1 Sep 2017

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 1 September 2017

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates  Learner Profile at CWBS Chinese Groupings for 2017/18 News From The Medical Room  Library News  ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon  Students’ Achievements Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents and Carers,

My Cultural Story Day

Our Cultural Story Day (formerly International day) on Tuesday was a big success highlighting the rich cultural diversity within the school community. Students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to share and find out more about each other’s languages and cultural backgrounds. Students took part in a range of different activities to develop their understanding of international mindedness, a key part of which is knowing and respecting themselves and others. The day was a real culmination of all the work we have done since the beginning of the year on getting to know each other and settling in to new classes with new classmates and new teachers. Special thanks to those parents who came into classes to read a story in their mother tongue and share some cultural information.

Students investigating where they are from.                                1W sharing snacks and food.


Yana and Sophie Cheung proudly wearing their traditional Russian dresses.


Parent Information Nights

It was great to see so many parents attending our beginning of the year, parent information nights. These nights provide parents with the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, the other year level teachers and hear about the class and year level learning and teaching program for the coming year.

Specialist Programs – Parent Information Night

Don’t forget our specialist teachers parent information night next Tuesday evening 5 September from 6.30-7.30 pm. We held this information evening for the first time last year with very positive feedback received about the information provided in relation to the specialist teaching and learning programs.  All parents are most welcome to attend.

Annual Strategic Priorities For This Year (2016/17)

As briefly outlined at the parent information nights, our strategic priorities for this year are as follows:

Language                                                                             Mathematics

Viewing & Presenting                                                            Inquiry learning

Spelling & Grammar                                                         


Mother Tongue languages

Transdisciplinary learning                                             Information Technology              

IBO Approaches to Learning (skills)                                 Student portfolios

Inquiry learning                                                                  Using technology across the curriculum

Other Priorities

CIS/IBO Accreditation –  CIS/IBO Joint Evaluation visit 4 – 9 March 2018

International mindedness (parent coffee morning Wednesday 8 November 8.45am)

Learning environments

Facilities (hall refurbishment, new playground climbing equipment)

A copy of our Annual Implementation Plan for 2017-18 which outlines these priorities and details how they will be achieved will be available on the school website next week.  Copies are also available from the front Office.

After School Activities and Clubs

Our after school, teacher led clubs and activities will soon get underway for this year. An email about this was sent to all parents last Friday 25 August with an overview of what is on offer for the year. Our teacher led clubs complement the other after school activities offered by ESL services and other external providers. In all there are more than 50 different activities available during term 1 with the aim of providing a balanced offering of sporting, musical, arts, language and special interest activities from which students may choose. Term 1 teacher clubs include theatre, dance, Chinese singing and dancing, Running, Science, Environment, Battle of the Books and Tournament of the Minds. Football, Netball and the usual musical clubs including Junior and Senior choir, Xylophone, Recorder and Chinese drumming are also offered. Please note that most of the teacher led clubs require signing up on Gateway on a first come first served basis as usual, whilst theatre club is being auditioned.

Annual Levy

The acquittal for last year’s annual levy for excursions and trips is below. As we did last year we will roll forward any remaining surplus/deficit funds and deduct/add this amount from the levy charged this year. For example any funds remaining at the end of Year 1 will be rolled forward and deducted from the levy for Year 2. New parents to the school who did not pay the levy last year are asked to pay the full amount for the year.

Beginning of the Year Assessments

Over the last 3 weeks students in years 3 – 6 have undertaken some basic reading and mathematics assessments to determine strengths and areas of development using an online platform.  These assessments provide teachers with some baseline data and a ‘snapshot’ of each student’s learning.  This information is used to help plan for differentiated teaching and learning for each student depending on their level of understanding. Overall, the assessments show the students have a strong grounding in core subjects of literacy and numeracy at CWBS. It is important to note that teachers also use a range of other assessments to gauge achievement and support student learning including; informal assessments, one-to-one discussions, observations and student work samples.

Kind Regards,

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Monday 4 September 

Year 6 LEGCO Trip

Year 4 Sai Kung Trip (4T & 4W)

Tuesday 5 September

Specialist Teachers Years 1-6 – Parent Information Night 6.30pm-7.30pm

Year 4 Sai Kung Trip (4C & 4L)

Friday 8 September

PTA Sausage Sizzle Lunch

Wednesday 13 September

School Council Meeting 4.45pm

Friday 15 September 

CPD Day- School Closed

Tuesday 19 September

PTA Annual General Meeting 6.30pm

Tuesday 26 September

Year 1 Parent Literacy & Numeracy Night 6.30-7.30pm

Learner Profile at CWBS

The IB Learner Profile at CWBS

The IB learner profile is at the heart of the Primary Years Program.

By developing the ten attributes of the learner profile at CWBS we are ensuring our students are supported in building these traits to become internationally minded and successful 21st century learners.

“A learning community working together to develop internationally minded students who act to make a better world.”

The Learner Profile

IB learners strive to be:

Source: Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (2009)

Some of our classroom displays co-created with students:

Chinese Groupings for 2017/18

This week, we have allocated students in Years 2 – 6 to their Chinese language grouping for this year. In their school diary, they have a sticker on their Chinese class page (page 11) outlining which grouping they are in, who their Chinese teacher is and the teacher’s email address. The Chinese teachers have worked hard to place students into their correct grouping according to their level of need. As you can see from the visual below, there is an overlap of outcomes in the different groupings to ensure student learning needs are met. In some years levels, there have been changes made due to new students arriving with a strong Chinese language background.  Excitingly, the Chinese language programme continues to grow in strength with the standard of each class improving over the last few years.

For Year 1, students will stay in their home room class for Chinese until term 2 where they will be allocated a grouping based on their language ability.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Brendan Kean at brendan.kean@cwbs.edu.hk or your child’s Chinese teacher. Thank you for your ongoing support.

News From The Medical Room

Student Health Service and School Dental Care Service

Application forms will be sent home next week. Please ensure these forms are returned to the Medical Room by Monday 11 September 2017 if you wish to enroll your child for this service.

Health and Wellbeing

In order to monitor illness throughout the school can you please inform me, the school nurse if your child is unwell or has been to see a doctor in regards to a virus or infection.



Gateway is where we access all medical information about your child.

Please ensure ALL information is correct, specific and up-to-date. 

Please remember to be clear about any food allergies and ensure your child knows what they can and cannot eat.

Please be reminded that the ‘emergency contact’ will only be used if the parents cannot be contacted. It is therefore important that this number is a number of a close relative, helper or trusted friend and NOT your own number repeated.

Library News

Mother Tongue Story Reading Sessions in the Library Resource Centre 2017/18

Parents and Children,

Last year the CWBS Library Resource Centre held successful mother tongue story reading sessions in a variety of languages. Thank you to the parents of our community who came in and read stories in Hindi,Chinese,Gujarati, Japanese and Korean.  We are fortunate to have over 30 different languages spoken in the community.

To support mother tongue in our school we would like to continue the story reading sessions on a Friday. This year we are encouraging children to join their parents in the story reading sessions.  Children could read the story in their mother tongue with assistance of their parents or vice versa.  Sessions will be held on a Friday 12:20pm-1:00pm.  Years 4-6 from 12:20pm-12:40pm and Years 1-3 from 12:40pm – 1:00pm.

If you are interested and are able to commit to reading a story in your own language with your child to our students then please contact Mrs Barwell (angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk)  or Mrs Harris (lisa.harris@cwbs.edu.hk) by Friday 8th September.  We will then email you with more information.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lisa and Angela



Book Bags at Clearwater Bay School



The Book Bag is necessary to protect our books, diaries and paper information from leaking water bottles, lunch boxes & rain etc – therefore, we kindly ask you to ensure that your child brings their Book Bag to school daily.  The CWBS Book Bag will be available in September from the PTA.  An alternative WATERPROOF (plastic) zip lock bag as example below is acceptable.

Many thanks for your support!


ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon

Dear Parents,

ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon & Community Carnival

2017 marks 50 years of ESF’s service to Hong Kong.

As part of our celebration, ESF is proud to organise the ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon, which will be the major community engagement opportunity in our series of 50th anniversary celebration events.

The event also promotes the integration of ​raising ​general awareness ​to children with physical ​disabilities and different medical needs. As the largest English-medium international education provider in Hong Kong, we envision that the event ​will spread and promote the ​healthy attitudes of ​physical exercise through our network​.

Event:                          ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon

Date:                            October 22, 2017 (Sunday) from 8am – 3pm

Venue:                         Lung Wo Road, Central

Participant:                  ESF students, families, staff, alumni and friends

Registration fee:          $180 (Individual) / $300 (Family run of 2 person) / $400 (Family run of 3 person)

Community Carnival:   Up to 20 game booths will be located at Edinburgh Place with the support of ESF schools and supporting organisations. Numerous performances by ESF students will be part of the entertainment at the Carnival as well.

FREE to join the carnival.

Registration method:

Online: http://marathon.esf.edu.hk (Deadline: 15 September 2017)

Paper: Please fill-in the paper form with payment (in cheque, attention to: English Schools Foundation) and submit to ESF Centre at 25/F, 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. (Deadline: 1 September 2017).

For enquiries, please contact the Event Secretariat at (852) 2117 1650 or esf@sportsoho.com.

Students’ Achievements

Emily Ip (3M) won 2nd place in the 13th Hong Kong JingFa Cup Badminton Championship (2017). Well done, Emily!



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