Kellett Bulletin

17 January 2018


Annual Fund Enhancements
 
The first Annual Fund enhancement of 2018 will be a visit by Sandra Traittel, a Clinical Dietitian who will speak with Year 2 & Year 5 students at KLB on Friday 19 January. Her talks on healthy eating, closely link with the curriculum themes ‘We are what we eat!’ and ‘Feed Me Now’ and are a repeat of the talks Sandra presented to Year 2 and Year 6 students in PFL last term.
 
The Development Office is currently working on the logistics of many of the other enhancements enabled through the Annual Fund and we will keep you updated on all upcoming speakers, events and items. Please ask your child about their experience; we are always interested in hearing feedback.
 
Annual Fund 2017-18 Overview
Funds Received: HK$ 1,989,147
Funds Pending (Pledged): HK$130,700
Participation Rate: 28%
 

Parent Volunteer needed!
 
For the Year 4 camp to Lantau on 31 January to 2 February, we are in need of someone with a Lantau driving permit. This is to help transport equipment and food to and from the centre at the start and end of the camp. Please contact Jos Kendall on jkendall@kellettschool.com if you think you are able to help.
 

Kellett Yearbook (40th Anniversary Edition)
 
Year Books are available now and cost HK$275. They are available to purchase from PFL front desk and at the KLB Shop.
 
 

 
Sodexo “Chinese New Year Red Packet Design Competition”
 
 
 
Entry Submissions from 8 – 26 Jan and public voting for final 10 on 30 Jan –2 Feb (new feature to vote online this year)
Submit entries as:
 
Prizes: Apple Store gift cards & donation to school library, My Cinema (Broadway) gift cards and bookazine gift cards.
 

Notices in blue are repeated messages from past eBulletins, however still contain relevant information.
 
 
Letter from the Chairman, Mr Peter Goulston to the Kellett Community
 
At the start of 2018, I would like to take the opportunity to confirm what many of you may already know; in eighteen months’ time, at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year, Ms Ann McDonald will step down as Principal of Kellett School. She has long planned her well-earned retirement for the summer of 2019, when she will return to the UK.
Ann is only the second Principal at Kellett School and has been in the post for 21 years, having joined in 1996. She has, of course, been a key driver in the development of Kellett School – from the original site at Pok Fu Lam with 366 students and 73 staff to our two Prep campuses in Pok Fu Lam and Kowloon Bay, and our Senior School, with a total Kellett student body of 1361 and 282 staff.
 
As I outlined at the AGM on 9 January the Board has already devoted considerable time and resources to the process of recruiting Ann’s replacement. We will continue this level of care and attention through much of the first half of this year as we complete the vital process of finding a new Principal who can take over Ann’s legacy.
 
[https://slg.kellettschool.com/portal/default.aspx then Governance Documents Tab / AGM Folder / AGM 9th January 2018 sub-folder]
 
We used UK-based educational recruitment consultant Perrett Laver for the hiring of our Head of Senior School Joe Alsop and after a separate RFP process concluded we would also retain them for the search to find a new Principal. They now have an excellent understanding of our community having met with a number of parents, staff and other stakeholders. The timetable aims to have our chosen candidate selected and appointed by the end of this academic year.

Kellett has an outstanding reputation both locally and internationally and I am sure this will help attract considerable interest in the post. Ann’s vision and leadership mean we have an institution confidently facing this period of transition. With the continued support of our community we look forward to a new Principal continuing Kellett’s journey of educational excellence.
 
Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!
 
Peter Goulston
Chairman - Board of Governors
 

Spring Term School Fees
 
Thank-you to all those Parents who have paid Spring Term School Fees.
Fee invoices were issued on the 8 December 2017 via e-mail and were due for settlement on or before the 8 January 2018.
It would be appreciated if outstanding payments can now be settled promptly by our preferred payment methods of Bill Payment or Bank Transfer. Please ensure if using bank transfer that the remittance advice is provided to finance@kellettschool.com so as to avoid the payment remaining unidentified and further debt recovery action being taken.
 
Should you have not received an invoice please contact finance@kellettschool.com to request a copy.
 
Thanking you in advance for your assistance and co-operation in this matter.
 
Dave Renouf
Senior Accountant
 

AGM Update
 
Dear Parent,
 
Papers issued and presentations given at last night’s fortieth Annual General Meeting of Kellett School Association Ltd. can be accessed as follows:
 
• The Board Report presented by Chairman Peter Goulston
• Other papers and presentations can be accessed on SLG at the following link: https://slg.kellettschool.com/portal/default.aspx#/Governance Documents Tab / AGM Folder / AGM 9th January 2018 sub-folder.
 
For your information, all Reports and Resolutions presented at the meeting were received and passed unanimously including:
 
• Agenda Item 5 - formally receiving and accepting the financial statements of the Association for the year-ended 31st August 2017;
• Agenda Item 6 - the re-appointment of KPMG as the Association’s Auditors for the ensuing year;
• Agenda Item 7 - the re-election to the Board of Governors Alistair Gough, Arne Lindman, Rakesh Manani and Silvia Pezzini.
 
If any Member has any comment or feedback pertaining please email Board@kellettschool.com
 
On behalf of the Board
 
Robert Irvine
Company Secretary
 

The Kellett Fair 2018 -21 April 2018
 
The Fair Committee is very excited about the ‘Country Fair’ coming soon. There are lots of new exciting things planned for this year and well over 800 Kellett families are expected to attend from both the primary and senior schools and over 2000 tickets will be sold.
 
Ticketing information will be sent out in due course of time.
 
Along with being a fun community event, this is also an important day for fundraising, through a Silent Auction, selling of Children’s Art Work and Lucky Lollipops where you win a prize as well. The proceeds will be put towards key projects at Kellett, such as talks to enhance student Pastoral wellbeing, Sponsorship of certain Feel-Good Fridays and other enhancements to the school.
 
We invite all families to please contribute in any ways that you can, to the fund-raising effort. Maybe you have a holiday home that you can offer, a corporate Junk that you could spare for a day, Vouchers you could source from your favourite Salon, Restaurant or Store. Unwanted gifts (in good condition) or any item from your Self-run business would be welcome. There are various ways to contribute and no item is too small.
 
If you can help donate or source fundraising items, please write to Sabrina Grandolfo – sabrinagrandolfo@gmail.com or Aparna Kapur Shankar- apskaps@gmail.com
 
Other donations that will be required (Post CNY Holidays)
Pre-loved Books
Bottles (for Tombola) – Unexpired bottles of any kinds
Cakes & Baked goods
 
Watch this space for more information!
 

Formal Notice of Withdrawal
 
If your child is leaving Kellett at the end of the Spring Term i.e. on or before 23 March 2018, please provide formal notice by completing the Withdrawal Form. The deadline for formal notice of withdrawal is 12 January 2018.
 
This form should be emailed to principal@kellettschool.com and copied to admissions@kellettschool.com. Upon receipt, the Admissions Office will send out an acknowledgement letter.
 
If you require reports or invigilation for applications to overseas schools, the procedure may be found in this policy.
 
Notice deadline dates for each term may be found on the school’s website:
 

Singing in the Rain (Junior)
 
Kellett School Prep students Daniel Walters and Millie Blacker will be performing in ‘Singing in the Rain’ (Junior) on 20 & 21 January. Tickets are available at www.urbtix.hk.
 
 
 
 

 
Head of Senior School Appointment
 
Dear Parent,
 
Following an extensive international search using the services of Perrett Laver, (a UK based recruitment consultant), Kellett School is privileged to have attracted a strong shortlist of candidates for the role of Head of Senior School; all brought a wealth of expertise and experience.
 
Having completed a comprehensive three-day final interview process at Kowloon Bay, I am pleased to confirm that Mr Jonathan (Joe) Alsop, currently Head of St Augustine’s Catholic College, Wiltshire, UK, has been appointed as the Head of Senior School.
 
Mr Alsop will join our community in August 2018. St Augustine’s is an ‘Outstanding’ school sharing many traits with Kellett and is amongst the highest performing schools in the UK.
 
Mr Alsop is to relocate in August with his family; his son and daughter are to join the Senior School. I am sure you will join with me in extending our warmest congratulations to Mr Alsop, and a sincere welcome to his family.
 
Mr Alsop is to inherit a thriving Senior School, built over eleven years by Simon Giddings and his team. He will return to Hong Kong later in the academic year to work with Simon in order to ensure a smooth transition.
 
In the meantime, Simon remains firmly at the tiller and needless to say it is business as usual!
 
With kind regards,
 
Ann Mc Donald
Principal
 

 
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