4 Nov 2016

Newsletter 10/2016-17

Quarry Bay School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

 Principal’s Comments
 Crafting Table at the Christmas Fayre
 Fifth Disease
 SIS – NIGHTFEST 2016 – 18 Nov
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Looking ahead at QBS

  • Wednesday the 9th of November – PTA Pizza Day Years 1-3 (optional for students to order pizza for lunch)
  • Thursday the 10th of November – Year 5 Mandarin Parent Teacher Consultations (appointment bookings via Gateway)
  • Friday the 11th of November – PTA Pizza Day Years 4-6 (optional for students to order pizza for lunch)

Positive Education Workshop for Parents

Parents are invited to attend a workshop about Positive Education on Thursday the 17th of November from 6.00 – 6.40pm. This workshop will be a valuable opportunity for parents to learn more about how to support their child’s emotional and social well-being. This aspect of development is very important for all children. At QBS staff are increasingly using strategies to promote awareness of character strengths and why they are important in our lives. Positive Education strategies equip students with life skills to assist them to develop into happy, confident and resilient young people. It is a skill set which is becoming more and more important in a rapidly changing world. The workshop will be followed by a short PTA AGM. Please consider this workshop and sign up by clicking here.


The weather has turned cooler this week. All students must be wearing proper winter uniform by the 1st of December. Uniform standards at QBS are high. Please be reminded that the QBS uniform is to be worn properly during winter. Long-sleeved t-shirts under short-sleeved QBS shirts and non QBS jackets, fleeces or sweaters are not permitted. The PTA shop has the full range of proper winter uniform available. All of these uniform items keep children warm during the colder months. Your cooperation and support is appreciated as we transition into the winter uniform.

Another Busy Week of Learning

I have seen some excellent lessons around school during the week in all areas of the curriculum. Having the privilege of seeing students busy at work and making learning progress across Years 1 to 6 is the best part of my job. Students have been very engaged in their learning and very confidently explaining what they are learning and why. Teachers have commenced Interim Reports and these will be published for parents on Gateway at 12.00pm on Friday the 9th of December.


Crafting Table at the Christmas Fayre

Calling all crafters!
This year we are trialling a Crafter’s Table at the Christmas Fayre.

This is an opportunity for those in our QBS community who enjoy crafting (knitting/sewing/crochet/painting/making craft items etc.) to sell their work. The rules for this table are:

  • No businesses.
  • Crafters using the table make a donation of $100- this money will be part of the proceeds from the Christmas Fayre that is usually donated to charity.
  • The table will be shared with other crafters.
  • Items are hand made, not bought.

If you are interested in this venture, please email Sue Yee on sue.yee@qbs.edu.hk

Fifth Disease

We have recently had a few cases of Erythema Infectiosum (Fifth Disease, Slapped Cheek) reported in different year groups.

Fifth Disease is a mildly contagious viral illness. It usually occurs in small outbreaks in children over the age of two. The most distinctive symptom of the disease is red rash on both cheeks.

Typical incubation is 4 to 14 days after which the following symptoms appear:

  • Bright red cheeks, contrasting with a pale area around the mouth.
  • Fever.
  • A rash develops 1 to 4 days after the cheeks become red. The rash appears on the arms and legs and occasionally on the trunk. It is a blotchy or lace-like rash and can last 7 to 10 days.
  • Joint pain.

Please take your child immediately to your family doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. Do not send your child to school. If the doctor confirms that your child has the illness, please inform the school.

Please note that pregnant women should minimise contact with this illness during the first trimester. If this impacts on a family member, we recommend advice from a medical practitioner.

Delia Guastella Monti
School Nurse

SIS – NIGHTFEST 2016 – 18 Nov


PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events:

  • Wednesday, 9 November 2016: Pizza Lunch – Lower school (Year 1, 2 and 3)
  • Friday, 11 November 2016: Pizza Lunch – Upper school (Year 4, 5 and 6)
  • Thursday, 17 November 2016: PTA Workshop and Annual General Meeting
  • Friday, 2 December 2016: Christmas Fayre
  • Sunday, 22 January 2017: Junior Chess Star Competition 2016

Pizza Lunch

  • Lower School – to be held on Wednesday, 09 November 2016
  • Upper School – to be held on Friday, 11 November 2016

Submission for order form is closed now.

Workshop and AGM


  • Parent registration, please click here.
  • Teacher registration, please click here.

Deadline for Registration: 10 November 2016

The Quarry Bay School PTA Limited plays an important part in supporting QBS and the QBS Community. Our Annual General Meeting is a forum for information for all parents and teachers. At the meeting, Our PTA Chairman will give updates on PTA events and activities of the last school year, our Honorary Treasurer will present the highlights of the financial reports for the last school year, and our Principal will be highlighting past and future developments at school and how the PTA’s support enhances the learning facilities for all our students. As “Parents as Partners” we seek your participation, contribution and support, which is vital for us to continue to support our students and the QBS community.

We look forward to your attendance at our Parent Workshop on “Positive Education”, Cocktails and followed by the most important PTA event of the year, the AGM!

Please click on the below AGM Documents for viewing:

Christmas Winter Fayre 2016

Save the date…

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Mark this date on your calendar! Our biggest festive and fun event of the year is coming up and preparations are underway. Come along with your family and friends to enjoy the festivities………

Last year’s Christmas Fayre was a huge success and the funds raised were given to school towards the school renovation project – which is now complete!

Wanted: Lucky Draw/Tombola Prize Sponsors:

We are looking for donations for the lucky draw/tombola prizes. Examples of prizes donated last year were: Gift hampers, I.T gift vouchers, headphones, wine bottles, brand-new board games, brand-new toys, brand-new stationery, chocolates, brand-new housewares, dining vouchers, and a lot more. Cash donations are also welcome. This will allow the PTA to purchase additional prizes for the stall.

If you would like to sponsor/donate a prize please email your contribution to mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk, specifying your name, your child’s name, class number and contact number. Please ensure all prizes are NEW and in good condition and all vouchers should be valid till 30 June 2017 or after. All donations sent in must be labelled: “LUCKY DRAW PRIZE”, and sent into the PTA Office to the attention of Mona Diwan – not later than 10th November 2016.

Wanted: Parent Volunteers – for International Food Stalls & Other Areas:

We are pleased to invite parents to run the International Food Stalls and Other Stalls at the event. As in the past, we encourage parents to group together and run their food stalls, selling food specialities from their countries.

Please click here to register as a Parent Volunteer for the event.

(Our events team will liaise with you and assist you closely to make all the arrangements of supplies for the event.)

Invitation: Commercial Vendors

We are pleased to invite Commercial Vendors for the event.

Please click here for the vendor applications form.

As there are limited spaces available, please send the original form and fee to the PTA office as soon as possible. All vendor spaces are available on first come first serve basis. For further queries please do not hesitate to contact Mona Diwan (PTA Coordinator) on mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk.

5th Junior Chess Star Competition 2016

Rescheduled Date is Sunday, 22 January 2017

The closing date for registrations has been extended till 5 December 2016.

So if you have not yet registered please do so now!
See here for more information on the Poster.
Please click here for online registration.

Parent Volunteers – Chess Competition
We welcome parent volunteers who would like to help with the event. Please contact us as soon as possible at mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk.

PTA School Buses

No school on 4th November 2016 – due to CPD (staff continuous professional development)
Therefore the school buses will not be operating on that day and the PTA Office will be closed.

Change in Daily Travel Schedule: Parents are requested to inform the PTA by email ONLY to pta@qbs.edu.hk for any change in daily travel schedule for their child/ren before 12:00noon. You are also required to inform the school/class teacher separately.


Winter Uniforms: will be available for purchase now. All pre-orders are ready and can be collected now!

Feedback or Suggestions

If you have any feedback, or suggestions you would like to make for our events or services provided, please email them directly to: ptasuggestions@qbs.edu.hk. Your email will be received directly by our Chairman, who will reply to you at the earliest available moment.


We request all parents to support a greener environment by BYOB “bring your own bag” when you come to purchase items from the shop.

[With immediate effect the PTA Shop will no longer provide any shopping bags].

Please contact us on 2566 4242 (ask to transfer to PTA), or 2887 1004 for further queries, or by email to pta@qbs.edu.hk, during operation hours.

“Click here for PTA Office and Shop Operation”