17 Aug 2018

Newsletter 1/2018-19

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
 Important Information for Parents Volunteers for this academic year 2018/19
 Expressive Arts News
 Student Health/School Dental Care Service
 Parent e-notice
 QBS Club Term 1
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 1

Please click here

Key dates for next week:

  • Thursday 23rd August – Welcome back to QBS evenings

Welcome back to QBS and the new academic year. It has been a settled and positive start this week. It has been lovely to welcome new staff, families and students into our community.

During classroom visits this week I have been pleased to see the students ready for learning and engaged during their lessons. The weather has been quite varied so play breaks have been disrupted. This does not seem to have impacted on the enthusiasm of the students.

Please ensure your child has the necessary equipment for school (eg hats, raincoats, materials for learning if in the upper school). Being organised and managing personal belongings builds a child’s skills for later in their academic life.

Please read the email sent home about communication at QBS. It is a summary of the ways communication takes place at QBS.

The key dates for Term 1 are listed above for your reference.

I look forward to seeing parents in school next Thursday for the Welcome Back to QBS Evening.


Important Information for Parents Volunteers for this academic year 2018/19

All parents who would like to volunteer either in school or on school trips throughout this academic year must now make a self declaration on line in accordance to the ESF guidelines regarding Child Protection and Safeguarding.

There are some key dates and steps to be considered.

1. All families must update their correct emails and mobile phone contact numbers by Friday 24th August 2018.

2. Any parent wishing to be a volunteer throughout this academic school year will need to attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday 28th in the hall at 8.30-9.00 am.

3.The Volunteer Worker Registration and Declaration Form can be found from here and a copy of your HK ID card is also required. Please bring it with you when you attend the meeting on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

Parents are unable to support school events,school trips or work within school until they have completed the registration and declaration and attended the Parent Volunteer meeting which will cover Child Protection issues.

Please contact sue.yee@qbs.edu.hk for any further information.

Expressive Arts News

QBS has talent 2018

Today in assembly, QBS has talent 2018 was launched. This is where children are able to sign up as individuals or groups to enter the talent show. All children from Y2-6 will also enter the competition as a whole class. The form to enter is available through qoodle or click here for the link.

Please find below the schedule for the talent show. All auditions will take place at lunchtime. In the audition the children need to come prepared with any music, props or costumes that they require. Music can be emailed to me in advance or your child can find the music on the internet. The performance piece must be no longer than one minute.

  • Week 1 – Launch in assembly
  • Week 2 – Children to enter by completing the survey available on Qoodle. Closing date Thursday 23rd August.
  • Week 3 – Solo auditions. Mon – Year 6, Tues – Year 5, Wed – Year 4, Thurs – Year 3, Fri – Year 1&2
  • Week 4 – Group auditions. (If mixed year group the children will audition on the audition day of the eldest child in the group.) Mon – Year 6, Tues – Year 5, Wed – Year 4, Thurs – Year 3, Fri – Year 1&2
  • Week 5 – Class off. Mon – Year 6 & Year 5, Wed – Year 2, Thurs – Year 3 & Year 4. Fri – Teacher auditions.
  • Week 6 – Talent show assembly

Please note – to allow lots of children the opportunity to take part in the talent show, if your child was a winner in the 2017 talent show then they will not be allowed to enter this year.

If you have any questions regarding the talent show, please do not hesitate to contact me – ceri.hill@qbs.edu.hk

Learn to play the Double Bass or the Cello- An opportunity for Year 4 or Year 5 children

There is one space available for a child to begin to learn the double bass and one space available for a child to begin to learn the cello. The group lessons (maximum of 4 children) are on Tuesdays after school 2:45-3:45

The cost of the lessons are $200 per session (11 lessons in total) and the children will be loaned a Double Bass or Cello, a music stand and a music book. A $500 deposit is required for the loan of the instrument.

The size of the Double Bass is 1/8 and this is suitable for a child with a height of 125-135 cm. The size of the Cello is 1/2 and this is suitable for a child with a height of 122-140cm.

If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please contact me via email within the next week. The music instrument lessons begin in week 3 of term. ceri.hill@qbs.edu.hk

Student Health/School Dental Care Service

Welcome Back,

The Student Health Service/ School Dental Care Service Form will be distributed on the 21st of August (Tuesday) from Year 1 to Year 6. Please return the form as soon as possible. Deadline will be on the 7th of Sept (Friday). No late forms will be accepted. For your information this year dental fee is HK $30.

Thank you, Nurse Hannah (substitute nurse).

Parent e-notice

Please be reminded to sign the e-notices from Gateway There are 3 e-notices (see below)

  • QBS Parents’ Consent regarding the use of children’s images in ESF’s advertisements and media
  • Parent Consent Form – Out of School Visits
  • Administering of Medication to QBS Students

QBS Club Term 1

QBS Activities (Clubs) for Term 1 will be available to book online via the Gateway from 12pm on the 24​th​ August 2018. To register in an activity you must login with your Parent Gateway family login​ and register for your child under Activities. Please click here for details

PTA News

PTA Office

QBS PTA would like to invite all the parents to a tasting of “The New Lunchers” – QBS lunch providers. This event will be held on Welcome back to QBS evening in the Gym next Thursday.

For more information on the providers please visit: www.thenewluncher.hk

Upcoming PTA event


  • Tuesday, September 4th , 2018 – Lower School
  • Wednesday, September 5th , 2018 – Upper School
  • Order forms will be distributed to all student next week.

PTA Shop

Please note that the shop is permanently closed. Uniforms can now be ordered online at www.schooluniform.hk

School Buses

Late bus forms need to be sent to the PTA Office latest by Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Parents and caregivers must ensure that there is at least ONE adult present at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the bus arrival timings for pickups.

For queries regarding buses, Purnima can be contacted via schoolbus@qbs.edu.hk

Job Vacancy : Supply Bus Escort / Supply Bus Mother

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

Salary Scale: depending on route confirmed.

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.

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”