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Parent Update - 15 September 2017

25 September 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

It has been the most incredible week of induction for the children attending our new campuses at Sai Kung and Tai Tam. Apart from having great fun learning, they have just enjoyed the space, the great resources and the wonderful teachers.

My thanks to everyone involved and to you, the parents, for helping to make this such a special experience for all the children.

Extra-curricular activities started at Lam Tin this week and will soon begin at our other campuses. We have over 120 different clubs and activities on offer and over 1600 children taking part (obviously some have more than one activity a week!). Congratulations to all the staff who have organised and run some great activities and provided wonderful opportunities.

At Lam Tin, we also had our ‘Stay and Play’ session for Year 1 parents which was a great success, as well as our weekly Parent Information Session.

I visited children in all the classes at Sai Kung and Tai Tam and it was great to see how well they have settled and their great team teamwork. Some outgoing characters are already showing themselves!

Class 6D confidently led the Assembly this morning on Evolution, ending with a great song. As ever, we had great musical performances as everyone came in to the hall. Well done to all who were involved.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Brian Cooklin




Please ensure that we have the most up to date information. If you have moved or changed your email address or phone number, please email admissions@nais.hk with the new details. It is essential that we can reach you in case of an emergency.



Next week is Global Goals Week 2017 and will see the launch of this year’s World’s Largest Lesson. To raise awareness of the goals across our community and build upon Nord Anglia’s collaboration with UNICEF we are holding a ‘Dizzy Goals’ House Competition which was launched in House assemblies this week. The aim is for as many students, teachers and parents to film themselves taking a ‘Dizzy Goal’ and them share them on a house Padlet page. Full instructions can be found on Firefly.

The house which gathers the most videos will be the winners and there will be special awards for the funniest, most imaginative or unusual videos. 



We are very much looking forward to a visit from Ms. Betsie Becker (Managing Director for Juilliard Global Ventures) on Wednesday, 20 September. Betsie will be meeting with Andrew Fitzmaurice, the CEO of Nord Anglia Education on Monday and Tuesday, then observing a variety of music and drama lessons on Wednesday. There will also be an opportunity for our fabulous PE, Music and Drama teams to meet and discuss implementation of the Dance and Drama Programmes over the coming years.



As you are aware, there have been two severe hurricanes in the US recently. I am pleased to share that following Hurricane Irma last weekend, all reports are that our students, parents and staff at our schools in Florida, North Broward Preparatory School and Windermere Preparatory School, are safe and well and our schools will re-open later this week.

Hurricane Harvey caused great destruction and disruption in Houston, significantly affecting families at our two schools in the city; The Village School and the British International School of Houston. Although I am pleased to report that our students, parents and staff are safe and well, there is still a long way to go before everyone has fully recovered.

Nord Anglia Education will be supporting both school communities through donations of funds to aid the relief efforts already underway. There is also a strong and heartfelt desire amongst many people in our family of schools to directly support the schools’ communities and so Windermere Preparatory School in Orlando

has launched a GoFundMe initiative in order to bring together and make maximum impact from our efforts. Together, the donations from the Nord Anglia family will be used to support valuable initiatives at both schools including

  • transportation to help displaced staff and students reach their school
  • meals for displaced families
  • providing uniforms to students in need

If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking here.

We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and best wishes at this difficult time. Our communities at Village and BISH truly appreciate this support.




21 September

Year 3 Residential Parent Presentation – 8:15-9:00am in the Hub

22 September

Class Assembly 5E, Conor Lyons

PTA Class Representative meeting in the cafeteria 8-9:30am

29 September

Class Assembly 6A, Emma Parker


The October menu is now available on Firefly.


Following last year's success, the PTA are organising their second Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncake Collection. They will be supporting 'The Ivy Club', a local non-profit organisation near our school in Lam Tin, who will distribute our donated mooncakes to the local elderly. There are also plans for the pupils to perform to the community group.

During the Mid-Autumn Festival, family and friends give mooncakes to others to express their love and best wishes. This practice is a long-standing cultural tradition. This is an excellent opportunity for our children to build on their understanding of charity and supporting others, as well as developing a better understanding of our community.

You can support us by having your child(ren) donate one or two individually packed traditional mooncakes (sorry, we cannot accept the ice-skin/snowy/ice-cream types). Please deliver the mooncakes to the school reception between 18th and 22nd September.

What a wonderful start to the school year, supporting our school, PTA and the local community!



We were delighted to kick off rehearsals for the Christmas Concert this week as ECAs resumed. Adding to the long list of existing ensembles, we now also have a Symphony Orchestra and a Music Theory Group, which was added as a result of the parent survey carried out by the music department last year. We will repeat this survey in the coming weeks and welcome any feedback you may have!



Thank you to all parents who enquired about the Juilliard After School Arts Programme. Unfortunately, as a result of insufficient take-up of numbers, we are unable to run the Programme this term. We hope that this is something we will be able to offer in the future, and will ensure that all parents receive any further information at that point.


Calling all who enjoy singing! Boost your oxytocin levels on a Monday and join us for Community Choir, 4-5pm in the music room on the second floor.



This year’s competition to find the best budding photographers from across our 46 schools worldwide has been launched. The theme is “Where I Live” which continues our focus on the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and our collaboration with UNICEF.

Students should take photos that show they are thinking about how to make Hong Kong a better place in connection with subjects such as wildlife, housing, pollution, food, poverty or any other aspect that links to the Global Goals. The best pictures will be included in a calendar to be shared across our Global Campus and with UNICEF.

The closing date for entries is Monday, 25 September. The competition is not compulsory but is a great opportunity to extend student learning and become part of our worldwide community. If you have any questions, please email david.robinson@nais.hk



Primary Assembly – Class 6D

We love our Friday assemblies and today was no different as we were treated to a fantastic and informative performance by 6D who taught us all about Evolution, Sir Charles Darwin and Mary Anning. Well done 6D for putting on such a great performance.


Secondary Assembly

Mr Robinson discussed this years Global Goals as part of our Global Campus activities. Pupils have been asked to vote on the topic which they feel should be the priority for Nord Anglia Education.

Mr Fawcett revisited the ECA opportunity he is offering which is the Hong Kong Young People's Award. This was previously called the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Hong Kong and is a great chance for young people to develop their leadership skills and life experiences through the different tasks and activities they take part in. This award is great preparation for the CAS section of the IB Diploma; it is also a highly regarded achievement that makes university applications standout as highlighted by Mr Cooklin who shared his previous experience of working with UCAS, the British universities application service.



Congratulations to our “Stars of the Week. Keep up the good work!


Year 1: Harry LinScarlett NgJames DyckEmily ZhuJason Wang

Year 2: Jacob VillaflorConnor HirstCharlotte TsaiMolly ChampionOwen Ming Yau, Lam

Year 3: Cynthia ChongReon KubotaParth TipnisAnson WooMarcus Cheng

Year 4: Kees EspeskogNoah ReidBobo DengJoshua McQueenGinevra Conzato

Year 5: Bowen DoakNatalie KungJosh ChanAngus WongDylan Shim

Year 6: Maz Hellyer, Krishiv Mehandiratta, Trent Greco, Tiffany Ho, Henry Zheng



Year: 7: Vita Tang, James Dunlop

Year: 8: Jenna Evans

Year: 9: Elliot Ansell

Year 10: Anni Hangasjarvi



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Have a lovely weekend.




Message from the Head of School

It has been wonderful to see so many happy and smiling faces during our Induction week. The children have come in very happily and enjoyed many different learning experiences. They have met all the Specialist teachers and had introductory lessons in Mandarin, Music, Art, Drama and PE. It has been great fun to watch them all settling in. My favourite part of this week has to be the Construction Area, where I have seen so many children working collaboratively together to turn the giant box into a house! The scooter park has also been a hit, it needs to be mentioned how good the children are at stopping at crossings to allow others to pass by safely!

I am really looking forward to watching the children develop their learning and we will be holding our first School Assembly next week!

Mrs Sarah Harley




A gentle reminder that we are a nut free school as we have a number of children with severe nut allergies. Please remember this when packing your child’s snack and lunch as we cannot allow nuts of any kind in the building. For snack we suggest a small piece of fruit or bread.


Our ECAs will start the week beginning 25th September for Reception and Year 1 children. 


Don't forget to read your class blog on Firefly, teachers will be updating them regularly.


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Message from the Head of School

It’s been a huge privilege to be part of our new Campus in Sai Kung opening. Over the last three months a large team of people have worked incredibly hard to create our new school. It’s bright, open and airy rooms are a dream space to both teach and learn in and we are all feeling very lucky to have been involved in founding such a special school.

The first week of school is all about getting to know our pupils and making them feel secure and happy so they are ready to learn. The teachers have been supporting and observing the children as they get to know their personalities, interests and abilities. Our Art, Drama, Music, PE and Mandarin teachers have also been getting to know the children and introducing them to what and how they will be learning over the coming year. It’s been wonderful to hear singing in the building.

Now that we are all settled in, we can’t wait to see the amazing achievements all our children are going to make.

Mrs Naima Charlier



Creating and maintaining routines for lunches, breaks and playtimes is a vital part of the school day and all the children of Sai Kung are starting to get the hang of the expectations. When children sit down to lunch they are asked to raise their hand and tell an adult when they think they have finished. They are encouraged to eat as much as they can within the 25 minutes provided. Those that need extra time have been allowed to stay and finish but after 30 minutes all children are outside and playing. As they get used to their routines we expect them to increase the speed of their eating. Lunch is also a social time and teachers and children have been sitting and chatting over their lunch as they have been getting to know each other.


A gentle reminder that we are a nut free school as we have a number of children with severe nut allergies. Please remember this when packing your child’s snack and lunch as we cannot allow nuts of any kind in the building. For snack we suggest a small piece of fruit or bread.


You will receive these today via the children’s back packs. Please check and keep these cards safe.


The ECAs for Sai Kung are now available for sign up.


Don't forget to read your class blog.



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Absences: Class Teacher and SaiKungReception@nais.hk if your child is sick or for medical reasons, and Naima.Charlier@nais.hk and Emma.Coleman@nais.hkto request a leave of absence.