PTA Newsletter

Friday 3rd August 2018

Back to School

A very warm welcome to all members of our Kennedy Community, old and new - students, parents and teachers!

Autumn term starts on Monday 13th August.

[Parents of incoming Year 1 students: Year 1 students have a staggered start to school - please note date and times for your child as advised to you separately].

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

The uniform shop will be open:

  • Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th August
  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Payment is by cash, or cheque made payable to Kennedy School PTA Ltd (please note no credit cards).

We are happy to provide you with a bag for your uniform, but support the school’s environmentally friendly policy, and would encourage you to bring your environmentally friendly bags with you.

From Monday 13th August, the uniform shop will open daily from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.

Bus Users

All bus users have received confirmation of place on the bus, and a copy of the schedule for the new academic year (most were sent in May/June). Please ensure that the adult who is meeting your child in the afternoon is clear on the pick-up point and time before your child’s first day at school.

If your child is old enough now to proceed from the school bus drop-off point in the afternoon without being met by an adult please send your written consent by letter or e-mail. Otherwise your child will be returned to school, and a charge will be made.

Student Directory

The PTA publishes a student directory each year and distributes it free to all PTA members. The student directory is not distributed beyond the families of Kennedy School. As last year, an e-mail address will be included in the listing but the home address will no longer be included. Every child will have an entry in the school directory which will include:

  • Name
  • Class
  • e-mail address
  • Home telephone number

Please log on to Gateway to check that your home phone number, address and “Guardian 1’s” e-mail address details are correctly recorded.

If you do not wish your child’s details to be listed in the school directory please click here and advise your child’s name, and class, and which part of your child's entry/details you do not wish to appear, by Friday 17th August. Please also contact me if you wish an alternate e-mail address/ telephone number to be used.

PTA Membership 2018/19

PTA Membership fees for the 2018/19 academic year are now due. All families must be members of the PTA of the school which their child/ren attend. The English School Foundation (General) Regulations state:

A fee (“membership fee”) for membership as a parent member of the Parent Teacher Association of a school of the Foundation shall be payable in respect of each academic year by the parent, or by both parents jointly, of a student of a school of the Foundation”

Membership is per family and payable annually. The PTA membership fee is again unchanged at HK$475 per family. If you have not yet joined the PTA please send a completed form together with your payment of HK$475 by cash, or cheque made payable to Kennedy School PTA Ltd.

Rainstorm and Typhoon Procedures

This term rainstorms and typhoons may be an issue.

Please note the school procedures for inclement weather - these are posted on the school website and may also be found in the school directory.

In the event of inclement weather affecting school, the main page of the school website will be updated with the status of the school – you may wish to mark the school’s homepage as a ‘Favourite’ or ‘Bookmark’ the page.

Traffic on Sha Wan Drive

Traffic can get quite congested outside school at the end of the school day. In the interest of safety, please note the following:

Bus users are released from class on the first bell – all students who travel on school buses should make their way straight there. Buses leave as soon as all children are aboard and accounted for. We ask for your help in making sure that you notify your bus mother or me of any changes to your child's travel plans.

Pick-up by car students who go home by car will be released from class on the 2nd bell at 2:57 pm. Please help by parking away from the entrance to school – NOT on the corner. Please also instruct your drivers accordingly. In addition it has been recommended that cars approach school from the West Island School direction to ease traffic flow, and save children from crossing the road.

Taxi/ public light bus users and walkers will be released from class on the 2nd bell at 2:57 pm. Again we would ask that students who travel home by taxi hail the taxi around the corner and not directly in front of school – students needing to cross the road for the public light bus should seek assistance from our lollipop ladies.

Contact us

Mrs. Elspeth PENNY
PTA Office Manager

UNIFORM SHOP open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 10:30am