Body Science

Dear Parents of Grade 5,


During the week following the Winter Holiday Grade 5 students will be completing the Body Science curriculum. This is a program that we have brought into the school over the past four years with Dr. Claire Vanston, a faculty in residence specializing in Sexual Health Education from Canada.


Grade 5 teachers will teach the following topics:


  • Body science (scientific names and functions of relevant anatomy)

  • Puberty (bodily changes, hormones, and social/emotional development)

  • Gender identification and expression

  • Personal safety

  • Hygiene

  • Healthy lifestyle choices

At CDNIS we believe this is an important component of our educational program. We know students benefit from a common message between home and school and we encourage you to ask your child about what they are learning in class so you can continue the conversation and support their learning at home.


Should you have any questions or want further information, please feel free to contact me.




DJ MacPherson

Lower School Vice Principal

Grades 4-6

Parents Needed Please!

We are having a very busy and exciting December but we need lots of help from our wonderful parents.

Here are three ways you can help us out:

#1 Two Present critiques.

We have our clients coming in on Tuesday to give us feedback on our first drafts of our digital products. Could parents please have a look at your child’s creations and proof read/edit and give any feedback based on the specifications listed in their presentation (see below and Twopresents slideshow pdf ).

#2 Ice Skating Trip Monday 11th December

Please let Grace or me know if you are able to join in and help with tying 26 pairs of iceskating shoelaces! We will be leaving school at 8:30am and returning by 1:15pm. If it is easier, feel free to meet us at city Plaza Ice Palace.

#3 Grade 5 Christmas Breakfast Party Wednesday 13th December 8 – 10:30am

We have decided to make it a Whole Grade Breakfast Christmas party on the last day of school as it is a Early Dismissal day. The 5D classroom with be used for serving the meal. Please let Grace or me know if you are able to help out with providing any food or cooking/serving on the day. She will be sharing a sign up form with you all. Please also let Grace know about special dietary requirements or if your child will be absent on this day.

To make it a little more eco friendly, can all students please bring an empty container and cutlery to use on the day. We have a communal sink in the Grade 5 hallway that they can then rinse and dry their belongings before bringing them home.

This Weekend

Saturday 25 November
Tree Trimming from 10 till Noon, come by for all of it or just drop by when you can!
While we adorn the tree, we have some entertainment:
At 10am, a Grade 1 student shall be playing the harp for us
From 1045am till 11am, the plan is for a Christmas Carol sing-a-long
From 1130am til 1145am, the plan is for another sing-a-long
There will also be some delicious home baked goodies (a huge thank you to all those baking up a storm for us), and tea, coffee and hot chocolate (thanks, Sam!)
Last but not least, there will be a craft and a letter to Santa Station
It would be great to see you there!
Sunday 26 November
The Family Fun Fair from 11am till 4pm
Advance tickets online available at $120 per child until 11:59pm today. Tickets also available at the door for $150 per child.
There are lots of games and activities, an amazing line up of live entertainment (including excerpts from the US Musical: The Spelling Bee, student performances), shopping opportunities galore, and of course lots of refreshment options.

Home Learning

This week I have posted the Home Learning to Google Classroom. Most pieces have been started in class time to ensure students understand the task. Some tasks are things we are working in class but need to be finished off at home. Everything is due Friday.

Asbury Methodist Social Services Trip

Asbury Methodist Social Services Field Trip

Grade 5 has an exciting trip planned to visit Asbury Methodist Social Services. Asbury works with 300+ families in different capacities. We will be specifically visiting their sheltered homes provided for new immigrants in Tsuen Wan. We have been looking at a range of social issues in Hong Kong and this trip will allow us to see how an organisation has responded to the needs of new immigrants.


What are some of the problems new immigrants are facing in Hong Kong? What are organisations like Asbury doing to help? What could we do to help? This field trip not only connects to our current unit of Sharing the Planet but also leads into our How We Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry. During our visit to the Ashbury Service centre students will have a chance to understand the function of an organisation and how all the parts work together to serve a purpose.


As part the visit, students will be learning about the needs of immigrant families from social workers at Asbury. Once we have learned about the organisation and the people it serves, the Asbury social workers will lead small groups of students with a parent volunteer or teacher to go to a market and buy some provisions for one of the families.


Asbury has found some families that are willing to open their homes to visitors. We will be delivering the supplies that we purchase to one of these families as part of our action. Students will see first-hand the living conditions of a family and be able to interact with them. It’s also a great chance for them to practice their Mandarin since the immigrant families are from mainland China.


We ask that parents send $20 with their child as a donation. The students will use this money to purchase the supplies at a market.


For more information about Asbury, you can visit