Dear Bradbury Community
Congratulations to our Y6 students on an outstanding Exhibition. This Exhibition was an example of how our students are learning to recognise a local or global need and then synthesise all they have learned about problem solving, creativity and lateral thinking to generate a solution.
As a Principal, it was so good to see how our whole school community joined together to support these students in their learning. Thank you to everyone involved in this successful unit.
Congratulations also to our school choir, made up of Year 4, 5 and 6 students, who joined with other ESF primary schools at the Choral Concert last Thursday night. Again, a stunning example of the high quality of learning and contribution by our students, staff and parent community. Thank you all for your support also.
One of our major tasks next year is to organise class placements. If there is anything that you think I need to take in consideration in regards to this, please let me know. This does not include requests for specific teachers or teacher gender.
As Term 2 comes to a close, I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Easter break. I wish you safe travels if you are leaving Hong Kong and look forward to seeing you on the 29 April, which is the first day of Term 3.
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.
|12 April 2019 (Friday)||Spring Term Ends (12:00 noon dismissal)||12:00 noon|
|15 April 2019 (Monday) –
26 April 2019 (Friday) – inclusive
|Easter Break Holidays – No classes||—–|
|29 April 2019 (Monday)||Year Book Cover Competition Deadline||3:00 p.m.|
|29 April 2019 (Monday)||School Resumes||8:30 a.m.|
|29 April 2019 (Monday)||Deadline for the Yearbook Cover Competition||3:00 p.m.|
|29 April 2019 (Monday)||Bus Application Forms to Parents 2019-2020||3:00 p.m. *|
|01 May 2019 (Wednesday)||Labour Day – No Classes||—–|
|03 May 2019 (Friday)||ACTION DAY||8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.|
|06 May 2019 (Monday) –
10 May 2019 (Friday)
|BOOK WEEK||8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.|
|10 May 2019 (Friday)||Class 6G/6B Assembly (pls note date change)||8:45 a.m.|
|13 May 2019 (Monday)||Buddha’s Birthday – No Classes||—–|
|14 May 2019 (Tuesday)||Year 2 Sports Day||TBC|
|15 May 2019 (Wednesday)||MMR & Hepatitis B Vaccination for Year 6/1ZC|
|16 May 2019 (Thursday)||Sausage Sizzle||12:00 noon|
|17 May 2019 (Friday)||Year 3 Market Day (pls note date change)||9:00 a.m.|
|18 May 2019 (Saturday) &
25 May 2019 (Saturday)
|ESF CHINESE TALENT SHOW 2019|
|20 May 2019 (Monday)||Deadline for the Disco Form Applications||4:00 p.m. *|
|21 May 2019 (Tuesday)||Relationship Sex Education Meeting||5:00 p.m.*|
|23 May 2019 (Thursday)||Y5/Y6 Student Led Conference||8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|24 May 2019 (Friday)||Deadline for Bus Applications 2019-2020||4:00 p.m.|
|29 May 2019 (Wednesday)||Y3/Y4 Student Led Conference||8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|30 May 2019 (Thursday)||Year 1 Cake Sale||10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.|
|31 May 2019 (Friday)||Year 6 Pastoral Day||8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.|
|31 May 2019 (Friday)||Y1 Induction
(Incoming Students for 2019- 2020)
|9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.*|
|04 June 2019 (Tuesday)||Y1/Y2 Student Led Conference||8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|06 June 2019 (Thursday)||CPD Day – No Classes||—–|
|07 June 2019 (Friday)||Dragon Boat (Tuen Ng) Festival – No Classes||—–|
|11 June 2019 (Tuesday)||Year 3 – 4 Disco (School Hall)||3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. *|
|12 June 2019 (Wednesday)||Year 1 – 2 Disco (School Hall)||12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. *|
|14 June 2019 (Friday)||Year 3 -4 Disco (School Hall)||3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.*|
|25 June 2019 (Tuesday)||Year 6 Graduation Ceremony||9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.|
|28 June 2019 ( Friday)||Summer Term Ends ( 12 noon dismissal)||12:00 noon|
|* New Dates|
Bradbury Action Day: Friday 3 May
By Carol Farrington – Action Coordinator and Amanda Bremner – PYP Leader
Food Collection Update
Thank you for all the food donations we have collected so far. We are aiming to collect 4000 sets and are well on our way to achieving this.
The numbers at the moment are:
- Cooking oil – 992
- Tinned food (with ring pull tops) – 1,268
- Healthy drinks – 1,012
- Honey – 898
Please try to collect some more sets (1x honey, 1x oil, 1x tin of food, 1x drink) over the Easter holidays or feel free to drop a cheque in for one set ($150 made out to Bradbury School) to the box at Reception. We are also collecting reusable bags and plastic bags to pack the food items in on Action Day.
All Day Activities Happening Around Bradbury School
Fair Trade Monitors
The Year 5 Fair Trade monitors will be selling Fair Trade products from Crossroads Foundation which include bags, toys, keyrings, soap, bowls, cards as well as Fair Trade food items. The Crossroads products have been carefully chosen by the students and have lovely stories which reflect the journey of the objects from various countries around the world. The objects range in price from $20 to $150.
Office area, all day
Helper Photo Booth
Due to its success last year, students will again be able to have their photo taken with a person who helps them. This will be run by Bethune House who support domestic helpers through difficult situations. The students can arrange to meet their helper/auntie in school to have a photo taken together at the booth and write a message of appreciation which will be displayed around school.
Hall, all day
Action Agents Lettuce Sale
The Action Agents are having a plant sale to raise money for Khe Krom School in Cambodia that Bradbury partners with in conjunction with United World Schools. Our goal is to raise at least $7800 which will be sufficient to fund about 10 less fortunate students to be able to attend school in Cambodia for a whole year. The Action Agents will sell completely organic baby lettuce sprouts that have been growing in the school. The cost will depend on the size ($10 – $25) and they will be sold in reusable fabric plant bags that are not made of plastic as we are environmentally conscious. The lettuces will not be fully grown so we hope you will continue growing them at home.
Year 1 covered playground, 10:00 -10:30am and 12:00 – 1:10pm or until sold out
Used Sports Equipment And Sports Clothing Collection
The PE Department is currently running a collection of new and used sports clothing and equipment. Any donations will be gratefully received and will be redistributed by the Crossroads Foundation, Hong Kong. The collection is ongoing until Friday 3rd May. Please bring your unwanted items to the PE office on the lower ground floor.
L/G by PE office, all day
Action Agents Clothing Swap
The Y6 Action Agents and some Y3 ambassadors, in collaboration with Redress Asia will be running a used clothing swap. We need to collect clean, good quality (no damage) pieces of clothing such as:
- Summer material suit items
- Accessories – bags and jewellery
A $10 coin/note donation will be collected upon entry for UWS and people will then be free to browse and choose any items of second hand clothing to take home. All left over clothing will be donated to Redress Asia.
Hall from 10am onwards
Y6 Gender Equality In Football Exhibition Group
The group will be selling PARK footballs to support girls playing football in poor countries at a cost of $250 per ball. Year 1 Covered Playground 10:00 -10:30am and 12:00 -1:10pm
PE Run To Cambodia
‘Run to Cambodia’ is taking place in partnership with United World Schools and Khe Krom, Cambodia to support the fantastic work being carried out in the rural communities to ensure that all children have an opportunity to access education. All Bradbury School students will have the opportunity be sponsored to run laps of the tarmac playground which will be recorded. We hope that in just 1 day our students and staff will be able to collectively run the distance from Hong Kong to Steung Treng province, a total of 1,303 km.
Tarmac playground, all day
South African Mobile Library
The library is collecting book donations from Bradbury families for The South African Mobile Library cause. The books will be sent to South African through Sony HK. We would like to collect more book donations for Action Day.
See below for the criteria for book donation.
South Africa Mobile Library – Children’s Books for Collection We accept books as follows :
- Written in English Language
- Suitable for 6-12 years old
- Pages should not be yellow or brown (due to aging)
- No missing or torn pages
- No scribbling on the pages
- No Textbook
- No Magazines
- No Encyclopedias
Volunteer Sign Up
On this special day we need lots of volunteers! If you are available to help in any way, could you please add your name to the Google Form link below. We will assign jobs over the coming week and be in touch during the Easter Holidays.
Urgent collection of goods
We are looking for the following items to be donated by Tuesday 30th April:
- Coat Hangers – normal ones and ones with clips for skirts and trousers
- Good quality used clothing (see details above)
- New and used sports clothing and equipment
Year 6 Exhibition Action Continued In The Community
The IB encourages sustainable action and some of the Year 6 students will be continue their actions they started for the Exhibition. These students must individually arrange their visit with the NGO/organisations and liaise with their class teacher as we must know where and who the students are on this day for safety reasons. The students will be required to document what they do and they will be asked to share this with their classmates and Ms. Bremner (PYPC). – All day, off campus
No single use plastic is to be bought into Bradbury School after the Easter Holiday.
- Packaged food – biscuits, bars, chip packets
- Juice boxes
- Individually wrapped cupcakes or treats for birthdays
- Plastic bags
- Plastic straws
- Takeaway coffee cups
- Wrapped cakes for cake sales or PTA events
- Take away foods e.g. McDonalds
- Water bottles
All single use plastic in lunchboxes will be sent home and not disposed of within school.
白普理小學將於第三學期開始禁止全校學生使用有 一次膠製用品。 包括：
By Samantha Nicholls, PE Teacher
When was the last time you ran to Cambodia??!
This year during our Action Day on Friday 3rd May you will have the chance to help Bradbury school run to Cambodia!
We are very lucky to be partnered with a school called Khe Krom which is situated in the Steung Treng province of Cambodia. Here they provide an education for children who have no opportunity to attend a Government run school. In partnership with United World Schools (UWS) we can help support the continued development of Khe Krom school, within the local village, to provide access to education for all.
It is as a result of this partnership that ‘Run to Cambodia’ has been born! During Action Day 2019 all students will have the opportunity to run laps of the tarmac playground. These laps will be recorded, counted and collated and hopefully in just 1 day the students and staff of Bradbury school will be able to collectively run the distance from Hong Kong to Steung Treng province. A total of 1,303km. We will mark out a track of 100m. This will mean as a school we have a target of 13,030 laps to complete! Do you think you are up for the challenge? If so please download a sponsorship form HERE and start collecting! Any money we raise will go directly to Khe Krom school and support the fantastic work being carried out in the rural communities to ensure all children have an opportunity to access education.
Please contact Miss Nicholls for more details email@example.com
For further information on United World Schools and their work please follow this link: https://www.unitedworldschools.org/
Timetable for Bradbury Action Day – 3 May 2019
Cyber Safety Update
By Steve Fennelly, Vice Principal
YouTube is a wonderful place. However, lots of us have our concerns about the safety of our children when they surf through the billions of videos and channels that are out there.
I recently read a great article on Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org) called ‘Parents Ultimate Guide To YouTube’ by Caroline Knorr. The article discusses issues such as;
- keeping tabs on what your children are watching,
- minimising exposure to inappropriate videos
- finding out who the YouTube ‘stars’ are
- managing related videos
- adverts on YouTube
- dealing with mean comments and, parental controls.
You can find the article here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-youtube
Some of our older students are beginning to use social media, despite most platforms asking for children to be over 13 before creating their own account. Often these platforms have comments that we would rather our children did not see. In YouTube you can use the ‘Restricted’ setting to get rid of comments underneath the video. Simply go to the Settings part of YouTube and you’ll see the option at the bottom of the page. I am also experimenting, alongside a few Year 6 digital leaders, with a Google extension called ‘Tune’ which is supposed to filter out inappropriate comments in a number of platforms. If it is successful, we’ll l you know how to add it to your browser in a later newsletter.
Year 6 Exhibition 2019
By Katie Phillips, Year 6 Leader
The Year 6s have been working incredibly hard over the last 8 weeks to become advocates for their chosen issue for their Exhibition and shared their learning with the Bradbury community and also representatives from other schools in Hong Kong this week.
This year we explored “How the World Works” with the main message of “Be the change you want to see in the world”. The Year 6 children focused on how to solve the issues they had been exploring by innovating new ideas, making models of these designs, creating Apps, websites and videos and designing science experiments to explore their issue.
The Year 6 staff and parents are very proud of what the students have achieved and how confidently they expressed what they had learnt.
How We Express Ourselves
By Tracy Fleming, Year 2 Teacher
Throughout their “How we Express Ourselves” unit of inquiry, Year 2 has been expressing themselves in many ways! They celebrated their creativity at The Creative Expression Cafe. Parents listened and watched as the Creative Expressionists showcased their stories, poems, and artwork that they have been creating. And to top it off, they all got to share in some delicious treats!
Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019
By Therese Gallen, Vice Principal / Head of Literacy
The following 10 students had their writing entries chosen to represent Bradbury School in this years’ competition.
- Johsua Guo – 2A
- Jennie Huang-3DB
- Jocelyn Ho- 4A
- Charlize Cheung- 5T
- Lea Atepolikhin- 4B
- Anika Sekhri-4B
- Anwita Kalidindi -6B
- Addya Tiwari -6B
- Jasmin Kaur -5B
- Yelena Bracovic -6P
Congratulations to these students and do look out for their stories which will be published in this and the upcoming newsletters.
Well done also to the following for their cover-art entries, which you may have seen as part of our foyer display earlier this term.
- Charlize Cheung- 5T
- Emma Tsang -2A
The Journey to Jedda
By Yelena Brocovic, 6P – Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019
It all started with the Ming Dynasty, they wanted to expand their empire relations.
They set sail on open seas, to seek other nations.
They gathered gold, silks and spices, to delight the Sultan of Arabia, in hopes of future trade.
They set out on ships carrying military forces and weapons on a course they stayed for days.
Through the East China Sea, the South China Sea, the Bay of Bengal and finally, the Red Sea.
The Chinese men faced many dangerous pirates, various fleas, ticks and drinking lots of herbal tea.
When they arrived in the city of Jeddah, the King was not so keen on their arrival.
So the Chinese pleaded for mercy for their survival.
After trade negotiations with the Ruler for precious stones and highly prized fragrances from Arabian trees.
The two countries celebrated with wine, dates, nuts, rice, meat and cheese.
At last it was time for the Chinese to go home.
The people of Jedda were all alone.
After months of ticks, fleas and herbal tea, they arrived back in Nanjing.
They told the adventures and brought fabulous goods for the King.
The King was delighted and also very excited to explore more territories.
This voyage was known as one of the Ming Treasure stories.
By Ally Maclay, Head of PE and Samantha Nicholls, PE Teacher
After School Activities – Term 3
After School Activities for TERM 3 are open for registration. The following activities are being offered. All activities are from 3-4pm unless noted below.
|BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS, BUILDING FUN
|ARTS & CRAFTS||Y1-3||Pam Mirabella|
Please find the sign up on the activities section of the Gateway. Remember to click the drop down box for ‘TERM 3’. The registration will close on the 28th April, 2019.
Y3/4 SPORTS DAY
The Y3 and Y4 Sports Day took place at Happy Valley today under an intense cloud of humidity. The students have a great time and showed some great transferral of skills learned at school into some competitive fun.
A special mention to the Y6 Sports Leaders, mentored by Ms Nicholls, who were excellent at demonstrating and helping run the events.
Exercise makes you happier than money, according to Yale and Oxford research….
By Kelly Xu, P.T.A. Chairperson, and Lin Gong, Bradbury School P.T.A. Limited
The PTA, with support from the School, will produce a Bradbury School 2018-2019 Year Book. The Year Book is a beautiful memento of the school year and records the variety of activities your child has and will continue to experience at Bradbury school.
The book will be predominantly a colour publication in A4 size. It will feature photographs and pictures with a contribution from every class in the School. The book is due for release in June 2019.
Each of our Bradbury families will receive their first copy of the Year Book as part of their PTA Membership Fee. If you would like to have any extra copy, please complete the form (click to download) and return it to your class teacher by Friday, 10th May 2019 so that the print run can be arranged. The cost of each extra copy of our Year Book is HK$150.
PTA’s School Uniform Survey Results
Year 6 Students: Island School Uniform Fitting
Save the date, time to be advised:
There will be a uniform fitting day at Bradbury School PTA shop on Friday 3 May for the Year 6 students that will be progressing to Island School in August 2019. Samples of the Island School uniform will be available for students to try. Alternatively families will need to go to the supplier’s retail outlet at Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon-side to fit uniform.
Immunisations: MMR for 1ZC
By Lauren Lau, Health Professional
Due to a number of absentees in class 1ZC, the MMRV vaccinations has been postponed to May 15th. Thus all medical records will be kept till this date. If you are interested in the MMRV vaccination and your child is in year 1, please fill in the consent form and hand it to the medical room before MAY 6th, 2019.
Bradbury School Draft School Calendar 2019/20
By Sandra Webster, Principal
Third-Party Organised 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 enroll your child directly to the company:
Singing, Acting, Dancing – Ballet, Jazz, Tap Dance – CentreStage Studios HK Ltd., contact Imogen Taylor or Kaijah Bell at 5236 7960 or 2689 2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.centrestagestudioshk.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.