26 Jan 2018

Newsletter #20

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,


Well done to 4F who shared their class assembly with the school this morning. ‘30 Tales of Extraordinary People – Inspiring Stories for Curious Kids’. We learned about a wide variety of people, their explorations and discoveries. From Einstein to Eberhardt – Copernicus to Columbus. Sadly I was out of school today so missed it but I am reliably informed that the children did a great job! Thanks to Mrs Fennelly, Ms Mak, Ms Ma and Mr Dealino.


Year 6 opened the doors to their ‘Living Museum’ on Wednesday. Their classrooms had been transformed into places of wonder with the children dressed and acting in character – they were representing a range of civilisations – The Romans, Ancient Greeks, Aztecs and several others from very ancient to relatively recent. They had constructed models, web pages, Powtoons, virtual reality displays, made food, games and researched so much information. The impressive aspect was how every child I spoke with was able to share things they had learnt in a confident and knowledgeable way, whilst remaining in character. This has been a great learning experience for them. Well done children! Photos can be found HERE.


Good luck to our students who are participating in the ESF Cross-Country run on Saturday morning. We had trials earlier in the week when 127 of our Year 3 to 6 students took part.


On Friday 2nd March we will be having our Student Led Conferences. More information about this will be shared with you later, however I want to draw your attention to another event to celebrate our 50th anniversary – a ‘Silent Auction’ of student art that we will be holding on that day. Each class is currently creating a piece of art which will be on display in the hall on the 2nd March. Whilst you are visiting the school that day for the Student Led Conferences, we hope you will be able to visit the ‘Gallery’ in the hall where you will be able to make a secret bid for any of the pieces of art. The highest bids at the end of the day will be rewarded with the artwork in return for the amount of money bid. All funds raised from this will go towards school improvements – our Student Council will be deciding exactly how the money will be spent.


Please note a change to our normal end of school time on Thursday 15th February when we will finish at 12pm for the start of the Chinese New Year.


Important Dates
Parent Education Resource

Some of you may be interested to join this online seminar focusing on ‘Resilience’ – https://resilientchildsummit.com/ . It will explain how to help your child “make friends” with stress and deal with anxiety. There is a simple sign up to join.


Student Success Beyond School

On Saturday 20th January, Ashley (6D) and Poppy (6Y) entered the School Sports Programme – Sport Climbing Competition organised by the China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union. Both girls reached the final of the age 10-11 category with Poppy finishing 2nd and Ashley 4th.  Great job girls!






On the same day, Connor (6D) and Jake (2K) entered the Hong Kong Artistic Gymnastics Open and Novice Championships 2017-18 organised by GAHK.  Connor scored 11.466 in the vault, finishing 6th place and 12.833 in the floor exercise finishing 7th. Jake managed a respectable 11.766 in the floor, a great score for his first ever competition. Well done boys!





James Harrison



Parent Volunteers

Our Year 5 children are currently in the middle of creating businesses for their Market Day to help raise funds for the Immanuel Kindergarten in Sudan.  As part of this unit the children will be presenting to a panel of experts on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March.  If you have any experience in selling, or are interested in seeing what the children have created and are able to give up some time on either of the above dates, please email Mr. Pheasant – chad.pheasant@bhs.edu.hk stating the dates and preferred times of your availability.  Priority will be given to parents of children in Year 5.


Thank you,

Chad Pheasant
Vice Principal


Last Chance to sign up for Marie Marchand’s parenting workshop

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:




Colette Davis
Head of SEN


Road Race

Well done to the students who ran in the annual Beacon Hill road race trial on Wednesday. We had 119 runners which is a record number.  Those runners that finished in the top five will go onto compete at the inter school running race in March in Discovery Bay. More details will be sent home about the race in February. Photos can be viewed HERE.



Under 8 boys

1st Ethan – 4F
2nd Jonathan – 3A
3rd Enoch – 4L
4th Finley – 3S
5th Aaron – 4W
6th Tanay – 3F
7th Carlson – 3S
8th Johnny – 4W
9th Takumi – 3S
10th Julian – 3S



Under 8 girls

1st Kylie – 3S
2nd Araya – 3S
3rd Kirsten – 3F
4th Nicole – 3F
5th Sophia – 3A
6th Fae- 3F
7th Natalie – 3F
8th Jasmine – 3A
9th Anissa – 4W
10th Tammy – 4F


Under 9 boys

1st Arthur – 4W
2nd Karan – 4W
3rd Tin Hang – 4F
4th Brody – 5C
5th Marcus – 4F
6th Leo – 5F
7th Avi – 4W
8th Glendon – 4F
9th Rakin – 4W
10th Hei Hei – 4F


Under 9 Girls

1st Rei- 4F
2nd Crystal – 5D
3rd Gingerlily – 5C
4th Yi Wing – 5D
5th Linda – 4L
6th Victoria – 4F
7th Charlie – 4L
8th Michelle – 4F
9th Alena – 4F
10th Chloe – 4F



Under 10 Boys

1st Joshua – 6D
2nd Henry – 5C
3rd Raphael – 6D
4th TJ – 5F
5th Bernard – 5C
6th Koji – 5F
7th Jonathan – 5F
8th Brandon – 6D


Under 10 Girls

1st Cameron – 5C
2nd Shu Wen – 6D
3rd Kaeli – 5D
4th Hannah – 6H
5th Andrea – 6D
6th Sophie – 5F
7th Sera – 5F
8th Hena – 5D
9th Naomi – 5D
10th Yuzumi – 6D



Under 11 Boys

1st Haruki – 6D
2nd Sho – 6Y
3rd Armaan – 6H
4th Brian – 6D
5th Isaac – 6Y
6th Stanley – 6H


Under 11 Girls

1st Mia – 6H
2nd Charlotte – 6Y
3rd Valerie – 6Y
4th Nysha – 6Y
5th Ashley – 6D
6th Poppy – 6Y
7th Carrie – 6H
8th Celine – 6D
9th Chloe – 6H
Tim Teahan
Head of PE

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
Y5 Bake Sale

Thank you to the Y5 students & families for your home-made Bake Sale goodies.  Y5 helped to raise $3045 for the BHS PTA to help support BHS.


Raffle Tickets

Delighted to report our lottery licence has been approved and tickets are in print.  We target to send out two sets to each student some time next week.



Deadline for February DeliFresh order lapsed on 15th January.  If you still wish to order, please contact DeliFresh directly on 2116 2207 or feedback@delifresh.com.hk


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening hours are:

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

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


  1. Tuesday 30 January Y3 Pizza Lunch
  2. Tuesday 6 February 2018 Y2 Bake Sale







‘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/



The Hong Kong Childhood Immunization Programme (HKCIP)

This is for students newly arrived in Hong Kong and for students starting primary schools to classes other than primary one.


To protect children against communicable diseases, the Immunization Team under the Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health provide immunization for school children according to the HKCIP.


Such students might not have received the recommended vaccines under the HKCIP.

Also, those entering primary two directly from kindergarten may miss the school immunization campaign for primary one students.


If, you would like information about this, please could you let me know via rosalind.chen@bhs.edu.hk or bhs@bhs.edu.hk so that we can provide you with the documents you need.


Be prepared for the cold weather to come according to the Hong Kong Observatory

At present, we have some students on sick leave with generally feeling unwell or cough or sore throat or fever or diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection or the common flu or tiredness or stomach virus or runny nose or headache or muscle pain.


Please refer to BHS Newsletter #18 dated 12 January 2018 about the Winter Influenza Season.


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.