The Black Kite - Issue 3

News date: 
16 Mar 2010

   19 March 2010
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Dear RCHK Family,

One of the great things about RCHK is the constant buzz on campus.

Last week, we hosted the ESF Marketing Competition and ESF PYP Arts Day, welcoming students from international and local schools around Hong Kong. Both events were a great success. Congratulations to all of our staff and students who were involved.

Our Secondary Sports Day took place at Ma On Shan Sports Ground last Friday. The day began with the sound of drums and war cries, and the stadium was a tapestry of colour. There were some dazzling displays of athletic prowess and the school spirit displayed by our students was truly inspiring.

This week, our Year Five students braved the elements on their annual three-day camp at Po Leung Kuk Camp in Sai Kung. Students and teachers had a great time, tackling everything from high ropes and archery to rock climbing and rollerskating.

Back on campus, this week’s Personal Project Exhibition was a great success. During the final year of the MYP, students complete a significant piece of work that is the product of their own initiative and creativity. Our students produced some brilliant displays. Many thanks to the staff members who mentored students and moderated their work.

There is more to look forward to before the Easter break. I encourage all of you to drop by next week for the IB Visual Arts exhibition. The exhibition is open to parents on Wednesday 24 March. Please visit the PAC between 4pm - 6pm to see some of our talented young artists present their work.

Our final event before the holidays is the annual Schools-to-Schools Walk for Change, which will be held next Friday. Our students will pull on their walking shoes to raise money for our Schools-to-Schools partners in Aceh and Cambodia. To seek, to serve, to strive - what better way to end the term?

Have a safe and happy Easter with your families.

Sincerely yours,




Dr. Harry Brown

Dates to Remember



March 24

IB Visual Arts Exhibition


March 26

Schools-to-Schools Walkathon


March 29 – April 9

Easter / Ching Ming Holiday

Forward Planner


April 12

RAPT Coffee Morning



April 19 – 23

LIRC Book Week



April 23

Year 13 Final Day 

Secondary Interim Reports Issued



April 28

Joyful Fruit Day



April 30

Primary Sports Day

College News



















ESF Stakeholder Survey
A Message from the College Leadership Team

The ESF Stakeholder Survey 2009-2010 will be conducted from March 8 – 23.

This biannual survey is conducted for the College by ESF, and we hope to receive feedback from all of our community, including parents, students, teachers and support staff.

The surveys are web-based. Participants will receive an email invitation to complete the appropriate survey/s. To ensure that you receive a survey, please notify the College if your email contact details have changed.

We appreciate your support in this process, and look forward to receiving your feedback.

IB Visual Arts Exhibition
A Message from Cathy McCann, Head of Visual Arts

If you want to discover the next big thing on the local art scene, check out the annual IB Visual Arts Exhibition on March 24.

Our Year 13 students will exhibit their final work - from paintings and prints to sculpture and video installations.

There will be refreshments and a chance to meet and mingle with the artists.

The exhibition will be held in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) from 4pm - 6pm on March 24.

Get Moving
A Message from ESF Sports

We now offer earlier swimming classes on Mondays and Fridays, from 3.30pm onwards. That’s fantastic news for Renaissance parents who would like to book classes straight after school. For full programme details and Term 3 schedule, please check our website

ESF Sports is also offering Spring Football Clinics. Check the website for further details. 

Healthy Relationships Workshops 
A Message from Nick Cotton, Deputy Head of Secondary

We will be holding parent information sessions about the upcoming Healthy Relationship Workshops.

The session on April 19 is for parents of Year 6 & 7 students. The session on April 21 is for parents of Year 8 - 11 students.

If you would like to attend and have not already reserved a place, please register your interest via email 

Parents with students in more than one year level should only attend one session.

Acting Antics Easter Production
A Message from Deborah Percy, Acting Antics

Acting Antics is back at RCHK over the Easter break, with another fabulous play for your children to participate in. It is called “The Candy Girls” and will be directed by Acting Antics Principal Director SEA, Lorna Robertson.

There are great roles for boys and girls, a pumping soundtrack and fabulous costumes!!

Venue: Renaissance College Black Box Theatre
Date: Monday March 29 - Friday April 2
Time: 1:30pm to 5:30pm each day
Show: 4:30pm, Friday April 2
Fees: Early Bird Special $2376.00. Full fee $2640.00. Sibling discounts available.

Green Canteen
A Message from Chartwells

I would like to keep you informed about our move to reduce the number of disposable containers that we are using at Renaissance College.

We have purchased pasta plates for the Island Pasta Bar, and are looking at the way we are serving the snacks.

These changes can help to reduce the impact on the environment – act local, think global!

Secondary News

Host Families Needed
A Message from Huiling Yu, Head of Chinese

Students from Hangzhou Greentown Yuhua School 杭州綠城育華學校 are planning to visit Hong Kong and RCHK during the first week of May, 2010. We are looking for RCHK families who can host Hangzhou students for a 4-day home-stay.

RCHK students are going to stay with Yuhua School families during the upcoming Hangzhou trip, so it would be nice to return the favour. I would be very pleased to see a long-term friendship develop between RCHK and Yuhua School students.

For more details, or to register your interest, please email Huiling Yu.

ESF Marketing Competition
A Message from Rhys Thomas, Business Teacher

On March 11, RCHK hosted the annual ESF Marketing Competition, which attracted a mix of ESF and local schools from around Hong Kong.

This year’s event was sponsored by Kukri, the official merchandise provider to the Hong Kong Rugby 7's.

Students had to complete three tasks throughout the day, from producing a radio commercial to a marketing campaign for secondary schools and a marketing strategy for Kukri in Hong Kong.

Sha Tin College took out the grand prize. Both of our teams did well, taking out 3rd and 6th place.

Year Thirteen University Applications

A Message from Gigi Lam, FEd Office

Year 13 students should update their university application status on the Gateway website regularly from March to May. The FE office will send the final transcripts to your universities for you when required. The accuracy of your Gateway details is very important!


Further Education Events
A Message from Gigi Lam, FE Office

For a comprehensive list of Further Education events around Hong Kong, please check the FE page.

Primary News

Shooting Hoops
A Message from ESF Sports

The annual ESF Primary Schools Basketball Tournament was held at KGV on March 10 King George V. The games were thrilling, with many going down to the wire! We had participants from our own ESF Tigers Basketball Club represent their school. Congratulations to 5PT’s Billy Hung for a well-played tournament!

PYP Arts Day
A Message from David Niermeier, Performing Arts

RCHK hosted the ESF PYP Arts Day last week, and we welcomed students from ESF primary schools in Kowloon and the New Territories.

There was an eclectic mix of student work on display. RCHK presented an exhibition of student artwork, a performance by the Year Six band and dance productions by our Year Two and Year Six students.

From Kowloon Junior, Beacon Hill, Clearwater Bay, Discovery College and Sha Tin Junior, we had everything from artwork, choral performances, Chinese drumming, drama productions.

We received very positive feedback from everyone involved. Thanks to all of the teachers, support staff and technicians who helped make the day such a success!

RAPT Bytes

Saturday Coffee Morning
A Message from Davina Lloyd, RAPT Co-Chair

RAPT is holding its first Saturday coffee morning on March 20.

This Saturday social will be held in the Black Box Theatre from 10am – 12pm.

We will be selling secondhand uniforms, and all proceeds will be donated to the RCHK Library. Come and have a tea, coffee & muffin on us while your children attend their morning activities. This is a great chance to meet and mingle with parents and teachers.

RAPT Trivia Night Cancelled
A Message from Charron Robertson, RAPT

RAPT was forced to cancel the Trivia Night on March 19, due to lack of ticket sales. If you have any suggestions for future social events, please email RAPT.


RAPT Membership 2009-2010
A Message from Davina Lloyd, RAPT Co-Chair

Under the amended ESF Ordinance, it is compulsory for all families to be a member of RCHK’s Parent & Teachers Association. Reminders will be sent to families who have NOT yet paid their 2009-2010 RAPT Fee.


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