Updates | Letter to Parents

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19th June 2018

OWN Academy program for students of Year 10

Dear Parents / Guardians of Year 10 Students,

We would like to inform you that all Year 10 students will be embarking on an Entrepreneurship program that will run from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st June during normal school hours. The initiative will be delivered by a specialist in this field working to help supporting and developing young people for their future life plans.
OWN academy https://ownacademy.co/

The program will focus on being a design sprint with the goal of teaching students how to build their own online business. The final outcome is creating a landing page with one product where they themselves will have to create the branding, marketing, business plan for.
OWN Academy will be inviting an e-commerce company Lazada, to do a sharing with the students, as well as being part of the judging panel at the end of the three days. The students will be able to pitch their idea to a panel of judges at the end of the day who will provide feedback for improvement.

We are very excited to be able to offer this exceptional opportunity for our students and see this a very beneficial program in order to equip them with skills that could shape their futures. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Best regards,

M. Chan
Vice Principal & Head of Secondary – International Section


12th June 2018

Letter to Parents – June Update

Dear Parents,

As you can feel the term is gathering speed and is rushing by and looking back we have been fortunate to have so many top events and actions going on covering such a wide variety of things please see them for yourself in the calendar review below. Now we are at the business end of Term 3 where we have been assessing new students for September; very busy with the IGCSE and A level exams and now the internal exams for Y7/8/9/10 have started. The management team and I have been meeting candidates and interviewing for new academic staff.

Calendar review; events of note from the beginning of term 3

Week 1 April 16th -20th
A level parents evening for y10/11/Cambridge Y6 checkpoint exams
Reading for Ronald charity
Week 2 April 23rd -27th
Orbis blind lunch/ Blind sports and the S.E.D.S. dogs coming in
Y2 assembly/Reports out Y11/12/13/Study leave for Y11/12/13 started
Week 3 April 30th- MAY 4th
Maths week and maths related activities
Week 4 MAY 7th-May 11th
Literacy fest/Book fair/Parent Teacher Conferences
Week 5 MAY 14th-May 18th
Literacy fest/ character dress up day/ Pajama day[milk and cookies]
Teachers day[15th]Pajama day[milk and cookies]
Week 6 MAY 21st-May 25th
Play day/Holiday/Kornhill parents visit/Springboard fundraiser
Week 7 MAY 28th-June 1st
Last week for library books/Model United Nations team event/Springboard Secondary Trip


Weather
With the expected change in the weather we will want our young students in Primary to protect themselves more, so we will remind them; NO HAT NO PLAY thank you. When it has been so hot we are making sure the students have plenty of water and can sit out of the sun.lately the weather has been so unpredictable; one minute its very hot, for days on end, then the next it is pouring down and very humid.

Student success
I know I keep mentioning this but we are so proud of all our students endeavours .The teachers, parents and I were very pleased with our excellent results from Cambridge.. A GRADES
Jiffane LeeChinese Language AS level    grade A
Jeffrey LaiChinese Language AS levelgrade A
Tweety ChanChinese Language AS levelgrade A
Maymay TamChinese Language AS levelgrade A
Ivy HoChemistry AS levelgrade A
Jason ChanMathematics AS levelgrade A
Arina Raizal Azhar    Biology AS levelgrade A

Wall of FAME candidates;
Students of the moment; Valerie Li for her creative poster design for PARVIA; Ball Hockey; HK Rookie of the year Catriona Mannion

Now we are well into Term 3 week 8 and we have a busy last few weeks planned as you will see from below with the calendar events so far.

Study leave
Study leave for Y11/12/13 will finish soon and year 11 will return to school on the 19th June.I am pleased to say that our new approach towards study leave Appears to have paid off; as this gave the students the opportunity to STUDY, REVISE, PREPARE,,PRACTISE AND RELAX for their final exams from Cambridge. They were allowed to come into school to have some study sessions and seminars with their subject teachers or just to sit quietly and study in the

Charity events
The main charity events so far this term were; Reading for Ronald, ORBIS and the S.E.D.S. We spent a day of keeping our eyes closed and tried to eat our lunch blind folded. In secondary we attempted blind sports and games for a donation of 30 ;all the Primary students loved the S.E.D.S dogs which they brought to school .

Staffing
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. Teachers leaving KIS at the end of June

Ms. Sophia Lee- relocating to Korea,
Ms. Bianca Brown – relocating to Dubai
Ms Polly lau –relocating to Canada
Mr Andy Yeung –leaving for personal reasons
Ms Janis Brett- relocating to Australia
Ms Regina- leaving for personal reasons
Mr Geoff Roberts relocating to Canada

Term 3 calendar dates and events for your diary
Week 8 June 4th-8th
Study leave for Y11/12/13 /Exams for Y7/8/9/10
Staff interviews
Swimming gala x2
Springboard secondary in Japan

Week 9 June 11th-15th
Assembly[Chinese language awards]
World cup sports dress up day
Y6 assembly

Week 10 June 18th-22nd
Holiday
Year 10 out
Graduation dinner
Reports out
Y7/8/9 trips
Graduation day end of school year

Graduations
We would just like to bring you up to date on some of our exciting ideas and plans. Graduation Day will fall on 22nd of June, 2018
This year the Graduation ceremony will be split into two separate ceremonies ; one in the early morning and one later on @ 10.30.
This will be a morning of; celebrations, finishing the school year; all students should be in school as it is a normal school [half ] day celebrating the end of academic year 2017-2018.

Primary: The Primary Graduation Ceremony will be at 10.30am - 11.30am for Reception and Y6 and all other primary 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. 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 until dismissal at 12.00.
Secondary: The Secondary Graduation Ceremony will be at 8.45am-10.00am for Y12/13 students; all other Secondary students will attend the ceremony. 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 until dismissal at 12.00pm. Only parents/guardians of graduates will be invited to the ceremony owing to limited space in the gym. Thank you. Graduation committees

Literacy festival
Thank you so much for supporting Literacy Fest this year ;we have come to the end of all activities. Wow what a great success .The students had a good time and we definitely enjoyed everything. Literacy Committee

Transitioning
Transitioning; moving on,up and moving out
I think you would all agree that change is an inevitable part of life. It happens whether we are ready or not. One of the secrets of living successfully is to learn to handle the changes we find coming our way. As a result, over the course of the coming weeks, one of the School’s main priorities will be to ensure a smooth transition for students as they move from one year group to another or different phase of the School.

The process of transition is a crucial time for all students, their families, staff and the broader school community. Students who make a smooth school transition and experience early success at the start of the school year tend to maintain higher levels of happiness and academic achievement as the year progresses.

KIS, views transition as a process, not an event, and the process is thoroughly planned for and discussed extensively with students and parents to ensure everyone is able to adjust to new surroundings and expectations quickly. It is important to ease the process of moving from the Early Years to Primary. Additionally, Year 6 students will experience a day of lessons in the Secondary school many will enjoy their experience in Technology and Science lessons in particular.

KIS staff has also been evaluating a range of factors and evidence to ensure class groupings are carefully formed for the start of the next school year while the transition from Primary to Secondary will be in sharp focus as staff prepare to welcome a record number into Year 7 for the first time. Without doubt, change can be daunting for adults let alone for young people. However, it is amazing how young people and KIS students in particular have an innate resilience and ability to recover from or adjust quickly to change.

A – Z TERM 2 Questions raised by parents
Dear parents; here are some of the questions that have been raised by at the gate, at conferences, in emails, in passing; some were mentioned to me, the nurse , the office or my teachers ; the management team felt that we should share the answers that were particularly interesting ,important for everyone; so here they are.

A
Admin staff; yes; as we are growing ,a new office secretary will start in July her name is Shelley
Alumni; yes anyone can join, any leaver /sign up/all leavers are encouraged to keep in contact.
Assessments: yes we are introducing a new end of year Cambridge assessments for Y3-6 / also we will repeat the British council English assessment in November /Benchmarking with Literacy Pro
Assemblies: yes one per week for all students RC-Y13/Sometimes we have; whole school /class/special /cultural celebration+ event assemblies
AYP; yes this is an excellent Student leadership course for Y10/11/12/13/ we have put time into the schedule for this .

B
Behaviour: we are reviewing both codes of conduct for all ages/and all school rules ; we have discussed with the student council/ and in assemblies
Book week; a great event for two weeks with lots of action
Bus; parents can sign up/you make the contract
BYOD; for all Y7/8/9/10/11/ parents attended a meeting and paid/ yes all new students will be informed and will order

C
Calendar; we proposed our model /we checked with IPTA / Then sent to the Board/and the KS Section; awaiting confirmation as we speak
Canteen; YES we are discussing and reviewing; renovation plans /time for lunch/expansion/menu
Charity work; we aim to do one fund raising event per month/we work with the HK govt/locaL Community and student council; we do response work too e.g. Mexican earthquake appeal
Closures; sorry it happens;Flu /sickness/conferences/typhoons etc
Communication: we will review = too little -too much?/website /facebook / books / conferences
Community work; yes we do go physically out into the community[ Y10/11]
Curriculum: 6 core subjects / new timetable/more languages/ more cultural events
Curriculum changes; Spanish up to Y8/Intensive ESL/IT/more sports/exam subjects choices widened
Chrome books for Primary to be introduced in classrooms

D
Differentiation: individual / sets / groups / class assessments
Disabled students access; [use of the elevator]

E
Events; YES WE DO ORGANISE special weeks =Math & Book/ World cup dress up
ESL/IESL ; yes we have a new programme/new structure/ new staff
ECA ; professional input/Primary teachers do House activities
Expansion plan; yes we are looking to get a new site for a Kindergarden/ 6th form center/more space /more classrooms

F
Facilities; yes we have put forward some renovation plans e.g canteen/PE changing rooms
Fees; aim to raise them by 3% to cover many new intiatives[see letter]
Fund raising; first we did one for Springboard / scholarships and special projects

G
Greening ; yes we slowed down a bit/ our new plants were attacked by birds/more actions will come

H
happy in school; yes general consensus
Health: healthy eating / AQHI air quality we do follow it/ ban on sweets and sweet party food/ allergies lookout/review Tuck shop menu
Hours; review of the start of school day /end of school day/timetable

I
International teachers; yes we plan training and in-service for them /recruiting has started

J-K
Korean language for all students up to Y8

L
Languages; we offer 4 languages; Korean/Chinese/Spanish/ English
Lunch times; we are engaged in review; length of time/2-3 rotations/ Prefects on duty/ supervision/waste management
Link to other schools; yes we are keen to create links to; Local schools/KS section/ other int'l school for exchange of ideas/practise
Library ; yes its been well received /great activities/ secondary use it/parents involvement/interest/we are very pleased with it.

M
Making friends ; yes we do Encourage everyone to settle in and make friend regardless of ages/have a buddy
Mentor; yes we do have one teacher who acts as mentor to all new teachers
Music; we will encourage more music ECA/ Orchestra/ choral in all languages

N
No hat no play policy; we do remind parents/students
New projects; languages/ESL/Sponsorships=still looking

O
Options for exam course; yes we are looking to give our students wider choices e.g AQA/A Level Geography
OWN academy; Opportunities for student leadership and responsibility

P
Parents; Regular Parent Teacher Conferences / more parental Involvement / Information sessions wanted/ use of Expertise / Cultural experiences
Prefects ; Y10/11/12/13 for student leadership and responsibility/this is the end of year one and we are pleased with how it has worked

Q
Quality of teachers; we do aim to recruit high calibre teachers

R
rules/ routines/responsibilities/rights=our mantra

S
safe guarding; yes its a high priority and we have been working with staff
sponsors search; projects/events/yearbook
student council; we have two council meeting every other week/feedback in assemblies
Stationery; yes we will review on aspect of greening= secondary already ahead
Sensible, safe and & Secure: keep your student on campus/rain / typhoon /heat[sun] fire / Personnel
Swimming: looked at issues of ; curriculum/temperature / quality of teachers/safety/pool cleaning is once a week
Specialist teachers for subjects; always looking to improve quality staff /new SENCO teacher etc
Space; for new classes/ new Y2 /music searching now
Scholarships needed for new families /families in need/minorities
S.E.N.CO; New teaching position need seen
Springboard; fund raising/ managing students
Sports day; use of time with RC/Y1 /look at activities and space/parent involvement/
Spanish; up to y8/

T
Transport; cars ; drop off and pick up worries/MTR/ walkers/bus

U
Uniform: we have different uniforms summer/winter which were designed by parents 3 years ago/PE/HOUSE uniform; / hat/ should we have our own swimming kit?/team colours?

W
Weather; important protocols we must follow for ; rain / sun/ typhoon / fire / Personnel

Y
YEARBOOK; new advertising/ content / communication/marketing

Thank you everyone for your support

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


6th June 2018

KIS Summer reading adventure

Dear Parents,

The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.

Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children's reading development that can occur during summer vacation times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programs (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2003).

Let’s make daily reading an important and fun part of your family summer activities!

One way to add fun to reading is to try different types and formats:
  • magazines
  • non-fiction
  • comic books
  • audio books
See attachment for more resource ideas to keep kids reading all summer!
Summer Adventure Reading List 2018

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


30th May 2018

Library Event – Battle of Books for Parents

This activity is meant for parents of KIS students

As a closing event for this academic year, the library will be hosting “Battle of the Books”, parents vs. students on the 12th June. This is similar to what the student’s participated in during our Literacy month. Books can be borrowed from KIS library, however, we do not have enough copies to accommodate all. Another option is to borrow books from public libraries. It’s a fun event for parents and a great opportunity to experience the KIS Battle of the Books competition.

Event would be right after the Y1 assembly.
Y1 Assembly (Gym): 8:30-9:15
Battle of the Books: 9:15-10:15

Picture Books
Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham
Cat in the Hat
Are you My Mother?

Chapter Book
Roald Dahl
Matilda

Graphic Novel
Herge
Destination Moon

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Best Regards,
Ms. Chian and Ms. Jay


18th May 2018

Author Visit on May 25, 12:30pm-3:00pm

We will be having another Author visit this May 25, 12:30pm-3:00pm.

About the Author, Marianne Andersen

Marianne Andersen, who has lived in Hong Kong since 2008, has recently published the children’s novel, ‘The Golden Age’. Inspired by a childhood filled with Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, which were read aloud, everyday life in Hong Kong, and a desire to create a fairy tale for children has resulted in the publication of an e-book that can now be bought on iTunes.

Golden Age
There is magic in Marianne Andersen’s fairy tale. Lots of it. Trolls, elves and dragons are a part of the main character’s – 5-year-old Ingrid’s – life. But the magical daily life also rooms dark shadows where illness and frightening creations thrive. And when the darkness from her own fairy tale suddenly enters the real world, Ingrid must find her own inner magic and fight for everything that she cares for. Behind this fantasy world lies a message, which deals with a more earthy type of magic, which is nevertheless very powerful.

Book Order forms
Please click the link for the book order forms.
Deadline for book orders is on 24th May 2018.


18th May 2018

Fundraised for Sponsored Run Charity Event

It seems like a long time since we had our Sponsored Run to support the charity Children's Surgical Center. However, this fundraising event has to be highlighted again as it was the largest donation that we have raised for a charity at Korean International School!

We raised HK$122,186

Extra donations were also raised by Mr Brown who competed in a boxing bout to raise money for Childrens Surgical Center (Video of this is in the youtube link)

...
Well done to all 😊

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yr2buZP6TN0#menu



16th May 2018

Primary Play Day on Monday 21st May

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is a gentle reminder that on Monday May 21st, the Primary Section will participate in our annual Play Day at Lei Yue Mun Park. An email with detailed information was sent out to all parents last month.

Please be reminded of the following:
  1. Students should arrive in school for the usual start at 8:20am. We will depart at 10:00am and return to school in time for dismissal at 3:00pm.
  2. Students should wear their House T-shirts (we apologise for the typo in our last email).
  3. Bring extra healthy snacks and packed lunch (If your child has school lunch, they will be given a packed lunch by our canteen).
  4. Pack drinking water, sunscreen, hat, light raincoat and mosquito repellent in a well-marked backpack. We have a ‘No hat no play’ policy for outdoor activities as we are expecting very hot weather warning next week.
Thank you for your time and attention. Happy Play Day!

Play Day Committee


9th May 2018

Springboard fundraiser

All parents and staff are invited
Here is the invite from Springboard for their fundraiser event.
Please help us publicise this coming event to all parents


Thanks,

Springboard Team


8th May 2018

Exam Arrangements & Study Leave during IGCSE & A Level Examinations

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would just like to explain a little more to you about the Exam Arrangements & Study Leave during IGCSE & A Level Examinations.

Study leave for the IGCSE and A Level examinations for May /June 2018 will be effective from Monday 30th April until Friday 15th June. Students must return to school on Tuesday 19th June for the last week of school.
Please could all parents check;
1] the exam schedule for their year [e.g. Y12]and remind your student of their exam schedule /Day date and times; we have already had 2 students fail to turn up from mis-reading the schedule and consequently they will receive a 0 score.
2] Year 11 students must wear school uniforms for all exams and when they return to school after the exams on June 19th.
3] As we are expecting heavy rain over the next few days please remind your student to plan on leaving home early for their exams, so they have plenty of time in case of traffic delays. If they arrive late – they may receive a zero on their exam.

Exam Arrangements:
All exams will take place in Room 605.
  • For Morning (AM) Exams: Students must arrive no later than 8:30AM.
    They should report to the holding room, where they will be instructed further.
  • For Afternoon (PM) Exams: Students must arrive no later than 12:30PM.
    They should report to the holding room, where they will be instructed further.
  • After the exams: Students should leave school immediately after their exam has finished providing they do not have another exam that day, unless they have an appointment or study session with a teacher.
General Rules for Exams:
  • Lateness: If a student is late for the exam, Cambridge will not usually accept their exam and the student will receive a zero score for that component. If a student encounters a problem that may cause them to be late, they must immediately send an urgent message to Ms. Brown or Mr. Cardinal.
  • Permitted items in the exam room: Clear plastic bag with stationary and water. All school bags and mobile phones should be left in their locker. Please note that if a mobile phone is discovered in the exam room, the students will be automatically disqualified.
  • Red, Black Rain or Typhoon 8: There is a possibility that the exam may be postponed until the next day, if one of these occurs. Students should check the school website for instructions and contact school if they are unsure of the situation.
  • Holidays: This is not a time to take a holiday. Students and parents are not to plan a holiday during the exam period and rest of the school term as there is the possibility that an exam may need to be rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen reasons.
Study Leave Protocol:
  • During study leave, teachers may request that students return for focused study sessions scheduled during their normal lesson times. It is a mandatory that those students attend. These study sessions will take priority over the individual appointments.
  • Students requesting to seek help and meet with the teachers during study leave must email and inform the teacher directly to make an appointment.
  • A study room will be available at a student’s request. Please ask your child to speak to their tutor. Students can come into school to study with or without an appointment . They can come in and have their own study session in the library/office/classroom [somewhere quiet and safe] just let the tutor know.
Graduation Dates:
  • Graduation Dinner – Tuesday 19th June PM
  • Graduation Ceremony – Friday 22nd June 8.45AM
Should you have any questions concerning these arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact machan@kis.edu.hk

Best regards,
C. Chadwick
Principal International Section


4th May 2018

Secondary Letter: PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Dear Secondary Parents/Guardians,

We will be hosting a PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.
This is by invitation only as it is prioritized for students with concerns.
Please note that teachers will contact parents directly via email.
Engage system will not operate for this afternoon PTC.

Do take note that classes will finish at 11:40am on 9th May 2018, there will be no lunch or bus arrangements for the half day.
Theses conferences will take place, after the half day lessons, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Sincerely

C. Chadwick
Principal


4th May 2018

Primary Letter: PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Dear Primary Parents/Guardians,

We will be hosting a PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.
This is by invitation only as if it is prioritized for students with concerns.

Do take note that classes will finish at 11:40am on 9th May 2018, there will be no lunch or bus arrangements for the half day.
Theses conferences will take place, after the half day lessons, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Sincerely

C. Chadwick
Principal


30th April 2018

KIS young writers awards
1st edition


Dear PARENTS

I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce to you this amazing collection of pieces, this anthology of KIS ‘s New Journeys to the West.
The editorial team and I hope you will enjoy this glimpse into the subject life of the English curriculum across the school over the last few months based on a single theme.
We have entries from 5year olds to 18 year olds using a variety of styles and And techniques to tell a story; it really is a great snap shot of writing in KIS.
The editorial team and I hope this is the for runner of many more editions
So please enjoy…

Book Cover.pdf
Book Inside.pdf
Book side.pdf

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


26th April 2018

MUN Information

MUN Letter to Parents
Course Outline – KYP MUN


23rd April 2018

Maths Week - Letter to parents

Dear Parents,

Next week KIS will be celebrating all things numbers with our annual Maths Week!

This year is an opportunity to experience numbers outside of the classroom, and how we can encourage our children/students to see the fun, and benefits of, Numeracy.

Learning & Playing
During recess, we have several giant Numeracy games for our students to play including Ludo and Chess, as well as fun math games such as tangram challenge and ping pong maths. Students will be supported by Year 6 pupils during their play.

Magic Maths
On Thursday, our Year 6 Mathicians (Math Magicians!) will be visiting Primary classrooms with a wonderful presentation of Maths Magic. Dressed in their magical finery, they will perform number tricks, geometry magic and lessons on how to amaze their parents.

3D Brainteasers
We will also be selling wooden puzzles all week during recess – they range in cost from $10 to $25. These 3D brainteasers are great for exercising our lateral thinking and fine motor skills. Each day two different designs will be made available in limited numbers.

Kind regards

Michael Clough
Year 6C Class Teacher
Primary Maths Coordinator


20th April 2018

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the senior management team let me just thank you all for your support for a great term 2.The end of term rushed upon us and it marked the end of an amazing 12 weeks of action, athletics, adventure and academics. In going through the recent events, I was struck by how varied the many activities we have at KIS to support our students’ learning are. It is great to be able to offer such rich opportunities for learning across all ages, for example;
secondary school exams and mocks/Advisor visiting from the UK /U16 Basketball finalist/wind and string ensemble visits/Author visits/Math competitions entries/student dance/Sponsored run/Field study trips/KELY workshop/Sports days/World book day/local visits /Parent teacher conferences/ HKYWA/ IGCSE evening ; we had excellent Cambridge results .. A GRADES

Jiffane Lee Chinese Language AS level    grade A
Jeffrey Lai Chinese Language AS level grade A
Tweety Chan Chinese Language AS level grade A
Maymay Tam Chinese Language AS level grade A
Ivy Ho Chemistry AS level grade A
Jason Chan Mathematics AS level grade A
Arina Raizal Azhar    Biology AS level grade A

Sports award
Ball Hockey; HK Rookie of the year Catriona Mannion

Wall of FAME candidate
Student of the moment Marco Tang

We would also like to thank the IPTA and team for organising and supporting many of these actions and events thank you

I hope you all had a great relaxing holiday and are refreshed for the last term of the 2017-2018 academic year

Term 3
This week I have met many smiling faces at the gate so most seemed happy to be back. We also welcomed a few new families to our community.
Now we are well into Term 3 and have had a very busy week already. We met Parents for the A LEVEL information meeting on Monday ECA s started , Y6 started their Checkpoints and tonight is the BYOD evening with Secondary parents and staff .

With the expected change in the weather after the holiday we will want our young students in Primary to protect themselves more so we will remind them ; NO HAT NO PLAY thank you.

Study leave
We are about to commence Study leave
It will start on 27th APRIL only for Y11/12/13
This gives them an opportunity to STUDY, REVISE, PREPARE,
PRACTISE AND RELAX for their final exams from Cambridge.
They will also come into school to have some working seminar with their subject teachers. The exams programme also started with PE and Art and oral English.

ECA
We hope you have signed up for many ECAs as these extra classes are so beneficial to the children of KIS. Thank you for your support, Faye De Lacy.

Uniform Shop
One way of showing pride in our school is through our uniform we would appreciate your support as we head into the summer uniform season. Please contact the uniform shop for more details.

Lost Property
The lost property box is full again. If your child has lost something please ask them to check the box. It is very important that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS 2018
KIS celebrated The United Nations International Day of Happiness on Tuesday March 20th. The United Nations recognises happiness and wellbeing as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of people around the world. We celebrated with; happy songs, dancing and silly videos; at the end we were all smiling and celebrating.

Calendar
HERE ARE OUR CALENDAR PLANS FOR THE NEXT 7 WEEKS
[SUBJECT TO CHANGE]

Week 1 April 16th -20th
A level art exam
A level parents evening for y10/11
Cambridge Y6 checkpoint exams
BYOD meeting

Week 2 April 23rd -27th
Cambridge Y9 checkpoint exams
Orbis blind lunch
Y2 assembly
Reports out Y11/12/13
Study leave for Y11/12/13

Week 3 April 30th- MAY 4th
Maths week
IPTA Meeting
Holiday [MAY 1ST]

Week 4 MAY 7th-May 11th
Literacy fest
Book fair
Invited PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES [HALF DAY]

Week 5 MAY 14th-May 18th
Literacy fest
Teachers day[15th]
Dress up day
Pajama day

Week 6 MAY 21st-May 25th
Play day
Principal meeting

Week 7 MAY 28th-June 1st
Y6 assembly
Springboard Secondary Trip

Next week we are having our next charity event
It is for ORBIS
We will have a blind lunch session just for primary and a blind sports games session for secondary a donation of 30 or more is needed.

* Please note the following:
Teachers moving on from KIS at the end of June : Ms. Sophia Lee- Korea, Ms. Bianca Brown –Dubai

* 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.

Thank you everyone for your support

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


16th April 2018

Invitation to School BYOD Workshop on Friday, 20th April 2018 6 to 8 pm

Dear Parents,

We cordially invite you to attend the workshop on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at the school mini-auditorium (Rm 415) on 20th April, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

The main aim of the workshop is to share information, show a short demo/video on how this device will be used in teaching and learning, answer queries and make payment for the new device (Samsung Galaxy book).
Please note that the BYOD Program is mandatory for all students from Year 6 to Year 11 and Springboard Secondary class. You may go through the school website link for more information about this program.

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) staff will be present to answer any technical queries, take orders for device purchases and help with credit card / cheque payment options. Please note that parents can make payment through credit cards or avail for interest free installments through credit card only on 20th April (Workshop day). Credit card payment will not be accepted on any other days. The mode of payment for other days will be by cheque only. The final date for payment is 25th April 2018.

Please mark this date on your calendar and we look forward to seeing you at the BYOD Workshop!

Sincerely,
Kavitha Suresh
ICT Teacher & Head of Technology
International Section, KIS


16th April 2018

Guidance and Counselling

In line with our mission of supporting students to become happy, healthy and accomplished, KIS’s guidance and counselling services aim to help every individual student to reach their full potential in all aspects of school life.

We provide:
  • individual and group guidance and counselling
  • parent information sessions
    student workshops
  • coaching and mentoring programmes
    Positive education
Learning Support
Our learning and language support teams work with teachers, students and parents to ensure that all students have full access to the curriculum.


16th April 2018

Letter to Parents – Updates and End of term 2

Dear Parents,

The end of term is here upon us and it marks the end of an amazing 12 weeks of action , athletics, adventure and academics.

In going through the events of last term I was struck by how many and how varied the various activities we have at KIS to support our students’ learning are! It is great to be able to offer such rich opportunities and memorable moments for learning across all ages.
On behalf of the senior management team let me just thank you all for your support for a great term here are a few for example;
secondary school exams and mocks/Advisor visiting from the UK /U16 Basketball finalist/wind and string ensemble visits/Author visits/Math competitions entries/student dance/Sponsored run/Field study trips/KELY workshop/Sports days/World book day/local visits /Parent teacher conferences/ HKYWA/ IGCSE evening ; we had excellent Cambridge results ... A GRADES

Jiffane Lee Chinese Language AS level    grade A
Jeffrey Lai Chinese Language AS level grade A
Tweety Chan Chinese Language AS level grade A
Maymay Tam Chinese Language AS level grade A
Ivy Ho Chemistry AS level grade A
Jason Chan Mathematics AS level grade A
Arina Raizal Azhar    Biology AS level grade A

In Sports; a new sports we started Ball Hockey; Catriona Mannion was awarded HK Rookie of the year
Posting onto ur own Wall of FAME; Student of the moment Marco Tang
This term we would also like to acknowledge the input of the PTA. Our thanks to the IPTA and their teams for organising so many events, actions and support. There are also lots of ways for you as parents to become involved with them If interested do contact them.

With the expected change in the weather
With the expected change in the weather after the holiday we will want our young students in Primary to protect themselves more so we will remind them ; NO HAT NO PLAY thank you for your support.

Awards and winners
What an amazing few weeks we had for KIS
HKYWA; We were winners and had representative in many finalists areas. Full details to follow
Cambridge results
Cambridge results all A GRADES
Jiffane Lee Chinese Language AS level    grade A
Jeffrey Lai Chinese Language AS level grade A
Tweety Chan Chinese Language AS level grade A
Maymay Tam Chinese Language AS level grade A
Ivy Ho Chemistry AS level grade A
Jason Chan Mathematics AS level grade A
Arina Raizal Azhar    Biology AS level grade A
Sports
Ball Hockey; Rookie of the year Catriona

Study leave
Starts on 27th APRIL for Y11/12/13

ECA
Dear parents, We hope you will sign up for many ECAs as these extra classes are so beneficial to the children of KIS. Confirmation letters will follow Thank you for your support, Faye De Lacy

Uniform Shop
One way of showing pride in our school is through our uniform
we would appreciate your support as we head into the summer uniform season. Please contact the uniform shop for more details.

Lost Property
The lost property box is again. If your child has lost something please ask them to check the box. It is very important that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS 2018
Recently KIS in celebrated The United Nations International Day of Happiness on Tuesday March 20th. The United Nations recognises happiness and wellbeing as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of people around the world. We celebrated with; happy songs, dancing and silly videos; at the end we were all smiling, celebrating and happy.

Easter break
I hope you all have a great relaxing holiday and come back refreshed for the last term of the 2017-2018 academic year.
I aim to see everyone back on Monday 16th April.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


16th April 2018

Literacy Fest letter to parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Every year, the International Section prepares for Literacy Fest where special and fun activities are organised for your child to celebrate learning. We would like to share with you the calendar of events promoting Literacy this year:
DatesEvents
Monday 7th May to Friday 18th May Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

- Students read their favourite books for 30 minutes during DEAR time
Tuesday, 8th May Reception Assembly + Y2-4 Speech Festival Finals

- The top two performers from each class will battle it out to become year-level winners
Tuesday, 8th May to Thursday 10th May Book Fair

- Students will be allocated a time slot to visit the fair with their teachers.
- Parents are welcomed to visit the fair from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 10th May Battle of the Books (Reception to Y3)

- House teams will compete in a competition to answer questions about books from the Battle of the Books Lower Primary Book List
Thursday 17th May Battle of the Books (Y4-6)

- House teams will compete in a competition to answer questions about books from the Battle of the Books Upper Primary Book List
Tuesday 15th May Character Dress-up Day + Y5-6 Speech Festival Finals

- Students dress up as a book character and bring the book to show where their character is from. We love all things homemade!! Students are encouraged to design and prepare their own costumes, props and make-up from home.
- The finals for the Y5-6 Speech Festival will also be on the same day
Friday 18th May Pyjama Day

- Students can bring pyjamas to school and wear them during bedtime reading. Students
We encourage every to student to develop a passion for reading and to read on a daily basis. We hope that through Literacy Fest, learning is celebrated in a variety of enjoyable ways.

We would like to thank our PTA in advance for their support in providing milk and cookies for our pyjama day.

Happy reading!

From
The English Committee


28th March 2018

Y6 Checkpoint

Dear Parents,

The Cambridge Checkpoint exams will be in the Y6 Class rooms from April 18 – 20. There will be one outside invigilator for each room, who will be in charge.
The class teachers will prepare all students for the assessments in;
what to do /what to bring/ the protocols and procedures of the tests.
These assessments are important indicators for their move into secondary school and being assimilated into their new Y7 groups

SyllabusComponentsComponent InformationDurationTest Date & Time
Mathematics
0845
1, 21Mathematics Paper 1
non-calculator
45mWednesday, April 18 9:00am
2Mathematics Paper 2
calculator
45mWednesday, April 18 1:00pm
English
0844
1, 21English Paper 1
non-narrative reading, writing and usage
60mThursday, April 19 9:00am
2English Paper 2
narrative reading and writing
60mThursday, April 19 1:00pm
Science
0846
1, 21Science Paper 1
calculator
45mFriday, April 20 9:00am
2Science Paper 2
calculator
45mFriday, April 20 1:00pm
Any queries please contact me
Thank you

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


20th March 2018

IGCSE information evening

Dear Parents,

The staff, students and leadership team have the pleasure of inviting you to a IGCSE Information Evening on Monday 26th MARCH in the mini auditorium 5:30 to 6:30.

We expect this session to provide you and your son/daughter with an excellent opportunity to find out more about the developing pathways to success in school from Year 9 onwards.

The session contains the an appreciation of different exam board’s approach to teaching and learning and to what represents its approach to working towards the future for young people.

We will explore and explain the diverse range of subjects, helping students to develop their own strengths and interests while nurturing an informed curiosity and building a lasting passion for learning. When passion and talent combine, student potential is fully unlocked. We will also mention our new courses which fall in line with our vision of the future and compliments our school mission statement of; ‘find passion, foster vision, encourage action’.

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

Learn about how we start our IGCSE programme and how it builds progression up to University. Come and hear about the interesting choices/options we offer at IGCSE and how best to maximize your son or daughter’s pathway to success.

This session is a required attendance for all Year 8 and 9 students but is open to any parent in our school who wants to find out everything you wanted to know about IGCSE assessments/examinations, and the pathway to the future.

Best regards

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


13th March 2018

Battle of the Books

Dear Parents,

Every year, the International Section prepares for Literacy Fest where special and fun activities are organised for your child to celebrate reading. This year, Literacy Fest will take place in the month of May. More information will be sent to you in the coming weeks.

In previous years, students in Primary enjoyed Battle of the Books as one of many awesome Literacy Fest activities. This year we will continue to run this activity for our Primary classes.

Please find the enclosed Book List for Lower Primary and Upper Primary. The books are available in our Library. However, due to the demand that will arise, it may be helpful to borrow the titles in your nearby public libraries as well.

Your child is encouraged to read as many books on the list as possible. Get involved in the stories, explore the characters, themes and plots. The more they know the books, the more they can participate.

In the month of May, your child’s class teachers will choose representatives from each House and compete in Battle of the Books. Happy reading everyone!

Literacy Committee


9th March 2018

Summer Uniform Items are available in shops

KIS Order form Reception – Y6
KIS Order form Secondary


7th March 2018

Read for Ronald

Read for Ronald Year 1 to Year 3
Read for Ronald Year 4 to Year 6


6th March 2018

Letter to Parents – March 2018

Dear Parents,

We have had a wonderful first week back with a few highlights to kick off the second half of term 2.

It has been a busy few days back at school with various events taking place across all parts of the school Students have settled quickly into routines again after their holiday break. I have enjoyed welcoming many new students to our school nearly 20. It has been fantastic to see our Y11/12/13 Secondary students “hit the ground running” with their organization and preparation for their Mock exams.

It was good to welcome a new event the Primary Sports day and the parents to Sai Wan Ho for our sports day during the week. Thank you for supporting the events. The students are always so excited when parents come to school and the atmosphere during both sports Days was happy and positive.

It was good to welcome in a second new event the Secondary Sports day and again thank you to those parents who supported us on the day; excellent levels of participation were shown on both Sports Day. Well done to all of the students for all their efforts. Congratulations and our thanks to our P.E/sports team of Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Lin and Ms. Nixon for their continued development of students through PE units of learning.

Parents joined students and staff for the Y5 Chinese New Year Assembly to round off a very exciting week. The assembly was an excellent showcase of their learning and they were joined by Y3/4 who sang a Chinese song which was enjoyed by all. Well done to all of the students involved and a big thank you to the Chinese and Music Teams for their support in the commitment to students in the lead up to the assembly performances.

Another highlight of this first week was the World Book Day celebration on Thursday where the school heard about; importance of reading/ our reading buddies programme/ library time/Reading for Ronald and an author visit.

This week we also entered the North East Canadian Mathematics Competition where Mr. Cardinal selected a team f Secondary students to take part in the competition.

Flu Season
Please be reminded that the flu season is not over yet. There are a number of people in HK still suffering from this and we ask you to take extreme caution by checking your child’s temperature if they are feeling unwell. Please do not send them to school if they have a temperature or feeling unwell. Please remind your child to wash their hands thoroughly. The School site staff are following stringent cleaning protocols too.

Student conferences week.
Have you booked your student conference? We still have a number of families across the school who have not booked a time. Get in quick! Children will not come to school unless they have a consultation that day.

School Counsellors - We have 3 regular student counsellors working with us over the week. If you would like further information please contact Ms. Chan. If you are interested in accessing this service please contact your child’s teacher or one of the senior management team.

New school year Calendar for 2018/19
This is under way and in draft form I would ask you, in advance to, please take note of school term dates when booking holidays.

As I said at the opening of this message, I am delighted to say we have had a good first week back, it’s been filled with exciting events across the school and the students are getting back down to learning

term 2 second half
WEEKS 8-12

week 8 February 26th - March 3rd
Return to school/Welcome new families/Sports day x 2 /Mock exams for y11/12/13/ assembly Y5/ Badminton team plays

week 9 March 5th-March -9th
Mock exams for y11/12/13/ KELY Workshops/assessments/Ultimate Frisbee team/Badminton team

week 10 March 12th-March 16th
KELY workshops/Parent Teacher conferences [school closure]/Badminton team plays/Boxing match for Mr. Brown/

week 11 March 19th-March 23rd
KELY workshops/Elevate meeting/Secondary school disco and dance night/Badminton team plays

week 12 March 26th-March 29th[Thursday ]KELY workshop/finish on Thursday for Easter holiday

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


5th March 2018

Letter to Parents – Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You may have noticed a small number of parents of Korean section students outside the school gates this morning giving out leaflets.
This was a demonstration organised by some of the Korean Section PTA against the KIS Board regarding the hiring of new teachers in the Korean section for the start of the new academic year.
The International section’s leadership and management teams were in attendance to guide in all students especially the very young and those from Springboard.

Please be assured that this event concerns only the Korean Section and it will not affect us in the International section.
I ask that everyone stays calm and focused and to let the relevant parties come to a solution.
Thanks.

Best regards,

C. Chadwick
Principal –International Section


27th February 2018

Primary Year 5 Chinese New Year Assembly

Dear Parents, Friends and Loved ones,

This is a gentle reminder that the Y5 Chinese New Year Assembly will be held this Thursday, 1st March at 8.30am in the gym.
Join us for songs, lion dances, stories and an exciting drum performance.
We would like everyone, students, teachers and parents to dress in the traditional Chinese attire or any clothing in Red and Gold as we celebrate.
The CNY celebrations in KIS may be delayed this year, but it’s better late than never!

To show our appreciation for your support , we would like invite you for a morning activity at the library after assembly. Many thanks to our PTA for providing drinks and snacks!

1st March
8:30 - 9:15 Assembly
Gymnasium
3rd floor
9:20 - 10:05 Morning Activity
Library
5th floor

Happy Lunar New Year to all the families celebrating this happy event and see you at Assembly!

Mr Chris Chadwick, Mr Keith Lau, Mrs Glenda Khoo, Ms Diana Chian, Ms Jayshree Subramanian


26th February 2018

Buddy Reading

Dear parents

We just want to inform you about our next library activity which is “Buddy Reading”.
This will be an ongoing activity for the whole month of March (starting from March 5 until March 30) in celebration of Word Book Day!! Teachers will choose different buddy reading class every week.

This activity helps develop students interest in reading storybooks.
Our big buddies (Year 4-6) will be reading books to our little buddies (Reception – Year 3) during their library class.

Research study states different impact on the students through buddy reading;
  1. Students are showing greater interest in reading.
  2. Their self-confidence is increasing.
  3. Command of the language is improving.
  4. They are participating actively in the activity and look forward to it each week.
  5. They are able to pronounce common words with greater accuracy.
  6. Their English vocabulary is increasing.
  7. Stimulate imagination (through the books that they read).
  8. Big Buddies gain more confidence in themselves.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to send me an email.

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian.


26th February 2018

Secondary Sports day Information

Dear Parents and Care Givers,

Our Annual Secondary Sports Day will be held at Siu Sai Wan Sports Stadium on Wednesday, 28th February, 2018 starting at 9.15 am
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 come to school first this year to register with their form tutors and ride the assigned bus to the stadium.

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 at around 2.15[This may be earlier than advertised]. All secondary students (except Springboard Secondary) will need to make their own way home from 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 students who have ordered lunches from the canteen may pick up a packed lunch on Wednesday morning.

It is advisable, at this time of year, students prepare for the weather by bringing the appropriate clothing. All students are expected to wear their house colours[T shirts], 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.

Best regards,

Conrad Ackerman
Head of Physical Education
Korean International School
International Section


26th February 2018

Welcome back - Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Dear Parents

Today we welcome back all the students after the holiday break
We also want to offer a special warm welcome to all the Primary students after their extended break and to all our new students and their families who are joining us.

The staff and I want to welcome you back and to wish you
Happy Chinese New Year
Kung Hei Fat Choi
we hope the year of the dog is filled with;
love, good health, prosperity and happiness…and of course peace..

HAPPY NEW YEAR

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


15th February 2018

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

On this eve of the holidays, from the teachers and I
we wish you and whole school community a healthy and prosperous Year of Dog…
We wish you all a
Happy Chinese New Year –
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Happy new year of the dog

we wish you all happy, healthy and relaxing holiday, and we look forward to seeing all on Monday 26th February

Warmest Regards,

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


15th February 2018

Invitation to Parents for Y5 Chinese New Year Assembly on 1st March 8:30 am in Gym

Dear Parents, Friends and Loved ones,

We would like to invite you to our Y5 Assembly on 1 March, 2018 ( Thursday ), 8.30am at the School Gym to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Drums will be played and the Story of Nian will be told. Since this happy event still falls within the Lunar New Year, all parents, teachers and students are encouraged to dress in the traditional Chinese/Korean attire or in Red and Gold to join in the celebrations.

As you enter the school on the 1 March, do look out for your child’s work on display in the bulletin boards in front of the principal’s office. Prior to the school closure, our Chinese teachers have been doing CNY culture lessons and activities with the different year groups. The children learnt different stories such as “Nian” monster, 12 zodiacs and story of door god, sang songs, wrote couplets, made cards and did arts and crafts in anticipation of the Lunar New Year.

It is with great joy that we look forward to the celebrations during Assembly on 1 March 2018 and the return to school on the 26th Feb 2018

Happy Lunar New Year to all the families celebrating this happy event and see you at Assembly!

Mr Chris Chadwick, Mr Keith Lau, Mrs Glenda Khoo


12th February 2018

Cancellation of ECAs

Dear Parents,

Due to the following announcement by the EDB http://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/sch-admin/admin/about-sch/diseases-prevention/edb_20180207_eng.pdf we will also be cancelling ECAs during this period.

Alternative arrangements will be made with the individual instructors, and will depend on time and weather constraints.

We appreciate your understanding regarding this matter. Should you have any further questions please contact fdelacy@kis.edu.hk or kashman@kis.edu.hk.

Kind regards,
Faye DeLacy and Kim Ashman


8th February 2018

Secondary Information Evening Tuesday 13th February at 6.00, Room 415

Dear Parents,

You are invited to the, Secondary Information Evening
On Tuesday 13th February at 6.00 in the room 415

This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s future; leadership team/Form tutor/ subject Heads of Departments and specialist teachers and to find out about the teaching and learning program in our SECONDARY section.

How will the evening work?
When you arrive at school you should come to the Mini Auditorium on the fourth floor, room 415 The first part of the evening will be as follows:
  • I will introduce myself ,our school leadership team, the subject Heads of Departments and the tutors.
  • I will tell you about our school’s future plans and projects.
  • You will then meet some of the Form tutors.
  • You will then meet and hear from some of the students currently studying in the different year groups in our secondary section.
  • You will hear about how KIS prepares a student for University and the future from the ALUMNI
  • You will hear about all the new changes in our timetable.
  • You will hear about the overseas trips that we planned for this year.
  • You will hear about revised curriculum subjects/ Cambridge exams/Successes.
  • You will hear about our important new changes to sports and IT.
  • You will hear about; ALO/Chinese language changes/ self- study/Student targets/Question and review.
  • I will introduce you to the Springboard secondary Head teacher who will talk briefly about Springboard secondary.
  • You will then hear about our important new changes to pastoral care and how we care for the well- being of our students.
  • You will hear about our important new changes in student leadership/community service and citizenship.
In the second part of the evening:
The second part of the evening is a chance for you to meet informally the; school leadership team, the subject Heads of Departments and some of the tutors to hear first-hand what they are offering. This would be an ideal opportunity for you to raise any concerns you may have about your child’s secondary education and for you to hear about the plans for the future year ahead. The staff and I hope that you will take away many reassurances about our Secondary section as well as many ideas about how you can support your child’s learning at home for when they are in the secondary section.

There will be refreshments too from the IPTA
We hope to see you there

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


7th February 2018

Special Announcement: Primary & Reception classes closed from Feb 8th until Feb 23rd

Dear all

The Hong Kong Education Bureau announced today that all the Kindergarten and Primary would have Chinese New Year Holiday From Tomorrow(Feb.08)

We will follow their directives; so students of Kindergarten and Primary will break for the holidays tomorrow; to prevent the spread of Influenza in HK.

All Teachers and TAs are expected to be in school as normal working.

Secondary students continue with school as normal and will remain attending school until Thursday 15th until 12.00 and then break for the holiday.

Please note that students of Kindergarten and Primary will be contacted by their class rep. with information from their class teachers re; things to do over the extended holiday.

Please note that all students of Kindergarten, Primary and secondary will return to school on Monday 26th February after the break for the holidays

The staff and I wish you a happy holiday.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


30th January 2018

Lunch Time Story Time

Dear Parents
Here is an example of a scheduled Lunch Time Story Time it is with Year 1.
Student Librarians and Super Readers will pick the students up at 12:10 (classroom).
Last Week of Lunch Time Story Time!!

TimeMondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdaysFridays
12:10 – 12:35Reception YYear 1Year 2/SBPYear 3RP
Note:
Upper Primary class teachers, can you help me remind the readers to eat their lunch same time as the lower primary students (11:50-12:05). I will meet them in the Library at 12:05.

Tuesday Super Readers Jan 30
Year 1A, Year 1F, Year 1N
 KoreanEnglishChinese
Senior LibrariansLaurenGeo - A
Ginka
Joseph
Cyrus
Junior LibrariansGloria
Jiwon
Alexis
Hiro
Sia
Ariel
Amy
Giselle
Ryan
 
Volunteers Clara 4B
Celeste 4B
Suzu 4B
Matthew 4B
Kayan 4B
Fan Shing 4D
Charlotte 5L
Hannah 6C
Reia 4B
Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


30th January 2018

Author Visit Schedule - 31st Jan

Dear Parents,

A gentle reminder, Nury Vittachi will be visiting us on the 31st January

More information about the author and his books can be seen in his website: http://www.jam100.com/whoisthisguy/theofficialversion.html

*No library classes in the afternoon from 12:40-15:00

Venue: Library
TimeYear Level
12:40-13:25Year 2S Year 2J
Year 3F Year 3C
SBP
13:25-14:10Reception P Reception Y
Year 1F Year 1N Year 1A
14:15-15:00Year 4D Year 4B
Year 5L Year 5K
Year 6V Year 6C
Many Thanks!

Best Regards,
Diana Chian
School Librarian


29th January 2018

Thank you for attending the New Parent Coffee Morning

We held a new parent coffee morning on Friday last week

This was a good opportunity to introduce the head boy /girl and the Prefects and explain their role especially the gate duty

This was a good opportunity to introduce the IPTA and for them to explain how they work and how parents can get involved. They also explained how they support the student body and teachers with funds for projects.

This was a good opportunity to talk about their child settling into KIS our expectations, routines, responsibilities and rules.

There were many questions that parents asked some were about Secondary which Maisie dealt with/ addressed.

It lasted about 70 minutes and was a very good informative session.

Thank you to everyone who attended; Prefects/ Maisie/ IPTA/Jeana
Thank you to Jenny who organized it

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


26th January 2018

KWA donation

Dear All

The staff and students of Springboard is pleased to announce that yesterday
They received a donation.
The donation of 40,000 came from the Korean Women’s Association

We would like to thank the KWA for their generosity and support.


Thank you .

Pamela Kwok
Springboard Primary Homeroom Teacher
School Leadership Representative
–International Section


26th January 2018

Information on Flu Season

Notice from the School Nurse

The flu season is upon us and the Centre for Health Protection states it usually lasts for around 16 weeks.

In school we are seeing the number of students with fevers slowly rising and we have had a handful of confirmed cases of Influenza throughout the year groups.

Please continue to monitor for signs of influenza at home and seek medical advice if you are concerned. If your child has a fever, they should not be back in school until 48 hours after the fever has subsided, without the need for any medication.

If you wish to know more about the seasonal flu vaccination, please visit the following Centre for Health Protection webpage https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/18877.html or contact your family doctor.

To help us manage illness throughout the school please always inform your child’s class teacher and the school nurse if your child is unable to attend school.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


26th January 2018

Charity sponsored run update

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all as excited for the charity sponsored run as we are! The run is taking place Monday 29th January from 12:40pm to 3:00pm. Please note that children should come to school dressed in costume on the day and bring HK$30 for purchasing fruits and healthy snacks. There has also been a slight change to the race schedule so see attached the updated version.

We look forward to seeing parents coming down to support and participating in the parent teacher race too. We would really like to encourage healthy eating and living so while packing lunch for Monday try and consider a healthy meal.

All money raised from fruit sales and sponsor run form donations will be going towards the charity Children Surgical Centre in Cambodia. A charity which offers free medical healthcare to help young lives who have been affected by the war.

Have a fantastic and healthy weekend.

Key Event details

Best wishes,
Mr Brown


17th January 2018

Sponsored run in school to raise money for Children Surgical Centre in Cambodia (CSC)

Dear Parents,
On the 29th of January from 1:40pm to 3:00pm we will be having a sponsored run in school to raise money for Children Surgical Centre in Cambodia (CSC).
CSC provides a range of specialised rehabilitation surgical services, surgical training, and direct support to the people of Cambodia – free of charge. The centre began when Dr. Jim found that war and landmine injuries were rampant and disabilities were neglected. In 1998, CSC started as a small project to help victims of landmine injuries, many of whom were children. Since then, it has grown into what it is today. You can find more information about CSC on their website http://csc.org/about-csc/
For the sponsored run, the students push themselves to the limit and see how many laps they can do in 10 minutes! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in the run. We will have 4 separate races : - Reception to Year 3, Year 4 to Year 6, Secondary Students and a Parent/teacher race.

On the day, we would like to promote healthy eating and living, so we also have a fruit and healthy snack stall. Proceeds from the sales of the fruit go towards the CSC. It is recommended that the children bring in HK$30 on the day if they would like to buy anything from the stall.
The run cannot be successful without the support from students, parents, relatives and friends. After the run, students will collect all the donations once they know how many laps they achieved and bring the donations to school before 6th February.
To make the event a fun and a memorable experience, we will encourage all the children to dress up as their favorite Super Hero, Disney character, cartoon character or a costume of their choice for the run.
We look forward to the 29th January. Prizes will be awarded to children from each class, there will be categories for the best costume, the best fund raiser, the best runner for the longest distance run and the best member for their House. Let’s all come together and work towards a healthier lifestyle while raising money for a meaningful cause.

Sponsored Run Form

Best wishes,

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


16th January 2018

Professional Development Jan 31-Feb 2

Dear Parents,

Phil Davis, a UK advisor/ teacher trainer and the developer of the ‘Write Inspired’ approach to writing, will be coming to work with KIS for two school days (Jan 31-Feb 1) and for the PD Day (Feb 2). The training will involve Mr. Davis working with different classes to demonstrate writing techniques while teachers and assistants observe. On the final day, he will hold a full-day inset for staff which is a school closure for students. Below is a tentative timetable:

Wednesday, Jan 31
Y3 – first 4 blocks
Y1 – 12:40 pm-1:40 pm
Y2 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Thursday, Feb 1
Y6 – first 4 blocks
Y5 – last 3 blocks

Friday, Feb 2
Full-day training for all staff (Primary)

Due to limited time, he can only work with selected classes. For KS2, he has asked for longer sessions of 3-4 blocks. This will enable him to demonstrate the range of techniques used in his approach. All staff will choose at least one of the above sessions to attend. Specialist teachers, will approach the class teachers and work out a revised schedule with them for these two days.

We have asked Mr. Davis if he could host a parents evening on the UK curriculum; details to follow.
Thank you.

Regards,
Keith Lau
Leader of Learning for English
International Section


12th January 2018

Music Ensemble concert 15 Jan (Mon) 9:30-10:15 at Gym

Dear Parents,

hope you enjoy the show.
On Monday 15th January, the Music Office Wind Ensembles will be giving a 45-min concert to our school, the programme is based on the theme: snow-white, which consists of story-telling and explanations on how different themes and characters reflect on different instruments, all music arranged by the ensemble themselves.
As the concert time starts at 9:30am and ends at 10:15am, there will be a schedule change for period 2 and recess as follow: Recess will begin at 9:15am for the students that day, so that they can have a snack and go to the toilet before 9:30am. And they will be in the gym for 9:30am.
Member s of the IPTA have been invited to watch too.

Thank you

Best regards,
Mr. Marvin Shum
Music Teacher-International Section


12th January 2018

Primary Assembly dates for Parents

Dear Parents,

Parents are cordially invited to the Gym for the following assembly dates.

MONTHDate / TimeASSEMBLY
JANUARY30th Jan 8.30amYear 3s / British Council Test Results
FEBRUARY13th Feb 8.30amYear 5s
MARCH13th Mar 8.30amSBP
MARCH27th Mar 8.30amYear 4s
APRIL24th Apr 8.30amYear 2s
MAY8th May 8.30amReception
MAY29th May 8.30amYear 6s
JUNE19th June 8.30amYear 1s


4th January 2018

Welcome to Term 2 - Spring Term

Dear Members of Staff and Parents,
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Welcome back
Welcome to Term 2 - Spring Term

The teachers and I would like to welcome you all back to school after your Christmas holiday.
A special warm welcome goes out to all our new students and their families who have joined us. We look forward to a great and successful Term 2.

Classes began on Tuesday and as I stood at the gate it was a pleasure to meet many new students and their families as they moved in and went about the business of making KIS their “home”. It was also wonderful to welcome everyone else returning from holiday WITH A SMILE on their face ready for the new term. The beginning of the spring term is always an exciting time as staff and students reappear after the Christmas break in full force refreshed and ready for the new calendar year.

The campus quickly burst into life as we got underway with meeting old friends and welcoming new students. The secondary students were straight into important exams and learning resumed both in our classrooms and beyond. The excitement and energy are both palpable and invigorating and the enthusiasm for learning is infectious and refreshing. Our students are full of promise and energy… and now, as the academic Term 2 opens, our work begins anew as we help them realize their dreams over the next 6 months.

KIS is a fantastic place and enjoys a strong reputation. Over the course of this year, as we advance, it will be more important than ever for us to make decisions that are informed by data, grounded in our goals, focused on serving our students better, and attentive to creating opportunities for long-term success.

As always, I look forward to opportunities to join you during academic discussions and the planned Secondary information evening, the IGCSE and A-level meetings will be a time where we can focus on; learning more about our school, collecting information, understanding course requirements and dealing with university issues. There will also be up and coming PTA functions and charity events which will have a more relaxed and social atmosphere.

As we embark on Term 2, I would also like to recognise and thank everyone who worked so hard during the busy Autumn /Term 1. Parents and teachers alike have all contributed to so many wonderful events and changes at KIS and I wish to thank you all and to say that I do appreciate all your HARD WORK AND EFFORT.

Here are a few of the amazing actions and events we did last term together;
Mid -autumn festival/Chuseuk /Diwali/ Canadian/US Thanks giving/Korean Folk festival/ Christmas/art week/Diversity day/camp and Project weeks/local trips out/talks by the elephant man and memory man/PD day/P/T conferences Anti-bullying week and Geography field study trips.

KIS IS A SMALL SCHOOL WITH A BIG HEART; In Term 1 you all gave your money, time and effort to support the numerous charities and their fund raising events which included;

Box of Hope (350 boxes)
Community Chest ($4,073)
Mexico earthquake appeal ($16,300)
Impact ($6,541 plus hundreds of plastic bags)
Operation Santa Claus and Save the Children ($30,000 +)
Big life elephant foundation ($3,000)
British Legion - HK Branch ($1,583)
Community Homeless visits

LAST TERM Many of you gave your; time, voice and effort to supporting our sports and ECA programme with team successes in; Hockey/football/basketball/cross country and your contributions brought a smile to student faces as they enjoyed their after school ECA and participation in sport.

As usual at KIS we have introduced some changes; some new schemes/events across the School; have included creating a 6th form, new timetabling, new languages, House activities/ ALO’S/ new exam subject courses and new school rules. Thank you for bearing with and supporting us in all the changes.

Thank you all for joining me and my leadership team; Ms Chan /Ms Khoo/Mr. Barnes/Ms Kwok/Mr. Chan on this first leg of our journey 2017-2018 we want to thank every member of our school community for continuing to distinguish this School as a place where individual work accelerates collective purpose; because of your commitment to collaboration, creativity, and excellence, the 2017-18 year WILL CONTINUE TO BE filled with remarkable achievements.

Thank you for making this a welcoming place to live, work, and learn…and a community to which our students are always happy to return.

Have a fantastic Term 2
Happy New Year 2018
Sincerely,


4th January 2018

KIS Library Events 2018

Dear Parents,

Starting from January 2018, the KIS library will be hosting series of events for you. We are starting off with team games and other activities prepared by the Upper Primary Students. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet up with us and with one another. We look forward to seeing you all. This is just the beginning of a wonderful set of events that will happen in the months to come.

Date: 9th January 2018, Tuesday
Time: 8:15 am – 10:15am
Location: Library

Thank you!

Best Regards,
Ms. Chian and Ms. Jay


3rd January 2018

ECA EXPO FRIDAY 5th Jan

Dear Parents and Teachers,

ECA EXPO FOR TERM 2 WILL BE THIS FRIDAY in the GYM. Parents are allowed to come in and view all of our exciting new options. We look forward to having you there and we hope your child will find something of interest to him/her. Teachers please be aware of the schedule, but know that you may change with anyone if need be.

Thank you for your support when I was off sick, I am still recovering and it is going to be a long process, so please excuse me if I am a bit slow/delayed.

Many thanks,

Faye De Lacy
Year 4 Class Teacher
Coordinator for Extra Curricular Activities – International Section


3rd January 2018

Kidsfest Letters to Parents

2017 Play Day Letter to parents
Ugly Duckling Reception letter
Hairy Maclary Y1 and SBP letter
I Believe in Unicorns Y4 5 6 and SBS letter


13th December 2017

Christmas Greetings to you all!

This week we want you to be delighted and thrilled to be attending our Christmas Concerts.

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like the singing of new and old Christmas carols around the Christmas tree.

My thanks to the Concert team led by Mr. Barnes and Ms. Jorge and the IPTA team, for their hard work in supporting our students in this special event.

Thank you parents for putting your phones away and just watching with enjoyment rather than through a screen – we will send you a link to the video very soon.

Santa Fun day

Many thanks to all parents and especially our IPTA for a fantastic Santa Fun day. What a great day we all had – the food stalls, the game stalls, photo sessions and activities. It was all so well planned and organised. Our students are certainly fortunate to have such a wonderful community behind them.

News for Term 2

We welcome back Mr. Lin and Mr. Moeke from long term illnesses. Mr. Jay will return to Y1F with our thanks for a job well done. We will bid farewell to Ms. Sindhu with our grateful thanks for all her hard work and efforts with Y1F.

My thanks also go to you all for your support and encouragement over this long term.

On behalf of all staff, I wish you all a relaxing, refreshing and amazing Christmas break. I want everyone to come back safe and sound; and we will see you all on Tuesday 2nd January 2018, to start Term 2.


13th December 2017

Kidsfest for parents

Dear Primary Parents,

We would like to inform you about upcoming excursions in January/February 2018 for the Primary section.

The annual Kidsfest event held by 'ABA Productions' will be held at the Performing Arts Center in Wanchai. Many other International Schools in Hong Kong attend these shows, giving students an opportunity to experience a live stage performance originally based from the UK.

The KIS Literacy Committee have chosen the following shows, showcasing a variety of genres (Fiction and Non-Fiction). Students will be doing Literacy based activities with their teachers and in the K.I.S library to follow the themes of these shows:

Y1 and SBP will see 'Hairy Maclary'
on Wednesday January 17th

Reception will see 'Ugly Duckling'
on Wednesday January 24th

Y4, 5, 6 and SBS will see 'I Believe in Unicorns'
on Wednesday January 31st

Y2 and Y3 will see 'Dinosaur Zoo'
on Thursday February 1st

More information will come home after the Christmas break with payment info and times of departure/return to school.
*Please note that the cost of the show is $220. This will be the ONLY paid excursion expected by Primary students in Term Two. We are also lucky to have the 'student rate' for the shows by going as a group.

Sincerely,

Kidsfest Coordinator
Ms.Feg; Y1 Teacher
International Section


5th December 2017

Memory Man

Dear parents,

We have been fortunate enough to engage the services of the famous David Thomas, memory man and motivational speaker who is in Hong Kong for a week in December.
David works with all ages making learning fun;
David’s Bio reads;
World class memory man
  • Current world memory record holder for memorising and reciting 100 packs of playing cards
  • International Grandmaster of Memory
  • World Memory Championships medallist
  • 2007 US Memory Champion
  • US memory record breaker
  • Guinness record breaker reciting Pi to 22,500 digits
David Thomas GMM
Sunday Times #1 bestselling author, international speaker, Guinness record breaker
www.TheMotivationSpeaker.com
+44 (0) 7525 069235

David will hold talks/ fun sessions and work with all students at age appropriate level about
  1. How To Pass Your Exams
  2. getting better grades in less time and with less stress
  3. Memory Skills
  4. having fun with your memory
David proves to the students how brilliant their memories can be.
Masterclass contents
  • The two principles of memory training
  • Techniques to memorise information
  • Application to wide range of material
David does an interactive exercise where the average increase in retention is 80%
He show how to Mind Map;an astonishingly powerful tool that must be taught well for it to have best effect.
Older students Masterclass contents;
  • How the brain works
  • The Mind Mapping technique
  • How To Pass Your Exams
On Monday 11th
His sessions last throughout the day
We have planned 3 sessions
key stage 1 RC/Y1/Y2
key stage 2 Y3/4/5/6
key stage 3 /4/5 Y7/8/9/10/11/12/13

as this is an outside speaker and we feel all students would enjoy this Christmas treat
we are asking all parents to pay 40 hkd for their session.
Please send in a cheque for 40 dollars; made payable to the ‘Korean International school’ and return the slip in an envelope marked Memory man

Name of student/s…………………………………………………………………………

Class/classes…………………………………..

I enclose a cheque for 40 dollars

Parents signature………………………………………….

David Thomas @ KIS

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


23rd November 2017

Anti-Bullying Week

As mentioned in the assembly on Tuesday
This is what some schools are doing in the UK to support Anti-Bullying Week

This week it is Anti-bullying week and KIS will be making children aware of the signs of bullying and ways to deal with it themselves and how we deal with it as a school.
As part of this week, children can wear odd socks, if they want to, on Friday 24th November as a fun way to support the week.
This is to support children in understanding how we are ‘All Different, All Equal’.


22nd November 2017

School Camp Update

Dear parents,

Last week the school campus was so quiet as Key stage 2 Primary were all out at camp and next week the School campus will be largely deserted whilst our staff and teachers go out into the world .
There has been an amazing vibe of excitement this week as last minute preparations are completed and we all realise that the most anticipated week of the school year is finally here.
Our school is heavily invested in the notion that learning beyond the classroom plays a pivotal role in an excellent international education.
The benefits I see of our ADVENTURE AND OVERSEAS week’s program include:-
  • Personal development that comes from participating in challenging activities and needing to be highly independent.
  • Sharpened collaboration skills by working with peers in non-academic endeavors.
  • Increased global and community awareness through engagement with a broad range of people.
  • Enhanced sense of gratitude for the wonderful privileges that KIS School students enjoy.
  • Strengthened relationships between students and between students and staff as they interact in the world beyond the classroom.
I’m very much looking forward to attending Year 7 camp as well as a few Hong Kong based activities and to sharing student quest week perspectives with you in the weeks ahead.

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


13th November 2017

NO ECA THIS WEEK

Good Morning all,

Just a reminder that there are no ECA classes this week as it is Primary Camp week. I know not ALL of the students are involved in this week, but it is far too complicated to send notes to individuals arranging for private lessons/organising replacements for staff who have to go on camp. If there is some way you want to organise to still see your group, you may go ahead. This week was not included in the number of days for ECA this term and therefore not included in the overall price. Lower primary please try explain to your children why they aren’t having ECA. I know this is not easy for them to understand.

Thank you for your patience and understanding everyone,

Faye De Lacy
Year 4 Class Teacher
Coordinator for Extra Curricular Activities – International Section


13th November 2017

School Social Network Information

Dear Parents,

As part of a way to showcase all of the wonderful things that happen at Korean International School we are actively updating our social media activity. Please feel free to join our official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KoreanInternationalSchoolHongKong/ and Instagram page Korean International https://www.instagram.com/koreaninternational/. We believe this method of communication is a great way to share photos and videos to bridge the gap between school and home. We will also be having competitions using social media too in the near future.

Also, our new website is up and running where you can gain information about facilities, curriculum and important notices. Please have a look at https://www.kis.edu.hk/.

Kind regards,

Mr. Brown


3rd November 2017

KIS Writers Award

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.

All entries should be based on the theme for 2017, New Journeys to the West. Winners will be chosen in each of the following groups:

Y1-3 Non-fiction
Y1-3 Fiction
Y1-3 Poetry
Y1-3 ESL (one winner for all the literary categories)

Y4-6 Non-fiction
Y4-6 Fiction
Y4-6 Poetry
Y4-6 ESL (one winner for all the literary categories)

Cover Art

The overall winner will be named KIS Writer of the Year.

All award-winning works will be published, along with a selection of shortlisted entries. The school reserves the right to “lightly edit” works that are published.

New Journeys to the West
Almost 1400 years ago, a brave young monk made a multi-year journey from China across the southwestern mountains to India. His trip was celebrated in a novel called Journey to the West, written about 500 years ago.

In the novel version of the tale, the young monk, whose name is Xuanzang, is accompanied by magical companions, including the Monkey King, a friar and a talking pig. The odd group of friends battle strange monsters and suffer hardships, before learning that overcoming difficulties is necessary for the monk to find true spiritual fulfillment.

But the true story on which the novel is based is also remarkable. The real life Xuanzang travelled for years and found a magical community of learning in India called Nalanda – which historians believe might be the first campus university in human history.

So Journey to the West is really two collections of tales – one from the novelist’s imagination, and one from history. And it also launched a fascinating literary character. In real life, the monk learned about an Indian god called Hanuman. In the novel, we meet the Monkey King, a creature with magical powers who is mischievous but ultimately on the side of good.

Word limits
Year GroupCategory and word limit
FictionNon-FictionPoetryCover Art
Y1-3Up to 500 wordsUp to 500 wordsNo limitNo limit
Y4-6Up to 1000 wordsUp to 1000 wordsNo limit

Judging Criteria
A panel of judges will select the winning entries. Student names will be removed from all the entries submitted to the judges so that the judging process is fair. All entries will be judged against the criteria for each category as detailed in the attachment to this e-mail.

Please note the deadline for this competition is November 30, 2017.


1st November 2017

Updates for November

Dear Parents,

Welcome back everyone I hope you all had a great break. We also welcome some more new families to KIS. The weeks are flashing by and very soon it will be Christmas. To help with your scheduling
I have put the planned calendar events into this letter to take you up to the end of term.

Here are a few messages to update you.

uniform shop
Please note that the uniform shop will be opened this Friday:
Date: 3 Nov 2017
Time: 8:45am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Please rememebr to check the size of your child/ren before you come to school. Parents you may call school shop at 25830746 during opening hours. We will put up posters and set up a Pop-Up notice in school website. Rdgs Patti Yun

University Forum
Hi, Monday was our annual University Forum from 4:30 – 6:30 in the Gym.
All Y10 – 13 students went to the event. Other student year groups were also encourage to go to check it out. Bianca Brown

Wesley college Drama Tour
I Just wanted to confirm and remind you all of the date that it is Thursday the 9th of Nov. at 10:30 to 11:30 for primary Secondary will start at 1:20 till 2:20pm.
Wesley college is a well known private school in Australia noted for its creative arts programme
The shows for the students were written by the students , scripted by the students and the music adapted by the students. They are great entertainment.

Box of Hope
Our School participates in the Box of Hope each year, it is a worthwhile and meaningful way for the students to give back in order to make a positive difference to another child's life.
‘Box of Hope’. Box of Hope is an annual charity project aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong and Asia donated by Hong Kong school children and local organisations. To create a Box of Hope, children put toys, games, toiletry items such as toothpaste & a toothbrush, combs, hair-brushes, soap and stationery items (no liquids or food items) into an empty cardboard box (e.g. a shoe box).
The box is then wrapped in colourful paper and the completed Box of Hope sticker the children will bring home from school is stuck to the box. You can also wrap your box in house colours too!
Please do not seal the box - the organisers need to be able to check the contents before they are sent off.Thank you to those who have already sent in their.
Each child at KIS will be given an A5 sticker to bring home which has ideas about items that can be included in the box. It would be great if each family could donate a box of gifts. The website gives more information: http://boxofhope.org/home/main/en/ Let’s hope we can brighten the lives of many children.

Box of Hope is an annual charity project aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong&Asia donated by Hong Kong school ...All boxes must be brought to the school office between November 6th - 10th.

Thank you for your support of this worthwhile event.
C. Chadwick


Teaching Assistant and PE teacher in Y1F

We would like to update you on the change in TEACHER ASSISTANT in Y1F.

Mr. Andrew Lin, our PE teacher, is currently under medical leave for seven weeks as he requires surgery for an injury and time for recuperation and rehabilitation.

To ensure the continuity of our excellent new P.E. curriculum, Mr. Ackerman and I have appointed Mr. Jay as the temporary PE teacher for Primary. Mr. Jay is a fully - qualified P.E. teacher as he has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Science, and a Master’s degree in IT.

This temporary placement will take place from this week until January 2018. Ms. Fegyverneki , Mrs Khoo have worked together to select a quality teaching assistant cover for Y1F. She is Ms Sindhu and she will be with 1F during this time period.

Thank you.

calendar events until end of term

Week 8 A
October 23rd ART WEEK begins
October 27th Geography Field Trip Hike with Year 11

Week 9 B
ART WEEK
October 30th University forum
Week of October 30th –collecting Boxes of Hope
October 31st Halloween celebrations
November 3rd Parent Teacher conferences

Week 10 A
November 6-8 School photographs/Box of hope
November 6 Talk on elephants/IPTA meeting
November 8 Greening meeting/ collecting Boxes of Hope
November 9 Visit from Wesley college [theatre productions]
November 11 Cambridge assessments [Movers/starters /Flyers]/singing comp

Week 11 B
November 13-17th Primary camps
November 14 Cross country team event

Week 12 A
November

Week 13
November 27TH –December 1st Secondary trips /Camps

Week 14 B
December 8th Santa Fun day/SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND/OPS

Week 15 A
December 11th Memory man visit
December 14th Christmas concerts
December 15th School finishes half day

Holiday

C. Chadwick
Principal – International Section


26th October 2017

Letter to Parents - Halloween


Dear Parents,

Halloween dress up day for KIS (Primary Section) is this coming Tuesday - October 31st, 2017.

This plans to be a spooktacular time. Students are encouraged to participate by coming to school dressed in their Halloween fun costume on that day. Awards will be given for the most creative costumes!

There will be an assembly to celebrate Halloween and parents are invited to see the Halloween parade. The parade will be held in the 3rd floor gym. Parents are invited to line up outside the gym and the doors will be opened at 8:30am.

Please send a healthy treat with your child – as always - no sharing and be aware that there are allergies in the class so please do not send candy.

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Special Days Committee


25th October 2017

Letter to Parents – Winter Uniform

Dear Parents,

The cold weather is here at last and all students are advised to put on their winter school uniforms by 1 November 2017. Do check the HKO daily for the Cold Weather Warning Signal. If it has been announced before 6:15 a.m. for a particular day, students may put on the official school sweater or school windbreaker that offers more coverage. Sweaters in other colours will not be permitted in school. All of these winter items are available for sale at the school uniform shop which opens on Tuesdays (from 8:45am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm). You may download the order form in advance to help you with your purchase. http://www.kis.edu.hk/gp_uniform.asp.

This is also an advanced notice that the annual school photo-taking session have been scheduled for 6th, 7th and 8th of November, 2017 and all students will be required to put on to their winter uniforms for their class photo and the whole school group photo on the 8th November 2017.

We will send out more details and the order forms for this closer to the date. Do take note the uniform requirements required for photo-taking day.

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
School Principal


24th October 2017

Letter to Parents – Box of Hopes

Dear Parents,

Our school will participate in the Box of Hope Charity project and Box Design Competition (http://boxofhope.org/info/children/competition/en/).

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. More information about Box of Hope can be found at http://boxofhope.org/home/main/en/ .

The details of making a box is as follows and you may also refer to the following website for more information, http://boxofhope.org/info/children/how/en/.

1. How to Make your Box:  Find an empty medium-size shoe box, approximately 18 x 30 x 13 cm.  Wrap the lid and box separately in wrapping paper.  Please DO NOT wrap any items individually. Please secure the lid with an elastic band, and DO NOT seal the box as it will need to be checked to ensure it meets Customs requirements.

2. What to Pack:  All items must be NEW. Please try to include 2 items from each category.  Remember to make your box both FUN and EDUCATIONAL!  Please include essential hygiene items. The categories of the gift include: TOYS something to love - Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yoyo, small musical instrument, torch(incl batteries), playing cards, small trucks and cars, doll, jewellery, make-up, hair accessories EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES something to do – books (simple english), felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, colouring book, notepad, picture/puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, calculator, etc. HYGIENE ITEMS something to use - Toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of wrapped soap, flannel. OTHER ITEMS something to wear - Sunglasses, cap, sun hat, bangles, necklaces, watch etc...

3. What NOT to Pack:  NO FOOD, MEDICINE, WAR RELATED ITEMS, e.g.: toy guns/soldiers/knives  CLOTHING  FRAGILE ITEMS , e.g. Glass containers/mirrors  LIQUIDS of any kind including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets, aerosols  DANGEROUS ITEMS Marbles/sharp objects/scissors/razors. Our school will be one of the collection points. If you and your child would like to participate in this competition to pass love, please submit the entry to the Class Teacher from 30th October to 6th November 2017. Please also fill in the label distributed to your child this week and stick it to the shoe box.

Teresa Jorge
Year 2 Class Teacher
Email: tjorge@kis.edu.hk


23rd October 2017

Letter to Parents – University Forum

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

I am proud to announce that this year’s University Forum will be held in the Gym on Monday, October 30 from 4:30 – 6:30.

This event is mandatory for all Y10 -13 students as it will provide an opportunity for students and parents to gain more information about tertiary education in Hong Kong. It is however open to all year groups as it will help students and parents understand what will be required to gain acceptance into universities in the future.

This year we have representatives from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, SCAD, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Lignan University, Centennial University, University of Southern California and Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland attending to answer questions and provide advice on how to access information on the courses available.

Should you have any questions concerning this forum, please do not hesitate to contact me at bbrown@kis.edu.hk.

Sincerely,

Bianca Brown
Korean International Schoolv International Section
Assessment & University Advisor


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 )