17 Nov 2017

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 17 November 2017

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates  News From Library News From PTA Parent Workshop and Talks  Student’s Achievements Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Developing Environments Where Learners Will Flourish

“Internationally minded students are interculturally competent with the understanding and skills to be active citizens in a globalised world. Students know and respect themselves and others, and can take action to support peace and sustainability in local and global communities.” CWBS definition of international mindedness.


On Wednesday 8 November a parent session on international mindedness was hosted in the Multipurpose Hall. The focus was to share with parents how the framework of the Primary Years Programme and the IB Learner Profile support and guide our practices on developing internationally minded students.

The 10 attributes of the IB Learner Profile; knowledgeable, inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, principled, caring, open minded, balanced and reflective, along with the five essential elements of the programme are key in developing the concept of international mindedness. Below is an overview of the structures that support the development of international mindedness at CWBS.


During the session parents watched part of the following Ted Talk:  ‘The Danger of a Single Story’ by Chimamanda Adichie which tells the story of how Chimamanda found her authentic cultural voice and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk significant misunderstanding. We connected Chimamanda’s story with our school ‘My Cultural Story Day’ and highlighted the importance of getting to know each other’s story.

“I really enjoyed the coffee morning and the opportunity to discuss international mindedness and understand how the students are inspired to think that way through the curriculum. I particularly enjoyed the reminder of how we can all fall into the ‘single story’ trap and leap to assumptions.” Parent reflection following the session.


Wesley College Drama Tour – Snow White

Students from Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia visit Hong Kong bi-annually and perform short plays for our students. This year they performed an adaption of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Due to the renovations on our school hall, we were able to utilise the Art Centre facility at HKUST. The play was filled with original songs, raps, and hip hop dances. It was an excellent performance and a wonderful opportunity for our students to see live theatre.



Sports Day

A reminder that next Friday 24 November is our annual Years 1-3 Sports Day. Please see the schedule below for start and finish times. The closest parking lot is next to the Caltex Station as parking is not available at HKUST. Please contact Office Manager Ada Chung at ada.chung@cwbs.edu.hk if you need parking for extenuating circumstances.

Please note that only sports shoes and flat shoes are allowed on the running tracks and the artificial turf. Unfortunately prams or wheelchairs are not allowed onto the arena. Drinks and food are only allowed to be consumed in the stands and the area immediately in front of the stands. These are the HKUST guidelines that we must follow in order to utilise the facility.


 2B practising with Mrs Deal and Miss Doo for Sports Day


This week has been a quiet week at school with most our students in Years 4-6 participating in school camps. Year 4C and 4L spent three days at Cheung Chau. 4T and 4W will be on camp next week.

Year 5 have had 2 nights sleeping in tents and 3 days exploring outdoor pursuits at Treasure Island on Lantau.

Year 6 have had a full week at Outward Bound near Sai Kung, enjoying a wide range of challenging and adventurous activities.

 Year 5   Year 5

 Year 6   Year 4

More camp stories to follow in our next newsletter.

Kathy Derrick

Vice Principal

Diary Dates

Monday 20 November – Wednesday 22 November 

Year 4 Bradbury Trip (4T&4W)

Wednesday 22 November

Year 3 Happening

Friday 24 November 

Year 1-3 Sports Day

Monday 27 November

Year 1 Happening

Tuesday 28 November

Year 2B Parent Happening

Wednesday 29 November

Year 2A Parent Happening

Thursday 30 November

Year 2M Parent Happening

Friday 1 December

Year 2C Parent Happening

Year 1 Immunisations

Friday 8 December

Year 4-6 Sports Day

News From Library

Mother Tongue Story Reading in the Library

Thank you to our parent story readers who told delightful stories to our students in Japanese and Urdu last week.

Thank you also to our Year 5 students, Benedicte Wang (5G) and Sophia Yu (5J) who read stories in Chinese. The children are thoroughly enjoying these interactive story readings.

We are looking forward to the upcoming sessions where stories will be told in Korean.

News From PTA

Urgent Request for Children Winter Clothes on behalf of UNICEF Bangladesh – Rohingya Refugees

As you are no doubt aware, Bangladesh is currently responding to an unprecedented children’s emergency owing to the rapid influx of more than 607,000 Rohingya refugees since 25th August. Some 58 per cent of these arrivals are children.

UNICEF Bangladesh is very worried about the onset of winter and the exposure to cold weather for these children.

They have therefore reached out for help to foreign investors in the country and the request landed in the CWBS community.

Unicef Bangladesh is desperately in need of children’s winter appropriate clothing for infants, children and teenagers:

sweaters, long sleeve t-shirts, socks, shirts, blankets and shoes.

The children are living in makeshift shelters, poorly constructed from bamboo and tarpaulin and most have lost the majority of their possessions when fleeing the violence.

At CWBS we are organizing a collection and we are calling upon the community to bring appropriate clothing to CWBS PTA until Tuesday 28 November.

In collaboration with UNICEF Bangladesh we are ready to organize distribution to affected children and their families in the camps. Donated items will be shipped from Hong Kong to Bangladesh.

In case of questions, you can reach out to:

Eefke Broer


+852 9680 3308

Parent Workshop and Talks

Public Lecture- Math Learning Starts Early: How Families Can Help (Dec 10)

How would early interactions in the home environment affect children’s academic achievement? How can parents play their roles in facilitating children’s Math learning? What’s the relation of math anxiety to math achievement in both children and adults? Join us at the coming public leature by Professor Susan Levine, Chair of Department of Psychology, to find all these out.

For more information: please click here.


Fancy for inspiration? ESF TEDx: Inspiring Innovation is offering you a whole new perspective on innovative ideas and creativity! The talk will be held on Wednesday 22 November, 3:30-6pm at KGV.

Speakers from the ESF community will share their unique ideas and vision on transforming imagination to reality, as well as encourage students to adopt creative ‘out-of-the-box thinking’ when approaching their future goals and desires.

Guest speakers include:

– Mr Pindar Wong, Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Director of the Board of ASTRI

– Ms Anna Champion, CEO of the Talent Lighthouse

– Mr Charles Caldwell, Human Resources Director of ESF

The event is FREE to all members of the ESF community. Seats are limited. Register NOW at http://www.esf.edu.hk/tedx2017/ by 21 November.

Learn more at http://www.esf.edu.hk/event/esf-tedx-inspiring-innovation/

Student’s Achievements

Peony Lee (6J) raced for five events in Hong Kong Age Group Swimming Champion last weekend. She won three golds and two silvers. She also broke the Hong Kong record of 10 year old and under in 50 meter butterfly with an amazing time of 31.14 seconds. Well done, Peony!




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