12 Apr 2019

Newsletter #30

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,


We have come to another end of a very busy term!  This morning in assembly we reflected on all the wonderful experiences and learning the children have engaged with this term.


ESF Primary Choral Concert 2019

Last Thursday evening, I along with several staff members attended the ESF Primary Choral Concert.  Over 660 children from across all ESF schools joined together in song.  It was a fantastic performance and the BHS students had a wonderful time performing.  Thank you so much to Mr Gibson, Miss Kannis and Mrs Blair for their commitment and dedication.


BHS Talent Show

We were finally able to schedule the Talent show this Monday during assembly.  The students blew us away with their talents such as playing an instrument, singing and dancing.  Well done to all the participants:


4A – Hugo Cheung, Karsten Tsang, Luca Zabbialini, Shamu Tharm & Thomas Yuan

4F – Felix Lee, Nathan Wong & Trevor Tsang

4W – Ally Lee & Amelie Wong

5C – Ariel Cheung, Charlie Yu, Cherry Ho & Rheanne Chan

5D – Anna Yeung, Charlotte Cheung, Linda Shin, Rachel Leung & Savina Lee

5F – Alena Mavalvala & Christine Chiu

6D – Ember Yaranon

6H – Kanna Takayama & Katelyn Ma

6Y – Ian Yu


It was a tough decision for the judges and the final results were extremely close.

Congratulations to:

1st Place – Ian

2nd Place – Kanna & Katelyn

Joint 3rd Place – Ember

Joint 3rd Place – Ariel, Charlie, Cherry & Rheanne


BHS Spring Concert

Nothing gets me into the Easter spirit like our annual Spring Concert with performances from our Junior Choir and Ukulele group.  The children delighted audiences with their singing!  Thank you to all the adults who have worked with the choirs and ukulele group and the PTA for sponsoring a wonderful afternoon tea for our audience!

Click HERE for more photos.


Year 1 Sharing Day

This week the Year 1 children showed such confidence and creativity as they shared their learning from their latest inquiry into how evidence helps us understand people’s histories.  The children were able to articulate what they have learned about how to find out about the past and sang a wonderful song as a group to begin.  The parents then accompanied their child through various activities designed to show them their child’s growing knowledge and give the children a chance to be the expert! The parents were taught by the children to play a tune on the piano or xylophone, make simple clay coil decorations and to do the hand jive amongst other things.


While viewing the amazing artwork the children have created, conversations turned to the next part of the children’s recently completed timelines with the children thinking about what they want to do when they grow up.  If their predictions come true we will have ex- Beacon Hillers who are artists, explorers, dancers, filmmakers and many other exciting futures ahead. Well done to all the Year 1 students and the team of staff who have supported them.

For more photos, click HERE.


Student Achievement

April 4 – Nathan Hau (4F) is officially a published author! He is an enthusiastic writer who thoroughly enjoys putting his extensive vocabulary to the test by writing at school and in his free time. Nathan is really interested in volcanoes and their impact (Year 4’s current U.O.I. focuses on how the Earth changes), particularly Mount Vesuvius and the preservation of Pompeii. He wrote a long piece on this topic which he submitted to “Posties” and they published it in their most recent issue! Fantastic work, Nathan, we really hope you enjoy your visit to Pompeii during the Easter break – we cannot wait to hear all about it!


April 5 – Henry Leung (1P) participated in the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens Mini & Youth Showcase Tournament in the under 6 age group. He had so much fun running under the sun and received a medal for his participation. It’s the first time he got a wood medal (to keep rugby green). Henry enjoys weekly training and took part at 6 competitions in the past 8 months. He tried his best at every game. Through rugby, he made new friends, learned to play as a team and cheer for his teammates. Keep it up Henry!


April 7 – Zedric Wong (5C) participated in the 2019 City League under division SD10AA alongside his teammates. The league is a year-long competition which requires dedication and hard work from every member and he feels honoured to be able to contribute and be a part of this team. All that hard work paid off in the end! His team won the championship! Well done Zedric!


April 7 – Summer Wong (2D) participated in the 2019 City League under division SD8AA organized by Hong Kong Typhoon. His team won the championship! Well done Summer!


April 7 – Jamie Loynd (2F) recently participated in the Sandy Bay Mini Rugby Tournament. Jamie plays for the SCAA Causeway Bay Under-7’s team. Jamie has been playing Rugby for a few years now and is a confident ball handler, charging up field when the ball is passed to him; but most of all, Jamie enjoys playing with his teammates the most, no matter win or lose! Great effort Jamie!


April 7 – Karl Loynd (6H) recently participated in the KCC Hockey Tournament. Karl is the goalkeeper of the KCC Under-10’s team. Although he has only been playing for a little over a year, Karl is now the starting goalkeeper for his team and he enjoys playing alongside his teammates. Keep going Karl!


April 7 – Ernest Chan (4W) participated a Tae Kwon Do sparring competition for the very first time.  He had two matches on that day, he won one match and lost the other one.  He had a brilliant time meeting some great competitors.  He has a tremendous passion for Tae Kwon Do and we are sure that he will keep practicing and be a more competitive player in the future.  Well done Ernest!


April 7 – Celine Razon (2K) took part in a Taekwondo blocking and movement exam at the Tsuen Wan Sports Centre. She’s very happy to have moved up, from having a yellow-green belt to being a green belter. Well done Celine!


April 11 – Coen Li (5C) participated in a piano competition 日本PIARA浜松鋼琴大賽香港區選拔賽 2019. He played ABRSM grade 8 song Nikolai Kapustin Sonatina and he is the youngest in the group. He managed to impress the judges and won first place! Well done Coen!


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 – Seraphina Chow (3G) and Sethiel Chow (1P)  joined a Braille Leather craft making workshop on organized by DIM START (原.點).  DIM START is a community organization aiming to promote public understanding of the visually impaired people, thereby promoting an integrated and mutual respect society.

The workshop included a sharing from a person with visual impairment, introduction of braille, and braille leather craft making.  Both Seraphina and Sethiel paid attention to the sharing and enjoyed the craft making time.  It was a good opportunity for both Seraphina and Sethiel to learn about mutual respect in the society. Well done to Seraphina and Sethiel!


April 7 – Jada Cheng (2F) participated in a Beach Clean Up activity. By collecting the beach trash, Jada hopes to help save the marine animals from swallowing the plastics in the sea which will endanger their lives and the ecosystem. She found a lot of plastic waste including bottles, cups, straws and even shoes on the beach which may end up be going into the sea carried by wind and rainfall. Fantastic job Jada!


April 9 – Shawn Lee (3M), Shanica Yiu (3M) and Chloe Lau (3M) were inspired to take action and produced these extra information books about the muscular and skeletal system.  The books are really informative demonstrating how knowledgeable they are. Great inquiring guys!


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


Wishing you and your families a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing the students back on Monday 29th April for the final term of 2018-19!


Kind regards,

Susan Chung
Acting Principal


News from the English Team

Green Book Week

We had such a fun week at Beacon Hill celebrating both our love of books and our passion for making the world a greener place, you may have seen some of the photos on the school website and in the newsletter.  A huge thank you for all the support you have given your children in taking part in the competitions, organising books for the book swap and creating fantastic costumes for our dress up day. There was a range of extra activities on offer for the children to get involved in and many classes chose a picture book with an environmental theme to teach reading and writing through that week. Some classes decorated their doors to share some of their learning.  The children thoroughly enjoyed drawing along with Liz Million, a UK based children’s illustrator who visited school too. We are sure that they would have told you all about it!  Those children who won competitions were presented with prizes and certificates in our assembly on Friday. It was certainly tough to choose overall winners when everyone tried so hard- so well done all!

Click HERE for more photos.


Book Quiz Winners!

One of the many activities that took place during Green Book Week in March was the ever-popular annual lunchtime book quiz. Over 120 students from Y1-6 participated in this fun lunchtime event which saw them grouped into mixed age teams. The teams battled it out over 3 rounds to see which team was the most knowledgeable about Picture books, Chapter books and Illustrations. It was a very close battle this year, but we are delighted to announce the winning teams…


The Booksters

Natalie 6Y, Lara 6Y, Anson 5C, Marcus 5F, Nicole 4A, Zach 1W



The Book People

Madelyn 6H, Karina 5F, Aiden 4W, Hazel 2K, Luka 1W



The Bookworms

Karen 6Y, Abby 5D, Tammy 5C, Himani 4F, Henry 2K, Ryoma 1W

A huge well done to everyone who participated!

Student Council

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.


International Food Fair Lottery

We are pleased to announce that just over HK$150,000 was raised from raffle ticket sales.  Again a huge thank you for all your efforts in achieving this fantastic result.  All proceeds will go towards School Wellbeing Projects.


Lottery Licence No.4698


02091, 02671, 01448, 05116, 10651, 03898, 00328, 10560, 09882, 02443, 04589, 02530, 11066, 11596, 02641, 08780, 09221, 01047, 06340, 06881, 07546, 04062, 07711, 07250, 08462, 04169, 09232, 01736, 06747, 10850, 10009, 05200, 01385, 01555, 00519, 07673, 02984, 03490, 05580, 07694, 06825, 01122


Congratulations to all our lucky prize winners.   Please contact Janley on 2337 8932 or email pta@bhs.edu.hk during term time to arrange collection of prizes from our PTA office at 23 Ede Road, Kowloon Tong on or before Friday 11th May 2018.


Well done to 3M and 4A who are our top selling classes.  They will be awarded a class treat of their choice.

Unfortunately there are 15 students who have yet to return the raffle tickets.  Under the requirements of the Lottery License we must verify all tickets and this will be audited shortly.  Please can you make sure you return the ticket stubbs as soon as possible. We shall be contacting these individuals after the Easter break.

 Hot Lunches

Menu for May has been sent home.  Please note deadline for ordering was Friday 12 April. DCK will not accept any orders beyond this date.

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.

Please click here for orders (Updated 26/4/2019)

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



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.