3 Mar 2017

Newsletter 22/2016-17

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
 QBS Book Week 13th-17th March
 Diane Frankenstein Reading Workshop
 ESF Sports and Language Spring Camps
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 2

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Key dates for next week

  • Thursday the 9th of March – Year 2 Mandarin Parent Teacher Consultations

It was good to see parents in school this week for the parent teacher consultations. We look forward to welcoming parents again in the coming weeks. Thank you for being part of this important process in your child’s learning. Please be reminded that at QBS we welcome contact from parents at any time. Your child’s ongoing learning progress and well-being at school are the priority of staff. At QBS the door is always open to parents so do not hesitate to contact staff about any aspect of school life for your child.

Thank you to the QBS PTA for the Hotdog Day this week. It seemed to be popular with students and I am sure they will look forward to more of these in future.

I enjoyed a few games of rugby on Friday at the CIS pitch during the annual tournament. QBS students represented our school very well and tried their best in all games. I was proud of their team effort and enthusiasm during the games. Thank you to Mr Mason, Mr Ogilvie and Mr Kade for their coaching, effort and guidance with our QBS rugby students.

Li Ha

The students showed great care and respect for Ah Fun this week. As you know Ah Fun retired this week after 20 years of outstanding service to QBS. The students told me many stories this week about how they had personally thanked Ah Fun and wished her all the best for the future. I was proud of the respect and appreciation expressed to Ah Fun by so many students. We have welcomed Li Ha to the QBS amah team.



QBS Book Week 13th-17th March

Theme: Stories and poems from around the world

We are really excited about the QBS Book Week coming up. On Monday the 13th March we will kick start the week with a Book Character Dress Up Day. This is an opportunity for the children to dress as their favourite book character for the day. We ask that the children bring a donation of $10 that will go towards new books for the Indochina Starfish Foundation, a charity supported by ESF, based in Cambodia.

The QBS Student Voice group are organising a book drive for second hand picture books. They are asking for one good quality, second hand, picture book from each QBS family. These books will be distributed in the local community. These will be collected on Monday13th March.

There will be all kinds of activities going on around the school. One of those activities is our Throne of Books. This is a Throne in which people sit and read stories to the children throughout the week. If you are keen to read a story in your mother tongue, to your child’s class, please contact Anna Trunkfield or your child’s teacher to arrange a time to do that.

Happy Reading!


The immunisations forms for DPTP have been sent out for Year 1 students. Please send in the consent form (original records) or refusal form by the 10th of March. No forms will be accepted after this date. The immunisations will be held on Monday 27th of March.

Diane Frankenstein Reading Workshop

QBS parents and carers are invited to Chinese International School for a high quality workshop on reading with your child, with Diane Frankenstein. See the brief description of the presentation below. Please help us to know numbers, by filling out this Google Form so we may pass this on to our host, Jeffrey Comer, at CIS

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Venue: Chinese International School, Hong Kong Auditorium
Topic: Conversational Reading

Overview of the Workshop

Your child loves books and stories. They are learning how to read and probably reading independently.

Learn the art of ‘conversational reading’ from the lady who coined the phrase herself, Diane Frankenstein.

Conversational Reading follows a simple equation: Read a Book, Ask a Question, Start a Conversation

In our hectic schedules and media saturated world, reading with our children and talking with them about what matters, is more important than ever before.

Books help to jump start conversations that are important to children.

Topics covered include: self-esteem, bullying, friendship, boasting and being true to yourself.

As QBS will be holding their book week during this week, this will be a great addition for parents to the programme of events at school.

ESF Sports and Language Spring Camps

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events

Term 2

  • Readathon: 27th February – 20th March, 2017

Term 3

  • Spring Disco (Years 1-4): To be confirmed
  • Movie Afternoon (Years 5-6): To be confirmed
  • New Year 1 Student – Induction Day: 2nd June, 2017


The PTA is looking-out for parents who would be interested to be event leaders for any of the above events, with assistance and guidance from PTA Committee and Staff.
If Yes, please contact us immediately on mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk. We will be happy to furnish you with all related details.

Hotdog Sizzle & Pizza Lunch

This is the first time we have held a Hotdog & Pizza Lunch for our students.

We would like to thank all our students, parent volunteers, teachers and QBS staff for making the event possible and successful.

Request for Feedback:

We would like to urge all parents and students to send us feedback regarding this event to enable us to decide whether it should be held more often. Please forward all feedback, positive and negative, to ptasuggestions@qbs.edu.hk.

The more replies you send in, the easier it will be for our PTA Events Committee to determine the popularity of the event and to schedule future similar events, as well as make improvements along the way.

“Readathon 2017” – a Reading Marathon!

We are nearing the end of Week 1 of the Readathon, and have 1 more week to go! We hope that all QBS students are reading away! We look forward to declaring the winners of this year’s Readathon in the below categories….

The “Readathon” Awards are:

  • Top 3 Students – Lower School
  • Top 3 Students – Upper School
  • Top Class with Highest Consolidated Reading Time – Per Year Group
    • Will receive: a) Pizza lunch for class students, teacher and EA; & b) $1000 Paddyfield gift voucher to order new classroom readers.


Guidelines & Forms: have been distributed to all students on Tuesday, 21st February 2017. Please click below to download the forms.

  • Readathon 2016-2017: Guidelines – click here
  • Readathon 2016-2017: Reading Record – click here
  • Readathon 2016-2017: Sponsorship Record – click here

Deadline for all submission of all sponsorships is: Monday 20th March 2017.

PTA Shop

Summer Uniform Available

Summer uniform will be available for purchase commencing 28th March 2017. Updated order forms will be posted onto the website next week. Pre-Orders are welcome (all pre-orders can be collected after 28th March 2017).

School Buses

End of Term – Early school closure : Friday, 31st March 2017

  • School will close at 12:00noon due to end of Term 2.
  • School Bus Schedule for Early School Closure – will be posted in next week’s newsletter.
  • Change in Travel: all notification of change in travel of your child on this day is to be emailed to pta@qbs.edu.hk not later than 10:00am on 31st March 2017.

Change of bus travel arrangement:

We still have many parents who do not inform the PTA if their child/ren have a change in afternoon travel arrangements on the buses. The above results in a delay in departure of the buses from school, while the PTA and Senior Management of the school is looking for the missing students.

We therefore request your cooperation to notify us before 12:30pm of the day for change in travel arrangement of your child. This procedure is imperative and in the best interest and safety of your child. (Parents are requested to inform PTA via email at pta@qbs.edu.hk as well as copying the message to the Class Teacher/School before 12:30pm.)

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.

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