Flash August 7 2018

~All School ~Lower School ~Upper School ~CISPA ~Dates
All School news

2018/2019 Start of School Guide - It's Here!

The 2018/2019 Start of School Guide can be found in the School Brochures section of the the main school website. Everything you need to know - uniforms, bussing, new student/parent orientation events and more - all these details are in the Start of School Guide. New parents, please make special note of the new parent/student orientation events and register before the deadline. Questions, email Winnie McCarthy for the Lower School or Winnie Kong for the Upper School.

2018-2019 Parent Information Handbook

The 2018-2019 Parent Information Handbook is available now under the School Brochures section of the main school website. Everything you need to know - the school calendar, how to order uniforms, bussing details and more - can be found in the guide. A hard copy will be sent home to each family the first week of school.

Term 1 ASA Sign-up

After-School Activities (ASA) registration is open until Friday, August 10 via the ASA website. Don't miss out on a variety of activities that students can participate in. Sign your child up today!

Timba Swim School

Registration for Term 1 is still open! 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. For enrollment/registration details please contact activities@cdnis.edu.hk. For general enquiries please contact timbaswim@cdnis.edu.hk.

Term 1 Tuition Fee Payment Past Due

Please remember the 1st term tuition fee and capital levy payment was due June 29. We have a few parents who still need to settle their child's outstanding account balance. Returning parents may log in to the Parent Portal to access any account information. Further inquiries can be directed at our Accounts Department.

School Uniforms

The CDNIS Uniform Shop will once again relocate all services to the small gym (August 13-17). Opening times will be August 13-15 @ 10am-4pm and August 16-17 @ 8am-4pm. Students will be able to try on and purchase items in the small gym during this time. The Uniform Shop will return to its 5/F location on August 20. As the majority of parents purchase uniforms during the Lower School Open House, please stop by and purchase uniform items a few days earlier if possible to avoid the last minute rush. Payment can be made by cash, cheque and EPS.

School Bus - Kwoon Chung Bus

Parents who have successfully completed the online registration with KCM before June 30 should have received confirmation from KCM about their child's bus stop and time of pick-up/drop-off in late July. For late registration, or any other questions regarding the school bus service, please visit the KCM website. Please also take a moment to read a letter about bussing which will be sent to all parents later this week, as it contains important details about the new swipe card system and the two working day notice period to switch buses.

Ordering School Lunch

The lunch menus and order forms for August to October are available now under the School Brochures section of the main school website. Maxim's Group is the school's catering provider and they can be contacted via email. Please register before the deadline, Friday, August 17.

Proof of Stay

In accordance with regulations of HKEDB and HK Immigration, new and returning students must hold a valid HKID card and/or a valid passport with authorised residency status to be eligible for a place at CDNIS. Visitor visa holders are ineligible for a place at CDNIS. Please submit proof by email or in person to the Main Office. Please contact the Admissions Department if required.

Summer Travels 2018 - Send us your postcards

Where did you go during your summer vacation? Take part in the CDNIS Summer Travels 2018 Postcard project. Thank you for the post cards and pictures sent to us so far. Please keep them coming! Drop us a postcard to: CDNIS Summer Travels 2018, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong or take a picture (don't forget to tell us where the picture was taken) and email it to us. We will post the post cards and images on a BIG world map when school resumes.

Welcome New Staff

Our new staff members are arriving and will begin their orientation August 7. We are excited to have them on board and can't wait for you to meet them in the coming weeks. Learn more about our teachers and EAs by visiting the Staff Profiles section on our school website.

Construction on Shum Wan Road staircase

For those in our community who use the Shum Wan Road staircase to come to and from school, please note that there is construction work taking place there as part of renovations to VSA. Please exercise caution when going up and down the staircase.

Alumni Summer Homecoming

Do you know anyone who used to study at CDNIS? We would love to catch up with them during Summer Homecoming 2018 on Sunday, August 19 from 12:30pm-4pm. This is a great opportunity to network, connect with friends, and hear about exciting initiatives happening at our school. The family-friendly event will feature games, a school tour, food and drinks. CDNIS merchandise will also be available for purchase. To learn more or to RSVP, please visit the main school website.

CIS and WASC Accreditation - We did it!

During the summer break, CDNIS was awarded full accreditation status by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) with immediate effect. Obtaining the CIS and WASC accreditation certifies that CDNIS students are given an education that meets the most stringent international quality standards. Congratulations to everyone who was a part of the process.

Red & White Issue 4

Take a moment to learn about the members of our school community who are helping to empower engagement locally and globally in the latest issue of Red & White. A limited number of hard copies are available from the main office, but you can also read it online via the main school website.

Weather Policy

Please take a moment to review the school's weather policy, which can also be found on pages 47-49 of the Parent Information Handbook. School closures are communicated via the main school website. Additional information is also listed on the EDB website.

Save the Date - CDNIS Golf Day

Join us for the 3rd Annual CDNIS Golf Day on Friday, November 30 at Shek O Country Club. All funds raised will go to support the CDNIS Annual Giving Campaign. Details will be released soon. Enjoy a great afternoon of golf and all skill levels are welcome. Watch this space!

No School - have you marked your calendar?

Just a reminder there is no school for students on Tuesday, September 25 (Day after Mid-Autumn Festival), Monday, October 1 (National Day of PRC) and the Mid Term Break takes place October 15-19, while Monday, October 22 is a Professional Development Day for staff. Please mark these dates on your calendar. The full school calendar is also available in the Parent Handbook and on the main school website

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. If you are driving to school, please follow the directions of our security guards. Lower School students get dropped @ 9/F entrance, Upper School students/taxis @ LLAC.

Privacy Policy

CDNIS regularly reviews its privacy policy to comply with changes in privacy laws around the world. In June, Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. Although it only applies to data of persons who are in the EU, the global nature of the internet means that every online service will be affected. As part of our commitment to privacy and transparency, the school regularly reviews our privacy policy to determine whether any updates are required in light of this new regulation. Our privacy policy explains what information we collect, why we collect it, how we use it, who we may disclose it to, and your rights regarding your personal data. Please contact our Director of Business Administration, Mr. Peter Wong, if you have any questions.

Shuttle Bus Service Refunds

Due to the low ridership of the shuttle bus service between the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and CDNIS, the service was suspended at the end of the 2017/2018 school year. A refund will be available for all un-used shuttle bus tickets until Friday, August 31. Please bring your un-used tickets to the 9/F office for a refund.

Lower School News

Find out who your teacher is

Parents should have received an email from Lower School Principal Dr. Helen Kelly detailing who their child's homeroom teacher will be this year on Thursday, August 2. If you did not receive it, please drop us an email and let us know. Emails were sent to parent's CDNIS email accounts.

Open House - Friday, August 17

Meet your teacher, some classmates and check out your new classroom during the Lower School Open House on Friday, August 17. The Open House visit for students (and parents too!) takes place in homerooms anytime between 8am and 11am. The new parent orientation takes place from 10am - 11am. Please RSVP before Monday, August 13 here. Students do not need to wear their school uniform. We look forward to seeing you then.

Save the Afternoons - LS Performing Arts Experiences 2018-2019

The LS Performing Arts Department is excited to offer the following experiences for the 2018-1019 school year. As you organize your child's schedule for next year, keep the following after-school opportunities in mind! Treble Timbertones will meet Tuesdays, Strings Ensemble & Intermediate Band will meet Wednesdays, and Beginning Band and Dance Troupe will meet Thursdays. More information about joining each of these ensembles can be found here.

Upper School News

Find out who your teacher is

Upper School students will receive their class schedules and find out who their teachers are on their first day of school on Thursday, August 16. Students will find their homeroom assignment posted in the 6/F cafeteria and will proceed to that classroom for 7:45am. All students will spend the first block in homeroom, then proceed to the large gym for a welcome assembly at 9:10am.

New Student/Parent Orientation

Upper School Parents new to CDNIS are invited to attend the orientation on Wednesday, August 15 from 9:30am - 2pm. Details can be found on page 7 of the Start of School Guide. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here. New students are not expected to wear their school uniform on this day.

Students and Lockers

Grade 7 & 8 : All students will be assigned lockers but will be required to bring their own combination lock. Any model will suffice as long as it is has a combination. Grade 9-12: Students can choose to sign up for a locker and will be required to bring their own combination lock. Any model will suffice as long as it has a combination.

Grade 9-12 Experience Week Website, November 2018

The Experience Week 2018 website offers detailed information with regards to the programme itineraries, procedures, and schedules. In 2018, Experience Week will take place from November 12-16, with most programmes beginning on Saturday, November 10. A total of 24 programmes will be offered to Grade 9-12 students. For Experience Week, Passports, or other Official Travel Documents, must be valid until May 17, 2019. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that documents expiring prior to this date be renewed with the appropriate authorities, such as the consulates in Hong Kong and Canada. Questions, please contact Ms. Sherina Hathiramani-Nandwani.

University Visits

More than 300 universities from around the world visit CDNIS every year and meet with our students. Upcoming visits are posted each week in Flash and on the digital signage at school.


CISPA Board of Directors 2018-2019

The Canadian International School Parents' Association (CISPA) is pleased to present the parents who have volunteered to sit on the CISPA Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 school year. Look for their friendly faces at upcoming back to school events and learn more about how you can get involved with your school community.

Buy used CDNIS uniforms here!

This school year, students may wear both the new and old uniforms as we transition to full new uniforms in the 2019/2020 school year. CISPA collects and resells used uniforms. Drop off your old uniforms at the 9/F security desk. Purchase gently used uniforms in the LLAC during the US New Student Orientation and LS Open House. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag!

Mix, munch and mingle with other CDNIS parents

The CISPA Welcome Committee coordinates evening mixers, daytime hikes, fun tours and friendly lunches for new and returning parents alike. You are warmly invited to join any and all of the events we have planned in the coming weeks. Simply RSVP and show up. We look forward to seeing you there!  

Join CISPA on Facebook

All parents and guardians of CDNIS students are invited to join the CISPA Parent Pinboard on Facebook. The Pinboard is a friendly online meeting place to help build community among CDNIS parents. To join the Pinboard, simply apply to join, and then check your message box to answer a quick question from CISPA Administrators.  

CISPA Board Meetings

The CISPA Board meets once a month during the school year. All parents are welcome to drop by and learn more about CISPA activities, and to find an opportunity to volunteer with our warm school community.


Aug 13, 2018
Opening Day of Uniform Shop at School

Aug 15, 2018
Upper School New Student Orientation

Aug 16, 2018
First Day for Upper School

Aug 17, 2018
Lower School Open House

Aug 17, 2018
Lower School Mandarin Placement Assessment (for new G1 - G6 students)

Aug 20, 2018
First Day for Lower School

Aug 20, 2018
Parent Coffee Morning (Chinese – new parents)

Aug 27, 2018
Parent Coffee Morning (Upper School Science)

Aug 30, 2018
G12 Parent Evening (University Night)

Sep 3, 2018
Elevate Education Parents (US Event)

Sep 6, 2018
US Curriculum Night