30 Nov 2018

CWBS Newsletter – Friday 30 November

Principal’s News   Diary Dates Message From The CWBS Office Library News Sport Events Box of Hope Student Achievements Adverts   Disclaimer

Principal’s News

Camp week 2018

A highlight of our Y4-6 calendar is our annual camp week. Year 4 headed over to Cheung Chau for 3 days and two nights. Year 5 were sleeping in tents, and exploring the surrounds, at Treasure Island on Lantau, and our Year 6 students were at Outward Bound near Sai Kung. From all reports, all camps were hugely successful. We thank parents for supporting the camping programme and all staff who helped out in anyway. Students loved the experience and learned many social and self management skills through the week.


School Sports Day 1-3

Last Wednesday, in ideal conditions, the Y1-3 Sports Day was held at HKUST. It was a hugely successful day with all participants thoroughly enjoying themselves. Students participated in a range of events from sprints to javelin throw to an egg and spoon race. Lots of smiles were seen coming from the students throughout the day. Congratulations to all our Year 6 house leaders for leading all the activity stations for the Year 1-3 students throughout the day. A huge thank you to our learning community for supporting this event and also to Mr Craig who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of this event. We now look forward to the Y4-6 Sports Day which is taking place next Wednesday 5 December.

The perfect setting for our Y1-3 Sports Day.


Learner agency at CWBS

The above visual is our staff understanding of ‘learner agency’.

At CWBS our goal is to develop lifelong learners. This year we have a school improvement team focused on enhancing learner agency across the school, which is strongly linked to supporting our learners in developing responsibility for their own learning. At staff meeting this week, teachers spent time reflecting on self-efficacy, goal setting and student action plans to further develop learner agency. We are continuously creating and building opportunities for our students to develop key skills to be lifelong learners: Skills such as, approaches to learning skills, dispositions (learner profile attributes), perseverance, independence and confidence.


Box of Hope

This year CWBS collected 224 boxes for the Box of Hope charity. A special thank you to all the Y5 students and Mrs Craggs, who worked tirelessly every day to spread the message and encourage all the students to bring in the boxes. Well done to everyone who made a box. You have made a big difference to lots of children in the world.


Vice Principal recruitment process

We welcomed the  final 3 shortlisted VP candidates to the school last Friday 23 November. This was from the original 85 applicants from all around the world and the 7 who undertook the first round interviews in early November. On Friday the 3 met separately with panels of students, staff and parents, gave a presentation about ‘Creating a learning culture at CWBS’ and had a final interview in the afternoon. Following this very extensive selection process Mr Matthew Dyer was appointed to the position.  He  is currently the Vice Principal at Doha Academy a large IB World School of 1,000 students, in Qatar. We look forward to Mr Dyer joining us in August at the start of the next academic year.


Drop and go zone for cars in the mornings – please take note!

A big reminder for parents who drop off their children to school by car in the mornings. The ‘drop and go’ zone is just that……a drop and go zone whereby students should get out of the car by themselves with parents remaining in the car. The zone is designed to speed the flow of cars in and out of the school carpark so that they do not back up out of the driveway and back across the main intersection of Clearwater Bay Road.  Unfortunately of late, this is what has been happening which severely  inconveniences other road users. If this continues, it will not be long before the congestion attracts the attention of police or the Roads & Traffic Dept with possible severe consequences such as restricted private car access to the school.  This would be of major impact and inconvenience to many parents. So please if you drop off students in the morning do just that…….drop and go. This means that students should get out of the car with their bags by themselves without parent assistance. By this stage of the year all students including year 1 students should be independent enough to do this. Please practise at home if necessary. Parents are not permitted to get out of the car to open doors, get bags out of the boot or say lingering goodbyes as this takes considerable extra time leading to delays and traffic congestion. If you do wish to do any of these please park in the nearby car parks and walk your children into school. Just in case you forget, members of the leadership team who are on traffic duty each morning will politely remind you to ‘drop and go’ and not  get out of your car.  Your cooperation would be appreciated so that parents can continue to access the school by private car in future, as is currently the case.


Chris Hamilton


Diary Dates

Monday 3 Dec                     Year 3 trip to Sheung Yiu

Monday 3 Dec                     Theatre Club performance 6.30pm

Weds 5 Dec                         Years 4-6 sports day at HKUST  9.30-1.30pm

Friday 7 Dec                        Yrs 4-6   Assembly (Year 5 hosting) 1.50pm

Tuesday 11 Dec                   PTA staff lunch

Tuesday 11 Dec                   Winter Music Groups Performance Concert 6.30-7.15pm in Hall

Wednesday 12 Dec             Student Reports available online through Parent Gateway

Weds 12 Dec                       Yrs 4-6 class parties

Thursday 13 Dec                 Yrs 1-3 Christmas Concert 8.4-9.30am on Playground

Thursday 13 Dec                  Yrs 1-3 class parties

Friday 14 Dec                       Last day of Term 1.  (school closes at 12.00 noon)

Message From The CWBS Office

This is a reminder to all parents about arriving late, picking up a child early and notifying the school of a student’s absence.

Late Arrival

If your child arrives at school after 8:30am, they must come to the office to sign in.

Early Pick Up

If you are picking up your child early, whether it’s for an appointment, family event or from the nurse, parents are required to go to the front office to sign their child out.

These procedures are in place to ensure that students’ attendance records are accurate and up to date.  Records often need to be cross checked for school bus, after school activities, and in emergency situations.


If your child is sick or attending other matters which will make them absent for the day, it is important that the parents inform the school by email ( info@cwbs.edu.hk ) or phone (2358 3221). Parents need to provide the reason for being absent (sick, family, tournament etc) and if the child is sick please let us know the symptoms. The school is required to notify the Health Department should we notice a pattern of certain illness.

Sport Events


On Tuesday 27 November CWBS hosted the Kowloon Side Netball tournament, held at Kowloon Junior School. 10 teams of very eager netballers participated in a round robin of games. We had two teams entered into the competition and in the end our teams played against each other for third and fourth place. It was a close game, with some excellent netball played! Testament to Ms Bryant’s amazing coaching skills. In the end CWBS team one scored two goals to win the game. Congratulations to all of our girls for showing excellent teamwork and sportsmanship. We wish you the best of luck for the upcoming tournament at Harrow. A special thank you to Ms Bryant for all of her work and a big thank you to Mr Craig for his organisation and support of this event.

The girls warming up before the start of play.


On Saturday 24 December, Mr McCann and a team of eight eager soccer players, represented CWBS in a Football tournament held at KGV. From all accounts the boys played brilliantly, showing great skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. CWBS played in the final and were placed second for the tournament following a penalty shoot out. Thank you to everyone who helped out in anyway and a big thank you to Mr McCann. Congratulations boys!

On Saturday we had a football tournament at KGV. After a slow start in our previous tournament on Monday we understood how important it was to start strong, work our hardest and try our best. The team included:

James Bevan – Goalkeeper

Leo Kloth – Defender

Miles Roseman – Defender

Felix Salonen – Defender

Tristan Verkade – Midfielder

Thomas Dyson – Midfielder

Zachary Jang – Striker

Alfie Stevens – Striker

Unfortunately we had to play without Bennett Nittke who got injured two days before the tournament so he couldn’t come. We had a tough first game against Quarry Bay school but managed to win 1-0 with a goal by Tristan. Our second game we played against Discovery college, who we lost against last time, but after digging deep we also won 1-0 with Tristan scoring for a second time. We were on a roll! Our next match was against Kellett Kowloon Bay we beat them last time so we knew we had slight advantage and we took the win by 2-0. Our last match of the group stage was against French International School, they scored a great goal but we didn’t let our heads go down and we came back with a 3-1 win with  two amazing goals by Thomas and another great goal by Tristan which meant we were top of the group and made it to the Cup Semi-Final.

In the Semi-Final we played against Kellett Pokfulam. They were really tough and we really had to show our determination and work hard for each other. We won 2-0, Thomas scored a superb goal from behind the half way line and Tristan was one on one with the keeper and slotted it in to the bottom right corner. That got us into the cup final against GSIS (German Swiss International school). The final was extremely exhausting, we worked hard but couldn’t find a way to score. It was 0-0 at the end which meant penalties. Unfortunately we lost 4-3 on penalties.

It was a great tournament and we are really proud of ourselves for doing so well.

Alfie Stevens, Tristan Verkade & Zachary Jang (6M)


U10 Team Fear Adventure Challenge Success

On 25th November 2018, Poppy Worthington (5B), Brianna Searle (5K) and Mikah Haigh-Smith (5K) took part in a fundraising adventure race called Team Fear. It included cycling, rock scrambling, running, swimming and a couple of injuries! The race was in aid of raising money for Youth Outreach, which provides fun activities for children who cannot afford to participate in dance and sport. In the end, the girls came in first place. Alex Fisher in 4T came second in his age group. There were also many more CWBS students that competed who did very well so well done to them. Everyone was very encouraging and showed perseverance. This is an annual event, so it would be great to see some more CWBS participants next year!


Girls Football Tournament 

On the 9th November, nine girls from years 4-6 attended a football tournament at Discovery College where we played against 6 other teams. The girls who attended were; Anique Wong (4L), Shellie Wat (4R), Ina Lam (4T), Rachel Xing (4T), Lola Weston (5B), Alicia Wong (5B), Johanna Middlemiss (5K), Maggie Pratt (6A), and Sophia Chen (4T). This was our second tournament playing together and we improved A LOT from our last one at the Peak.

During our first two games against Kellett and Shatin Junior School we showed great defensive skills but unfortunately lost by a few goals. Our last three games is where we showed the most improvement and perseverance! Our best game was against Discovery College where we worked together to move the ball up the field and played our positions well. Although Rachel and Ina had a few shots on goal, unfortunately we did not manage to score and lost by only 1 goal. The last game was a rematch with Discovery College’s second team. We were exhausted but we tried our best and showed great teamwork throughout the day and most importantly had lots of fun. Although we were the youngest team there, we were definitely the most improved! Go Team!

By Maggie Pratt (6A)

Box of Hope

A box of hope is a wonderful thing – It’s something that provides children with things in life. We believe that children and teenagers need such everyday items like a bar of soap, flannel, notebook, pencil, toothbrush & toothpaste!

   As soon as Mrs. Craggs said that if anyone would be interested to help out with the box of hope “stand” we raised our hands because we thought that if we tried hard enough we could help more than 100 unfortunate children.

On the first day to the last we helped out on the stand for many minutes.  At first no one knew what boxes of hope were but with the help of our friends and siblings we managed to collect 324 boxes of hope for people in need (last year there were only 75!)

When it was the time that the boxes of hope had to go we helped put them in big black bags ready to be taken away. Thankfully we were allowed to put the boxes of hope into the truck and had lots of fun doing it.

Let’s hope we can double the amount next year.

By Izzy Glover & Liz Pratt (5J)


Student Achievements

Florence Williams (6A) won the 5k race in Halong Bay, Vietnam this weekend, against all ages.
“Last week I went to Vietnam to take part in a race. The race was 5 kilometers and I came first. I am very happy with myself and I hope to do it again next year. I am also extremely proud of my mummy who came first in the marathon with a time of 2:59:00.” – Florence

Last Sunday, Rishi Butani (4T) won a medal and receive 1st place for Chess in his group.


Mahoney’s Maths for year 4 starting January 2019

By popular request it is planned to start an after school maths class for students currently in year 4

 The class is:

  • Aimed at those students who need to: catch up, consolidate and move on with Maths.
  • Open to students who are currently in Year 4
  • A small class so each student receives individual attention.

Dates: Classes will be on : Tuesday’s January 15th, 22nd and 29th Feb 12, 19th and 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th and April 2nd (11 session in all)

Tuesday’s from 3.45pm to 4.45 in a classroom (to be advised) at CWBS

Facilitator: Mark Mahoney

Cost $3,300 for the 11 sessions.  All materials provided.

There are also limited places available in classes that run on other days and times for years 5,6,7,8,9 and 10. Email for details if required.

Email : mmahoney@netvigator.com to enroll or for more details


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