31 Aug 2018

Newsletter 3/2018-19

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
 Specialist Information Evening
 Parents as Partners
 Years 4, 5 and 6 Residential Camps 2018-19
 Student Health/School Dental Care Service
 SIS Curriculum Open Day
 External Sports Clubs at Quarry Bay School
 Important information for Year 1 and year 6 students
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 1

Please click here

Key dates for next week:

  • Tuesday the 4th of September – Pizza/hotdog Lunch (Lower school)
  • Wednesday the 5th of September – Pizza/hotdog Lunch (Upper school)
  • Wednesday the 5th of September -Year 6 Camp Info Evening for parents
  • Thursday the 6th of September – Year 5 Camp Info Evening for parents
  • Friday the 7th of September – Class Assembly (6A/6F) for parents (To view the Class Assembly rota, please click here)

QBS Action

Thank you for the generosity shown this week for the Shiu family. The free dress days by Quarry Bay, Bradbury and Glenealy school communities raised approximately $260,000.00. Should any families wish to contribute this link was shared via email.

Specialist Information Evening

On Thursday approximately 60 parents attended the Specialist Information Evening. The feedback from parents was very positive. Thank you for the support and interest. All specialist teachers were involved and presented. The aim of the session was to give parents a deeper understanding how specialist teachers work with the students and what learning looks like in their areas of the curriculum. The specialists’ session was filmed for parents unable to attend. The presentation can be found in the email sent out to all families. I would encourage parents to take the time to review the email because it also contains various presentations from the Welcome Back to QBS evening.

Students continue to impress me with their focus and readiness for learning across all the classrooms. These learning behaviours have been demonstrated by students even though the weather has seemed to work against us getting outside during breaks. Let’s hope for an improvement in the weather so our students can enjoy being outdoors in the playground more often. As mentioned at the recent Welcome Back to QBS evening, should any parent have any concerns about any aspect of curriculum, learning or school life please do not hesitate to contact me.

QBS Educational Priorities

The community version of the school’s annual educational priorities (Gateway login needed) summarises the focus areas for QBS this academic year. It also explains the self-study process required by international accreditation agencies (i.e., International Baccalaureate and Council of International Schools) which QBS will begin this academic year.

Amah Team

Please find below a photo of our amah team. There are new members in the team – Kin Ling, Ah Mei and Sylvia. Please say hello to them when you meet them in school.

(From left): Kin Ling, Ah Kam, Ah Ling, Ah Mei, Ang Ang, Ah Lai, Sylvia, Mr Lai, Simon


Specialist Information Evening

It was a pleasure to welcome parents and carers back to school for another information event this week. On Wednesday (29th August) a Specialist Information Evening took place. This was an exciting event, as it was the first time this presentation has been provided at QBS.

The evening was very well received by the parents in attendance. It enabled them the chance to enhance their understanding of the role that this group of teachers plays in the education, and development of our students.

The specialist teachers who presented on the evening were:

Ceri Hill and Jessica McGraw – Expressive Arts
Sue Yee – Visual Arts
Keith Purton – Learning Technologies
Anna Caplin – Teacher Librarian
Luke Schroder and Rick Leone – PSPE/SEN

Please note – The presentation was filmed in order to enable those parents who could not attend the opportunity to view it. An email providing details of how to access this video has been sent to parents and carers.

This email also contains access to the information presentations from the Welcome To QBS Evening, and details of how to view class timetables.


Parents as Partners

Early Years Reading Workshop for Parents – Thursday 13th September 2018 8:20-9:20am

Would you like to find out more about how we teach reading in the Early years at QBS? On Thursday 13th September 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 this course, please fill out this google form

Reading Workshop for Domestic Helpers – Thursday 13th September 2018 1:45-2:25pm

This workshop will be a practical session for Domestic Helpers on how to support children from Year 1-6 with their daily reading practise. Daily reading with or too an adult is part of the QBS home learning expectations and sometimes this can be difficult when we work long hours. We will be focussing on the fundamentals of home reading and how your Domestic Helper or carer can support your child to practise their reading skills.

We look forward to welcoming Domestic Helpers from across the school to the Amphitheatre, in the Learning Centre.

If you wish for your Helper to attend this course, please fill out this google form.

Kind regards,
Anna Caplin and Sue Yee

Years 4, 5 and 6 Residential Camps 2018-19

This term, there will be residential camps taking place for year 4, 5 and 6 students. The camps are an integral part of our curriculum, and it is our expectation that all students will take part in these important and enjoyable experiences. For each camp, an information evening for parents will be led by teachers and outside providers. These evenings will provide valuable information and parents are encouraged to attend wherever possible. We look forward to welcoming you to these events over the next few weeks.

Year 6 Camp to Outward Bound (Sai Kung)

  • Information Evening for parents – Wednesday 5th of September 6pm
  • CAMP DATES (ALL Y6 STUDENTS) – Monday 8th October – Friday 12th October

Year 5 Camp to Treasure Island (Pui O Beach, Lantau Island)

  • Information Evening for parents – Thursday 6th September 6pm
  • CAMP DATES (ALL Y5 STUDENTS) – Weds 24th – Friday 26th October

Year 4 Camps to Cheung Chau

  • Information Evening for parents – Wednesday 3rd October 6pm
  • CAMP DATES (pairs of classes to be confirmed)
    • Camp 1 – Monday 5th November to Wednesday 7th November
    • Camp 2 – Wednesday 7th November to Friday 9th November

Student Health/School Dental Care Service

Next Friday (7th of Sept) is the deadline for the submission of the Health and Dental forms.Late Forms will NOT be accepted. (Please check your children’s bag if they have submitted). A $30 fee is required if you wish for your child to join the dental service.

SIS Curriculum Open Day

SIS will host an Open Day for the whole school community as well as prospective parents on Friday September 14th. It is a chance for your Year 6 parents to come up and have a look at the school before they submit their Secondary School application. Please click here for more.

External Sports Clubs at Quarry Bay School

Please note that we have a number of clubs which continue throughout all 3 terms for the very popular activities such as, gymnastics, football, basketball and netball.

These sports clubs take place on Mondays and Fridays after school and also on a Saturday morning.

These can be accessed by clicking on the banners through the following link. These clubs suit all ages, however are particularly popular with the lower school.


Important information for Year 1 and year 6 students

Year 1 ( born 2014) Sibling Application to QBS

If you wish to apply for a Year 1 place for next academic year 2019/2020 the Central Applications application period is from 1-30 September 2018.

Year 6 students transferring to an ESF secondary school for Year 7

Any current Year 6 students wishing to transfer to an ESF secondary school must submit the Y7 secondary transfer applications (located on Gateway) during the period Monday 3rd September- to Friday 14 September 2018.

The Gateway Y7 transfer form for August 2018 will be available to parents to access from the 3rd September.

Parents will receive an email once they submit their Y7 transfer form. Each family may only submit one form.

All allocations for an ESF secondary school will be determined by your residential zone at the start of Year 6.

For further details, please refer to the information available on the ESF website at http://www.esf.edu.hk/year6-to-year7-key-dates/ for key dates and http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-zonesfor school zones.

All newly joined students to QBS in Y6 are guaranteed a Y7 place but not necessarily for the school of zone. Please note that ESF reserves the right to redirect students should there be overcapacity at any of the secondary schools.

Y7 Offer letters will be send to parents from the respective secondary schools on 30 th November 2018 and the Y7 deposit payment deadline to secure their secondary school place is Friday 14 December 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further inquiries.


Ms Sue YEE
Vice Principal

PTA News

Upcoming PTA event


  • Tuesday, September 4th , 2018 – Lower School
  • Wednesday, September 5th , 2018 – Upper School

Order forms have been distributed.. If parents would like to be volunteers for this event please email to pta@qbs.edu.hk

PTA Shop

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

School Buses

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 Operation”