1 Jun 2018

Newsletter #34

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



Dear Parents,


This morning 5C proudly shared with us their class assembly. They shared their many and varied talents, talked about the attitudes required and the practise it takes to develop your talents. The assembly was entertaining, informative and gave us all an opportunity to reflect on our own passions and talents and what we can do each day to make ourselves feel proud. Well done 5C and thanks to Mrs Craig, Mrs Fletcher, Ms Priya, Mrs Sanghvi and Ms Kannis for their support.


Today our Year 6 students who are transitioning to an ESF secondary school had the opportunity to spend the day at their respective schools. We are sure they had a good time and know that this will help ease them into their new school lives. Before they leave BHS though, they still have a lot to do!


The annual PTA quiz for students took place yesterday after school. We had 10 teams of mixed-age children who took part and this year it as hi-tech, with the teams holding up a QR code which was read by a smartphone to collect answers. Thank you to Ms Mak and Janley our PTA Coordinator who organised the quiz and refreshments. Thanks also to Mrs Lamb for her support and Mr Lowe for working with Ms Mak to ensure the smooth running of the technology. Thanks also to those teachers who attended the event even at this extremely busy time of year. Well done to all the teams who took part – to the eventual champions and all those who didn’t quite attain the top score.


Here is some very important information from Mr Stephen Loggie, Principal, regarding the Island School redevelopment.

Dear Parents / Caregivers / Friends of Island School

A special ESF Board meeting was held at Tai Wai campus last week to discuss the Island School redevelopment and updated timelines associated with the tendering and building contracts. School Council Chair, Michael Lok and I were invited to participate in the meeting. I would like to thank the members of the ESF Board for this opportunity and their continued support.

The ESF Board were advised that the plans for the redevelopment, including Government funding for the project, are on track and the completion date for the works is now forecast to be March 2022, which means that the move back to Borrett Road is scheduled for summer 2022. It must be remembered that as with any building project, these dates are targets and subject to the usual revisions associated with major building works.

Tendering for the works is now underway and the design work is well advanced.

I invite all interested parents to come to a special briefing on the redevelopment, including a look at the latest designs at our Sha Tin Wai campus at 5.30pm on 19 June 2018.

For those unable to attend, our website will contain the presentation and other relevant information shortly after the parent meeting.

I would also like to thank the Island School community for your support.

Please register for the meeting at the link below


Stephen Loggie

Island School, Principal

We will be arranging a date for Mr Loggie and his team to come to BHS in after the summer break to share the latest information with BHS parents. Watch out for the date.


Our Year 6 students and many other students, teachers and parents across ESF have had the opportunity to view a screening of a documentary called “Angst’ which raises awareness around anxiety. KGV have the rights to screen this for a very short period of time and there is a wonderful opportunity for parents to view it next week. Here are the details:

7th June6.00pm-7.30pm at KGV School

We would like to invite parents to view the film, made by IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform (http://www.angstmovie.com).

6.00pm Intro

6.10pm – 7.10pm Film

7.10pm – 7.30pm Follow up Q&A panel with Dean Woliter, Educational Psychologist for ESF

For attendance sign up on: https://goo.gl/forms/iBsTjqSpT2uF71cq1

For enquiries contact Rishika   ptsa@kgv.edu.hk or Amanda Barton amanda.barton@kgv.edu.hk



Our calendar for the new academic year is now finalised. We have been waiting for the Hong Kong Government to confirm the gazetted holidays. You can view a copy of the calendar on our website: https://www.beaconhill.edu.hk/calendar-2/




Have a lovely weekend.



James Harrison


New Teacher Appointments for 2018-19

Due to various staffing changes next year, we completed a round of interviews this week.  We are pleased to appoint two new teachers for the next academic year, Matthew Glencross & James Whyman.


Matt has taught at Quarry Bay School for the last 2 years across different year groups.  He has a keen interest in the environment and has done some work with our Year 4s this year.  James is currently at Sha Tin Junior and has previously worked at Quarry Bay School.  James has a keen interest in Sports and Art.


I know you will join us in welcoming them both in the coming year.


Susan Chung
Vice Principal



Aquathon Team

Well done to the aquathon club who participated in the ESF Fun aquathon on Monday. The aquathon consisted of a 250m swim followed by a 1km run. All the members performed to their best ability and well done to Douglas (6H) and Charlotte (6Y) who were our fastest boy and girl.



Tim Teahan


On Wednesday the cricket team played in the ESF Cricket tournament. During the tournament we bowled and fielded really well but we just couldn’t get the runs needed when batting. Highlights of the day were Sophia’s amazing fielding, Ibrahim’s big sixes and three very clever run outs. Ibrahim was voted as our player of the day.


BHS vs Peak 130 – 132
BHS vs Glenealy 112 – 160
BHS vs ICHK 128 – 142
BHS vs Kellett Pok Fu Lam 124 – 158
Shield Playoff BHS vs Peak 140 – 164


Tim Teahan



Y1 Bake Sale

Huge thanks to the Y1 students and families for your home made Bake Sale goodies.  Y1 helped to raise $4,170 for the BHS PTA to help support BHS.


New Lunch Provider

As mentioned previously, DeliFresh will not continue in the next academic year.  An eNotice was sent out a couple of weeks ago to survey whether there is enough interest to continue with the hot lunch provision by an alternative provider, Delicious Chef King Catering Ltd.

We received 343 responses out of 538 with 105 expressing interest to order.

Following discussions with DCKC they have relaxed the minimum order quantity from 150 to 120 however to cover delivery costs, lunches will now cost HK$32.

We shall confirm them as the lunch provider for the next two academic years. They are currently preparing the menu for August so lunches can be preordered before the summer recess.


Quiz Day

Yesterday we had nearly 80 students from Y3-6 having a fantastic time answering all sorts of trivia.  This year we went paperless with students holding up the answer card and the teachers then scanning onto their phones.  It was multiple choice and each direction the paper was held represented either A, B, C or D… very high tech!!  Many thanks to the teachers for organising and running such a fun event.  Congratulations to the winning team, results shall be announced during assembly.


Upcoming events

5 June – Y2 Pizza Lunch, deadline for order was Wednesday 16 May.

19 June – Y3 Bake Sale

20 June – Stock Take (Uniform Shop will close from 19 June)






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.