12 May 2017

Newsletter 30/2016-17

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
 26TH SJD Cub Scouts at District Camp
 Advanced Notice – PTA Event – Children and Screen Time
 Year 5 and Year 6 Athletics Events
 ESF Summer Camps
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 3

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Key dates for next week

  • Monday 15th May to Friday 19th May – ESF Year 6 Beijing trip

Dear Parents

As acting Principal, whilst Ms Dunstan has been away, I have been all over the school enjoying being involved with the children and their learning. The singing assembly was wonderful this morning and the children clearly enjoy singing together.

We were lucky to have a special visitor, Celia Roberts, who is visiting school from Thomas House, the first SEN school in Thailand. The QBS student voice has promoted a dress casual day which was to support the SEN developments in Thailand. We were able to present a cheque to Celia for $10,000 to go towards providing support and resources for the classrooms and teachers. Thank you to all Mr Leonie and the student voice for organising this and ensuring that it was so well supported.

The PTA disco for the children from Year 1 to Year 4 was very successful especially as the Year 1 children had been taught some dance moves by the teachers. Please ask your children to show you! Thank you too, to those parents who supported this event.

The weather is very inclement at the moment so we would like to remind all students to have a raincoat in their bags, especially as we go into the rainy season. If any children have old wellington boots that they have grown out of, we are looking to keep a supply in school, so please donate them to the Year 1’s.

The mosquitos are being quite fierce in the playgrounds although we have several mosquito machine around school which are regularly serviced. We recommend that all children come to school covered with mosquito protection.

Some of the year 6 children are participating in the ESF Beijing trip next week and the children and staff who are going are very excited. Parents of those children on the Beijing trip please ensure that you read the notices from Mr Purton with regards to the communication from China.

We are looking forward to seeing Ms Dunstan back at school on Monday and she would like to express her thanks to the community for all the kind wishes that she has received.


26TH SJD Cub Scouts at District Camp

25 brave Cub Scouts, accompanied by hardy leaders and parents, weathered the downpours to attend the Silver Jubilee District Scout Camp at the start of the ​Easter ​holidays. Despite the weather, they managed to put up 16 tents without (much) complaining!

Fortunately the weather improved over the weekend so they could enjoy activities such as fire lighting, team games, shelter building and problem solving.


The highlight of the camp was the traditional water fight where Cubs & leaders got thoroughly drenched! ​Click here to access the video.

​A good time was had by all.

Advanced Notice – PTA Event – Children and Screen Time

Between iPads, mobile phones, laptops, video games and social media, many families are struggling with issues relating to technology. Just how much screen time is acceptable for our children? What is the impact on young minds? How do we protect them as they explore their lives online?

QBS PTA will be showing “Screenagers” on Tuesday 6th June 2017 in the school hall from 6.30pm.

“Screenagers” is an award-winning documentary which seeks to open up a conversation between parents, children and educators as we face the challenges that technology has brought into all our lives. Delaney Ruston is a Stanford trained physician and social change documentary filmmaker who got the idea to make Screenagers while struggling with her own kids over screen time. Combining real life stories, expert academic opinion and sometimes surprising insights from current research, Screenagers offers options for families as we seek to empower our kids to safely navigate the digital world.

More information about the event will be sent next week.

Year 5 and Year 6 Athletics Events

We have rescheduled to host the events at school on the following dates for each year group. For details, please click here.

  • Year 6 – Friday 26th May (9:00 am – 12:20 pm)
  • Year 5 – Thursday 15th June (9:00 am – 12:20 pm)

ESF Summer Camps


PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events

Term 3

  • Pizza Lunch: 26th May 2017
  • New Year 1 Student – Induction Day: 2nd June, 2017

“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 this important morning for the New Year 1 Students and Parents. 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 are 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”