20 Apr 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 20 April

Principal’s News  Diary Dates Green News Library News Jack Farmer’s Visit Students’ Achievements   Adverts    Disclaimer  

Principal’s News

Dear parents

Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back to term 3!  I hope all families managed to find some time for rest and relaxation so that students are refreshed and ready to go for term 3.  No doubt it will be busy as always.

Year 5 Trip to Chengdu – Panda Road School

The Year 5 trip to visit our sister school in Chengdu takes place from this Sunday through to Wednesday next week.  This year the trip is being led by myself and two of our Chinese teachers, Ms Natasha Yuan and Ms Tina Tian, with 18 students and 4 parents accompanying us.   As well as visits to Panda Road School, a home visit for dinner with students’ designated buddies, we will also visit the Panda Research Park, Wuhou Temple and Jinli Street market.   The trip is a great language and cultural experience for students and there is a rising level of excitement as Sunday’s departure approaches.  More details and photos after the trip.

Summer works 2018

This summer the library, music room and Access Centre (Individual Needs room) will all be refurbished.   Planning has been underway since Christmas with final plans being drawn up.  These will be on display in the front window of the office from next week.   Plans for all 3 areas look great with wonderful new learning spaces for students being created.   The completion of this work over the coming summer means that the whole school has now been renovated over the last 6 years.   This is a great achievement and ensures that our learning environments for students are world class!


Best wishes to our CWBS Typhoons mixed netball team who are competing in the Under 12 Junior Netball final this Sunday 22nd April.   A big thank you to Ms Rachel Bryant for all her wonderful work as coach!

School Council

As advised in the last newsletter we have a vacancy for a parent representative on the School Council. I will be sending out further details and a nomination form to all parents by email.  Nominations are now open and should be lodged on the official form at the CWBS office by Tuesday 8th May 2018.   Please contact me if you want further information or wish to discuss the role and what is involved.

Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Sun 22 to Weds 25 April         Year 5 trip to Chengdu

Mon 23 April                           PTA meeting 5.15pm

Friday 27 April                         Year 4-6 Assembly (Year 6 hosting) 1.50pm

Monday 30 April                     CPD day – School Closed.

Tuesday 1 May                        Public Holiday – School Closed

Wednesday 2 May                  Year 3 Museum trip

Friday 4 May                           Year 1-3 Assembly (Year 3 hosting) 1.50pm

Mon 7 to Fri 11 May               Book Week

Weds 9 May                            School Council meeting 4.45pm


Green News

As Sunday is Earth Day why not use the day to do something positive for the planet. Clean a beach, refuse plastics, re-use something you have at home, enjoy nature!
Sharks fin protest
For any families who are interested in taking action about this issue, there is an event on Saturday 21 April at Maxim’s Chiuchow Gardens, Jardine House . Further details can be found here
Spring Clothing Drive 

The ECO warriors are pleased to be supporting a local environmental charity, Redress, by taking part in their ‘Get Redressed Spring Clothing Drive 2018 from Monday April 23 to Friday April 27 (next week), where we will be asking you to bring in your own unwanted clothing to benefit numerous local HK charities.

To make your contribution, please bring in your unwanted clothes at the beginning or end of the school dayand deposit them at the collection point on the playground.

Redress is looking for good quality clothes, accessories and shoes for women, men and children.*

*Please note that underwear, swimsuits and home textiles cannot be accepted as part of this drive

Donations will be collected and carefully sorted by Redress for distribution to local HK charities. Top quality clothing will be sold to raise funds for Redress in a pop-up shop following the drive, whilst the clothes that cannot be used for the charity beneficiaries will be kept for Redress’ new circular economy initiative and ultimately recycled into new yarns!

Please support Redress’ work to cut waste out of fashion!

For more information please visit the Redress website: https://www.redress.com.hk

Thank you

Eco Warriors of CWBS

If you would like to volunteer as an individual to help sort the clothes, please contact Redress directly –nastasia@redress.com.hk

The charities we support: Christian Action, Crossroads, Green Ladies and Green Little from Saint James Settlement, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Friends of the Earth, Lizzie Bee, Pathfinders…


Library News

Mother Tongue Story Reading Friday Lunch Times


This term we have stories being read in Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Russian and Japanese.

If you would like to read a story in your mother tongue to our students we have space on Friday 4 May and Friday 18 May.

Please email Mrs Harris or Mrs Barwell for further information.

lisa.harris@cwbs.edu.hk  angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk


Jan Latta Author Visit postponed   (Author, Wildlife Photographer and International Speaker)

Unfortunately our Book Week Author Jan Latta is recovering from an illness and she has had to postpone her visit.  We look forward to the possibility of her seeing Jan at CWBS in the near future.

Book Week  7th-11th May

Book Week is just around the corner – please be aware of the details.

MONDAY 7th May


To celebrate the students mother tongue within the school, we will be holding the Bilingual World Story Bazaar where children and parent volunteers read stories in their mother tongue language and English.  If you would like to join us and read a story in your native language with your child – please contact our Librarian – Angela Barwell email: angela.barwell@cwbs.edu.hk

Y5 & Y6 BATTLE OF THE BOOKS STUDENTS V TEACHERS COMPETITION  HALL .  There will be a furious ‘contest’ between the BOB Club students who have read selected books and have to test their knowledge and do battle to achieve supremacy over the teachers.  Y4-Y6 will be watching the contest.


Sam and Marcel visit CWBS to tell stories through music.



Students will be reading for 20 minutes at school to start the six week reading programme for the charity Heifer Int HK.

SCHOOL BOOK SWAP 9.00am-3.30pm

This year we will be thinking of our environment –  reusing & recycling books.

Book Collection for swapping will be in the Library on Tuesday and Wednesday before school.  Students will receive tokens for every book donated. We ask that the books are in reasonable condition and age appropriate.

FRIDAY 11th May


Y1 & Y6  8.40AM-8.55AM

Y2 & Y4 9.00AM-9.15AM

Y3 & Y5 9.20AM-9.35AM

Over the last week, children have been asked to think about a book character and find either clothes and/or props to reflect the character of the book.  Parents are welcome to watch.


Jack Farmer’s Visit

Jack Farmer, a 9 year old ex-student from Renaissance and friend of many Clearwater Bay students, came into school at the end of last term with his parents Leanne and Richard to give a talk about two journeys that he has embarked upon in his life: his medical journey of dealing with Perthes disease as well as his journey around South America with his parents during his period of recovery. The talk was very inspiring as it showed the students that, despite handicaps and with determination and commitment, you can still do amazing things. The talk linked with the Year 5 unit on exploration in many ways. A link to his blog of his adventures and his registered charity can be found at this link: https://pedalthroughperthes.org/

Students’ Achievements

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


Emily Blackshaw (3W) performed the beam and floor routine in the level 2 senior gymnast competition at Canadian International School, the first gymnastics competition she has ever attended. She won 2 silver medals and a bronze medal.



Jiyoung Chan (5B) passed her Black Belt exam in Taekwondo and received her Authorised Certificate in March.






Clearwater Bay School (CWBS) reserves the right to accept or reject any advertisement submitted for CWBS publications and on its websites. However, CWBS does not attempt to investigate or verify advertisements appearing in CWBS´s publications and on its websites. The appearance of advertising in CWBS´s publications and on its websites in no way implies endorsement or approval by CWBS of any advertising claims or of the advertiser, its product, or services. CWBS disclaims any liability whatsoever in connection with advertising appearing in CWBS´s publications and on its websites.