14 Feb 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Wednesday 14 February

Principal’s News   Diary Dates Learning Technology Green News Student Action to support Sharks Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents and Carers,

School closures

It was a very sudden and unexpected decision by the Hong Kong Education Bureau to close schools last Wednesday to prevent the further spread of influenza amongst students and the wider Hong Kong population.   This week has certainly been very unusual at school with no students.  All staff have been at work everyday but the sense of quiet with no students is all pervading!

Staff have been working hard preparing online lessons; planning teaching and learning activities for after CNY, for example, the current Unit of inquiry as well as the next one.  It has also been an opportunity for us to finalise all our preparations for the upcoming CIS/IBO Joint Visit in the first week of March.

Rescheduled events and changed dates

Closure of the school has necessitated the rescheduling of several school events from the last week until after the Chinese New Year break.  We have tried to avoid other clashes in setting the following new dates.

Theatre Club ‘Scheherazade’ performance   now Wednesday 28 February 6.30pm-8.00pm

Chinese New Year Assembly –            now Thursday 1st March 9.00am-10.00am

Year 4 parent happening  –     now Friday 2nd March 8.45am-10.00am

Year 1-3 assembly (year 3 hosting)    now Friday 9th March at 8.45am

PTA sausage sizzle                              now Friday 23 March

CPD Kath Murdoch

Our scheduled CPD day with Kath Murdoch will go ahead on Thursday 15th February as planned.  Kath is an internationally renowned educational consultant in inquiry learning who works through Melbourne University in Australia.  She has visited Hong Kong and worked with ESF numerous times.  Whilst we have had individual staff attend her workshops previously this is the first time that the whole staff as a group will be able to work with her, so we are all really looking forward to it!

ESF Stakeholder Survey 2018

The biennial ESF Stakeholder Survey is being conducted this year from 5th to 19th March 2018. The survey aims to collect parents, staff and students 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.

A parent invite will be emailed to the primary contact parent in your family on 5th March.   We would be very grateful if you would spare the time to complete the survey. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, although it may take a little longer if you wish to add comments in the optional comment boxes.  Students in Years 5&6 will complete the survey during the school day.

Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback.

Chinese New Year assembly and dress up day

Our assembly to celebrate Chinese New Year has been rescheduled and is now being held on Thursday 1st March on the main playground from 9.00 – 10.00am.  Students are encouraged to wear appropriate festive Chinese clothing to celebrate CNY and the Year of the Dog.  Parents are most welcome to attend.

Finally, although the last week or so has certainly not been our usual lead up to Chinese New Year, I would like to wish all families a healthy and prosperous New Year and Year of the Dog!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Best wishes,

Chris Hamilton

Diary Dates

Thursday 15 February

CPD Day – Kath Murdoch ‘student agency’

Friday 16 to Sunday 25 February

Mid term break

Monday 26 February

First day of school after CNY mid term break

Tuesday 27 February

Year 5 Chengdu Trip – parent information meeting 6.30pm

Wednesday 28 February

Theatre Club ‘Scheherezade’ performance 6.30-8.00pm

Thursday 1 March

CNY Assembly 9.00-10.00am

Friday 2 March

Year 4 Learning Journey

Friday 2 March

Year 1  Social  6.00-7.30pm

Friday 9 March

Years 1-3 Assembly (Year 3 hosting)  at 8.45am

Sunday 4 – Friday 9 March 

CIS/IBO Joint Evaluation team visit


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 

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

Green News

The No-straw journey continues….

Following on from our Green Week pledges not to use plastic straws, here is a link to a petition you can sign to make Sai Kung a plastic free place. Please keep up the pressure by refusing straws when you are out.


Packaging free shopping

We have also read about Hong Kong’s first bulk packaging-free grocery store in Sai Ying Pun. Check out the details below.


Please get in touch if you have any more pieces of Green news to share.

Justine Taylor


Student Action to support Sharks

On the 10th February, 3 CWBS students attended a protest outside Maxim’s Restaurant at the University in Pokfulam, calling for the restaurant chain to take the endangered blue shark fin off the menu.  The 3 students were, Tom Hockings 4T, Marcus Leung 6C and Jayden Ng 6C.  These students held banners and shark toys, whilst dressing up in shark outfits and calling out slogans.  The protest made the news and all 3 boys were interviewed about their reasons for taking part in the protest.


Marcus Leung and Jayden Ng       

“Hello my name is Jayden and today I want to tell you about the Shark Fin Protest me and Marcus Leung went to on Saturday 10th of February. When I got to the protest in Hong Kong University I saw a few people putting up banners saying, “Maxims: Stop selling Blue shark fin!’ and I looked behind me and I saw Marcus there. We were both talking to the organizer of the protest Alex Hofford and then a few minutes later the protest began. We were all chanting “Stop selling blue shark fin!”and then after that they interviewed me and Marcus and took photos of us. “   Jayden Ng 6C                              

Tom Hockings with his sister Marnie (KGV student)

“We need sharks in the ocean and they are very beautiful. We don’t want to kill them because that is bad”  Tom Hockings

There is another protest planned for April 21st outside Maxim’s Chiuchow Garden restaurant in Central.  Please save the date if you are interested in supporting this cause.

We urge our CWBS families to say no to shark fin this Lunar New Year and in the future.  

Thank you for your support.


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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