BRADBURY NEWSLETTER – 13 DECEMBER 2019
Greetings of the season to all of our wonderful Bradbury families!
It has been a great term and it is hard to believe that the Christmas break is here already. Over the year to date, our children have enjoyed exciting learning opportunities- assembly presentations, camps, field trips, as well as exciting and challenging learning opportunities in their classroom, as demonstrated by our excellent academic results. As a community, we have enjoyed the chance to get together also- at the picnic, the Winter Night Market, over a sausage sizzle or serving at the cake sales.
It has also been a tremendously challenging time for us as a city, and each Bradbury family has been impacted in some way by the protest action. We have however, pulled together and worked hard as a team to ensure that learning opportunities for our students continued.
I would like to thank each one of you, as you read this newsletter, for your unwavering support of our school. We are a school family who belong to a strong group of people and the value of this can never be overestimated. As your principal and as a staff, we value this tremendously.
My very best wishes to you for a peaceful break, full of the joy of family and special times. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, safe travels and see you back on the 6th January.
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.
|13 December 2019||LAST DAY OF TERM||2:40 p.m.|
|16 December 2019 –
03 January 2020 (inclusive)
|06 January 2020||Classes Begin for Term 2||8:30 a.m.|
|13 January 2020||Term 2 After School Activities Starts|
|14 January 2020||Year 3 / Year 4 Sports Day|
|16 January 2020||Year 5 Cake Sale||9:30 a.m. – 10:30|
|16 January 2020||Incoming Year 1 Interviews||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|16 January 2020||SIS Experience||8:30 a.m.|
|20 January 2020 –
21 January 2020
|Incoming Year 1 Interviews||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|22 January 2020||Chinese New Year Celebrations/
Lion Dance in School
|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.|
|06 February 2020||Year 6 Vaccinations|
|13 February 2020||School Production ( new date)|
|14 February 2020||4A/4B Class Assembly||8:45 a.m.|
|19 February 2020||Feeding the Homeless||TBC|
|20 February 2020||Year 4 Cake Sale||9:30 – 10:30 a.m.|
|21 February 2020||3C/3L Class Assembly||8:45 a.m.|
|28 February 2020||2E/2F Class Assembly||8:45 a.m.|
|04 March 2020||Parent Consultations 1||3:00 p.m.|
|12 March 2020||Parent Consultations 2||3:00 p.m.|
|13 March 2020||1P/1Z Class Assembly||8:45 a.m.|
|19 March 2020||Year 3 Cake Sale||10:00 a.m.|
|20 March 2020||4S/4V Class Assembly||8:45 a.m.|
|01 April 2020||Year 6 Exhibition||TBC|
|03 April 2020||Last Day of Term 2||—–|
|06 April 2020 –
17 April 2020
By Jane Thompson, Teacher Librarian and Connie Leung, Library Assistant
Merry Christmas from the library. Ms Leung and myself hope you have a fun festive season. A huge thank you to Joy Wood for our beautiful
Christmas Tree it is truly amazing!
To keep your children busy over the holidays we are running two competitions.
READING IN UNUSUAL PLACES
We will be running the Reading in Unusual Places competition again this year. We thought we would give the students plenty of notice so they can have a photo taken during the Christmas break or Chinese New Year Holiday. All entries will be displayed in a photo gallery in the library. Please note that you can only submit one photo per student. We recommend that you do not alter the image in any away e.g. cropping or re-sizing. We will endeavour to acknowledge your entry via return email. Please check with us if you don’t receive this email.
Email entries to me at email@example.com.
A sample of some entries
Make a movie of your favourite story or a short scene from your favourite book. You, your friends and family can star in it if you wish. The movie should be no more than 4 minutes long and should be sent to Mrs Thompson as an ‘imp4’ file (using an iPad to make the movie will be fine.) Take a look at some professional book trailers online to help inspire your creation!
There will be prizes for the most creative in both competitions. We will be accepting entries from Monday January 6th and the competition will close on Friday 3rd April.
Year 2 Trip to South Bay Beach
By Claudia Tarr, Year 2 Leader
As part of the unit of inquiry into “People’s actions can impact habitats” Year 2 students visited.
South Bay beach following a presentation at school by Living Oceans. At the beach the children enjoyed learning in an outdoor environment and took part in a scavenger hunt, environmental bingo and a nature art challenge.
DTP Vaccinations for Year 6 (2019-2020)
By Lauren Lau, Health Professional
Please note that the School Immunization Team of the Health Department, has been rescheduled to the 6th of February (Thursday) to offer the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Poliomyelitis (DTP) vaccination.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator
Our Year 6 students will be beginning to work on the Exhibition Unit of Inquiry in Term 2 which is the most important unit of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). In the lead up to this, students are inquiring into the UN Global Goals, their own passions and interests as well as personal strengths and weaknesses. The students’ will meet passionate Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and learn about the work these organisations do in our local community through an Agents of Change day at Kowloon Junior School. After identifying a passion/interest to focus on for the Exhibition, the students will be grouped and staff will work with them over the coming weeks to review important skills needed during the Exhibition through weekly mentor meetings.
What is the Exhibition?
The Exhibition Unit is an exciting opportunity for Year 6 children to exhibit and celebrate what they have learned throughout their Bradbury schooling. Students are expected to synthesise the essential elements of the PYP programme and share these with the school community. They identify passions/interests, investigate and offer solutions to real-life issues and problems while exhibiting the attributes of the PYP learner profile. In this unit, teachers and parents support students to utilise the many skills they have learnt throughout their primary schooling. It will be an expectation that students exhibit independence and will be given the opportunity to create their own plan for learning, to conduct learning activities, to demonstrate what they have learned and to assemble an exhibit where they can interact with an audience in a meaningful way about something that is important to the students themselves. Students are provided with opportunities to engage in action and are expected to reflect and apply their learning to choose appropriate courses of action and then carry it out.
During the exhibition there should be many opportunities for student leadership and ownership and an increased emphasis on:
- Flexible timetabling over an extended time frame
- Range of assessments developed with students
- Students reflecting and keeping evidence of their learning throughout the process
- Personal responsibility, management and accountability by students
- Community based inquiry, working with and presenting to the school and wider community
- Teacher as a facilitator and observer
- Utilising a range of teachers, mentors, advisors and specialists
- Student empowerment – direct student involvement in a selected issue and organization and presentation of the inquiry
The entire learning process is done in small, collaborative study groups according to PYP inquiry principles and practices. The nine-week unit ends with an impressive day, where all the students gather to share their work to an audience of students, invited guests and staff from ESF and Bradbury as well as, from several visiting schools and, of course, parents. This will take place on the 1st April, 2020.
This Week in PE!
By Ally Maclay, Head of PE and Sam Howing-Nicholls, PE Teacher
Girls Football Championships –
On Tuesday 3rd December 2019, Bradbury school competed in the Girls Football Championships hosted by Sha Tin Junior School at Kowloon Cricket Club. There were 19 teams, representing 16 schools overall, an amazing number of players from all corners of Hong Kong. Having finished 3rd in a pool following 2 early losses we went on to win a further 3 games! This meant we became the Bowl champions on the day! Every player worked so hard for the team in what was their first ever 7-a-side tournament. Congratulations and thank you to all students involved and thank you to Ms Pinelli for her coaching and expertise on the day!
Squad: Xanthe, Aprilia, Leah, Maddie, Grace, Charlotte W, Sophie Hill, Liora, Sophie Hufton.
Girls B Team Netball Tournament –
On Wednesday 4th December 2019, Bradbury school B Team Netball squad were in action at Wong Chuk Hang outdoor courts in Aberdeen. For some members of this team it was their first ever experience of a netball tournament and what a fantastic job they did! With 9 matches to play, at 8 straight minutes a half, the girls had a very busy afternoon! With a host of wins, draws and a couple of losses under their belt, the team grew in confidence with every playing minute. After the initial nerves were put aside the goals started flowing. The squad worked extremely hard for each other and with very little rest! Players were experiencing a host of positions and continued to improve their play with each game. Congratulations and well done to all involved.
Squad: Charlotte W, Annette, Grace, Valerie, Jocelyn, Nahla, Sophie Hill, Paeonia, Kristen.
Year 6 Sports Leaders –
It has been a busy week for the Y6 Sports Leaders! Wednesday saw 8 of our Sports Leaders travel to Wong Chuk Hang to help the organisation and running of the B and C team netball tournament that we co-hosted with Kennedy School. With 8 courts, match balls, score cards and fixtures to manage the students certainly were kept busy and their support during the tournament was invaluable. On Thursday afternoon the Sports Leaders were in action again but this time they were leading a Y2 Sports festival. The wind and the rain could not keep the students from what they had planned, and what an afternoon it was! There were 8 different sporting stations for the Y2 to rotate through, ranging from obstacle courses to fishes and sharks to partner throwing and catching. The planning of the event by the students, was excellent and the Sports Leaders excelled in front of Y2. A wonderful time was had by all. Thank you Y6 Sports Leaders for all your help, it is very much appreciated.
Y6 SL Team: Sophie Hufton, Ethan L, Harold, Ryder, Daniel S, Chor Xi, Jasmin, Natalie S, Cordelia, Charlize, Louis B, Kiran, Jackson, Jaime.
Girls A Team Netball Championships –
On Saturday 7th December 2019, Bradbury School A team Netball squad, travelled to Harrow School on Castle Peak Road for the annual Netball Championships. Following an extremely early start from the Valley, the girls found themselves in a very strong pool in which they finished in 3rd place. This provided further cross over games with other schools and more experience for the students to play in new positions and against new opposition. The girls all gave their very best during a challenging morning, and were a real credit to the school. Unfortunately on this occasion they did not place but still learnt a lot from the games to help in future competition and training. A huge thank you to the parents that travelled to support and Ms Balle and Mrs Thompson who were there coaching.
Squad: Sophie Hill, Xanthe, Maggie, Natalie S, Anvi, Charlotte W, Charlotte D, Paeonia, Nahla.
Get Redressed Impact Report 2019
By Nastasia Malatesta, Circular Fashion Programme Manager, Redress Limited
We are so pleased to share the fantastic results of our Get Redressed Month 2019 campaign with you in our Impact Report. Click here to download the Get Redressed Impact Report for 2020.
Your school collected a total of 256.15 kilograms of clothing, contributing to a whopping total of 15.4 tonnes of unwanted clothes collected during October 2019 alone. Whilst the volume of clothing collected throughout Get Redressed Month is a significant achievement, the true impact is the number of people, both young and old, who have engaged with the campaign to learn about the impact fashion has on our environment and drive a circular future for fashion.
Please will you circulate this email with your wider team, and if you have any questions about the Impact Report, our work, or anything else, please do reach out to us. Remember that our Educational Resources are available for download year-round on our new Get Redressed Campaign website.
Thank you for your support in 2019, and we look forward to working together in 2020.
All the best
Nastasia, Lauren and the Redress team
By Monica Brennand, PTA Chairperson & Lin Gong, PTA Administrator
A big thank you to everyone who came and made the Winter Night Market such an enjoyable evening!
We raised over HK$290,000 and will use this money to purchase air purifiers for the school in 2020.
Guess the LEGO
|Large jar had 710
Mini 3G – guessed 710
|Medium jar had 498
Charmaine 4A – guessed 499
|Small jar had 268
Bryan 4A guessed 271
Silent Auction & Raffle
Congratulations to James Taylor from Class 3C who sold 200 raffle tickets is now the proud owner of a brand new iPad!
|SILENT AUCTION WINNERS|
|1||Principals Car Park – Term 2||Daniel Green|
|2||Principals Car Park – Term 3||Daniel Green|
|3||Dinner for 4 at John Anthony||Natalia Hawkins|
|4||Dinner for 4 at Sip Song||Diana Lo|
|5||6 bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne||Ally McClay|
|Bradbury School Parent Teacher Association Limited|
|Bradbury School Night Market 29th November, 2019 – RAFFLES WINNERS|
|The lottery license number #4731|
|Ticket number||Ticket number||Ticket number|
|1st Prize||04388||13th Prize||06820||25th Prize||07418|
|2nd Prize||04821||14th Prize||05967||26th Prize||03270|
|3rd Prize||00446||15th Prize||06688||27th Prize||04988|
|4th Prize||07814||16th Prize||02365||28th Prize||08166|
|5th Prize||04379||17th Prize||04746||29th Prize||07414|
|6th Prize||08070||18th Prize||02940||30th Prize||05580|
|7th Prize||00297||19th Prize||02236||31st Prize||05930|
|8th Prize||08060||20th Prize||04813||32nd Prize||07687|
|9th Prize||07879||21st Prize||05763||33rd Prize||00796|
|10th Prize||05911||22nd Prize||03571||34th Prize||05347|
|11th Prize||00810||23rd Prize||07124||35th Prize||04760|
|12th Prize||02691||24th Prize||05563|
|Prizes may be claimed from the school up to 17th January 2019.|
|Prizes unclaimed after this date will be disposed of.|
Couple of important dates for 2020:
16th January – Year 5 Cake Sale
20th February – Year 4 Cake Sale
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the PTA Committee!
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:
ESF Sports, contact 2711 1280 or firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.esf.org.hk
Soccer & Basketball Training – Adventure Sports Academy Ltd, contact Eilis Cheung at 3998 4042 or
Sanskriti/Hindi Language Class – Brilliant Learning International Ltd., contact Geetanjali Dhar at 3563 4300 or
email@example.com website: www.sanskritiglobal.org
Chess Class & Camp – HoYinPingChess, contact Yin Ping Ho at 9215 2682 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
SeeWrite, Creative Writing, contact Vickie Yeung at 2559 9882 or email@example.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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