22 Sep 2017

Newsletter 6/2017-18

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
 Expressive Arts News
 Parent Information Evening with Kristy Elliot, Monday 25th September 6pm
 Lantern Walk
 Government Vaccination
 After School Clubs Supervision – Important Safety Message
 Appointment of Principal of ESF South Island School
 Knitting and Crochet Club
   PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 1

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Key dates for next week:

  • Key dates for next week:
    • Year 2 InCAS
    • Year 6 Outward Bound
    • Monday the 25th of September at 6pm – Parent Information Evening with Kristy Elliot
    • Wednesday the 27th of September at 6pm – Year 4 Camp Talk for Parents
    • Thursday the 28th of September from 6:30 to 8pm – Lantern Walk

Next week QBS camp season will begin. The Year 6 students will set off to Outward Bound for their camp. The Outward Bound week is a great experience for students and I am sorry not to be joining this year. I will be visiting mid week to see how everyone is managing the food, camp beds and new adventures. Based upon my experience the QBS students rise to the occasion and so do the staff. One of the highlights of the week is the jetty jump so I look forward to hearing all about this aspect when I visit the students next Wednesday. I may even pack my jetty jump kit! A significant amount of planning goes into camps so that students have a rewarding and positive experience when they are away from home. Thank you to all of the staff across Year 4, 5 and 6 for their careful camp planning this half term.

QBS Voice concluded this week with final assemblies for parents and students. The QBS Voice was enjoyed by everyone and I am pleased students were so enthusiastic about joining in the fun. Please click here to see photos of the QBS Voice Assembly.

Next week QBS will host Kristy Elliot. Kristy will work with staff, students and parents on ways to build positive relationships and restorative practices. Kristy is an expert in this area and comes from Australia. She will work in the classrooms and demonstrate strategies for staff. Her work aligns with the school’s pastoral care ethos and curriculum. Please see the details below about Kristy’s parent information session.

Students have been bringing their lanterns to school this week and, as always, they are creative and colourful. During Chinese lessons the students have been making mooncakes with staff and parents. Please remember the QBS PTA Lantern Festival next Thursday evening at school between 6.30pm and 8.00pm. There are some lovely activities planned and an outdoor disco for the students. Please read the PTA section of below for more details.


Expressive Arts News

The Voice

Today saw over 250 children singing in our ‘QBS The Voice’ assembly. The school was alive with singing and it was great to see so many children enthusiastic about performing on stage. The assembly was filmed and will be available for parents via Qoodle.

Guitars for sale

We are selling some second hand children’s classical guitars. The guitars have all been repaired over the summer and all have bags. The children’s guitars are selling for $600 each. If you would like to purchase a guitar please email me and we can arrange a date for you to come in and have a look at the guitar. ceri.hill@qbs.edu.hk

Parent Information Evening with Kristy Elliot, Monday 25th September 6pm

Dear Parents

Many thanks to the parents who signed up to attend the Kristy Elliot session on Restorative Practices. We had an overwhelming response. Kristy will be introducing positive behaviour management strategies that can be used to effectively manage children’s behaviour.

A reminder that the evening will take place this Monday (25th September) at 6pm in the school hall. The session is for parents and caregivers. Tea and coffee will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday evening.

Katie Trethewy

Curriculum Coordinator

Lantern Walk

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 so be prompt in returning forms to avoid disappointment.


Nurse Delia

After School Clubs Supervision – Important Safety Message

There is no playground supervision of children by staff after school finishes.

Students waiting for clubs must have an adult with them, both before the club starts and until it finishes. These students need to be actively supervised by the adult (parent, grandparent, driver or helper).

The adult who is supervising the child must be in the quiet area at the front of the school, and must know the child’s whereabouts at all times.

Students cannot play football, downball or use school sports equipment after school.

If your child does not participate in any after school activity, they are to go home immediately after the end of the school day. Only children in clubs should remain after school and this is going to be monitored in the future. Parents will be contacted if unsupervised children are left at school or supervision is not adequate.

Note: Only students in Year 5 and Year 6 who would normally return home on their own may wait for their club without an adult. They should wait sensibly at the front of school or where their club leader is based.

This is for the safety and well being of your children. Thank you for your support.

Appointment of Principal of ESF South Island School

Knitting and Crochet Club

Mrs Hussain has introduced “Knitting and Crochet Club” during lunch hour at QBS. In the club, children can knit scarves, socks, hat and bag with their own hands. Finished products can be brought home. Spaces are available. Boys and girls are also welcome to join the club.

Mrs Hussain is a qualified teacher who has a great deal of experience in making flowers with crepe paper using both Japanese and Thai techniques. Classes for this club are held separately: for knitting on every Wednesday and for Crochet on every Thursday. Materials needed for Knitting and Embroidery works are supplied. Costs for Knitting and Embroidery work are payable separately. All payments by cheque are to be made in the name of F. Hussain.

Period of Terms are as follows:

  • 1st Term (September to December)   10 lessons (@HK$97/lesson) HK$970/Term
  • 2nd Term (January to March)             10 lessons (@HK$97/lesson) HK$970/Term
  • 3rd Term (April to June)                      10 lessons (@HK$97/lesson) HK$970/Term

For further queries please call Mrs Hussain on phone 9498 7725 or 2871 9020 after 4 pm or email: husain.ahmad1935@gmail.com

PTA News



This is a school organised event which the PTA is supporting by organising the Food & Drinks Counter for the evening with the support of all our parents.

Parent Volunteers

We are requesting for parent volunteers for the event.  ​If you are interested to help out please reply by email to nicola.a.perkins@gmail.com or complete the online form below.

  • Online Registration: Please click here to register as a parent volunteer.
  • Registration via email: If you are registering via email to me, then please include the following information in your reply:
    • Student Name
    • Student Class No.
    • Your Name
    • Your mobile no
    • Your email address

The options for volunteering are:

  • either cooking any of the items listed on the online registration form;
  • volunteering to help at the food stall; or

[The time of the event is : 6:30pm – 8:00pm, you do not need to volunteer for the duration, a rota will be put together to accommodate everyone.]

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you on 28th September at the Lantern Walk.


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.


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.


  • Shop Closure: The PTA Shop will be closed from 25th September – 29th September 2017 for stock check and transition to Winter Stock.
  • 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 – 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.

“Click here for PTA Office and Shop Operation”