Flash September 27 2021

All School news

Application Deadline for 2022/2023 School Year: EY1 to Grade 2

The application deadline for Early Years 1 to Grade 2 is Saturday, October 2, 2021 for the 2022/2023 school year. Please visit the Admissions website or watch this webinar for more details regarding Lower School admissions. Feel free to contact the Admissions Office via email or by phone (2240 6363) for further assistance or information.

Bilingual Track Early Years Programme: Starting in August 2022

Starting in August 2022, families will have the opportunity to apply for a bilingual or international class for EY2. There will also be one full day bilingual class in EY2. Details can be found by clicking here. A reminder the application deadline for those looking to join EY1 to Grade 2 in August 2022 is Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Term 1 ASA Registration and Swim Assessments

After-School Activities are set to launch on Tuesday, October 19. Registration will open from October 1-8 via the ASA online registration system. If you are unsure of your child's aquatics level, please sign your child up for a swim assessment from September 28 - 30. Please email timbaswimschool@cdnis.edu.hk if you would like to book an assessment. Students will be collected by swim teachers from their homeroom at 2:20pm. After the swim assessment, the swim teachers will escort students to LLAC for parent collection from 3:15pm.

No School - have you marked your calendar?

Just a reminder there is no school for students on Friday, October 1 (National Day of PRC) or Monday, October 11 to Monday, October 18 (Mid-Term Break and Professional Learning Day). Please mark these dates on your calendar. The full school calendar is also available on the main school website and mobile app.

EDB Student Grant

Last week, the EDB announced arrangements for the provision of a student grant to day-school students in the 2021/22 school year. Pre-printed application forms will be distributed to the school starting Monday, September 27. After the forms have been sorted, they will be distributed to students via homeroom teachers. Signed and completed forms must be returned to the school before Friday, October 22. LS students will submit completed forms to their homeroom teacher and US students will drop completed forms off in the 9/F office. Forms cannot be accepted via email or fax. Further details are available on the EDB website, while parents may also find this video and list of bank codes useful.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

In honour of Canadian Thanksgiving (Monday, October 11), students will be asked to decorate a paper maple leaf and write what they are thankful for. The leaves will be displayed in the 9/F lobby until Halloween and we will also share photos of the fall colours on Facebook and Instagram

Nurse's Office: CHP Seasonal Influenza Vaccination-Outreach Programme

CDNIS is hosting two seasonal flu vaccine clinics on campus for all interested students. EY students may attend on Saturday, October 9 from 8:30am-12:30pm in the LLAC Lobby. In line with social-distancing guidelines, one parent will be allowed to accompany their child. Parents will be required to fill in the Visitor Declaration Form closer to the day. A reminder the clinic for Prep to Grade 12 students will be set up on Friday, November 12. Dedicare Medical Centre is the service provider.

Parent Liaison Committee (PLC)

The Parent Liaison Committee (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. The PLC always welcomes constructive suggestions and recommendations from our parent community and ensures that strategic matters raised by parents are communicated appropriately to the Board. The PLC will receive correspondence via email at the following address: parentliaisoncommittee@cdnis.hk. Where and when appropriate, the PLC may direct correspondence to other relevant persons or groups for further consideration or action according to their roles and responsibilities. In order for the PLC to process the received comments effectively, please note that the PLC will only accept individual correspondence from parents through their official @CDNIS email accounts and will not entertain any petitions or anonymous communications.

2021/22 Second Term Tuition Fee Deadline

Second term tuition fees for the 2021/22 school year are due on Friday, October 29, 2021. Invoices will be emailed to CDNIS parent email accounts on Monday, October 4. Should you have any inquiries, please contact our Finance Department.

Nespresso Capsule Collection continues

After a successful spring launch, our capsule collection partnership with Nespresso will continue. Please bring to campus or send with your student your used Nespresso Capsule for collection and recycling. Special collection bins are located at the 9/F entrance and 8/F recycling area. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we will continue the program and expand our sustainability partnership with Nespresso. We look forward to sharing more details on our new initiatives soon.

Campus Visitor Policy

CDNIS has updated its policy for visitors who are invited onto campus. If you are invited to attend a meeting or another event on campus, please note that you will now need to complete the Visitor Health and Travel Declaration Form and provide proof of vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, proof of a COVID-negative test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival on campus will need to be shown before entry to campus will be permitted. The test must be a nasal and throat swab for COVID-19 nucleic acid test that is government approved. Self-testing kits are not acceptable.

Lower School News

Lower School Parenting Book Club

Do you want to feel more connected to your child and more satisfied in your role as a parent? Join the Parenting Book Club to get practical tools to navigate the everyday challenges of life with children. Our read this term will be The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Payne Bryson. These sessions will be over Zoom starting on Wednesday, October 27. Please visit these links to register: EY- Grade 1 Parents or Grade 2- Grade 5 Parents.

Dress Down Day

The next dress down day has been revised to Friday, October 8. The theme is monochrome or rainbow - you choose! Participating students should bring $20, which will be collected during homeroom. Funds raised will be divided equally between the four house charities.

Upper School News

Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP)

Transition Years Students will be completing MAP tests in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics from Monday, September 27 to Monday, October 4. These tests help us to measure students' progress and to identify how we can support individual students. Students are not expected to study or practice in advance of the test as it is meant to assess what they currently know and can do. We do encourage students to get a good night's sleep and have a good breakfast so that they are alert and ready for the test. If you are not familiar with MAP testing, here are slides with some basic information. Once all students have completed their MAP tests results will be uploaded to the parent portal. We will inform you when you can view your child's results.


The CDNIS Athletics Department (AD) is looking for highly motivated Grade 9-12 students to form the first-ever Timberwolves E-Sports team and compete in an upcoming SEASAC E-Sports Tournament on Saturday, November 20. Details and registration can be found by clicking here.

Calling all Grade 9-12 Theatre Makers

Imagine yourself on the LLAC stage in an original production this November! The Drama Department is inviting all Grade 9-12 students to take part in CDNIS’s first Ready! Set! GO! Theatre Festival, running November 26 and 27. We welcome all eager performers who wish to spend 24 hours creating an original piece of theatre as part of a talented ensemble. Watch this space for more details to see Mr. Krawchuk or Ms. Pearson with any questions.

Upcoming University Virtual Visits

Sept 29 - US Consulate HK Virtual Education Fair; Northeastern and NYU; Vassar, Richmond, Bryn Mawr and Macalester; and Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, Williams. Sept 30 - Art & Design Universities Canada.Oct 3 - USA College Fair; AEO Tour: US Colleges Virtual Fair; and The Online Dutch University Fair. Oct 4 - Hamilton, Macalester, Richmond, Sewanee, and Vanderbilt. Oct 6 - Education USA: 101. Details in BridgeU

College Clinic

College Clinic has been expanded, and will now run from 4pm - 5pm every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the 5/F Guidance Office. Students are encouraged to drop in with post-secondary questions, or to work on applications.

Dress Down Day

Friday October 8 will be Dress Down Day for the Upper School. The theme for Grade 6-8 students will be "sports" and for Grade 9-12 students will be "decades." To participate, students will be required to bring in a non-perishable item for their first class on Friday morning. This will support the GGC Cooking for a Cause who will direct all donations to their charity partner. If a student does not wish to participate they can wear their CDNIS uniform to school on Friday.

Google Classroom Update

A number of Upper School parents are not receiving their child's Google Classroom Guardian Email Summary and have reached out to OneDoor for assistance. Details on how to accept the guardian invitation can be found here. Google Support and their internal product team are aware of the on-going issues and will inform OneDoor when updates are available.


Join CISPA on Facebook

The CISPA Pinboard on Facebook is a place to meet other parents, share information about the school and buy/sell second hand items. To join, you must answer the member question, so please take a moment to check your message folder and reply.

CISPA Board Meeting

All parents are welcome to attend the CISPA Board Meetings. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 30, at 9:30am via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email Vanessa Liang. A list of all upcoming Board meetings can be found on the CISPA website.


Sep 29, 2021
University Virtual Visits: US Consulate HK Virtual Education Fair; Northeastern and NYU; Vassar, Richmond, Bryn Mawr and Macales

Sep 30, 2021
University Virtual Visits: Art & Design Universities Canada

Oct 1, 2021
No School: National Day of PRC

Oct 2, 2021
Application Deadline for 2021/2022 School Year (EY1 to Grade 2)

Oct 3, 2021
University Virtual Visits: USA College Fair; AEO Tour: US Colleges Virtual Fair; and The Online Dutch University Fair

Oct 4, 2021
University Virtual Visits: Hamilton, Macalester, Richmond, Sewanee, and Vanderbilt

Oct 6, 2021
University Virtual Visits: Education USA: 101

Oct 8, 2021
Dress Down Day

Oct 9, 2021
Season Flu Vaccine Clinic: EY students

Oct 11, 2021
No School: First Day of Mid-Term Break

Oct 18, 2021
No School for Students: Professional Development Day

Oct 22, 2021
EDB Student Grant Form Deadline

Oct 29, 2021
2021/22 Second Term Tuition Fee Deadline