12 Oct 2018

Newsletter 9/2018-19

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
 Chinese Information Evening
 Korean Mother tongue group at QBS
 Vaccination Schemes
 URSTRONG – Language of Friendship Workshop – Thursday 25th October
 Terry Fox Run
 Knitting and Paper Flower Making Club
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

Key dates for Term 1

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Key dates for the first week back from the break:

  • Wednesday the 24th of October to Friday the 26th of October – Year 5 Camp
  • Friday the 26th of October – Class Assembly (4C/4G) for parents (To view the Class Assembly rota, please click here)

What an eventful half term it has been! Despite challenging events such as the recent typhoon, we have enjoyed a great start to the school year, and are now all looking forward to the mid-term holiday.

Looking back, we’ve had many happy moments. Students have thrown themselves into their learning with great enthusiasm, and the atmosphere around school has been purposeful. We have enjoyed celebrating together at events such as the Lantern Walk, and enjoyed watching our many talented students perform at the QBS Talent Show.

This week, Year 6 students have enjoyed their time at Outward Bound camp in Sai Kung. The children have risen to many exciting challenges, including camping and kayaking, hiking and raft building. We are looking forward to seeing them return to school later today. On Wednesday, we had a successful Chinese information evening. Thank you to the Chinese team for their very professional presentation. This was an enjoyable event, and we thank all parents who were able to attend.

Thank you parents for your ongoing support at the various different events this half term. We value our school community, and appreciate your contribution. We hope that our recent move across to our facebook platform has assisted parents in accessing school life. Looking forward, we are exploring new ways of communicating with the community, and hope this will further strengthen our partnership.

We hope everyone is able to enjoy a restful and relaxing week next week, and we look forward to seeing the students back at school on Monday 22nd October.

Michael Dewey

Vice Principal

Chinese Information Evening

On Wednesday (10th October) our Chinese teachers gave an insightful and valuable presentation about the teaching of Mandarin at QBS. An initial information session provided details about the following areas:

  • how Chinese is taught and learnt
  • how the language is integrated into the curriculum
  • how Chinese culture is celebrated through out the school year

Following this, two workshops focusing on the teaching of non-native and near-native Chinese were shared. As ever, the event was extremely well received and supported by parents and carers.

The Chinese teachers who presented were: Katherine Ong, Millie Chan, Thomas Yao, Steve Yu, Eliza Chan

A copy of the slides from the initial information session can be accessed via this link.

Korean Mother tongue group at QBS

“The IB has a policy of mother tongue entitlement that promotes respect for the literary heritage of a students’ home language and provides an opportunity for the students to continue to develop oral and writing skills in their mothers tongue while studying in a different language of instruction.” In line with Mother Tongue entitlement and the IB philosophy, we are delighted to announce that Korean mothers resume ‘Parent-run Mother Tongue Class’ at QBS. Three demonstration classes by an experienced Primary Korean teacher are scheduled on the first day of the classes as follows:

Y3Oct 26, 2018Lunch Play Time
(12:25-12:50 pm)
multipurpose room
Y4Oct 26, 2018Lunch Play Time
(12:00-12:25 pm)
multipurpose room
Y1 & Y2Nov 7, 2018Lunch Play Time
(12:25-12:50 pm)
multipurpose room

If there are any other mother tongue groups that would be interested in following a similar model please do not hesitate to contact Sue Yee or Colin Young at sue.yee@qbs.edu.hk or colin.young@qbs.edu.hk. Please note that Korean Mother Tongue class is run by Korean parents for native Korean students at QBS.

If you are interested please contact Ms. Sunhee Song sunhee.song@esfcentre.edu.hk for further detail.

Thank you

Vaccination Schemes

This is the time for seasonal Influenza and the HK Government is providing free flu vaccinations this year again. It is a part of the vaccination scheme. Please see link below and you can contact the Dept of Health directly for more information and for the list of doctors providing the Flu scheme. Free flu vaccination starts in October 10.

The number is 21252125.


URSTRONG – Language of Friendship Workshop – Thursday 25th October

This is a reminder that Quarry Bay School will be hosting URSTRONG, an internationally recognized Social Emotional Wellbeing program, on Thursday 25th October.

The aim of URSTRONG is to empower children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. To learn more about URSTRONG and their programmes please watch this short video which describes the impact of URSTRONG on children and parents around the globe. Also, please click here for the flyer if you are interested.

URSTRONG will be holding two Language of Friendship workshops on Thursday, 25th October at Quarry Bay School. The workshops have been designed for parents/carers to attend with their children.

Parents can register via the links below and please use the promo codeESF to receive $5 CAD ($30 HKD) off per ticket:

  • Language of Friendship Jr. (Years 1 and 2 plus parents) from 4.30pm to 6.00pm: Click here to register
  • Language of Friendship (Years 3 to 6 plus parents) from 6.30pm to 8.00pm: Click here to register

If you have any questions or queries regarding this event then could you please contact URSTRONG directly using the following email address: megan@urstrong.com

Terry Fox Run

Knitting and Paper Flower Making Club

There are still 2 places vacant during lunch time. Interested student may contact Mrs Hussain – Mobile phone: 94987725 or email: husain.ahmad1935@gmail.com

PTA News

Upcoming PTA event

30th October, 2018

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 Sharma (QBS Bus Coordinator) can be contacted via schoolbus@qbs.edu.hk. Please be reminded NOT to send Bus related emails to pta@qbs.edu.hk

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.

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