8 Mar 2019

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 8 March

Principal’s News Diary Dates Food Drive at CWBS  WWF Day Library News Music News PTA News  Furniture to Give Away Student Achievements Adverts  Disclaimer

Principal’s News

PYP Coffee Morning

47 parents attended the coffee morning last Monday to find out more about the IB Primary Years Programme.  As well as hearing an informative presentation, an interactive Q & A session ensured that all parent questions were raised and discussed.   The slides from the presentation will be available on the parent page of the website.  A big thank you to our two presenters, PYP Coordinators/ Literacy & Numeracy Coaches, Ms Wendy Egan and Ms Aisling Gormally.


Year 1 Beach Trip

As part of their unit of inquiry ‘Who We Are’, Year 1 students  have been learning about caring for the wellbeing of themselves and others.  On Monday the 4th of March  Year One visited Clearwater Bay Beach.  Students played several games that encouraged them to make new friends across the year group and further developed their friendship skills.


Year 5 trip to HK Space Museum

As part of our ‘ Where We are Place and Time’ inquiry the Year 5 students visited the Hong Kong Space Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. We had a brilliant time admiring the exhibits which showcased the history of human space exploration and discoveries. A highlight of our trip was experiencing an IMAX film about the space race between the USA and Russia. Our favourite part was inquiring into the different developments of rocket design and learning more about the constellations.

Zadie and Maya (Y5)


Student Uniform

Just a reminder about school uniform requirements as I have noticed the  appearance of various non school uniform items being worn recently.    Please note the following:

  • Earrings are not permitted but studs in pierced ears are allowed
  • Nail varnish and make-up is not permitted.
  • Hair clips/bows must be navy blue/white
  • Trainers – white or as much white as possible is preferred


Eco Warriors want your support – Birthday Treats

The Eco Warriors recently noticed that some parents are sending in birthday treats as individually wrapped items.  After discussing this issue as a group they have written the following letter to all parents.


Dear parents

We wanted to inform you of what to do if you send in treats for your child’s birthday. The problem is that normally lots of children bring in treats that have lots of packaging which is wasteful because plastic is bad for the environment and when it is finished it just goes in the bin.   Please can we ask that you send in treats in a reusable box or tin, and not give treats that are individually wrapped.


Thank you for your support

The CWBS Eco-warriors


Digital safety for students – internet hoaxes and threats.

I am aware that there has been concern among some parents about a current hoax circulating in social media.  This would be a good opportunity to discuss with your children what they should do if they see something online or through social media which they find concerning or frightening. Even hoaxes can be frightening for children and this is a good opportunity to open discussion with them about safe online practices.   In this regard it is strongly suggested that students be supervised when online and that they refrain from using age inappropriate social media.

Please note we will be holding a parent information session about internet safety and digital citizenship on Thursday 28 March from 6.30-7.30pm, led by our ICT Coordinator, Matt Hayes.  This will be along the lines of the one held last year and will enable you to find out about how to keep children safe online.  A range of issues related to internet safety and online behaviour will be discussed with the opportunity to ask questions about issues and matters of concern to parents.  A separate flyer with sign up details will be sent out to parents in the next week or so.


Student Strike for Climate Action – proposed march on Friday 15th March

Another issue that some students and families are currently considering is the proposed student march for Climate Change Action that is scheduled for Friday March 15 in Central.   Climate change is certainly an important issue of great relevance for students and us all.  Both the  IB and school philosophy is to encourage and support students to take meaningful action to make a difference in the world. However, due to safety concerns with supervision we are not in a position to directly participate in action such as this.   As parents, it is your individual choice should you wish to support this event, though please note that ESF has an official position that any such absence from school will be listed as unexplained.   Please do however, let us know in advance if you your child will be out of school on that day.

A parent has also suggested that we do something at school so that students can show their support for climate change action rather than attending the March. Our Year 6 students who are currently planning or taking action as part of Exhibition as well as our Eco-warriors are keen on this idea too.  So as a result we plan to hold a ‘mini’ March next Friday morning at 10.15am. Students who wish to participate will be able to march around a circuit of the school and the closed off carpark, to show their support for Climate Change action.


Annual Recruitment

Annual recruitment for teaching positions was conducted in term 1 prior to the Christmas break.  Justine Taylor, David Mead, Zena Deal and Charlotte Sun are all returning to their home countries or taking up other opportunities.  We have recruited Mr Matthew Gay as a class teacher from Edinburgh in Scotland,  Ms Yinxue (Crystal) Wu from Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong as a Chinese teacher, Ms Brenna Collins from Dubai as a Learning Support Class teacher and Ms Megan Snelgrove as an Individual Needs teacher.  Megan is already working at CWBS this year in a temporary position.


Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Monday 11 March                     PTA Meeting 5.15pm

Wednesday 13 March               School Council meeting 4.45pm

Friday 15 March                        Year 1-3 Assembly (Year 3 hosting)

Friday 15 March                        PTA Family Bingo 6.30 – 7.45pm

Tuesday 19 March                    Aquathon Trials at HKUST 2.45-4.30pm

Wednesday 20 March               Year 6 Exhibition

Friday 22 March                        Year 2 transport trip

Friday 22 March                        Assembly Year 4-6  (Year 5 hosting)

Thursday 28 March                   Parent Information Session – Internet safety & digital citizenship.  6.30-7.30pm

Sun 31 Mar – Weds 3 April        Year 5 Chengdu Trip

Thursday 4 April                         ESF Primary Choral Concert QE2 Stadium

Friday 5 April                              Public Holiday – School closed

Food Drive at CWBS

Next Week, the Zero Hunger Exhibition group will be hosting a food drive from Monday 11 March to Friday 15 March at CWBS. Students are encouraged to bring in rice, noodles and oil but we will also accept canned goods and food that can be stored for a long period of time. We will be at the gate on the ground floor with boxes for food collection from 8:00am to 8:20am. Food will be donated to Feeding Hong Kong.

Feeding Hong Kong is a local NGO dedicated to redistributing food to Hong Kong people in need. Every day in Hong Kong, we throw away 3,600 tonnes of food waste and there are still 1 million people who struggle to have 3 meals a day. We encourage students, teachers and families of Clearwater Bay School to donate to this cause.


On March 6th, the Student Council held a Wear it Wild Day to support WWF Hong Kong. As a community, we raised over $11,000 dollars. The money used will help WWF to protect Hong Kong’s oceans and waterways which are under threat from development, unregulated fishing, marine traffic, and marine pollution. The children enjoyed dressing up as different animals. Thank you very much for your support, it was greatly appreciated.

Library News  

The Learning Resource Centre is pleased to announce a new section called the COMMUNITY LIBRARY.  This section is for all parents & staff to borrow educational  books regarding a variety of subjects including Safety in the Digital Age, Third Culture Kids, Social and Emotional Books, EAL Books etc).  We hope this section is useful.  A definitive list of quality books is growing all the time and we always welcome any good quality inspirational recommendations within this theme.
Please see the books below as a guide.
Any person wishing to borrow any one of these books please come along to the LRC Library and sign them out in your childs name.

Music News 

Sai Kung Sound Collective (SASCO) (西貢聲集) is a diverse collective of Hong Kong-based, musicians — instrumentalists, composers, vocalists, improvisers, and educators — dedicated to presenting, performing and promoting classical music.
SASCO wishes to bring audiences and musicians closer together by producing concerts that feature world-class performers, local and international living composers, musical theatre, and improvisation. In conjunction with these events, we will offer workshops, masterclasses, and talks.
Their opening gala concert will be on Saturday, March 30th at 7pm at Hong Kong Academy Theatre. See below details:

ISTA Academy Hong Kong 發佈於 2019年2月17日星期日

Enjoy world-class music-making and come have dinner and drinks with the artists (with additional surprise acts) at the post-concert reception!

Richard Bamping – cello
Patrick Yim – violin
Born Lau – viola
Yoonie Han – piano
Rebekah Au-Yeung – soprano
Isaac Droscha – baritone & Artistic Director
Ilari Kaila – Composer-in-Residence

HK$200 adults
HK$150 students (aged 9+) and seniors

For ages 9+

PTA News 

PTA Book and Bake Sale, Friday 22nd March.

Please send your children into school with some money that day so they can enjoy books for sale at lunchtime, (all books $10,) and then a bake sale from 2.35pm in the undercover area.

If you can donate any baked items on the day such as cakes, cookies, biscuits, flapjacks or cupcakes we would be very grateful. Please remember the school is NUT FREE.

The PTA would also appreciate donations of good quality second hand children’s books and adult fiction books.
Please no travel books, dvd,s or magazines.

Clearwater Bay School Parent Teacher Association Ltd
T: 2358 3286

Furniture to Give Away 

Three children’s desks:

800mm (L) x 800mm (W)

Table top height is adjustable

Please contact Office Manager, Ada Chan at ada.chan@cwbs.edu.hk or 2358 3221 if you are interested.   

Student Achievements 

The Cwbs chess teams did brilliantly at the inter school tournament at KGV today. The year 1 to 3 team was comprised of Arthur Coles (2J), Likhit Vakati (3B) and Owen Xu (3C). Despite penalties for being one man down, the team managed to come 18th out of 25 teams. The year 4 to 6 was comprised of Brendan Coles (4E), Rishi Butani (4T), Khrish Butani (6H), Archie Yu (4T). They played extremely well and came 12th out of 30 teams. 



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