PTA Newsletter

Friday 16th August 2018

Bus Users

Please do remember to let your bus mother know if your child will not be on the bus in the afternoon.

If this is due to an after school activity and will be the same each week, please send me an e-mail and this will be noted on the weekly register for your child. [Please note that we do not have access to your child's diary - so you do need to tell the PTA in addition to your class teacher].

Please help us to ensure a smooth start to the school year on the buses.

Parents new to Kennedy School

Parents with children who are new to Kennedy School this year are invited to a "Welcome to Kennedy" drinks and nibbles evening hosted by our PTA.

This is a chance to meet other parents in a friendly and informal setting.

When : Thursday, 23rd August 2018 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where : Kennedy School Hall

Please note this event is for parents only, and complete the Google form (which will be sent to you separately) if you are able to attend the event.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

A reminder that the uniform shop hours are:

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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.

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.

School Calendar

All families will receive a complimentary copy of the school calendar. This will be delivered to students in class early next week.

If you have not received your family's calendar by the end of next week, please contact the PTA to confirm that your PTA Membership fees (see below) are up to date.

Quiz Night

We are starting the year with a fun social evening for adults - the Quiz and Curry Night.

Start getting your teams together:

  • Date: Friday 28th September
  • Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Format: Quiz with interval for curry buffet
  • Team size: 8

Get a team of 8 together and come along for a fun night. All profits from the night will go to support the library.

Booking form will be in next week's newsletter.

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.

Coffee Morning

We will be holding coffee mornings throughout the year, and will aim to have a theme, where members of staff present useful information to parents in an informal setting.

  • Date: Friday 7th September
  • Time: 8:30 am - 9:45 am
  • Venue: Staff Room - 2/F

Coffee mornings are open to all of our parents - please do come along - particularly if you are new to Kennedy.

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