19 Jan 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 19 January 2018

 Principal’s News   Diary Dates Green Week News from the Chinese Department Friends of the Earth 25th Anniversary Book Students’ Achievements Adverts   Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Parent coffee morning – Years 4-6 ISA student reports
We held a parent coffee morning on Thursday morning this week to outline and explain the ISA student reports that were sent to parents of Year 4-6 students recently. This was a good opportunity to gain an understanding of the assessments and how to interpret the reports. All of the many questions that parents asked were also addressed. Click on the link to see an overview of the coffee morning. Thank you to Brendan Kean, Vice Principal for Years 4-6 for conducting this informative session.

New school hall & assemblies
We officially opened our new school hall last Friday with two student assemblies for Years 1-3 and Years 4-6. Our new hall is a fantastic new facility that serves as a theatre, hall, gym and multipurpose room. The new tiered seating, acoustic fit out, lighting and sound systems are very impressive and will improve the quality of presentations and performances in the hall.

With the new hall open, we will return to our regular schedule of student assemblies as conducted in previous years.  This includes both team assemblies, either years 1-3 or years 4-6, hosted by a nominated year level, as well as whole school/half school assemblies for 2 classes at each year level, conducted by the Student Council.  Our first team assembly is for Years 1-3 next Friday 26th January.  As is the custom, as Year 2 are hosting the assembly, Year 2 parents are invited to attend.  However, due to space restrictions we are unable to invite parents of other year levels.

Plastic free seas donation
Each year the PTA donate 5% of the funds raised at the annual school fair to a charity chosen by the student council. In keeping with the theme of our fair the chosen charity this year was ‘Plastic Free Seas’. Dawn from Plastic Free seas was a guest speaker as part of the unit of inquiry for Year 6 exhibition on Thursday. We took the opportunity to present her with the donation of more than $16,000.00. See photo below

IT parent information session – Be Internet Awesome
On Tuesday 16th January we held a very well attended parent information session to launch the ‘Be Internet awesome’ program with parents. Results and data from the recent IT survey that more than 200 parents completed were also shared and many of the issues raised by parents were discussed. These included screen time, eyestrain, supervising and monitoring computer use, being safe online and using social media. Thanks to Matt Hayes our ICT coordinator and other members of the ICT School Improvement Team including Robyn Wishart, Andrew Craig, Jennifer Doo and Sally Evans.

Parent information evening – supporting student’s writing
An invitation to a parent information evening being conducted by Dr Misty Adoniou, Associate Professor of language and literacy at the University of Canberra in Australia, was emailed to parents on Thursday. Misty ran a CPD day for us last year and then spent a second day working with staff to improve the teaching of writing. She is returning this year to work with teachers once again in year level teams on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th January. The parent workshop is on Tuesday evening 30th January from 6.30pm so do come along and find out how to support your child’s writing development at home. Please RSVP via the google link contained in the email or below.

Emergency lockdown drill
As part of our Health and Safety policy and procedures we conducted a lockdown drill on Thursday afternoon to ensure we are well prepared in the event of an emergency requiring this type of action. In the days prior to this all teachers briefed students about the purpose and expected behavior during a lockdown to ensure that students were well prepared and knew what to expect so that no unnecessary distress was caused.

Best wishes,

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January

CWBS CPD days- Staff IBO workshop- School closed for students

Monday 20 – Friday 26 January

Green Week

Tuesday 23 January

Year 6 transition day at KGV

Wednesday 24 January

Year 3 trip to Sai Kung Lions Nature Education Centre

Thursday 25 January

Year 6 trip to NGO day at Kowloon Junior School

Friday 26 January

Year 1-3 Assembly (Year 2 hosting) 1.50pm

Friday 26 January

Year 5 & 6 social.  6.00-7.30pm

Saturday 27 January

ESF cross country running at KGV 8.50am – 11.15am

Monday 29 January

PTA meeting 5.15pm

Tuesday 30 January

Parent Information evening with Misty Adoniou – supporting student’s writing 6.30pm-7.30pm

Wednesday 31 January

School Council meeting 4.45pm

Friday 2 February

Year 4-6 assembly (Year 6 hosting) 1.50pm

Green Week

News From The Chinese Department

Following last year’s success, this year a group of Year 6 students worked together to paint a big poster for the zodiac year of the dog. This poster will be the backdrop of our Chinese New Year Celebration. The students who painted were :

Edgar 6JSadie 6MOwen 6CKira 6C
Christine 6JJake 6CDiya 6RThomas Wu 6R
Alexia 6CMaria 6CNeel 6CDylan 6R
Jiana 6MSummer 6CMaya 6CAnushka 6R


Good job! Everyone!

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (HK) would like to thank everyone who took part in the ‘Used Clothes Recycling Program’. CWBS collected a total of 1060 kg of used clothes in 2017! Well done!

We will continue this program in 2018. If you have any used clothes for recycling, simply drop them off in the collection bin located in our car park. Thank you for your support!

CWBS 25th Anniversary

Clearwater Bay School 25th Anniversary Book

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Clearwater Bay School, we are putting together a hardcover book with a limited print run. We expect the price to be around $150 but will need to know how many parents and members of the school community would be interested in purchasing before we commence the print run.

If you would be interested in purchasing a copy, please register your interest at the following link:


Students’ Achievements

Florence Williams (5G) and her mum came first in the 3.5 k Clearwater Bay chase on Sunday 7th January 2018.


Claire Zheng (1W) won 1st place (6 Years and Under) in the 2018-1st Quarter Go Competition held by the Hong Kong China Chess School.


During the holidays, Jerrin Zhang (2M) participated in the Hong Kong Speech Festival, and achieved the first place for English, and first runner-up for Chinese.


Island School Open Day 8:00- 10:00am 7 Feb 2018. Please rsvp to,rsvp@online.island.edu.hk before the 1 Feb 2018.



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