22 Aug 2019

Newsletter #2

Beacon Hill School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

Message from Brenda
Important Dates
Medical Updates
PTA News
Around BHS
Student Action
Student Achievements
ESF News
Other News

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

 

Settling into School

This week the children and staff have settled back into school and the routines inside and outside of their classroom. Our year 1 students have done so well and will soon be moving to full days. Congratulations! Our Year 3-6 students enjoyed a humorous start to Monday morning with the Punchline Comedy show which was followed up with workshops for our older students. It was a great experience for all.

 

What is Wellbeing? What are the Five Ways of Wellbeing we use at BHS?

Wellbeing is about feeling good and enjoying what you do.  If we feel good…we do good! People all over the world are trying to boost their wellbeing and here at BHS we are doing the same. We have tweaked a model from the UK which outlines ‘Five Ways of Wellbeing’. Each of these ways combine to make a difference to how we feel.  Here is a brief description of the 5 and what they mean at Beacon Hill.

Take Notice – Open your eyes to the world. Understand, appreciate and be grateful.

Keep Learning – Be ready for any challenge. Grow, get smarter, have choices and go places.

Connect – Take time to reach out and understand. Have fun, be patient, be kind and be a good friend.

Be Active – Be ready for any challenge.  Live life to the full. Get up and get moving!

Give – Spread happiness and think kind. Show the world we care.

 

This week’s assembly linked to ‘Connect’.  The theme was Empathy and we began by showing the students this video which demonstrates what empathy is. We defined empathy in this way: Empathy is when you are able to understand and care about how someone else is feeling.  Please ask your child about this and give praise and encouragement when you see them showing empathy to others.

 

Meet the Teachers

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Meet the Teacher evening next Wednesday 28 August. Timings and venues are as follows.

Year 1, 2 and 3 parents – Meet in the hall for a 6pm start, followed by visiting your child’s classroom from 6.15-6.45pm to meet their teacher.

Year 4,5 and 6* parents – Meet in the hall for a 6.30pm start followed by visiting your child’s classroom from 6.45-7.15pm to meet their teacher.

This is an important time to connect with the staff, your child’s teacher and to become more familiar with the routines, organisation and guidelines associated with your child’s class.   See you there!

 

*Stephen Loggie, Principal of Island School will be presenting to prospective  parents from 5.45-6.20.  Please read the Year 6 update for more information about this presentation.

BHS

Kind regards,

Brenda Cook
Principal

 

Please find below important dates for your diary. These dates are more school-based rather than individual year group dates. More specific dates pertaining to your year group will be shared by your child’s teacher as part of weekly updates.

 

Wednesday 28th August 5pm – PTA wine and Cheese.  Meet the Teacher Evening (see timings above)

Tuesday 3rd September – School Tours for prospective year 1 parents (contact the school office for more details)

Monday 9th September – School closed – CPD (training) day for staff

Friday 13th September – Mid Autumn Festival Market (during the school day)

Monday 23rd September, 12.45pm – School Council Meeting

Tuesday 24 September – Year 6 Bake Sale

Thursday 26th September – Parent consultations evening (3D scheduled at another time) 

Monday 30th September – School closed – ESF CPD day

Tuesday 1 October – School Closed – public holiday

Wednesday 2nd October – Parent consultations evening

Monday 7th October – Friday 11th October– School Closed for mid term break

 

Welcome to Term 1. Every year the Department of Health requests us to distribute joint enrolment forms to all students for their Student Health Service and School Dental Care Service (SDCS). The information leaflet and enrolment form will be given to your child/ren on 26 August 2019 (next Monday).

You may choose either one or both of the services. The Student Health Service is free of charge; For the Dental Service, you will be charged HKD 30.00 for each student.

Please return a completed form plus consent to your class teacher before 6 September 2019 (Monday). For SDCS, please prepare a HKD 30.00 (thirty dollars) cheque named for “Beacon Hill School”, and put your child’s name and class on the back of the cheque.

For further information, please contact Nurse Crystal.

Reference for School Dental Care Service:
https://www.schooldental.gov.hk/wsmile/whatsnew_e.html

 

Crystal Tao
School Nurse

 

Cheese & Wine Welcome Evening – 28 August 5pm

For new parents please take time to join us in 7/F Staff Room.  It’s an ideal opportunity to get to know other parents and meet the PTA.  This event coincides with Meet the Teacher later that night.  Please RSVP before 23 August.

 

Welcome Bowling Social – 18 October

Bowling night is a great way for children and parents to socialise and relax outside of school.  Forms have just been issued, please check your child’s diary and sign up ASAP.

 

Donation & Volunteer Forms

These have also just been issued and are a great way for parents to get involved in the various events organised throughout the year.  We rely on your continued support & generosity so any donation is greatly appreciated.

 

Uniforms

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 written on the back.  We shall send the order straight to classroom as soon as the cheque is received.

Uniform Order Form – CLICK HERE

 

Hot Lunches

DCK will continue to provide our hot lunches this year.  Unfortunately ordering for August & September has closed.  You will be updated here when October ordering is out.

 

Regards,

BHS PTA

 

Football

Boys Training Schedule

All sessions will be held at Kowloon Tsai Park.

Pick up from school at 4:45pm

 

Girls Training Schedule

Wednesday 28th August – Kowloon Tsai Park

Pick up from school at 4:45pm


Mandarin Mondays

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great summer. Mandarin Club is also back on this coming Monday, 26 August. Since it is our first Mandarin Club for this term, we decide to have some fun. We plan to play a game called – “Got you! Now say something interesting about yourself.” We hope to see many of you. So come join us and meet lots of old and new friends.

Mandarin Club

 

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. If your child has taken any action, we would be happy to share that with the BHS community through this newsletter and through our Facebook page.  Please email details and a photograph to kannis.tsui@bhs.edu.hk

 

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 and through our Facebook page.  Please email details and a photograph to kannis.tsui@bhs.edu.hk

 

July 27 – Trevor Tsang (5W) participated in the Round of 32 draw in ‘The 10 year old Junior National Tennis Championship’ organised by Chinese Taipei Tennis Association(台塑盃全國青少年 10 歲級網球錦標賽 (D-3 未來級)競賽) in Taipei. He managed to win his first 3 matches in the morning session although Trevor couldn’t manage to enter the 16th round. During his time in Taipei, Trevor received intensive physical training and matches. He and his teammates lived together, trained together, supported each other and had fun together. All in all, Taipei was a very good learning experience for him to manage sport psychology and to live independently without his parents.Trevor is now an Elite player under HKTA and keen to continue to pursue his interest in tennis. Well done Trevor!

 

August 17 – Sophia So (5Y) has participated in two Taekwundo competitions in the last couple weeks after recovering from her arm injury. She participated in the Coss-Strait in Hong Kong, and the Macau Taekwundo Championship 2019 which was held in Guangzhou. She won three gold medals! She is now preparing for the Hong Kong Ladies Taekwundo Competition 2019 on coming Sunday. Congratulations Sophia!

 

August 18 – Twisha Srivastava (1G) managed to attain her yellow belt in Taekwondo. Well done Twisha!

 


 


71st Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival

The application form for entering the 71st Hong Kong School Speech Festival will be ready for you to pick up at the school front desk from Friday 23rd August.  If your child/(ren) want to participate in this competition, please return the application form and application fee with cheque payable to “Beacon Hill School” to the school office on or before Wednesday 11th  September, 2019.  The application fee is HK$145.  School has added HK$10 transport and handling fee.  Any late applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.  

Please note that the ESF school education level is not equivalent to the local school system.  When you enrol the year group programme, please cross check with the following table with the correct age group.  HKSMSA is based on the local school system for enrolment.

ESF Level Local School System
Y1 K3
Y2 Y1
Y3 Y2
Y4 Y3
Y5 Y4
Y6 Y5

 

Words from HKSMSA:  In view of recent mass activities in various districts.  Please consider the current social situation before enrolment.  The enrolment of the Festival will proceed as scheduled. During the Festival period, should there be any unpredictable social events, the Association will have to cancel specific groups or even all classes for the safety of stakeholders.  Under such circumstances, no alternative arrangement or refund of the entry fees will be made. If the Festival is held as scheduled, parents should first consider their own safety in whatever cases, and decide whether to proceed to or stay at the event venues.  For enquiries, please contact HKSMSA at 2761-3877.

School Office

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.
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