11 Sep 2020

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 11 September

Principal’s News Diary Dates Medical News PTA News Adverts Disclaimer

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

I hope that your week is ending well and that like us, you are looking forward to the return of students to school in the near future. In this week’s newsletter:

  • Return to School Plans
  • Distance Learning – Parent Survey
  • Health Declarations
  • CWB Safe and Healthy Poster competition 
  • ESF Relief Grant
  • PYP – Action

Return to School Plans

We are delighted to soon be welcoming students back into school. It is exciting to be looking forward to learning together again at CWBS. The return to school plan has been submitted to the EDB for approval, and we are currently awaiting feedback. If we are required to make any changes, we will share the updated information with you as soon as possible. 

Please refer to the full Return to School Plan for detailed information, a summary of key points is below. 

Key points – 

  • Daily Program – Learning in school 8:20-12:00, learning at home 1:30-3:00
  • Students will continue to learn with their regular teacher, individually, as a class, and in groups while maintaining appropriate space and distance
  • Return dates 
    • 16-22 Sep – Y1 Staggered start 
    • 23-28 Sep – Y1-6 Phased return, three year levels at school each day, the other three years distance learning. 
    • 29 Sep – All students in school 
  • Health and hygiene practices will be in place, including the CWB Safe and healthy expectations.
  • Buses will operate from 23 September, please coordinate with your provider. Please check our website (https://cwbs.edu.hk/bus-services/) for the list of bus routes.
  • Parents are required to complete a health declaration prior to school return, and home temperature records daily. 

Distance Learning – Parent Survey

At CWBS this term we have aimed to develop our distance learning provision. We also know that parents have never been closer to learning than over the last six months, and have valuable insights into your child’s learning.

Please take a few minutes to answer the short survey linked here. Your feedback in this survey will help us to learn from this distance learning period and ensure that we can do the best for our students in the future.

Thank you in advance for completing this survey. As ever, should you wish to offer feedback via email, please contact either myself or your child’s phase Vice Principal. 

Health Declarations

All parents must complete a return to school Covid-19 Health declaration prior to their child returning to school. The declaration is now available within the ‘Cahoot’ menu on the ESF app. The deadline is 5pm Monday 14th September. Please contact the school office if you have any questions about the health declaration or your specific circumstance. 

Health Declaration steps  in the ESF app











CWB Safe and Healthy poster competition

We invite all of our CWBS student artists to submit a poster promoting the ‘CWB Safe and Healthy message. The posters will be displayed around the school, and used on our school materials. Please email a high quality scan or photograph of the student drawing/ painting/ artwork to matt.dyer@cwbs.edu.hk by Thursday 17th September. 

Please include the following information in the poster, along with your creative and informative pictures, diagrams or designs.  

Our ‘CWB Safe and Healthy’ expectations  

  • Clean your hands 
  • Wear your mask properly
  • Be one metre apart
  • Stay safe and Healthy

We look forward to receiving your submissions for the poster competition. 

ESF Relief Grant

Further to Monday’s email from ESF CEO, Belinda Greer, the registration for the 45% relief grant is now available through the ESF App. Registrations close on 22nd September.

Families are able to ‘opt-in’ to receive a grant, which is calculated as 45% of one month’s tuition. The attached instructions provide a simple guide to complete the application process using the ESF app. Please contact matt.dyer@cwbs.edu.hk if you have any questions about the grant or the application process. 

PYP – Action

‘Through taking individual and collective action, students come to understand the responsibilities associated with being internationally minded and to appreciate the benefits of working with others for a shared purpose. When students see tangible actions that they can choose to take to make a difference, they see themselves as competent, capable and active agents of change.’ (Oxfam 2015)

Action is a way students can show that they have linked their learning to real-life issues and opportunities.  When it is initiated by students, action is authentic, meaningful, mindful, responsible and responsive.  Some examples of possible action are:

  • A change in attitude
  • A demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for themselves, others and the environment
  • A commitment to leading others
  • Supporting community, local and global decision making.











Thank you for your patience in waiting for the confirmation of our return to school plan. We will be in contact as soon as possible once we have received feedback from the EDB. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend. 

Michael Dewey



Diary Dates

Proposed Return to School Dates – 16th / 23rd / 29th September – (see Return to School Letter for details)

Y1 Literacy and Numeracy Evening – the originally scheduled date of Wednesday 16th September has been postponed. This information session will now take place on Wednesday 23 September 6pm on Zoom.

Medical News

Each year we share important medical information for parents to read and act upon. Please click here to view the information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse at nurse@cwbs.edu.hk.

PTA News

From next week we will open the office from 9am – 12pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments must be made in advance. If you would like to visit the office on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday for any stationery, or uniform please email us on cwbspta@cwbs.edu.hk  to book an appointment. Please ensure when visiting the office you are wearing a mask, have signed in at the main office, and have not brought your children with you. Uniform fittings are not possible at this time but second hand uniforms are available for purchase at the PTA shop and new orders can be placed online at www.schooluniform.hk.




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