1 Nov 2019



Greetings to the Bradbury School Community

Our school is always full of activity, action, and parents—something we really enjoy and that adds to our feeling of community.

We had a bright and colourful day on Thursday celebrating Diwali.  Thank you to the wonderful mothers who created, supported, and implemented a wide range of exciting activities in support of this festival of light.  You were amazing!

This newsletter contains some important information about a new curriculum initiative, which we are all very much looking forward to, as well as information around our RSE programme.

Sandra Webster

Important Dates

N.B. Dates and Activities may change from time to time. Please check the online calendar for the weekly updates on www.bradbury.edu.hk calendar. Thank you.

04 November 2019 –

06 November 2019

Class 5C/5B Camp 8:30 a.m.
07 November 2019 4A/4B Wetlands
11 November 2019 –

13 November 2019

Class 5T/5M Camp 8:30 a.m.
11 November 2019 2F/2E Coastal Exploration 10:00 a.m.
12 November 2019 Year 6 Camp Meeting 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
13 November 2019 2A/2T Coastal Exploration 10:00 a.m.
14 November 2019 P.T.A. Sausage Sizzle 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
19 November 2019 Year 5/ Year 6 Sports Day 8:30 a.m.
19  November 2019 Last Day for Box of Hope Collections 3:30 p.m.
24 November 2019 Hike for Hunger TBC
28 November 2019 School Production  
29 November 2019 Bradbury School Night Market 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
29 November 2019 Last Day for After School Activities (P.E. Led)
02 December 2019 –

04 December 2019

Class 4A/4B Camp 8:30 a.m.
04 December 2019 –

06 December 2019

Class 4S/4V Camp
09 December 2019 –

12 December 2019

Year 6 Camp 8:30 a.m.
13 December 2019 LAST DAY OF TERM 2:40 p.m.
16 December 2019 –

03 January 2020 (inclusive)

Christmas Holidays ——
06 January 2020 Classes Begin for Term 2 8:30 a.m.
14 January 2020 Year 3 / Year 4 Sports Day
14 January 2020 SIS Experience Day TBC
16 January 2020 **Year 5 Cake Sale

(**correction made on 5 Nov 2019)

9:30 a.m. – 10:30
20 January 2020 Year 6 Vaccinations
23 January 2020 CPD DAY (NO CLASSES) —–
24 January 2020 –

31 January 2020 (inclusive)

Chinese New Year Holidays (No Classes) —–
03 February 2020 Back to School 8:30 a.m.
05 February 2020 Y1 Kids Festival Performance Trip 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
20 February 2020 **Year 4 Cake Sale

(**correction made on 5 Nov 2019)

9:30  – 10:30 a.m.

RSE Curriculum

By Sandra Webster, Principal

Further to the RSE (Relationships, Sexuality Education) survey last year, where we gathered responses to gain an understanding around comfort levels if RSE outcomes are taught to your child, we would now like to share the updated  RSE Curriculum Document (click to access) with you. Your child’s class teacher will let you know when they will be teaching these outcomes at each year level. We will also hold some workshops later in the year to provide you with further support if you require it. I have included a list of resources that we as a school use and you may be interested in purchasing to help support your child’s learning at home. You can also borrow these books from the library.  Please contact your class teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Books to support the ESF RSE K-Year 7 Curriculum

‘Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect’

Jayneen Sanders


‘Do You Have a Secret?’

Jennifer Moore-Malinos


‘My Body! What I Say Goes!’

Jayneen Sanders


How Did I Begin?’‘

Brita Granstrom


‘What’s Happening To Me?’

Susan Meredith


‘What’s Happening To Me?’

Susan Meredith


‘It’s Not the Stork!’

Robie H. Harris


‘What Makes A Baby’

Cory Silverberg


‘Mummy laid an egg’

Babette Cole


Bradbury Drama Workshops:  Proposal

By Sandra Webster, Principal

To enhance our curriculum focus on The Arts, we are introducing a new drama workshop initiative for this year only that has two objectives: 1) to expose students to meaningful experiences in drama and 2) to upskill all teachers in simple drama strategies that they can implement into their classrooms.

Ms Ryder, currently teaching in 1R,  has a wonderful talent in this area and we would like to take the opportunity to allow her to share her skills and strengths with the rest of the school.

Therefore, starting on November 7th, for the next 24 Thursdays, Mrs Ryder will be working with each class for an allocation of one day (this includes an allocation for 1R).

This is a wonderful opportunity for all of the students at Bradbury to learn from a talented Bradbury teacher and I thank you for your support on this exciting new initiative.

Format of Workshops

Each class will have 2 workshops (1 short & 1 long) throughout the year:

Years 1-3

Workshop 1 Workshop 2
In this longer workshop students will have the chance to experience a variety of simple drama games,
techniques and strategies
that teachers could
easily use in the classroom to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.  An anchor text will be used as a common thread to connect each game/strategy. This will also help teachers see how we can use
drama in many different ways to support 1 particular text/concept/theme/skill or topic.  The intention of this
initial workshop is for students to have an enjoyable and varied drama experience with exposure to a wide range of types of drama activities.
In this short and sharp workshop students will use some of the drama strategies and techniques that were introduced in Workshop 1 to bring the anchor text (also from Workshop 1) to life.  It will be an
extension of the work done in the first session and possibly the work that teachers have done in
classrooms.  The intention of this workshop is for
students and teachers to see how we can use drama techniques as tools to have meaningful, in-depth and fun learning experiences.  Students will have the chance to play, plan, problem-solve and present (that’s a lot of ATLs!) in this final workshop.

Years 4-6

Workshop 1 Workshop 2
In this short workshop students will be introduced to a variety of drama games.  The purpose of the session is to ‘tune in’ to drama and get excited about using it in the classroom.  The intention is for students to have an enjoyable and stimulating drama experience and for teachers to leave with some drama games that they can use in the classroom.  These might be used to strengthen focus/concentration, build relationships and/or to enhance learning and teaching. These
drama games will all be centred around a certain
concept or theme that we will build on in the second workshop.
In this longer workshop students will have the chance to experience a variety of drama techniques and
. Through the use of these drama
techniques students will learn more about drama
itself, but we will also use these techniques to go deeper into their learning about the concept/theme/skill/topic/ text that we are exploring.  The intention for this in-depth workshop is for students to feel that they have had the chance to ‘go further’ with their use of drama and have been part of an engaging dramatic experience. Teachers will get the chance to try out some techniques that they may plan to use in their teaching.

The How: It’s important that teachers feel that they get the ‘HOW’ to be able to confidently and effectively implement the use of drama in the classroom.

Workshops will take place over the following 24 Thursdays:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
7th – 5th – 9th – 6th – 5th – 2nd – 7th – 4th-
14th – 12th – 16th – 13th – 12th – 23rd – 14th –
21st – 23rd – 20th – 19th – 21st –
28th – 27th – 26th – 28th –

Schedule of Workshops

Here is the schedule for each Year group and class.  Specialist timetables have been taken into consideration. Every class’s workshops have been scheduled within 4-8 weeks of each other to give the teacher a little bit of time to try out some of the drama strategies in the classroom, while keeping them close enough together so that the second can build on the first.

Year Group/Class Workshop 1 Date Workshop 2 Date
Long (8:30-12:00) Short (1:15-2:30)
1A Nov 7 Dec 5
1B Nov 14 Dec 12
1C Nov 21 Jan 9
1D Nov 28 Jan 16
Long (8:30-12:00) Short (1:15-2:30)
2A Jan 23rd Feb 27th
2B Feb 6th Mar 5th
2C Feb 13th Mar 12th
2D Feb 20th Mar 19th
Long (10:30-2:30) Short (1:15-2:30)
3A Mar 26th May 14th
3B Apr 2nd May 21st
3C Apr 23rd May 28th
3D May 7th Jun 4th
Short (1:15-2:30) Long (8:30-12:00)
4A Nov 7th Dec 5th
4B Nov 14th Dec 12th
4C Nov 21st Jan 9th
4D Nov 28th Jan 16th
Short (8:30-10:00) Long (10:30-2:30)
5A Mar 26th May 14th
5B Apr 2nd May 21st
5C Apr 23rd May 28th
5D May 7th June 4th
Short (1:15-2:30) Long (10:30-2:30)
6A Jan 23rd Feb 27th
6B Feb 6th Mar 5th
6C Feb 13th Mar 12th
6D Feb 20th Mar 19th

ESF Parent App

By Sandra Webster, Principal

I am pleased to tell you that ESF have now finalised the ESF Parent App and it is going into testing from next week.  We are very pleased with how it has turned out and we believe that it represents a significant step forward in how we communicate with you, our parents. The real power of the app, we feel, is that it is an ESF app, not a stand alone school one – so if people have students in more than one school, it will be able to give them all the information they need – about all of their children, in one place. I hope you will be as excited about this as we are. It is anticipated that the app will be ready to launch to everyone in January 2020. To this end, Bradbury has agreed to trial the app, and so we need 20 IOS users to do so. There will be a meeting with the ESF team next Thursday, 7th November at 5pm to go through this with the volunteers, so you need to be available for this meeting.

If you are interested in joining the trial, please let Ms Fritzi know.

Photos of Our Students

By Sandra Webster, Principal

We like to feature photos of our students enjoying their learning in various ways e.g. website and the newsletter.  If you do not want your child’s photo to appear in anyway, please let me know, otherwise we will take it that permission has been granted.  Please note:  we will always choose any photos for publication very carefully.

Playground Buddies

By Mike McKee, Vice Principal

At Bradbury School we are committed to growing leaders through providing opportunities and support for our students. We recently had 21 applications to become a Playground Buddy from our year 6 team and they have already started attending meetings and training sessions with myself. This has involved learning how to help other students in the playground, suggesting and organising games for the children to play, helping to create friendships for those who can’t find their friends and suggesting ways to develop strong, happy and healthy friendships around the school. Our ‘Playground Buddies’ were officially launched this week and they will be meeting the rest of the school to introduce themselves in the coming weeks.

It has been fantastic to see the effort and dedication that these students are putting in to their role already, and I’m sure that they will have a huge impact in the playground this year.  The Playground Buddies are: Liam Duddy, Samantha Wilkinson, Ridhima Singh, Kaira Seth, Kian To, Martin Ngai, Adrian Cheung, Stephanie Kwok, Natalie Sylvester, Sophie Hufton, Robert Hui, Ashutosh Tripathi, Taylor Foote, Ikram Brar, Ishina Khatri, Irene Wang, Cordelia Lee, Margot Briantais, Jaime Pharoah, Kiran Pengelly.

Box of Hope

By Steve Fennelly, Vice Principal
Last Day for Collections:  19 Nov 2019

Six years ago, Bradbury began supporting the ‘Box of Hope’ charity. We will be participating again this year and the appeal will be organised mostly by the student councillors.

Box of Hope is an annual charity project aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong & Asia, donated by Hong Kong school children and local organisations.

Your child’s role is to fill old shoe boxes with NEW, interesting and EDUCATIONAL gifts at home and drop them off at a collection point. Bradbury School is a collection point. The boxes are then collected and delivered directly to the children in need. Some of these children have never received a gift. Each child has been given a set of stickers that they will need to stick on their box of hope.

I received information about this year’s appeal late last week, and although your child should bring home an informative sticker to be stuck on the decorated Box of Hope shoe box next week, I wanted to flag this now, just in case you are looking for an activity for the last weekend of the break!

As the collection week is in mid November, please encourage your children to start making up their boxes over the next week or so. We will start collecting them up from next Monday.

You can find out more information at http://boxofhope.org/home/main/en/

What to Pack

All items must be NEW. Please try to include 2 items from each category.

Remember to make your box both FUN and EDUCATIONAL!
Please include essential hygiene items.

TOYS – something to love – Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, small musical instrument, torch(incl batteries), playing cards, small trucks and cars, doll, jewellery, make-up, hair accessorises
EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES – something to do – books – (simple english), Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, colouring book, notepad, picture/puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, calculator, etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS – something to use – Toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, a bar of wrapped soap, flannel. NO LIQUIDS PLEASE.
OTHER ITEMS – something to wear – Sunglasses, cap, sun hat, bangles, necklaces, watch etc…

What not to Pack

NO FOOD / MEDICINE / WAR RELATED ITEMS toy guns/soldiers/knives / CLOTHING (other than listed above) / FRAGILE ITEMS Glass containers/mirrors / LIQUIDS of any kind including blow bubbles/shampoo/bubble bath/toiletry sets/aerosols / DANGEROUS ITEMS Marbles/sharp objects/scissors/razors.

How to make your box


On behalf of our student council and the children who will enjoy a happier Christmas due to your donations, thank you very much for your support!

Year 6 Entrepreneurs

By Laura Gizzi, Year 6 Teacher

The Year 6 students are currently inquiring into how ‘Trade relies on systems of production, exchange and consumption of goods and services’ as part of their Unit of Inquiry. Over the next 4 weeks the students will inquire deeper into:

  • The Factors that influence Trade (Connection)
  • The role of supply and demand (Function)
  • Our responsibility as consumers (Responsibility)

As part of our provocation for this Unit of Inquiry, the students were challenged to produce the ‘latest fad’ for the target
market of 7-8 year olds (Year 3 students). Within their groups, they were provided with opportunities to conduct market research, purchase materials of their choice, advertise, discuss pricing strategies, sales pitching and work as part of a team to gain the most profit from the sale of their product.

Both the Year 3 and Year 6 students had a fantastic afternoon of buying and selling which resulted in some heavy negotiations (at times!) and a lot of fun!

DTP Vaccinations for Year 6

By Lauren Lau, Health Professional

The School Immunization Team of the Health Department, will visit our school on January 20th Monday to offer the Diptheria, Tetanus, and Poliomyelitis (DTP) vaccination for Year 6 students only. 

Please fill in either the consent form/ refusal form, and return it to the medical room on or before, January 14th, 2020.  The forms have been distributed to the Year 6 classes.  Please complete the form, and attach your child’s medical records (copy/original). The medical records will be returned to you immediately after the immunization. If you do not receive all your child’s vaccination records, please contact me immediately.

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

Girls Football at the Peak School

By Sam Nicholls, PE Teacher

On Saturday 26th October the Bradbury School U11 Girls football team competed in a 6 team tournament at the Peak School. All 7 girls involved worked incredibly hard throughout and were a credit to the school. As the tournament progressed so did the teams performance. The girls confidence continued to grow with each game played and as a result the goals started flying in. With no dedicated goal-keeper on this occasion the girls showed real team spirit by having 3 different players volunteer to go in goal over the course of the tournament. Overall the team finished in 3rd place and should be very proud of how they played. With only 4 weeks until the next tournament it’s time to hit the training field and continue working as hard off the field as on it! Well done to all the girls involved. (Xanthe Miers, Liora Turner, Sophie Hill, Sophie Hufton, Charlotte Wong, Leah Moi, Aprillia Comsa)

Feeding People In Need

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

Bradbury families, staff and students participated in feeding people in need with Sunshine Action last night around the streets of Nam Cheong. This community event helped students contribute to collective action and reflect on and be thankful for their personal circumstances.

Get Redressed Day:  Thank you!

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

Get Redressed day was a huge success and thanks to all those who support this day. The students enjoyed sharing stories of what they were wearing and are more aware of the issue of clothing waste.

The students raised HK$5,045.50 for Redress Asia which will help their work to prevent and transform textile waste in Hong Kong. The funds raised will also help Redress to deliver public education projects and enable them to collect, sort, recycle and redistribute clothing donations received by the public all-year round.

Thank you again for supporting this worthy cause and please continue to think about alternatives to buying new clothes.

Library News

By Jane Thompson, Teacher Librarian


The students have thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Fun to Read Book Fair this week and many thanks for supporting the event. The children embraced the opportunity to purchase books of their choice and browse the vast selection of items that were on offer.


If you have any traditional character children’s books at home, that you no longer need, then the Chinese Department are looking for donations for the students to borrow from the library. The books must be in good condition and suitable for primary age students. We do not need text books or kindergarten level books or below. Please send any donations to the library where we will accession them and put them out on the shelves for students to borrow and enjoy.


By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

Bradbury celebrated the Festival of Light. A variety of activities the children could participate in were run by members of our community and some children came to school wearing Indian clothing.

Thanks to all those who helped organise and run the activities.  More photos can be found on our website.

Updates from UWS Partners in Cambodia

By Sam Howing-Nicholls, PE Teacher

Following the success of Run2Cambodia during Action Day 2019, I am pleased to be able to share some information from our United World Schools partners in Cambodia, UWS Khe Krom and UWS Kaeng Ngai. With thanks to the Bradbury School Community the existing classrooms at UWS Khe Krom have all had a new roof fitted and construction is underway for the brand new classrooms. As we were also able to support the running of UWS Kaeng Ngai school for the year we have also received information on their academic year to date. Please find more information here:


I look forward to sharing further progress of the construction of the new classrooms soon.

PTA News

By Monica Brennand, PTA Chairperson &  Lin Gong, PTA Administrator
Year 6 Cake Sale

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated cakes to the year 6 cake sale. This was another huge success and we raised $6570!

Sausage Sizzle

Delicious good quality sausages, grilled on the BBQ and wrapped in fresh bread delivered to the classroom!  Cash payment only.  DEADLINE TO ORDER is Friday 8th November 2019.  Download order form here.


Raffle tickets will be going home with your children on Monday. We will have a PRIZE for the child that sells the most raffle tickets!!! Details can be found in posters around school. Please remember any unsold raffle tickets must be returned to the PTA.

Winter Night Market – Volunteers and Donations

Thank you for all your generous donations towards the year group hampers! The class parents are getting them ready to be displayed in the hall before the Winter Night Market.

Game Stalls

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer for a games stall, please do get in touch with Lynda at Imcliffo@hotmail.com

Food Stalls 

You will soon be receiving an email from your class parent with details of our popular food stalls and how you can volunteer on the evening. Please contact Khyati at khyati.nilang@gmail.com

Craft Stalls

Please contact Helen Choi at yorochoi@gmail.com if you can help out!

Face & Nail Painting 

If you are even a little bit artistic and think you’d be able to help paint kids faces, please send us an email. We will provide all the face paints and materials.

We will also need volunteers for the new & used book stalls/ new & used uniforms/ tomboloa/ silent auction.

If you you’d like to volunteer on the night or help with preparations before the event, please do get in touch pta@bradbury.edu.hk

The PTA are also still collecting donations for the following:

Prizes for Tombola/ Cash donations/ new & used books/ new & used uniforms 

Winter Night Market Vendors 

We have a great selection of vendors lined up but still need more! If any parent works for or has a connection to a toy manufacturer/ stationery supplier – we’d love to hear from you

Volunteers for the PTA Sub – committee 

The first sub-committee meeting will take place next week and we still have two spots up for grabs! . If you think you can add value, or have any interesting ideas for school improvements you’d like to share, please get in touch with us at pta@bradbury.edu.hk

PTA Facebook page 

Thanks to everyone for following us on Facebook. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, now is the time.  Lots of community updates coming soon!


Third-Party Organised After School Activities

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 enroll your child directly to the company:

ESF Sports, contact 2711 1280 or sports@esf.org.hk website: www.esf.org.hk

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

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

Chess Class & Camp – HoYinPingChess, contact Yin Ping Ho at 9215 2682 or hoyinpingchess@gmail.com website: www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/lesson.html / www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/camp.html

Swedish Language and Culture – Swedish Cultural Society, contact Linda at 9316-6599 or svenskaskolanhongkong@hotmail.com
Website: www.svenskaskolan.hk

SeeWrite, Creative Writing, contact Vickie Yeung at 2559 9882 or info@seewritehk.com website: www.seewritehk.com

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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