14 May 2015

Newsletter issue 32

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
Parents As Partners
 2015-16 School Bus Applications
 Leaving Hong Kong?
 SCMP Summer Holiday Reading Programme 2015
 A Talk About Healing Children Naturally
 PTA Events
 PTA Vacancy

Principal’s Comments

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been another busy week of learning and I have seen some great lessons taking place across the school. We finished the week with a lovely class assembly by 1B and 1R students which parents and the whole school enjoyed together. It was great to visit Africa and learn about animals.

Battle of the Books

I am pleased to report that QBS participated in the annual ESF Battle of the Books competition this week. This requires serious commitment from the students as they are expected to read a series of set texts and answer many questions associated with their reading. They did a great job. The students were proud of their win and enjoyed the experience. We look forward to more reading challenges in the future. Thanks to Stephanie Gilchrist and Miss Luong for supporting the students.

Creative Club

On Wednesday a group of very excited Year 4 students held a Mini Expo and shared their personal inquiries with parents and teachers. These students have been meeting weekly with Ms Abidi in Creative Club and doing independent research which has also included interviews with experts. The students chose to find out more about something they felt truly passionate about. Their passions included things such as dogs, evolution, rocks, military battles, cooking, tennis, songs and origami. The students had fantastic support from their parents when they came into school and participated in the Mini Expo. The children reported back that the best part of Creative Club was being able to find out about things of personal interest. Well done Creative Club students.


Athletics Meet

Mr Schroder and Mr Bennie accompanied a group of students to the Primary Athletics in Kwai Chung on Friday. Good luck to all of the students involved. We look forward to hearing about this event next week when the students and teachers return to school. The students wore our new QBS athletics kit.

QBS has over 50 students involved in the Splash and Dash this weekend. There are also a large number of Year 3 and Year 4 students involved in World Athletics Day this weekend. Good luck to all QBS students participating in this event.

May the fourth be with you!

I didn’t actually see Yoda or Luke Skywalker at school this week but every time I visited the Learning Centre there was plenty of Star Wars excitement. A moon habitat appeared mid week! The students really enjoyed Space Week in the Learning Centre. QBS has a beautiful Learning Centre due to the financial support of our QBS PTA in recent years. It was great to see so many students in the Learning Centre participating in a range of different activities all week. Special thanks to Mrs McGraw and Mrs Tang for making it happen.


We are fortunate to have guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits in our zoo and the students do a wonderful job taking responsibility of them each day. We are seeking more volunteers to home the QBS Zoo animals on weekends. Please contact Ms Davies (lisa.davies@qbs.edu.hk) with your interest and support the work of our students by taking care of a pet for the weekend.




Parents As Partners

Upcoming Workshop: Reading with Children: 12th May 12 to 1pm

How to read with young children: developing skills eg questioning, re-telling, discussing, making connections. Look at strategies for reading unknown words too. To develop a love of reading.

Workshop for parents, carers and domestic helpers of QBS families.

Please click here and complete form for attendance.

Upcoming Workshop: Importance of Play: 26th May 12 to 1pm

Sharing the importance of play and the role it can play in learning. I will be bringing in maths, art, language and motor control through play.

Workshop for parents, carers and domestic helpers of QBS families.

Please click here and complete form for attendance.

Mother Tongue Story Sessions

Tiddler : The Story Telling Fish

Thank you so much Winnie Ho for reading ‘Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish’ to the Y1 and Y2 students. We loved hearing it in Cantonese today. In fact, we love Julia Donaldson in every language!


Please click here to listen to small part of the story.

If your child is in Y1 or Y2, please encourage them to come along and join in our Mother Tongue Story Time every Thursday lunchtime in the library.

Floppy’s Friends in Hindi

Thank you Mrs Gupta for reading such an interesting story: Floppy’s Friends in Hindi.
We all followed the story so carefully.


Please click here to listen to part of the story.

2015-16 School Bus Applications

We are now inviting all parents of Year 1 to Year 5 students to apply for the school bus services for the next academic year.

To facilitate the application procedure, please find the below documents for your information and completion:

The Bus Information Pack is a comprehensive guideline featuring on application procedures, bus rules and expectations of bus riders, and bus routes list and timings, in an electronic copy. It also outlines the complete terms of service offered, which all subscribers and bus riders are obligated to accept, agree and adhere to when subscribing for the services.

Hard copies of the below documents have been given to all students to take home today:

  • The bus applications forms (year 1 to 5 students); and
  • The consent forms (year 5 to 6 students)

Please note:

  • The deadline date for all applications is:  20th May 2015.
  • All applications will be on a first come – first serve basis
  • All late applications will be subject to an admin charge of $100.00
  • All incomplete applications will be returned to students

For further queries please do not hesitate to contact Ms Dorothy Ho (PTA Administrator) on pta@qbs.edu.hk.

Leaving Hong Kong?

If you are planning to leave Hong Kong and intending to withdraw your child from QBS at the end of Term 3, can you please inform Miss Frances Lai, Admissions Secretary?


South China Morning Post Summer Holiday Reading Programme 2015

SCMP is offering student subscription during Sundays and holiday. Newspapers are picked up at selected convenience store outlets on specified dates. For information and registration, visit www.yp.scmp.com/holiday. For enquiries, either email to printsupport@scmp.com or call 2680-8822. Subscription deadline is 5 June, 2015. There is no obligation to buy.

A Talk about Healing Children Naturally

Hosted by Discovery College PTA on Tuesday 12th May

Learn more about supporting your child’s physical and emotional health and enhancing their learning and development at this free information evening for parents and teachers presented by DCPTA sponsor Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI)

In this talk, IMI founding director Graeme Bradshaw and Dr Benita Perch, both accomplished naturopaths and homeopaths, will present natural solutions to breaking the cycle of antibiotics, overcoming allergies, asthma and eczema, improving concentration and reducing anxiety, depression and mood fluctuations. They will also address how to ‘reduce the toxic load to your family’.

  • Date & Time: Tuesday 12 May 6.30-7.30pm, followed by Q&A.
  • Venue: The Black Box Theatre, Discovery College.
  • Light refreshments will be served.

Admission free but space is limited so please email pta@dc.edu.hk now to reserve your seats.

Please click here for more.

PTA Events

Friday, 15th May 2015:  Pizza Sale

Final Call: If you have not placed an order for your child – please do so immediately. Applications can be downloaded here.

Thursday, 28th May 2015:  New Year 1 Student Induction Day

Parent Volunteers – Induction Day

This is a great opportunity for you to meet new parents and families joining QBS in the next academic year, as well as assist them and guide them with uniform ordering and school bus service etc.

If you would like to be a parent volunteer at the event please email us atmona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk, stating:

  • “Induction Day – Parent Volunteer”
  • Your child’s name / class number / your name and contact number

and we will contact you with further details of arrangements accordingly.

Wednesday, 10th June 2015:  QBS Quiz Night

Please mark your diaries – detailed information for this event will be circulated next week.

PTA Vacancy: Parent Representatives (2015-2016)

This year we will be having a few of our current committee members retire as they move onto to senior schools with their child. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their dedicated hard work and contribution towards the success of the PTA during their tenure.

We are now inviting dynamic parents to stand as Parent Representatives on our executive committee in the upcoming school year.

If you would like to be involved, in any of the above positions, and contribute your expertise both to the development and enhancement of the PTA and the school, please feel free to contact Mona Diwan, PTA Coordinator by email onmona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk or by phone on 28871004. She will be happy to answer any further queries you may have.

“Your PTA is as good as it’s members ! So join now !”