2103 11 November

TO                           :               ALL PARENTS

DATE                      :               31 October 2013

SUBJECT               :               Circular to parents

CIRCULAR NO.    :               NOVEMBER 2013


We have come to the end of the Academic Year 2013.  We hope that your child had an exciting, rewarding and enriching experience with us.  As we prepare for 2014, below are some general information you may find useful concerning the school.



1.1          St. Joseph’s Private School,

Jalan Nagor, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak.

(Behind Dayak Plaza/ Entrance Kopi O’ Corner, see Appendix A attached)

Telephone/ Fax : 082-414575

Handphone : 014-6956575

Email: stjosephprivate@gmail.com

Website: http://www.stjosephprivate.com


  1. SCHOOL TERMS 2014


2.1          The school terms for the 2014 academic year are as follows :

1st half of 1st Semester : 2 January – 21 March 2014 (57 days)
Semester Break : 22 March – 30 March 2014 (9 days)
2nd half of 1st Semester : 31 March – 27 May 2014 (42 days)
Mid Year Holidays : 28 May – 15 June 2014 (19 days)
1st half of 2nd Semester : 16 June – 12 September 2014 (65 days)
Semester Break : 13 September – 21 September 2014 (9 days)
2nd half of 2nd Semester : 22 September – 21 November 2014 (45 days)
End of Year Holidays : 22 November 2014 – 4 January 2015 (44 days)

2.2          The school has decided to take 3 days of Occasional Holidays on 30 January, 3 and 4 February 2014 to enable family reunions during the Chinese New Year Festivals.  Schools are allowed a maximum of 4 days’ Occasional Holidays per year.  St. Joseph’s Private School will therefore be closed from 30 January to 4 February 2014 for the Chinese New Year.


  1. SCHOOL HOURS 2014

3.1          The school hours are as follows :

Primary : Monday – Friday : 7.30 a.m. – 11.55 a.m.
12.30 p.m. – 3.40 p.m.
Secondary : Monday – Friday : 7.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
1.00 p.m. – 3.50 p.m.


  1. CLASS LIST 2014

Class list showing the class your child has been assigned will be displayed on the School Notice Board with effect from Monday 16 December 2013.



5.1          Mandarin Language will be offered as a compulsory subject in the Primary School.  It is included in the time table.

5.2          In the Secondary School, Mandarin Language will be offered as an optional subject for students.  It is conducted from 3.50 p.m. to 5.20 p.m twice a week.  The Mandarin Language will begin on Monday 6 January 2014.

5.3          Mandarin Language is offered FREE for our students.



6.1          The School Uniform can be ordered from: (please see Appendix B)

The Fashion Centre,

No.86, First Floor, Jalan Pending, 93450 Kuching.

Attention: Ms. Linda Lim,

Telephone : 082-330352

6.2          The cost of one set of uniform is

Primary : Boys Shirt RM37.00
Short pants RM34.00
Belt RM8.00
Girls Uniform Dress RM40.00
Secondary : Boys Shirt RM37.00
Long Pants RM44.00
Belt RM8.00
Girls Uniform Dress RM52.00

6.3          Badge and personal name tag – 1 set RM4.00.

6.4          Sports T-shirt (grey with printing) : RM11.00 (Primary) and RM14.00 (Secondary).  The T-shirt is to be worn with black long pants : RM19 (Primary) and RM28 (Secondary). If they so wish, parents may obtain black long pants on their own.

6.5          Shoes are to be white and to be worn with white socks.



7.1          Textbooks/ Workbooks (ordered by you) will be supplied to students on the first day of school next year.  This is to ensure that only the latest edition of books are supplied to the students by our supplier.

7.2          The books will be billed to your account in 2014.  Parents are reminded to check the order forms (final copy) against the books supplied to ensure accuracy.

7.3          Parents are kindly requested to settle the cost of the textbooks/ workbooks before 31 March 2014.

7.4          Exercise books will be provided by the School and issued during the first day of School.



8.1          The Board of Management, St. Joseph’s Private School Management Berhad is pleased to inform all parents that the School Fees and Miscellaneous Charges for 2014 will be the same as those charges for the year 2013.

8.2          Fees are due for payment 4 times per year.  The last dates for the payment of fees are as follows:

  • 1st term –               Wednesday 29 January 2014
  • 2nd term   –           Monday 31 March 2014
  • 3rd term –               Monday 30 June 2014
  • Final term –           Tuesday 30 September 2014

8.3          A five percent (5%) interest will be imposed on all late payments.

8.4          A three percent (3%) discount will be given if the whole year School Fees and Miscellaneous Charges are paid on or before 31 January 2014.

8.5          Payment can also be made by credit card.  A one and a half percent (1½ %) is charged for the use of credit card.



Kindly be informed that lockers are available along the corridors in the school for storage of books, personal effects of students, etc. at a nominal rental of RM50.00 per year. Please encourage your children to use these lockers to lighten the load of their school bags. The school will however not be responsible for any loss of books or properties left in the lockers. The school reserves the right to open the lockers at any time for spot checks.



10.1        The School Canteen is operated by A.J. Home Recipe (Ms. Justina – 016-8607848).

10.2        Please complete a copy of the Meals Order Form (see Appendix C attached) and return it to Ms. Justina, c/o Canteen, St. Joseph’s Private School, with the necessary payment from 12-14 November 2013 to ensure that your child is provided with food on the first week of school.

10.3        Parents may, if they wish, send lunch for their children.  The lunch hours for the school are 11.55 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. (Primary) and 12.30 p.m. to 1.00 p.m. (Secondary).



11.1        Extra-curricular Activities (ECA) will be conducted after school hours.

Primary 3.45  p.m. to 4.45 p.m.
Secondary 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

11.2        Details of the ECA will be made known early next year.

11.3        The ECA will be conducted from Monday 6 January 2014.



12.1        The School does not provide school buses for transporting students to/ from school.

12.2        Arrangement can be made with the following operators to transport your child.

  • Kuching Kindergarten Transportation

Mr. Voon Boo Nyee

H/P 013-8011710/ 013-8021730

  • KJS Transport Services

Mr. Kong Jin Thai

012-8880182/ 012-8871182


13.1        While all precautions are being undertaken by the school to safeguard the safety and security of your child, there is the element of risk that accidents may occur while your child is in the school.

13.2        The school has requested AIA to provide protection for our students.  AIA by its Student Accident would provide 24 hours protection worldwide.  It covers all types of accident whether in school or at home.

13.3        The cost of the Insurance is RM20.00 per year.  The forms will be given to your child on the first day of school.  Please complete the forms and return them to the class teacher on the first week of term.

13.4        The insurance will cover the students from 6 January 2014 to 5 January 2015.  For enquiries please liaise with Mr. David Ting (016-8897525).



As the success of a child in his/ her studies depends a great deal on the close co-operation and efforts of teachers, parents and the child himself/ herself, we seek the co-operation of parents in the following manners:

14.1        Daily attendance in school

Parents must ensure that your child comes to school every school day.  If your child is sick or unable to attend school for any specific reason, a sick certificate or letter explaining the absence must be submitted to the Class Teacher.  Parents must be strict in ensuring the attendance of your child at school.  Frequent and unnecessary absenteeism will lead to laziness, truancy and low achievement in studies and examinations. Parents are not to bring your child for holidays during school days which will result in your child missing school.

14.2        Daily revision and study

Parents must supervise and ensure that your child spends between 2 – 3 hours each day outside school hours doing his/ her revision, studies, homework etc.  The recommended times for studying is from 7.00 to 10.30 at night.  During these times students must not be allowed to watch television, play computer games or go out except during week-ends.  Parents must ensure that homework given is completed.

14.3        If you require any further information or advice please feel free to contact us. (Telephone No. : 014–6956575).  We shall do our best to assist you.  With your kind co-operation, understanding and support, we hope that we will be able to assist you better in educating your child.  Thank you.



The School wishes to record its appreciation and gratitude to all parents for your understanding, support and cooperation during the year 2013 and look forward to an ever more successful 2014.


Thank you and Happy Holidays.


St. Joseph’s Private School – education beyond the ordinary.





St. Joseph’s Private School