12 Jun 2020


Greetings to the Bradbury Community

It is hard to believe how quickly our year is going.  Staff and students have adapted well to our alternate days of on site/home learning.  Thank you for supporting this approach.  I am really thrilled that our Bradbury app is now available for you to download.  Information on how to do this is in this newsletter.

As you may be aware, it is a tradition of our school that we farewell our Year 6 students in a ceremony that recognises and acknowledges their years of primary school before they leave us to begin their secondary education.

However, as we know, because of social distancing, we are not able to do this as a whole group this year. Therefore, what we will be doing is continuing our A/B alternate days for all year groups on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd.  To allow our Y6 Celebration of Achievement Ceremony to take place on Wednesday 24 June, Ys 1-5 will all be completing online learning on Wednesday 24th June.

This will mean that the Y6 students only will come in on the 24th.  This ceremony will take place in the hall, photos will take place on the blue playground, and parents will be able to park their cars in the tarmac area. Therefore, most of the school shared areas currently in use will be needed for the ceremony.

Many thanks for your cooperation and support, it means so very much to our departing students and their families.

Warm wishes for a wonderful weekend.

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.
15 June 2020 B Days Classes in School 1B,1Z,2F,2A,3B,3L,4V,4A,5B,5M,6H,6T 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
16 June 2020 A Days Classes in School



DTP/HPV/MMR Vaccinations for Day A Students

(Year 1, 5 and 6)

8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.




17 June 2020 B Days Classes in School 1B,1Z,2F,2A,3B,3L,4V,4A,5B,5M,6H,6T 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
18 June 2020 A Days Classes in School


8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
19 June 2020 B Days Classes in School 1B,1Z,2F,2A,3B,3L,4V,4A,5B,5M,6H,6T 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
22 June 2020 A Days Classes in School


8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
23 June 2020 B Days Classes in School 1B,1Z,2F,2A,3B,3L,4V,4A,5B,5M,6H,6T 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
24 June 2020 Y1 – Y5 all have online lessons (off site) 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
24 June 2020 Last Day of School – Only Year 6 students are in school for the Graduation:

Time Class Activity Cars In/Out
09:00 – 10:30 6T Students & Parents Only Graduation Ceremony 8:45 a.m. –

10:15 a.m.

10:30 – 12:00 6H Students & Parents Only Graduation Ceremony 10:15 a.m. –

11:45 a.m.

12:00 – 13:30 6G Students &  Parents Only Graduation Ceremony 11:45 a.m. –

13:15 p.m.

13:30- 15:00 6P Students & Parents Only Graduation Ceremony 13:15 p.m. –

14:45 p.m.

25 June 2020 Start of the Summer Holidays (N0 Classes)
25 June 2020 –

10 August 2020

Summer Holidays ( No Classes)
11 August 2020 School Resumes for Y2 – Y6 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
11 August 2020 School Resumes for Y1 (according to A / B Groups) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


The English Schools Foundation recently released the following dates for the Academic Year 2020 – 2021.

Please find below the term dates for Academic Year 2020 – 2021.   We suggest that you keep this in a place where you can easily access it for your reference.  If there are any changes to the schedule, we will inform you via the newsletter. This will also be posted on the website under Community, Academic Year Dates 2020 – 2021.


AUTUMN TERM BEGINS:  11 August 2020, Tuesday (8:30 a.m.)
ENDS:  11 December 2020, Friday  (2:40 p.m.)

HALF-TERM HOLIDAYS:  19 October 2020 (Monday)  –  23 October 2020 (Friday) Inclusive
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS:  14 December 2020 (Monday) –  01 January 2021 (Friday) Inclusive


01 October 2020 – Thursday National Day
02 October 2020 – Friday The day following Mid-Autumn Festival
05 October 2020 – Monday CPD Day (All ESF Schools)
26 October 2020 – Monday The day following Chung Yeung Festival
24 December 2020 – Thursday The day before Christmas Day
25 December 2020 – Friday Christmas Day
01 January 2021 – Friday New Year’s Day


SPRING TERM  BEGINS:  04 January 2021, Monday (8:30 a.m.)
ENDS:  26 March  2021, Friday (2:40 p.m.)

CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS:  11 February 2021 (Thursday)  –  19 February 2021 (Friday) Inclusive
EASTER BREAK  HOLIDAYS:  29 March 2021 (Monday) –  09 April 2021 (Friday) Inclusive


11 February 2021 – Thursday Start of ESF Chinese New Year’s Holiday
12 February 2021 – Friday Lunar New Year’s Day
15 February 2021 – Monday Fourth day of Lunar New Year
02 April 2021 – Friday Good Friday
05 April 2021 – Monday The day following Ching Ming Festival
06 April 2021 – Tuesday The day following Easter Monday


SUMMER TERM BEGINS:  12 April 2021, Monday  (8:30 a.m.)
ENDS:  30 June 2021, Wednesday  (2:40 p.m.)


19 May 2021 – Wednesday The Buddha’s Birthday
14 June 2021 – Monday Tuen Ng Festival


As of 12 June 2020
*   Please note the CPD Days of Bradbury School still to be decided


Your Opinion of Online Learning at Bradbury School [Term 3]

Dear Parents,

These have been an extraordinary few months. We are very grateful for all of your support as we have refined and improved our home learning programme.

As a school and as a Foundation, we would like to collect some of your reflections around what worked well for you, and what could have worked better.  We have all had to be flexible, adaptable, and agile over the last few months, and thank you for being so.  This survey will help us to identity elements that we can take forward and incorporate into our usual school


Thank you.
Sandra Webster

Returning School Chromebooks

By Steve Fennelly, Vice Principal

For those families who have borrowed Chromebook computers over the summer, please note:

If your child does NOT need to use the Chromebook for their online lessons on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and/or Wednesday 24th June, please return the Chromebook to the school office before the end of this term.

If your child DOES need to use the Chromebook on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and/or Wednesday 24th June,  please return the Chromebook to the school office between Thursday 25th June and Friday 3rd July.

There will be a Chromebook collection table in the entrance hall. When you bring the Chromebook back into school, please fill in the form on the table and slip it in between the screen and keyboard. Please also remember to bring along the plug!

Thank you for your help with this.


By Steve Fennelly, Vice Principal

You may recall that some months ago we sent an email concerning our new school app. In the interests of updating our systems and making our lines of communication more effective and efficient, we would like the app to be our main channel of communication from school to home next academic year.

The app has:

  • ‘Need to know’ messages and diary dates (these will include urgent messages about school closures due to weather or protests etc)
  • ‘Nice to know’ school news via social media
  • Useful contact names, emails and phone numbers
  • A link to ‘The Buzz’ – our school virtual learning platform
  • Your child’s timetables
  • Your child’s homework
  • The ability to quickly send absence emails to school (from school and the bus)

If you have children in other ESF schools, the app will automatically add them to your family account.

The app is ready for download now. Please search your app download area for ‘ESF App’.

We will continue to use email communication with parents for this term but will also send out the same messages by app. Our aim is that all communication will be via the app next year.

Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to log in. Please see below for instructions.

 How to configure and unlock the App

  • Enter any of the personal email addresses you registered with the ESF
  • Press Request unlock key
  • Wait for an email containing the unlock key code number
  • Enter the unlock key code number
  • Press Unlock

An attachment with further details was emailed to all families on Wednesday this week. If you have any further questions, please email me at


By Melody Chan, 4B Student

The earth is a home for all of us.
Creatures big and small.
We should protect and clean it,
Short flowers and trees tall.

Worms in our planet’s soil,
A butterfly…a bee
They are important pollinators,
And helpful to you and me.

Why so many landfills,
And reclaimed land?
We need to be kind to our planet
And lend a helping and hand.

We belong to a beautiful world
Use clean energy from the sun
A place for all animals and people,
Joy and health for everyone.

We need it to breath
So don’t pollute the air.
Walk or ride a bike
Take action to show we care.

Friends can work together
Keep plastics out of the sea
Reduce, reuse and  recycle
That is the key!

Immunisation Notice

By Lauren Lau, Health Professional

Despite a shortened term 3, the Government vaccinations will still go ahead as planned.  They have been scheduled to come to Bradbury on the following date:

June 16th 2020 Day A
Class Vaccination

Year 6 students are required to attend the vaccination only as needed and are not required to complete the consent/refusal forms for DTP as we already have them on file.

Library News

By Jane Thompson, Teacher Librarian and Connie Leung, Library Assistant

ESF has informed all school libraries that children are not permitted to borrow books over the next few weeks of the school term. We  would be very grateful if you could return any library books that your child has borrowed back to school. A huge thank you to all those families who have already returned books. We have a returns box ready at the door of the library for students to place their books.

Please note that automated reminders for overdue books will continue to be generated the day before your child is in school. Please help your child to find and pack their books ready for the school day.

Thank you for your help.

Summer Reading

Visit the websites below to find book suggestions for your child this summer.  Also find the links on the Bradbury Virtual Library on the Recommended Reading page.
  • https://www.booksfortopics.com/
  • https://imaginationsoup.net/start-here/
  • https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/
  • https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/100-best-books/
  • https://k-12readinglist.com/
  • https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/50-books-all-kids-should-read-before-theyre-12
  • https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/elementary
  • https://readingaustralia.com.au/level/primary/

PTA News

By Monica Brennand, PTA Chairperson &  Lin Gong, PTA Administrator

A couple of updates from the PTA!

Shop Opening Hours for Beginning of the School Year 2020 – 2021

For the convenience of parents, we have made special arrangements for the shop opening hours at the beginning of the new school year. We encourage the parents to purchase the uniforms and stationery early as it will be very crowded in the shop at the beginning of the new term. The PTA shop will be closed during summer holiday.

Open Date: August: 5, 6, 7, 10

(open from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.)

Our shop will open regularly Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. 11th August onwards.



Final reminder for bus applications, please send these in today if you have not already done so. For those who have submitted their bus applications, please remember to send in your payment as soon as you can.

Reminder, if we do not receive your bus application, your child will not be able to ride on the bus next term.

School Shop

The school shop will be closed from the 25th June and will re-open on the 5th August from 10am – 3pm. If you wish to purchase uniform and stationery please remember that the shop will be closed during the summer holidays.


Thank you to all our talented students who submitted their entries for the yearbook cover competition!!

Winners for the 2019/2020 yearbook:

Jayden Lin 6G

Praise Lo 4A

Yearbooks will be distributed early next week!

Recycling Performance Report

Student Drop-Off and Pick Up

In order to keep our students safe, could all parents who pick up their children from school by car please be reminded to not 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.  Our buses can occasionally find it very difficult, if not impossible, to leave the school gates due to cars being parked opposite the school gates.  Please ensure that this area is kept clear.

Please consider using the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road as the traffic coming down the hill can be moving very fast, on a corner.

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.

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Bradbury Newsletter - 12 June 2020.pdf