Sunsmart – wearing hats
Now that we are back for term 3, the summer term, can I remind parents that all students need to wear a ‘sunsmart’ hat for outdoor PE and at break and lunchtimes. Sunsmart hats include legionnaire style caps with a flap at the back that covers the neck or wide brimmed hats, but not baseball style caps. Students who do not have a hat at school will be directed to play in undercover/shaded areas only.
Eco Warrriors take action on End of year reports
The Eco warriors continue to take action to ensure we are continually moving to be a more environmentally sustainable school. One of their recent efforts was to lobby me to further reduce the schools’ use of paper by not printing and issuing hard copy end of year reports. I have agreed to support their efforts, so at the end of this year all student reports will be available online through the Parent Gateway (as usual) but paper hard copies will only be issued at parent request. You will also be able to print a signed copy of the report from the Parent Gateway at home.
10 Year PYP Celebration – Parent Open morning/learning walk and morning tea
CWBS has been an IB School authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme for 10 years. We started the IB journey as a candidate school in 2006 and were first authorised in May 2009. Since then we have gone from strength to strength with the school evolving and developing over the years.
To celebrate this milestone, we are planning to hold an open morning (with morning tea) for parents on Wednesday 15 May to celebrate the occasion and provide an opportunity for parents to come into the school and visit classrooms to get some real first hand insight into what it means to be a IB PYP school. An invitation to this event was emailed separately to parents this week with a link to RSVP. So please do come and join us for a learning walk to see your school. You can visit your own child’s classroom as well as a range of other year level classes and specialist areas.
ESF Primary Choral concert
The biannual ESF Primary Choral Concert was held on Thursday evening 4th April at the QE2 stadium at Wan Chai. It was a wonderful opportunity for our senior choir students to perform as part of a large choir, at a big venue in front of a very large and appreciative audience.
Year 5 trip to Hay Nien Baptist Primary School
Over the last few years we have formed a close relationship with the Hay Nien Baptist School in Ma On Shan. A couple of student exchange visits are held each year providing a fairly small group of students from both schools with the opportunity to interact with each other and visit each other in our very different schools, one international and one local. This provides our students with a different perspective of what school is like for some other students in Hong Kong. This is a valuable learning experience for students, reinforcing to them how fortunate they are with many reasons for being grateful for their circumstances. This year our second exchange visit on Friday May 3 is being expanded to include all 120 year 5 students, who will buddy up with a student/small group of students from Hay Nien as part of their book Week celebrations. Our students will take a favourite English story with them to read and share with students at Hay Nien.
Year 5 trip to Chengdu – sister school visit
The Year 5 trip to visit our sister school in Chengdu in March, was again a huge success. Students were delighted by the language, cultural and social opportunities they experienced throughout the trip. Students particularly enjoyed meeting their buddies at their school, experiencing a whole school PE lesson and visiting their buddies homes to socialise and have dinner. Seeing the pandas, visiting Wohu Temple, dancing in the People’s park and shopping at Jinli Street market were also very popular. A huge thank you to our 4 parent volunteers who accompanied us on the trip, Dayle Haigh-Smith , Patrick Yue, Benny Kwok and Frandy Chu.
Also a big thank you to Tina Tian and Edward Dong our two Chinese teachers who accompanied students on the trip along with myself.
Pandas relaxing and the Golden Panda
Socialising with our Buddies
Wohu Temple and People’s Park
Leave during May
On a more personal note, I will be having hip surgery on Friday of this week and will be on leave for the next 4 weeks until the end of May. In my absence Ms Kathy Derrick who is currently Vice Principal (Years 4-6) will be acting Principal. She will be supported by Vice Principal Ms Lisa Harris. Please contact Kathy for years 4-6 and Lisa for years 1-3 if you need any assistance.
Monday 6 to Friday 10 May Book Week
Monday 6 May Marcel & Sam visiting Music performers.
Tuesday 7 May Bilingual World Story Bazaar 8.35-9.25am
Wednesday 8 May Visiting Author – Ellen Leou
Thursday 9 May Book Swap
Friday 10 May Book week parade.
Year 1 & Year 6 from 8.40am-8.55am
Year 2 & Year 4 from 9.00-9.15am
Year 3 & Year 5 from 9.20-9.35am
Monday 6th May PTA meeting 5.15pm
Wednesday 8 May School Council meeting 4.45pm
Monday 13 May Public Holiday – School closed
Wednesday 15 May Parent open morning & morning tea 8.45-10.45am
Friday 17 May Years 1-3 Assembly – Year 2 hosting
Friday 17 May Year 3 & 4 Social 6.00-7.30pm
Book Week 6th May – 10th May 2019
THEME: Student Agency
MONDAY 6th May
Sam and Marcel Y1-Y6
The much loved Sam and Marcel return to CWBS again and kick off the Book Week activities with song and rap.
The students engage in the well loved activity of the ‘Name the story’ in the jar in the Library
Home Learning (Friday 3 May) – Students to write their own short stories for the inclusion into the LRC Library Authors Corner.
Possible Class Activities – Most favourite Picture Books (Lower School)Top 10 Favourite Book Shelf (Upper School) (Instructions to follow)
Students to donate unwanted childrens books to Ms. Leung & Mrs. Barwell for tokens to use in the Book Swap on Thursday.
TUESDAY 7th May
BILINGUAL WORLD STORY BAZAAR 8.45-9.35AM
To celebrate the students mother tongue within the school, we will be holding the Biingual World Story Bazaar where children and parent volunteers read stories in their mother tongue language and English. If you would like to join us and read a story in your native language with your child – please contact our Librarian – Angela Barwell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Y5 & Y6 BATTLE OF THE BOOKS STUDENTS V TEACHERS COMPETITION HALL . There will be a furious ‘contest’ between the BOB Club students who have read selected books and have to test their knowledge and do battle to achieve supremacy over the teachers. Y4-Y6 will be watching the contest.
WEDNESDAY 8th May
BOOK WEEK AUTHOR
Ellen Leou is our Book Week author visiting CWBS explaining the process of storytelling and story writing. Books can be purchased at discounted rate. Order forms to be distributed first week of Term 3.
THURSDAY 9th May
HEIFER READ TO FEED DROP EVERYTHING AND READ 8.35am
Children will be reading for 20 minutes at school for the charity Heifer Int HK.
SCHOOL BOOK SWAP 9.00am-2.30pm
We will be thinking of our environment again this year – reusing, recycling.
Students will be choosing from donated books. Please ask your child if they have a book they would like to give in and swap for another book.
FRIDAY 10th May
BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP PARADE 8.35am PLAYGROUND
Year 6 – Year 1 8.40am – 8.55am
Year 4 – Year 2 9.00am – 9.15am
Year 5 – Year 3 9.20am – 9.35am
Over the last couple of weeks, children have been asked to think about a book character and find either clothes and/or props to reflect the character of the book. All children will be in the parade.
Parents are welcome to join and watch the parade from 8:40 – 9:35
Claire Zheng (2W) who won a Grand Prize at the 10th Hong Kong “Little Go/Chess Master” Competition, held on May 1. Here is Claire receiving her award.
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