Flash March 6 2017

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Jing Ying Football Champions

Congratulations to the U20 Boys Football team for winning the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Football Championship on Friday. The squad beat football powerhouse YCH Yung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School 6-5 on sudden death penalties after 70 minutes of scoreless play. Congratulations to the players and coaches - Dan, Julian, Mark, Jonny, Brendan, Charlie, Ayan, Alex, Jay, Sean, Cameron, Brett, Chester, Brian, Will, Harry, Nico, Michael, Robert and Coach Wah and Ching. Thanks also to the amazing students, parents and staff who cheered the team on at the game and for the students and staff who were supporting the team via the live stream. More to follow later this week as the school finalizes plans to celebrate and acknowledge this massive achievement. Details and pictures from the game will be shared later today on the CDNIS Facebook page.

Alan Dick Community Day & 25th Birthday Party!

Please join us for this extra-special day as we celebrate Alan Dick and the school's 25th Anniversary on Thursday, March 9 from 8:30am-10:30am. This is a whole-school event and we hope to see many parents joining in. Please wear pink! This year we will enjoy birthday cupcakes and the cake competition, and students will move through a range of activities in Houses. The event will go ahead rain or shine. Check out the highlights from last year.

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 speak to Upper School Vice Principal David Butler who reveals the advantages of CDNIS' dual-diploma programme, in which students receive both the IB Diploma as well as the OSSD upon graduation. Check out this article and video to learn more.

CDNIS Social Media Growth

We are now on Instagram! Are you? Have a look at what goes on at CDNIS. Use the hashtag #cdnishk, #cdnisls or #cdnishkalumni. See us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube as well, in order to catch the latest highlights of the fun and colourful activities that our school's community has been up to, including the Jing Ying Football Finals, the SCMP's interview with Interim Head of School David Baird, and the Applause For A Cause event!

CDNIS Finalist At AppJamming Summit 2017

A Grade 6 team (Ayden, Kenson, Mike, Jeanie) has developed an app with AppInventor for the AppJamming Summit 2017. This app helps expectant mothers to stay healthy and fit while keeping track of the baby's development during the pregnancy term. They will be pitching for the finals on Sunday, March 19 in Kowloon Tong. The winners will win an all-inclusive trip to attend the Global App Inventor Summit in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dress Down Day - Thank You For Your Support!

CDNIS would like to thank everyone that participated in Dress Down Day, which took place on February 24. Thanks to your kind support, the Lower School managed to raise a total of $9,965 for Room the Read – the NGO supported by Bear House, while the Upper School community generated $5,955 for Worldwide Action.

Picture Taking/Videotaping @ CDNIS

All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch or just running around on the playground, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Applause For A Cause

On Friday, February 24, 41 US students took to the LLAC stage in 'Applause for a Cause', a charity fundraiser featuring some of the best songs from musical theatre. The students chose to do the show to raise money for Worldwide Action, a charity dedicated to giving children and young people the ability to survive and opportunities to thrive. Find out more at Worldwide Action. The event showcased our incredibly talented students which you can watch in this video. Thank you to everyone who came to support!

Parent Liaison Committee

This is the second year since the Board of Governors re-established the Parent Liaison Committee (PLC). The PLC is a multi-stakeholder Committee, comprised of Governors, Parents, and School Administrators. The PLC serves as a communication channel between parents and the Board of Governors. To contact the PLC, please email parentliaisoncommittee@cdnis.hk.

The Jane Goodall Institute Newsletter

CDNIS maintains a close relationship with the Jane Goodall Institute, following the world-renowned primatologist's visit to our school last year. To learn more about what the institute has been up to and how CDNIS has stayed involved, visit this link to view its latest newsletter.

Fever and Mask Policy

CDNIS strictly enforces the Fever Free Policy, as recommended by the Centre for Health Protection. Therefore, students who are sick or feverish should not be in school whether or not they are wearing a mask. Pre Reception to Grade 2 students should be fever free for 48 hours before they can resume school. Grade 3 and above students should be fever free for 24 hours before they can resume school. Please note that for students who are not sick and choose to wear a surgical mask to school as a preventative measure (allergies, immune disorders), our school staff will not be expected to monitor the correct wearing of their mask. Please contact the nurse with questions.

CDNIS Health Blog

CDNIS is committed to providing parents with relevant health information through this blog, which is routinely updated by the Upper School and Lower School nurses. We recommend subscribing to the website, in order to receive the most up-to-date health-related news.

Food Drive by Heifer Club

Heifer club - one of 11 that comprise the Upper School Global Issues Network - is committed to the NGO's mission to eradicate hunger and poverty. Therefore, in the upcoming weeks the Heifer team have organised a food drive in collaboration with the local food bank Feeding HK. The collection of non-perishable foods will take place from Monday, February 27 - Monday, March 13, with red Feeding HK bins located on the 9th, 7th and 3rd floors. Many thanks for your support of this worthy cause! Please contact Ms. Eileen Jong and Mr. Scott Atherton for more information.

Used Clothes Collection: Save the Pandas

Until Friday, March 10 the trash to treasure organization will be collecting old clothes, boxes and materials on the 9/F lobby. The materials will be used to make other items that will be sold for money to symbolically adopt a panda! Click here for more information or email us.

No School: Reminder

There are a few no school days which fall mid-week in the coming few months. Please make note students do not come to school Tuesday, April 4Monday, April 10 to Tuesday, April 18Monday, May 1Wednesday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 30. The 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 (draft) calendars can be found on the main school website and mobile app.

Easter Holiday Chinese Studies Programmes

You might wish to start planning for your Easter holiday Chinese Studies programme. 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 (details can be found right here); as well as a number of IB Chinese Exam Prep courses for current G11/G12 MFL/MSL/MHL students during the Easter break (contact Penny Pan for more information).

Save the Date: Canada Rugby 7s Team

The Canadian Men's Rugby 7s team is returning to CDNIS. The team will hold a practice at CDNIS on Sunday, April 2. Details are still being worked out, and we are working to organize a skills clinic for rugby players of all ages, an autograph/photo session and family BBQ. Watch this space for more details.

Tuition Fee Deposit for 2017/2018 School Year

The tuition fee deposit for 2017/18 is due for all returning students on March 22, 2017. Invoices will be posted to the Parent Portal under NetClassroom>Billing starting March 1, 2017. To secure your seats, all returning students must pay a deposit of HK$20,000. Please check your Parent Portal account for more information. Tuition deposits are fully refundable by official written notice given before May 8, 2017. Any inquiries can be directed to our Accounts Department.

CISPA - 50km Hike

On Monday, March 13, the CISPA hiking group will be walking the entire 50km of the Hong Kong Trail. Your support along the way is appreciated, and if you can, come and join us for some or all of the walk, or for a celebratory drink at the end at Big Wave Bay! Please send Anne a Whatsapp at 9688 2755 for more information.

CISPA - International Women's Day Lunch

Let's celebrate the International Women's Day! All CISPA Mums are warmly invited to join for lunch at the Aberdeen Marina Club, on Wednesday, March 8, at 12:30pm. For more information, click this link.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, Mar 6
Prep Spotlight Rehearsal
US Music Rehearsal

Tuesday, Mar 7
Prep Spotlight Rehearsal

Wednesday, Mar 8
IB Recording
Student Advisory
Prep - HWEO
SAGE - Dream Girl

Thursday, Mar 9
IB Recital

Friday, Mar 10
Higher Education Fair

Lower School News

Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning

In this week's post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP programme and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.

LS House Day

In order to build House spirit and identity in the Lower School, we are holding LS House Days in the middle Friday of each month. Students are asked to wear their PE uniform and house shirts, and at lunch time the cafeterias will be organized so that students can eat with others in their Houses. We look forward to our next LS House Day on Friday, March 10.

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR)

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) will be hosted on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 (Pre Reception and Reception), and Friday, April 28 (Prep to Grade 5) . Parents can begin making their SLLR appointments Monday, March 27 (families with 2+ children in the LS) and Wednesday, March 29 (other LS families). Please click here to learn more from the Lower School Administration.

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.

Upper School News

Parent Teacher Conference Registration

The Parent Teacher Conference Online Appointment System opens today (Monday, March 6) and parents have until Tuesday, March 14 @ 12noon to accept invitations from individual teachers. The website will be available for open bookings Thursday, March 9 to Tuesday, March 14. More details can be found on the US website under "Quick Links" or on the mobile app under Contacts-CDNIS Brochures-Notices This Week.

Chiropractic Careers in HK

BPP University in the UK, which offers a chiropractic programme of study, will present today from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the British Council about the chiropractic profession in both the UK and in HK, and provide information about its degree programme. For more information and to register, visit this link.

Higher Education Fair - this Friday!

US Guidance invites all interested students and their parents to our flagship event, the global Higher Education Fair this Friday, March 10 in the afternoon. The 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. See you there!

Science Alive Programmes - British Council

The British Council announces "Science Alive", a series of events, lectures, and activities to engage Hong Kong's students, teachers and the public in activities that promote a wider understanding of science. Many events are offered; for information and event registration, visit this website.

University Visits - Looking Ahead

Universities visiting CDNIS the week of March 13-17 (all visits in US Guidance office): Monday, March 13: Law at King's College London (KCL) - 2:30pm-3:30pmWednesday, March 15: Chapman University, USA - 12:20pm-1:15pmWednesday, March 15: Law and Medicine at Hong Kong University (HKU) - 2:30pmThursday, March 16: Durham University (UK) - 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Cambridge Summer School - Register Today

The University of Cambridge Summer School Hong Kong, running from July 22 to July 28 offering 15-hour courses covering a range of disciplines 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. Some courses are very close to full.

Unique Scholarship Opportunity In California This Summer

Camp BizSmart will present a ZOG award - Zest, Optimism and Grit tuition scholarship for their summer programme in the US - to one student who attends the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop at CDNIS over Easter. Apply soon as spaces are filling up: Click on the link above. To see what CEOs are saying about Camp BizSmart watch this video.

MS String Musicians invited to Honour Orchestra Festival

CDNIS String Instrument musicians are invited to attend the South East Asia Honour 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 Michelle Lovette for details.


March 9 2017
Alan Dick Community Day

March 10 2017
LS House Day

March 10 2017
Higher Education Fair

March 16 2017
US Parent Teacher Conferences

March 17 2017
US Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22 2017
Tuition Fee Deposit for 2017/2018 School Year Due

March 27 2017
SLLR Bookings (2+ children) Open

March 29 2017
SLLR Bookings (1 child) Open

April 2 2017
Canada Rugby 7s Team @ CDNIS