14 Jun 2019


Greetings to the Bradbury School Community

We have had a wonderful week of creative and energetic activities!

Thanks to our wonderful dancers who represented Bradbury at the ESF Evening of Dance on Tuesday night.  We all appreciate the hard work, practice and commitment taken to produce your outstanding dance routine.  Thanks also to Ms. Bremner and our Dance for Life Specialist, Victoria Akhurst.

Thanks also to our wonderful PTA who have organised and supervised the school discos, supported by our very own DJ, Mr. Fennelly.  Our children just love the discos!

Finally, we were awe struck by a performance by the band ‘Transition’.  Three boys from Bristol who speak fluent Putonghua – great role models for our students – speaking Chinese is ‘cool’.

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.

14 June 2019 (Friday) Year 5 – 6 Disco (School Hall) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
18 June 2019 (Tuesday) Parent Helpers’ Morning Tea 10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
21 June 2019 (Friday) Deadline for all Library Books to be returned
(Y1 – Year 5)
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
13 August 2019 (Tuesday) First Day of School (Year 2 to Year 6) 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
13 August 2019 (Tuesday) First Day of School for Year 1 Group A 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
14 August 2019 (Wednesday) First Day of School for Year 1 Group B 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
15, 19, August 2019 Year 1 Group A in School 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
16, 20, August 2019 Year 1 Group B in School 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
21, 22 August 2019 Both Year 1 Group A & B in school 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
23 August 2019 (Friday) Full Day for Year 1 Group A 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
26 August 2019 (Monday) Full Day for Year 1 Group B 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
27 August 2019 (Tuesday) Normal School Day for all Year 1 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
17 September 2019 (Tuesday) Parent Teachers Annual General Meeting TBC

Library News

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

Please see below deadlines for returning books.

Last day for borrowing was: Wednesday 5th June
Deadline for all books to be returned: Friday 14th June.
Please check your email this weekend to ensure your child does not have any overdue books to return.

Last day for borrowing: Friday 14th June
Deadline for all books to be returned: Friday 21st June

As you will appreciate we have 720 students all with loans. Please help your child to locate and return their books by the deadline. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Student Withdrawal

By John Ainsworth, Vice Principal

If you are withdrawing your child from Bradbury School at the end of this academic year, please complete the student withdrawal notice (click to download) and return it to the school’s Admissions Officer via email (admissions@bradbury.edu.hk) before 1st June 2019.

Otherwise, ESF will assume that your child is returning after the summer and parents will be liable to pay the tuition fees for September even if the child does not return to school.

Thank you from the Crossroads Foundation

Dear Ms Nicholls and friends at Bradbury School,

We are writing to thank you most sincerely for your kind
donation of uniforms, sportswear and sporting equipment to Crossroads. It is only because of people like you that we are able to help people in need, both locally within Hong Kong and

Yours sincerely,

Liz Begbie

Community Gardening Day

By the Environment Team

Thank you to all those families and teachers who helped on our first Bradbury Community Gardening day. It was great to share tips and work as a team to successfully repot many pots for around the school grounds. Our corridors look amazing!

This will be a regular event in the Bradbury School Calendar so please keep an eye out for our next one in Term One when we should be able to do some planting.

Part-time Gardener Wanted

We are currently looking for a Part-time Gardener to maintain our spaces.  The role will include:

  • Caring for the lush green wall we have around the school;
  • Watering potted plants along the corridors;
  • Replacing plants on a needs basis;
  • Pruning and maintaining the Lower Playground Garden.
  • Developing gardens

This is a paid position and the necessary applicant would need to be available for 10 hours per week.  If you are interested in this position, please contact Alan Tang at alan.tang@bradbury.edu.hk.

Lost and Found

By Therese Gallen, Vice Principal

We have accumulated a lot of unnamed lost property. If your child has lost any items of clothing – jumpers, shirts, socks, shoes, and drink bottles and lunch boxes, please collect them from the BLUE LOST AND FOUND BINS located around the school. It is important that you educate your child to be responsible for their own property. If your child loses an item, they need to retrieve it themselves by looking in the lost property bins.

The 9 blue lost and found bins are located in the following areas:

  • Lower ground
  • First floor on each ends of the corridor
  • Second floor on each ends of the corridor
  • Third floor on each ends of the corridor
  • Fourth floor on each ends of the corridor

Parents and students need to look through all the bins when searching for lost items as your child’s missing item could be in any of the bins, not just the one closest to their classroom. Please ensure you label each item of clothing, water bottles and lunch boxes as this allows property to be returned to your child if they lose it. All unclaimed items will either be disposed of or donated by the end of the school day on Friday 28 June  2019.


The Journey: An Exploration of Art

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

ESF recently showcased a number of students artworks around the theme ‘’The Journey: An exploration of Art’’.

This is the first time ESF had organised an exhibition celebrating the effort and many artistic talents of our students across all the ESF Schools. The following students were lucky to have art works selected to be showcased in the Exhibition.

Well Done!

Brianna Chan 1 Giraffe painting
Lea Leung 1 Giraffe painting
Clement Wong 1 Giraffe painting
Emilia Fung 1 Giraffe painting
Steven Zeng 1 Giraffe painting
Eva Park 1 Giraffe painting
Malachi O.,Warren W. 4 Sculpture – People in Motion
Catherine Z., Anya B 4 Sculpture – People in Motion
Zoe J., Charlotte W. 4 Sculpture – People in Motion
Hannah Song 4 Tessellation with grey/brown/dogs
Isabel Clark 4 Tessellation with blue/green/fish like
Ashleigh Yung 4 Rainbow coloured with face and smile 

ESF Chinese Talent Show 2019

By Jenny Chen, Head of Chinese Department

Native Chinese Speaker

Poem Recital

First Prize Meile Wang
Native Chinese Speaker

Poem Recital

First Prize Sophia Ling
Native Chinese Speaker

Story – telling

First Prize Tongtong Lai
Native Chinese Speaker

Story – telling

First Prize Jennie Huang
Native Chinese Speaker

Chinese Character Pinyin Input

First Prize Sophia Ling
Native Chinese Speakers

Poem Recital

First Prize Tiger Wang Chu Xiang
Non Native Chinese Speakers

Hard Pen Calligraphy

First Prize Chang-il Im
Native Chinese Speaker

Hard Pen Calligraphy

Second Prize Ashley Kwok
Native Chinese Speaker

Hard Pen Calligraphy

Second Prize Jennie Huang
Non Native Chinese Speakers

Story – telling

Second Prize Emma Alexander
Native Chinese Speakers

Poem Recital

Second Prize Eva Zhou
Native Chinese Speakers

Story – telling

Second Prize Adrian Ngai Chun Ting
Native Chinese Speakers

Story – telling

Second Prize Tiger Wang Chu Xiang
Non Native Chinese Speakers

Chinese Character Pinyin Input

Second Prize Ariane Crane
Native Chinese Speaker

Story – telling

Second Prize Lam Yeuk Joshua Chan
Native Chinese Speakers

Story – telling

Third Prize Eva Zhou
Native Chinese Speakers

Chinese Character Pinyin Input

Third Prize Annette Wong
Native Chinese Speaker

Writing in Stroke Order

Third Prize Stella Wang
Native Chinese Speaker

Poem Recital

Third Prize Tongtong Lai
Native Chinese Speaker

Story – telling

Second Prize Sophia Ling
Native Chinese Speaker

Story – telling

Second Prize Chester Chung Ching Ting
Native Chinese Speaker

Poem Recital

Third Prize Yi Man Daisy Wu
Chinese Character Pinyin Input Third Prize Chester Chun Ching Ting
Most Talent Award Tong Tong Lai
Most Talent Award Sophia Ling

Could all the winners please collect your trophies according to the specified date and time. Appointment is not required.

领奖日期 Collection Date :15/06/2019(星期六)

领奖时间 Collection Time :9:00 am – 4:00 pm

领奖地点 Venue :香港鰂鱼涌英皇道1063号25楼  ESF Centre, 25/F, 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

I also would like to extend my appreciation to all the participants for taking part in the event and making Bradbury School win the Excellence in Participation Award.

Last but not the least, I would like to congratulate all the teachers who have supported and trained all the participants. Without the time and effort you put in, the competition would not be as successful as it was.

Green Earth

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

The NGO Green Earth visited Bradbury School to talk to the Year 3 students, Action Agents and the Year 5 and 6 Student Councillors about pollution and waste.

The Year 3 students presented Mr. Lau with a cheque for $20, 457.00 which was money the students had raised through their recent Market Day. The money will be put towards helping existing community education projects and advocacy works.

The action agents met with Mr. Lau afterwards to discuss where to take action next for Bradbury in terms of Zero Waste.

Medical Room:  Head Lice

By Lauren Lau, School Health Professional

We have recently found students in school that have head lice. We request that you please look through your child’s hair and check for signs of infestation. Main symptoms of head lice infestation are:

  • An itchy scalp from the bites of the lice. These bites may become infected, may appear red or crusty.
  • Check for grey/ reddish brown live head lice.
  • Lice are small about the size of a sesame seed.
  • Lice crawls quite fast, making them hard to spot.
  • Check for nits, lice eggs, attached to child’s hair.
  • Check for oval shaped nits, usually a yellowish- white colour, firmly attached to side of hair shafts.

Following are some guidelines for the screening and symptoms of head lice.

Screening of Head lice:

  • Work under good light, a magnifying glass can be used for greater clarity.
  • Divide the hair into sections and fasten off the hair that is not currently being screened.
  • Use a fine comb, and comb through the same section of hair and look for attached nits (lice eggs). Nits are generally laid close to the head but can be found anywhere on the hair shaft.  (Especially behind the ears / base of head.)
  • Go through a section of hair starting at the scalp and proceeding to the end of the hair shaft.
  • The removal of eggs is important to prevent head lice from hatching again.

Cleaning Instructions:

Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that the infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry–cleaned.

If you find any of these symptoms, please treat the condition immediately. Medication to control head lice is readily available from pharmacies in Hong Kong. Children should remain at home until the infestation has been treated.  Please note, school has no control over the treatment of head lice – we need all parents to co-operate and check/treat their children.

Thank you for your help with this.

P.T.A. News

By Kelly Xu, P.T.A. Chairperson, and Lin Gong, Bradbury School P.T.A. Limited

PTA Bus Route and Application 2019-2020

Shop Opening Hours for Beginning of the School Year 2019 – 2020

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: 7, 8, 9, 12 from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Our shop will open regularly Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. 13th August onwards.

For inquiries:

Email pta@bradbury.edu.hk
Tel 2893-2256

Diary of a Ming Dynasty Voyager

By Anwita Kalidindi, 6B – Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019

July 11th, 1405

Today is the day. We set sail to brand new regions on Earth. There is a man on this ship named Zheng He and apparently, by the looks of things, is now in command. I surprisingly am not too stressed! But, in a few hours, we will be on a ship, with others around us, and we will finally have to say our goodbyes to the warm, fresh grass…

We have finally set sail, not only our ship but a fleet of ships. Our ship’s Captain, Zheng He, is giving us orders left and right! Still, my heart is pounding with excitement! I am happy to be setting sail, but I am missing my homeland. I just hope that my family will be safe without me. There’s always danger in the territory that we live in, and I do not know if wondering off of land will help with the situation. What if something happens to them? I will constantly be worried but I need to leave them behind. But, I have to focus on the journey ahead of me.

July 23rd, 1405

It has been a few days since I have been off of the main island, and life on board has been exhilarating. My eyes are practically running in circles. Am I meant to feel this way so early on in sailing? As a voyager? The others do not look as pale as I am and I do not understand why that is, but I am clearly seeing it with my own eyes. For protective measures I might stand near the edge of the ship. I do not feel well.

I cannot stand being on this foolish, creaky moving invention anymore! All these people are mad here! They are not showing any expressions, emotions, nothing! Captain Zheng He is doing a horrible job of sailing in a straight line, Navigator is doing an alright job. I on the other hand, as Quartermaster, am doing an exceptional job of being in charge of carrying out the captain’s orders, the Bosun is doing a cruddy job of keeping this ship in shape ready for longer and harder travels. The Cooper is doing a cheap job of keeping all the barrels with our ships valuables safe! I wish I was a carpenter; I wouldn’t have to do anything right now! Our ships are supposedly “just fine” so we would not need to polish them up. Whoever is currently the carpenter is having the most effortless life! We have a few healers here in their sleeping quarters if needed. Our goal is not to get into any sorts of violence while we are out here, but, if someone has surely caught an illness, we will have people who know what to do.

August 1st, 1405

I am missing my family. I miss talking to my brothers and I miss the flavourful aroma of fresh dumplings that my mother made. I believe I am homesick. I am sore from previous chores, and there seem to be more and more as the days pass. I tend to feel isolated at times. I attempt to converse with others but they steer clear of me. What shall I do? I might as well request Captain Zheng He for any new chores that need to be done. I can only hope that it will not be something that gives me more pain.

August 13th, 1405

The skies have darkened in the past few days, and I feel a slight uneasiness. Is trouble arising? I do not have much knowledge about the weather but there has been news from others saying a storm could arrive. I hope it will not affect us harshly. The weather looks like it is going to change rapidly, and that surely isn’t acceptable.

The weather is not getting better by the second. The storm is just getting stronger, and stronger, from every wind it blows. The crew and I do not know what to do. Do we just sit the storm out? By camping on nearby shore? Or do we keep going, risking our lives by sailing across the dangerous waters…

“Long, long ago, there were many, many ships that had set sail, trying to conquer the world.” Was that the beginning of a story that was going to be told to the young and to the old, once our fleet of ships travel across the waters together, and discover new places? I think so!

August 15th, 1405

The weather has gotten better, so I am starting to relax a little bit! My heart has stopped pumping at literally the speed of lightning! Get it? I made a little joke! Storm, lightning, haha…

Again, the weather has cleared up! So, I will not make a big deal of it anymore! But, I still do not understand how it could just clear up so quickly! Not that I want it to come back again, but..

August 17th, 1405

The scenery around us has still not changed these past few days, which I expected before setting sail. Now, away from the talk about scenery, is there an evil in the waters? The ship is going, UP, AND DOWN, UP, AND DOWN. I do not wish to fall overboard!!

Rock, are hitting our ship. Sadly – a few people have fallen off the ship, and I feel I am to soon join them in meeting my end…

The ship has suddenly tilted to the right, and all the members on the ship have slid across the deck, all falling right into place next to me. I am right on the edge; there is so much weight on me from the others in the crew. The sea has prevailed.

I am giving you to the sea. I might never  see you again……. but, I will miss you ver- ry much…

Christopher’s Big Dream

By Charlize Cheung, 5T – Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019

Christopher had a big dream.

It was to ride on a boat.

Every night he dreamed of it, and finally, unexpectedly, his chance came.


You might think, “ Why does he want to go on a boat so much?”

The reason was that his father was a fisherman. Every night, when he came home, he would tell Christopher about all the things he saw when he was fishing for sea animals on the King’s boats in the sunset.


Christopher was always fascinated by the king’s boats. That’s why he wanted to be on a boat so much. One day his father came triumphantly home early from work and said,  “ The king wants me to be his personal fisherman to catch fish for his meals. And, I got a private boat for us to use!”

“Can we go on it now? Please?” begged Christopher. His father, startled by his enthusiasm, hid it by saying firmly “Not now Christopher, it’s late.”


The next morning, his parents were startled awake by the banging on the door. “Come on!” Christopher shouted, “ Let’s go and see the boat!” So they hurriedly set off to have a quick glance of the boat before his father went to work.


After having a quick look, he convinced his parents to let him stay a little longer to have a proper look of the ship, his father wrote down the rules and left him with his mother. Christopher explored the four corners of the ship. It was amazing, everything they needed and wanted was in the ship, and each one reminded him of a happy memory. The fake jewels reminded him of the pirate stories his father used to read to him before bedtime and, the cannon reminded him of his old toy castle with toy soldiers and weapons, etc.


That night, Christopher had a weird dream. First it was of him and his parents on a ship, peacefully sailing out sea.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, came a giant dark whirlpool, crushing the boat and sucking him in. He screamed and screamed till he could shout no more and woke up panting with sweat dripping down his back. Then, he rolled over, went back to sleep and totally forgot about the dream.


Early in the next morning, Christopher followed his father to work. He jumped up and down and ran around impatiently as they slowly made their way along the street. “Hurry up!” He shouted, as he ran towards the pier.


It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the fish were jumping, their colourful scales reflecting on the water. It was all very peaceful until ….


A rumble of thunder shook the boat off course into the dark, rolling waves on the cold, salty water. Christopher hung on for dear life but he was still flung around the cabin. Then, it was all still. Christopher crept out of the cabin and onto the deck. He had misunderstood the stillness, the waves had eased but the wind was as worst as EVER!!! He was thrown around the ship as he desperately tried to grab on to something solid. He slid down to the edge of the boat and grabbed onto the edge, then he got sucked into the whirlpool, he screamed and screamed like in his dream. Then, he knew no more.

As he spiraled deeper and deeper into the abyss, a pod of dolphins carried him gently to a concealed magical island where they laid him on a bed of blossoms and feathers.


Meanwhile, his parents were frantically looking for him. They screamed and shouted but he never came. They even hunted for him around the ship but couldn’t find him. In the end, his parents soberly gave up and kept on sailing forward.


When Christopher woke up, he found a strong, young Morgan mare with big, soulful eyes looking at him. Then it said in a musical voice “My name is Autumn and this is my story.”

“Long ago, when I was a little foal, my family, friends and I lived on a happy, peaceful island named Calypso. One day, a huge storm struck our island and pulled us into the sea. We tried to swim but couldn’t keep our heads above the water. A huge wave came down on us and everyone drowned except me. I was washed up on this island and  have lived here ever since that day.”


“That’s strange” said Christopher, “I fell off the ship and lost my parents too! Maybe we should be friends!”


“I’d love to be friends with you; it’s been so long since I spoke to anyone except animals on the island. Everything is very cozy here and I’m sure you’ll settle in.”


“I know I will. But I’m quite homesick and I miss my parents!”, said  Christopher sadly.

“I know how you feel,” said Autumn softly.  “ I miss my parents too, but you’ll just have to cope until they find you.”


So the days went by. Every day they played and explored the island together and every night he slept on a feather bed. Christopher had so much fun that he didn’t realise that almost a month had passed.


One night, Christopher had a strange dream, he dreamed that his parents were on the shore of the island calling to him and embracing him. Tears of joy were streaming down their faces.

Then he saw them building a big farm and living there.


The next morning, he saw two figures on the beach. His parents ran towards him, happiness and tears of joy shone on their faces as they hugged him. Christopher asked them a question he had been thinking about ever since his dream, “Can we live on this island please?”

“I don’t see why not, “replied his father. So they sailed back home to buy supplies and built a large farm for the animals to take shelter on the island.


How come everything I dream about comes true? wondered Christopher. As they settled down safe and sound for years to come.

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

Fabric Art, Fabric Design, Crafting & Creative Sewing – Alifya Kasubhai, contact at 9281 5290 or contact@fabricart-hk.com website: www.fabricart-hk.com

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

Singing, Acting, Dancing – Ballet, Jazz, Tap Dance – CentreStage Studios HK Ltd., contact Imogen Taylor or Kaijah Bell at 5236 7960 or 2689 2272 or admin@centrestagestudioshk.com website:  www.centrestagestudioshk.com

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

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.