9 Dec 2016

Newsletter 15/2016-17

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
 A Visit to Cambodia – International Starfish Foundation
 Sports News
 QBS Clubs
 Charity – 2nd Hand Uniform
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

The past week highlighted to me the wonderful community we have at QBS. Last Friday night’s Christmas Fayre was a huge success and a testament to the effort we put into home-school partnerships for students. Overall the attendance at the fayre was the best I have ever experienced – I did not know the playground could host so many guests! It seems we celebrated with 2000 visitors. The contributions by parents and staff ensured the fayre was a great way to celebrate the end of a successful first term at QBS.

This week the students have enjoyed some fun in the lead up to Christmas. They have had their end of term class parties – the students were so excited when their ‘party day’ arrived. The students also enjoyed the Pirates v Mermaids Panto. The panto was very entertaining, energetic and an impressive production. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from community members. Thank you very much to all staff and parents involved in supporting the QBS Drama Club, QBS Orchestra and QBS Rock Band. Special thanks to Miss Ceri Hill our wonderful lead teacher of the expressive arts. The students were outstanding in the panto. This week I felt truly proud to be a member of the QBS community.

It has been a busy term for students. The learning progress of each student along with making every day count have been the priority of QBS staff. Interim Reports are available on Gateway. Please click here to read your child’s online Interim Report.

It is a privilege to be the Principal of QBS. I am fortunate to be involved in the lives of QBS students and value the work done by hard working staff. I also would like to wish those students and families leaving QBS all the very best for the future. I look forward to seeing everyone in January 2017 for another productive term. I wish everyone at QBS a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


A Visit to Cambodia – International Starfish Foundation

On Saturday 19th November Miss Trunkfield, and two other ESF teachers, went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to work with the charity IndoChina Starfish Foundation (ISF – Making a difference – one child at a time). We were mainly training teachers in Guided Reading to support their English language ‘Catch Up’ teaching programme.

The Indochina Starfish Foundation is an International Charity which helps some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children in Cambodia. They believe that every child has a right to education, healthcare and sport. The charity works with children in Phnom Penh who have not been able to attend school for economic reasons and supports them through a ‘Catch Up’ programme so they can enter into state school at a later date.

We went to Phnom Penh after a period of planning and consultation with ISF and other colleagues across ESF who were interested in supporting the charity. We trained the ISF teachers in Guided Reading on the Monday and Tuesday. We got to teach the children and plan and observe the other teachers to develop and support future planning.

The project has been supported by ESF as part of their action for charity. I hope to remain on the ESF team and hopefully continue to work alongside the ISF teachers in other ways. These might include working on projects with children in our school. We are trying to help by providing the children access to native English language speakers as well as providing materials to teach with.
If anyone would like any further information on the charity please follow this link or speak to Miss Trunkfield.

Sports News

Netball Teams

Congratulations to our wonderful netball teams who have all now competed in their respective A,B and C competitions. We have so many fantastic netball players at Quarry Bay School and our coaches Mr Leone, Mrs Trunkfield, Mrs Ferriday, Miss Creighton and Coach Anita have really enjoyed the after school practice sessions on Wednesdays.

QBS Boys Football Teams

Congratulations to all our boys football teams who have competed in a number of tournaments over the last couple of weeks. The QBS A and B team played in the annual ESF tournament last Saturday, with the A team reaching the cup semi final and the B Team winning the Ribbon tournament.

QBS then had 3 teams in the DBIS Tournament who are pictured below.

Operation Santa Claus 5 – aside football tournament

QBS were represented by a team of Year 4 Boys. The boys were also responsible for raising money for the charity. They did a magnificent job selling Christmas cards and running their stall at the school fayre, in addition to representing QBS at the tournament.

Year 1 and 2 Athletics Events

The Year 1 and 2 Athletic Events will take place early in term 2. Invitations have been emailed to parents detailing information about the events.

  • Year 2 Athletics – Wednesday 11th January
  • Year 1 Athletics – Friday 13th January

QBS Clubs

The Gateway was updated 4pm on Wednesday 7th December 2016 regarding your child’s activity. Please check the status under the ‘My Activities’ tab for both Academic Clubs and Sports clubs. It will either say ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’.

Charity – 2nd Hand Uniform

Thank you to all the parents who have bought 2nd hand clothes. We have tallied the money from Term 3 of last year up to now and have raised $10,228. This will be given to our charity committee.

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events:

  • Friday, 13 January 2017: Disco Night
  • Sunday, 22 January 2017: Junior Chess Star Competition 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!