18 Oct 2019

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 18 October

Principal’s News Diary Dates Medical News Library News PTA News – School Fair Student Wellbeing Student Achievements Adverts  Disclaimer

Principal’s News

3 way conferences

I hope all parents have been able to attend the 3 way conferences scheduled this week. These provide an opportunity for students, parents and the class teacher to discuss student achievement and progress and set goals to work towards for the year. They are an important part of the process of students taking responsibility for their own learning by reflecting on their skills and achievements, prioritising areas for improvement, setting goals, implementing strategies to achieve the goals and then reflecting and reviewing their achievements and success, which then leads into the next cycle of goal setting and improvement.


Year 4-6 Camps

Camp week is fast approaching from 11-15th November with students (and teachers and parents) increasingly excited about the prospect.   We held information meetings for parents just before the mid term break and parents will also have received all the necessary information, permission and medical forms since then.   Our camp program across Years 4-6 is designed to build up and develop students’ social and emotional learning skills as well as their collaborative problem solving and willingness to take on personal challenges. The camp program is as follows:


Year 4 Bradbury Camp at Cheng Chau in cabins/dormitory 

Mon 11 – Wed 13,  4R &  4G accompanied by Ms Reed, Mr Gay, Ms Derrick, Ms Ryan and Mr Craig.

Wed 13 – Fri 15,  4E & 4H accompanied by Ms Evans, Ms Holliday, Mr Hamilton, Ms Stroud and Mr Blundell.

Year 5  Treasure Island Camp at Pui O in tents

Weds 13 – Fri 15, All classes accompanied by class teachers and Mr Dyer, Ms Barwell and Ms Kwok

Year 6  Outward Bound at Sai Kung in cabins/dormitory and tents (1 night)

Mon 11 – Fri 15, all classes accompanied by class teachers and Mrs Harris and Ms Egan


Students with anxiety – follow up

In response to feedback and concerns expressed by parents about their children’s anxiety with the social unrest in Hong Kong, we recently hosted a parent coffee morning by St John’s counsellors, one of whom is our school counsellor,  addressing the topic of how parents can support students with anxiety.

The document Parenting during troubled times may also be useful in supporting your child(ren) at home during these increasingly difficult times.

The following practical suggestions may also be helpful for you and your child.

  • Reassure your child that they are safe and are genuinely valued by the adults around them.
  • Your child will find routine comforting so keeping to a normal schedule and remaining calm will be helpful.
  • Let children know that it is alright to be upset. All feelings are OK, but not all behaviours.
  • Emphasise resilience: Focus on your child’s many strengths and abilities which they can draw upon to cope with their feelings. Create opportunities for your child to exhibit their strengths. This can happen with books or art too.
  • Provide opportunities for physical exercise for your child. Exercise is valuable to develop natural chemicals in the brain which help us cope with feelings, such as shock.
  • Look after both yourself and your child. In times of stress, we can have less energy and there is potential for illness. It is especially important to eat and sleep well.
  • Communicate any concerns with the school as there are other things the school can do to help further.

It may become apparent that your child needs some additional support from a professional counsellor.  We do have a professional St John’s counsellor one day a week at school.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or Kathy Derrick Vice Principal (Individual Needs) if you have any concerns, questions or wish to discuss counselling options. 

House Captains

Congratulations to our Year 6 House Captains and Vice Captains for this year.

Dilong – Tharan Kundamal (C), Zadie KIng (C), Elevin Jiang (VC), Elaine Sun (VC)

Jialong – Lara Kirschner-Rong (C), Edward Yang (C), Ika Tang (VC), Mikah Haigh-Smith (VC)

Shenlong – Adam Alexander Arif Webb-Johnston (C) , Nadia Snelgrove (C), Charlotte Kim (VC), Tiffany Lee (VC)

Yinglong – Jett Charteris (C), Poppy Worthington (C), Brianna Searle (VC), Ponyo Langston (VC)

School Photos

School photos are being taken on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Following parent feedback about the quality of photos from last year we have changed photographers this year to ‘Grow Up Photos’. We hope that both the quality of photos and the service provided are improved as a result.   Please ensure your child is correctly dressed in school uniform for photos next week.


Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Monday 21 Oct                Year 1 trip to garden centre

Monday 21 Oct                Year 5K trip to Hotel ICON

Tues/Weds 21- 22 Oct     School photos

Tuesday 22 Oct                Year 1 parent volunteer information session 1.15-2.15pm

Friday 25 Oct                    Year 4 learning Journey, 8:45 – 9:45 

Monday 28 Oct                  Flu Vaccination program

Monday 28 Oct                  Year 5J trip to Hotel ICON

Tuesday 29 Oct                 Prospective Year 1 in 20-21 parent information session 6.30-7.30pm

Wednesday 30 Oct            Year 3 Learning Journey

Wednesday 30 Oct            Year 5R trip to Hotel ICON

Saturday 2 Nov                  School Fair 12.00-4.00pm

Tuesday 5 Nov                   School Council meeting 4.45pm

Wednesday 6 Nov              Year 5L trip to Hotel ICON

Medical News 

Library News 

On Monday 11th November, Roseanne Thong the award winning author, writer, and educator will be visiting us at  CWBS for the Lower School students whilst the Upper school are on camp. Roseanne is a certified teacher of 18 years from kindergarten through to university level and has written children’s fiction, educational materials, pieces for newspapers, magazines and much more.

She has lived and worked in Guatemala, California, Taiwan, Vietnam and Hong Kong and her travels are certainly reflected in her writing.

The students will experience a presentation following themes in their inquiries or/and how to write like an author.

PTA News – School Fair 

We are only two weeks away from the Amazing Rainforest School Fair- 2nd November 12-4pm. The PTA invites all CWBS families for a great day out.  If you want to pay in advance for entry to the fair and order show tickets, please use the following link:


Tickets for the shows by Alfie No Name are on sale at the early bird price of $30 per person.

Please donate nut free food contributions for the Kids Cafe, and plain cookies and cupcakes for the cake decorating stall. If you or a member of your family can help with contributions of food, please fill in the following google form.

Student Wellbeing 

How do we support student wellbeing at CWBS?

One of the many ways we support well being as a school is through the FRIENDS programme. The Individual Needs team facilitate small group support sessions that focus on building students’ resilience and positive life-coping skills.

The philosophy of the programme is an acronym for FRIENDS. The key focus areas that guide lessons are as follows: 



I can try



Don’t forget to be brave

Stay (happy)

If you would like more information, please contact Megan Snelgrove or Megan Ryan in the Individual Needs Team.

Student Achievements  

Keith Hung (4H) and Casper Ngan (3C) in the HK Selects team have won the champion in the 2019 Taipei Cup International Ice Hockey Tournament Division U8 last week in October


Emily Ip (5K) has won the champion of the “BOCHK Hong Kong Youth Badminton Champions 2019” Yr 09 group girl single.






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