15 Feb 2018

15 February 2018

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

  Principal’s Message
 Dates for your Diary
 Therapy Showcase
 Ruby Class Showcase
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Principal’s Message

This newsletter would have been full of photos of our Chinese New Year celebrations but of course all activities have been put on hold or cancelled with very short notice following the announcement by the EDB. Indeed we were as disappointed and as I imagine families were to miss so many days of school. I am sure you have made the most of this time, we certainly have. Staff have been busy cleaning and tidying that can only happen when the students are not at school. Sorting and creating resources, planning our next unit of work, finishing reports and collating evidence of student work has kept us well and truly occupied at school.

You will have received an email with helpful instructions to access the mid year report and updated IEP as well as photos and other evidence of work completed as part of our unit and for ASDAN. The email also reminds parents that optional meetings can be arranged with the class teacher. We are very excited that we now have a reliable and useful platform for sharing student learning with you. A special thanks to all teachers, therapists and EAs who put in so much time and a special thanks to Carol and the ESF team for the technical support.

This year ESF is holding their bi annual survey. For our school it will be open to all stakeholders from 5-12th March. All other ESF schools will have until 19 March. We have shortened the time so we can use this important data in our strategic planning on 23 March. We hope that you can take the time to give us valuable feedback.

Over the school break we hope you will take the time to answer a couple of questions about our school year book. We are at the planning stage for this year’s book and your opinions are greatly valued.

We will still have our whole school assembly to celebrate Chinese New Year and I look forward to sharing those photos with you in the next newsletter.

Our website has recently been updated and we encourage you to have a look at the many new features including photo galleries, information on extra curricula activities, counselling services and support documents for the Gateway and VLE. You can also access current school policies and development plans as well as PTA information. We hope you find it useful and we welcome your feedback. Thanks Bianca, Cheryl and Michael for your work on this.

I wish you all Kung Hei Fat Choi and I hope you enjoy this special time with family and friends.


Dates for your Diary

Return to school – Monday 26 February

PTA meeting – Monday 26 February 5pm

ESF survey open to all stakeholders – Monday 5-12 March

Siblings day – Thursday 8th March

Therapy Showcase

The JCSRS therapists have had a fun and busy return to school. We continue to work collaboratively with teachers and EAs to help our students be the best that they can be.

This year we continue to use vocational educational opportunities such as lunch tuck shop, coffee club, Lohas Garden, Swire and the Sai Kung Community Centre to promote independence and increase students’ engagement through meaningful activities. Both speech and occupational therapists are working collaboratively in Tuck Shop and Lohas Garden.  Students work on packaging and gardening activities at Lohas; another team of students help with packing and sorting for the food bank in Sai Kung Centre. Our Speech Therapists are working hard to share new Makaton signs with staff at school so that we can all improve our signing skills.

We continue to run rotations with most classes (with the recent addition of a physiotherapy station) in which we see a pair of students for a set period, who then rotate to the next station which may be another therapy station or a curriculum station. We love seeing our students achieving their therapy goals, and we thank parents for following through with the goals at home.


Ruby Class Showcase

The start of the spring term has been action packed for Ruby class.  We hit the ground running with the new ASDAN unit, Using ICT in the community with a trip to the airport.  As a class we traveled to Kowloon MTR station to take the airport express.  On arrival at the airport we had a quick snack then got straight into a signs and symbols hunt.  The ​students​ used digital cameras to take pictures of different signs they saw around the airport.  During the trip the ​students​ were encouraged to discuss what the signs mean. After our signs and symbols hunt we had lunch at McDonalds and then headed back to school on the airport express. The photos taken by the class were all collated and used to create a photo collage of their trip.  They presented their collages to the class and spoke about their favourite part of the trip as well as ​their​ favourite sign. 
This term our unit is Signs, Signals and Symbols.  We have been exploring the signs and symbols we saw at the airport.  After creating our photo collage we played a matching game around the Interactive Whiteboard where we tried to match the meanings to the signs, some were quite tricky!
Ruby class ​has​ started to write emails as their daily reflection writing.  This has proved a big success and is an activity that the class look forward to every day.  We have been using emojis in our emails as a form of communication (which is one of our unit learning intentions).  The class love adding emojis into their emails.  
It has been a short but great start to the spring term for Ruby class.  
Holly Manning
Ruby Class Teacher

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