23 Nov 2018

Newsletter #14

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


Year 3 Sharing

Well done to the Year 3s on their successful sharing morning with parents this week.  Unfortunately, I was on camp and missed it but the teachers have reported how very proud they were of the children who shared confidently and enthusiastically!


Our Camp Season is over for another year.  I enjoyed spending time with all children at camp and watching them challenge themselves in new activities.  This week it was our Year 4, 5 and 6 students who set off for camp.  The children behaved incredibly and were a real credit to BHS.  I witnessed so many acts of kindness, encouragement for each other and genuine care!  We hope you have enjoyed sharing these adventures through the Camp facebook pages.  Again my thanks go to all the staff who accompanied these children on camp, ensuring they were well looked after! All camp photos can be found HERE.

Wellbeing Focus

We are continuing our work on developing student wellbeing and have taken feedback from the students to define the 5 ways to wellbeing in child speak.  We will publish those for parents next term.

Boxes of Hope

Thank you to all parents, students and staff for the tremendous support we have received for our Box of Hope collection.  We were able to pass on 247 boxes which will go to children around Asia.

CIS Preparatory Evaluation

In March 2019, BHS will be hosting a preparatory visit from the Council of International Schools.  They are an accrediting organisation who supports schools in their journey to continued excellence.  As part of this process, I will need to gather views from our Parents, School Council, Staff and Students as to how appropriate our Vision and Mission is for the students we serve.  I would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the google forms linked here.

Mandarin Mondays

We have been reading stories from the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West” in our Mandarin Club every Monday. This Monday, we will share a story many of you may not have read yet. The story is about two monster brothers. The elder one is called Golden Horn and the younger Silver Horn. Can you guess who or what they are?  Usually, the monsters in “Journey to the West” have special weapons or powers. Now, these two monster brothers also have a powerful weapon and it looks like a gourd. Do you want to know what this gourd can do? Again, can our hero Monkey King defeat them? If so, how did he do it? Come, come join us on Monday and we will find out together.

BHS Chamber Choir

The festive season is my favourite time of the year.  I love admiring the decorations in the shopping malls and the sounds of Christmas Music but I especially love the chance to watch our very own BHS Chamber Choir perform around HK.  Here are the dates and venues for their performances in December:



Student Achievement

Alessandro Di Giulio (4W) achieved his brown belt in Kung Fu on Sunday 18 November at Heng Yue Yen Kwon Kung Fu. Alessandro participates in Kung Fu on Fridays after school at BHS as part of the ESF sports programme. Good work Alessandro!



At BHS we value the importance of developing the ‘whole’ child and this means valuing their achievement and interests outside of school.  If your child has achieved something special, we would be happy to share that with the BHS community through this newsletter.  Please email details and a photograph to kannis.tsui@bhs.edu.hk

Important Dates


Kind regards,

Susan Chung
Acting Principal


Camp Season Ends

Please take some time this weekend to enjoy the photographs for camp and let your child talk about all their adventures, what new things they have learned, how they have developed more independence and what new challenges they may set themselves for next year’s camp.





Whilst we endeavoured to keep you updated on the camp adventures with photographs, our teachers’ and instructors’ main responsibility was to ensure our children were safe and getting the most out of the camp experience.

School Council

Community Choir

This is open to all parents of BHS students and to BHS Staff. The choir will be rehearsing on Thursday evenings from 7pm. We would hope to perform at the BHS Christmas Concert. No auditions or previous singing experience – just lots of enthusiasm needed!

If you are interested in joining, please click HERE.

For existing members, click HERE for the audio files.




Social Thinking Workshop at ESFC

Using Social Thinking to Understand Social Communication Challenges

Jean McPherson and Belinda McLaughlin (ESF SEN Advisory team) will be offering a parent workshop this term ‘Using Social Thinking to Understand Social Communication Challenges’

This 60-minute session aims to increase parent understanding of the ways in which children with social communication differences experience the social world. Parents will be guided through the Social Thinking framework around ‘The Four Steps of Communication’ with opportunities to reflect on their own child’s level of social communication and how best to support them.

Dates for sessions are – Kowloon November 20th at KJS and HK island November 28th at ESFC. Both sessions will run from 5.00 – 6.00pm.

Parents should sign up using the link : https://goo.gl/forms/nbjMdp1Aspaect7q1

Colette Davis
Head of SEN

Football Club Training Schedule

Boys Training Schedule


Tuesday 27th November – King’s Park – 4.30pm pick up from King’s Park

Tuesday 4th December – King’s Park (TBC) (this is also the last session for all students)

Tuesday 11th December – ESF Kowloon Tournament for selected students


Girls Training Schedule

All sessions will be held at Kowloon Tsai Park. 4.45pm pick up at school.



We have an extremely large number of cheques coming through so it’s essential that they are easily identified.

Can you please ensure that every cheque has the following information written on the back;

– Child’s name

– Child’s class

– Contact Number

– What it’s for ie. Uniform / Xmas concert / Xmas disco / Pizza lunch / Hot lunch etc.

This will help immensely in the sorting process, thank you.

Hot Lunches

Deadline for December & January orders was Tuesday 20 November.  DCK will no longer accept any orders as it’s passed the deadline.

Pizza Lunch

Year 2 Pizza Lunch is on Tuesday 4 December and for Year 3 it’s on Tuesday 29 January.   Deadline for order was Friday 23 December to enable sufficient time to process and cancel DCK lunch orders.


The new winter order form can be downloaded from BHS website as per the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/Dw5w9CiJ7QCfE0CI3

To order, please fill in the form then your child can hand the cheque into reception.  Upon receipt of cheque your order will be processed and sent direct to classroom.

Items out of stock : Unfortunately our suppliers have still not been able to deliver PE jackets & long bottoms, fleeces and windbreaker.  They have advised delivery will be end November.

If you have placed order, we shall continue to process the orders.  Where items are out of stock your receipt will be marked up accordingly and as soon as these items come in they will be sent direct classroom.

This also applies for exchange items which will be sent to classroom as soon as stock comes in.

Christmas Hamper Donations

We need your help for donations to fill our Christmas hampers which will be raffled during the Christmas Concert.

Ideal Christmas Hamper items include :

  • Chocolates, biscuits, pastries
  • Candies, dried fruits
  • Mince pies
  • Health and beauty products
  • Wine
  • Honey

Please note, all items must be new and in their original packaging.

Please send them into the PTA office by 30th November.

Christmas Concert on 12 December

If you wish to purchase tickets please click on the eNotice and send in the cheque, tickets are $60 each.  Deadline for ordering is Friday 3rd December.  Note, tickets will not be available to purchase at door and must be bought in advance.  All performers will be given free pass into the event.  Please remember to write your child’s name, class, contact number and Xmas Concert on the back of the cheque.

Christmas Disco

This year’s Christmas Disco will be held on Thursday 6th December.  Upper and lower year groups will be on the same day but disco and snack times will be staggered as follows:

3:15pm Year 1-3 Snack and Drink on the playground and play or short movie Year 4-6 Disco
4:00pm Year 1-3 Disco Year 4-6 Snack and Drink on the playground and play or short movie
4:45pm End End


In an effort to be more environmentally aware, we would like all children to bring a small resuable plastic cup and bowl to the disco so that they can have their snack and drink which adults will serve, to avoid purchasing individual drink cartons and snack packets.

If your child would like to attend please fill in the eNotice and hand cheque into reception by Friday 30th November.  Please remember to write your child’s name, class, contact number and Xmas Disco on the back of the cheque.

Upcoming Events

4 December Y2 Pizza Lunch

6 December Christmas Disco

12 December Christmas Concert

29 January Y3 Pizza Lunch

Have a great weekend.




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.