20 Nov 2020

20 November 2020

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
Relationships and Sexuality
School Council
Total Communication at JCSRS

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

As the second week of uncertainty and constant changes is coming to an end we can reflect on our community response to the events that took place.

As we continue to respond to what is happening in our community I would like to thank all parents for their ongoing support of the school during those challenging times in relation to the health and well-being of us all. Our staff demonstrated a great agility and quickly switched to Distance Learning to ensure continuity of learning for all students.

I would like to thank the inspirational staff who work at JCSRS, closely followed by our superb students who have continued to stay focused on their learning, at school and at home.

School Improvement and Parent Survey

SurveyWe work hard to provide as good an education as we can in these difficult times and we will welcome any feedback from parents on things that work and things that we could be doing better.

We would like to have your input into shaping the future of our school and to hear your feedback on how you would like the school to be developed further. Please share with us your views on the school improvement by completing the survey here.

The survey will stay open until Monday 29th of November.

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI)

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is reporting an increasing number of URTI outbreaks.

From November 18th, if there is a new URTI outbreak at JCSRS, the CHP will advise the schools to suspend face-to-face classes and activities for at least seven days.

In order to prevent outbreaks of respiratory tract infection including COVID-19, it is very important that students with URTI symptoms do not go to school. Students with temperature of over 37.5C (forehead skin temp), nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, headache, muscle aches, generalised malaise should rest at home and not be sent to school. If a student develops these symptoms at school, the parent/guardian will be asked to pick the student up from school and it is recommended by CHP that the student seeks medical advice.

We have an ongoing responsibility to monitor absences and sickness. Please continue to let us know if your child is ill in any way by emailing our school nurse with a description of symptoms (christine.cheung(at) Also, if your child has seen a doctor and been confirmed with an illness, please send a copy of the doctor’s note.

Kind regards,


Relationships and Sexuality

Save the Date: Thursday December 3rd

Relationship and Sexuality Education – Parent Information Event

In our commitment to building partnerships with our parent community you are invited to an information session focusing on Relationships and Sexuality (RSE). The event will include a presentation with guest speaker Dr Scarlett Mattoli who will present on the following topics:

  • Neurosciences
  • Introducing the topic
  • Sharing a “system” that can be used for students 8-18 years

Further exploration of the JCSRS RSE curriculum content will be shared followed by a Q & A panel discussion.

Please note this session is for parents/carers only and is not aimed for a student audience.

About our guest:
Dr Scarlett Mattoli is a clinical psychologist and neurodevelopmental specialist working with families and individuals from all walks of life through private practice and volunteer work for the past 25+ years in the UK, US, Europe, and Asia (16 years). Her assessments, therapy, support, and consultancy practices are all carried out with a whole-person strengths-based approach utilising evidence-based materials and practices.

She is the parent of three beautiful neurodiverse individuals and continues to learn every day about what it means to be their parent and to parent them to be the individuals they are becoming through their own experiences and competencies.


  • Guest speaker Dr Scarlett Mattoli (Clinical psychologist)
  • RSE at JCSRS – Engaging with curriculum content
  • Question and Answer panel discussion

Date and Location: Thursday December 3rd on-site at JCSRS
Session Time: 4.15 – 6pm (Arrival time from 4pm)

Please register via this Google form. RSVP by Monday November 30th.


“Just in time for Christmas” – 2020 JCSRS Fundraiser

Our Jade class students have been working hard to package and distribute purchased products. Our items are selling fast – to avoid disappointment, order now.

They make great Christmas gifts for family and friends:

School Council

The purpose of the School Council is to help JCSRS to provide the best possible education for our students. We are pleased to inform you that Linda Csellak was appointed as the new chairman of Jockey Club Sarah Roe School Council.

Linda recently capped a career as an equity mutual fund manager in both Asia and the US. She has lived in Hong Kong for twenty-five years and worked for Manulife, Credit Agricole, as well as several smaller firms. In these roles, she has most enjoyed empowering investment teams to perform at their maximum potential.

Linda has served on the boards of several Hong Kong NGOs in the governance and finance sectors and has seen these organizations flourish from their struggling early days. Having now transitioned to an advisory capacity, she enjoys mentoring and coaching, from high school students to start-up companies. She is passionate about education, mental health, and environmental sustainability.

We are really excited about this new chapter in the life of the JCSRS community. We are confident that under Linda’s direction and with her knowledge and skills we will continue to make a positive change to the life of all JCSRS students.

Total Communication at JCSRS

Directional signs

These are used for a learner in a wheelchair when they are being moved. It is important that very positive movements are used. These signs are done from behind whilst pushing the chair.

  • Place your left hand on the learner’s left shoulder
  • Firmly slide your hand down the arm
  • Say ‘move’

Points to consider
Tell the learner where they are going before you start.
Use the learner’s routine cues to support.


(This sign can also be used for Back if moving backwards cannot be avoided)

  • Place right hand on the learner’s shoulder, at collar bone level
  • Slide the hand back gently also slightly pulling the learner back
  • Say ‘stop’ or ‘back’

Points to consider
Moving backwards is disorientating.

These signs are done from behind the learner whilst pushing the wheelchair.

  • Stop the chair
  • Place left hand on the outside of the learner’s left arm
  • Make two firm taps
  • Say ‘left’
  • Turn at a right angle

  • Stop the chair
  • Place right hand on the outside of the learner’s right arm
  • Make two firm taps
  • Say ‘right’
  • Turn at a right angle

Points to consider
A clear turn is very helpful for orientation.
Point out landmarks on corners.

These signs are done from in front or beside the learner. Going up and down e.g. hoisting, tail lift on a bus, ramps, see saw etc.

  • Place your hand under the learner’s left hand or their lower arm if necessary
  • Raise the learner’s hand up
  • Say ‘up’
  • Repeat


  • Place your hand under the learner’s hand or lower arm
  • Move down
  • Say ‘down’
  • Repeat