10 Feb 2017

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 10 February 2017

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates EA Approaches to Learning Professional Development News From Medical Room Discovery College Cross Country Race  Greening Schools Award Healthy Eating Green Week ESF 50th Anniversary Primary Concert Student Achievements  Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

Chinese New Year Assembly

Our Chinese New Year celebration on the last day before the break was a big success with a wide range of cultural activities and performances. One of the highlights this year was the number of students who were involved in performances including our Chinese drummers, individuals and other small groups, class groups and the whole of Year 6. Well done to all performers!  Also congratulations to all our Chinese teachers on the wonderful job they did rehearsing students and also to Ms Jennifer Doo for coordinating this event. The weather was once again very kind, being fine and sunny. It was great to see so many parents also making the time to attend.

I would also like to acknowledge the 16 students who produced the artwork that was used to create our ‘Year of the Rooster’ banner that is displayed at the front of the school. Well done to: Ashley Zhang (6R), Sanya Bannerji (6M), Kathyrn Harrison (6M), Eugenie Ho (6M), Lara McConnochie (6R), Lois Hamilton (6R), Maria Tjabringa (6J), Ghanjani Jain (6J), Harry Banks (6R), Zoe Papadias (6M), Maya Arif Webb-Joh (6C), Tobias Wong (6R), Justin Tan (6M), Trey Harvey (6J), Nathan Yue (6J), George Beer (6M).

Chinese Drumming Group Performance at ESF CNY Celebration

Congratulations to our Chinese drumming group for their wonderful performance to open the ESF 50th Anniversary Chinese New Year Celebration at Renaissance College on Wednesday 26 January.

CIS Community Survey

Thank you to those parents who have already completed the CIS community survey that was sent to all parents just prior to the CNY break. The survey is an important part of the CIS/IB reaccreditation process as it assists us to identify our strengths as well as areas for further development. These then inform then future directions we set in our next strategic plan that will be developed as part of the process.

If you have not already done so can I encourage you to complete the survey using the link below. It  will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 24 February 2017.

To access the survey, please click on this link: CIS Community Survey – Parents

Please note that this is a CIS designed survey which we are not able to customise and unfortunately it does not allow for comments to be made. Therefore, we will be running a parent workshop in March to give parents further opportunity to provide feedback to the school about future directions.  An invitation will be sent out for this event in the near future.

For parents interested in understanding more about the CIS/IB reaccreditation, we will host a coffee morning parent information session on 17 February. To sign up for this session, please click on this link: CIS/IB Reaccreditation Parent Information Session

School Council Meeting & Upcoming Summer Works

The most recent meeting of the School Council on Wednesday evening 8 February considered the draft plans for the upcoming summer works in July 2017. The planned work includes a complete renovation of the hall and a refurbishment of the staffroom. The new hall will balance the functional requirements for a theatre/assembly hall, PE/gymnasium and multipurpose space. The plans are very exciting and include a much improved performance space with retractable seating, acoustic wall and ceiling panels and new sound and lighting with a new control booth.  Plans will be shared and displayed when completed next week.

Staff CPD day – 6 February

The student free CPD day on Monday 6 February saw staff working collaboratively in the morning to commence the CIS/IB self study process by beginning to review the curriculum against the IB standards and Practices. This review will enable us to identify our strengths and areas for future development that can be included in our next strategic plan. This new school plan is one of the major outcomes of the self-study and accreditation process that will guide school priorities and direction for the next 5 years. All staff completed the CIS community survey that parents currently have and are being asked to complete by 24 February.

The IB Approaches to Learning were the focuses of the afternoon session with staff working on the use of questioning to enhance student learning.  A big thank you to Jo Cadman and Jacki Craggs for all their work preparing and leading this staff development workshop.

Staffing Update

We would all like to wish Ms Heidi Cooke well for the upcoming birth of her second child. Heidi commences maternity leave from Monday until towards the end of May. Megan Snelgrove is taking over as the class teacher on 1C. Megan is well known to students and staff at CWBS as she worked as the temporary LSC teacher last year whilst Ms Stephanie Kroeker was on maternity leave.  She is also  a regular supply teacher at the school this year.

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Friday 17 February

Parent Coffee Morning CIS/IBO Accreditation 8.45-9.45am

Year 4-6 Assembly (Year 4 Hosting)

Year 5 & 6 Disco 6.00-7.45pm

Saturday 18 February

ESF 50th Anniversary Primary Sports Day at KGV 8.30am-1.30pm

Tuesday 21 February

Parent Information Workshop-‘Restorative Practice & Student Behavior’ with Kristy Elliot

Friday 24 February

Year 1-3 Assembly (Year 3BH & 3M Hosting)

PTA Family Bingo 6.00-7.45pm

Tuesday 28 February

Parent Information Meeting- Year 5 Chengdu Trip 6.30pm

EA Approaches to Learning Professional Development

The approaches to learning skills (ATLs), which consist of skill sets in the following areas: communication, research, thinking, social and self-management, are an integral part of the PYP and have been a focus for the Transdisciplinary School Improvement team at CWBS for the past year.

On Wednesday afternoon 25 January, Jo Cadman assisted by Stephanie Kroeker, led our very dedicated EA team through a series of activities focused on building a deeper understanding of the role the ATLs have in the learning process, as well as exploring some practical ways in which to support students in developing these skills. Feedback following the afternoon was very positive – a fun and practical session to help student learning across the school.

News From Medical Room


The Department of Health is offering the diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and inactive polio virus immunisation (DTaP-IPV) to our Year 1 students on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Forms will be sent out today. Please kindly check your children’s school bag for the form.

This immunisation will be offered to Year 6 students later in the school year.


Please remember to inform the School Nurse if your child is absent due to illness. Many childhood illnesses such as chicken pox, HFMD, Scarlett fever, conjunctivitis are highly contagious and have recommended exclusion periods from school to protect all students. Please note exclusion periods as below. These are important and based on Department of Health guidelines.

** Please remind your child to sign in at the office if they arrive at school after 0830hrs and remember to sign them out if they leave before the end of the school day.

Discovery College Cross Country Race

Dear Parents,

We still have some places available for the cross country race at Discovery College (in Discovery Bay) on Saturday 11 March 2017. The races will take place between 9:00am-12.00pm. We have places available in the following categories:

  • Year 3 Girls
  • Year 3 Boys
  • Year 4 Girls
  • Year 4 Boys
  • Year 5 Girls
  • Year 5 Boys
  • Year 6 Girls

As we have already completed the trials, there are only a few places left. If you are interested in having your child run, please email Brendan Kean at brendan.kean@cwbs.edu.hk by next Monday morning (13 February). Please note that the ESF race at KGV on 18 February has been closed. We have reached capacity for that race.

Greening Schools Award

CWBS has just finished the Greening Schools Award and has sent off the information to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. We were awarded $4500 for a Garden Plot project and $2000 for a Greening activity


Healthy Eating

Green Week

Green Week is coming to Clearwater Bay School!

This year, Green Week will run from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March 2017. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of environmental issues, raise funds for our chosen charity the Masarang Foundation and have some fun! Please read the attached information sheet for details. Here is a list of some of the things you could be thinking about in the next few weeks.

  • look for interesting photo opportunities to enter the photo competition (more details on your child’s home learning sheet nearer Green Week)
  • support the Masarang Foundation by buying palm sugar from the office during Green Week ($40 a bag)
  • get out into the wonderful countryside of Hong Kong with your family and enjoy looking at all the amazing nature that surrounds you
  • recycle as much of your household waste as you can. Remember we have glass and clothes recycling bins in the car park
  • think about healthy food choices for your child’s lunch and also consider how you can use less packaging. Plastic boxes are a great alternative to plastic wrap.

Thank you so much for you support. Please contact me if you have any ideas of ways to promote environmental awareness

Best wishes

Justine Taylor

Environmental Coordinator


ESF 50th Anniversary Primary 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 Primary Concert will be open to the public.

Details of the Concert:

Date: Friday, 17 March 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Ticket price: Standard $280; Senior & Student Concessionary $220

Public sales of tickets are already available through URBTIX (URBTIX ticketing link:  http://www.urbtix.hk/internet/en_US/eventDetail/31684)

Student Achievements

Adrian Wu (6J), has been awarded the 1st place (Upper Primary) in the 5th Junior Chess Star Competition 2016/17 held by ESF Quarry Bay School PTA on 22 January 2017. Well done, Adrian!


“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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