Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Source of Happiness

The ICS Parent Association (PA) is hosting our annual Gospel Dinner on Friday March 23, 2012 at the Grand Capital Banquet Hall in Shatin Town Hall. (沙田京都高級宴會廳). This is a gospel outreach activity for the entire ICS community, particularly targeting non-believers. This year’s speaker is Rev. Young Man Chan (陳恩明) who is a gifted crusade speaker. The topic is The Source of Happiness (快樂的泉源). We would encourage everyone in our community to invite other parents and children, family members and friends to attend this meeting. We hope to bring the love and grace of our Lord to many more others who have yet to know Him personally.


The dinner table price was set at HK$2880 ($240 per person x 12). To facilitate easy booking, we would appreciate booking of a minimum of one table for each reservation. You may sponsor one table (or more) by faith, send us the fee accordingly, then start inviting people to fill up the table. On the other hand, participants may gather together to form one table (12 people for each table) and one person will be responsible for the registration and booking.

For registration, please send email to ICSPAEXCO@gmail.com , then send a cheque payable to International Christian School, marking "Gospel Dinner 2012" at its back, attention to Becky Lee Su (secretary of PA of ICS). Acknowledgement of receipt will be issued later via email to the registrant.

We are encouraged by the response of the Gospel Dinner last year. Seeds were sown and souls have been saved. Do pray earnestly for this event and start inviting your friends now! Try to have a few Christian friends seated in the same table as your non-Christian friends, so they can be cared for properly.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Let your voices be heard!

The work of the Search Committee formed by the Board of Trustees for the recruitment of the next Headmaster is in full swing. In order to assist the Search Committee, the PA ExCo has just formed a working sub-committee called the PA ExCo Next Headmaster Sub-Committee ("the PANC") to collect parents' views on the expected qualities that parents may have on the next Headmaster. The PANC will convey the parents' views collected to the Search Committee and the Board.

The PANC comprises five PA ExCo members (Grace So, Ronna Chao, Monic Mou, Andrew Ngo and Tony Ma as chairman)

We hereby invite you to take this opportunity to write down up to FIVE qualities you would like to see in the next HM (e.g., spiritual leadership, financial stewardship, etc.) and send them by by email to icspanc@gmail.com
on or before Friday 9 December 2011.

Parents are one of the major stakeholders of the ICS community; let your voices be heard.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Why Choose a Christian University?

One of our ExCo wrote to Biola University and received the following about Christian Universities from President Barry H. Corey. It was available at the recent school college fair, but in case you missed it, we've put it here for your reference.

Why Choose a Christian University?

When considering which university to attend, high school students and their parents should think not only about how a university teaches students and equips them with facts and knowledge, but also about how a university grows a student and enriches their soul. Sadly, many universities in America and across the world have lost their “soul” and drifted away from moral and religious concerns. Many colleges have abandoned their Christian roots or shunned faith altogether, replacing it with aggressive secularism and a sometimes antagonistic prejudice against the role of belief in education.

Christian universities do still exist, however, and their insistence on a robust integration of faith and academic learning provides an important alternative in the contemporary landscape of higher education. At a Christian university you will find top-notch training in a variety of disciplines — science, health, math, art, music, language, business, etc. — that is coupled with and informed by the pursuit of God and the study of Scripture.

At Biola University, where I work, we believe that nurturing the soul and nurturing the mind are both essential for a meaningful education. We teach our students to integrate their faith with their academic and professional development. No matter what their career aspiration or major, each student at Biola receives a foundational education in Bible — taught by some of the brightest biblical scholars today. We believe that the Bible is the center of knowledge, and that out of this focused center we are better able to produce graduates who are prepared for a vocation, spiritually mature, grounded in the Bible, globally minded, and ready to take on the challenges of the world.

Trends in American Universities

One trend in American higher education that all universities are dealing with right now is the challenge of adapting to the digital revolution. The Internet and other digital technologies have changed everything in culture, including higher education, and universities have been presented with new problems and possibilities as a result. At Biola University, we have prioritized the leveraging of new technology for the purposes of our mission. For example, we have started offering numerous online courses to our students, and we’ve put select courses and lectures on iTunes U, where people across the world can download free Biola University educational resources. Our seminary, Talbot School of Theology, has also started a faculty blog — The Good Book Blog — to provide solid biblical scholarship online to anyone in the world. In coming years, Biola has plans to organize even more of our academic resources to make available to the world beyond our campus borders.

Another, more regrettable trend in American universities is the trend of hyper-fragmentation. American universities are increasingly characterized by fragmentary interest groups and hyper-specialized disciplines, each with their own focuses and agendas. The “uni” aspect of the university is increasingly lost. At many universities, there is no consensus about the end goal of education or what exactly a successful college graduate should look like. Part of the confusion comes from the postmodern attack on the very notion of a unifying ideal, and part of it comes from a resistance to any suggestion that a conviction, ethic, or moral foundation should inform education.

Christian universities like Biola fight against this fragmentation by focusing everything we do around a core conviction — in this case, the all-encompassing conviction that God is the author of all truth and that all knowledge comes from him. The liberal arts education at Biola is not fragmentary; it’s interdisciplinary. It is an education that gives students a reason for learning and a foundation upon which to expand their horizons and explore their vocational purpose. It’s an education that believes in the relevance of a Christian worldview and seeks to apply it to all areas of life.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fireproof Follow-up

Praise God! 19 couples attended the Fireproof event organized by the school and the Parent Association on Sept 17. They all enjoyed the movie, the workshops, and their time together with their spouse.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Parent Support Group schedule for 2011-12

ICS parents are invited to workshops on various topics throughout the year. Please see the schedule below (click on the image to enlarge):

Sunday, August 28, 2011

HS Community Potluck 2011

Last Thursday the HS and the Parents Association hosted a HS Community Potluck and new parent info night as well as a “Preparing for College” seminar by Sue Farley. People started arriving around 6 p.m. and those interested were led on a school tour by Student Council Reps.

It was nice to see students, parents, and faculty chatting together around the Upper Gym.

A welcome announcement and prayer by the HS Principal, Brian Van Tassel, introduction of the teachers and the PA, and performance by the Show Choir led up to the potluck dinner at 6:45 p.m.

People got their food then stood or sat in circles continuing to chat among themselves while violin and cello music wafted through the air.

About an hour later, people split up to go to the new parent info presentation or college-prep talk, while others continued to hang out and talk or go downstairs to the Lower Gym that was also open at this time for sport.

Overall, the event went well and there was enough food for all. We hope more parents and students will join in the future!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Prayer Group calendar 2011-12

We very much appreciate your support of the parents' prayer group and we are ready to kick off a new year! Please mark your calendar for the dates and feel free to join us in this special time as we lift up our school, families, children, teachers, and leadership.


Elementary Prayer
Time: Fridays, 1-3 pm
Place: ES (Rm 212) or SS (Rm 225) Conference Room, Shek Mun Campus
Coordinators: Deborah Seay motheroffourseay@gmail.com
Grace So graceso100@yahoo.com.hk
Who: Elementary parents
Dates:
September 16 ES Conference Room
October 21 ES Conference Room
November 11 ES Conference Room
December 16 ES Conference Room
January 13 SS Conference Room
February 10 ES Conference Room
March 16 ES Conference Room
April 20 SS Conference Room
May 18 ES Conference Room


Secondary Prayer
Time: Fridays, 1-3:15 pm
Place: ES (Rm 212) or SS (Rm 225) Conference Room, Shek Mun Campus
Coordinators: Eppie Lam petereppielam@yahoo.com.hk
Phyllis Fung pfung2009@gmail.com
Who: Secondary parents
Dates:
September 2 SS Conference Room
October 7 SS Conference Room
November 4 SS Conference Room
December 2 SS Conference Room
January 6 SS Conference Room
February 3 ES Conference Room
March 2 SS Conference Room
April 13 SS Conference Room
May 4 ES Conference Room
June 1 (Fellowship) ES Conference Room


Evening Prayer
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Place: 5/F Chapel, Shek Mun Campus
Coordinators: Tony Ma tonykfma@gmail.com
Phyllis Fung pfung2009@gmail.com
Who: Combined prayer meeting for all ES & SS prayer groups
Dates:
Monday, September 26
Wednesday, October 26
Monday, November 28
Monday, January 16
Monday, February 27
Monday, March 26
Monday, April 23
Wednesday, May 30


Central Prayer Group
Time: Thursdays, 1-2 pm (including lunch)
Place: 23/F, 8 Queen's Rd Central, building opposite the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Coordinators: Amy Leung leunga@ics.edu.hk
Who: All parents are welcome to join, but please register to attend
Dates:
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15
January 19
February 23
March 22
April 19
May 17


Monday, August 22, 2011

Fire-proof


The PA, in cooperation with Mrs. Kadow (Elementary Counselor), will be hosting a "Fireproof" your marriage seminar on Saturday, Sept 17th. See the flyer for details and registration information.

This free event is for married couples and we encourage you to invite your non-ICS friends to attend as well. Whether you are newly married, or have been together for 50 years, this will be a wonderful seminar to help strengthen the bond and communication between husbands and wives.

The event is free, however email registration is required, so sign-up fast by sending an email to Maria at:

anthonymaria@netvigator.com


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Welcome to a new school year 2011-12

PA ExCo is excited to start the new year. We have already had our first meeting and are looking forward to all the events we're planning for this year. Community Movie Fireproof on September 17th will be the first big event! Prayer groups are setting up their schedules, Parent Support Group are ready to roll out some interesting/informative topics, Back to School Nights starting with MS next week, HS Community Potluck coming up on Thursday, Aug 25th...


Here are your 2011-12 PA Executive Committee

Chairperson: Fai Chan, HS parent
Vice Chairpersons: Marlon Cheung, Tony Ma, HS parents
Treasurer: Kirby Chan, Middle and HS parent
Secretary: Becky Su, HS parent

Secondary PA Reps: Grace So, Ronna Heffner, High school parents
Rosemary Choi, Amy Turner, Middle school parents
(2 vacancies)
Elementary PA Reps: Andrew Ngo, Maria Lau, Monic Mou, Penny Yue, Ruby Lam (1 vacancy)
Kindergarten PA Reps: Mary AuYeung, Doris Ma
Prayer Group Coordinators: Phyllis Fung, Tony Ma (acting), HS parents

You will notice we have some vacancies, so if you or someone you know would like to serve, please email us: ICSPAExCo@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ICS ExCo positions open

As ICS continues to expand, so does our need for parental involvement. Involvement in the ICS Parent Association allows parents to voice their concerns and ideas. It is also an opportunity for parents to be part of their child’s school life.

As we look forward to the next school year, it is time to choose new members for some of the positions on the Executive Committee (ExCo). If you would like to serve for a term in ExCo or know another member of the Parent Association you would like to recommend to serve, please read the nomination material and complete the Nomination Form that is posted on the ICS PA website

For the 2011-12 academic school year, the following positions are up for re-election or are open.
- Chairperson (1)
- Vice-Chairperson (2)
- Campus Representatives: Kindergarten (1), Elementary (3), Secondary (4)

Please return all Nomination Forms to the “PA Election Committee” by May 20, 2011. Please e-mail to the “PA Election Committee” or put the Nomination Form in an envelope marked “PA - Election”, and send it to school with your child. For Secondary parents, your child can give the envelope to the School Office.

The election will take place on May 30 2011, at the ICS Chapel 5th floor, during the AGM that begins at 7:30 p.m. Any last minute nominations can be written in on the ballot at the meeting.

Please fill out the Proxy Form here and email that or your details to: ICSPAExCo@gmail.com if you are unable to attend. As a member, your vote still counts!

We hope to see you there. Please contact the “PA Election Committee” if you have any questions.

PA Election Committee Chairperson:
Queenie Wong queenieyflo@yahoo.com
or ICSPAExCo@gmail.com

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Lunch 5/25

We will have the final Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Wed, May 25. Please bless all our teachers by helping contribute to this lunch - they really do appreciate it!

Please let us know whatever you can contribute by emailing ICSPAExCo@gmail.com and send in your dishes (enough to feed 10-15 people) by 11am to the 2/F Teacher Lunch Room

Thank you for your generosity!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Notice for PA Annual General Meeting (PA AGM) 10-11

The ICS PA AGM will be held on the 30th May 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the ICS Chapel, 5th Floor.

If you are not able to make it, your proxy vote will still count! Please fill out the Proxy Form here and email that or your details to: ICSPAExCo@gmail.com

Chairman's report, finance report, AGM Agenda, Nomination documents and open positions, will be posted/sent to you soon.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Parenting Seminar (Cantonese) will be held one more time on Saturday, April 9th Saturday from 3:00-5:30 p.m, ICS Room 104. Hope you can make it!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hiking organized by ICSPA

Date: March 26 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 9:30 am-1pm (actual walking time 2 hours)

Route : Pak Tam Chung (北潭涌) to Cheung Shan (長山), Sai Kung

Difficulty: two stars (out of five stars), children are welcome

Meeting place and time: Tuck shop at Pak Tam Chung Bus Station at 9:30am

Transport:
1. Private car, with free parking at Pak Tam Chung. Risk of full car-park, need to reach earlier to secure parking (before 8:30am); alternate parking at Po Leung Kuk Pak Tam Chung campsite, opposite to public carpark at Pak Tam Chung (daily charge about HK$80)
2. Bus: number 94 from Sai Kung, off bus at Pak Tam Chung (end station of this bus is at Wong Shek Pier)
3. Taxi

Equipment:
Bring your own food, water (at least 1 liter per person), cap, umbrella, sunscreen, sunglass, mosquito repellent, light hiking shoes or sneakers etc.

Remark: Trip will be cancelled if there is yellow rain or above, thunder storm, or typhoon number 3 hoisted at 7:30am on that day. Trip will also be cancelled if there are too few participants.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Seminar on Christian Parenting and Traditional Chinese Parenting (in Cantonese)
儒家親子觀與基督徒親子觀講座 (廣東話授課)

Speaker: Pastor Fai Chan (Parent Association Chairman and Lecturer of Pastoral Care School)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 26th from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at ICS, 1/F, Room 104, near the Lu Kao Hwa Theater
Content: Explore Chinese cultural elements that shape parenting and how they affect all of us. Compare it to biblical parenting and seek God's will in our family life.

Both Christian and non-Christian parents can benefit from this seminar to find the right balance of mutual support in family. Friends and family of our ICS community are welcome to attend

No admission fee for this seminar, but participants can support Pastoral Care School (a charitable organization) with a free will offering.

If interested, please send your names, your child(ren)'s grade(s) and number of guests invited to us at ICS PA ExCo

We look forward to seeing you there!

Faculty and staff appreciation lunch

Many thanks to all the Grade 4 and Secondary School parents that contributed enough food to fill three tables for the Elementary and Secondary faculty and school staff to enjoy the first Whole School Appreciation Lunch this year. We are planning another probably in May. The teachers and staff really enjoy this show of appreciation and it's wonderful to see them all together enjoying good food and fellowship. Please email us if you'd like to help: ICS PA ExCo





Tuesday, February 8, 2011

HIKING this Saturday
Contact person: Dr. Tony Ma at icspaexco@gmail.com
Date: Feb 12, 2011
Time: 10am to 3:30pm (approximate)
Route: Wu Kau Tang (烏蛟騰) via Sam Ah Tsuen (三椏村) to Lai Chi Wo (荔枝窩) back to Wu
Kau Tang (烏蛟騰), in North-Eastern part of the New Territories
Will begin and end at the parking lot of Wu Kau Tang.
Actual hiking time is expected to be within 4 hours (for children), one hour of lunch time/big rest.
Difficulty: Two stars out of Five stars
Special Points: Not difficult, children should be OK; Scenic view of N-E part of the New
Territories; educational tour of the ecology of that region e.g. mangroves
Transport:
1. Private car, free parking lot at Wu Kau Tang parking (about 27 carpark spaces available);
car-pool encouraged to reduce the number of cars. Tolo Harbour Highway towards North, left
highway at Tai Po, head towards Tai Mei Tuk (大尾篤) along Ting Kok Road (汀角路), then
Bride’s pool road (新娘潭路), turn right along Wu Kau Tang Road till the end of the road
(Parking lot).
2. Mini bus at Tai Po Market station (20C to Wu Kau Tang). Infrequent schedule, every two hours
starting from 5:45am. Hotline at 28736808
3. Taxi e.g. From Tai Po.
Prepare for your own food, drinks, hats, sunscreen etc. Food available at Sam Ah Tsuen (三椏村)
Cancelled if there is any typhoon or yellow rain or above.
For those interested, please send their names and number of people to Tony Ma (grade 10 parent)
at icspaexco@gmail.com Deadline 12 noon on Feb 11, 2011.

Friday, January 7, 2011