9 Mar 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 9 March

Principal’s News   Diary Dates Learning Technology Green News Y6 Exhibition Collection Mother Tongue Story Reading Sessions International Day of Happiness  Hong Kong Zero Waste Students’ Achievements   Adverts    Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear parents and carers

It has been a very busy couple of weeks with all the rescheduled events following the suspension of classes prior to Chinese New Year due to the Influenza outbreak.

CIS/IB Joint Evaluation Visit

This week we have hosted members of the Visiting team who have been here in the school conducting our CIS/IB School Evaluation. Team members are all based in other schools throughout the Asia Pacific region and included:

Dr. Maragaret Alverez – CIS Team Chair – Principal of International School of Singapore

Ms Natalie Abad Merritt – CIS Team Co-Chair – Former Head of Primary School Music of United World College of South East Asia (East Campus), currently completing Doctor of Education

Mr Wayne Burnett – Team Member – (Founding) Elementary Principal, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Forest City

Ms Inna Polianska – Team Member – Elementary School Optimal Learning Centre Coordinator/ Accreditation Officer, Beijing BISS International School

Ms Sherrilie Burton – Team Member – Primary Vice Principal of Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

Ms Rima Singh – IB Team Leader – Head of School of DPS International

Mr Trevor Rehel – IB PYP Coordinator of Canadian Academy, Kobe

Mr  Kiat Team Secretary – Team Secretary – Head of IT Services, member of Senior Leadership Team of ACS International Singapore

The visit went very smoothly with team members giving very positive feedback about the visit and the school.  However, it will be up to another 2 months before the final report is finished, endorsed and sent to us.

Chinese New Year assembly

Our rescheduled assembly to celebrate Chinese New Year was held on Thursday 1st March.  By all reports it was a fantastic whole school event with more than 180 students performing (by far the most ever!)  I was very disappointed to be so sick on the day that I was unable to attend.  Congratulations to all students who performed and a big thank you to our Chinese teachers and education assistants for all the work preparing and rehearsing students.



Theatre Club – Scheherazade performance

Students in the theatre club were finally able to perform for parents last Wednesday evening.  All the hard work during last term and prior to CNY certainly paid off with a very impressive and enjoyable performance.  Congratulations to all students in the cast, you certainly made your parents and teachers very proud! Once again Ms Jackson has worked wonders with the students as the quality of performance was remarkable for primary aged students. Thank you also to Ms Michelle Sun, Mr George Li and several other staff who assisted in bringing the show together.


ESF Stakeholder Survey 2018

You should have received an email earlier this week inviting you to complete the ESF Stakeholder Survey. The survey aims to collect parent, staff and student opinions of the education provided at CWBS. Feedback from the survey helps us identify and build on our strengths as well as informs future planning to continually improve and develop the education we provide students.  It would be helpful if you can find 10-15 minutes to complete the survey before 19th March.  Please note that students in Years 5&6 will complete the survey at school

Chris Hamilton

Diary Dates

Monday 12 March                PTA meeting 5.15pm

Tuesday 13 March                RCHK performance day

Wednesday 14 March          School Council meeting 4.45pm

Thursday 15 March              Year 2 transport trip

Friday 16 March                      Years 1-3 Assembly (Year 1 hosting)

Friday 16 March                      PTA Family Bingo 6.30pm-7.45pm

Monday 19 March                  ESF Survey closes

Wednesday 21 March             Year 6 Exhibition 6.30-8.00pm

Friday 23 March                      PTA sausage sizzle

Mon 26 & Tues 27 March       Student led conferences (Monday 3.00 – 6.00pm & Tuesday 8.30am – 4.00pm)

Learning Technology

Have you created a Family Media Agreement yet?

We have created a downloadable ‘Family Media Agreement’ template for parents and students to use at home. Some of our older students will be using these at school. To download the agreement, please click the link below…

Family Media Agreement

If you have created an agreement, and you’d be willing to share with school – please email to matt.hayes@cwbs.edu.hk 

CWBS Movie Competition

We know that our students love to make movies, so we are holding a short movie competition for individual or groups of students! Each movie should be made by the students and must be no longer than 5 minutes. Students can find more details about the competition on Cahoot. The closing date for the competition will be 16th April, so there is plenty of time to create a movie masterpiece!




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

Green News

During the recent holiday, Jo Cadman and I had an interesting visit to the Weee waste transformer plant at Tuen Mun with two school families – the Kwans (Reia 5J, Raf 1C) and the Jangs (Ava 5G, Zachary 5J and Jayla 2C).

We learned that this brand new facility will process 8 different types of waste electrical and electronic waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way (see leaflet here). If possible, the organisation aims to repair any items that they can give to families in need. If you have any of the listed items, you can call the hotline to arrange a free collection from anywhere in Hong Kong.

Ex-pat Parent magazine

Check out p36 of the March issue of this magazine for a feature on the CWBS plastic free straw pledge!

Justine Taylor
Sustainability Co-ordinator
Justine Taylor

Y6 Exhibition Collection

Dear Parents and Students,

We are year 6 students who are researching stray dogs and animal cruelty for our Exhibition. We have visited Sai Kung Stray friends and we found out that they need donations to help their dogs. Next week, we will be collecting old blankets, rugs, mats and towels. They also need plastic buckets and bowls.
Please drop off your donations in the morning at the school gates.

Thank you for supporting the stray dogs in Hong Kong.

Alfie, Sophie, Kelly and Hayleigh

Dear Parents and Students,

We are a group of year 6 students who are studying Poverty in Hong Kong for our Exhibition. We would be grateful if you could lend us your support to help homeless people in Hong Kong. Next Thursday we are going on a ‘kindness walk” with Impact Hong Kong. We will be giving out clothing and blankets to those in need. You can help us by donating any old adult clothing and blankets you may not need anymore.
We will be collecting the items on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings next week. Please find the collection boxes on the undercover playground near the PTA.
Thank you for caring about poverty in Hong Kong.

Alyssa, Alan, Claudia and Utkarsh

Mother Tongue Story Reading Sessions

An exciting development in the library for 2017 has been the story reading sessions in a variety of languages.

Thank you to the parents of our community who have come in and read stories in Hindi,Chinese,Gujarati with English,Japanese, Korean, Russian and Turkish. We have over 20 different languages spoken in the community and these sessions are a wonderful way to celebrate this by having parents reading to students to support their mother tongue.  

Please check on the information tab on cahoot for upcoming story reading sessions on Friday’s.

If you are interested in reading a story in your own language to our students in Term 3 on one of the following dates then please email Mrs Barwell (angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk)  or Mrs Harris (lisa.harris@cwbs.edu.hk) and let us know!

Friday 20 April

Friday 27 April

Friday 4 May

Friday 11 May (Book Week)

Friday 18 May

Friday 1 June

Friday 8 June

Friday 15 June

Friday 22 June

International Day of happiness 2018

Your child is invited to join CWBS in celebrating The United Nations International Day of Happiness on Tuesday March 20th. The United Nations recognises happiness and wellbeing as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of people around the world.

To celebrate, we ask that your child wear bright colours to school. A $20 donation would be greatly appreciated to support the United Nations in continuing their work with the universal goals.

Hong Kong Zero Waste


Hong Kong’s first Zero Waste store has recently opened in Sai Ying Pun which is owned and managed by one of our Ex- CWBS students Tamsin Thornburrow (1996-2001).

Check out her website  https://livezero.hk

Students’ Achievements

Congratulations to:

Khrish Butani (5J) who placed 1st in his group at the ‘Caissa Hong Kong’ end of month chess competition on 25th February.

Poppy Worthington (4C) who came first int he HK Triathlon Aquathon Race 1 2009 girls section.

Rachel Xing (3BH) who participated in the 2018 Hong Kong Aquathlon series 1 last Sunday, 4th March. Rachel won the 1st place in the Trikids group.

Alfie Carrell (6J) who was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the Rugby Tournament in Kolkata.




The ESF 50th Anniversary Carnival is the finale in the series of 50th anniversary celebrations. Join us to enjoy the student performances, exciting game stalls, sports activities and international cuisines! It is going to be a wonderful family event on a Saturday afternoon!

Order your tickets HERE.

Adult: HK$120 | Child: HK$60 (free of charge for children 0-3 years old)

Tickets are inclusive of one refreshment set, all games, activities and performances.



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