28 Oct 2016

Newsletter 9/2016-17

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
 Expressive Arts News
 Year 1 and 2 QBS Parent Reading Presentation
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Looking ahead at QBS

  • Friday the 4th of November, 2016 – staff continuous professional development (QBS closed to students)

We have had a great week of Diwali activities going on around the school culminating in a very colourful playground this morning with the children dressed in beautiful outfits and colours. I would like to extend a special thanks to all the teachers that enabled the children to experience dancing, henna, clay and colouring activities throughout lunchtimes this week. A special thanks to our parents who offered help and support. Shilpa Gusain was supporting Bollywood dancing group and Sonia Borthakur and Cecilia Ng who read beautiful stories with the children to help them learn more about the festival.

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During the week I have enjoyed being out on camp at Cheung Chau with the Year 4 students from 4S and 4W. The weather was perfect and there were so many occasions during the camp when I felt tremendously proud of the students. They were respectful and caring of peers and energetic when faced with new experiences. It was another successful camp for QBS students. One of my jobs was to give dormitory points to the students during camp and they certainly made the task extremely difficult for me. In all of my years teaching, I have never seen such tidy dormitories on school camp! I had to establish various levels of dormitory points to reward order, planning and tidiness. By the final day of camp, students were eligible for diamond level points for their dormitory teamwork. We had lots of fun at Cheung Chau.

The Year 3 students enjoyed their day trip around Hong Kong this week. Staff value the real life learning the students then bring back into school after such trips. Thank you to all parent helpers involved in this trip – we could not do these journeys without your support.

Thank you to 6A and 6J for their thought provoking assembly about how we can all have a growth mindset.

Please be reminded that next Friday is a professional development day for staff and school is closed for students.


Expressive Arts News

Congratulations to Emerald Ho (5G) and Henry Au Yeung (5Y) for being the first children at QBS to successfully pass all of their Karate Recorder belts! Be warned they are black belts, armed with their recorders, dangerous and ready to play you a tune!

Look out for the Elite Year 5 Recorder players at the Christmas Fair; they are looking forward to entertaining you!


Year 1 and 2 QBS Parent Reading Presentation

We will be running a Year 1 and 2 Reading Workshop for parents on Thursday 3rd November 8:30-9:15 am, in the QBS Hall. This will be a very similar session to what we ran last year for Y1 parents around early reading development and how you can support your child with reading at home. If you missed this last year and would like to join you are more than welcome to attend.

Please click here to fill in the Google form if you would like to attend the workshop to help us know numbers.

We look forward to welcoming you to QBS.

Kind regards,
Anna Trunkfield

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

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, 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.

Please click here for Order Form – Lower School
Please click here form Order Form – Upper School

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”