Flash February 20 2017

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Red & White

The inaugural issue of Red & White has arrived. Learn about and celebrate the amazing achievements of the members of our CDNIS community. Students, staff, parents and alumni. Copies of the magazine will come home today (one per family via youngest child). But if you can't wait to get your hands on the inaugural issue, visit the CDNIS website.

Reaching Out, Touching Lives

The foundation of any successful school is the close bond shared between students and teachers. With their commitment of learning from one another and a passion for making a difference, the CDNIS family is achieving excellence all around the world! This week, we talk to CDNIS' long-serving Head of Admissions Emily Pong who has published a new book! Titled "Sharing With You", the book chronicles some of the most memorable admission cases that she has encountered in her career, spanning over two decades. Learn more about her new book and the CDNIS programmes that are benefiting from it by reading this article and watching this video.

Coffee with the iHOS

Parents are welcome to join iHOS David Baird for a coffee at Starbucks on Thursday, February 23 between 10am-12noon. Please join him at the Starbucks at Alexandra House, Shop 201, 2/F, 16-20 Chater Road. Come out for a coffee and a casual chat.

CIS/WASC Reports

As iHOS David Baird mentioned in his letter to parents last week, the school recently received a very optimistic and positive report following the visit by CIS/WASC team. To access the report from CIS/WASC, please go into the Parent Portal and you will find the documents under School Documents - CIS. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact CIS/WASC Accreditation Chair Jon Adams.

Parent Input Needed: IB Surveys

There is still time to give your thoughts regarding the IB Programme at our school. The school is looking for parent perspectives on how you think our programmes are meeting your needs and the needs of your child. Please click on these links to participate in the survey in which your children are in the corresponding grades - IB PYP Survey (Pre Reception to Grade 6), IB MYP Survey (Grade 7-10) and IB DP Survey (Grades 11-12). The surveys will be open until Tuesday, February 28.

TWolves ISSFHK Championship Playoffs Accomplishments

Season 2 came to an exciting and successful end last week with Championship week for all sports. Please click on the links to celebrate the success of Basketball (Gold Silver and Bronze), Tennis (Double Gold and Bronze), Ball Hockey (Silver), Cross Country (Gold/Silver and Bronze), and ISSFHK Rock Climbing Champs. These great results are a nice way to lead into Season 3 try outs next week. For details of Season 3's teams/tryouts/practices, click here.

SEASAC Recap - Basketball, Rugby, Touch Rugby and Tennis

February 9-12 was a busy time for our SEASAC Teams, we travelled to Myanmar and Singapore to take part in SEASAC sports. SEASAC is our highest level of sport and involves 12 of the best schools from Malaysia/Thailand/Singapore/Indonesia/Myanmar/Hong Kong. CDNIS also hosted a very successful SEASAC Touch Rugby/Rugby event in partnership with HKRFU; involving 400 athletes and officials. To celebrate Timberwolves success in competition/hosting view the SEASAC Report.

25th Anniversary Event - Hope Through Music Charity Concert

CDNIS is proud to host the Hope Through Music Charity Concert on Friday, March 3 at 7pm. This charity provides free musical instruments/education to children from low-income families. Funds raised will be used to buy instruments and to recruit musicians to teach the children. The CDNIS Chinese Orchestra, Treble Timbertones Choir, Stage Band and Symphonic Winds will also perform. Details on the LLAC website. Tickets available now.

25th Anniversary Event - Birthday Cake Competition

The 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee will hold a Birthday Cake Competition on Thursday, March 9 to commemorate CDNIS' special year. As part of the competition, the committee is encouraging both family and staff entries. A sample cake is on display at the 9/F Lobby, made by one of our own parents, Lucy Chin. The categories are: Most Popular, Most Creative and Tastiest Cake. For more details, please refer to the sign up form. Entry Deadline: Friday, March 3.

Using Sports to Support Refugees in HK

Free to Run is an NGO that helps refugees overcome trauma and build confidence through sports. Virginie Goethals (Free to Run board member & CDNIS parent) and two refugees will give a talk, hosted by its CDNIS club on March 1 in the Alan Dick Forum at 12:20pm-1pm. Sporting equipment donations are accepted throughout the week with donation boxes around school. Parents are encouraged to attend and donate.

Ordering School Lunch

The March and April Lunch order forms and menus (March and April menus) are available on the CDNIS mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Cafeteria. Due to technical issues, parents can order lunch using the paper form. Maxim's apologizes for any inconvenience caused. The paper ordering for February meals is open until February 28. Please contact Maxim's directly for more information.

Applause for a Cause - Save the Date

Applause for a Cause - February 24, 7pm, LLAC Auditorium. An Upper School whistle stop tour through some of the best songs from a variety of musicals from classic to modern, tragic to funny! All proceeds will go directly to charity! Tickets will be on sale from Monday, February 13 from 505 at lunchtimes or the LLAC foyer. Adults - $100 and students $50.

Alan Dick Community Day

Please join us for Alan Dick Community Day on Thursday, March 9 at CDNIS. Take a moment to see some of the highlights the Upper School Photography Team captured last year. The Alan Dick Community Day is a whole-school event. We hope to see many parents at the event March 9. Please wear your pink wristbands, which were distributed last year. The event will go ahead rain or shine. Watch this space for more details.

Easter Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

During your Chinese New Year break, you might wish to start planning for your Easter holiday Chinese Studies programmes. This includes an exchange programme with Siyuan Primary School in Hainan, which will see 15 grade 4-6 students visit the school in China from April 9-15; as well as a number of IB Chinese Exam Prep courses for current G11/G12 MFL/MSL/MHL students during the Easter break. Details can be found right here.

Easter Holiday Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshops

Named by CNN Money as one of the five most unique camps in the US, Camp BizSmart has strategic partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and Alibaba, and educational alliances with universities including Stanford and Santa Clara. CDNIS is excited to announce this one of it's kind entrepreneurial skills based workshop for students aged 11-16. Please apply here.

Summer Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

During your Chinese New Year break, you might wish to start planning for your Summer holiday Chinese Studies programme. Activities that are available this year include the Beijing Language B Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (20 places for G4-11 students); Taiwan Language A Mandarin Immersion Programme on June 9-23 (30 places for G4-11 Mandarin A/MHL students); and the CDNIS on-campus Mandarin courses for Prep-G11 students that will be held between June and August.

Maxims Foodlink Donations

Maxims Catering continues to work with Foodlink, donating edible, hygienic leftover food from CDNIS operations to the NGO for re-distribution to charities. In December and January, 44kgs and 73kgs, respectively, were donated. This reduces food waste going to landfills, improves community networks and provides much needed food to those who don't have enough. This is a long-running initiative in our EcoSmart movement, demonstrating Maxims' contribution to corporate social responsibility.

CISPA - Notice of CISPA Annual General Meeting

CISPA's AGM will take place on March 16 at 8am in the LLAC. Parents will receive reports of the Board, consider accounts, and participate in an election (if required). Current directors who have indicated they may seek re-election are: Sébastien Evrard, Lucia delVita, Grady Lam, Sabrina Maguire, Christina Matula-Häkli, Amy Ng, Mariette Rinck and Debbie Waugh. We encourage parents to apply for any and all 15 Board seats: here.

CISPA - US Book Swap

The Upper School Book Swap will be held on Tuesday, February 28 in the Forum. If you would like to volunteer for book sorting or manning the tables at the swap, please contact Kathrin from the Literacy Committee.

CISPA - Parent Workshop

Join us for a parent workshop on conversational reading by US-based literacy consultant Diane Frankenstein. Learn how you can help your children gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading by thinking and reflecting. Read a book, ask a question, start a conversation. The workshop will be on March 13 at 8:30am. Please check here for more information.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Feb 20
Gr 3 Spotlight Rehearsal
US Music Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 21
CISPA Board Meeting
LS Student Leadership workshop
Applause For A Cause Rehearsal

Wednesday, Feb 22
LSSC Lunch
IB Recital

Thursday, Feb 23
LS Parenting Workshop
Gr 3 Spotlight Rehearsal
LS Student Leadership Workshop
Applause For A Cause Rehearsal

Friday, Feb 24
Applause For A Cause

Lower School News

Sign-up to Perform in the LS Student Showcase

LS Performing Arts is looking for Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their talents with an audience of their peers. To take part, students are asked to sign-up and give an audition after school on March 1 or 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

Timberwolves Tryouts

Many opportunities for LS students to join a Season 3 Timberwolves team. These teams have tryouts this week: U12 Mixed Rugby, U12 Badminton Boys/Girls, U12 Track&Field (Grade 4/5/6), U12 Netball (season started), U10 Basketball. U12 Football starts in Season 4 (early March). Please encourage students to come to try outs this week. Contact the coach of the team directly for more information.

Easter Holiday Programme

Enrol your little bunnies in the eggciting Easter Holiday Programme from April 10 to April 13. Choose from football, gymnastics, swimming and netball! Please visit the After School Activities website to enrol online.

Dress Down Day

Our next DDD is Friday, February 24. It is organized by Bear House and all funds will be donated to Room to Read. The theme is "Favourite Book Character".

Grade 3-4 Sports Day

The Grade 3-4 Sports Day will take place on Tuesday, February 28 at the Stanley Ho Sports Ground in Sandy Bay. For more information please click here.

Grade 4-6 Timba Swim Invitational

The Grade 4-6 Timba Swim invitational will take place on Thursday, March 2 at CDNIS from 12noon-2:20pm. For more information on this event please click here.

Upper School News

MS String Musicians invited to Honor Orchestra Festival

CDNIS String Instrument musicians are invited to attend the South East Asia Honor Orchestra Festival at the American International School in Guangzhou during April. Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass students are encouraged to attend the Orchestra Festival that brings talented and enthusiastic string musicians from regional International Schools under the baton of a Guest Conductor. String musicians in Grade 7 – 10 see this link for information. Contact michellelovett@cdnis.edu.hk for details.

Cambridge Summer School - Registration is Now Open

For the 5th straight year, CDNIS is proud to host the only official University of Cambridge Summer School in the world bringing several active Cambridge academics to Hong Kong from July 22 to July 28 offering 15-hour courses covering a range of disciplines. Registration is now open. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are open to the public. Visit the CDNIS website to be a part of this programme.

London School of Economics Visit

LSE will visit the Guidance office at 2:30pm on Tuesday, February 21. All are welcome to attend and ask questions.

Higher Education Fair

CDNIS graduates have a solid reputation with college admissions officers from around the world and because of this, we host more than 300 university visits each academic year. The US Guidance Team invites all interested students and their parents to our flagship event, the global Higher Education Fair on Friday, March 10. This fair is an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to research their university options, no matter what stage they are in the university selection process. The event is open to members of the CDNIS community and to the general public. There is no need to RSVP. Please contact the Guidance Office with any questions.

Queen Mary - Medicine and Dentistry Information Session

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30pm at Chinese International School. The talk will be delivered by academics and admissions tutors from the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Future applicants will receive details about studying Medicine and Dentistry in the UK and the admissions procedure. Please confirm your attendence by email to rory.clarke@qmul.ac.uk

MYP and DP Communicators

Middle Years Programme Communicator and Diploma Programme Communicator websites contain valuable information for Upper School parents about the calendars, curriculum, programme and more. The parent night presentation slide shows can also be found on these websites, which are linked to the Upper School Site.


February 23 2017
Coffee with the iHOS

February 24 2017
Dress Down Day (DDD)

February 28 2017
Grade 3-4 Sports Day

February 28 2017
Deadline: IB Surveys

March 1 2017
Student Showcase Auditions

March 2 2017
Grade 4-6 Timba Swim Invitational

March 2 2017
Student Showcase Auditions

March 3 2017
25th Anniversary Event - Hope Through Music Charity Concert

March 9 2017
Alan Dick Community Day

March 10 2017
Higher Education Fair