21 Oct 2016

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 21 October 2016

 Principal’s News  Digital Citizenship  Diary Dates  News From Medical Room Chinese Phrase  Chinese Campus Radio Programme  Student Achievements  Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents

Welcome back

Welcome back to what has been a very wet and windy week. Before and after school traffic and gate supervision for the leadership team has been a very challenging time as the photo shows!


I hope all students and families had an enjoyable and restful mid-term break. The second half of term one is always very busy with Unit of Inquiry excursions, camps, athletics carnivals and then in the lead up to Christmas with student reports, the Christmas carols concert and class Christmas parties.

Teacher CPD on Monday 17th October

All ESF teachers and education assistants started this half term on Monday with a Professional Development Day held at Renaissance College. Staff were able to choose to attend a wide range of workshops based on their own professional interest. Well done to the CWBS staff who led workshops for other ESF staff, including, Brendan Kean & Kathy Derrick, Jo Cadman & Jacki Craggs, Ward Cameron & Rebecca Climie, Sue Jackson, Himali Chainrai and Fatima Yam, Andrew Craig and also Matt Hayes.

Beacon Hill School teachers visit

We hosted a visit from several Beacon Hill School teachers on Thursday 6 October. They particularly wanted to examine how we have set up our new shared learning environments and the way that these impact on teaching and student learning at different year levels across the school. Their feedback indicated they were most impressed and very envious of our shared learning areas.

Panda Road School, Chengdu Visit to CWBS

As in past years, we are once again conducting annual reciprocal visits with our sister school Panda Road School in Chengdu. Quite a big group of students, staff and parents from Panda Road School will be visiting us from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November. Students will be visiting CWBS, specifically Year 6, to join in classes and a range of other activities such as art and PE. The visit involves hosting students overnight with CWBS families, on Thursday 8 November. We do hope that students who visited Chengdu last year in Year 5 will be able to reciprocate the hospitality shown in Chengdu by hosting one or more Chengdu students this year. However we will also need other families whose child did not visit Chengdu to host students this year. An email asking for families willing to billet one or more Chengdu students has been sent to all year 6 students/families. Please consider and support this visit if you possibly can.  It is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and spend time (and practice their Mandarin) with students from mainland China.

Weather – Air Quality & Air Pollution

We received a couple of parental inquiries about air pollution and school activities, particularly PE, in early October when we had quite high levels of air pollution on two days. As a result I wanted to advise all parents of the policy and procedures that ESF have in place in these situations.

ESF does have a clear policy which sets out the procedures to be followed for Heat, Humidity and Air Quality. (ESF PE & Sport policy)  specifically when air pollution is of concern we follow HKAPI based on readings from our nearest monitoring station, which is at Tseung Kwan O. Air Quality Health Index readings are monitored by our school nurse who keeps the senior leadership team informed throughout the day. The decision to modify or cancel PE, sport and any other outdoor activity is then made based on the level of readings.

On the 2 days of concern in early October, AQHI readings were closely monitored and as a result of a higher afternoon AQHI reading, the afterschool netball club activities were modified. Readings in our area on those days did not reach levels that required us to postpone or cancel activities. However, this did occur at other schools located in other parts of Hong Kong, particularly in the city areas of Kowloon and Causeway Bay where readings were higher.

CIS Preliminary Evaluation visit

As mentioned on various occasions in recent months we have commenced the reaccreditation process with both of the International Agencies with whom we are currently accredited, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The first step in this reaccreditation process is our CIS Preliminary Evaluation visit which is being held the week after next, from 31 October to 3 November. Ms Helena Soboulis, a School Support Officer with CIS and Ms Marina Gizjean, the Head of Primary at Nanjing International School will be at CWBS to conduct the visit.

Parking on School Driveway and Road Outside the School

We have recently received complaints from parents and community members about cars parked on the road outside the school at the end of the school day and also in our driveway after school.  As well as being illegal, this also causes serious congestion and makes it difficult and unsafe for everyone trying to enter and leave the school in the afternoons. Your cooperation by parking off street, in the carpark beside the Caltex petrol station or in the HKUST carparks would be greatly appreciated.

Chris Hamilton


Digital Citizenship

CWBS Recognised as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship

Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, both unlocking extraordinary opportunities and posing real risks for young people. Students are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. But issues that emerge from this 24/7 “connected culture,” such as cyber-bullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing both in schools and at home.

Clearwater Bay School sees these as teachable moments. We believe that digital citizenship skills have become essential for students in the 21st century, especially in schools like ours that are using technology to transform learning. That’s why we are committed to teaching our students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly. CWBS has just been approved as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship, an honour that recognises our efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. This recognition is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.


Diary Dates

Friday 21 October

Year 5 & 6 Disco 6.00-7.45pm (Postponed till further notice due to weather)

Monday 24 October

Year 3BH & 3M Excursion to Country Park

PTA Meeting 5.15pm

Tuesday 25 October

Year 6M & 6J Excursion to LEGCO

Wednesday 26 October

Year 3J &3W Excursion to Country Park

School Council Meeting 4.45pm

Friday 28 October

Year 4-6 Assembly (Year 5 Hosting)

Monday 31 October – Thursday 3 November

Council of International School Preliminary Evaluation Visit

Monday 31 October

Year 3 Excursion to History Museum

Tuesday 8 November

Year 1 (2017/18) Prospective Parent Information Session 6.30-7.30pm

Wednesday 9 November – Friday 11 November

Panda Road School, Chengdu Visit

News From Medical Room


Welcome back, we trust your mid-term break was restful and relaxing.

Please remember if your child has been unwell, check their temperature and keep them at home if it is above 37.5 degrees Celsius.

If your child is absent from school due to illness please email the School Nurse: nurse@cwbs.edu.hk

If your child is absent for reasons other than illness please contact the School Office via email: info@cwbs.edu.hk.

If you have any queries regarding illness please contact the School Nurse on the above email address.

Chinese Phrase


Chinese Campus Radio Programme

Da Jia Hao! (Hello everyone!)

Our first Chinese Campus Radio programme has been successfully broadcast. We were so proud of our Year 5 students Ollie Shale (5B) and Charlotte Jack (5B) trying to make a big difference and doing their best to participate in the activity. It was also our honor having our Principal Mr. Hamilton being our first guest in the interview.

Well done, ni men zhen bang ! (You are fabulous!)

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Student Achievements

Eugenie Ho (6M) recently won two Bronze medals from Sai Kung District Swimming Competition held on 2 Oct, 2016 for 100M Freestyle and 4x50M Freestyle Relay. Well done, Eugenie!

Cameron and Alexis Thornton (4T & 2B) joined other people from the ESF schools to tidy up beaches in Clearwater Bay. Great action!





“Hands On Handwriting”  Term 1  2016  


Wednesday Workshops: For years 4 – 6

“Hands On Handwriting: Handwriting for a Purpose”

Starting: Wednesday 7th September 2016   2:45 pm – 3:45 pm (11- week course)

This course is for more experienced writers who need to write with greater speed and clarity for school work

(using both print and cursive writing) and to develop confident handwriting for self-expression, recording and essay writing. It is also to encourage the use of creative layouts to aid organisation of work and how to use handwriting patterns to aid spelling. Each workshop will be ‘Hands On’ with the students being encouraged to experiment and find writing tools and styles to suit their individual needs and improve performance.

Course fee: $3,300 which includes all materials

Course teacher and designer: Mrs Rose Godfrey

Contact email: roseofengland88@gmail.com for further information and enrollment forms.

The ESF Kindergartens including ESF Abacus Kindergarten and ESF WKS Kindergarten are now open for central applications for children born during 2014. The Central application period will close on 30th October and after this applicants will be considered late applicants.
ESF Kindergartens are accredited IBO Primary Years Program schools catering for children from 3-5 years old.This curriculum is an inquiry based curriculum and an excellent foundation for children moving onto ESF Primary Schools and other International Schools.


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