24 Feb 2017

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 24 February 2017

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates Parent Consultation Workshop  News From Library News From Medical Room Green Week Healthy Eating Policy ESF 50th Anniversary Primary Concert Student Achievements  Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

Principal for a Day

We had a new co-principal for the day on Friday 10 February with Tilly Van de Ven of Year 4 stepping into the role to help me on the day! Tilly ‘won’ this prize in the silent auction at the school fair in November. She helped out on playground supervision before school, spoke to parents at the end of the Year 4 parent happening in the hall. Later she visited classrooms to talk to teachers and students about what they were learning.  After lunch she also spoke to students and parents at the Year 1 assembly. Tilly said she was surprised that she didn’t spend all day in the office but went all over the school visiting classrooms and talking to people. She also said she was nervous about all the public speaking she had to do but that she did enjoy the experience.

ESF 50th Anniversary Primary Sports Day

A Primary sports Day to celebrate the ESF 50th Anniversary was held at KGV on Saturday 18 February. Congratulations to all our students who participated and did very well in their events. We had more than 40 students participate in the cross country running as well as selected students representing Clearwater Bay in netball and soccer. Our runners did extremely well with Poppy Worthington placing 1st and Brianna Searle placing 3rd in the Year 3 girls, Florence Williams placing 1st in the Year 4 girls, Claudia Brunner placing 2nd in the Year 5 girls and Charlie Barnes placing 4th in the Year 6 boys events. Our netballers and football players also played well in the ‘Kowloon’ side teams with ‘Kowloon’ winning the football and ‘Island’ winning the netball. Thank you to Mr Kean for coaching our runners and to Ms Bryant and Mr Craig who attended with me on the day to support students.

  •  CWBS footballers (Julien Layes, Orell Merazzi, Max Charteris & Evan McGillivray)  & CWBS Netballers (Kaila Jordan, Olivia Rigby, Danielle Leung & Kathryn Harrison).






  • Poppy Worthington and Briana Searle after the Year 3 girls race.



  • Year 6 girls showing off their medals.





  • Year 6 boys showing off their medals.







Year 4 Parent Happening

Year 4 staged a very successful parent happening on Friday 10 February as a culmination of their ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit of inquiry. This commenced with a wonderful assembly showcasing many different visual and performing arts linked to traditional cultures from around the world. This was followed by student presentations of their learning in classrooms. The happening culminated in a joint parent/student dance on the playground.


Restorative Practices Workshops for Staff and Parents – Kristy Elliot

Kristy Elliot an international consultant in Restorative Practice and Circle Time was at CWBS earlier this week, working with staff and also parents on Tuesday evening. She worked with new staff and Education Assistants on Monday to develop their understanding and skills in using a restorative approach to student behavior. The focus on Tuesday was on using Circle Time in the classroom as a teaching strategy to build students social and emotional learning skills.

Feedback from teachers and Education Assistants.

I think the Restorative dialogue will be very effective as it moves from the punitive approach to one where both parties take time to reflect on what happened and the teacher becomes the facilitator in helping them to resolve the problem.  I think it will help students to learn themselves how to resolve conflict in a compassionate way.  (CWBS teacher)

I found the restorative dialogue questions and role plays could help me to handle children at school.  I know what to say and what to do under different situations. (CWBS EA)

I was able to take away a lot of ideas from the session for how I could use circle time in groups.  I liked the practical ideas/ hands on activities that got kids engaged and moving and how they level the field for all learners.  The presenter was knowledgeable and approachable and fostered a safe climate for respect and learning.  (CWBS EA)

The parent workshop on Tuesday evening was very interactive and gave parents the opportunity to understand the restorative approach we take towards student behavior that focuses on developing positive relationships and encourages students to take responsibility for their actions.  The link to different parenting styles and the way that parents manage children’s behavior at home was also highlighted and discussed.  Parent feedback was very positive about the relevance of this workshop.

I have put the presentation slides and the parent handout (reading article) from the information session on the parent hub page of the website.  Remember this is a password protected page on the website specifically for CWBS parents.

CIS Community Survey & CIS/IBO Reaccreditation Parent Coffee Morning

Thank you to all those parents who completed the CIS community survey. The survey is a key part of the CIS/IB reaccreditation that assists us to identify our strengths and areas for further development.  These then inform the future directions we set in our next strategic plan that will be developed as part of the process.

The next step in the reaccreditation process is a parent feedback workshop on Wednesday 8 March from 6.30-7.30pm. This is an opportunity for parents to come and give feedback about current programs and directions and put forward ideas and suggestions about the future directions of the school. Along with the survey data, the views and information gathered through the workshop helps us to formulate our next school plan that we are developing as part of the reaccreditation process.

Thanks also to those parents who attended coffee morning last Friday about the CIS/IB reaccreditation.  As well as gaining a better understanding of the reaccreditation process parents were also able to discuss the commendations and recommendations from the recent CIS Preparatory visit report and provide feedback on school strengths and suggestions for the future.

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Friday 24 February

PTA Family Bingo 6.30-7.45pm


Tuesday 28 February

Parent Information Meeting – Year 5 Chengdu trip 6.30pm

Friday 3 March

Aquathon trials Year 4,5, 6 Students.  3.00-4.30pm

Monday 6 March

Senior Choir rehearsal for ESF Choral Concert – RCHK

Year 1 beach trip excursion

Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March

Green Week

Wednesday 8 March

CIS/IBO Parent consultation workshop 6.30-7.30pm

Vision Screening

Thursday 9 March

Year 2 transport excursion

Friday 10 March

Year 1 & 2 social 6.00pm-7.30pm

Monday 13 March

PTA General meeting 5.30pm   (all welcome)

Wednesday 15 March

Year 1 Immunisation

Friday 17 March

ESF choral Concert 7.00pm QE2 stadium Causeway Bay

Parent Consultation Workshop

Dear Parents,

As part of our CIS reaccreditation, we will be running a parent workshop to give parents an opportunity to provide feedback and discuss future directions of CWBS. Join the Senior Leadership Team and the school middle leaders in identifying school goals for the next strategic plan.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

News From Library

Mother Tongue Story Reading Sessions in the Library 2017

An exciting development in the library for 2017 has been the story reading sessions in a variety of languages. Thank you to the parents of our community who have come in and read stories in Hindi, Chinese, Gujarati with English and the upcoming sessions Japanese and Korean. We have over 20 different languages spoken in the community and these sessions are a wonderful way to celebrate this  by having parents reading to students to support their mother tongue.

Please check on the information tab on cahoot for upcoming story reading sessions on Fridays.

If you are interested in reading a story in your own language to our students, please contact Mrs Barwell (angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk) or Mrs Harris (lisa.harris@cwbs.edu.hk).


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 with the original immunisation record need to be returned no later than Friday 3 March 2017.

Visual Screening

Optometrist Suzan Salnikow, BSc MCOptom will visit Clearwater Bay School on Wednesday 8 March 2017 to conduct Visual Screening Tests. This is available to ALL year groups, year 1 were given a hard copy and all other years were sent an email with the form as an attachment to print. Forms as well as payment need to be returned no later than Friday 3 March 2017.


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.

Green Week

Dear Parents,

Green Week is in one week’s time! Please click here for a reminder about the activities for Green Week (we have slightly amended the timings of one or two events), and help your child to be involved!

Best wishes,

Justine Taylor

Environmental Coordinator

Healthy Eating Policy

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

Kelly Liu (5J) has won the champion with her two teammates in the Women’s Groups in the 2017 All-Hong Kong Acrobatic Gymnastics Age-Grouped Competition held in Ma On Shan Stadium on 19 February, 2017. Well done, Kelly!


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