Greetings to you all!
Our Year 1 students have been working with our Artist in Residence El McColl. The pictures below show what a difference great teaching makes. While ‘enquiry’ is an important pedagogical approach for us here at Bradbury we do not underestimate the value of explicit teaching. The drawing on the left of each picture below is a response to students simply being asked to draw their faces. The drawing on the right is their second attempt after explicit teaching in the same lesson. A stunning result!
We are grateful to the P.T.A. who pay El to work with all of our students. This gives them the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in this important area.
Excitement is growing amongst our students for our upcoming talent show. Many thanks to the P.T.A. team for giving our students the opportunity to showcase their talents in this area as well. Bradbury students are very fortunate children!
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|On Friday the 28th of April we are having a whole school Action Day to celebrate our learning focus in this area. On this day we will have a variety of events scheduled, including packing food bags with Sunshine Action for some of Hong Kong’s most needy and vulnerable. We are aiming for 3000 food bags to be packed by student and parent volunteers throughout the school day. To make this event possible, we will need our school community’s help, so parent volunteers will be sought later in the term for help on the day.
With 3000 packs to collect we need families to commit to purchasing more than one pack over the coming weeks. Each pack of all 4 items, which are listed below, costs approximately $80. It is important that all items are purchased as a pack to ensure equal numbers of all items. These could be included in your weekly shopping lists.
This rather large undertaking will only be possible with the help of all Bradbury families. If any parents or the organisations they work for, are willing and able to donate bulk orders of any of these food items, please let us know via email.
We are using the same brands to provide continuity and economical pricing. It is important that we all purchase the same brands and sizes. They must be all plastic to reduce spoilage. All items are available at either Wellcome or Park & Shop supermarkets. When students bring items in for donation they should be taken to their classroom where the teacher will have specific boxes labelled for collection.
– 1 plastic bottle of 600 ml cooking oil – Lion and Globe brand approximate cost $13.50
– 1 can of corn 425 gms Del Monte brand approximate cost $10.00
– 300 gm of Honey Squeezable plastic bottle approximate cost $24.00
– 1 plastic bottle of Kikkoman Soy Sauce 600ml size approximate cost $33.00
The items need to all be bought as one pack to ensure we have equal numbers of all items for distribution. The cost of all items as a pack is around $80
We are using the same brands to provide continuity and economical pricing. It is important that we all purchase the same brands and sizes. They must be all plastic to reduce spoilage. All items are available at either Wellcome or Park & Shop supermarkets.
Many thanks in advance.
Clayton Heggie ( Y5 Teacher ) & Amanda Bremner (P.Y.P. Co-ordinator)
LANCE KING PARENT NIGHT
|MONDAY 20 MARCH 2017 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
COURAGE, RESILIENCE AND FAILING WELL
On Monday, 20 March, Lance King will be working with staff looking at ways we can support a culture of resilience in our school. This means helping our children see the value in making mistakes – that they give them an opportunity to learn how to improve and that their value as individuals does not rely on always being successful in everything they undertake.
This is an area where it is particularly important to have a strong partnership with parents and to do this, we need to give you the opportunity to learn alongside us. Therefore, I invite you all to come along on 20 March so that you can have an understanding of the messages your child will be hearing at school and how you can support them at home also.
Please RSVP to Ms. Fritzi on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Webster – Principal
CALLING FOR MORE HIKERS
|Sunday 12 March 2017
This event will be run by Sunshine Action in conjunction with Children’s Health, Education & Environment Rescue Association (CHEER) founded by Hong Kong University students, staff and alumni in 2012. CHEER aims to improve minority children’s mental and physical health, as well as connecting with local NGOs and raising public awareness about disadvantaged and marginalized children in various ways.
Cost on the day: $200 per person (includes a Bradbury polo for adults) Money raised will be used to support children living in poverty
Location: Mount Parker Road starting point (intersection with King’s Road
(2) 鰂魚涌港鐵站 A 出口 Exit A of Quarry Bay MTR station
Hike Route: Mount Parker Road -> Mount Parker Road Green Trail -> Tai Tam Reservoir -> Tai Tam Reservoir Road (End at intersection with Tai Tam Road)
Distance: Total 11 km (Average walking time is around 2.5 – 3 hrs)
Hike Start Time: 9.00am (please assemble at 8.45am)
This is suitable for children of all ages as the route is fairly easy to walk with a small uphill section at the start and can be walked at any pace.
Requirements: Comfortable and suitable clothing and footwear, a drink, sun-block or bring an umbrella depending on the weather (the hike will be cancelled if there is any type of Typhoon or if any rainstorm signal is posted)
Things to note: From the peak to the end point there is no toilet, so please try to go to the bathroom at the peak or before.
Please let Ms. Fritzi know in the office if you are interested in attending this great family event.
Amanda Bremner – P.Y.P. Co-ordinator
We have a great uniform here at Bradbury that is smart and attractive.
We have noticed several areas that we need your support to keep up the standards that are a good reflection of our school. Please note the following points:
· No leggings please
· No long sleeved tee shirts under short sleeved shirts or blouses
We understand that these are ‘cold snap’ days and have ensured that there are uniform items available to keep your child warm.
· Black tights are acceptable (this is in addition to grey or white)
· P.E. shoes are plain white or plain black with no coloured laces. If you are unable to source a pair, a small number of coloured inserts are acceptable
· No ‘party shoes’ or slip on shoes. Girls’ black school shoes need to be sturdy and safe
· No jewelry. If your child wears jewelry for religious reasons, please let the class teacher know. Please ensure they keep the item tucked away out of sight. Plain stud earrings only please.
· No nail polish
· No stick on tattoos
· Please don’t mix items from dress uniform with the P.E.uniform.
Sandra Webster – Principal
YEAR 4 SCIENCE ACTIVITY
These are some of the activities the Year 4 engaged in with their parents for the Science Day.
INTENSIVE ENGLISH CLASS (IEC) UPDATE FOR PARENTS
| I thought that I would write and update you with how we are getting on with establishing our additional Year 1 class for next year. As many of you are aware, in 2017/18, we will run this class for students who have applied for a place in Bradbury School, but do not yet have the English language skills needed to access the curriculum. This class is not targeted at any specific ethnic group and the mother tongue of the children is not a consideration of entry.
We are doing this because we need to be responsive to a changing market and meet the needs, as far as possible, of our potential students. Therefore, in August 2018, Bradbury School will open and operate an Intensive English Class (IEC). The IEC will cater for those students in Year 1 who have applied for a place in Bradbury School, and who have passed all of the criteria of the admissions interview except in English proficiency. Our overall school roll number will not increase; rather, Year 1 will have five smaller classes. It is envisaged that the IEC will have 16 students and the other Year 1 classes will reduce to 26 students. The teacher for this class will be Ms Sheryn Cribb, who is currently teaching at Bradbury with one Education Assistant (EA) who is yet to be appointed.
It will be the responsibility of the Ms Cribb, under the guidance of Ms Gallen, to develop the most appropriate programme of learning, assessments, as well as monitoring and reporting mechanisms. The Year 1 learning outcomes from the curriculum will be followed, with modifications as appropriate, taking into account language learning needs. The IEC will be housed on the ground floor in a dedicated classroom. This will be in effect, a trial year with a full evaluation taking place at the end of year to determine the successes of the IEC, what needs changing and the level of academic, social and linguistic competence of the IEC students as compared to their peers. Staffing will be provided by an over entitlement allowance from ESF, so it will be additional to the resourcing already in place for other classes.
We are excited about the IEC. We see this as a progressive move for Bradbury and ESF, that is in line with the provision already offered to students by many international schools. I welcome your feedback and questions if there is anything I can clarify for you.
Sandra Webster – Principal
|BRADBURY STUDENT IN PINOCCHIO|
|Elisabeth Buck, a Year 4 student in Bradbury School performed and participated in Pinocchio production last week. Below are photos of her performance. She had a great experience. The Year 1 students went to see the production and they all loved it!
Sandra Webster – Principal
Last Saturday, ESF hosted a special 50th Anniversary primary schools’ multi sports day event, where we had selected a group of runners from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to participate in the cross country held at KGV school against other schools’ runners. A great effort was made in the hot weather and everybody received a special 50th anniversary participation medal. Some of these runners had even participated in a scorching and tough rugby tournament the day before so well done to those students for getting up early and representing Bradbury again!
Other sports events included netball, where 4 girls were chosen from Bradbury to represent an ‘Island’ team in a round robin tournament against other Kowloon and Island teams. Similarly, a football tournament was also running at the same time, where 4 boys from Bradbury also participated in Island teams. A beautiful day ensured all teams were motivated, excited and everyone ran around a lot until exhaustion overtook which made for great matches to watch and support; especially for last second goals to secure a win! Overall, Island won the netball tournament and Kowloon won the football tournament!
A big congratulations to those that were chosen for their sporting skills to represent regional teams! Here are some of our participants!
Rose Hopewell – Assistant P.E. Leader
DBIS TOUCH TOURNAMENT
Well done to all our Touch players on their performances on Friday.
The boys won the Bowl competition having narrowly missed out on qualifying out their group for the Cup competition by 1 try to the eventual winners, Kennedy School. Conor Keating led the charge with some fine footwork and individual skill with notable performances by Louis McLaughlin (Y4) and Morris Daniel (Y5).
The girls team played extremely well for their first competition playing the game. They progressed to the Semi final of the Plate competition. They lost in dramatic fashion to Chinese International School with the toss of a coin. It was high drama at Kings Park. After 12 minutes of furious playing, it was full time and a draw (1 : 1) This led to playing ‘drop off’ – where each team removes 1 player every minute until they are left with 3. After 8 minutes of additional playing on top of the 12 minutes of real time the girls were still at stale mate and clearly exhausted with the temperature rising into the late 20s. The teachers chose to end the game and ‘toss a coin’ to decide the out come of the game. There wasn’t one girl who stood out, I was really impressed with all their energy and will to learn.
All involved really enjoyed their first competitive outing and they are looking forward to the next tournament.
Ally Maclay – P.E. Leader
|CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the Curry and Quiz night last Friday. It was a brilliant evening with delicious curry, a few drinks and our biggest turnout yet, all competing for the coveted title of Bradbury School Quizmasters!
Congratulations to this year’s winning team, SEE YOU IN COURT, who beat the reigning champs of 2 years, ONLY HERE FOR THE CURRY, the teachers and 10 other teams to win the trophy.
I would like to say a special thank you to Surjit and Helen Mahal for all their hard work creating yet another amazing quiz and making the evening so special.
THE BRADBURY FACTOR – A NIGHT OF STARS
We have 130 students in over 60 acts auditioning for a chance to perform in the Bradbury Factor – Night of Stars Showcase!
AUDITIONS are being held on Saturday 25 February from 12 – 5 p.m. in the school hall. Everyone should have now received an email with their act’s registration and audition time. Any questions please email:
Please make sure you arrive on time and are ready to go on stage (costumes and make up etc).
Watch this space for information about the Showcase performance, which is being held on Saturday 25 March. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Good luck to all the acts taking part!
Unfortunately it seems that there is a mistake in the Bradbury School Calendar on the last page – AUGUST 2017. The 1 August should be a Tuesday instead of Wednesday! Apologies for this and I hope if doesn’t cause any confusion!
Julia Dunn – PTA Chairperson
|THIRD PARTY AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES|
|The following companies are currently hiring our facilities to provide extra curricular activities for students. You may browse the school website under “LIFE AT BRADBURY” for their programs and enrol your child directly to the company:
Backershagen B.V. (LanguageOne) – Global Mother Tongue Education, contact Leandra Lok at
Brainchild Ltd. – DIY Robotics and Technology Workshop, contact Ice Chan at 2528 6862 or email@example.com website: http://brainchilddiyworks.wixsite.com/brainchild/school–activites or https://www.facebook.com/Brainchild-DIY-Workshop-305849122876304/?fref=ts
Canadian Children’s Technology Workshop (Asia) Ltd. (The Genius Workshop) – Engineering & Mechanic Workshops, contact Vince Fung at 2591 0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.g-workshop.com/schools/bradbury_2016-17
CentreStage Studios HK Ltd. – Singing, Acting, Dancing – Ballet, Jazz, Tap Dance, contact Imogen Taylor or Kaijah Bell at 5236 7960 or 2689 2272 or email@example.com website: www.centrestagestudioshk.com
HoYinPingChess / Hong Kong Junior Chess Club – Chess Class, Holiday Camp, Tournament, contact Yin Ping Ho at 9215 2682 or firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/lesson.html / http://www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/camp.html or www.hkjuniorchess.org
Sport4Kids Ltd – Gymnastics & Multi-Sports, contact Pami at 2773-1650 or email@example.com
website: www.sport4kids.hk facebook: @sport4kids.hk
Percy Mak – Finance Manager
N.B. Bradbury School is not responsible for the quality and safety of programmes offered by third parties. However, please note that all hirers are required to provide third party liability insurance. Parents are urged to take steps to ensure that they are satisfied with any and all aspects of the after school programme(s) they elect to opt in to.