15 Feb 2019

Newsletter #22

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
Sports
PTA News
ESF News

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely Chinese New Year holiday!  The second half of Term 2 has got off to a busy start with lots happening.

Today, we welcomed students from Lau Tak Primary school as part of Inclusivity House’s chosen charity, Lok Sing Tong.  Garnet, Brody and Mr Thompson arranged for the students to play and learn together.  We truly showed what an inclusive community we are!

This week we also held our Year 1 & 2 Sports Day.  It was a beautiful day and the students had so much fun trying new activities and being active.  Well done to all the students for ‘having a go’ at all the activities.  The ‘Throw the Rubber Chicken’ was a particular hit!  Thank you to Mr Teahan for organising the event.

For more photos, click HERE.

Wellbeing Focus

Stress Management Workshop with Dr. Nancy Heath

We are pleased to announce a free Stress management workshop on Saturday 23rd February 3-4pm ESFC (25/F 1063 Kings Road, Quarry Bay). The workshop is suitable for any teachers or parents wanting to support students with their stress.

Please sign up using the following link http://bit.ly/ESF_McGillUniversity2019.

MAXIMIZING YOUTH POTENTIAL   

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

WITH DR. NANCY HEATH

(McGILL UNIVERSITY)

The workshop will address:

  • Why are students stressed?
  • Stress: What is it?
  • How can we harness stress for success?
  • What are effective responses to stress?
  • When is stress too much?

Student Achievement

January 27 – Hayley Gan (3M) was presented with a trophy for her achievement in the UK Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet examination during the Annual Performance and Graduation Gala. She obtained Distinction in the Ballet Primary Grade examination. Well done Hayley!

February 2 – Karan Mukhi Santino (5C) and Sofia Mukhi Santino prepared and gave out bags of food to the elderly without shelter around Sham Sui Po. They do this every 1-2 months with their family and friends. This time round, they prepared 100 bags of food which included a fruit, some snacks and some drinks. They had also ordered 100 hot meals from a restaurant to go with these bags of food. Karan and Sofia both got really involved in preparing the bags and then distributing them. Great work Karan! Great job Sofia!

February 9 – Charlie (5C) participated in the 2019 Dance World Cup Hong Kong Qualifying Match.  She had competed in two classes, Solo Hip Hop and Solo Tap, and both were  placed first.  Her Hip Hop dance, Monster, was awarded 83.66 points, which make her qualified for entering the 2019 Dance World Cup Final in Braga, Portugal.  It will certainly be a fantastic experience for Charlie to compete on stage with other international contestants, and to make new friends through the language of dance. Awesome job Charlie!

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

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Parent Volunteers Needed

Our Year 5 students are currently working on their big business unit where they are creating their own businesses and running a market day to raise money.  As part of the unit the children have been asked to give a presentation to a panel of business experts.  We are looking for volunteer business experts who can offer advice to the children and give positive feedback to groups of children.  The presentations are held on Thursday 28th February.

If you are able to be an expert, please email me at: chad.pheasant@bhs.edu.hk

Chad Pheasant
Vice Principal

Mandarin Mondays

Mandarin Club is back! Our next Mandarin Club is on Monday, 18th February. This time, we will celebrate an important Chinese festival, the Spring Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese Lunar calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. This year, the Spring Lantern Festival falls on the 19th of February, which is the day after our coming Mandarin Club. The Spring Lantern Festival is a festival with great significance in Chinese Culture. During the Spring Lantern Festival, children go out at night carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns (猜灯谜 cāidēngmí). To celebrate this important festival, we will play some riddle games in our coming Mandarin Club.


Action in the PYP at BHS

It has been great celebrating the talents and achievements of our students through the ’Student Achievement’ section in the newsletter.  We would like to do something similar with Student Action.  Action in the PYP is when students are inspired through their learning and their experiences to make a difference to their lives or the community connected to real life issues and opportunities.  We would like to celebrate our students taking action outside of school.

Please could you email examples to kannis.tsui@bhs.edu.hk and they will be shared through our newsletter.

There are different types of Action.  We would like to start with a focus on Participation.  See below for a definition and examples

Type of Action Examples
Participation

Being actively involved in their learning and contributing as an individual or a group

Getting involved with community projects

Making appropriate choices and taking responsibility to help people

Taking on different roles e.g. being a leader, completing my chores, working in a group, looking after my pet

Taking part in any decision making process

Joining a new club

Andy Thompson

Book Drive

Brody, Ryan and Muchan in Year 6 are organising a Book Drive to help spread our love of reading.  The Sony Corporation will collect books to create mobile libraries in South Africa for schools that do not have enough books for children to read.  If you have books that are:

  1. Written in English language
  2. Suitable for 6-12 years old
  3. Pages should not be yellow or brown (due to aging)
  4. No missing or torn pages
  5. No scribbling on the pages
  6. No textbooks
  7. No magazines
  8. No encyclopedias

Please send them to school.  There will be a collection box in the school foyer from Monday 21st January. Any books you can donate will help spread the enjoyment of reading.


Wanted: Old Electronics

We are hoping to collect old electronic or battery operated items and toys that have moving parts that are no longer needed as part of our Makers stock.  If you have anything you can donate please send it to school and put it in the collection box in the foyer labelled Old Electronics.

Many thanks.

Stu Lowe and Haymen Mak

Community Choir

Thank you to the Community Choir for their wonderful performances at our Chinese New Year performances this week.  If you are interested in joining our community choir, we rehearse on Thursdays at 3pm and 7pm in the Music Room.

This is open to all parents of BHS students, ex-parents of BHS and to BHS Staff. Our next performance will be at the International Food Fair. No auditions or previous singing experience – just lots of enthusiasm needed!

For existing members, click HERE for the audio files.

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Tag Rugby Training Schedule

Thursday 21st February – no training

Thursday 28th February – Morse Park 4.45pm pick up from school

March schedule to be confirmed later


Road Race Trail

Well done to all the runners who participated in the annual Beacon Hill Road trial. We had 118 students from Year 3 to 6 running in the trial which is the most we have ever had. The first seven in each race are listed below and will go on and compete in the Kowloon Schools Inter School road race on March 7th. The first five in each race will compete in the Road Race Championships on March 23rd. More information will be sent later to the parents of the runners who have been selected. More photos of the trial can be viewed HERE.


Calling All Gymnasts (Last Call)

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 15th February so we can start preparing the paperwork. The categories are:

A Grade: must be born on or after 1 Jan 2006.

B Grade: must be born on or after 1 Jan 2008.

C Grade: must be born on or after 1 Jan 2009.

Tim Teahan

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Raffle Tickets

We are receiving money and stubs from sold tickets.  Huge thanks to those who have already returned the packets.  More tickets are available upon request.  Remember, the top selling class in Y1-3 and Y4-6 will be awarded with a class outing of their choice.   We have some fantastic prizes this year which include iPhone XR, iPad Pro, DSLR camera, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch etc.

If you have not received the tickets please inform us immediately so we can follow up, you can leave a remark on the eNotice which has been sent out.

Please ensure all tickets & money are safe guarded and correct balances returned to BHS PTA by 15th March as all numbered tickets & money are Audited under requirements of the HK Lottery License.

All proceeds will go towards school well-being projects and your support is much appreciated.


International Food Fair – Friday 29 March 5-8pm

Please return the form sent out requesting for donations towards the Food Fair.  This can be volunteering to help out at one of the stalls, donating food, money or game prizes.  The success of the Food Fair depends on your generosity and any help / donation is greatly appreciated.


Hot Lunches

March order form was issued on Tuesday 12 February (Thursday 14 February for Y1 & 2 due to Sports Day).  Deadline for ordering is Monday 18 February.  Please submit in time as DCK will not accept any orders beyond this date.  Note, order forms are customised and will only be provided to students who have ordered before.  If you are ordering for the first time, blank order forms are available at reception.


Uniforms

If you wish to place an order, the winter form can be downloaded from BHS website as per the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1Sf7CyHPuSuU3MJ9H4F83V4Tm60m7v0oFMMR6wd2oGEHmGQ/viewform


Upcoming Events

Monday 18 February Deadline for Hot Lunch Order

Tuesday 26 February Y2 Bake Sale

Friday 15 March Deadline for Raffle Ticket return

Friday 29 March International Food Fair

Regards,

BHS PTA
Email : pta@bhs.edu.hk

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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.
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