16 Mar 2018

Newsletter 26/2017-18

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
 Basketball Team
 Pyjama Day
 Year 1 DTPP Vaccinations
 QBS Clubs, ESF Ed Services and Private Information
 Expressive Arts News
 Supply Educational Assistants
 Sport News
 ‘ESF The First 50 Years’
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for next week:

  • Wednesday the 21st of March from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm – Year 5 & 6 Athletics Event (At QBS and the Braemar Hill Sports Field)
  • Thursday the 22nd of March from 8:30 am – Year 2 How We Express Ourselves Art Gallery

Emergency contact details in Gateway

Please ensure your family contact details (i.e., priority contact person, mobile phone numbers, address) are accurate in the Gateway. In the event of an emergency we need to be able to contact parents. Recently staff have experienced some instances where mobile phone numbers and priority contact details have not been current. If there have been changes in your contact details thank you for attending to this request promptly.

Council of International Schools (CIS) Visit

QBS has full accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS). Next week we will host two visitors from CIS because our school is having what is called a CIS Preliminary Evaluation Visit. Mr Terry Hamilton (Principal of Hanoi International School) and Mrs Helena Sobulis (School Support and Evaluation Officer, CIS) will spend four days in school assessing the work we are doing against the CIS standards. These standards are related to aspects such as teaching, learning, curriculum, partnerships, facilities, health, safety and finance. Most importantly the visitors will look for evidence of our school’s vision, mission and guiding statements in the daily work we do with the students in our care. Please click here to view the QBS Vision, mission and our teaching and learning principles. The QBS Learning and Teaching Principles are the school’s guiding statements and help us to achieve our goals. Following the visit from CIS next week the school will begin an eighteen month self-study process based upon the recommendations from the preliminary visit.

Well done to all of our Year 1 students. They did a wonderful job in their performance of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and also sharing their written innovations on the story with parents. Next week we look forward to welcoming parents into school for the Year 5 and Year 6 Athletics Day and Year 2 Art Gallery events.

We hope you enjoy your child’s portfolio which will come home today. Please click here to read the email sent to all parents about the portfolios.

We have students performing at the ESF 50th Family Carnival on Saturday which is being held at KGV. I look forward to seeing the QBS students perform at this event.


Basketball Team

The QBS basketball team played in their second inter-school tournament tournament at Kowloon Junior School last week. The team stepped up from their experience the week before to finish 2nd in their group, but then narrowly missed out on the semi-finals after a close encounter with Beacon Hill School. Congratulations to the team and a special mention to Nicolas (6M) who was awarded a place in the All Star Team.

Pyjama Day

Quarry Bay School, get your comfiest pyjamas at the ready and take action!

By popular demand of the QBS students, Student Voice have organised a Pyjama Day on Thursday 29th March! The Student Voice have decided to take global action with this project and continue to support the Maekok River Village Project in Northern Thailand. We will be raising money for the special needs school, Thomas House, who is in desperate need of equipment and resources to give the students there a better education.

We will be asking all children who dress in pyjamas to bring along a minimum donation of $10. Of course, you may donate more if you wish.

More details about PJ Day will be shared closer to the event.

Things to remember:

  • Bring appropriate shoes for the playground (no slippers outside)
  • Wear appropriate pyjamas for school
  • Bring a cuddly toy if you wish
  • Wear a jacket or jumper over your pyjamas if it is cold

We hope you enjoy it!

Thank you.

Student Voice

Year 1 DTPP Vaccinations

The Department of Health will be coming to QBS for the Year 1 students vaccinations of DTPP on 25th April. The consent/refusal forms have been given to the students today.

Please return all forms by 23rd March. No late forms will accepted after this date.


Nurse Delia

QBS Clubs, ESF Ed Services and Private Information

The QBS Academic/Sports clubs will end 16th March.

ESF Ed Services and Private Clubs will end 23rd March, there are no make up clubs.

There are some exceptions so please see the following list.


Magic Science
28th March

Art Club
28th March

21st March

Scratch Coding
20th March
27th March

27th March

22nd March (Lunch Time)

20th and 27th Tournaments (Mr. Mason will be emailing the parents)

Expressive Arts News

Year 3, 4, 5 Beginner Music instrument lessons

QBS would like to invite your child to take up a new musical instrument. We are offering beginner instrument lessons for the French horn, Trombone, Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute, Cello and Double Bass. Please click here for details.

Supply Educational Assistants

As you will know, our educational assistants provide invaluable support to students and teachers across the school. They support students in their learning, as well as supervising students at break and lunch times as well as assisting with arrival and dismissal.

From time to time, we need to cover these colleagues’ duties due to illness or other reasons. We have a small number of people, often parents, who step in at these times. We are currently looking for any parents who may be interested in taking on this role from time to time. If you are interested in working as a supply EA at QBS please contact me via email – michael.dewey@qbs.edu.hk

Sport News

Race the Runway Event

We have so many children who love to run at QBS. Race the runway is an excellent opportunity for children to run 1KM or 3KM.


We hope to see you there.

Aussie Rules Season

Another fantastic opportunity for QBS children to join a team sport, develop friendships, teamwork and skills.

‘ESF The First 50 Years’

‘ESF The First 50 Years’ is now published! This volume chronicles the ESF story, highlighting key events over the last 50 years. It also celebrates the successes and contributions of our students and staff, both past and current.

What’s in the Book?

Stories of ESF’s major developments and milestones over the past five decades
Interviews of all 22 ESF schools with key historic events and current whole school photos
Exclusive interviews of 22 prominent alumni
Interesting stories from 5 key leaders and 12 long-serving staff
The book is now available for sale via the ESF website: www.esf.edu.hk/50th-book/. Copies will also be available in major bookshops in Hong Kong.

Enquiries: 50book@esfcentre.edu.hk

More details: http://www.esf.edu.hk/2017/12/11/esf50-book/

PTA News

Summer Sale! 20th- 22nd March 2018

Summer uniform up to 50% off. Place your orders in advance using the order form found HERE.

Events – Pizza Lunch
Lower School- Tuesday 27th March
Upper School- Wednesday 28th March

We welcome any parent volunteers that would be able to help out!


For queries on uniforms please contact Amy directly on ptashop@qbs.edu.hk for any shop queries you may have.

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”