17 Jan 2020

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 17 January

Principal’s News Diary Dates Library News Green Week 2020 Adverts  Disclaimer

Principal’s News

Dear parents

Year 6 Agents of Change

The Year 6 Students attended the Agents of Change Conference at Kowloon Junior School on Monday. Over 30 non-government organisations presented and talked to us about the different ways we can make a difference. We each attended 3 different sessions and learnt as much as we could from each of the NGOs. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet representatives from various organisations and find out more about their work. We came away with a deeper understanding about the problems the world faces today and the ways that we, as young agents of change can help.

Tal Mukhopadhyay (6M) and Siya Kambli (6M)



Year 5 learning Journey & Market Day

Our Year 5 students began preparing for their Learning Journey and Market Day in September.  Optimising on the strong, logical links between advertising and commerce, they undertook simultaneous inquiries into “The power of media to influence our thinking and behaviour” (How We express Ourselves) and “The use of market factors to influence business success” (How We Organise Ourselves).  Throughout the course of their inquiries they learnt much about the persuasive techniques used in the media and how to manipulate some of these techniques in their own advertising.  They also learnt about the structure and function of business, gaining skills which enabled them to design and develop goods to sell, and create a business plan.  Rich in Mathematics, this inquiry involved the practical application of measurement and number sense throughout the entire design, development and marketing process. 

On Wednesday morning the students’ families  gathered in the hall and were treated to a marvellous presentation which showcased the learning journey, with many student-made commercials and a highly entertaining rendition of Dolly Parton’s Nine to Five.  Parents were then able to spend time previewing the students’ market stalls.  Following this, the Year 5 Market was open for business, with all of our Year 3 and 4 students proving to be very enthusiastic shoppers.  Feedback was positive from parents and shoppers alike, with many comments about the high quality of the goods made by the students and the clear evidence of the valuable learning that has come from this inquiry.  Congratulations on a job well done to all of the Year 5 students, their teachers, EAs and other support staff involved. 

CWBS Kindness Tree – Student Council

It’s been an exciting week as it’s the start of our CWBS Kindness Tree. Well done to all the boys and girls who have demonstrated kind and caring behaviour and earned a leaf for our whole school tree just outside the office. This wonderful initiative was taken by the Student Council Team, working together to make Clearwater Bay School a happier and kinder place for everyone!


Chinese New Year

Our CNY assembly is being held next Thursday morning 23 January at 8.45 – 9.45am on the bottom playground.  This will feature a lion dance and performances from several different Chinese classes, coordinated by our Chinese teachers.  Students are encouraged to wear Chinese style clothing and parents are most welcome to attend.  A group of 20 Year 6 students have created the artwork for our banner for the Year of the Rat, which is now displayed at the front of the school.  A big thank you to Jennifer Doo who coordinated this project with Dee Saunders, our Visual Arts Assistant.


Staff professional development and training

We have 2 whole school CPD days coming up this term for teachers and Educational Assistants.   The first of these is this coming Saturday 18th January which will focus on introducing the new ESF Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Curriculum to staff.  We will look at how this fits into the current Program of Inquiry through the Who We Are unit of inquiry in each year level.  This day is being led by our two VPs Kathy Derrick and Matt Dyer who have been trained by ESF as our school RSE Trainers and information session about this new curriculum will also be held for parents later this year.

The second day on Monday 24 February is focussed on Mathematics, particularly mathematics within a transdiciplinary approach in STEM (Science, Technology, Electronics and Mathematics)  This day is being led by our Mathematics School Improvement team led by Harriet Holliday (year 4) and Wendy Egan our School Maths Coordinator and the Literacy & Numeracy Coach/PYP Coordinator for years 4-6.


New shade structure on the roof

Work is currently underway on the new shade structure on the main roof playground.  Work should be completed soon after CNY with Building Department inspection and approval required before we can start using that end of the roof playground again.  This will likely be towards the end of this term or the beginning of next term.

We have also arranged to replace the outdoor sound system and speakers for the PA system and bells which are very old and have not been working very well in recent months.


Parents – Monitoring and advising respiratory sickness

As you know, we are now into flu season in Hong Kong. As a result, the Centre for Health Protection, via EDB, has issued proactive guidelines for managing communicable diseases. In order that we can manage information and report back to CHP and EDB, we ask you to please note the following:

  • If your child has a fever and/ or respiratory illness symptoms they should stay at home and recover.
  • If your child is off school with sickness, please let us know if your child has a fever and/ or respiratory illness symptoms as soon as possible. If you have a doctors sick note, please provide us with a copy.


Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Tuesday 21 January                           Year 1 Immunisations

Thursday 23 January                         Chinese New Year Assembly 8.45-9.45am on Playground

Friday 24 – Sunday 2 Feb                   CNY holiday break (School closed)

Monday 3 February                            School resumes after CNY break

Thursday 6 February                          Year 4 trip to Sai Kung

Mon 10 – Weds 12 Feb                        Year 4H & 4E Camp at Cheung Chau

Library News 

Spring term Mother Tongue Story Sessions (Friday Lunchtimes . 12.20pm-1pm)  

At CWBS we are spoilt with the range of nationalities that our community represents.  To support our students in their mother tongue, we run weekly story reading & activity sessions in a variety of languages.  If you are free on Fridays during a lunch time this term from 7th February – 27th March

12:20pm-1:00pm and would be interested in reading a story/activity to students in your home language, please email me (angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk) to be added to the rosta.

Many thanks to all volunteers who have already registered.

Thank you for your support


Congratulations to the following 12 students who have made the Battle of the Books Competition 2020 Team.  They will now actively practise regularly in preparation for the Competition in May against other ESF and International schools in Hong Kong.  We wish them all the very best.

Green Week 2020

Green Week 2020 is just around the corner!

This year our annual Green Week will be taking place during the 17th – 21st of February.  Green week is an opportunity to promote environmental and sustainable action.  We will have different activities organised throughout the week.  

We would like to highlight one of our Green Week events which is our RE-Dress Casual day.  This will take place on Thursday the 20th of February and will be a joint initiative between the Student Council and Eco-Warriors. We will be supporting the charity Redress which is an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste.  One of the simplest ways to reduce the environmental impact of our shopping habits is to keep our clothes in use for longer and make use of what we already have. On the 20th February students will be asked to wear clothes that have been borrowed, swapped, handed down or are second hand. By choosing to wear what we have rather than buying new clothes, we can save precious natural resources like land and water, reduce carbon emissions, and help stop fashion waste from ending up in our overflowing landfills. Students will be asked to bring in a $20 donation which will be split between our two Green Week charities – Redress and Plastic Free Seas. 

In addition we will be holding a Redress clothes drive during Green week. The clothes will be collected by Redress and repurposed into new fashion items. Redress are looking for clothes only, therefore we cannot accept any shoes, handbags or home textiles such as towels and sheets. 

Many thanks for your support with our Dress Casual Day.  More details about Green Week will follow in the next newsletter.


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