13 Oct 2017

Newsletter 8/2017-18

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
 Diwali Celebration
 Results for Lantern Making Competition 2017
 Early Years Reading Workshop for Parents – Thursday 19th October 2017
 French Mother Tongue Programmes
   PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 1

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Key dates for next week:

  • Key dates for next week:
    • Monday the 16th of October – Diwali day
    • Tuesday the 17th of October – Year 6 Chinese Parent Teacher Consultations
    • Thursday the 19th of October at 8:15 am – Early Years Reading Workshop for Parents
    • Thursday the 19th of October at 9 am – Class Assembly for 3C/3T Parents (To view the Class Assembly rota, please click here)
    • Thursday the 19th of October – Year 2 Athletics Event
    • Friday the 20th of October – CPD Day (no students in school)

Students have settled back into school routines this week. They have been happy and industrious during lessons which has been pleasing to see. Kennedy School staff noticed this happiness when they visited during the week. The visitors commented on the welcoming and friendly disposition of the QBS students.

I was able to visit the Year 5 students at camp on Thursday afternoon and evening. It was great to be able to see the students involved in their team challenges and enjoying the experience. The students liked eating ‘smores’ by the sea and had very healthy appetites after a full day of water activities. One of the Year 5 students was amazed at how much pasta everyone could eat! I look forward to joining the Year 4s in a few weeks on their camp at Cheung Chau.

Unfortunately I was not able to attend the football tournament at King’s Park on Friday. QBS was represented by boys and girls. I am confident our students gave their best and played with good team spirit. Mr Leone and Miss Holmes accompanied the students to the tournament.

Next Monday QBS will celebrate Diwali and all students are invited to dress in bright colours to celebrate. Please do not send your child in school uniform on Monday. Thank you to the QBS PTA for arranging snacks and activities for students.

Next Friday QBS staff will be involved in professional development which focuses on well-being strategies in education. Please be reminded school is closed for students next Friday.


Diwali Celebration

QBS PTA are very excited to be celebrating Diwali at school on Monday 16th October.

The PTA will supply some free Indian snacks for children at break time. Lunchtime will be an opportunity to get involved with some games and celebrations associated with Diwali as well as Bollywood dancing in the gym.

All children are encouraged to come to school in brightly coloured clothes On Monday 16th October to help us celebrate this important event in our community.

We wish everyone a very happy Diwali.

Results for Lantern Making Competition 2017

The lanterns made by the children were simply stunning! Our QBS students are really creative and it was a tough decision to make. Nevertheless we had to choose the winners for the different categories. Congratulations to all!

Early Years Reading Workshop for Parents – Thursday 19th October 2017 8:15 – 9:00am

Would you like to find out more about how we teach reading in the Early years at QBS? On Thursday 19th October we will be running a workshop especially for the parents of children in the early years at QBS. We will be sharing our expertise on early reading development, how we teach reading at school and how parents can support their child with reading at home.

We look forward to welcoming Year 1 parents and new parents in Year 2 and 3 to the Amphitheatre in the Learning Centre.

If you wish to attend the course please complete this Google Form.

French Mother Tongue Programmes

Continuous Professional Development of ESF is gauging the level of “Frenchness” in the ESF Primary schools. Therefore, we would be extremely grateful if you can complete the questionnaire attached here.

If you have any question regarding other mother tongues, please contact Jacques Perche via jacques.perche@esfcentre.edu.hk.

PTA News



Our biggest, festive and fun event of the year is coming up soon and preparations are underway.

Commercial Vendors

We are pleased to invite Commercial Vendors for the event. We will have limited spaces available, so if you would like to participate as a vendor, please contact us via email as soon as possible and we will forward your interest to the vendor coordinator. All vendor spaces are available on first come first serve basis. For further queries please do not hesitate to contact Mona Diwan (PTA Coordinator) on mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk.

International Food Stalls

We are pleased to invite parents and carers to run the International Food Stalls at the event. As in the past, we encourage parents to group together and run their food stalls, selling food specialities from their countries. This year we hope to have the following stalls:

  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Malaysian
  • Filipino
  • Italian
  • European

[If your country is not mentioned above, and you would like to run the stall – please let us know as soon as possible and we will add you in.]

Please contact us on mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk asap with your contact information (your mobile number, your child’s class number, and your child’s name), with a list of items on your menu which you will be serving at the fayre. We will liaise with you and assist you closely to make all the arrangements of supplies for the event.


20th October 2017: No school (CPD Day)
There will be no school on Friday, 20th OCTOBER 2017 – due to CPD.

After School Activities (QBS Clubs, ESF Ed Svcs Clubs and Private Clubs):

We have received club lists. If your child is listed for the club they will be classified as a “Walker” unless we are notified by email of any further changes to their travel arrangement. All parents/Carers are requested to send email notification directly to pta@qbs.edu.hk with the following information included: student’s full Name; class number; bus number; name of activity and the day your child will be a walker.


  • Winter uniform – Purchase

Will be available for purchase from 10th October onwards. You may contact us to obtain order forms or download them from the PTA Section of the website, to place your pre-orders. All pre-orders can be collected after 16th October 2017.

  • Winter uniform – out of stock items

The following Winter Uniforms are currently out of stock.
We will be updating you weekly on the status of availability of these items as soon as they are in stock.

Fleece JacketS (32)
Windbreaker (2in1)30
PE Shorts – Navy28,  30, 32, 36
Raincoat (Eco)S, M
Cardigan28, 30
  • Winter Uniform – Effective

November will be transition month for uniforms. Students can opt to either wear summer or winter uniforms. A combination or mixture of both is not allowed.
With effect from 1st December, all students are required to wear winter uniform Only.

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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