Performing Arts SLLR

Performing Arts SLLR
To provide an authentic learning experience in the performing arts during Prep to Grade 5 student-led learning reviews,  students are invited to bring their parents to their performing arts classroom. There, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on learning engagements in music, dance and drama.  Sessions will be on a drop-in basis only. No appointments necessary.
Ms. Benusa (Grades 1, 2, 3) – LLAC 816
Mrs. Butler (Grades 4, 5, 6)  – LLAC 613
Ms. Saunders (Prep, Dance Grades 1-6)  – LLAC 815

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) Friday May 3

Dear Parents


Our student-centered reporting cycle continues with the Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR).


  • Prep to Grade 5 students will complete their SLLR on Friday May 3.


While this is an official school day, normal school and class schedules will be suspended for all Prep to Grade 5 students only. Instead, Prep to Grade 5 students will only attend school at the appointed time to complete their SLLR. Students must wear their school uniform for the appointment.


The Grade 6 students do not present a SLLR. Instead they will be sharing the outcome of their PYP Exhibition on Thursday May 2 and Friday May 3. The Exhibition is the major culminating event to a child’s time in the Lower School and PYP. The Exhibition is a ‘Student Led’ process and serves as a demonstration of their learning journey. Parents, no appointments are necessary to come and visit the Exhibition. We would like to see as many Grades 4 and 5 parents and students as possible visit the PYP Exhibition so they can gain more insight into their child’s learning journey for the immediate future.


We understand and recognize our CDNIS parents lead busy lives. Respectfully, we expect that all students and their parent(s) will attend the SLLR. Thank you in advance for your support and participation.


The purpose of the SLLR is to fully engage the student in his or her own learning. As the name implies, it is a student-focused event that enables and supports the voice of each child as a unique learner. It is the intention of the SLLR that the student is to:


  • Take responsibility for sharing their learning and progress across the transdisciplinary programme
  • Discuss where they are as a learner at this time and identify their strengths and needs
  • Share where they are in their journey towards developing the skills of a lifelong learner
  • Share how they demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile and Attitudes
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Revisit the goals established during the 3-Way Learning Conversations


Please use this link to find more information about how to make an appointment for an SLLR with your child’s/children’s Homeroom Teachers.


The online scheduling system will be open from Mon 8 April (8am) to Fri 26 April (4pm).




Helen Kelly, Lower School Principal

Zoe Heggie,  Lower School Vice Principal (Pre Rec – Grade 2)

DJ MacPherson, Lower School Vice Principal (Grades 3-6)

Water Safety Component in PE Aquatics

Dear Parents,
As part of the PE Aquatic Programme, students are required to bring some old clothing to their PE swimming lesson from next Tuesday April 2nd – Monday April 8th.
This is part of their Water Safety Component in PE Aquatics. Students will only be in clothing for a short period which will involve mainly moving / walking in water and a small amount of swimming in the shallow end.
Please bring the following to the next swim class;
  • Long Sleve t-shirt
  • Tracksuit pants or equivalent 
Student should wear their normal swim suit underneath the clothing as they will only be wearing clothing for a short period at the beginning of the lesson.
Kind regards,

Darren McHugh

Head of Aquatics Programme

Department of Athletics, Activities and Aquatics
Canadian International School of Hong Kong
36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
(Tel) +2525 7088 
(Ext.) 3210


DDD Next Week!

Next Friday’s DDD theme is “80’s wear”. The 20HKD donations will go to HandsOn Hong Kong which is an organisation that helps empower the community to mobilise and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.
Check out the new House website! Here you will find the theme for upcoming DDD’s, promotional videos and special events that happen throughout the year.

Devices at School

Please take time to read our expectations regarding use of digital devices at school. From this point onward  phone/laptop will be removed from students with no warning if they are not following the following guidelines:
So we’re consistent:
  • Absolutely no use of phones during the day, from when they walk on campus. Use of phones after dismissal is fine (the understanding here is that this is a parent-sanctioned device, not the school’s; therefore, what happens on that phone is the responsibility of the parents).
  • No use of laptops while unsupervised after school.
  • Please be diligent in your oversight when they are using laptops in class. We’ve had recent experiences of students using a new app to chat with each other during class, watching NBA highlights on Youtube during class and accessing learning documents to write inappropriate language.

Fashion Show details…

Hello Parents,


Our Fashion Show is fast approaching.


The main entrance for the LLAC (glass doors) will be closed off to the public. To help with logistics, you may enter through CDNIS’ main doors and walk to the LLAC via the 10F. Our friendly security guards can help direct you.


Unfortunately live-streaming will be unavailable however, the event will be recorded and shared with families. There will be an opportunity for photos after the show – bring your cameras!


We look forward to sharing this special event with you all tomorrow.

It’s Book Swap time!

Bring in your old books and trade them for something new-to-you at the CISPA Book Swaps.

You can also buy books for $10 each or two (2) CISPA tokens. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag!

Lower School Book Swap, Grade 3-6

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7:00-9:00am
WHERE: 12/F Cafeteria

Other Grades:

Lower School Book Swap, Pre-Rec – Grade 2

WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, 7:00-9:00am
WHERE: 12/F Cafeteria

Upper School Book Swap

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 12:30-1:30pm
WHERE: Alan Dick Forum

 Book Swaps are coordinated by the CISPA Literacy Committee.

For more information about supporting literacy at CDNIS, contact