4 Oct 2017

Bradbury School Newsletter 29 September 2017

Dear Bradbury School Community,

Our Science and Technology focus has got off to a great start with lots of activities around the school.  In fact, I am part of a Y6 Masterchef Pizza making team this afternoon.  These hands on activities are an effective way of making learning relevant, applicable to real life… and fun!

Our pizza team will be using skills such as reading, interpretation, comprehension, measuring, making sound judgements, understanding, communication and small motor skills all within a framework of teamwork and collaboration.  To me, this is what makes learning deep and memorable.

All the very best to you for a refreshing and relaxing mid-term break, I look forward to welcome all of our students back on Monday 9th October.

Thank you.

Sandra Webster

Principal

Important Dates

DATE EVENT

TIME

29 Sept 2017 (Fri) Deadline of the Medical Forms 3:00 pm
02 Oct 2017 (Mon) –

06 Oct 2017 (Fri)

Half Term Holidays

No Classes

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09 Oct 2017 (Mon) Year 1 Inoculations All Day
09 Oct 2017 (Mon) P.T.A. SHOP CLOSED All Morning
16 Oct 2017 (Mon) World Food Day
17 Oct 2017 (Tue) Year 5 Arts Gallery
19 Oct 2017 (Thur) Year 5 Cake Sale 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
20 Oct 2017 (Fri) CPD Day – No Classes —-
06 Nov 2017 (Mon) Feeding the Homeless (Part 2)
10 Nov 2017 (Fri) CPD Day – No Classes —–
15 Nov 2017 (Wed) Year 6 Inoculations All Day
16 Nov 2017 (Thur) Sausage Sizzle 12:00 noon

Medical News: Year 1 MMR (2017/18)

Please be reminded, that the School Immunisation Team of the Health Department, will visit our School on  9 October (Monday), to administer the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (Year 1 students only).

I would like to remind those that have not given their medical records, with their consent forms, to bring their medical records on that day.

Please inform the teacher on the day of the vaccination, if your child is sick, or absent, or not fit for being vaccinated.

Parents who have not received MMR consent forms, please contact me immediately.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Parent Surveys

CIS Community Survey:

Please complete by Monday 9th October 2017- Bradbury School, Hong Kong

In May 2018 Bradbury School will undertake a joint Council of International Schools (CIS) and International Baccalaureate (IB) visit.  This visit is a five year programme requirement.  It supports schools to continually improve and ensures schools are meeting the required IB and CIS standards and practices.

As part of this process, we are required to complete a self study where the school community (teachers, students, school leaders, parents and community members) reflect on a variety of statements linked to the CIS/IB practices. The self study provides an opportunity for all community members to reflect identifying where the school excels, has shown growth and may need additional attention.

The school will then use the data gathered to set goals and construct a development plan for the next five years of implementation.

Please find the links to the CIS and IB parent surveys attached below and refer to the guidelines for the rating descriptors which will help guide you when you are rating the practices/statements. Please note, there are separate descriptors for the CIS and IB surveys. The survey will remain open until the 9th October.


Thank you in advance for taking these valuable surveys.

The CIS and IB surveys will each take approximately 7 – 15 minutes to complete. We hope you can spare some time to help the school in its desire to improve. The survey will be available until Monday 9th October 2017.

To access the IB survey, please click on this link: IB Parent Survey

To access the CIS survey, please click on this link: CIS Community Survey – Parents

If you have any questions or need support, please contact stephen.fennelly@bradbury.edu.hk  .

Thank you very much for completing the survey.

Steve Fennelly / Amanda Bremner

Gateway Contact Data

In the interest of our students and in order to keep our database current, we would request that you login to Gateway to confirm and update your contact details as soon as possible.

Please note that the Emergency Contacts you nominate should be additional to the parents of the child, as we already have Parent contact details on Gateway (i.e. parents; don’t nominate yourselves as the Emergency Contact – we will always try to contact you first).

In addition, if both parents are travelling out of Hong Kong at the same time, please ensure that you inform the school and make clear to us who has guardianship of your child during your absence. 

 

Feeding Homeless People

A big thank you to all the families and staff who participated in ‘feeding people in need’ on Monday night.  The students and families distributed around 80 hot meals as well as toiletries, biscuits, cans of tuna, juice boxes and bananas to people who live on the streets around Nam Cheong.

It was great to see students reflecting on how lucky they are and the joy they found in helping others who are less fortunate.

The next feeding event will take place on November 6th from 6-7.30pm.

 

World Food Day

As part of World Food Day which this year is 16 October, Bradbury families are being asked to donate items in the 1×3 food drive. Families could really help out by bringing in 3 items. For example 3 packs of noodles, 3kg of rice, or 3 cans of food etc.

All items can be dropped off at the school office from Monday 25 September until pick up which is scheduled for the 16 October .Your support is appreciated by many.

P.E. News

Adventure Challenge

It’s been great over the opening half of term one working with the majority of the years on Adventure Challenge. Within Adventure Challenge, we test the children’s ability to work individually and in groups working through challenging activities on skills such as communication, cooperation and creating strategies. As a teacher, it has been a wonderful opportunity to experience a variety of personalities in different situations, especially those showing their creative side at solving some difficult problems. We hope they can continue to excel at these skills as the year goes on. 

  

Healthy Habits in Year 3

Year 3s have completed a transdisciplinary unit focusing on healthy habits. We have learnt about making healthy choices focusing on sleeping, our diets, hygiene, exercise and mental health. The children are also able to understand how poor choices in one element can affect another and how we must make good balanced choices in all elements if we are to be at our healthiest!  

AusKick Blitz Tournament (Australian Rules Football)

On Thursday, 10 of our finest Year 5 and 6 boys took to the hot and humid, Sandy Bay in quest of being the best AFL Primary school in Hong Kong. Under the tutelage of Matt Cook and Toby Daniel, the boys were set up with a great opportunity to compete. With 6 wins from 7 games they came 2nd in a competitive tournament. 

This is really promising for the future, as the skills within AFL are highly transferable for many other sports we take part in. Well done to all the boys but special mentions to captain, Morris Daniel and young Louis McLaughlin who inspired the team with their brave catches and deft footwork.

Food for thought…number 3

 TODAY’S CHILDREN MAY BE THE FIRST GENERATION TO HAVE A SHORTER LIFE EXPECTANCY THAN THEIR PARENTS.

LET’S CHANGE THAT.

Watch this video :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmOlzRQTabA

A reason why at Bradbury we encourage our children to be as active as possible.

Home Reading Workshop

It was lovely to meet with those of you who were able to attend this Wednesday morning’s “Home Reading” information session.  Helping your child to regularly read at home is an important aspect of their development as readers and we appreciate your ‘parent support’, in this area.  If you were unable to attend the session, the information slides from the presentation are now available on the school webpage.  There is also a hardcopy handout with some suggestions and ‘tips’ for helping with your child’s reading.   You can collect a copy from Ms Fritzi at the front office. 

 

Parking at School

We have repeatedly reminded parents not to double park outside school whilst waiting for your children.  This causes very dangerous situations with the heavy traffic at the end of the school day. But the following cars still continue to do so:

RF 6409 – white Volkswagen

IDAN – black BMW

SF 1865 – black Audi

If you are driving, a good suggestion is to arrive at school at around 2:50 P.M.  By this time, the traffic is much lighter.  Your child will be supervised until 3:00 P.M.  There is no supervision after this time. 

Please refrain from u-turning in front of the traffic.  Traffic coming down the hill can be moving very fast.  And finally, please do not leave your car unattended as we may need to move vehicles quickly in case of any emergency.

Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe.

 

P.T.A. News

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

09 October P.T.A. Shop Closed (a.m.)

19 October Year 5 Cake Sale

10 November CPD Day (Changed from the 17th)

16 November  Sausage Sizzle

1 December WINTER NIGHT MARKET

AGM/ TAPAS AND WINE EVENING

I would like to say a big thank you to the parents who attended our AGM on Monday. I hope you all found it to be an interesting and informative evening. The Wine and Tapas following the meeting gave parents an opportunity to meet and chat to the committee while enjoying some delicious Indian tapas and a glass of wine.

During the meeting we elected two new members on to the PTA Executive committee: Khyati Mehta and Janneke Lamaison.

I am excited to welcome them onto the committee and look forward to working with them this year.

The Bradbury School PTA Ltd Executive committee for the 2017/18 academic year is as follows:

Julia Dunn Chairman

Catherine Hufton Vice – Chair

Marilu Logudic Vice – Chair

Silke Schaefer Hon. Treasurer

Alice Li-Papworth Hon. Secretary

Malina Kirpalani Committee Member

Ken Dubinsky Committee Member

Katie Francis Committee Member

Eric Tang Committee Member

Vincci Lo Committee Member

Khyati Mehta Committee Member

Janneke Lamaison Committee Member

Sandra Webster Principal Member

Katie Phillips Teacher Member

Anika Barry Teacher Member

Amanda Bremner Teacher Member

I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to our outgoing committee members, Patty Bunon-Harvey and Charlotte Varley. We really appreciate all of the help, advice and support they gave over the years and will be missed!

Please look for the PTA Committee Member information, Principal’s report and our Audited Accounts on the PTA page of the school website. AGM meeting minutes will be added in the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please email the PTA.

WINTER NIGHT MARKET UPDATE

Thank you to our amazingly generous parents who have donated prizes for this year’s raffle.

Thanks to them we have the best selection of prizes we have ever had! Tickets will go on sale in November so watch this space!!

Please also keep an eye out for emails from your CLASS PARENT. They will be contacting you over the next few weeks with more information about how you can help with the night market.

Don’t forget to check out and like our Facebook page for all the PTA news and upcoming event details!

Julia Dunn – PTA Chairperson

Email: pta@bradbury.edu.hk.
Website: http://www.bradbury.edu.hk/pta-2/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BradburyschoolPTA/

Third Party Organised Activities Available at Bradbury

Dear Parents,

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:

ESF Sports Programme, contact at 2760 3900 or sports@esf.org.hk website: www.esf.org.hk

Adventure Sports Academy Ltd. – Soccer & Basketball Training, contact Eilis Cheung at 3998 4042 or info@adventuresportsacademy.com website: www.adventuresportsacademy.com

Backershagen B.V. (LanguageOne) – Global Mother Tongue Education, contact Leandra Lok at

5501 5262 or leandra.lok@languageone.nl website: www.languageone.nl

Banana Art Club – Art Class, contact Michelle Chan at 6020 5476 or bananaartclub@gmail.com website: www.bananaartclub.com

Brilliant Learning International Ltd. (Sanskriti) – Sanskriti/Hindi Language Class, contact Geetanjali Dhar at 3563 4300 or info@sanskritiglobal.org website: www.sanskritiglobal.org

Discovery Dome Hong Kong Ltd. – Astronomy Club with a Portable Mobile Planetarium (Year 3-6 students), contact Lorne Ali at 9754 4081 or lorneali@hotmail.com, website www.discoverydome.hk

Foundation Academy Ltd. – Foundation’s

Filmmaker, contact Namrata Bindra at 3107 8810 or academy@foundationge.com website: http://www.foundationacademy.co/filmmaker/

HoYinPingChess / Hong Kong Junior Chess Club – Chess Class, Holiday Camp, Tournament, contact Yin Ping Ho at 9215 2682 or hoyinpingchess@gmail.com website: www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/lesson.html /www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/camp.html or www.hkjuniorchess.org

Move For Life Ltd. – “Move” Dance Class, contact Rosie Martin at 5491 2473 or info@moveforlife.asia website: www.moveforlife.asia

Primary Matters – Writing Workshop, contact Marion McNally at 9465 4468 or primarymattershk@gmail.com website: www.primarymattershk.com

Starlit Voice Ltd. – LAMDA Musical Theatre & Group Drama, contact Vincent Warren at 2108 2182 or info@starlit.hk website: www.starlitvoice.com

Valley Rugby Football Club Ltd. – Netball FUNdamentals 12 week Programme, contact Chanelle Candy at 2815 3670 or netball@valleyrfc.com website: http://www.valleyrfc.com/netball—junior-academy.html

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.

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