17 Oct 2019

Newsletter #9

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

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


Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

It’s been a busy week of learning with many of the extra programmes starting up for some year groups.  These include the additional PE, sport and swimming experiences that take place off-campus.


Many thanks to the PTA, led by Chair – Susan Ho, for running the Annual General Meeting last night.  It was noted through the meeting the amazing work our group of PTA volunteers do to support the school and to build community spirit and engagement. We are always looking for additional help and support so please do get involved if you can.  Thank you to all past PTA members and to all new members or those continuing on the PTA next year – we greatly appreciate your time and dedication.

Diwali – Dress in colourful/bright clothing on Monday

As Diwali approaches, I’m sure many of you will be involved in lovely festivities with family, friends and the wider community. Happy Diwali to those of you who celebrate. I hope you have a wonderful time over the next few weeks.  

In school, we will be celebrating Diwali this coming Monday with an assembly.  We would like to invite all children and staff to wear bright, colourful clothing to school next Monday to join in the festivities.


Autumn seems to have arrived this week with the beautiful clear, slightly cooler weather.  Please be reminded to get in early to the PTA shop for any additional uniform items your child might need as cooler weather approaches.

As we are moving to a new uniform for current students in 2021/22 we will not be purchasing more of the existing uniform.  Therefore once supplies are depleted, we will have a flexible approach to winter cover-ups eg. jerseys and jackets.  If no uniform is available for purchase in your child’s size, your child can wear a jersey or jacket of their own which matches similarly with the current school uniform.  Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.

You will note in the PTA section of the newsletter that some new PE items will be included earlier as part of the new uniform changes.

PTA Bowling

The staff are looking forward to seeing you all at the bowling event this Friday evening.  See you there!

Parent Events and Workshops

Thanks for attending the many different events and meetings we have run over the last week or so.  Thanks for your partnership and your interest and commitment in working alongside us to help and support all students to be the best they can be.


Kind regards,

Brenda Cook


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.


Friday 18th October – PTA Welcome Bowling Event

Monday 21st October – Dress in Bright Colours to celebrate Diwali

Friday 25th October – BHS CPD day – school closed

Saturday 26th October – BHS CPD day

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October – School photos

Monday 4th November – Camp takes place this week for years 3, 4 and 6


Dear Y1 & Y6 Parents/Guardians,

Re: Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine Immunisation for Year 1 & Year 6 students

Please be informed that the School Immunisation Team from Centre for Health Protection will visit our school on 8 January 2020 for immunisation of Combined Diptheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (DTaP-IPV) for Year 1; and Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis (reduced dose) & Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (dTap-IPV) for Year 6 students.

CHP staff also need to check the students’ immunisation records for their history of BCG vaccination. Students aged under 15 years without any history of having had the BCG vaccination will be suggested to refer to the Chest Clinic of the Department of Health for management. We are going to dispense the fact sheet and consent form for each Y1 and Y6 student in early November.

Further information: https://www.fhs.gov.hk/english/health_info/child/14828.pdf

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information. Thank you.

Crystal Tao
School Nurse

Bowling Night 18 October 2019

Wristbands have been distributed in your child’s dairy for all those who have signed up.  If you have not received these please contact Janley.  Bowling will run from 5-9pm, buffet dinner will commence around 6:30.


Huge thanks to all those who attended the AGM on Wednesday night.  It was great to have the continued support of existing Committee members along with some fresh new faces.  Welcome aboard!


Winter Uniform is now on sale.  Please note that some uniform stock is no longer available and in some cases, this will be replaced by new stock.  These items are as follows:

Size 6 & 8 long pe pants – these will be replaced shortly by new navy blue tracksuit pants.  We are awaiting confirmation of delivery date from ESF Central procurement supplier.

Size 8, 10, 12 & 14 red sweater – these will not be replenished any more.  Students can wear their PE Jacket, fleece & wind jacket if the weather starts to cool.

Size S (XS very low stock) Fleece – these will be replaced by a new navy blue tracksuit jacket.  Again we are awaiting confirmation of delivery date.  Hopefully it will be soon

We will keep you updated on any developments to the design of the new uniform as they happen.  Please note that the new uniform is not due to come into effect until 2021-22 for children in the remaining years and 2020-21 for the new year 1 intake.

If you wish to place an order please click on the link, fill in the form and hand in a cheque with your 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 (Winter) – CLICK HERE

Hot Lunches

DCK have commenced their online ordering system.  In your child’s school diary you should have received a user guide and name card containing your child’s login ID and password.  If you did not receive this please contact them on 2464 1838.

Please note deadline for November ordering is 21 October.

To order login to: DCK Lunch

Choose from the menu and pay via PPS.

Lunch cancellations can only be made through email and must be sent out before 8:30am on the day required.  Please email mealbox@deliciousck.com stating school name, student name, class and cancellation date(s).

Upcoming Events

October 18 – Welcome Bowling Social

October 30-November 1 – Popcorn Day (Details to follow later)




School Photographs 28th-30th October 2019

Our school photographer will be in Beacon Hill on Monday 28th October until Wednesday 30th October.  All children should come to school in their school uniform on these days.  If your child has PE on Monday or Tuesday then please make sure that they bring their PE kit to school and they will be able to change at school.  Each class will have their class photograph taken on either Monday or Tuesday.  Our whole school photograph will be taken on Monday.

Siblings Photographs

For those of you who have more than one child at Beacon Hill the sibling photographs will be taken on Wednesday 30th October. If you would like a sibling photograph then please click on the link below and fill in the online form HERE to book a space.  Please note that your children should also wear their school uniform on Wednesday if you have opted for a sibling photograph to be taken. 

If you have any questions then please email me at chad.pheasant@bhs.edu.hk

Chad Pheasant
Vice Principal


Boys Training Schedule

All sessions will be held at Kowloon Tsai Park. Pick up from school at 4:45pm

Girls Training Schedule

Wednesday 23rd October –  Kowloon Tsai Park – Pick up from school at 4:45pm

Mandarin Club

We hope everyone had a great mid-term break. Mandarin Club is back on Monday 21 October. This time, we would like to share a unique Chinese fairy tale about two natural wonders you see everyday – the Sun and the Moon. Do you know both the Sun and the Moon are associated with a romantic story about a legendary couple in Chinese culture? The hero in our story is named Hou Yi (后羿) and the heroine is known as Chang’er (嫦娥). So, what is their story? And why are they associated with the Sun and the Moon, two things so essential to all lives on Earth? Please come join us and find out.



Mandarin Club

HK Community Chest

On Friday 4th October our school was encouraged to ‘Dress Casual’ and to support the Community Chest by donating money to this fund. The HK Community Chest does great work in the community and supports a number of charities to make a difference to people’s lives. To find out more about what they do, click here.

With everyone’s efforts, we managed to raise a total of HK$8,432.9. Well done BHS!

Community Choir

Our BHS Community Choir will start today!  This is open to all parents of BHS students, BHS staff, and alumni students and parents of BHS. The choir will be rehearsing on Thursday evenings from 7pm. We would hope to perform at the BHS Christmas Concert. No auditions or previous singing experience – just lots of enthusiasm needed!

If you are interested in joining, please click HERE.

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


October 7 – King Wan (4F) had a valuable volunteering experience with his family in Myanmar over the mid-term break. After the ceasefire of civil war in southeast Myanmar a decade ago, everything need to be re-established. With a gradual growth in population in villages, there is an urgent demand for schools. In November 2017, Sowers Action visited Kayin and Mon States to evaluate the possibility of funding education related projects like building schools, students’ dormitories, etc. Having realised this, King participated in a project named ‘Light up Myanmar Schools’ that aimed at the improvement of educational facilities in rural areas. This was the first time King performing community service abroad. He worked very hard to help distribute solar panels, light bulbs and fans to the school representatives. These donated electrical facilities can provide local children a safe and suitable environment for their study. King also wanted to send love and care to those orphans and disabilities who lost their parents in the war. He set up booth games and taught art work to the children. At last, King feels contented with the sense of purpose connected to the Myanmar children’s needs. That’s amazing King!


October 16 – Anson Lo (5W) has been a great R-fighter at home where she’s had to drive, to execute, and to persist the 3Rs: reuse, reduce and recycle. Keep it up Anson!


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


October 1 – Jamie Loynd (3M) and Iain Loynd (1P) participated together in the 2019 Trim-swim competition held at Australian International School. Jamie won bronze in the freestyle and Iain won gold in both freestyle and kickboard. Well done boys!


October 5 – Amira Mahtani (4F) took part in an annual dance event for Diwali. Her group of 12, practised hard for 9 weeks continuously to make the performance a success. As a token of appreciation, the performers received a certificate and trophy of participation. Keep it Amira!


October 7 – Jafar Wong (6D) participated in a swimming gala, and was the second runners-up in “50M Breaststroke” and “100M Individual Medley”. Well done Jafar!


October 13 – Cesar Chan (2F) and Charlotte Chan (5Y) participated in a piano competition. Cesar got first runner up and Charlotte got second runner up. Both of them were nervous to play in front of the audience. Even so, they did try their best and did well. Well done!


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.