8 Sep 2017

Newsletter 4/2017-18

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
 Residential Camps – Years 4, 5 and 6
 Parent Consultations on 12th September and 19th of September
 Clubs Information
 HKSMSA Chinese Speech competition 2017
 Government Vaccination
 School Photograph
 Mid Autumn Lantern Making Competition 2017
 KGV Year 6 Parent Information Evening
 Open Day: A day in the life of West Island School
   PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 1

Please click here

Key dates for next week:

  • Year 5 InCAS
  • Tuesday the 12th of September – Parent Teacher Consultations (School closure at 12:00 noon)

Urgent – all parents are requested to update all contact details (i.e., phone numbers, address, emergency contacts) in Gateway. Recently staff have experienced times when this contact information has been incorrect. Staff have needed to make contact with a parent quickly and due to out of date information in Gateway, this has been unsuccessful. Any contact detail changes must be updated in Gateway please. Your prompt attention to this matter would be appreciated and ensures that in an emergency we can reach you.

Next week we will say goodbye to Mrs Lauren Ng one of our hard working education assistants. She has given ten years of dedicated service to our students. We have been fortunate to have such a committed, caring and professional colleague who has made a difference to the learning outcomes of QBS students. Lauren is relocating with her family to Scotland and we are sorry she will no longer be part of our community. We look forward to hearing from Lauren when she settles her family into their new life back home in Scotland. Good luck Lauren, you will be missed by everyone at QBS!

Parent Teacher Consultations begin next Tuesday the 12th of September from 12 noon. These consultations are fifteen minute 1 to 1 meetings with your child’s teacher and focus on the hopes you have for your child’s academic year. Please complete the questionnaire (see below in this newsletter for details) and return to the class teacher in advance of your consultation. We would like 100% attendance by parents at these meetings. Individual parents will be contacted by class teachers if you have not yet confirmed an appointment time. Please note that on Tuesday the 12th of September school closes for students at 12.00pm and consultations begin from 1.00pm.

We recognise that there has been quite a lot of communication with parents since returning to school. We do try to minimise the number of emails we send weekly so your ‘inbox’ does not become overloaded. It is a busy time of year and things need to be shared in a timely way with parents. Thank you for your continued attention to school communication and your child’s learning life.

This week you have received an important email for your reference:

QBS camp season is approaching for the Year 4, 5, 6 students and staff. It has been great to see so many parents joining the information sessions about camps. Camp is a valued part of the school’s curriculum. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about camp.

Thank you to 6A and 6T for a great class assembly this week. The message from students was all about showing grit when things are difficult, not giving up and learning from mistakes. The assembly was fun and engaging. Well done to the Year 6 students!


Residential Camps – Years 4, 5 and 6

The camp season is coming soon.

  • Year 6 parents – please remember to complete the enotice and paperwork by Monday 11th Sept.
  • Year 5 parents – today we have sent out the enotice and information about the Y5 camp. Please complete these by Wednesday 20th September.
    • Last night was the Y5 camp information evening. If you were unable to attend the camp, the presentation can be accessed HERE.
      Please note, the TIG kit list on this presentation mentions sending in copies of your child’s passport and HKID card. This is not necessary.
  • All Y4,5,6 parents – next week we will send out information about medicines on camp. Please read this carefully.

Thank you in advance for responding to these requests.

Parent Consultations on 12th September and 19th of September

As you will know, over the next two weeks, parents are invited to attend parent teacher consultations at school. These meetings will take place on Tuesday the 12th of September and also on Tuesday the 19th of September.

Should you not yet have made a booking to meet with your child’s teacher, please do so as soon as possible. We hope that all parents will be able to attend. The final opportunity to book via the Gateway will be Monday 11th September at 9am.

Please click here to read the previous email sent, with further details about the meetings, and instructions on how to book.

Please could we also request all parents complete the questionnaire attached to this email message and return a hard copy (in a sealed envelope) to your child’s teacher prior to the meetings.

Please remember that on Tuesday the 12th of September, school will close at 12.00noon for students. Tuesday the 19th of September is a normal school day.

We look forward to seeing you.

Clubs Information

Please log into The Gateway and check your activity registration status under the ‘My Activities’ tab will be updated at 4pm on Monday 11th September 2017 to either ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’.

‘Not Accepted’? – The activity is probably full. Please make sure that you inform your child’s teacher and the PTA about which club your child has been accepted to. This is necessary for the school bus and if they are a walker.

There needs to be an adult at school before the club starts and after it ends.

Dates for Term 1 Clubs:

  • ESF/ Private Clubs Sept 11 – Dec 8
  • QBS Academic Clubs Sept 18 – Nov 17
  • QBS Sports Clubs Sept 18 – Nov 24

HKSMSA Chinese Speech competition 2017

There is an opportunity for your child to have experience in public speaking using Putonghua. We are able to help you with the registration for this event. Parents will need to provide training for their child and bring them to the competition ground which is during the school day.

If you would like to sign your child up for the Chinese Speech Competition, please submit the entry form along with the cheque payable to : Quarry Bay School. The entry cost for each category is $115. Do indicate student’s name, class and your phone number on the back of the cheque. Please submit the forms to the Chinese Department. Note that the last date of submission is Tuesday 12th September 2017. Thanks.

Entry Forms

Competition Materials

Government Vaccination

The Government Immunisation team will be coming to Quarry Bay School on the 11th of October 2017.

The Year 1 students will receive their Mumps, Measles, Rubella Vaccine (MMR). Forms have been sent home today. If you would like your child to have the Vaccine at school please return the completed form along with the child’s original immunisation records by 25th of September 2017 to Nurse Delia.

Please note that NO late forms will be accepted.


Nurse Delia

School Photograph

The school photographer will be at school on Monday & Tuesday, the 18th & 19th of September.  All students should dress in navy blue school uniform on the 19th September when the whole school photo will be taken. Please note if your child has PE that day, they are to wear school uniform to attend the PE.

Sibling / Family picture can be arranged after school on Tuesday the 19th of September at QBS or by appointment at the Technic Photo Studio. The price lists with the contact details of the Studio are attached (for individual and sibling / for family). If you are interested for an appointment, please click here to download the reply slip.

Mid Autumn Lantern Making Competition 2017

KGV Year 6 Parent Information Evening

Prospective parents are invited to attend the KGV Year 6 Parent Information Evening, 5.30-6.30pm in the school hall on Tuesday 19th September. Please note there is no visitor parking on the school site. No RSVP is necessary. For any enquiries, please contact sarah.jones@kgv.edu.hk

Open Day: A day in the life of West Island School

You are warmly invited to an open day on Wednesday 20 September. Our staff and students look forward to hosting you and will provide a tour around our classrooms to see learning in action and a typical day at West Island School.

Please arrive during the morning at a time which suits you between 8.30 and 10.45am. We will sign you in on the 6th floor main entrance with our security team and ask that you wear a visitor’s ID badge. You are also welcome to join our whole school assembly from 11.05 to 11.40am which will give you a sense of our whole school community working together. Please sign out on departure and note that unfortunately there is no car-parking available for visitors.

If your child is at primary school during this time and wishes to join the tour with you, please do seek permission from the Principal concerned.

Please click here to register and confirm your attendance.

I look forward to meeting and sharing our school with you.

Yours faithfully,
Christopher Sammons
Principal, West Island School

PTA News


12th September 2017 – Parent Teacher Consultation Day:

The School will close at 12:00 noon to facilitate Parent/Teacher Consultations. The school buses are scheduled to depart from school by approx. 12:10pm. Please click Bus Schedule-12noon School Closure for bus timings for the day.

All notification for Change In Travel Plans for 12th September have to be emailed to pta@qbs.edu.hk before 10:00am to enable us to notify the relative departments concerned.
All late notifications will not be accommodated and parents/carers will be requested to collect students directly from the school bus outside the school by informing the bus mother in person.

11th September 2017 – After School Activities (Private Clubs):

All Private Clubs will commence on 11th September 2017 and parents are requested to notify PTA on pta@qbs.edu.hk of the following information: Student’s full name, class, bus number, name of activity and the day your child will be a walker.


  • Shop Hours: The PTA Shop will not be operating normal shop hours due to staffing issues.
    Parents and Students are requested to drop off your orders in the drop box with the payment. You will be contacted to collect your orders as soon as they are ready.


We are urgently looking for Bus Escorts / Bus Mothers to take care of the students, and ensure safe and disciplined travel, to and from school daily.

  • Salary Scale : depending on route confirmed.
  • [The job entails approx. 1 hr in the mornings and 1 hr in the afternoons)
  • Please send in all your application to: pta@qbs.edu.hk.

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”