Flash April 16 2018

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Urgent: Deadline to Re-enroll for 2018/2019 School Year

Parents had until March 22 to reserve their child's space for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year. Invoices were posted to the Parent Portal on March 1. The goal of re-enrollment is simply to protect the seats of current students who want to return in 2018/2019, and to predict the number of seats we can offer to waiting applicants. If you know you will be leaving at the end of this school year, we are sorry to see your family go. The tuition fee deposit for 2018/2019 is now past due for all returning students. To secure your child's seat, all returning students must pay a deposit of HK$20,000. Please check your Parent Portal account for more information. Inquiries can be directed to our Accounts Department.

Change of School Bus Service Provider

Starting the next school year, Kwoon Chung Motors (KCM) will resume as the school's transportation provider. Further details were shared in a letter to parents on April 10. In order to facilitate the transition, if parents have any questions or suggestions regarding the school bus service, please submit them using this School Bus Parent Feedback Form. The school will pass all parent queries to KCM by Friday, April 27.

Shuttle Bus Service Ending

Due to the low ridership of the shuttle bus service between the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and CDNIS, the service will be suspended at the end of the 2017/2018 school year. A full refund will be available for all un-used shuttle bus tickets starting next month. Details will be announced in Flash.


Over the past 14 months the entire school community has been hard at work on the CIS/WASC Accreditation Self-Study. This week, April 16-20, represents the culmination of this work as we host 13 visitors to review our Self-Study and give feedback regarding our Accreditation status. Thank you to the parents who have signed up to meet with the visitors and all of you for your support during this process.

Parent Feedback for School Fees for 2018/2019 Academic Year

We would like to give all parents an opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback on the 2018/2019 tuition and fee structure, which was shared with all parents in an email from the Head of School on March 27. Parents may submit questions or comments via the CDNIS 2018/2019 Tuition - Parent Feedback Form, by email at schoolinfo@cdnis.edu.hk or via a drop box located in the 9/F office.

GreenWeek 2018

With Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, CDNIS will be celebrating all things environmental with our 4th whole school GreenWeek event from Monday, April 23 - Saturday, April 28 with hands-on workshops, a visual art exhibition, GreenWeek Cinema, "Swap, Not Shop" clothing pop-up, a local organic 'farmers market', a plastic-free sale and City Nature Challenge field trips! See the whole calendar here. Sign-ups are closing on Tuesday, April 17.

Class of 2018: Offers to Universities

Members of the Class of 2018 are continuing to receive great news from various leading universities around the world. Take a moment to review the offers our students have received so far (as of April 13).

Parents in School

Parents and helpers are reminded not to congregate in the 10/F hallway leading to the LLAC. In addition, please avoid taking photos or videos of the 9/F playground. Do refer to this previous letter from LS admin on parents in school.

CDNIS Hosting Southeast Asia Band Festival

CDNIS is once again hosting the Southeast Asia Band Festival in the LLAC on Tuesday, April 17. International schools from Hong Kong are performing in this festival. Bands are rated according to an international standard. Our Grade 8 Band is performing at 12:20pm, followed by Wind Philharmonic at 2:30pm and Symphonic Winds at 3:15pm. If you wish, you are welcome to come to the LLAC to listen at any time.

Upper School Evening of the Arts


The Upper School Music Department is pleased to present the Evening of the Arts concert, Friday, April 20, 7pm - 8:30pm. Featuring the musical talents of: Symphonic Winds, Wind Philharmonic, Pandemonium (Acapella), The Grade 8 Band and Stage Band. Shuttle bus service between Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and the school runs from 6pm to 7pm. Buses will leave school at conclusion of concert. Drop off at CWB, Admiralty, Central. Free tickets are available at LLAC Box Office and from Upper School Music teachers from April 10.

Screenagers Followup

Thank you to those who attended the showing of Screenagers last week. We also showed it to about 600 Grades 5-9 students! Some important resources related to digital technology usage and your children include Common Sense Media and the resources section of Screenagers.

Summer School 2018

The CDNIS Summer School programme has been released. There really is something for everyone; Maths to Maker Space, Punching to Politics, Irish Sports to Inspirational Authors, Crafts to Cooking, Friendship Skills to Math Functions, Space and beyond. Plus the returning favourites Multi Activity, Kindergarten Fun, Swim, Gymnastics and Soccer. For all the details, please take a look at the programme details here, and sign up by clicking here.

Weather Policy

Please take a moment to review the school’s weather policy. School closures are communicated via the main school website. The weather policy can also be found in the Parent Information Handbook (pg 57-59). Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.

Parent ID Badges

Please remember to wear your parent ID badge when at school - including weekends. To help in better identifying people when they are on the campus, staff, parents, guardians and visitors have a special coloured lanyard to accompany their ID card. Please ensure your ID badge is clearly displayed at all times when you are on the campus. Questions – please see Jon Adams.

CDNIS College Clinic

The CDNIS US Guidance Team are offering a College Clinic every Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm-5pm for any member of the CDNIS Community. For more information, please contact Rob Aldridge or Scott Atherton in the US Guidance Office. All consultations will be confidential and offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Emergency Evacuation Information

Parents and visitors, do you know where to go if the fire alarm rings when you are in the building? If you are with a class, follow them out. If you are at the Maple Cafe or 6/F cafeteria, head across the pitch, up the LLAC stairs and out to the parent/visitor waiting area located right out front of the school. Watch this student made video to find out where to go. If you have any questions, email Jon Adams 

Restricted Access to 9/F Roundabout

Please note that in order to take the annual Grade 12 all class photo in front of the school, taxis and private vehicles will not be permitted access to the 9/F roundabout from 7:40am-8am on Thursday, April 26. Private vehicles and taxis will be directed towards the LLAC roundabout. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

2018-19 CDNIS Calendar

You can find the 2018-19 CDNIS school calendar on the School Calendars part of the website and here.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, April 16: MYP Art Exhibition (Lobby), Grade 4 Spotlight Rehearsal & Show (Theatre), US Music Rehearsal (Theatre)
Tuesday, April 17: MYP Art Exhibition (Lobby), SEABAND (Theatre)
Wednesday, April 18: MYP Art Exhibition (Lobby), Grade 4 Spotlight Rehearsal & Show (Theatre), DP Award Assembly (Theatre)
Thursday, April 19: MYP Art Exhibition (Lobby), Greenweek (Theatre)
Friday, April 20: MYP Art Exhibition (Lobby), CIS/WASC (Theatre), Evening of Arts (Lobby & Theatre)

Lower School News

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR): Prep - Grade 5

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) will be be hosted on Friday, April 27 (Prep to Grade 5). Parents can begin making their SLLR appointments Monday, April 16 (families with 2+ children in the LS) and Wednesday, April 18 (​all ​other LS families). Please click here for more details on the purpose of SLLR and instructions for accessing the online scheduling system.

Attention AM Pre Reception and Reception Parents - No School

Please note Pre Reception AM and Reception AM students do not come to school on Friday, May 11. This only applies to the AM classes. Students in the PM sessions have school as normal.

Save the Date - 1:1 Device Parent Info Meetings

Two 1:1 parent info meetings this year will be held on Monday, May 7. The Grade 4 1:1 Laptop parent info session (for current Grade 3 parents) is in the Library Pit from 8am-9am. The Grade 1 1:1 iPad parent info session (for current Prep parents) is in the Library pit from 9am-10am. Invitations were sent out to parents last Friday. Another copy of the letters is available here for Grade 3 parents and here for Prep parents.

Lower School DDD and FFF Change

Please note the April Dress Down Day (DDD) and Friday Fun in the Forum (FFF) will be recognised on Friday, May 4 due to the Student Led Learning Reviews and PYP Exhibition being held on Friday, April 27.

Upper School News

Grade 9 - 11 Exam Schedule (May & June 2018)

The Grade 9-11 Final Exam schedule is now available for students and parents to download. Further details about exams, including specific room locations, will be published in May.

Jockey Club Scholarship

The Jockey Club Scholarship is an annual award presented to three students who will be completing Grade 11 in June this year and attending CDNIS in their graduating year. The scholarship will be the tuition fee for the 2018/2019 academic year. Criteria for the award include academic achievement as well as leadership and contribution to the CDNIS community. To apply for the Jockey Club Scholarship, candidates must submit a signed application to Ms. Elsa Fung in the Guidance Office by Friday, April 20

Forthcoming University Visitors

All visits take place in US Guidance (Rm 510) unless otherwise noted. All welcome.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: Monday, April 23 12:15pm
The London School of Economics: Monday, April 23 2:30pm


Class of 2018 Valedictorian

Congratulations to Justin and Kenneth Leung who were selected by their peers as the Class of 2018 Valedictorians. Members of the Class of 2018 nominated their peers and following two rounds of voting, Justin and Kenneth were selected. Given the high standards of student leadership at CDNIS, this recognition is considered a great honour. We look forward to hearing Justin and Kenneth address their classmates at Graduation on Friday, May 25.

Grade 12: Grad save the date, updates

Difficult to believe, but the Class of 2018 Graduation is approaching! Grade 12 parents, please save the date of Friday, May 25, and note the new start time this year of 5pm. We will be sending occasional updates regarding Grad Week and preparations leading up to it; these will come to parents' CDNIS email addresses (name@cdnis.hk) so please do keep an eye out for these messages. 

Liberal Arts Colleges visiting Hong Kong

Admission Officers from Bowdoin, Haverford, Vassar, and Wesleyan will be offering a programme highlighting the incredible educational experience offered at a Liberal Arts College. The programme includes presentations from each of the institutions, general information about the selective admission process, the advantages of a liberal arts education in the workforce, and the opportunity to speak with each institution. This takes place on Monday, April 30, at 6pm at VSA. To register, click here.

OSSD Summer School Programme

CDNIS is offering students the chance to earn formal OSSD Grade 11 and 12 credits through an accelerated Summer School Programme (Math, English, Politics & Science). Students currently in Grades 10 and 11 are eligible to participate. All courses take three weeks and will run from June 12-29. The fee for CDNIS students is HK$13,000. Parents can find more details here and register by clicking here.

Cambridge Summer School

If your child aged 15-18 is free this summer the the Cambridge Summer School may be an excellent option. For more information, including course details and how to sign up, please visit the programme website. Registration is open now and filling up fast!

McGill Summer Academy

For the first time, McGill University will be offering a summer academy outside of Canada. This program offers learning opportunities for students aged 15-19 that foster curiosity about the natural, physical and social phenomena and prepare them for continuing learning at university. Programmes will run from August 1-6 from 9am-3:45pm. To find out more information and enroll, please click here.

BizSmart’s Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshops

Join for six full days of being coached by a young, experienced and passionate director flying in from America. Topics covered include finance, sales, marketing, product design and business planning, including future ready skills for the jobs of tomorrow. The first session takes place from July 30 - August 4, and the second from August 6-11. For more details, check out the BizSmart website, and sign up here.

CUHK Summer Institute

The Guidance Office was made aware of the CUHK Summer Institute which is offering up to 2 credit courses this summer for enrolled students. Suitable for Grade 11 students.


Apr 23, 2018
Grade 7 & 8 Experience Week (Apr 23-27)

Apr 24, 2018
Senior Admin Coffee Morning

Apr 26, 2018
PYP Exhibition (Apr 26-27)

Apr 26, 2018
Pre Reception and Reception Conversations (Apr 26-27)

Apr 27, 2018
Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR): Prep - Grade 5

May 1, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Labour Day

May 4, 2018
April DDD & FFF Recognised (Lower School)

May 11, 2018
Pre Reception AM and Reception AM - No School

May 22, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Buddha's Birthday

May 25, 2018
Grade 12 Graduation

Jun 8, 2018
Last Day of School