5 May 2017

Newsletter 29/2016-17

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
 Charity News
 Grow Your Mind Day
 2nd Hand Uniforms
 HKFC Girls Rugby Open Day
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 3

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Key dates for next week

  • Wednesday the 10th May – PTA Disco (Year 1 to Year 4)

I was proud of QBS students this week. It was a somewhat disrupted week due to public holidays and, even though this was the case, the students were very settled across the school. Learning routines continued as normal for everyone. Well done QBS students.

It was good to welcome Year 1 parents into school for their Mandarin Parent Teacher Consultation. It is hoped this revised model of consultations improves parental access to the Mandarin Team.

5Y and 5A shared a really enjoyable class assembly to end the week. Thank you to the students for their enthusiasm and entertaining assembly. The students certainly made learning about light and sound fun.

This week one of the 5 Semi Finals for the Hong Kong Battle of the Books tournaments was held at QBS. There were 5 teams competing in our hall and QBS were up against Kennedy School, Canadian International, French International and Victoria Shanghai Academy. Each team completed four rounds of twelve questions based on the twenty competition books. It was extremely tense and we are very proud to announce that the QBS team won and are going to the final in two weeks. Congratulations QBS! The battlers and their support team were fantastic.

Please note that Student Voice will hold a dress red, white and blue day next Friday the 12th of May to support a charity in Thailand. For further information from the students please read below.

I encourage parents to consider helping out at the QBS Grow Your Mind Day on the 28th of June. This is a positive event for our students later this term and will be facilitated by staff and parent volunteers. Please read the information below in this newsletter for details.

Please note that there have been date changes for the Year 5 and Year 6 Athletics Days and the Celebration of Learning Day. You will find these date changes in the key dates for Term 3 (immediately above).


Expressive Arts News

ESF Celebration of Dance – Under the Same Sky

Last Friday 15 children from Year 3 represented QBS at a dance celebration at Kowloon Junior School. The evening was a huge success and it was fantastic to see such a broad range of high quality dances from across ESF. The Year 3 children did QBS proud and danced with gusto and energy as a Tornado! Congratulations to these children: Ken, Kaitlyn, Andreas, Isaac, Arianna, Kotomi, Josh, Milla, Abby, Valerie, Ashley, Campbell, Giso, Marcus and Luke.

Charity News

The student voice have been looking at new links for our school and how they can help others around the world.

In consultation with West Island School, QBS have decided to lend their assistance to the Maekok River Village Project in Northern Thailand. This project relies mainly on volunteers and outside assistance to help in some way with most of the 38 schools in the area.

You can read more about the project in the following link:

Community Involvement

Currently, MRVR are building a special needs school called “Thomas House” and are in desperate need of equipment to help with their curriculum. This is where QBS student voice wish to help and to help buy some of these resources.

So next Friday 12th May, we will be holding a ‘Dress Casual Day.’

Children will be asked to come dressed in the colours of the Thai flag, either RED, WHITE or BLUE or a combination of all three. (If your child has PE on this day, please ensure they are appropriately dressed for lessons)

Each child will be asked to bring in $10 for the occasion. Of course some families kindly donate more and this is always welcome.

Grow Your Mind Day- 28th JUNE


Grow Your Mind Day is all about children achieving, giving things a go and deciding that they can do it and not giving up. It’s going from a can’t attitude to a can attitude. We will be running mini-workshops that will focus on a skill or topic that they can’t do, find challenging or may not have had the opportunity to try before. If you would like to volunteer for the whole day or have any skills you could share then we would love your help. For example, Zumba, art, yoga, games, math challenges, ICT programs, to name but only a few.

If you are interested then please complete the Google Form HERE by Friday 12th May. Any further questions please contact Mr McLarnon – mclarj2@quarrybaykids.com.

2nd Hand Uniforms

The Summer second hand uniforms will be on sale on Monday 9th May outside the medical. There are many sizes, so please come have have a browse.


HKFC Girls Rugby Open Day

Please click here for information about this open day at HKFC next Sunday. It’s open to all girls

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events

Term 3

  • Spring Disco (Years 1-4): 10th May 2017
  • Pizza Lunch: 26th May 2017
  • New Year 1 Student – Induction Day: 2nd June, 2017

“DISCO” – For Year 1 to 4!
(Coming up on 10th May 2017)

Our next upcoming event is: the “Disco”. This is an afternoon disco held for Year 1 to 4 students only, and will commence straight after school till 4:00pm. If you have not yet received your application form – please click here to download now.

[The Disco event is for QBS students only.]

Deadline date for submission of form is today.

All students attending the Disco can come to school in their dancing clothes. If students have PE on that day, please bring along your PE shoes to change for the PE class.

Disco Games & Prizes:
There will be lots of Disco games and Disco prizes to be won……..The biggest award for the afternoon will be for “Disco King” & “Disco Queen”!

Parent Volunteers:
If you would like to be a parent volunteer for the event – please email us at mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk to confirm.
[All communication should include: Your child’s name, class no, your mobile no, and email address.]

“New Year 1 Student” Induction Day!
(Coming up on 2nd June 2017)

Parent Volunteers:
We would like to request for parent volunteers to assist with the Induction Day of the New Year 1 Students and Parents, to welcome them to Quarry Bay School, and to assist and guide them with uniform ordering/collection and booking school bus service. Your assistance, guidance and support will “Make a Positive Difference”!

If you are interested and available from 8:00am to 10:30am, please do join and assist us for the most important morning of every New Year 1 Student and Parent. Please confirm by sending us an email to mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk on or before 25th May 2017.
[All communication should include: Your Child’s Name, Class No, Your Mobile No, and Email address.]

PTA Shop

The PTA Shop will change operation hours for the rest of this term till further notice:

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8:00am – 11:00am
  • Thursdays: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    [The office will assist to collect any pre-orders and payments for uniforms. You will be contacted by the Shop Supervisor once your order is ready for collection.]

School Buses

School Bus Applications – Next Academic Year 2017/2018

  • The deadline date for submission of School Bus Applications is closed.
  • All incomplete applications will be returned this week to parents for completion.
  • All re-submissions of completed applications and payment will be processed from date of second receipt, and will be processed on a first-come, first serve basis, provided seats are available.
  • All submissions of application forms will be treated on first-come, first-serve basis.
  • All late applications – after 5th May 2017 will be subject to a $100 administration charge.
  • All cheques of current date will be banked in commencing 9th May 2017 till end May 2017. Please ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the payment.
    (All returned/bounced cheques are subject to $100 administration charge.)

Confirmation of bus status and receipts will be sent to all bus riders before the end of this academic year.

Term 3 After School Activities & Change of Bus Travel Arrangement

Unfortunately we still have many parents who do not inform the PTA if their child/ren have after school activities or 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 staff, principals, teachers and staff of the school is looking for the missing students.

We therefore request your cooperation to notify us before 12:30pm on a normal school day, and 10:00am on an early school closure 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”