10 May 2019

10 May 2019

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
 Showcase – Emerald 
 Book Week – Reading is my Super Power
 Maths Day
 JCSRS Sustainability Project – food composting
 Special Needs Network Hong Kong
 Programme for Creativity and Talent Development “Summer 2019” CAISE, Faculty of Education, HKU

Principal’s Message

A warm welcome back to term three. As usual we have started the term at full speed. This term we begin our unit ‘Looking After Myself’ and again it’s full of meaningful, relevant and engaging learning experiences both in school and out in the community. As expected we will also have a number of additional events to celebrate a year of learning and participate in inclusive programs with our peers in mainstream schools.

This week we have been focusing on the importance of reading and the love of all things ‘books’. Our Book Week (Reading is my Super Power) included special readings together in the library, dress up day, buddy reading with KJS and a performance of Peter and the Wolf by Faust Theatre. We followed up with class work and ideas for home learning. Thank you to Sandra Gee for organising this and to all staff and families who made it a memorable week.

You will all have received an e-notice about our participation in the K11 ESF Art Exhibition: The Journey – An Exploration of Art. We are so proud of our collaborative artwork and some works were chosen to advertise the show. Classes will be visiting the show during opening times and we hope that families are also able to attend the opening or visit at a time that suits you. Thanks again to Sally who led this project.

 

We had a fabulous, inclusive Maths Day with our friends from KJS and KGV. The focus was ‘Time’ and the activities were differentiated so everyone could have fun and learn. We always love these days thanks again to Heidi for organising this.

Thank you to the families who have responded so enthusiastically to our call for food scraps to feed our newly acquired composter (and ultimately our garden beds). I certainly had a large container to bring to school after the weekend. So nice to be rid of the guilt of putting all these items in the bin to go to landfill – see the photo below! Remember also that Jackie is asking for citrus peel (for the next 3 weeks) to make her natural pesticide. Below is a copy of the email I sent to all of you with a list of items that are suitable to add to the compost.

We have students with all sorts of talents at our school. Congratulations to Harvey (Ruby class)  who has been selected for the Special Olympics running squad. This means he will train with the squad every Tuesday starting mid-May. He completed the 2km test in 10 minutes 33 seconds for an average of 5:16.30 per lap.

On Monday night we had a very productive PTA meeting. We celebrated the outstanding results of our two fundraising events – Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Day and the Danceathon. Thank you for your support and this contribution along with the incredible generosity of our ESF colleagues we now have $247,014.80 to put towards the purchase of a new bus.

The other main item on the agenda was the transition to the new school uniform starting in August 2019. We now have (almost) all the samples and we believe the students will look (and feel) very smart. In early June we will hold some days for parents to come to school and try on sizes with their sons and daughters and then order ready to start the new school year. We will send you an e-notice closer to the time. 2019-20 will be a uniform ‘transition’ year with the expectation that all students will be in the new uniform by August 2020. We will put photos and information on how to order on our website and alert you to this when it is available.

Last but not least we have a date for the PTA AGM – please put Thursday 22nd August at 5.30pm in your calendar. This meeting will follow the Meet the Teacher afternoon (4.00-4.45) and the Welcome Presentation (5.00-5.30). You will receive an email from the PTA and I strongly suggest you consider joining this fantastic group of families who do so much to support our school.

Warm Regards

Karin

Dates for your Diary

Public holiday – Monday 13 May

Siblings Day – Thursday 16 May

ESF Art Exhibition opening – Friday 24 May 4pm

Public holiday – Friday 7 June

Showcase – Emerald Class

What a busy Term 2 for Emerald Class.  As a part of the functional learning, there is the priority to engage with others and in community activities.  During Math Day, students from Kowloon Junior School assisted with leading the different activities which focused around time.  Emerald Class enjoyed playing “What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf” and had a lot of fun. During Book Week, we had a Year 5 class join classes for a Buddy reading session.  Students were paired with Emerald Class to enjoy a few stories together. It was wonderful to see them enjoy one another’s company and a book together. The highlight of our term was the Special Olympics Adaptive Sports Day.  Emerald Class students competed in a variety of games adapted to their ability levels. This event drew many schools and organizations from the local community. Well done to all our students and their effort.

Students explored the many different systems they use on a daily basis as a part of unit theme of How Things are Organized.  Enjoying a walk to the Lohas Garden Cafe, students ordered and enjoyed a drink at the cafe with their friends. This tied in very nicely to the ASDAN module on Number when visiting the cafe.  This term we look forward to our unit learning focusing on how our choices affect health and wellbeing. Emerald Class will be exploring the different ways to keep their bodies healthy and regulating their behaviours.  

What an amazing year of exploring and learning for Emerald Class.  It has been an amazing journey so far and we are looking forward to the exciting months ahead.

Book Week – Reading is my Super Power

Maths Day

JCSRS Sustainability Project – food composting

We are delighted to have a newly installed food composting bin in our school grounds. This is all part of JCSRS becoming a more environmentally friendly place and is in addition to our recycling projects and tracking our use of energy. Teaching our students that we are all responsible for taking care of our community is vital. Students will be tracking our efforts and celebrating our contribution to a more sustainable community.
Starting Monday 6th May we will be including students in collecting food scraps (see the poster below for foods that we can compost) and have our students participate in the composting process, this includes emptying items from a bucket into the composter and putting compost on the garden beds.
With this in mind, we are asking for your help. Please send in food scraps (only those on the list below) in as often as you choose with your son/daughter to add to the composting bucket. We are asking for items to come in containers that can be reused rather than plastic bags. Containers will be rinsed and sent home again. Please label the container with your child’s name and compost to prevent confusion.
In addition, Jackie is asking for citrus peel for the next 3 weeks to make environmentally friendly pesticides. Please also send in recyclable containers that we will return to you.
Thank you in anticipation of your support of this important project. All staff will also be participating in this project and I am very excited that I am now able to halve the waste I send to landfill.

Special Needs Network Hong Kong

Finding the right school for our children with special needs is a daunting and often frustrating task. In Hong Kong where school places are limited, waiting lists are long and local SEN schools present language barriers, it’s easy to see why this is a headache for many of us. There is also the concern that over time, the selected school may not be able to appropriately accommodate the needs of our developing (and sometimes diagnosis-evolving) children.

Trisha Tran, a fellow parent of a child with global development delay, has been advocating for an increase in the number, scope and quality of school places for non-Chinese speaking SEN children since 2014. She has carried out extensive research on private and public schooling options in Hong Kong. In her upcoming talk on May 21st, she will be sharing her research on navigating the different educational routes available in Hong Kong and offering tips on her approach to advocating for more support.

Whether you are about to embark on this mission or already have children attending a school, this talk will offer you invaluable advice and tips.

As schooling is one of the most important issues for our members, register soon to reserve your seatCLICK HERE to sign up.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Price: $100/person
  • Where: Skadden, 42F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central

For inquiries, contact us at snnhkevents@gmail.com

In collaboration with Heep Hong Society, SNNHK is delighted to announce our upcoming workshop on the PACT programme in June.

WHAT IS PACT?

PACT is a communication technique that aims to improve the synchrony of communication between parents and their children with no or limited language skills under 12 years old.

Where other therapies tend to burden the child by teaching them to modify their behaviour in situations they are often too young to understand, the PACT programme focuses on the parent’s communication so as to diversify interaction and synchronize parent-child communication.

In this two-part workshop, led by Mr. Neo Ngan, a registered Educational Psychologist (HK) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (US), parents will be taken through the theories, research and video demonstrations to combine interactive play skills with levelled communication techniques, enabling parents to develop more tailored communication pathways at home. For more details on the workshop and trainer, please CLICK HERE.

WORKSHOP LOGISTICS

Date:    Saturday 1st June 2019

Venue:  Kwun Tong Peace Evangelical Center

             Unit G, 6/F,

             MG Tower,

             133 Hoi Bun Road,

             Kwun Tong

MTR:    Exit B6, Ngau Tau Kok MTR Station

             CLICK HERE for the Google map

AGENDA AND FEES

10:00 – 11:15   Workshop A: PACT for children with no or emerging language skills  HKD50/person
11:15 – 11:35   Introduction to PACT: Background and research (Free)
11:45 – 13:00   Workshop B: PACT for children with developing language skills  HKD50/person

If you are looking for a positive home therapy to improve the interactions and social communication between you and your child, then CLICK HERE to REGISTER.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Programme for Creativity and Talent Development “Summer 2019” CAISE, Faculty of Education, HKU

CAISE, Faculty of Education, HKU

Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong is glad to announce that the Summer Programme for Creativity and Talent Development is now open for registration!

 Aim of the Programme: The Programme aims to enhance students’ creativity, higher-order thinking skills, personal and social skills, and career and talent development. The activities will help students explore problems and develop creative approaches to their solutions. These experiences will help them become more autonomous learners. Most activities will be conducted in groups, to help the students acquire essential team working and interpersonal skills. They will also learn to appreciate individual differences and human diversity.

 Programme Date: 15 July – 27 August 2019

 Target Participant: K2-K3, Primary School and Secondary School Talented Students.

Courses on mindfulness, twice-exceptional learners, and parent-child relationship are designed for educators and parents.

 Medium of Instruction: English or Cantonese

 Course fee: HK$650 – HK$6,000

 Nomination: Our programme welcomes school teachers, mentors and parents nomination

 Financial AidIn promoting equal opportunities, financial aid is available for application. The successful applicant will be offered the tuition fee discount (up to 90% off) provided that they could fulfil 100% attendance. The financial aid applications are assessed independently at the discretion of HKU CAISE.

Course information and registration:  http://caise.edu.hku.hk/talent/

 Registration Procedures

  1. Submit the online registration form;
  2. For new applicant/ secondary 1 student: please ask the referee to complete the Teacher/ Mentors/ Parents Nomination Form;
  3. Send the cheque and nomination form (or sent by schools separately) by post to our Centre;
  4. The result will be released in May 2019 and the successful applicants will be notified by email.
  5. Registration will be closed by 17 May 2019 (except Social Stars Shine which is on 31 May 2019).

For enquiry, please call Ms. Virginia Cheung, the programme manager via email caise@hku.hk or WhatsApp 5681 5334.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Cheung Wai Ming & Dr. Mantak Yuen 

Supervisor of the Programme for Creativity and Talent Development

CAISE, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Encl.

  1. Summer Programme Programme Book
  2. Programme Calendar
  3. Nomination Form
  4. Summer Programme Poster

 

香港大學教育學院融合與特殊教育研究發展中心

【發展創意 | 施展才華】暑期課程2019

香港大學教育學院融合與特殊教育研究發展中心籌辦之【發展創意 | 施展才華】暑期課程現正招生!

 課程目標本中心暑期課程的目標旨在提昇學生的創意及高階思維,個人能力與社交能力,生涯及才能發展。此外,課程也能誘導學生發掘問題及探索多角度解難方法,讓他們成為更自主學習的人。大部份的課程活動都以小組形式進行,藉此讓學生認識、接納和欣賞人與人之間的差異。

 暑期課程日期:2019年7月15日至8月27日

 對象:有興趣發展創意才華之K2-K3學童,小學生和初中學生。另也提供有關正念雙重特殊資優生以及正向親子關係課程予各位教師和家長

 教授語言:英語或廣東話

 課程費用:港幣$650 – $6,000

 提名:本課程歡迎學校老師,學生之校外活動導師,學長和家長提名學生參加課程,可讓我們了解學生的表現。

 助學金中心希望學生都有平等機會去學習,本課程為需要經濟援助的學生提供助學金。獲發助學金的學生只需繳付低至一成學費(出席率須達100%)。助學金的申請將由本中心作個別審批。

 課程詳細內容和報名http://caise.edu.hku.hk/talent/

 報名方法

  1. 敬請家長填妥網上報名表格;
  2. 新生/中一學生:請提名人填妥提名表格
  3. 請家長郵寄提名表格(學校亦可選擇另行把提名表格寄回本中心)及支票到本中心(每個課程需遞交一張支票)。
  4. 收生結果將於2019年5月公佈,被取錄者將收到個別電郵通知。
  5. 報名截止日期為2019年5月17日(社交閃星星截止日期為2019年5月31日)。

查詢:電郵caise@hku.hk/WhatsApp 5681 5334聯絡課程經理張小姐。

香港大學教育學院融合與特殊教育研究發展中心

【發展創意 | 施展才華】暑期課程總監

張慧明博士及袁文得博士謹啟

附件:

  1. 暑期課程小冊子
  2. 暑期課程日曆
  3. 提名表格
  4. 暑期課程海報

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