20 May 2015

Newsletter – issue 34

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
 Celebration of Learning – June 12th
 PTA Quiz Night
 Student Withdrawals
 Parents as Partners
 International Children’s Day Assembly
 Boy’s Choir Performance
 PTA News

Principal’s Comments

New QBS Website

Today you will read the newsletter via the new QBS website. We will continue to email you the weekly newsletter which will be directly linked into the new QBS website. One of the key aspects of this new website will be its potential to share news more frequently and in a more user-friendly format for our community.

School Closure

Please be reminded that QBS is closed to students on Friday the 22nd of May. School reopens for students on Tuesday the 26th of May. The school is closed due to the public holiday and the QBS/ESF staff professional development schedule.

QBS Celebration of Learning – Friday the 12th of June – Gateway booking required

The annual Celebration of Learning Day will be held on Friday the 12th of June. This involves all QBS students and parents. It is entirely student led. All parents are invited to join this event with their child for a specified period of time and an appointment booking will be necessary via Gateway.
Key details about the Celebration of Learning are included below.




Celebration of Learning – June 12th

This event is an opportunity to spend time with your child as they share with you some of their learning achievements for the academic year. Please take time to watch the short information clip we have made to explain what the QBS Celebration of Learning is all about. You will see staff, parents and students talking about what it is, why we do it and why it is important. All parents must book an appointment time during this day and attend with your child. Further details are available for parents via this letter.

PTA Quiz Night

We welcome you to join an evening of fun and excitement at our very first QBS QUIZ NIGHT!
To place an order for tickets, click here.
If you or your company are able to assist by donating prizes for this fund-raising event, or if you would like to volunteer to help out, please get in touch with Mona Diwan (mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk)

Student Withdrawals

If you are withdrawing your child at the end of this academic year, please complete the student withdrawal notice and return it to the school office via email by the 1st June 2015 or earlier if possible. As we are planning for our classes next year it would be beneficial for us to know about children leaving QBS as soon as possible.

If we do not hear from you by the 1st of June, we will assume that your child is returning after the summer and parents may be liable for the tuition fees for September 2015 even if the student does not return to school.

Please contact Miss Frances Lai (Admissions Secretary) on 2566 5206 if you need assistance with this matter. Miss Lai’s email address is: frances.lai@qbs.edu.hk.

Parents as Partners

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 Time

Thank you so much Dalia for reading a lovely story in Russian to our Y1 and Y2 students. We loved finding out that animal sounds are different in various languages!


Dalia reading in Russian

Click here to watch part of the story being read.

SUGAR: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Healthy Eating Workshop: Part 3

Hidden sugars find their way into so many of the foods that our children eat. With childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes and other related diseases a real concern for our children and the clear association between increased sugar intake to risk factors for overall health, it is our responsibility to keep added sugars to a minimum in our children’s diet.

Come along to this informal talk on how to keep our children’s food sweet enough without the unnecessary added sugars!

A presentation by Janie Grant for all QBS parents and carers on Thursday 4th June from 11 to 12. Please come along to the amphitheatre in the Learning Centre.
Textile Arts at QBS
As you may have noticed at QBS, there is always a lot of art included in our daily routines. This includes performance arts and visual arts. Here is a little request: if you have any unwanted wool (yarn), embroidery threads, buttons, sequins, ribbons, knitting needles, crochet hooks etc  at home which you would be happy to donate to school, please send them in to Ms Abidi. They can then be used and enjoyed by all of our students.


International Children’s Day Assembly

At QBS, we celebrated the International Children’s Day. The children performed in an impressive assembly and we enjoyed sharing and learning about each other’s cultures and interests. Thank you to all the parents and staff who supported this.
Please click here to see the video.

Boys’ Choir Performance

QBS Boys’ Choir have voted and chosen the songs they would like to sing. They are enthusiastically and busily rehearsing for their performance which will take place on Wednesday 24 th June at 9:00 am in the school hall.
The choir will also have the opportunity to perform in front of their peers in the end of year assembly on the last day of term.
Further information will be given nearer the performance date.

PTA News

New Year 1 Student Induction Day (Thursday the 28th May 2015)

This is a great opportunity for you to meet new parents and families joining QBS in the next academic year, as well as familiarise them with the school and help them and guide them with uniform ordering, school bus service and other PTA matters.
If you would like to be a Parent Volunteer at the event please email us at mona.diwan@qbs.edu.hk

Parakito Mosquito Bands and Refills – Just Arrived

Parakito Bands: HK$145.00 each
Parakito Refills: HK$95.00

A NEW range of Parakito Mosquito Bands and Refills have arrived and can be purchased from the PTA Shop during shop hours.

Feedback and Suggestions

If you have any feedback or suggestions you would like to give on our event or services provided, then please email directly to:  ptasuggestions@qbs.edu.hk. Your email will be received by our Chairman who will reply to you as soon as possible.