Flash May 14 2018

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All School news

Welcome New Families

Welcome to CDNIS! Just a few housekeeping items for all new families joining CDNIS in August - bus registration, iPad/MacBooks. If your child will take the school bus next year, please pre-register by Friday, May 18. All the details can be found right here. If your child is entering Grades 1-3 or 4-11, please make sure you have purchased an iPad or MacBook by Tuesday, May 31. All details will be in the Start of School Guide coming soon.

Bus Registration for 2018/19

Parents are able to register their children for the bus service for the 2018/19 school year via the KCM website. The deadline for registering is Friday, May 18. Due to the change in bus service provider, all students intending to take the bus next year must register by May 18. Please note that bus routes are still being finalised, and may be amended depending on demand.

2018/2019 Start of School Guide - Coming Soon

The 2018/2019 Start of School Guide will be available soon. Everything you need to know - uniforms, bussing, new student/parent orientation events and more - all these details are in the Start of School Guide. A link to the guide will be shared in The Flash. Watch this space.

No School on May 22

Just a reminder that there is no school on Tuesday, May 22, which is a public holiday due to Buddha's Birthday.

Taking Action @ CDNIS: going beyond the bake-sale

Read the latest stories highlighting how parents, students & staff at CDNIS are taking action, from Gr. 5 Teri's gender disparity simulation and bracelet sale to Audrey's fundraising for the Pink Dolphins with WWF, and parents, staff and students being citizen scientists for the global City Nature Challenge biodiversity competition! Have 'stories' to share? Contact Ms Safaya, Local and Global Engagement Coordinator.

The CDNIS-Pico Project - International Innovative Summer Camp Programme

This is an exciting opportunity for Grade 5-9 students to participate in a summer camp partnership programme with Pico Kids from Israel. CDNIS students will partner with 15 of the top Pico Kids innovators from Jerusalem in a one week intensive STEAM course July 23-31. Fill out this online application form by Tuesday, May 15 - only 15 places available, so be quick!

Summer School 2018

The CDNIS Summer School programme has been released. There really is something for everyone; Math 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. Please sign up by clicking here.

Timberwolves Athletic Awards

All athletes who played on a TWolves team this year should attend the Athletic Awards on Friday, May 18, in the large gym. The Lower School Awards are from 2:30pm-4pm. The Upper School Awards Cocktail Hour is from 5pm-6pm with the Athletic Awards from 6pm-8pm. Parents are welcome to join our celebrations, please book your seat here. All details can be viewed on the TWolves website.

Celebrating Athlete's Elite Achievements - opportunity to nominate

Parents are encouraged to nominate any CDNIS student for this award using this nomination form. The purpose of this award is to recognise achievement at an elite level for a CDNIS athlete who participates in a sport either within or outside of the CDNIS Athletics Programme. Elite level should mean national representation (HK or other).

Timba Swim School

Registration for Term 1 will begin later this month. The Timba Swim School is open to both CDNIS and non-CDNIS students of all ages. There are lots of programmes to choose from including Learn to Swim Levels 1-8, Swim for Fitness, Pre Squad Swim Team and the Swim Team. Details coming soon in Flash. For enrollment/registration please contact activities@cdnis.edu.hk. For general enquires please contact timbaswim@cdnis.edu.hk.

MAP Presentation for Parents

Please join us on Monday, May 28 at 8am in the LLAC Lobby to learn more about your child's MAP scores. Watch this space for more information about how to get your child's scores before the presentation.

Testimonials for CDNIS website

The main CDNIS website features a section dedicated to testimonials by our community. We would greatly appreciate it if students, staff and parents alike could fill in this form, and provide us with a short testimonial about CDNIS.

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.

CDNIS Switzerland Ski Trip CNY 2019

CDNIS returns to Switzerland! The Grade 4-12 ski/snowboard trip will run February 2-10, 2019. The adventure includes six full days of skiing/snowboarding (with pro instructors) plus a day of cultural experiences, including a visit to the Cailler chocolate factory. Our trip size is a maximum of 20 students and four staff. Please register your interest here. There will be a parent/student information meeting on Wednesday, May 23 @ 7pm in the Library. Contact Alex Wright or Keren Glazier if you have any questions. 

Lost and Found - Valuable Items

Please stop by the 9/F office before the end of school if you have lost a valuable item at school. A number of items have been turned in to the office including iPhones, wallets, watches, glasses, Kindles, Octopus cards and more. If you or your child has lost anything of significant value at school, office staff might have it.

CDNIS Official Merchandise

Looking for a gift for friends back home? Why not pick up a gift from the CDNIS Shop?! Be sure to get your hands on CDNIS-branded items including water bottles, cuff links, umbrellas, golf balls and Monopoly. Check out what is available right here. Items can be purchased from the 9/F office. The merchandise cart will be set up outside the 9/F office closer to the end of school.

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.

Summer Travels Postcard and Teddy Bear Adventures

Back by popular demand, it's the CDNIS Summer Travels Postcard and Teddy Bear Adventures! The last few summers, the CDNIS teddy bear has collected a lot of stamps in his passport. Wherever you are this summer, drop us a postcard at: CDNIS Summer Travels 2018, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong or take a picture (tell us where the picture was taken) and email it to us. We will post all the postcards and images on a BIG world map when school resumes in August.

School Uniform Update

Thank you to the Uniform Committee for conducting a thorough, year long process from reviewing our current uniforms to the approval of minor changes in fabric and design. Here are the updated photos of the uniforms. While it was hoped some items would be available before the end of this year, minor design details are still taking place. New and old uniforms will be available in August for the 2018/19 school year. Students will be expected to wear new uniforms for the 2019/20 school year. 

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 refund will be available for all un-used shuttle bus tickets starting Monday, May 28. Please bring your un-used tickets to the 9/F office for a refund.

LLAC Marquee

Monday, May 14: Parent Coffee AM - Chinese Studies Programme (Lobby), Reception Spotlight Rehearsal (Theatre)
Tuesday, May 15: Pre Reception Spotlight Rehearsal (Theatre), Reception Spotlight Rehearsal (Theatre)
Wednesday, May 16: Reception Spotlight Show (Theatre & Lobby)
Thursday, May 17: Pre Reception Spotlight Rehearsal (Theatre & Lobby), US Assembly (Theatre)
Friday, May 18: CISPA Board Meeting (Lobby)

Lower School News

Final Friday Fun in the Forum - May 25

Grade 3-6 Students: Come on out and be a part of the PA Department's last Friday Fun in the Forum of the school year on Friday, May 25 from 11:10am-11:35am in the Forum. If you'd like to participate, please fill in the sign up form with your details. All participants must donate $20 to perform with proceeds going to the DDD charity sponsored that week.

Upper School News

SAT/ACT information for 2018-19

For parents planning for SAT/ACT testing in 2018-19, please see the email message sent to Grade 9-11 students and parents on May 7. In it are links to various documents: one with test dates for 2018-19/when to sit the test; another with information about the differences between the SAT and ACT; and a third with an ACT FAQ sheet about that test's transition to a computer-based format beginning September 2018. 

Join the Water Polo Team

Looking for a new sport to try? Why not Water Polo?! Students should be able tread water in the deep end of the pool without any difficulty, be able to swim for 200m without a break (swimming standard should be minimum of ASA Level 8). There will be friendly and competitive competitions with other Hong Kong schools. These competitions will be for beginners to the sport and also those that are experienced. This course is for students in grade 7 and above. Sample sessions and try outs are happening this month. There will be an exhibition game on the last week of term (time and date to be announced). Contact Darren McHugh for more information.

Grade 12: Grad save the date, updates

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. 

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 4-6 from 9am-3:45pm. To find out more information and enroll, please click here.

BizSmart’s Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshops

BIZSMART from Silicon Valley is back at CDNIS. ​Last summer, students from top international schools in Hong Kong participated to create business plans for some of Silicon Valley's hottest companies. ​Watch this video for a snapshot ​of the curriculum, judge's panel and their exciting week​. ​Described by CNN as ​"​one of the five most unique camps in the US​", sign up here or click here for more details.


May 18, 2018
Deadline for 2018/19 Bus Registration

May 18, 2018
Lower School Athletic Awards (2:40pm-4pm)

May 18, 2018
Upper School Athletic Awards (5pm-8pm)

May 22, 2018
NO SCHOOL - Buddha's Birthday

May 23, 2018
LS Student Showcases

May 24, 2018
LS Student Showcases

May 25, 2018
LS Student Showcases

May 25, 2018
Grade 12 Graduation

May 28, 2018
MAP Presentation for Parents

Jun 8, 2018
Last Day of School