24 Mar 2017

Newsletter 25/2016-17

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
 Student Voice Poster Competition
 QBS Win the The ESF Tag Rugby Tournament
 QBS Clubs
 Private Clubs and ESF Ed Services
 Job Vacancy – Bus Escorts / Bus Mothers
 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

  • Monday the 27th of March – Year 1 Vaccinations
  • Tuesday the 28th of March – Year 3 Athletics Day and Year 3 Art Gallery for parents
  • Wednesday the 29th of March:
    • Portfolios returned to school
    • Year 1 Story Festival
    • Year 2 with Plastic Free Seas guest speaker
  • Thursday the 30th of March – Year 6 Exhibition
  • Friday the 31st of March – School finishes at 12:00 noon

QBS Exhibition

Next Thursday the Year 6 students will host the QBS Exhibition. The area of focus for the students relates to the human rights of refugees in Hong Kong. The students are busy with their various learning projects and have impressed me this week with their knowledge. Next week is their opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills after six years of learning in the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP). Year 6 students have started various types of action to raise awareness of the issues faced by refugees living in our city. I am looking forward to the QBS Exhibition next week.

We all dressed sporty on Friday to take some action as a school in support of refugees. One very creative group decided it would be a fun idea to give students a chance to ‘tape Ms Dunstan’ to the wall as part of a football activity. It certainly excited 720 students and I actually was taped to the wall on Friday. It was good action by the Year 6s as it raised the whole school’s awareness and also gave them a chance to advocate for the purchase to sports equipment to promote well-being for refugees in the community. The students raised over $10,000.00 for Christian Action. Here is a picture of me taped to the wall!

Sport at QBS

Thank you for the support on Tuesday at the Year 4 Athletics Day. I was at the rugby tournament so missed it this year. Please enjoy the story below about the rugby this week. I have had positive reports from staff and students about the athletics event. We appreciated the parental involvement again this year.

On Friday we had a Sports Assembly led by Mr Schroder and Mr Leone. It was an opportunity to recognise all of the fantastic effort by our students in various sporting teams and events this academic year. We even celebrated the achievements of two parents in our community at the assembly. Elise Daly and Anna Pinder represented Hong Kong in netball at the recent tri-nations tournament which included Malaysia and Zimbabwe.

Year 3 Athletics Day

We hope for fine weather next Tuesday for the athletics day next week. The Year 3 students are busy preparing for the event and have also been extremely creative in recent weeks during their unit of inquiry. The students are proud of their art. We are looking forward to our Year 3 parents enjoying being in school next Tuesday for athletics and the Year 3 Art Exhibition.


Student Voice Poster Competition

This term the Student Voice held a poster competition to promote moving carefully and safely on the stairs.

Due to a huge number of entries being submitted one winning poster was selected from each year group. These students were:

Year 1: Wesley Dharma (1R)
Year 2: Adelynn Chan (2W)
Year 3: Karin Shigiya (3S)
Year 4: Group entry – Philip Leung (4Y), Amboise Hui (4Y), Maxwell Miller (4Y), Jin Choy (4Y), Thomas Min (4Y), Ian Park (4Y)
Year 5: Akshara Lakshminarasimhan (5L)
Year 6: Stella Min (6A)

Copies of these posters will now be displayed on the stairwells through out our school to remind the students of how to move.

Special congratulations to Akshara Lakshminarasimhan (5L) who was selected as the overall winner of the competition and the winner of the star prize, a book voucher.

QBS Win the The ESF Tag Rugby Tournament

Many congratulations to our Rugby ‘A’ Team who competed against 15 other ESF and International schools, and ended up as tournament winners.

In the initial stages, we won our league by beating; Bradbury, Beacon Hill and Kellett Schools. This meant that we went through to the Cup Semi Final, where we beat Australian International School 8 tries to 7, in a close game. In the Cup Final, we beat Kennedy School 4 tries to 3 with a ‘sudden death’ score, to take the title in exciting fashion.

Our ‘B’ Team also did very well, and finished second in the Second Division Competition.

QBS Clubs

On Monday the 27th March, the Gateway will be updated at 4pm on which QBS clubs your child has been accepted in.

Please note that the Multi Skills Sports (Year 3 only) still has some spaces available. The club will be held in Term 3 on Thursday after school.

Here is more information on the club:

The Year 3 Multi-sports club provides an introduction to various sporting activities with a focus on fundamental concepts such as speed, agility, balance and ball familiarity. Students will experience a range of sporting skills through activities such as gymnastics, basketball, football, tennis and athletics.

If you would like to sign up your child please contact Nurse Delia for more information.

Private Clubs and ESF Ed Services

The Term 3 Private Clubs and ESF Ed Services are now taking enrolments.

If you are interested in signing up your children please contact the club leaders directly.

The clubs banner are on our school website (Home>Life at QBS>Clubs)

These are the clubs available.

  • Move for Life info@moveforlife.asia
  • ESF ED Services-sports@esf.org.hk
  • Primary Matters- primarymattershk@gmail.com
  • Creative Problem Solving/Envirnmomnetal Club – tonycann2015@gmail.com
  • Bricks for Kidz-heytontze@gmail.com
  • Show De Bola Soccer- Talentsportshk@gmail.com
  • Starlit Voice-wendy.warren@starlit.hk
  • Foundation Filmaker Academy-emily.au@foundationge.com
  • Activekids-Elsie@activekidshk.com
  • Paper Flower/Knitting- Husain.ahmad1935@gmail.com
  • ChessKids-hkgoclub@yahoo.com.hk

Job Vacancy – Bus Escorts / Bus Mothers

We are urgently looking for Bus Escorts/Bus Mothers to take care of our student bus riders, and ensure safe and sensible travel, to and from school daily. The job entails approximately one hour in the mornings and one hour in the afternoons. Applications for full day (i.e., morning and afternoon), or either morning or afternoon shifts are welcome. Please click here to learn more.

ESF Sports and Language Spring Camps

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events

Term 3

  • Spring Disco (Years 1-4): 27th April 2017
  • New Year 1 Student – Induction Day: 2nd June, 2017

“Readathon 2017” – a Reading Marathon!

Collection of the forms is complete and the results of the winners will be posted on next week’s newsletter – please look out for that!

All awards will be presented at the next school assembly.

The categories for 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.


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 12:00 noon due to end of Term 2.
  • School Bus Schedule for Early School Closure – click here.
  • 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 Leadership Team look 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.

“Click here for PTA Office and Shop Operation”