4 May 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 4 May

Principal’s News   Diary Dates Learning Technology Green News Medical News Library News New Playground PiecesStudents’ Achievements  Adverts   Disclaimer

Principal’s News

Dear parents,

Year 5 Trip to Chengdu – Panda Road School

The Year 5 trip to visit our sister school in Chengdu last week was a great success. The trip was a great language, cultural and social experience for students. Students particularly enjoyed meeting their buddies and visiting their homes to socialise and have dinner.  Diablo was a big hit and many students purchased this equipment to bring home.  As a result a renewed Diablo craze has now started at CWBS.  Seeing the pandas 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, Wendy Chan, Elaine Chan, Beatrice Caroli and Jenny Cagliarini.

Also a big thank you to Ms Natasha Yuan and Ms Tina Tian our two Chinese teachers who accompanied students on the trip along with myself.


 Making dumplings for dinner



At Panda Road School with our buddies


Panda eating breakfast (bamboo)



At Wuhou temple



Student e-portfolios – Seesaw

This year we have been trialing Seesaw as a digital platform to host our student e-portfolios.  We are very keen to gather parent opinions and feedback about Seesaw so that we can inform our decision making about the way forward for next year. Please use this link to a very short survey (no more than 3-5 minutes) and we would appreciate your time and effort in responding.


Staffing update for next year

The big news from last week is that Mr Brendan Kean, our Vice Principal for Years 4-6 has been appointed as the new Head of Primary for the Australian International School in Hong Kong.   This is a great career move for Brendan though we will be very sad to see him go!  He will finish up at CWBS at the end of this term and start in his new role in mid July.  We will advertise to fill the VP position in Term 1 of next year, in the meantime Ms Lisa Harris will fill the role.

In other staffing news, Ms Rachel Muldoon our Literacy & Numeracy Coach / PYP Coordinator for Years 4-6 is returning to Australia to take up a PYP Coordinator role at Chevalier College in Adelaide.  Ms Barbara Brock-Hollinshead is retiring after more than 20 years teaching at Clearwater Bay School.  Ms Brock Hollinghead joined the school in only its second year of operation at this site.  Mr Ward Cameron has also just recently been appointed as the Year 6 Coordinator at Renaissance College for next year. He joins Mr Luke Jones who is also joining Renaissance College as part of the Year 4 team. Ms Michelle Sun is  leaving to take up a position at HKIS and  Ms Himali Chainrai, who is on leave this year, will not be returning to CWBS next year.

New staff appointed for next year include; Ms Wendy Egan, who is currently the PYP Coordinator and Literacy & Numeracy Coach at Qatar Academy in Doha, Qatar.   Two other teachers appointed for next year are; Mr Greg Rawson who was born in Hong Kong and attended Island School, but who is currently teaching in New Zealand and Mr Zhipeng (Edward) Wong who is currently teaching at Harbour School in Hong Kong and who has been appointed as a Mandarin language teacher.   We are also currently interviewing candidates to make a further appointment to replace Mr Cameron.


Congratulations to our CWBS Typhoons mixed netball team who won the Under 12 Junior Netball final on Sunday 22nd April.   Well done to all students and a big thank you to coach, Rachel Bryant

School Council

It is not yet too late to nominate as a parent representative to the School Council.  We do have a vacancy and as yet no nominations!  So please do give it some serious though over the weekend and act early next week to get your nomination form in to the CWBS office by Tuesday 8th May 2018.   Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Parent Workshop

How do we support life long learning at CWBS?

On Wednesday 16th May at 6:30-7:30pm, Mrs Cadman and Ms Derrick will be hosting a parent information evening on the approaches to learning skills (ATLs). These skills are a core component of the PYP and also a focus area of the MYP and the DP. The ATLs help our students become life long learners.
Remember to save the date.
More information to follow in a separate invitation.


Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Friday 4 May                           PTA – Family Bingo 6.30-7.45pm

Mon 7 to Fri 11 May               Book Week

Monday 7 May                        Bilingual Story Bazaar 8.35-9.35am

Weds 9 May                            School Council meeting 4.45pm

Thurs 10 & 17 May                 Year 6 trip to CLP power station

Friday 11 May                         Book Character parade

8.40-8.55am = Year 1&6

9.00-9.15am = Year 2 & 4

9.20-9.35am = Years 3 & 5

Wednesday 16 May                     Parent information evening 6.30-7.30pm – Lifelong learning skills – The IB approaches to learning

Wednesday 16 May                Year 3 History Museum trip

Friday 18 May                         PTA sausage sizzle lunch

Tuesday 22 May                      Public Holiday – School closed.

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

For those people who live in Sai Kung, don’t forget that the friends of Sai Kung have a regular recycling collection on the first Saturday of every month. The next one is on Saturday 5th May, in Sai Kung square, opposite the wetmarket. Items that can be recycled there include:

paper and cardboard
tetrapaks (washed out and flattened)


For more details go to:

Talk by Hong Kong Shark Foundation
We are pleased that Ms Andrea Richey, Education Director at the Hong Kong Shark Foundation will be visiting CWBS and giving a talk on shark fin with a Q&A session to follow. Please register here if you would like to attend the assembly.

Justine Taylor
Sustainability coordinator

Medical News

Library News

Book Week  7th-11th May


To celebrate the students mother tongue, we will be holding the Bilingual 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: angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk

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.

TUESDAY 8th May & WEDNESDAY 9th May Sam and Marcel visit CWBS to tell stories through music.

Students will be reading for 20 minutes at school to start the six week reading programme for the charity Heifer Int HK.

SCHOOL BOOK SWAP 9.00am-3.30pm

This year we will be thinking of our environment –  reusing & recycling books.

Book Collection for swapping will be in the Library on Tuesday and Wednesday before school.  Students will receive tokens for every book donated. We ask that the books are in reasonable condition and age appropriate.


Y1 & Y6  8.40AM-8.55AM

Y2 & Y4 9.00AM-9.15AM

Y3 & Y5 9.20AM-9.35AM

Over the last week, children have been asked to think about a book character and find either clothes and/or props to reflect the character of the book.  Parents are welcome to watch.

Battle of the Books 2018

On Thursday we held the Battle of the Books competition in the school hall.

We congratulate CWBS students who have been reading and practicing extremely hard for this event over the year and were runner ups in the competition.

Congratulations go to Hong Kong Academy school who came first and will participate in the finals in the coming weeks.

Huge thanks to Mrs Barwell, Miss Leung, Mrs Watkins and Mrs Deal for their commitment and organisation of a successful event.

New Playground Pieces

We have two lovely treated wicker pieces as recent additions to the CWBS playground. Students have been enjoying creative role play during play time. If your children are using them after school hours then please ensure that they are playing sensibly with them and not picking at them.

Students’ Achievements

Emily Ip (3M) has won the “Semifinal Trophies Award” in the “Yonex-Roza-BTY International Championships 2018” Girls’ Singles U-9 in Thailand. Presenting the awards was the Former Deputy Minister of Thailand



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