4 Dec 2015

Newsletter #13

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
Other News



Dear Parents,

This morning the Year 5 students shared their learning from their Unit of Inquiry with a focus on ‘Migration can have an impact on people and society.’  Thank you to all the parents who attended and the students and Year 5 team who have worked so hard.

This week we also welcomed a visit by David Whalley, ESF Director of Education.  He was very impressed with the attitude and behaviours of our students as learners.


Transdisciplinary Workshop for Parents

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Transdisciplinary Workshop, it was a very well attended evening.  The single subject teachers explained how our Units of Inquiry are transdisciplinary in its approach by sharing examples of how they link and connect their own subject areas to UOIs.  Later this year, we will gather feedback regarding further ways we can develop our parent partnerships through workshops.


BHS Rockets & BHS Starbursts Netball Teams

Congratulations to our two mixed netball teams who have competed in the Hong Kong Junior Netball League Under 13s matches held on Saturdays at Fa Hui park and Tai Wan Shan Park.  All the students who participated demonstrated commitment and team spirit throughout.  Last Saturday, they played their final game with all points collated to award the BHS Starbursts 7th place and the BHS Rockets missing out on 2nd place by just one point.  Thanks to all the parents who have supported each week.  Special thanks to Alisha Mahbubani, Miss Andrews and Miss Younie for coaching the teams.


5th ESF Football Tournament, KGV
5th ESF Netball Tournament, QBS/CIS
6th Chamber Choir performing at Pacific Place, 1.00pm
7th Island School Visit (some Y6) – Curriculum Day
7th Year 4 visit to LEAP
8th Year 1 & Year 6 MMR and Hep B Vaccinations
8th Chamber Choir performing at Taikoo Cityplaza, 4.00pm
9th Year 4 to the Pitch for PE
10th Year 2 to the Pitch for PE
11th Year 1 to the Pitch for PE
11th 3H Class Assembly
11th PTA Disco
12th Chamber Choir performing at Elements, 4.30pm
13th Chamber Choir performing at IFC, 5.00pm
15th Chamber Choir performing at Festival Walk, 4.00pm
16th BHS PTA Christmas Concert
18th Term 1 Ends – School finishes at 12pm

Please note that you can view our calendar on the school website.



We have clear expectations regarding our school uniform. Sometimes students may need to wear something different for a short period of time if they have outgrown a pair of shoes for example, but we encourage everyone to adhere to the uniform at all times – I have noticed recently a handful of children wearing PE shoes (trainers) that are definitely not white! As the weather begins to cool down, please try to ensure you have the appropriate winter uniform ready so that we don’t see children wearing cardigans and jackets that are not the BHS Uniform. I appreciate your support in helping to ensure we maintain our strong identity and that all the children feel a sense of pride in wearing the BHS colours.


Community Choir

Thank you to those who have already signed up! Some of you may have seen the British TV programmes based around the formation of choirs, such as ‘Military Wives’ and this has inspired Mr Gibson and myself to set up a BHS Community Choir. This would be open to all parents of BHS students and to BHS Staff. The choir will begin in January, rehearsing on Thursday evenings from 7pm. We would hope to perform at school around Easter. There won’t be auditions – just enthusiasm is required!  We managed to recruit quite a few members at the parent workshop earlier this week, so it is not too late to sign up if you are still interested.


Go on – don’t be shy!


Have a lovely weekend.
Ms Susan Chung


 Transdisciplinary Learning Parent Evening: Tuesday 1st December

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Transdisciplinary Learning Workshop held on Tuesday this week.  It was very well attended, and I am sure the parents who came along left with a more sound understanding of how children learn in a PYP school.  Also, thank you to the teachers who gave up their evening to present; a very busy time of year for all, but very much appreciated.  For interested parents, the presentation will be available on the school web site next week.


Rachael Dewhurst

VP/ PYP Coordinator


Boys Football

The boys football team participated in the last week of the Kowloon football league on Thursday! The players have enjoyed participating in the league and it has seen a great improvement in their team work. Thanks to Ian Riddell from Kowloon Junior for organising.

This week we had 3 teams and amazingly we came away unbeaten with 8 wins and 1 draw with goals galore from BHS. Special mentions to Praise, Aiden and Jotaro for all scoring hat tricks. Our goal keepers also did superbly well saving a number of shots from Kowloon Junior.


Thank you to those whom have generously donated towards the 2016 International Food Fair (“IFF”) Grand Raffle prizes. We will proceed with the corresponding HK Lottery License from the Office of the Licensing Authority, Home Affairs Department.

Our joyous PTA Christmas Carol Concert on Wednesday 16 December 2015 with our lovely musical students, staff and parent volunteers is coming-up. There will be refreshments, our annual Christmas Hamper Draw for ticket holders and Christmas decoration sale proceeds will be donated towards the SCMP’s annual Operation Santa for charities across Hong Kong. We are still collecting new Christmas Hamper appropriate items and donations for our popular Christmas Hamper Draw.


  1. Tuesday 11 December 2015 Christmas Disco (for students only)
  2. Tuesday 16 December 2015 Christmas Carol Concert (entrants require tickets, except under 1 year old or performer). There is no parking.
  3. Deli Fresh lunch order forms for January 2016 will be posted onto BHS website.

Enjoy your weekend and maybe even watch our BHS choirs perform!

Rowena Chow

Chair, BHS PTA



Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

We would like to inform you of the fact that one student is on sick leave with the above communicable disease. The child is resting at home and will return to school as per doctor’s advice.

The child may experience spots on the hands and feet (that is, skin rash with vesicles), fever and sore throat.

The prevention is by mean of maintaining good personal hygiene and good environmental hygiene.

Please consult the doctor about pain relief medication for the painful mouth ulcers.

It is important to keep the child as comfortable as possible and hydrated. Due to the painful mouth sores, the child may not want to eat and to drink oral fluids. Parental support or guardian support is part of the treatment.

If you suspect that the child has HFMD, please consult the doctor promptly.

Always Keep Hands Clean.

Thank you.

Ms Chen