School Bus Service
CDNIS staff are available to take your call. Parents needing help to troubleshoot any issues with the school bus service can call and speak with a CDNIS staff member. Please visit the "Bus Service at CDNIS" on the main school website, and check out the letter by Interim Head of School David Baird that was sent out yesterday evening. This page will be updated frequently over the coming few weeks.
Traffic and Safety
We work hard to make CDNIS a safe environment. Since there is no public parking at CDNIS and no parking along Nam Long Shan Road, we encourage students/parents to use the school bus. But if you do have to drive, please follow the directions of our security guards/police. LS students get dropped @ 9/F entrance, US students/taxis @ LLAC. Please note that all drivers must turn left when exiting the school roundabouts.
Please take a moment to review the school's weather policy. School closures are communicated via the main school website by 6am. When launched, the weather policy will also be available in the soon-to-be released mobile app. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.
The CDNIS family continues to grow as we welcome new staff members who will be teaching in both the Lower School and Upper School! To learn more about the new CDNIS staff, check out their bios (Lower School, Upper School and Schoolwide). Also, visit the "Staff Profiles" page on the new school website to view bios of all teachers in CDNIS.
MAP Testing Parent Information Session
Please join us on Tuesday, August 29 from 8am-9am in the LLAC Lobby to learn more about the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing. After trialing MAP last year, the school is switching from ISA testing to MAP testing this year. Join us to learn what you and your child should expect this year with MAP testing. For the parents of Grades 3-10. Sign up here to attend.
Chinese Studies Parents Coffee Morning
The Chinese Studies Parents Coffee morning will be held at the LLAC Lobby from 7:30am - 8:30am on Tuesday, September 12. Director of Chinese Studies Penny Pan will give a talk about the CDNIS Reception-Grade 12 Chinese programme and answer questions from parents. Coffee and pastries will be served! No sign-up is needed, just drop by the LLAC after you've dropped off your children.
Dress Down Day
Dress Down Day (DDD) will take place on the last Friday of every month, with the first one of the new school year to kick off this Friday, August 25! Please note that the theme for both Upper School and Lower School DDD this Friday is house colours. Students are free to dress up in clothing that match the theme. As with previous years, money raised from DDDs will be donated to various charities.
We are proud of our Timberwolves Sports programme at CDNIS. To find out more about the structure of our Seasons, the sports and teams, and the coaches who lead our programme please click on the links in this message. Season 1 starts next week. For full information view the new Timberwolves site.
Sailing and Rowing - new CDNIS sports
We are excited to announce the addition of Sailing and Rowing as official CDNIS sports. In Season 1, these are open to Upper School students only, but we hope to extend this sport to the Lower School in 2018. The programme will be delivered by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) at Middle Island on Tuesdays. Thanks too, to David Baird, our passionate Sailing Head of School, who will lead this activity. Click on the following links for information about registering for the Sailing team or the Rowing team.
ASA Session 1 Started
After School Activities (ASA) Season 1 kicked off on this past weekend on Saturday, August 19. Information about class locations can be found on the Parent Portal and the ASA website.
Taking Action at CDNIS
A new school year means that it's time for Local & Global Engagement to unveil their new website, "Taking Action" a place that highlights all the ways in which CDNIS students, staff and parents alike can engage in hands-on, minds-on and hearts-on initiatives to create positive influence in the community. The 'Stories' page is a great place to start! Read about what our coordinators of Local & Global Engagement, Kim Campbell and Smriti Safaya developed last school year in our Year-End Community Report.
Placing Orders for CDNIS Mooncake
CDNIS is selling mooncakes to help support 10 students living in rural Hainan, China. If you are thinking about buying mooncakes for friends and family, in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4, please consider supporting the CDNIS Mooncake fund raising effort. Please place your order by filling in this online ordering form.
ASCCA Registration Deadline August 25
Registration for the 2017-2018 ASCCA (After School Chinese Culture Academy) is now open. If you are interested in registering your child for the 2017-2018 ASCCA activities, including Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Choir, Chinese Dance and Chinese painting, please go to this link to register online.
Parent ID Cards
New parents are welcome to stop by the 10/F library the next time they are on campus to have their photo taken for their Parent ID card. Cards will be ready approximately two weeks after your photo has been taken. Parents are asked to please wear their Parent ID card at all times when they are on campus. The card can also be used as a library card as parents are welcome to check out books from the library.
Student Octopus Cards
Students looking to activate or renew their personalised student Octopus cards are asked to please do so via the MTR website starting in September. Applications need to be completed by a parent/guardian. Parents also need to upload a photo of the child and pay the application fee/card deposit with a credit card. Please contact the MTR with questions.
Shuttle Bus in Service
The CDNIS Shuttle Bus service between Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and CDNIS runs from 6:55am to 5pm during school days and costs just HK$4 per trip. The time schedule can be found here. The bus stop at CDNIS is at the LLAC. Kindly purchase your tickets from the 9/F General Office before boarding.
Golf Day - Register Now
Last year's Golf Day proved to be a great success and we're pleased to announced that it's coming back again this year! The CDNIS Annual Golf Day will be held at the Shek O Country Club on November 21, 2017. Entrance to this event starts at $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for teams of four. Interested parties can click here to register for the event. Details can also be found on our school website. Enjoy a great afternoon of golf and all skill levels are welcome.
If your child is ill and won't be at school, please let the school nurses know via email. For Lower School absences, please also inform your child's homeroom teacher if he or she is unfit to come to school. Grade 7-8 absences should also be sent to Veronica Tse and Grade 9-12 absences to Elsa Fung.
Please log in to the Parent Portal. Medical forms are updated yearly and must be completed before a child starts school. Due to safety issues, children will not be able to participate in ASAs, Experience Week or field trips until the form has been completed. If you are unable to log in to the Parent Portal, please contact OneDoor.
Parent Contact Details
Are your contact details up to date with the school? If you recently changed your mobile number, or moved to a new flat, please let the school know. Parents can always check and update their contact details via the Parent Portal - Profile Update - Contact Info Update. Please contact OneDoor if you are unable to log in to the Parent Portal.
No School - have you marked your calendar?
Just a reminder that there is no school for students on Friday, September 15 (PDD for staff), the Mid Term Break that takes place October 2-6, and Monday, October 9, which is another PDD for staff. Please mark these dates on your calendar.
Flags in the 9/F Lobby
The flags hanging in the 9/F Lobby represents the various nationalities of our students, which are declared when a student applies to the school. However, we know that some students may hold multiple citizenships, which we may not know about. Please email the Communications Department if your country's flag is missing. We will update the flags accordingly.
CISPA - The Peak Walk
All parents, are invited to join the traditional Peak Walk on Monday, August 28 at 9:30am. The Peak Walk is an informal event where you will get the opportunity to meet old and new Lower and Upper School parents alike in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No special skills are required. Please meet at the Peak, just outside Pacific Coffee. Event participants are recommended to dress comfortably in walking shoes, and bring with them a hat, sun glass, sun screen and plenty of water! More information can be found on the CISPA website and interested parents can contact Lucia Delvita to RSVP.
CISPA - International Library Day needs you!
CISPA will be holding International Library Day on Tuesday, September 12. The event will showcase children's books from around the world. If you would be interested in finding out how you can help, click here.
CISPA - Outreach Committee
Interested in helping our children and school community to be involved in more charitable and environmentally friendly projects? Please join CISPA's Outreach Committee, which will help fund numerous charity-, service- or environmentally conscious-related initiatives led by students and teachers alike. Each project is considered on its merits by the Committee; meetings will be held on a bi-monthly basis. Please contact Amy Ng if you are keen to join.
Monday, August 21: US Musical Audition; Tuesday, August 22: US Musical Rehearsal; Wednesday, August 23: Student Advisory; and Thursday, August 24: US Musical Rehearsal.