7 Oct 2016

Newsletter 7/2016-17

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
 Introducing Your Jobs to Students
 Camp Update for Year 4 and 5
 Gateway Maintenance
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Looking ahead at QBS

  • Monday the 10th of October to Friday the 14th of October – Half Term Holiday
  • Monday the 17th of October – ESF continuous professional development day for staff (no school for students)
  • Tuesday the 18th of October – School resumes for all students
  • Wednesday the 19th of October to Friday the 21st of October – Year 5 Camp

I write this week’s enews at Outward Bound where I finished the week with the Year 6 students. The weather has been great for camp and even though there was some rainfall on the final night, the students were able to complete the full Outward Bound course. The Year 6 students have enjoyed their final primary school camp. I am yet to fully master the art of dormitory sleeping on camp and do my very best to improve year on year!

This week the Year 6 students were involved in orienteering, climbing low ropes, hiking, building canoes, dragon boat paddling, tunnel crawling, jetty jumping and prepping equipment for the overnight camp in the country park. Again the range of experiences at Outward Bound has been very good for the age group. It really has been a week where the Year 6 students were encouraged to ‘dig deep and find their grit’. I have been both proud and delighted to see their growing maturity and independence. They have been fine ambassadors for QBS. One of my favourite aspects of this particular camp would be the look of complete satisfaction on the faces of students when they overcome a challenge (big or small).

I expect the students (and staff) will return home on Friday with plenty of stories to share after such an active and adventurous week. Thank you to all staff for their diligence, care and thoughtfulness this week. It has been another successful trip to Outward Bound for QBS Year 6 students.

It has been a busy and productive half term at QBS which has finished with a great class assembly by 5L and 5G. Staff and students at QBS have worked very hard to start the learning year well. I thank all parents for their collaborative support and partnership. Looking back, Term 1 has started positively for our students. I look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday the 18th of October when school resumes.

Enjoy the time with your children over the coming week.


Introducing Your Jobs to Students

Can you help? Year One are looking for willing people in the community to come in to present and be interviewed about their job roles. The purpose is to better understand the roles and responsibilities in their wider community. Job roles we are looking for include:

Doctor, builder, plumber, fireman, police officer, vet, nurse, shop assistant, restaurant manager, domestic helper, chef, waiter.

If you have any family friends who you know would be interested and willing please put them in contact with us. This will be a very short time commitment and can be worked around your schedules. In some cases we can also provide translators if your friends or family feel that their English is not good enough.

Please contact any of the Year 1 teachers if you are able to help.

Mrs Stephanie GILCHRIST
Year 1 Leader

Camp Update for Year 4 and 5

Luggage on Buses

The school buses can become very cramped with the children’s luggage on the morning of camp. Whilst it is possible to accommodate luggage that can be placed at the student’s feet, bags or cases larger than this cannot be transported safely. Particularly affected bus routes are: 6,8,9,10 and 11.

If alternative travel arrangements can be arranged on Wednesday morning, this would be greatly appreciated.

Gateway Maintenance

The Gateway will be out of service from 8pm Friday Oct 7th – 9am Sunday Oct 9th for maintenance.

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 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

Order forms will be distributed to students on 18 October 2016. The deadline date for submission of orders is 1 November 2016.

Parent Volunteers: if you would like to be a parent volunteer at either of the Pizza Lunch then please fill in the application at the bottom of the order form and send it in. Due to limited classes per Pizza Lunch the Parent volunteers will be confirmed on first-come-first serve basis.

5th Junior Chess Star Competition 2016

Rescheduled Date is Sunday, 22 January 2017

Firstly, thank you to all the parents and students for registering for the “5th Chess Star Competition 2016”, and sending in your registration fees.

We are pleased to confirm that the rescheduled date for the Chess Competition is Sunday 22nd January 2017.

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

The QBS PTA LTD will be banking in all registration fees within the next week. Following this you will receive an email of “Confirmation of Participation” for the Chess Competition.

For further details or clarifications please do not hesitate to contact Mona Diwan on mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk or by phone on 28871004.

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.

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.

PTA School Buses

All students are required to be at the bus stop 5-8 minutes prior the scheduled times to avoid missing the bus. The school bus will NOT wait for any late students. All students who are not collected at the stops by guardians in the afternoon, will be brought back to school by the bus mum, for which extra transportation charges are applicable (as stated in the bus rules). The buses will operate according to the Hong Kong Standard Time which can be matched by the clock on the bus, the TV or Radio.

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.


Parakito Mosquito Bands: NEW Design Bands and Refills are available for purchase now!

Parakito Mosquito Sprays: NEW Sprays are available for purchase now! Sprays will only be sold to parents & carers (adults) and are not to be used by students in school.

Winter Uniforms: will be available for purchase from Tuesday, 25 October 2016 onwards. Winter uniform order forms will be available on the PTA section of the website. You may place your pre-orders. All pre-orders can be collected after 25 October 2016.

Parent Volunteers – Shop: we request for parent volunteers to help during the transition period on Friday, 21 October 2016, and assist with checking stock and stocking up uniforms. If you would like to assist please contact Rathi Nandakumar via email on ptashop@qbs.edu.hk.

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”