Newsletter #12

Beacon Hill School latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.


Principal’s Words
Important Dates
Around BHS
SEN News
PTA News
ESF News
Other News


Dear Parents,


It is my pleasure to write the Principal’s message this week whilst Mr Harrison has been spending time with the Year 5 and 6 students on their camps.



There was great excitement at the start of the week as our Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6s departed for their camp.  The students have had a fantastic time and have been a real credit to BHS and yourselves.  If you have not yet had chance, you can view photographs of their camp experiences on Facebook.  I would like to thank all the staff that left their own families behind this week to accompany the students and ensured they were well looked after and had a great time. All camp photos can be found HERE.



This morning, our Year 3 students shared their learning with their parents on their current unit of inquiry ‘People worldwide have access to rights and opportunities that can look different.’  The children demonstrated their understanding through different art forms such as dance, music and clay. They enjoyed the opportunity to perform on stage and were confident when talking about their learning. Photos can be found HERE.



Thank you to all our School community for your wonderful support of the Box of Hope charity.  The boxes will be collected on Tuesday 14th November, so there is still time to drop off any final boxes on Monday.



As you will know, this week and over the next 2 weeks, parents of Year 2-6 students are invited to attend a Mandarin Consultation at school.  Please do check back on the Gateway for your appointment and arrive a few minutes earlier to avoid others running late.  If you have previously made an appointment which you can no longer keep, please do inform your child’s Mandarin teacher.




A reminder of our upcoming events to mark the BHS 50th Anniversary:


PTA 60s Fashion Disco

Years 1 to 3 – 30th November at 3.15pm

Years 4 to 6 – 1st December at 3.15pm

Watch out for ticket sales.


Great BHS Christmas Bake Off

14th December 2017

At home, as a family, bake your best festive, Christmas bakes – biscuits, cakes or desserts. Deliver them to school on the morning of Thursday 14th December where they will be judged. The winners will be announced that evening at our BHS 50th Christmas Concert.

Quiz night with curry buffet – adults only.

19th January 2018

Look out for the ticket request form which will be in an upcoming Newsletter. Before then, why not start to get a team together? Alternatively, you can form a team on the night.


To celebrate ESF’s 50th Anniversary, ESF has sponsored a channel on – “ESF The First 50 Years” to promote awareness of ESF’s contribution and the achievements of our staff and alumni. Interviews of some of our leaders, long-serving staff and alumni have been posted.


People stories can be found here:

You can also find some archived news stories here:, and some others about ESF’s milestones:

The channel will last till February 2018.




Parent Information Evenings Offered This Term

Please look out for emails asking you to sign up for these.


Community Choir

Our BHS Community Choir has started up again. Please sign up if you would like to come along. The evenings are fun and casual and no prior singing or performing experience is necessary.

For existing members, click HERE for the audio files.


The Year Group Weekly Updates and Single Subject Monthly Updates are available on the school website – so please remember to refer to the website or our app ( ) each week to learn about what is happening in your child’s class.


Have a great weekend!


Susan Chung
Vice Principal

BHS Camp Photos

During Year 3 – 6 camp BHS will be sharing photos and videos through Facebook pages for parents to see the exciting things going on.


These Facebook pages can be found linked on the BHS website and are available directly at the following links:


Year 3:

Year 4:

Year 5:

Year 6:


We hope you enjoy seeing the photos. Please do like and comment respectfully. Please also note that children will not be able to see any comments that are posted and staff on camp will not be able to reply to them.

The teachers and staff attending the camps will do their best to post photos of all of the children at some point, although this cannot be guaranteed. The main responsibility of the adults is the care and safety of the children.

Sunshine Action Fund Raising

I am very pleased to announce, thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our students, we raised $150000.  This is a tremendous sum and I think it shows what a special community we belong to.  We can now start to purchase the food so on 8th December our students can work with Sunshine Action at school to make the food parcels for the different charities.  To help our students with the food parcels we need parent volunteers, approximately 30.  These parents will be working with groups of students to help them make the food parcels.  If you are interested please click here.


Andy Thompson
Vice Principal

ESF Christmas ECard

Christmas is fast approaching!  ESF wish to prepare an e-card for Christmas and are inviting ESF students to come up with a design. The Christmas artwork could be a painting or drawing on A4 or A3 paper with any media such as water color, pastel, photography or digital. Please send the original artwork to Ms Yu by 13th November if you would like to enter this exciting competition. Please refer to the above pictures for cards from previous years.

Understanding and Supporting Minds that Learn differently

FOCUS and the Dyslexia Association (Hong Kong) are pleased to bring two internationally recognised experts together to share, educate and raise awareness of learning differences.


Dr. Thomas Brown & Dr. Lindsay Peer CBE

Parent and Educator Seminar

Understanding and Supporting Minds that learn Differently

November 18th

Kowloon Junior School


The seminar will be valuable to parents, educators and other professionals wanting to better understand how to support children with ADHD and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia.


Morning only: 8:45 – noon (2 presentations) $700

Whole day: 8:45 – 3:45 (3 presentations and light lunch) $1,400


More information and registration from here.


This should be a very informative and useful day.


Colette Davis
Head of SEN

Uniform Shop

Opening hours are:

Mornings : Monday – Friday, except Tuesday 8:15-9:15

Afternoons : Monday and Friday only 2:45-3:15

Please note we now have only large stockings left.  Stockings will be discontinued and replaced with long socks.  They’ve been ordered but will take 2 months so should be available in Term 2.


Y1 Pizza Lunch

Reminder that Year 1 Pizza Lunch will take place on Tuesday 21 November.


Christmas Disco

Forms for swinging sixties disco have been distributed except Year 6 who’ve been away for Camp.  Please make sure they are returned by 17 December.
Please note due to popular demand, this year’s Disco will be split into two separate events by year group.


Y1-3 Thursday 30 November

Y4-6 Friday 1 December


Please excuse the typo in the Y1-3 form which stated 31st November instead of 30th November.


Christmas Concert

Forms for the Christmas Concert to be held  on Thursday 14th December have been distributed.  If you wish to purchase tickets please return with cheque by 1st December.  Note, tickets will not be available to purchase at the door and must be bought in advance. All performers will be given free pass into the event.



PTA Christmas Hampers

We kindly need your donation of items to fill our Xmas hampers.  Items include :

  • Chocolates, biscuits, pastries
  • Candies, dried fruits
  • Mince pies, fois gras
  • Health and beauty products
  • Wine
  • Honey

Please note, all items must be new and in their original packaging.

Please send them into the PTA office by 24th November.



DeliFresh order form for December has been distributed.  If you wish to order, please return form and cheque by 15 November.





To mark ESF’s half-century, we are publishing a commemorative book: ESF The First 50 Years. This volume will chronicle the ESF story, highlighting key events over the last 50 years. It will also celebrate the successes and contributions of our students and staff, both past and current.

The book will be published in November 2017. Place your online order before 30 October to enjoy 10% off and the very special ESF 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book Jubilee Gift Set!  Order link:


ESF 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

To round off ESF’s 50th Anniversary you are invited to the Gala Dinner.

Date: Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Time: 7:00pm (Reception begins at 6pm)

Venue: Grand Ballroom, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

Early Bird Price: $1,700 (early bird offer valid until 1st November 2017)

Sales of tickets and further information are already available through ESF website at

This should be an occasion to remember and a wonderful way to conclude the ESFs celebrations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steven Szeto or Ally Shum at


Disclaimer: Beacon Hill School and the English School Foundation do not recommend or endorse any external events in this newsletter. There is no contractual arrangement between BHS/ESF and the event organisers.