20 Jan 2017

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 20 January 2017

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates News From Medical Room  Hay Nein Primary School Visit KGV Fun Run News From Chinese Team Friends of the Earth ESF 50th Anniversary Secondary Concert Student Achievements  Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

‘The Tempest’

Congratulations to all the students in the after school theatre club for an absolutely amazing performance of ‘The Tempest’ on Wednesday evening. This Shakespearean work was specially adapted for primary aged children, and students working with Ms Jackson really impressed an audience of enthusiastic and very proud parents, grandparents and siblingsSpecial thanks to Sue Jackson for all her creative talent and hard work with students and thanks also to Michelle Sun for assisting and taking some wonderful photos for the pre show display. Thanks to Dee Saunders (display), George Li (lights and sound) and all the other staff who assisted on the night. The performance was truly one of the most impressive and inspiring I have seen in my many years as a school principal.

CIS – Council of International Schools Preliminary Visit & Report

In early November of Term 1, we had our Council of International School (CIS) preparatory visit. This included a 3 day visit from two CIS officers assessing us against a range of standards in several domains including:

  • Purpose and direction
  • Leadership and governance
  • Teaching and learning
  • Student wellbeing
  • Staffing
  • Facilities and
  • Home/school partnerships

The school received a written report that overall, was very complimentary. It outlines many areas of strength including: School vision and core values, senior leadership, professional staff, professional learning for staff, education and information for parents, facilities and learning environment improvements and communication to name just a few of the 19 Commendations. It also makes 12 Recommendations about other areas that need to continue to be developed for the future, many of which we are already working on. These include developing a school community definition and understanding of ‘international mindedness’, completing our draft Teaching & Learning policy and reviewing the procedures for volunteers and visitors to the school. Click on this link to read the commendations and recommendations and this link for the narrative report for the school.

In preparation for the final evaluation joint visit with CIS and the International Baccalaureate (IB)  in March, 2018, we will need the school community to complete a survey that will help us identify future directions and develop our next strategic plan for the school. We encourage ALL parents (both Mum and Dad!) to complete the survey to help set our future goals. We will send out a link to complete the survey next week.

Thank you in anticipation for your support.

Year 6 NGO ‘Agents of Change’ Day

Last Friday 13 January, Year 6 students were fortunate enough to hear speakers from a variety of non-government organisation (NGO) at Kowloon Junior School in preparation for their upcoming exhibition.

Dr. Merrin Pearse (a sustainability strategist) started the morning with an enthusiastic introduction to how ONE person can make a difference in small ways. Students were encouraged to get M.A.D (Make A Difference) through noticing things and taking action by simply asking questions to challenge the ways things were done.

The day allowed the students to listen to three different NGO speakers that they were interested in to find out further information. The speakers spoke to the students about how their organisation makes a difference, which of the Global Goals for sustainable development that they were working towards and the different ways students can support.

Year 5 trip to Panda Road School in Chengdu, April 23-26, 2017

Parents of Year 5 students received an email this week about the upcoming trip to visit our sister school in Chengdu in April. Expressions of interest from students and parents who wish to accompany the trip are being sought until next Wednesday 25 January. Please register on the link in the email.  A lottery draw will be conducted from all lodged expressions of interest to select those students and parents attending the trip.  Successful participants will be notified by email just prior to the CNY break.

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Friday 20 January

Year 4-6 Assembly (Year 5 hosting)

Year 3 & 4 Social 6.00-7.30pm

Wednesday 25 January

CWBS Chinese Drummers Performance at ESF CNY Gala at Renaissance College 8.00-12.20pm

Thursday 26 January

CNY Assembly 9.00-10.00am

Indian Music Performance Year 4-6 1.00-1.45pm

Friday 27 January – Sunday 5 February

CNY Mid Term Break

Monday 6 February

Staff CPD Day – No School for Students

Tuesday 7 February

First Day Back for Students after CNY Mid Term Break

Wednesday 8 February

School Council Meeting 4.45pm

Thursday 9 February

PTA Sausage Sizzle

Friday 10 February

Year 4 Parent Happening

News From Medical Room

Visual Screening  at CWBS

Optometrist Suzan Salnikow, BSc MCOptom will visit Clearwater Bay School on Wednesday 8 March 2017 to conduct Visual Screening Tests. Suzan is a HK based, UK trained optometrist who sees mainly children and babies in her clinics. On average, detection rates are around 10%, usually the parents and child are unaware of any problems. Parents will be advised of the results by letter, and where appropriate asked to contact the optometrist for further advice.

An email will be sent out with a soft copy of the form on 15 February and will be sending hard copies home in the diaries of year one students on the same day. If you would like your child to see Suzan Salnikow and are unable to print the form please let the school nurse know, nurse@cwbs.edu.hk and we will ensure one goes home with your child.

Fee: $220 per child payable by cheque to ‘Suzan Salnikow’ (please ensure the check comes in an envelope together with the form)

Return by date: Please return the form + cheque no later than Friday 3 March 2017

Hay Nien Primary School Visit

On 7 December, a group of Year 5 students were involved in a school exchange to Hay Nien Primary School.

The students took part in a lessons including Music, Mandarin, Science and Maths. Having a buddy to help guide them through the day allowed students make connections with the students from Hay Nien.

The time spent at Hay Nien gave our students a chance to experience school in a different setting, allowing them to make comparisons and observe school life from a different perspective.

Our students commented on the classroom set up, play time experiences and the way that lessons were taught.

Our students fully engaged in the lessons; volunteering to play musical instruments, participating in competitions and science experiments, all the while practicing their Mandarin.

Students from Hay Nien also took the opportunity to take part in lessons at CWBS, joining in on the daily happenings of the classroom. Both groups enjoyed their time in their different settings.

We are looking forward to continuing this valuable learning opportunity in the future.


KGV Fun Run

Last Saturday 14 January at KGV, almost 40 CWBS students participated in a cross-country fun run from Years 3-6. It was a great turnout and every student who started the race finished the race- A fantastic achievement for CWBS! Although there was no recordings of time or presentations made, we had some notable finishes from CWBS. In Year 3, Poppy Worthington (3W) and Brianna Searle (3W) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in their races. Oliver Dawson(3W) also finished 3rd in his race. In Year 4, Florence Williams (4T) won her race. In Year 6, Maxime Laurens finished 3rd. We also had many students finish top 10 in their races. Overall it was a great day, despite the wet conditions!

News From Chinese Team

Dear Parents,

As the Chinese New Year is coming soon, if you have any new or good conditioned red envelopes, please donate them to the school. They will be used for artwork or to be re-distributed to students as Lai See pockets.

Thank you very much!


Chinese Team

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (HK) would like to thank everyone who took part in the ‘Used Clothes Recycling Program’. CWBS collected a total of 890 kg of used clothes in 2016! Well done!

We will continue this program in 2017. If you have any used clothes for recycling, simply drop them off in the collection bin located in our car park. Thank you for your support!


ESF 50th Anniversary Secondary Concert

In 2017 ESF celebrates 50 years of excellence in education. From January through December 2017, a series of special events will be held. Some events will be open to the public, allowing us to celebrate more widely whilst others will be for our ESF family of schools.

The upcoming ESF 50th Anniversary Secondary Concert will be open to the public. More details can be found on the poster below.


Student Achievements

Adrian Wu (6J), has been awarded the 5th place in the 1st Hong Kong Dual Chess Championships ( Chess Main U12 group ) held by Hong Kong Chess Federation on 4 Dec 2016. Well done, Adrian!

Peony Lee (5B) won a gold medal of her age group ( 9 to 10 years old) in 2017 Division III race by Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association. The race was held at Hong Kong Sports Institute on 14 January. She finished 100m butterfly in 1 minute 22 seconds and was the champion out of 40 swimmers. Well done, Peony!

Shreya Jaiswal (1G) participated in the ‘Hong Kong Kowloon Walk for Millions’ organised by the Community Chest Hong Kong on 8 Jan 2017. The walk started at 9 am. It was a 10 km walk from Hong Kong Stadium to Aberdeen Country Park. The purpose of the walk was “FAMILY and CHILD WELFARE SERVICES”. Shreya and her family were excited for the walk and reached the finish line almost after 4 hours. They enjoyed the walk and breathtaking views from different heights. Shreya was one of the youngest participants and she did not give up. Well done, Shreya!


“Hands On Handwriting”

New courses for January 2017 at CWBS: Term 2 academic year 2016/17hoh1

Monday Workshops:      2:45 – 3:45 pm

Years 2-4 :          ‘Building Handwriting Confidence’  (letter formation/ joining/spacing and layout ).

Students will continue to reinforce the basic skills with individual guidance in developing neat handwriting and presentation. Each student will have an HOH booklet for home practice. Lots of ‘Hands On’ practical work with different media, textured surfaces and a variety of sensory experiences to encourage everyone to write confidently.

Wednesday Workshops :  2:45 – 3:45 pm

Years 3 – 6:           ‘Handwriting and Journaling.’

Students will create handwritten and illustrated journal pages to showcase neat, cursive writing, and /or clear printing, combined with their own creative writing input. Some fun elements with printing and designing to challenge the imagination.

Includes revision of essential skills and, for more confident students, writing with calligraphy pens.

Starting: January -March 2017 TBC but in line with CWBS calendar

Workshop courses run for 9 weeks: Course fees $2,700

For all enquiries and to reserve a place please contact Mrs Rose Godfrey:

Email: roseofengland88@gmail.com         Phone: 90177533



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