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Dear parents and carers
International Schools Assessments (ISA)
Students in Year 4-6 this week undertook ISA assessments. These are standardized tests conducted in all ESF schools in Reading, Writing (Narrative and Exposition) and Mathematical literacy. Parents will receive a report of their child’s individual achievement on these assessments later this term or early next term. The school also receives aggregated year level data that helps us to monitor overall performance and identify trends to be addressed in teaching and learning.
Mid Autumn Festival – making mooncakes
Students in Year 5 Chinese classes had a wonderful time making mooncakes last week in the lead up to the mid Autumn festival. A very big thank you to our very dedicated parent volunteers, Iris Wu, Sabrina Yu, Xin Yan Wang and Josie Yuan without whom this activity would not have been possible.
CWBS student action helps to stop shark finning
Congratulations to all our students (past and present) who have been involved in taking action to help address the issue of ‘shark finning’ over recent years. The participation of students from CWBS at protests held outside Maxims restaurants certainly helped to raise the profile of this issue in Hong Kong and worldwide. Maxims have recently announced that they will now cease to serve shark fin dishes, either on their official or ‘under the table’ menus from January 1, 2020.
PTA Annual Meeting – details of committee
The Annual General Meeting of the PTA was held on Wednesday 19th September. A good attendance ensured a quorum was present and a new committee was elected for this year, led by Tara Delaney who takes over as President.
Other committee members include:
Vice President: vacant Maria Blanca: Treasurer
Hollie Arnulphy Kate Baldwin Peter Danielsson
Alexander Ellison Rebecca Gresham Rachel Ip
Barnes Lam Olga Minakova Olivia Morley
Rebecca O’Brien Julie Stockdale Teresa Thornton
Ms Jackie Craggs, Ms Mikayla Black and Ms Kathy Derrick are continuing as the teacher representatives on the PTA again this year.
Camp meetings Years 4-6 – Parent Information sessions
We will be holding information meetings for parents about the upcoming Year 4, 5 and 6 school camps. These sessions are being held next Tuesday evening, 2nd October at the times and venues listed in the diary dates. The information sessions outline all details about the camps and provide an opportunity for parents to ask any questions they have. The Year 4 session is conducted by our Year 4 team whilst the Year 5 and Year 6 sessions are conducted by Treasure Island and Outward Bound staff. This year all camps are in the same week from 12th – 16th November.
3 way student/teacher/parent conferences
If you have not already done so, don’t forget to sign up for a 3 way conference, scheduled for the week before the mid term break, commencing Monday 8th of October. This year we have scheduled two year levels on the same day to try and reduce the number of days that some parents will need to come up to school. The 3 way conferences provide a great opportunity to find out about your child’s current learning and achievement and the targets that have been set for this year.
Full details and instructions about the sign up procedures on Gateway for the 3 way conferences were sent to you by email. However, please do contact the office if you need further assistance.
Friday 28 September Year 1 – 3 Assembly (Year 3 hosting)
Monday 1 October Public Holiday
Tuesday 2 October Camp meetings Year 4 at 5.45pm (MP room), Year 5 at 6.30pm (hall) and Year 6 also at 6.30pm (MP room)
Wednesday 3 October Year 5 excursion to Coca Cola factory
Thursday 4 October Year 4 Learning Journey at 8.45am – 10.00am
Monday 8 October 3 way conferences Year 4 & Yea 6
Tuesday 9 October 3 Way conferences Year 2 and Year 5
Wednesday 10 October 3 Way conferences Year 1 and Year 3
Monday 15th – Friday 19th October Mid term break – school closed.
Monday 22nd October School CPD day – School closed
Tuesday 23 October School resumes after the mid term break.
The wellbeing of students has been a school priority and focus over the last few years. In that time, we have developed and implemented a range of strategies and programs to enhance students social and emotional development. A new initiative this year to help monitor and track the effectiveness of our programs is the AWE Wellbeing Assessment. This is a short (5-10mins) online questionnaire that all students in years 4 – 13 across all ESF schools are undertaking. It is a global measurement of wellbeing that looks at school wellbeing, resilience and health.
Results from the survey will assist us to monitor what we are currently doing and target areas for future development.
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