12 Jan 2018

Newsletter #18

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,


Happy New Year! Welcome back to a band new year and new term. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing holiday and were able to spend time with family and friends.

The children have settled back quickly into routines at school this week. It is great to see them grow in confidence as the year progresses. I look forward to another successful term ahead.



James Harrison


 Important Dates


Student Achievement Beyond School

Hena (5D)  joined the 2018 Sportscene Gymnastic Competition on the 7th January and achieved some really good results:

Vault – 1st place

Floor – 12th place

Total Ranking – 6th place

She will be well prepared for the coming inter school Gymnastic Competition. Well done Hena!



Student Council Fruity Friday


Last term we surveyed our students to find out how we can make BHS even better.  A lot of students wanted Fruity Friday back.  This is an opportunity for you to help your child have delicious and healthy snacks at least once a week.  Can you please support and encourage your child to bring in a fruity snack each Friday.  We do not want processed snacks with fruit in them as they contain preservatives and man-made sugar.  Thank you in advance for your support.  Fruity Friday starts on Friday 19th January.



Connor, Vien, Alena and Alice


Parenting Workshops:

We are delighted to welcome back Marie Marchand to present at Beacon Hill School on January 31st from 6-8pm. This year’s focus will be positive behaviour management strategies for parents- Discipline without Shouting. Please sign up via the gateway https://tg.esf.edu.hk The cost will be $50 per person.

Marie is an excellent speaker- both entertaining and informative and we thoroughly recommend any parents from year 1-6 to come and enjoy her presentation. Please see the details below:



New Counselling Service

BHS is pleased to announce a new service for our students commencing this month. We will be welcoming a psychologist and a counsellor from Central Health Partners- Child Development Team. Both practitioners are dedicated to establishing and nurturing a relationship between the school, families and the children with whom they are working. We are very keen to promote positive mental health and well being and although the service will be parent funded, the school is able to offer a subsidy to those children referred.


Ann Bridgewater is a clinical Psychologist with broad experience working with children with a range of developmental difficulties and disorders including eating difficulties / disorders, social communication difficulties, attention, emotional, behavioural difficulties and children on the Autistic spectrum. She has worked with children / adolescents and families in hospitals, private clinics, and school settings.


Alex Meyer is a counsellor with broad experience working with children with emotional / behavioural difficulties. She uses social thinking resources in line with ones we use currently at Beacon Hill School and helps with resilience, anxiety and coping strategies.


The referral process can be initiated by parents and / or teachers. If you would be interested to know more details about either of theses services and feel that your child may benefit from the therapies offered please contact Colette Davis- colette.davis@bhs.edu.hk for more information.


Colette Davis
Head of SEN


Calling All Gymnasts


The school is looking to enter the Hong Kong Inter School Primary gymnastics competition which will be held in April/May.  If your child is currently doing gymnastics and their coach recommends they join this competition can you please email me (timothy.teahan@bhs.edu.hk) before Friday 9th February so we can start preparing the paperwork. The categories are:

A Grade: must be born on or after 1 Jan 2005.

B Grade: must be born on or after 1 Jan 2007.

C Grade: must be born on or after 1 Jan 2008.


Tim Teahan
Head of PE

Happy New Year


IFF Grand Raffle

Huge thank you to all those who’ve donated prize / cash towards the IFF Grand Raffle.  Your generosity is much appreciated.  Please keep these rolling in so we can purchase even more prizes and make this lucky draw the best yet.


Bake Sale

Y5 Bake sale shall take place on 16 January.  Please give your child some money so they can buy a treat during break time.



Order forms for February DeliFresh have been distributed.  Please note deadline for order is 15 January (Monday).


Uniform Shop

Pre-order of long socks (knee high) can be made through e-notice sent out on Gateway.  Stock will be available next week.


All the best in 2018.





‘ESF The First 50 Years’ is now published! This volume chronicles the ESF story, highlighting key events over the last 50 years. It also celebrates the successes and contributions of our students and staff, both past and current.


What’s in the Book?
  • Stories of ESF’s major developments and milestones over the past five decades
  • Interviews of all 22 ESF schools with key historic events and current whole school photos
  • Exclusive interviews of 22 prominent alumni
  • Interesting stories from 5 key leaders and 12 long-serving staff


The book is now available for sale via the ESF website: www.esf.edu.hk/50th-book/. Copies will also be available in major bookshops in Hong Kong by late December.


Enquiries: 50book@esfcentre.edu.hk

More details: http://www.esf.edu.hk/2017/12/11/esf50-book/



Winter Influenza Season

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reminded us all to heighten vigilance against Influenza.

The signs and symptoms of seasonal influenza may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain, headache; diarrhoea and vomiting.

To prevent complications occurring, it is important to consult the doctor for advice and treatment, if applicable.



From CHP, “to prevent outbreaks of influenza and other respiratory infections, it is of prime importance that children with fever (oral temperature higher than 37.5°C, or ear temperature higher than 38°C), regardless of the presence of respiratory symptom, should not be allowed to attend school.  They should be advised to seek medical advice and should avoid school till 48 hours after the fever has subsided.  Staff should also check their temperature before work every day and staff with respiratory illnesses or fever should refrain from work.  For personal protection, to receive seasonal influenza vaccination as early as possible and except for people with known contraindications.”


Always Keep Hands Clean.

Thank you.

Ms Chen

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.