22 Feb 2019

Newsletter #23

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,

Thank you to 2D for a wonderful assembly.  The children performed a wonderful assembly all about Feelings and Emotions.  They shared with us how people can respond differently to different events and that is OK.

After the very wet weather at the start of the week we were fortunate to have a dry Sports day for our Year 3-6 students.  Thanks to all the parents who came along to support and all the staff especially Mr Teahan for organising this event.  The winning House Team will be announced in Monday’s Golden Book Assembly. For more photos, click HERE.

Principal Candidates

As you will be aware the shortlisted BHS Principal Candidates will be visiting BHS on Friday 1st March.  The day will consist of several panels, including Students, Parents, Support Staff, Teachers and the Senior Leadership Team having the opportunity to interview with each candidate.  There will be an opportunity for our Parent Community to hear from each candidate on Friday evening at 6pm.  Each candidate will present on a theme and there will be an opportunity for Q & A.  I strongly encourage all parents to attend the presentations.

School Council New Appointments

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our new Community representative on our School Council:

Joe Lau, Community Representative Our Parent Representative, Ms Rosa Tse
Joe Lau, CPA, is currently the Head of Finance of Credit Suisse Private Banking for North Asia based in Hong Kong.  He is responsible for the region’s financial management, strategic planning and controlling functions.


He joined Credit Suisse in 2006 from JPMorgan Asset Management, where he was the Financial Controller.  Prior to that, he spent fives years in public accounting with KPMG Silicon Valley Office in the United States and PwC Hong Kong.


He received his Bachelor Degree in Finance from the University of Hong Kong and he is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.


Joe’s leisure activities include traveling, fitness training, watching his son playing ice hockey and spending time with friends and family.

Hi, I am Rosa Tse.  I was born in Hong Kong and had my education in Canada since primary school. 


I obtained my undergraduate degree in University of Toronto, then my LLM, PGDE and Master of Education Psychology in Hong Kong. 


I have been working in the education sector for over 15 years and am also a Director of a Child Behavioural Learning Centre. 


I have two daughters at BHS, one in Year 3 and the other in Year 5.  Throughout my 5 years in the BHS community, I have participated as a PTA parent member and this is the second year as Vice Chair. 


I enjoy playing different roles in the BHS family and it is my honour to continue to contribute as a Parents Representative on the BHS School Council.

Attendance at Parent Workshops

At BHS, we connections we make and value the partnerships we build with our parents to keep informed with new developments in curriculum.  Last Wednesday evening, Mr Lowe presented on ‘Online Safety’ a growing concern that we all need to be aware of.  Our eNotice sign up showed that over 60 parents were intending to attend, however, there were under 10 parents present.  Whilst, we recognise that circumstances may change which means that you can no longer attend a workshop, I wanted to highlight the amount of time and energy that goes into planning a workshop and often the number of participants affects the type of activities or presentations that we give.

Student Achievement

February 17 – Donovan Yim (6H) has had a good start to the new tennis season.  Donovan entered a tournament which attracted 633 participants.  Donovan managed to beat the 2006-born boy in the first round with a sweeping 8-0 win at the 14 and under boys singles.  Currently ranked #11 in the Hong Kong boys 2008-born doubles,  Donovan (in red cap and T-shirt) and his partner beat a pair of higher ranked 2007-born boys in the round of 16 at Victoria Park Tennis Court of 12 and under doubles last Saturday.   The match lasted for almost two hours with Donovan’s team claiming the exciting decider super tiebreak set of 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.  The quarter final match was held on Sunday, when Donovan’s team faced the number 1 ranked 2008-born players’ team.  Unfortunately, it was a loss of two sets in a row and yet Donovan has shown marvelous effort and fighting spirit to close the gap.  Keep going Donovan!

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

Action in PYP

Yu Tung Shan (4F) has been walking our pet dog Oreo every weekend since last year. This year, Yu Hin Shan of 1P has joined Yu Tung.  They started taking care of Oreo together.

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.

Important Dates


Kind regards,

Susan Chung
Acting Principal


Mandarin Mondays

We will resume our beloved “Journey to the West” (西游记) series in our next Mandarin Club on Monday, 25th February. By now, we all know Monkey King has a lot of amazing powers, such as changing into different forms and flipping onto clouds to fly far away. However, do you know where Monkey King learned these amazing skills? He was not really born with these powers, he had a great master who taught him. So, who is Monkey King’s first master and teacher? And where does he live? Was Monkey King a good student? Come to our Mandarin Club and we will share with you the story of Monkey King when he was a student.

Community Choir

If you are interested in joining our community choir, we rehearse on Thursdays at 3pm and 7pm in the Music Room, starting March 7.

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.

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.


Dear Parents,

We have a great opportunity to learn from Marie Marchand from Parenting Dialogue once more at Beacon Hill School on March 7th from 6-8 pm. Marie has been a regular speaker at BHS over the last few years and her presentations are always both informative and entertaining.

This year the theme will be Building Resilience in Children.

Please see the enotice for more details on content.

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Colette Davis


Tag Rugby Training Schedule

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

March schedule to be confirmed later

Basketball Friendly at RCHK

On Tuesday 19th February, Mr Teahan and I took 23 Year 6 students to RCHK to play some friendly basketball games. It was a great chance for everyone to learn and experience games against other schools so we did not keep score. It was quite tough, but all the teams got better as they played and we left with a better idea of the skills we needed to develop. The teams powered through all the games with no/ little substitution. The highlights were Muchan and Rachel scoring a great lay up and some baskets respectively, and Kaeli and Sasha delivering very strong defense. More photos can be found here.

Jane Wu


Raffle Tickets

Please keep selling the raffle tickets.  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.

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

All proceeds will go towards school wellbeing projects and your support is much appreciated.

International Food Fair – Friday 29 March 5-8pm

We really need more volunteers to help out at one of the stalls or donate food, money or game prizes.  Please return the form sent out requesting for donations towards the Food Fair.  The success of the Food Fair depends on your generosity and any help / donation is greatly appreciated.

Hot Lunches

Deadline for March ordering has passed.  Please note DCK will not accept any late orders.

Bake Sale

Y2 Bake sale shall take place on Tuesday 26 February.  Please give your child some money so they can buy a treat during break time.


We shall start selling summer uniforms in April.  If you wish to purchase winter uniform please do so before April.  The winter form can be downloaded from BHS website as per the following link:


Upcoming Events

Tuesday 26 February Y2 Bake Sale

Tuesday 5 March Y4 Bake Sale

Friday 15 March Deadline for Raffle Ticket return

Friday 29 March International Food Fair



Email : pta@bhs.edu.hk


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.