Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,
As you know, we have been working with our PTSA and ESF Centre to devise and tender a new and more comprehensive school bus network.
The process has been completed and Kong Shing Travel Ltd have been appointed by ESF as the bus providers for students at both Sha Tin College & Sha Tin Junior School commencing from Aug 2019. The bus routes and reservation details can be found on the Kong Shing website. Please go to the ‘School Bus Reservation’ tab at the top of the home page to see details of the bus routes, costs and reservation procedures.
A comprehensive and affordable bus service for our students is vital as we move forward in response to requests from the Sha Tin District Council and the HK Education Bureau, for a ‘Bus Only’ transport policy at the Sha Tin Campus. We will be engaging with parents/guardians further on this in the new school year.
As you know, the international school sector is well governed here in Hong Kong, with many regulations in place to ensure a consistency of standards and service provision.
One of the regulations that is applied to all international schools to varying degrees is a target ratio for the number of families with ‘local’ passports compared to ‘foreign’ ones. In the case of ESF, this target ratio is 70/30 in favour of ‘foreign’ passport holders.
This target applies to ESF as a whole, not individual schools. As long as we maintain an average of 70/30 across all ESF schools, with the exception of our two Private Independent Schools – Discovery College and Renaissance College, then we are fully compliant with the regulations.
Our colleagues on the ESF Central Admissions team have been looking at our latest figures. While we are still compliant, we are getting close to the 70/30 split, so we now need to take some action.
Rather than changing any of our admissions policies – as you know, we are very proud of the fact that we are non-selective system – the ESF Central Admissions team think that the first thing we need to do is an exercise to make sure that the current data we have on our system is fully accurate and fully up-to-date.
In particular, they want us to make sure that our families at Sha Tin College who hold dual nationality have registered that with us. If this applies to you, it would be great if you could update your profile.
This is a relatively straightforward thing to do. It should only take a couple of minutes of your time. The attached document sets out the steps you need to follow. You begin the process by logging into Gateway. Then click on Student Demographics and follow the instructions on the attached link.
If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The uniform ordering website will be up and running from 15th June. Orders can be placed online or made directly at their store in Lai Chi Kok.