10 May 2019

Newsletter #32

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


Dear Parents,


Year 6 Exhibition

What an amazing day we had yesterday, witnessing the incredible learning journey of the Year 6s through their Exhibition unit.  The children delivered confident speeches and demonstrated the depth of their understanding in an area of personal interest.  The Year 6 exhibition saw the students develop as innovators, teachers, musicians, artists, performers, sports coaches and so much more.  I feel confident that the children will continue to approach their learning with a strong work ethic and perseverance as they continue to dream of the world they want to see in the future.  Well done Year 6s, you should all feel very proud of your achievements.  Thank you to the Year 6 team and the BHS staff who have acted as mentors to guide and support the students.

Click HERE for more photos.


The day was made even more special by a special VIP, Mr Harrison.

The children were able to farewell Mr Harrison properly with an assembly today where they shared their favourite memories of Mr Harrison.  We will miss Mr Harrison but wish him all the very best on the next chapter of his life.


Wellbeing Focus

A Thank You Message from Hands On Hong Kong.

Volunteers of all ages from across the ESF community came together to celebrate the start of Hong Kong’s community service week, Serve-a-thon, this past weekend! Organised by HandsOn Hong Kong, this Family Volunteering Festival at Kennedy School brought together 150 volunteers to spend their morning packing necessity items for 400 individuals in need. These necessity items for Hong Kong’s impoverished elderly, homeless and children from low-income families were raised by Kennedy School, Beacon Hill School and the Peak School. The littlest volunteers put so much care and thought into making and decorating beautiful hand-made gift cards and recycled bags for distributing these items—and the families on the Kindness Mat making station refused to stop until all mats for the homeless were finished! This event was made possible with the support of the English Schools Foundation.


Health & Safety

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, or for any other reason, it is important that the school is notified on the first day of his/her absence so they can be marked accordingly on the register.  Parents/carers may be contacted if a child is absent without explanation, especially if there are a number of unexplained absences in one class.


Student Achievement

April 25 – Scarlett Yuen (2K) participated in the “2019 ISI Glacier Open & Basic Challenge” held at Festival Walk. This is the first time Scarlett participated in a competition.  She enjoy the whole process and really learnt from her experience. Scarlett got 1st runner up on Surprise Pre Alpha & the winner on Solo Competition Pre Alpha. Well done Scarlett!

May 5 – Ernest Chan (4W) had completed his first Triathlon under the bad weather.  He had great fun and gained some valuable experience through the race. The purposes of him participating in this race are challenge himself, overcome his fear swimming in the sea and complete the race.  He did it without any special training or having any clubs to back him up.  He was so brave to complete the race in such as bad weather and he enjoys the race so much!  Well done Ernest!


May 5 – Khristie Turnwald (3W) passed her Taekwondo assessment and got promoted to a yellow belt. Well done Khristie!


May 6 – Felicity Chan (2F) and Ernest Chan (4W) participated in “2019 Hong Kong Children and Youth Piano Contest”.  They had the competition back in February and the results just got released last week.  They were both awarded a SLIVER prize in Elementary and Junior group.  Keep it up and enjoy the music!  Well done Felicity and Ernest!


May 6 – Kingsley Chan (1P) entered the 8th World Children Art Awards 2019 with his artwork themed “童分同享”. The competition aims to provide an opportunity for the participants to share their happiness with others. Additionally, 3% of the enrolment fee gets donated to ORBIS for charity purpose. Kingsley submitted his artwork in November 2018 and the competition result was announced in February 2019. With his hard work, Kingsley received a certificate of participation in the end of the competition. Well done Kingsley!


May 7 – Ethan Chen (6H) has been taking part in an ice hockey tournament in Hong Kong during the entirety of last week. All that hard work paid off as his team has won the championship in Squirt A division (U10 competitive division)! Fantastic work Ethan!

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

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


Battle of the Books

May 2 – Our Year 6 Battle of the Books team competed in the annual Battle of the Books Tournament at Shatin Junior School. The Battle of the Books competition is designed to introduce students to a variety of reading materials, build teamwork skills, and promote a love of reading.

Since August, our Battle of the Books team have been reading and enjoying 20 books and have been working as a team to answer questions about each title. The children’s skills of cooperation, collaboration and team spirit have been impressive throughout.

We are incredibly proud of each and every member of the team who participated in the lead up to the competition and the tournament itself. Well done to our BHS BOB team!

Ms Jeves and Mrs Lamb

Mandarin Club

Mandarin Club will resume on Monday, 6th May. We hope to see many of you there. We will continue with stories from our beloved “Journey to the West” (西游记)series in our Mandarin Club. We know most of you love Monkey King, but there are other very interesting characters in the book. This time, we will share a story about the Piggie (猪八戒). While he may not be as heroic or brave or powerful as Monkey King, he is surely a very funny and storied character. Was he born a pig? If not, how did he become one? How did he meet the Tang Monk and Monkey King? And why did he join their journey?

Community Choir

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 Summer Concert. No auditions or previous singing experience – just lots of enthusiasm needed!

For existing members, click HERE for the audio files.


April 13 – Rachel Leung (5D), Nadine Schneider (4F), Andrea Ma (3G), Chloe Lau (3M), Khristie Turnwald (3W) and Thea Siu (1P) participated in the Grade C Girls Inter-School Gymnastics Competition.  While it was their first time joining this competition, they completed the vault and floor exercise at their very best and have shown great courage.  Though they didn’t make it to the top places, they have learned a lot and are all ready to join again next year, stronger!


Year 3-6 Quiz Day

Time – Thursday 30th May 3:15-5pm in hall

Entry Fee – $60 (includes drink & snack, please BYO container)

If your child would like to take part please return the form by Friday 17th May.

Hot Lunches

DCK menu for June has just been issued.  If you would like to order please return by Friday 17th May.  Please note DCK will not accept any later orders.


The summer uniform is on sale.  If you wish to place an order please click on the link, fill in the form and hand in a cheque with you child’s name, class, contact number and uniform marked on the back.  We shall send the order straight to classroom as soon as the cheque is received.

Uniform Order Form – http://bit.ly/2XNssr2

International Food Fair Lottery


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


Some prizes have yet to be collected.  Please contact Janley on 2337 8932 or visit  our PTA office at 23 Ede Road, Kowloon Tong to arrange collection of prizes on or before Friday 11th May 2019.


A reminder again to all students who have not returned the lottery packets.  Unsold tickets must be returned for auditing.   All ticket sales and money must be verified as part of the lottery licence requirements.  Every ticket must be accounted for otherwise it may jeopardise approval of future licences.  Please double check and return as soon as possible.

Upcoming Events

Friday 17 May Deadline for June Lunch Order

Friday 17 May Deadline for Quiz Entry Form

Tuesday 21 May Y4 Pizza Lunch

Tuesday 28 May Y1 Bake Sale

Thursday 30 May Y3-6 Quiz

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.