20 Sep 2019

20 September 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 – Jade
 Library Guidelines
 Curriculum update
 World School Camps at RED DOOR
 International China Concern- WALK THE WALL Hong Kong

Principal’s Message

This week we have felt the warmth and strength of our school community as we work together to support one of our students who has sadly lost her mum Vicky. We have of course also lost a dear colleague. As you know we are supporting the family as best we can.

Last week we all braved the hot weather to walk together for a cause. Our annual fundraising Walkathon was a huge success and we thank you for your kind and generous donation. A representative from the Masarang Foundation will come to our next school assembly to tell us all about the great work they are doing to support communities in developing countries to live sustainably and protect the natural environment. The other half of the funds raised will go to a local charity to be decided by the student council. Thank you Jackie for leading this with the support of Kelly and the KGV students and our wonderful parents.

This week teachers and therapists are meeting to draft IEP targets to share with you and discuss at our parent meetings on Thursday 3 October. Next Wednesday is our whole school sports day which will also be at the Perth St sports ground. Once again parents are more than welcome to join us.

As you are aware the recruitment process for the next principal of JCSRS is underway. On Tuesday 22 October the candidates will be at school meeting with many members of our school community. In the evening (time to be confirmed) all candidates will give a presentation in the hall and I invite you mark this important date in your calendars. I’ll give you more details as soon as I know.

Kind Regards


Dates for Your Diary

Whole school sports day – Wednesday 25 September

ESF professional learning day for staff (NO STUDENTS) – Monday 30 September

Public holiday – Tuesday 1 September

Parent meetings to discuss IEPs – Thursday 3 October

Mid term break – Monday 7 to Friday 11 October


Showcase – Jade

Jade class have had a fantastic first half of the term, we have welcomed five students to the class. Chris, Darius, Leo, Oliver and Rafael now join Kimika, Liam, Renee and William.

This term, our Unit is ‘Material World’ and students have been exploring different properties of materials. Students have also picked objects and make a ‘Material’ clicker book as a class project. In class, we have been reading a recommended text about using different materials and tools; making plans for designs of building things. Students will make a vote to create a project using STEAM elements this term.

Jade class students have started running the SENsations tuck shop every Monday.  They have enjoyed greetings, selling snacks and serving tea/coffee to students and staff.  The vocational programmes at Swire and Lohas started last week. Kimika, Liam and William have several jobs helping in the restaurant, cold kitchen and the guest room. It’s so nice to see our students develop relationships with hotel staff and taking on challenges and continuing to learn.

Chris, Darius, Leo, Oliver and Rafael opportunities to continue the vocational programme at the Lohas Garden this year. All of them are familiar with the environment and have been working very well with tasks setting an excellent standard in the first week already! We are delighted to see their fantastic skills and being independent in the working environment.

It has been a wonderful start to the year so far.  We’re looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring!

Carol Li

Jade class teacher

Library Guidelines

Curriculum update

This week marked the official beginning of the new unit Living in a Material World. I know that the teachers and EAs are really excited about this unit based on the wonderful collaborative conversations around school. This unit explores materials and their properties and extends this understanding by looking at what we can build with different materials. I am sure many parents are aware that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) has gained a lot of momentum in recent years. In our school, we can instantly see how STEAM challenges and activities can help students to develop fine and gross motor skills, collaboration, communication and problem-solving skills –  all while having a lot of fun. 

This term we have trips planned to the Children’s Discovery Museum in North Point for some classes and the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui for others. We are in the planning stages for a Makersday event in November. Maker Education brings STEAM to life by encouraging students to plan, design, create and tinker using a variety of materials. We are lucky enough to be able to share expertise from other ESF schools and this will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with students beyond our school. In addition, we will have our annual Science Day with Shatin College. 

We are continuing with our Numeracy focus in ASDAN. Most classes have opted to complete a project this term as this fits beautifully with our unit. Several students are accessing the Sensory-Communication module which has a strong focus on developing functional communication skills in school. Allowing teachers the flexibility to tailor ASDAN for individual students is one of the ways that we provide a personalised approach to learning. 

Karen Carmody

Lead Teacher – Curriculum

World School Camps at RED DOOR

International China Concern- WALK THE WALL Hong Kong

‘Walk the Wall’ walkathon an inclusive community event taking place on Saturday, November 23rd,  to support  International China Concern (ICC), an NGO that works to transform the lives of China’s abandoned children with special needs and disabilities.
More information is available on the official event website walkthewall.org/hongkong.
Details as follows: 
Date: 23rd November 2019
Registration: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Ceremony: 9:30 AM
Walk Starts: 10:00 AM
Walk End: 1:30 PM
Length: 6km (short) 8km (long)
Location: Tai Po (Yuen Chau Tsai Park ‧ Science Park ‧ Yuen Chau Tsai Park)
Meeting point: Yuen Chau Tsai Park – Amphitheatre “Sailing Tent”
Registration Fee : $250 (Adult), $100 (Child)