15 Feb 2019


Greetings to our Bradbury School community

I trust that you had a wonderful CNY Celebration.  Thank you to all parents who came along to our Lion Dance and/or to our day of activities to welcome in the Year of the Pig.

It appears that the flu season is behind us now, which is good news.  Can I please ask that you stay diligent in helping us to keep it that way, by keeping your child home if they are unwell and by seeking medical advice if you suspect your child is showing flu symptoms.

Thank you for supporting our Action Day drive.  We are gathering packs of honey, canned food, cooking oil and a drink in preparation for our Action Day on 3 May.  Please keep the donations coming in!

My best to you all.


Sandra Webster

Chinese New Year Celebration 2019

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.

18 February 2019 (Monday) Parent Consultations Booking opens on Gateway —-
21 February 2019 (Thursday) Year 3 Cake Sale 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
25 February 2019 (Monday) Year 1C Trip to Tamar Park
26 February 2019 (Tuesday) Year 4 Sports Day
27 February 2019 (Wednesday) Year 1ZC to Tamar Park
01 March 2019 (Friday) 2T/2A Class Assembly
05 March 2019 (Tuesday) Parent Consultations 1 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
13 March 2019 (Wednesday) Parent Consultations 2 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
15 March 2019 (Friday) CPD Day (No Classes) —-
21 March 2019 (Thursday) Year 2 Cake Sale 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
22 March 2019 (Friday) Year 5C/5B  Macau Trip (Group 1 )
22 March 2019 (Friday) 2F/2K Class Assembly
28 March 2019 (Thursday) Feeding People in Need TBC
29 March 2019 (Friday) Year 5T/5F Macau Trip (Group 2)
04 April 2019 (Thursday) ESF Primary Choral Concert 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
09 April 2019 (Tuesday) Year 6 P.Y.P EXHIBITION
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) School Resumes 8;30 a.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)

13 May 2019 (Monday) Buddha’s Birthday – No Classes —–
14 May 2019 (Tuesday) Year 3 Market Day 9:00 a.m.
16 May 2019 (Thursday) Sausage Sizzle 12:00 noon
23 May 2019 (Thursday) Y5/Y6 Student Led Conference
29 May 2019 (Wednesday) Y3/Y4 Student Led Conference
30 May 2019 (Thursday) Year 1 Cake Sale 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
04 June 2019 (Tuesday) Y1/Y2 Student Led Conference
06 June 2019 (Thursday) CPD Day – No Classes —–
07 June 2019 (Friday) Dragon Boat (Tuen Ng)  Festival – No Classes —–
28 June 2019 ( Friday) Summer Term Ends ( 12 noon dismissal) 12:00 noon

Preparing for Action Day 2019

By Carol Farrington – Action Coordinator and Amanda Bremner – PYP Leader

Our goal for Action Day, is for each student to donate 5 packs of the 4 items (honey, cooking oil, a nutritious drink and canned food with a ring pull) for distributing to the poor within Hong Kong.

How can parents develop children’s skills and attitudes to empower them to get in making a difference to the lives of others?

This is Lily Cook’s account of how she and her family are helping with this school action, by first taking action at home:

“I did three chores a week, and I got 60 dollars for all of my chores. There were three jars, the Smile Jar, the Splurge Jar, and the Giving Jar. The Smile Jar was for saving up for things, the Splurge Jar was to spend money on things for that week, and the Giving Jar was for giving money to people in need.

My Mum and I came up with the idea of using my Giving Jar money for the school action, so I put 30 dollars into my Giving Jar, 15 dollars in my Smile Jar, and 15 dollars in my Splurge Jar. A can is about 15 dollars, so every week I put in 30 dollars so I can buy two cans of food for the school action.”

And, Sophie Hufton says,

“The way I am doing my packages is that for every food pack I buy, my mum or dad will buy the same amount of packs as me.”

Maybe your family has a different way of involving your children. We will be happy to receive your child’s description which we may publish in the Bradbury News to inspire others.


Honey Collected:  322 Target: 4,000
Nutritious Drinks Collected:  370 Target:  4,000
Cooking Oil Collected:  454 Target:  4,000
Canned Food Collected:  452 Target:  4,000

Each class has a target number that they are working towards collecting so the students can take the food items to their classroom and increase their class total!  If parents choose to send cheques of $150 or more towards food donation instead of bringing in actual items, please make them payable to ‘Bradbury School’.  Please write the child’s name, class, and “Food Pack for Action Day” on the back.

We will keep you informed of the progress towards our goal as we move closer to our special day of action.

So… let’s carry on collecting!!!

ESF Chinese Talent Show 2019

By Jenny Chen, Head of Chinese Department


We are happy to announce that the Chinese Talent Show is coming back in May and would like to invite all ESF primary and secondary students to join the event.

Event Date: 18 & 25 May 2019 (Sat)

Registration Deadline: 3 March 2019 (Sun)

Participants: Primary & secondary students of age 5-16

Venue for Primary Groups: ESF Kennedy School, ESF Quarry Bay School, ESF Renaissance College, Australian International School Hong Kong

Venue for Secondary Groups: ESF Renaissance College

The Chinese Talent Show includes individual and group events. There are 2 competitions groups under individual events: “Native Chinese Speakers” and “Non-native Chinese Speakers”. Each group is further divided into different age groups and each participant can choose up to 4 competition items of individual events. Group event is limited to one group per school with 4 to 6 students in a group and participants are grouped according to their age only.

For details of the competition, please visit the website:  www.esf.edu.hk/chinese-talent-show-2019 .

For online registration and fee payment, please click on the link: https://www.formget.com/app/form/share/pWRV-316021

If you have any enquiries regarding the Show, you are welcome to contact chinesetalentshow@esfcentre.edu.hk.

Year 6 Exhibition

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

PYP update

Our Year 6 students are beginning to work on the Exhibition Unit of Inquiry which is the most important unit of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). In the lead up to this, students have been inquiring into their own passions and interests as well as personal strengths and weaknesses. The students’ recently met passionate Non

Government Organisations (NGOs) and learn about the work these organisations do in our local community. 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 9th April, 2019.

Gateway Parent Consultation Booking

By John Ainsworth, Vice Principal

Parent Consultations for Term 2 will be organised on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 05th March 2019 (3pm-6.30pm)
  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 (3pm-6.30pm)

The Gateway Parent Consultation Booking system will be open for Parents to book appointments from 18th February to 04th March 2019.  If you wish to secure an appointment please log onto Gateway and book a time that is convenient for you.

Visit from HK Based NGOs

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

The Year 6 students recently had visits from several HK based NGOs. The students wanted to find out what they do, who they help and what action they can take to help.

Library News

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


Don’t forget that we are running the Reading in Unusual Places competition again this year. We thought we would give the students plenty of notice so they can submit photos taken during the Christmas break or Chinese New Year Holiday.  The competition opened on Monday January 7th and will close on Friday 15th  March. The three winners will have their photos published in the Bradbury School Yearbook. 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. If you are sending the photo from an iphone then select ‘original’ on the size options drop down menu. We will endeavour to acknowledge your entry via return email. Please check  if you don’t receive this email.

Email entries to me at jane.thompson@bradbury.edu.hk.

Immunisations: Year 1 and Year 6 Students

By Lauren Lau, Health Professional

MMR and Varicella

The School Immunization Team of the Health Department, will visit our school on the 25th of March 2019 (Monday) to offer the measles, mumps and rubella, and Varicella vaccination for Year 1 students.

Please fill in either the consent/refusal form, and return it to the medical room before  March 18 Monday (Year 1).

MMR and Hepatitis B Vaccination will also be offered for Years 6 on 15th of May (Wednesday).  The vaccination which the nurses provide is funded by the Hong Kong Government, and does not require a fee.

Please fill in either the consent/refusal form, and return it to the medical room before  May 10th Monday (Year 6) .

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.

The forms have been distributed to the Year 1 and Year 6 classes.  If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Fred Hollows Humanity Award 2019

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

The Fred Hollows Foundation is proud to announce that The Humanity Award 2018-2019 is now open for applications from Upper Primary students (P4 to P6).  The Award celebrates students who make a positive difference in their community.

Parents interested in submitting evidence if their child is involved in charitable works or actions helping others, please submit them via email to Amanda.Bremner@Bradbury.edu.hk by 15 March 2019.

More details can be found at https://www.hollows.org/hk/fred-hollows-humanity-award .

P.T.A. News

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

Year 3 Cake Sale

The Year 3 cake sale will be held on Thursday, 21st  February 2019.  We would be grateful if each Year 3 Student could contribute one dozen (only) individual sized cakes for this event. Please have your child deliver the cakes to the school hall on Thursday morning. If you would like your container returned, please clearly label both the top and bottom with your child’s name and class. Please remember:



Although brownies and cupcakes are very popular, there is a school wide focus on health this year. To encourage children to make healthier choices we would love to see some alternatives that more nutritious and lower in sugar.

Volunteers – we require 9 helpers on the day between 9:30am  and 11:00am, please email your class parent or the PTA at pta@bradbury.edu.hk or call 2893 2256 if you can help.

If you would like your child/children to buy a cake, please provide them with $10 and they will have an opportunity to buy a cake at morning break on Thursday.

* The PTA Committee has two vacancies open. Parents who are interested to join the PTA committee as a
member, please contact PTA  at pta@bradbury.edu.hk

Environmental/Sustainability Expert

By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator


A parent or member of the Bradbury School Community with expertise in Greening, Sustainability or Environmental knowledge to help lead the school forward in their efforts to become a green school.

Please contact Ms. Fritzi in the school office if this is something you are interested in helping us coordinate.

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.