29 Sep 2017

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 29 September 2017

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates  PYP Attitudes at CWBS News From The Medical Room News From Library Mission Possible- Stationery Drive  Have An Environmentally Friendly Mid Autumn Festival  Music Participation At School Fair Student’s Achievement Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Funky Fitness on Fridays

Yes funky fitness on Fridays is back. We have a very keen group of Year 6 students who have organized the music and dance routines.They will be leading the fitness fun for students every Friday morning from 8.00-8.15am in the playground in front of the music room!

Year 6 Playground Mediator Training

Last week the Year 6 House Captains and Student Council Representatives undertook some leadership training so they can take on the role of playground mediators, if they so choose. This training equipped them with the knowledge and skills to conduct restorative conversations so that they are able to assist younger students to resolve any minor disputes that arise during lunchtimes in the playground. Our new mediators will work together in pairs during one lunchtime block each week, either for years 1-3 or years 4-6, commencing after the mid-term break.  Younger students can easily recognize the mediators by the green vests that they wear whilst ‘on duty’. The program, introduced last year, was a great success and we hope it will be again this year!

School Council

The School Council met recently for the first time this year. The annual budget and implementation plan was approved. A final draft of the Language Policy was also tabled for consideration and approval at the next meeting. It was also Ms Angela Barwell’s last meeting. Angela has served as the Support Staff Representative on School Council for the last 6 years and her contribution in that time has been highly valued. She will be replaced by Ms Carmina Harrison. Ms Gloria Lee has also recently been appointed as a new community representative to the School Council and will join from the next meeting in November. Gloria has a legal background and is currently involved in business both in Hong Kong and Internationally.  Her skills and experience will be welcome additions to the Council.

PTA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The PTA AGM was held on Tuesday 19 September. Reports from the 2016-17 school year were tabled and the outgoing committee of parents and teachers were thanked for their efforts and contribution. I would especially like to thank both David Mead and Helen Read who have done a wonderful job serving as Teacher representatives on the PTA for the last five years. A new committee was elected for this year. Congratulations to the following parents and teachers:

President: Josefine Mosse

Vice President: Tara Delaney

Treasurer: Gary Barnicott

Parent Committee members:  Adele Brunner, Nicole Cromwell, Nashif Hai, Kate Baldwin, Maria Blanco, Sandy Verkade, Olivia Morley, Emily Samuel, Hollie Arnulphy.

Teacher Committee members: Mikayla Black, Jacki Craggs, Kathy Derrick

We do still have a couple of parent vacancies so please do give some thought to joining the PTA committee so that we have full representation. Just contact the PTA office and let them know you are interested!

Staffing News

A big thank you to Ms Vikki Rixon who has stepped in to teach Year 5G since the beginning of the year whilst Ms Aisling Gormally is on extended maternity leave. Vikki joined us at Christmas time covering 5B whilst Ms Baddelely was on maternity leave and then took over 5G when Ms Gormally commenced her maternity leave. She has done a very good job and become a valuable part of the Year 5 team. We wish her all the best for the future. Ms Gormally will be returning to 5G after the mid term break and has already been into school a couple of days to meet with Ms Rixon and students to ensure a smooth handover. Ms Rixon will join Ms Gormally for the 5G 3 way conferences early next term.

International Mindedness

As an International School offering the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), a big part of our mission statement and one of our school priorities over the last couple of years has been to develop ‘international mindedness’. It can sometimes be a little confusing about what this actually means. Here is a link to quite a good article that helps to explain just what it is! https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2017/09/01/international-mindedness-teachers-are-talking-about-it-but-what-exactly-is-it/

We will also be running a parent coffee morning on Wednesday 8 November to further develop our shared understanding of what this means and how we developed ‘internationally minded students’ at CWBS. More details after the break.

IT Survey – Internet Usage and Digital Citizenship

You should have received an email earlier this week about an IT survey we are conducting. We are keen to find out more about the issues parents are facing at home with internet usage, safety, and digital citizenship. From the feedback that parents provide and the issues that are raised we hope to then follow up with parent workshops and information sessions later in the year so that we can work together on a joint approach. The survey should not take more than 5 minutes so your support in completing it would be appreciated.

3 Way Conferences

The gateway sign up for 3 way conferences opened this week so just a reminder that if you have not already done so please log in and book a time for a 3 way conference. If circumstances make it impossible to attend on the designated day please contact the class teacher directly to arrange an alternative time.

Camp Meetings

Camps are coming up for years 4 -6 in mid November and we have the initial parent camp meetings on the evening of Tuesday 10 October. These meetings are conducted either by the class teachers supervising the camp (Year 4) or the camp providers (Year 5 = Treasure Island and Year 6 = Outward Bound). See schedule for times in Diary Dates.

I hope all families have a restful and enjoyable mid term break!

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Monday 2 October – Friday 6 October

Mid Term Break- School Closed

Monday 9 October

School Resumes for All Students

Tuesday 10 October

Year 4-6 Camp Meetings- 45 minutes each

Year 4- 5.45pm, Year 5- 6.30pm, Year 6- 6.30pm

Thursday 12 October

3 Way Conference (Year 6)

Friday 13 October

3 Way Conference (Year 3)

Monday 16 October

3 Way Conference (Year 2)

Tuesday 17 October

3 Way Conference (Year 4)

Wednesday 18 October

3 Way Conference (Year 5)

Thursday 19 October

3 Way Conference (Year 1)

Year 2 Theatre Trip

Friday 20 October

ESF CPD Day- School Closed for Students

PYP Attitudes at CWBS

Another essential element of the PYP is a particular set of attitudes. These attitudes support the learner profile in developing our children to be internationally minded.


Appreciation: Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.

Commitment: Being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.

Confidence: Feeling confident about their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.

Co-operation: Co-operating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands.

Creativity: Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.

Curiosity: Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.

Empathy: Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.

Enthusiasm: Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.

Independence: Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.

Integrity: Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.

Respect: Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.

Tolerance: Being sensitive about the differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.


News From The Medical Room


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.

Medication at school

To ensure the safety of your child and the other students at CWBS, medication must not sent into school in your child’s bag but instead should be brought in by an adult. If your child suffers from asthma or allergies and the doctor has recommended medication to be available to your child at school please contact us via nurse@cwbs.edu.hk and we will assist you in completing the necessary documentation for that medicine to be available for your child.

For short term medication requirements such as medicated eye or ear drops for acute illness or injury please complete the ‘Short Term Medication form’ available on the CBWS website and provide it with the medication to the school nurse when required.


Please be aware that Clearwater Bay is a “nut free school”. We have quite few students that are severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, therefore we ask you to please be considerate to these children and do not send foods containing nuts or nut products to school.

Foods mostly that contain peanuts or tree nuts include: Peanut butter, Nutella (or like spreads), Cereal bars, Cakes, biscuits, dressings, satay sauces, Chinese, Thai or Indonesian dishes.

Please read packet labels carefully as recipes do change or may be hidden as nut oils, ground nuts, earth nuts or/and monkey nuts.


News From Library

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

Dear 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.

Thank you to those of you have signed up to read.

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). We will then email you with more information.

We have the following dates available for sign up:

Friday 28 October

Friday 24 November  – Year 4-6 Only as it is Year 1-3 Sports day

Friday  1 December

Friday 12 January

Friday 2 February

Friday 9 February

Friday 16 March

Friday 23 March

Thank you for your continued support.

Lisa and Angela

Mission Possible- Stationery Drive

We would like to say thank you to all our CWBS families who participated in the stationery drive to help children in Cambodia.  We are so surprised and delighted by all the items the children brought in.  We are grateful for your help to improve children’s education in the Missione Possibile school in Cambodia.

Kyra 6J, Charlotte 6R, Dhani 6R, Mikah 4W and Elissa 5B

Have An Environmentally Friendly Mid Autumn Festival

Have you ever wondered how much plastic is wasted at the Mid Autumn Festival? Do we really need to buy glow sticks and lanterns? Instead we could make our own lanterns from recyclable materials or reuse last year’s lantern. We could stop buying glow sticks because they are also made of plastic and the liquid inside is toxic and can easily harm your skin. If you already bought one and it does not work don’t throw it away,instead you can paint them and decorate you house.


Please think about our oceans, food chains and the countryside.  Less plastic will make our world a better place. If your child wants you to buy them a lantern tell them about how much fun they will have making it.

How to make a DIY paper lantern


Or you could reuse your lantern from last year.


Thank you!

Amira Rahman, Maria Bisco de alvarenga, Alexia Chabrie, Poppy West, Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Cadman

Music Participation at School Fair

Students in Year 2-6 who are interested in giving a performance at the school fair on Saturday, 4 November in the afternoon are invited to prepare and practice for an audition in front of Mr. Brodersen. Acts could be playing an instrument, singing, or dancing. There will be only a few performance spots, so students are encouraged to be well-prepared for the audition in the music room from 12:20-1:00 on Monday, 23 October.

Contact ryan.brodersen@cwbs.edu.hk for any questions.

Student’s Achievement

Alicia Lortz (2M) attended 2017 the 8th MF Music Tournament on 2 September 2017 and attained 2nd place in Piano JI Group. Well done, Alicia!






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