Flash August 28 2017

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All School news

School Bus Service

The "Bus Service at CDNIS" page on the main school website will continue to be updated until all bus routes have been finalized. The page includes contact details for Sun Bus and updated bus schedules for all routes, including the Shuttle Bus, which runs from 6:55am to 5pm during school days. Kindly purchase your tickets from the 9/F General Office before boarding.

Second CDNIS Student Achieves Top Marks in IB DP Exams

Congratulations Kelly Wing! The newest member of a very exclusive club after achieving a perfect 45 on her IB DP exams. Way to go! CDNIS was blessed to have you as a student for 14 years and now the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, is lucky to have you join their ranks. Further details can be found by reading the official CDNIS press release.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Student Absences

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.

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.

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 - Meditation Sessions at School

Meditation sessions for parents will resume next month, under the guidance of Sharon Leng, alumni parent healing therapist and wellbeing specialist. All sessions will be held at school, in various locations, depending on space availability. Interested participants should meet on Friday, September 1 at 8:15am in the 9/F lobby. Please be comfortably dressed, and bring along with you a mat, a pair of socks, a towel or a block (to sit more comfortably). Contact Lucia Delvita to RSVP. More details can also be found on the CISPA website.

CISPA - Parents' Drinks Night

Join CISPA parents for drinks on Thursday, September 7 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm! The Parents' Drinks Night will be held at Oolaa (G/F, Bridges Street, Centre Stage, Soho, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong). Interested parties can contact Lucia Delvita to RSVP. More information can also be found on the CISPA website.

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.


LLAC Marquee

Tuesday, August 29: LS Parent Presentation, US Musical Rehearsal; Wednesday, August 30: Student Advisory, Oxbridge Prep Talk for Grade 9 Parents/Students; Thursday, August 31: US Musical Rehearsal, Grade 7 & 8 New Student Lunch, Grade 12 Parent Information Night; and Friday, September 1: Film Workshop.

Lower School News

Pre Reception to Prep Curriculum Days Feedback

Thank you to all those who attended the Curriculum Days this week. Please let us know your thoughts about these Curriculum Days by filling out the following feedback form so we can continue to make improvements each year. This feedback form should only take five minutes to finish. Thanks again!

Message from Lower School Principal

Last week, Lower School Principal Dr. Helen Kelly reached out to all Lower School parents welcoming them to the 2017-018 school year. In case you missed her letter, you can read it here.

Delivering lunches

We have noted a large number of parents and helpers delivering student lunches to cubbies during the school day. Please ensure students bring their lunches with them in the morning, to reduce distraction in our hallways which are often used for learning.

Student Uniforms

Please be reminded that if students do not have PE in their schedule, they must be in school uniform that day. If they have an activity-oriented ASA on a day they do not have PE, they will need to change after school for the ASA.

What Colour Shoes Should My Child Wear?

Please note the Uniform Policy on pages 50-52 of the Parent Handbook. Students are expected to wear shoes that are at least 50% black. When in PE uniform, students can wear shoes of any colour. 

Sign-up to Perform in Lower School Assemblies

Calling all musicians! Students in the Lower School are invited to audition and perform a short solo or small ensemble in their grade level assemblies. For more information and to sign-up, please fill out the form found here for Prep, Grade 1-Grade 3 or Grade 4-Grade 6. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis!

Join the Lower School Strings Ensemble!

The Lower School Performing Arts Department is excited to offer students in Grade 3-6 who are already studying a string instrument outside of school to join the Lower School Strings Ensemble. Auditions will be held throughout the week of August 28. For more information and to sign-up for auditions, check out the Strings page on Ms. Benusa's PA blog.

Grades 5 and 6 Beginning Band

Do you want to learn how to play a band instrument?  Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to sign up for the Beginning Band here. Please log in to your CDNIS parent email account to access the form. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 6 from 2:45pm until 4pm. From August 21-31, interested students will be given a day/time to try out the instruments and choose one. Please email Kimberly Butler for more information.   

Upper School News

DP Communicator

The DP Communicator is filled with valuable information about the DP programme. Check out the latest issue of the DP Communicator by visiting this link - also accessible through the Upper School website - and learn all about the IB Retreat, a programme unique to CDNIS.   

University visits next two weeks

The following universities will be visiting CDNIS during the next two weeks: University of Durham (Law) on Monday, August 28 at 2:30pm; University of British Columbia on Tuesday, August 29 at 12:15pm; Chapman University (USA) on Wednesday, August 30 at 12:25pm; Colgate, Lafayette and Smith (USA) on Monday, September 4 at 12:15pm; King's College, London (Law) on Monday, September 4 at 2:30pm; The American University of Rome on Wednesday, September 6 at 12:25pm; and the University of York (UK) on Thursday, September 7 at 3:00pm. All visits will be held in the Guidance Office.

Grade 9 Oxbridge Prep Seminar

The US Guidance Office (Mr. Aldridge) will deliver a session for parents of, and students in Grade 9 regarding suggested preparation for a future application to Oxford or Cambridge University. These two universities are unique in Higher Education and there are several types of preparation that can enhance a candidate's suitability. Mr. Aldridge will provide information about Oxbridge education and suggest suitable methods to develop one's abilities. This is aimed at Grade 9 students and parents but students/parents from Grade 10 are most welcome. Wednesday, August 30 at 3pm in the LLAC Lobby. Register here to attend.

Grade 12 Parent Information Night

Grade 12 parents, mark your calendar! The US Guidance Department will hold an information evening on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30pm in the LLAC Lobby for Grade 12 Parents to outline the year ahead, regarding university application deadlines and procedures. Buses to/from the school will be arranged from Admiralty Exit A at 5:30pm. Return service at 8:00pm to CWB and Admiralty. Light refreshments from 6pm in LLAC Lobby. Kindly RSVP here.

Study and Career Options in Computer Science: British Council

You are invited to join the Study and Career Options in Computer Science event at the British Council on Thursday, August 31 at 5:30pm. This  is an opportunity for students and parents to learn about career paths in Computer Science, and which university courses can get you there. Academics from leading UK universities and industry professionals will discuss career options, their experiences, and answer your questions. Enquiries can be done either by the phone (2913 5100) or via email. Registration for the event is required.

Cornell, University of Chicago, Rice University to visit CDNIS

CDNIS will host Cornell, the University of Chicago, and Rice University for an information session that is open to all Hong Kong students and parents. It will take place on Saturday, September 2 from 1pm-2:30pm in the LLAC. To reserve your place, please complete this RSVP form

Open Day: King's College London (Law)

The Dickson Poon School of Law will host an open day on Saturday, September 2 from 12:30pm - 5:00pm at  the Island Shangri-La Hotel in Pacific Place, Admiralty. Click on this link to book a place.

Upper School Curriculum Night

Experience what it is like to be an Upper School student during Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 5 @ 6:30pm which starts with a full assembly in the LLAC Theatre. Buses to this event pick-up at Admiralty at 5:45 pm, also collecting at Wong Chuk Hang MTR on the way.  Return buses depart from the school at 9:15 pm to: Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Central Pier; along with South Horizons / Sham Wan Towers / Larvotto / One Island South; as well as 101 & 109 Repulse Bay Road / Stanley Plaza / 33 Tai Tam Road.

SAT Test Date and Registration Deadline

CDNIS will host the SAT (SAT, SAT with essay, and Subject Tests) on Saturday, October 7. Registration deadline is Friday, September 8. To register, visit The College Board website

University of Cambridge Undergraduate Admissions Talk

CDNIS is hosting a University of Cambridge Undergraduate Admissions Talk by Dr. Andrew Murray (Admissions Tutor, Trinity Hall, Cambridge) on Thursday, September 14  from 6pm-7:30pm. The event, which will be held in the Leo Lee Arts Centre, is open to the public. Dr. Murray will speak for around one hour on all areas pertaining to undergraduate admissions at the University of Cambridge, before following this with a 30-minute Q&A session. Complete this RSVP form to reserve your seat.

UK Medicine as a student

Adrienne Lee (Grad '13) will deliver a small group discussion to interested students about "Life as a UK Med Student" on Monday, August 28 at 3pm in the Guidance Office (Room 510). Miss. Lee will graduate from the University of Bristol Med course in 2018 and is thus in a great position to advise on applications and expectations. Those interested in attending should contact Rob Aldridge.

Save the Dates

Upper School parents and students are reminded to note down the following important dates. Thursday, August 31 has been designated as "University Night", and this is open to all Grade 12 parents. Then on Tuesday, September 5 is "Curriculum Night" for the entire Upper School. Rounding things off is "Parent Info Night" for Grade 11s on Tuesday, September 12. More information about the three events will be released closer to those dates.  


Aug 28, 2017
LS Strings Auditions

Aug 29, 2017
MAP Testing Parent Info Session

Aug 29, 2017
LS Strings Auditions

Aug 30, 2017
LS Strings Auditions

Aug 31, 2017
CDNIS Timbertones Starts

Aug 31, 2017
Grade 12 University Night

Sep 5, 2017
US Curriculum Night

Sep 11, 2017
Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night

Sep 12, 2017
Parent Coffee Morning: Chinese Studies

Sep 12, 2017
Grade 11 Parent Information Night

Sep 13, 2017
Grades 1-3 Curriculum Night

Sep 15, 2017
PDD: No School for Students