29 Mar 2018

Newsletter #27

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
PTA News
ESF News
Other News



Dear Parents,


This term has drawn to a close. It has been a very busy and exciting term with many special activities and events happening, not least last Friday’s International Food Fair. It was wonderful to see so many of you there including many ex-students and families. The evening seemed packed from start to finish. I hope you enjoyed the event and the PTA looks forward to announcing which classes won the ‘day trip out’ for selling the most raffle tickets, the full list of raffle draw winners and of course the total amount of money raised which will go directly into improving BHS facilities. The money raised is important but equally so is the sense of community and belonging that this event achieves within BHS. Thank you to all of you for your support but a special thank you to the PTA who did all the hard work behind the scenes to make the event so successful. Click HERE for more photos.


Well done to the Junior Choir, Percussion ensemble and the Ukulele group who performed for parents and staff yesterday after school. It was a lovely performance with songs reflecting this special time of year for many families. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring the delicious refreshments that were on offer. Thank you to Mrs Dale, Ms Gong, Mr Hoskins, Mr Gibson, Ms Ma and Ms Kannis for their work with these children. Click HERE for more photos.




Student Achievement Beyond School

Last Sunday, Gabriel, Marcus and Julien (3S), and Felix (3A) again represented BHS in the 2018 Hong Kong Inter-School Team Chess Championships at South Island School, finishing 2nd place in the Primary Y1-Y3 division.  There were 4 players in each team and a total of 19 teams from different primary schools including HK International School (who came 1st place) and Wah Yan Primary School (who came 3rd place). There were 7 rounds in the game.  The games were as intense as expected. BHS team won 4 points in Round 1 but dropped to the 4th place after Round 2. Through the joint efforts of team members, the BHS team climbed back to 3rd place after Round 3 and 2nd place after Round 5.  Thereafter, BHS drew the strongest team (HK International School) in Round 6 and kept the 2nd place after Round 7. This is the best result they have achieved ever. Well done BHS chess team. Special thanks to the parents who have organised the representation from BHS in these events.


Alice (4L) made her parents very proud as she won the Hong Kong skateboarding open competition in the women’s category last Saturday. She did really well winning a trophy which she brought in to show the class. There is a short video clip of her in action. Well done Alice – incredible balance and skill shown in this video!! Click HERE for the video.


And Finally…

Congratulations to Anjali Detaramani who gave birth last Sunday to a beautiful baby boy! With Easter and the celebration of new life upon us, this is a very joyous occasion. We wish the whole family lots of happiness for their new lives ahead.


I wish you all a very happy, restful and peaceful holiday.






Yearbook Cover Competition


Below is a flyer showing more details about our Yearbook cover competition for this year.  Entries should be in by the first Friday after the Easter holiday.  They should be handed in to the foyer.

Chad Pheasant
Vice Principal

Scholastic Book Club

Don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/beacon-hill-1. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by April 23rd, 2018.



Charlotte Fennelly

Green Team

Dear Parents,

Beacon Hill School has been very busy with different environmental activities. Over the Easter Holidays I would very much appreciate your input in our revised Environmental Policy. I have attached a very quick survey of three questions for parents. It would be great to include your ideas. Please click HERE for the survey.


Tree Planting

Paul Melsom and I would like to propose a 2018 tree planting day on Saturday 21 April. This was a very successful event last year and I would like to open it out to children who have not done it before first. There is a maximum number of 16 people for safety, including eight Year 5-6 students with an accompanying adult. We will meet at the Central Ferry Pier 6 at  1.50 p.m. and return from Mui Wo on the 6.40 p.m. ferry to Central. The walk up to the plantation area is up to an elevation of 150m and the tree planters carry the trees and spades so the tree planters must be reasonably fit. This is a non-profit activity and there is a small fee of $35 per person which is to cover tree planting costs, the on-going materials,  the tree delivery costs and the maintenance of the trees including tree guards, tools and fertiliser. Please email me if you are interested, this will be on a first come first serve basis.


The Butterfly Garden

There is now a glut of tomatoes, basil and lettuces growing in our butterfly garden, as well as lots of other things growing. 1L went to pick the tomatoes and lettuces this week and all the Year Ones and some Year Twos got to eat one of the tomatoes that they planted earlier this year. Some of the Year Four and Five children shared the lettuce. More lettuce is growing in our vertical garden. There is lots of basil, chilli and radishes that will be ready soon!


Endangered Animal Scavenger Hunt

Lots of students went on our Endangered Animal Scavenger Hunt around school and 39 managed to find all 50 animals around the school building. Well done and house points to all these students! You may want to ask your child which endangered animals they found.


Trashion Fashion

Over the 50th Fortnight we had two very successful Trashion Fashion shows at school. Please see the photos below that show how successful the children were, all in so many good in different ways. The creative thought in the designs were impressive as were the ways in which materials were used in different ways. The children impressed us with their link to the number 50 to represent BHS’s 50th Anniversary.



Many children bought a packet of seeds at the beginning of the 50th Fortnight and some children brought in their plant to show. Some in recycled pots and some designed with faces. Well done to all the students who managed to show off their plants. Good luck if you are still growing yours, they are very easy to take care of and the cress can be eaten when it is grown. The wheatgrass can be used in smoothies.


Earth Hour

As always, Beacon Hill joined in with the Earth Hour related “No Power Hour”. To relate it to our 50 theme the children turned off the power in multiples of 50 minutes.


Enjoy your Easter Holidays!

Jane Faragó

BHS Clothes Drive with Redress Asia

The student council are pleased to be supporting a local environmental charity, Redress, by taking part in their ‘Get Redressed Spring Clothing Drive 2018 ’from Monday 26th to Friday 27th April where we will be asking you to bring in your own unwanted clothing to benefit numerous local HK charities.


To make your contribution, please send your unwanted clothes into school with your child.  There will be a collection box in the school foyer


Redress is looking for good quality clothes, accessories and shoes – from high-end designer brands to high street fashion for women, men and children.*

Donations will be collected and carefully sorted by Redress for distribution to local HK charities. Top quality clothing will be sold to raise funds for Redress in a pop-up shop following the drive, whilst the clothes that cannot be used for the charity beneficiaries will be kept for Redress’ new circular economy initiative and ultimately recycled into new yarns!

Please support Redress’ work to cut waste out of fashion!

For more information please visit the Redress website: https://www.redress.com.hk


Warmest wishes,

The Student Council


If you would like to volunteer as an individual to help sort the clothes, please contact Redress directly – nastasia@redress.com.hk

The charities we support: Christian Action, Crossroads, Green Ladies and Green Little from Saint James Settlement, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Friends of the Earth, Lizzie Bee, Pathfinders…

*Please note that underwear, swimsuits and home textiles cannot be accepted as part of this drive.



Year 3 to Year 6 Sports Day

Congratulations to Confidence House 信心 for being the overall champions at the Year 3s to 6 Sports Day. Well done to all the teams for demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship throughout sports day.

Results for each year group

Overall Results


Tim Teahan

nl_ptaInternational Food Fair

It was great to see such a vibrant atmosphere last Friday evening.  On behalf of BHS PTA I would like to express my gratitude to the school community for making this event such a huge success.


The night culminated in the Grand Raffle Draw which helped raise approx. $160,000 for the school butterfly garden enhancement (final count tbc).  Results will be published on Thursday 29th March 2018 in South China Morning Post at 7:30am, Lottery licence no. 4644.

Winners should first call 2337 8932 to arrange collection of prizes from our PTA office at 23 Ede Road, Kowloon Tong on or before Fri 4th May 2018.  Again many thanks to all those who sponsored / donated the fantastic prizes.  The winning sales in upper and lower classes will be confirmed after the holidays once all sales have been verified and tallied.


Huge thanks to all the Staff, Teachers, EAs, Vice Principals and Mr Harrison for helping with the Bouncy Castle, Drinks/Chips, Hot Dog, Coupon Sales and our wonderful entertainment.  Special mention to Mrs Lamb & Miss Mak for organising and guiding the Y4’s and team of Scouts in this year’s Hall Games.

Also to our team of Caretakers who helped set and clean up before and after.  Finally our sincerest thanks to all the parents, family members and friends who donated money, food, manned the stalls, bought raffle tickets and came to enjoy the community spirit of the IFF.


I would like to especially recognise the following parent coordinators who helped organise a team to support and man their respective stalls :-

Chinese stall co-ordinator : Alice and team

Dessert stall co-ordinator : Rachel and team

Indian stall co-ordinator : Simran

Indonesian stall co-ordinator : Eliza, Elena and team

Japanese stall co-ordinator : Yukie and team

Korean stall co-ordinator : Nary and team

Western stall co-ordinator : Rosa, Suki and team

Corn Dog stall co-ordinator : Wesley and team

Cotton Candy stall : Poppy and Janice

Ice-cream stall co-ordinator : Tania and Mabel

Pop corn stall co-ordinator : Teresa and Fion

BHS Alumni :- Y8 Miyuki Tso’s parents


Here are the coupon sales results for each stall, congratulations everyone on their hard work :

Hall Games – $21,895
Bouncy Castle – $4,395
Drink & Chips Stall – $8,085
Hotdog Stall  – $9,190
Chinese Stall – $8,500
Dessert Stall – $4,235
Indian Stall – $1,585
Indonesian Stall – $2,660
Japanese Stall – $2,795
Korean Stall – $3,250
Western Stall – $5,100
Corn Dog Stall – $3,325
Cotton Candy Stall – $4,280
Ice-cream Stall – $4,340
Pop Corn Stall – $1,795

Here are the grand raffle lucky winners :


Menu for May DeliFresh hot lunch orders will be sent out on 16 April, the first day back after the holidays.  There is only a four day window to return these forms due to the Easter break.  If you would like to order please return by 20 April.  The order form can also be downloaded here : http://www.beaconhill.edu.hk/deli-fresh-menu/

Summer Uniform

Delivery of Summer Uniforms are due on 16 April and will be available for purchase shortly after.


Year 6 Pizza Lunch

Reminder that Year 6 Pizza Lunch will take place on Tuesday 18 April.  Deadline for order has already lapsed.


Have a wonderful Easter Holiday break.






Immunization (Part Two)

The scheduled date for (Part Two) Immunization is 17 April 2018 (Tuesday) and All documents submitted by parent or guardian, they will be returned to your child (together with any instructions for you to follow-up, if applicable) via the student’s class teacher or via the student’s educational assistant on the same week (from 18 to 20 April 2018, Wednesday to Friday inclusive).


Please refer to (previous) BHS newsletter #23 dated 2 March 2018.


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.