4 Apr 2019

Newsletter #29

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,


BHS International Food Fair

What an incredible turn out for our Food Fair last Friday.  Even the rain could not dampen the spirits of our community!  It was an amazing team effort with staff, students and parents running lots of stalls.

The raffle ticket winners were announced and will be published on the door of the PTA office and in the SCMP newspaper.


Our Guess the Sweets Jar winners go to:

Jar A: Joint Winners – Glamour Poon 2D, Ethan Lo 5F, Justin Lee (BHS Alumni)

Jar B: Sole Winner – Ivan Lee 4W


Talent Show

Unfortunately due to the weather last Friday, our talent show performers were unable to showcase their talents.  We have rescheduled so that they can perform in Golden Book Assembly on Monday 8th April at 9am.  Parents of performers are welcome to attend.


Wellbeing Focus

 Wear Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

On Tuesday, BHS was a sea of blue as we raised awareness and support for World Autism Day.  $10,000 was raised which we will donate to ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School.   The PTA at JCSRS are hoping to raise $1 million for a new school bus that is fitted out for wheelchair access. The bus is essential for students from all over Hong Kong to come to and from school.  During the day the buses take students on community learning outings, vocational education programs and inclusion.


Student Achievement

March 7 – Nathan Yau (4W) participated in the 71st Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Flute Solo, Primary Junior. His competition piece was Hurdy -Gurdy from dances of the dolls by Dmitri Shostakovich. This is a song he loved very much. Though it was the first time he performed in public, he did very well and got 84 marks and a merit! Well done Nathan!


March 16 – Nathelie Yau (6H) as a member of the Mantas Swimming Team, participated in Mantas swimathon. She swam 4000m i.e. 80 laps over 2 hours and raised over $1500 for Home of Loving Faithness. Well done Nathelie!


March 25 – Cassie Razon (4A) participated in the 71st HK Schools Music Festival. It was her first piano competition and she did an awesome job, scoring a Merit for her level. Well done, Cassie!


March 26 – Felicity Chan (2F) participated in the 71st HK School Music Festival for the very first time.  She got 86 marks in Piano Solo Grade One. Although she didn’t get any award, she has gained valuable experience and she enjoys her music.  Sure she will be back next year with higher level of performance.  Well done Felicity!


March 27 – Sera Yang (6Y) participated in the 71st HK School Music Festival. She performed Valse Miniature Op 23 No 3 Karganov Piano solo. She had been practising this song for a couple of months! She performed with great confidence and scored 84 marks which resulted in a Merit with lovely comments. Fantastic work Sera!


March 29 – Nadia Tsang (4W) took part in Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra Concert in Tsuen Wan Town Hall. As a 2nd violin of Haydn Orchestra, Nadia did an excellent performance by presenting two lovely songs; Haydn’s Surprise Symphony and West’s Rum-bah. She learnt a lot through teamwork and commitment. Well done Nadia!


March 30 – Nathelie Yau (6H) participated in the Harry Wright Sprint Meet, 50m freestyle and back stroke. She tried really hard and achieved her personal best in both events. She also won a bronze medal in her 50M backstroke. Way to go Nathelie!


March 31 – Sofie Yeung (6D) joined with her dance studio Lisa B Academy of Jazz and participated in a performance at the Hong Kong Disneyland. She was part of the Hip Hop Dance in the parade. It was a huge success and many audience members were wow-ed by her performance. Well done Sofie!


March 31 – King Wan (3M) was runner-up in the ESF Tennis Red Ball Tournament held at West Island School. Playing in Group of the 7 and under Singles Match, King won all of the three matches beating the opponents but losing in a close Mixed Doubles Match. The first experience at playing game of doubles educated King about the importance of collaboration. Great competition with fun to see how focused and determined King did. Excellent work King!


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 the PYP at BHS

March 30 – Cyrus Lo (1W), Jaydon Leung (1W) and Bradley Mak(1W) joined a science workshop to learn about the Solar system.  Throughout the experiment, they learned how the system works e.g. there are 8 planets orbit the Sun and concept of Black hole.  And more importantly how to join up and work together to complete the model and answer questions.  After the workshop, all of them were so excited about the Space topic and asked “Is the Sun hot as the fire?”, “Can we take the spaceship and travel around the space next week?” Great inquiring boys!


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 share through our newsletter.

There are different types of Action.  Last time a description of how ‘participation’ is a form of action was given, below is an description of how advocacy is a form of action.


Important Dates


Kind regards,

Susan Chung
Acting Principal


Year 6 Exhibition Group Action

HandsOn Hong Kong
Barking Buddies

Ocean Rescue

School Yearbook 2018-2019

Dear Parents,

Our Beacon Hill Yearbook for 2018-2019 is about to be published and it is going to be a wonderful celebration and reflection of some of the events and activities that have happened during the last school year.  All of the children in the school are represented in the book in some way and there are plenty of colourful photographs so that you can hunt out familiar faces.  We know that people buy copies and enjoy looking back at their time at BHS in years to come.

The price of the book is HK$210.  There will be a limited number of copies printed so pre-ordering is recommended.  To order, please fill in the eNotice reply slip via The Gateway.

Orders must be received and paid for by Friday, 3rd May.

Yours sincerely,

Chad Pheasant
Vice Principal

Community Choir

If you are interested in joining our community choir, we rehearse on Thursdays at 3pm and 7pm in the Music Room. We will start rehearsals on May 2nd 2019.

This is open to all parents of BHS students, ex-parents of BHS and to BHS Staff. Our next performance will be at the Summer Concert. 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 11th April – Morse Park. 4.45pm pick up from school.


International Food Fair

It was great to see such a fantastic turnout last Friday evening despite the heavy downpour which wiped out our entertainment & bouncy castle.  Consequently it gave us more time to savour the delicious food provided by our parent community.  On behalf of BHS PTA I would like to express my gratitude to the school community for making this event such a huge success.


The night culminated in the Grand Raffle Draw which helped raise approx. $150,000 for school wellbeing projects (final count tbc).  Results will be published on Monday 8th April 2019 in South China Morning Post and am730 under lottery licence no. 4698 and in next week’s newsletter.


Huge thanks to all the Staff, Teachers, EAs, Vice Principals and Ms Chung for helping with Drinks/Chips, Hot Dog, Coupon Sales, Nail / Tattoo  bar and preparing the entertainment.  Special mention to Ms Mulligan & Miss Mak for organising and guiding the Y4’s and team of Scouts in this year’s Hall Games.  Well done to the Student Council and Green Team for running the tables to support their chosen charities, ImpactHK, Sai Kung Stray Friends and Plastic Free Seas.

Also to our team of Caretakers who had the huge task of settling up and very efficiently  cleaning up afterwards.  Finally our sincerest thanks to all the parents, family members and friends who donated money, food, manned the stalls, bought raffle tickets and came to enjoy the community spirit of the IFF.


I would like to especially recognise the following people who helped organise a team to support and man their respective stalls :-


In our BHS community spirit it was great to see so many BHS alumni return to enjoy the event and also help set up and man the stalls.


Finally, a special shout out to the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) who lent us the bowls and forks.  This is part of a government intiative to reduce the use of disposable tableware so as to jointly reduce waste and carbon emissions.  Very befitting with our school’s environmental drive.


Here are the coupon sales results for each stall, congratulations everyone on their hard work:

Click HERE for more photos.

Hot Lunches

Menu for May has been sent home.  Please note deadline for ordering is Friday 12 April.

Also note, Year 6 Pizza Lunch will take place on Tuesday 30 April and Year 4 Pizza Lunch on Tuesday 21 May.


We shall start selling summer uniforms after the Easter break.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 30 April Y6 Pizza Lunch

Tuesday 21 May Y4 Pizza Lunch

Tuesday 28 May Y1 Bake Sale

Email : pta@bhs.edu.hk



Health & Safety


The Department of Health has confirmed over 30 cases of measles in Hong Kong. We would like to give all parents or guardian a warm reminder to prevent this virus infection.

The affected symptoms present initially with fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and white spots inside the mouth. This is followed 3 to 7 days later by a red blotchy skin rash, which usually spreads from face to the rest of the body. The rash usually lasts 4 – 7 days.

The virus is very contagious, and transmitted by direct contact with nasal, throat secretion and saliva of infected person.

Vaccination against measles is the most effective preventive measure. Under the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme, children are given total two dose of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at 1 year old and at Year 1.

If, you suspect that your child has measles, please consult the doctor for further medical treatment immediately.

The sick child/ren should remain at home and to return to school as per medical advice.

Maintain good hand hygiene!!

Thank you.

Nurse Crystal Tao

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.