will be given to students by their tutors on the first day of term.
Typhoons or Rainstorm Warnings: In the case of a typhoon or heavy rain on the first day of school, parents should refer to the school webpage where more information will be given. Parents can also check the Education hotline on tel: 2891-0088.


C Chadwick
Principal – International Section


6th July 2018

Beginning of School Year 2018-2019 for Primary Students

Dear Parents,

Parents Information for 2018-2019 for Primary Students: (Y1-Y6)
Please take note of the following important information for the beginning of the new school year.
  • August 20th - 24th School office open; admin staff/Principal in situ.
  • August 24th all senior staff /HoD /IT/AT will be in school with all new teachers and assistants for orientation preparation and training.
  • August 27th – 29th All staff are in school; for in-service training and preparation for the new school year.

Beginning of Term 1
Open Day for the whole Family; August 30th
August 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. is an Open Day for all families. You are welcome to walk around the campus, visit the many different specialist rooms e.g. canteen/ pool/gym/mini auditorium/laboratories /art studios/media studio/ mathematics/science and social studies rooms etc. You can also meet the school management team and the IPTA. You can meet all the teachers for a better understanding of our school. Please register at the guard post on entry.

“Orientation Day” August 31st for Y1-Y6.
First Day of School: [half day] Primary students should report to school on Friday August 31st 8:15 am - 12.00 pm. Students should meet in the Green Area (at the rear of the school) where information regarding the class lists will be posted and where class teachers will be present to greet the students. This is a half-day orientation. There is no lunch but the canteen will be open.

“Orientation Day” for Reception Parents August 31st
August 31st from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. will be an “Orientation” day for Reception parents. This will be held in the mini-auditorium (Room 415) for a briefing with the Principal and subject teachers (1:15 p.m – 1:45 p.m) and then, parents will make their way to their child’s classroom (Room 312 & 313) for an introduction to Reception (RC) (2.00 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.)

First full day of School; Monday September 3rd
All Primary students should return and report to school on Monday September 3rd by 8:15 am for their first full day with lunch. Students should meet in the Green Area (at the rear of the school) where information regarding the class lists will be posted and class teachers will be present to greet students. There is lunch time and the canteen will be open.

Monday September 3rd; this is a half day for RC and Y1 [GROUPINGS TO BE NOTIFIED]

School Bus: Parents wishing to use the school bus service which is provided by James Jumbo Shuttle Services Limited can find the information on the school website. Payment of fees and questions about routes should be done directly with the bus company using the telephone number 2944-8912 or email jamesjumboshuttle@gmail.com
IPTA: We have a very active IPTA that supports the school in many different ways. We will be sending the Information regarding the fees and the role of the IPTA at KIS. Come and meet them on the Open day.
School Lunch: Students may bring their own lunch or use the school canteen service. An order form for Chartwells can be downloaded from the website and parents wanting this service should complete the form and send it with a cheque to the company listed on the form. The School lunch service will begin from Monday September 3rd. Students from Year 4-6 can also pay using their octopus card.
School Uniform: Students should come to school in uniform on the first day. For information regarding the uniform please refer to our website https://www.kis.edu.hk/eng/uniform.asp.– Guidelines for parents – school uniform. To prepare for the new semester, the uniform shop in school will extend their working days, please see our website for details.
Textbooks: All students will purchase their textbooks through the company Hong Kong Book Centre who have reliably provided books for schools for many years [BUT THIS CAN TAKE SOME TIME]. This can be done online using the webpage: www.swindonbooks.com/tborder/kis. Purchasing can also be done online using the webpage; www.hkbookcentre.com or by visiting the Hong Kong Book Centre at 25 Des Voeux Road, Central, Tel:2524-1616.
*Primary ESL students should not purchase their English textbooks listed for their year level as they will be assessed in the first week.

Spanish work materials and Mandarin books are purchased through school. If possible, students should bring all their textbooks to school on the first day. They will be kept in their assigned lockers.
Timetables: These will be given to the students by their teacher in the first week of classes.
Typhoons or Rainstorm Warnings: In the case of a typhoon or heavy rain on the first day of school, parents should refer to the school website where more information will be given. Parents can also check the Education hotline, Tel:2891 0088.
School Calendar: The most recent copy of the school calendar is posted on the school website. Parents should take note of the holiday and trip dates in particular. The website should be checked regularly as the calendar is revised periodically.

New students to KIS:
For new students only; you will receive a Name Tag: Please complete all sections of the name tag.


C Chadwick
Principal – International Section