18 May 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 18 May

Principal’s News   Diary Dates Learning Technology Green News Medical News Library News Impact HK Students’ Achievements  Adverts   Disclaimer

Principal’s News

Dear parents

Book week

The students celebrated an enjoyable Book Week last week exploring books through a viewing and presenting medium.   We launched the week on Monday with our Bilingual Story Bazaar as parents, staff and students gathered together to read stories in over 20 languages.   A big thank you to all those parents, staff and students who read stories for all the students in their mother tongue language.   Students also chose books in a recycled Book Swap, competed in the Battle of the Books competition with the teachers, started the Heifer Read to Feed program and dressed as book characters for the Book Character Parade on Friday. Teachers also joined in the fun as they got together in teams to dress up too.   A very big thank you to Angela Barwell and Ida Leung in our Library for all their work in organising the week!  (More photographs in the Library News)

Enhancing Parent Understanding of the Approaches to Learning

We held a very successful parent information evening about the PYP approaches to learning (ATL) skills  on Wednesday 16th with 45 parents attending. Parents explored the five categories of the ATLs: communication skills, social skills, research skills, thinking skills and self-management skills. They also made connections with the sub skills associated with each category. The ATLs are a key component in each IB programme and are actively taught and assessed across all age groups.

The active participation by our parent learners was much appreciated. Here are some reflections from the evening:

“What I like about tonight: Reminding me that learning to learn is probably the most important thing for my child.”

“I value the set of skills introduced this evening: thinking, social, communication etc: I am sure and confident that our children are ready for the 21st century challenges! Thank you!”

“It was useful to find out all the different skills that the kids are learning at school. I enjoyed the vast vocabulary and it was fun to categorise the different skills in groups”

What I valued?

  • Language used at school to take home and use with my kids
  • Understanding why they are learning, what they’re learning
  • Great life key skills that I wished I had at school

A big thank you to Jo Cadman and Kathy Derrick for all their work preparing and presenting this workshop!

IB CIS visit & future school directions and priorities – parent information meetings

We have planned two upcoming parent information meetings, one in the evening and one in the morning so as to cater to parents with different schedules.  At these sessions we will give an update on the findings of the recent IB/CIS visit and provide an opportunity for parents to suggest and discuss ideas for the future directions and priorities of the school as we develop our new 3 year strategic plan.   A separate email with a link to RSVP was sent to all parents yesterday.  You may also RSVP here

Transition for new Year 1 and Year 7 students in 2018-19

Transition day for Year 6 students going on to Secondary school next year and K2 students starting at CWBS in 2018-19 is being held on Friday 1st June.  It is always exciting for new year 1’s to come and visit ‘big’ school for a session in the morning to meet the teachers and spend time in the classrooms and shared learning area.  There is also a parent information session for new Year 1 (2018-19) parents at the same time, from  8.45am-10.15am.

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Monday 21 May                      Year 3 – Faust Theatre performance

Tuesday 22 May                      Public Holiday – School closed

Friday 25 May                         Years 2 & 3 social –  6.00-7.30pm

Tuesday 29 May                      Parent information meeting – IB/CIS visit & future directions, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Thursday 31 May                    Parent coffee morning – IB/CIS visit & future directions, 8:45 – 9:45am

Friday 1 June                           Transition day – Year 6 visit to KGV all day

Year 1 2018-19 visit & parent information session 8.45-10.15am

Monday 4 June                        PTA meeting 5.15pm

Learning Technology

How much time should we spend online?

At Clearwater Bay School, we have launched a ‘20 is plenty’ initiative to help teach our students that time focussed on a small screen should be kept to a maximum of 20 minutes. We would encourage parents to use the language of ’20 is plenty’ when setting screen time limits at home. This week students will receive a special ‘20 is plenty’ sticker to remind them to be balanced with screen time.

Let us know how ’20 is plenty’ is working at home…


Student Portfolio & Seesaw Feedback

Don’t forget to fill in the parent survey and let us know your thoughts about our student portfolios and Seesaw. Click here to access the survey!


For more information about how we use technology at Clearwater Bay School, please check the ‘Learning Technology’ pages of the school website under ‘Learning at CWBS’.

Green News

Shark fin protest

The children in years 4, 5 and 6 were shocked to hear all about the shark fin industry when Andrea Richey of the HK Shark Foundation gave a talk last week. Please join over CWBS families and staff members at the next protest against this cruel practice on Friday 8 June at 4.30pm. More details can be found at Facebook@WildaidHK or from Mrs Taylor justine.taylor@cwbs.edu.hk

Medical News

Library News

Book Week


Heifer Read to Feed


During Book Week the Heifer Read to Feed program was activated with a ‘Drop Everything and Read’  Over the next 6 weeks students will be reading and raising money through other activities ie: Bake, Craft and Second Hand Sales to help the villages in Liangshan, Sichuan, China.  

A whole school Bake, Craft and Second Hand Sale is being arranged for Thursday 31st May.  If Y4- Y6 students are interested in being involved please ask them to come to the Library on Monday 21st May lunchtime for details.

Impact HK

On June 6th the student council will be holding a pyjama day to raise money for Impact HK. Impact HK is an organisation which strives to support the homeless in Hong Kong with kindness and empower them for change. To support this organisation we ask you to donate $20 and wear your favourite Pyjama’s to school. Thank you for your support.

Students’ Achievements

Poppy Worthington (4C) took part in her first ever triathlon this morning. At 6:30 in the morning she swam 250M, cycled 4km and then ran 1km. She really enjoyed it and finished 1st in 2009 girls. An amazing achievement.

Arthur Coles (1C) and Brady O’Brien (1W) came 3rd with the U6 team in the Hong Kong Soccer 7s Junior Tournament in Happy Valley last Saturday. UKFA U6 team won their group with 3 wins out of 3 before losing to the eventual winners Chelsea in the semi final. The team did win the plate final and came 3rd overall winning 5 out of 6 matches. There were 20 teams involved in the tournament. This was a real achievement for these young footballers who worked so hard together for many hours in the heat. Arthur Coles and Brady O’Brien were part of this team. Well done boys!



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