15 Mar 2019

Newsletter #26

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
ESF News
Other News


Dear Parents,


Exhibition Coffee Morning

The exhibition unit got off to a great start this week with a Parent Information session.  It was a great turn out and so lovely to hear the children talk about their passions and interests with their parents.


Year 5 Market Day

This morning the Year 5 students were quite entrepreneurial and had a very successful Market Day in the school hall. There was a real buzz of excitement during the Market Day and the customers enjoyed the range of original hand-made products. The Year 5 students worked in business teams and their understanding of marketing and customer service was impressive. I can definitely see a future in Business for these students.

Click HERE for more photos.


School Nurse

Our school nurse, Ms Rosalind Chen, has been taking some leave and has decided not to return to BHS.  I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Nurse Rosalind for years of loyal and dedicated service to our community.  We are currently in the process of recruiting a new school nurse.


CIS Preparatory Evaluation Visit

Next week, we will be hosting  2 visitors from the Council of International Schools (CIS), who will be visiting BHS as part of our re-accreditation. Their role is to support schools in self-evaluation, and sharing advice on school improvement. Our upcoming visit is a preparatory evaluation visit, which will be followed by a self study period, then a full team evaluation in 2021.

The visit will take place over four days, from Tuesday 19th March to Friday 22nd March, and will involve CIS visitors meeting with students, staff, and parents, as well as members of the school council. The evaluators will spend time around the school, visiting classrooms as well as reviewing policies and procedures, in order to get a full picture of life at BHS.


Wellbeing Focus

Growing up Online

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan McLean’s famous ‘no-nonsense’ approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.  The cost is $200 per person.

Monday 8th April 2019 – ESF Centre – http://bit.ly/ESF_CyberBully2019

Tuesday 9th April 2019 – West Island School – http://bit.ly/ESF_CyberBullly_WIS2019

Thursday 11th April 2019 – KGV – http://bit.ly/ESF_CyberBully_KGV2019


Student Achievement

March 3 – Erick Chow (6H) participated in the 71st Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He competed in the Graded Piano Solo – Grade 3 competition and has won the 2nd place. Great effort Erick!


March 8 – Jayla Chung (4F) participated in a piano competition for the very first time – the 71st Hong Kong School Music Festival. She competed in the Graded Piano Solo – Grade 2 competition. She did a very great performance and although didn’t get any medal, managed to get a merit grade. Jayla overcame her fear and nervous and has put in a great effort into practicing every day. Well done Jayla!


March 14 – Rachel Shin (6D) took part in the 2019 HK Regional U14’s Netball Academy programme. It was a trial with over 113 registered players, and only 34 players were to be selected. This program is funded by the Leisure, Cultural and Services Department (LCSD) of the Hong Kong government, and HKNA has to justify that players will progress to future HKNA programmes. The U14’s programme is a feeder programme to the U16’s programme and eventually the National U21s Programme. Rachel had to prove herself in two very difficult tests. And she is happy to share that she has been accepted into the programme, and as the only primary school student. Well done Rachel!


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

March 10 – Gabriel Chan (4W), Marcus Su (4F), Julien Leung (4F), Felix Lee (4F) & Myles Ng (2F) represented BHS in the ISF Academy Chess Open 2019 won the overall School Team Champion in the Lower Primary Section. Gabriel came 5th place & Marcus came 6th place at individual level.

In this section, there were 122 players from 41 different primary schools. All players battled 6 rounds in the game. The games were as intense as expected. By scoring the maximum 4 points at Round 2, Round 4 & Round 6, it lead us to the exciting moment towards the first place in this section. Our final scores was the highest amongst other trophy winners GSIS, SIS, ISF, CIS & La Salle in this section. Our boys have done a fabulous job. They won a total of 3 trophies, plus a $1000 book voucher that they have decided to donate to the school. Well done BHS chess team!


March 10 – Lianna Wong (6D) participated in a 6km walk for the charity “Walk for Sight”. She woke up at 6am to make sure the event hadn’t cancelled due to thunderstorm warning and prayed that there wouldn’t be heavy rain.

It became meaningful when she experienced the “blind walk” (walked with a blindfold). She was scared and insecure whilst walking without her sense of sight. Even though she had her mum to help guide her, she realised how difficult it was for the blind to walk. And at the same time, she noticed her smelling and hearing senses became more acute.

Through this event, she is determined to learn braille, at least of her own name. It was a fun day although it was raining on and off because there were many stall games that she could play and win prizes.

Since last year, Lianna has been making a monthly donation to Orbis and has contributed out of her own CNY laisee money. Fantastic job Lianna!


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


Important Dates


Kind regards,

Susan Chung
Acting Principal


Student Council

Mandarin Mondays

If you follow our mandarin club activities you will be attracted by the fascinating series of stories of Monkey King. After ruining the Heavenly Queen Mother’s Peach Party, Monkey King is in big trouble. In the next section on Monday, we will talk about how The Jade Emperor invited the Sakyamuni Buddha, the most powerful god in heaven to fight against Monkey King. Unfortunately Monkey King lost the battle and was imprisoned under a huge mountain called “Wuzhi Mountain 五指山” for 500 years!

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 21.

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.


Tag Rugby Training Schedule

Thursday 21st March – No Training

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

Thursday 4th April – To Be Confirmed

Thursday 11th April – Morse Park. 4.45pm pick up from school.


Raffle Tickets

We’ve conducted our first count on the ticket stubs returned to date.

So far only around 300 students have returned their tickets and this amounts to approximately HKD$100,000.  This is only half of our targeted HKD$200,000.  Please keep pushing the ticket sales so we can raise as much as possible for the school’s wellbeing projects.  Remember the top selling class in Y1-3 and Y4-6 will be awarded with a class treat of their choice. Ms Chung will announce the class rankings so far in Monday’s assembly.

We have extended the deadline for the return of ticket stubs and money to maximise ticket sales.  More tickets are available upon request.   The draw will take place during the Food Fair.

International Food Fair – Friday 29 March 5-8pm

If you have time please volunteer to help out on one of our food stalls or make some delicious dishes for us to serve up.

Alternatively donations of money or game prizes are also greatly appreciated.

If you can help please return the form sent out requesting for donations or email us: pta@bhs.edu.hk

Hot Lunches

Menu for April has just been sent home.  Please note deadline for ordering is Wednesday 20 March.


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

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.