18 Aug 2017

Bradbury Newsletter 18th August 2017

Dear Parents,

A very warm welcome back to you all for the new academic year.  It has been wonderful to see all of our students’ smiles and joy at being back at Bradbury.  I trust that this year of partnership with you will be rich and memorable, as together we support your child on their learning journey. 

In addition to the new families joining us, we also welcome the following staff:

  • Steve Bemet – 5B
  • Tracy Fleming – 2F
  • Rebecca Ryder – 2R
  • Matthew Baker – Educational Assistant
  • Vivian Cheung – Educational Assistant
  • Kalpana Gywali – Educational Assistant
  • Maria Lee – Educational Assistant
  • Sue Yang – Educational Assistant
  • Sam Wong – Site Manager
  • Marco Tse – Assistant Site Manager

Our annual school family picnic will be held on September 15 (tbc).  This is an informal welcome to the new year in order to give everyone the opportunity to meet other parents and staff in a casual social setting.  It is always a great night, so please mark it in your diary.

Thank you.

Sandra Webster


To those members of our community who have friends or family in Spain, we offer our heartfelt condolences for the recent tragic events.  We hope your loved ones are safe and well.

Important Dates




25 August 2017 (Friday) Registration for After School Activities Closes (Y3-Y6)
28 August 2017 (Monday) After School Activities Start 3:00 p.m.
28 August 2017 (Monday) Year 5/ Year 6 Parent Introductory Meeting 5:00 p.m.
29 August 2017 (Tuesday) Year 3/ Year 4 Parent Introductory Meeting 5:00 p.m.
30 August 2017 (Wednesday) Year 1/ Year 2 Parent Introductory Meeting 5:00 p.m.
01 September 2017 (Friday) ESF Central Applications Open for Y1 Placement 2018-2019 All Day
04 September 2017 (Monday) ESF Primary to Secondary transfer request open on Gateway All Day
08 September 2017 (Friday) CPD DAY – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS —–
08 September 2017 (Friday) Parents’Meeting (Time to be confirmed) 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
12 September 2017 (Tuesday) South Island School Open Day All Day
15 September 2017 (Friday) Bradbury School Family Picnic 5:00 p.m.
18 September 2017 (Monday) Feeding People in Need 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
21 September 2017 (Thursday) Year 6 P.T.A. Cake  Sale 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
22 September 2017 (Friday) Island School Decant Parent Meeting (Island School) 6:00 p.m.
25 September 2017 (Monday) P.T.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 6:00 p.m.


Mission and Vision Review

One of the biggest priorities for us this year is the review of our Mission and Vision.

This is important because these statements are a reflection of our aspirations, goals, dreams, wishes, values and beliefs around what we want for our students over the coming years.  On a day to day basis, they serve as the touchstone of all our decisions.  Our current statements have served us well, but it is time to review these, in order to ensure that they reflect our community beliefs and values as well as reflect the changes in educational thought.

Therefore, I would like to invite you to a parents’ meeting on Friday 8 September at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (TBC) to have your input into these very important statements.

The meeting will be facilitated by Nick Phillips and will be held in the school hall.  Teachers will be doing some initial work from 8:30AM-12:00PM, then will be joined by parents and representatives from the School and Student Council in the afternoon.

Sandra Webster – Principal

Parent Introductory Meetings 2017/18

We have been delighted with the smooth start to the 2017/18 school year. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you throughout the year.

As part of our Assessment, Recording and Reporting process (ARR), you are invited to meet your child’s new teacher to receive information about the curriculum for 2017/18, general information about classroom procedures, how you can support your child at home and an overview of our goals and priorities for the year. At Bradbury School, we greatly value our parent partnership and believe that strong school/home links enhance the education of our children. In order to ensure common home/school understandings, it is important that you attend these sessions which will be held on the following dates:

Monday 28th August 2017: Y5 & Y6 (5.00-6.00pm)

Tuesday 29th August 2017: Y3 & Y4 (5.00-6.00pm)

Wednesday 30th August 2017: Y1 & Y2 (5.00–6.00pm)

I am sure you will appreciate that this particular forum is not conducive to a confidential individual consultation.  However, should you wish to meet individually with the teacher on another occasion, you are welcome to do so by mutual agreement.

Limited car parking will be available in the playground. 

I look forward to meeting you all.

Sandra Webster – Principal

Action at Bradbury School

Thanks again to all those families that have participated in various community action events last year. This year, we will once again be holding regular events for our community to participate in and we hope that more families will be involved. These events are a great way to help others who are less fortunate through hands on feeding experience and allow our students to reflect on their personal situations. Our events are organised by Sunshine Action, an NGO that Bradbury has had a long term relationship with. Please find below a list of dates for action events in the upcoming school year:

  • Feeding people in need Monday 18th September 6.15pm -7.30pm Nam Cheung
  • Feeding people in need Monday 30th October 6.15pm to 7.30pm Nam Cheong
  • Hike for Hunger Sunday 21st January Quarry Bay (Start point) 9.00am
  • Feeding people in need Monday 27th Feb 6.15pm – 7.30pm Nam Cheung

These events will be advertised through the school newsletter and interested families will be able to sign up via Ms. Fritzi in the school office.

Amanda Bremner – PYP Coordinator

Programme of Inquiry (P.O.I.)

This school year’s Programme of Inquiry (POI) can now be accessed through the school website.  Each year group has a carefully designed Program of Inquiry which integrates the six Primary Years Programme (PYP) transdisciplinary themes from the IB with the ESF curriculum framework. The six IB transdisciplinary themes are:

  • Who we are – An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human. 
  • How the world works – An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
  • Sharing the planet  An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
  • How we organise ourselves – An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
  • How we express ourselves – An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. 
  • Where we are in place and time – An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

We will be holding a PYP Parent Information Session in the coming weeks. Details coming soon.

Application for Sibling Places (Year 1 – 2018/19) and Year 7 Places



Sibling Application (born in 2003) for Y1 Placement (2018-19): ESF Central Application open 01-30 September 2017

Gateway Application for Y7 Placement (2018-19): open to Y6 parents on Gateway 04-15 September 2017


Allocation for secondary school will be determined by their residential zone at the start of Year 6. For further details, parents should refer to the information available on the ESF website at http://www.esf.edu.hk/year6-to-year7-key-dates/ for key dates and http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-zones for school zones. All newly joined Y6 are guarantee a Y7 place but not necessarily for the school of zone.  Please note that there is a new statement added on the website which states that ESF reserves the right to redirect students based on majority of transferring cohorts in primary school should there be overcapacity at any of the secondary schools.


Y7 Offer letters will be sent to parents from the respective secondary schools in early December and the Y7 deposit payment deadline to secure their secondary school place is Friday 15 December 2017.

John Ainsworth – Vice Principal and Julie Wong – ESF Admissions

Learning Technologies

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a fantastic break and that there were not too many issues over ‘screen time’ over the break!

In the next week, your child will be bringing home our ICT Responsible Use Agreement. This is in place in order to ensure that all of our students are aware of how to use our electronic devices and the internet responsibly and effectively.

We would appreciate it if you could take the time to go through the Learner Profile based agreements with your child. Once you have discussed the statements, please sign and return the agreement to your class teacher.

On another matter, you may have some questions on how to make browsing the internet safer for your children. Please find below sections from an article from ‘Common Sense Media’ on how to personalise your browsers to help to do this. The full article can be found at the link at the bottom of the article. I hope that you will find it useful.

Steve Fennelly – Vice Principal and Learning Technologies Leader

Create a more kid-friendly online experience with smart tweaks to your internet browser.

By Caroline Knorr 6/6/2016

If you’re wondering which parental controls to install on your desktop, laptop, or tablet, the answer might be right at your fingertips — literally! The top three internet browsers — Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari — each offer settings and add-ons to help make your kid’s online experience more age-appropriate. With a few tweaks, you can block sites, filter search results, and even create a white list of sites that are OK for your kid.

As helpful as they are, though, parental control settings are just one piece of the keeping-kids-safe-online puzzle. And the settings will require tweaks as your kids get older. You’ll probably want stricter settings when your kids are just starting to go online and gradually ease up as your kids need fewer protections. Most importantly, talk to your kids about responsible online behaviour — and model it, too. Together, explore ways to customize the tools your kids use for school, entertainment, and socializing. Learning how to use technology appropriately and discovering how to make it work for your needs are key to getting the best out of technology — while minimizing risks. (Learn more about setting parental controls.)

Set up Google SafeSearch

SafeSearch filters out the most sketchy websites and images, and it’s a good first step in keeping the web a safe place for kids to explore. You’ll need a Gmail account and be logged in to set up SafeSearch, and you’ll need to set it up for each browser and device you use. Make sure each browser uses Google as its search engine; follow the instructions below to check.

In Google Chrome

Easy, Free Browser Hacks to Make the Internet Safer for Your Kid

  • Click on Menu (at the top right of your browser window, the Menu usually appears as three parallel lines; it should say “Customize and control Google Chrome”).
  • Click Settings, then scroll down to Search.
  • Under where it says “Set which search engine is used when searching from the omnibox,” the drop-down should say Google.
  • Next, click on your account (the icon on the top right). Click on My Account, then click on Personal Info and Privacy. Under Your Personal Info, scroll down and click on Search Settings. Under SafeSearch filters, select Turn on SafeSearch and then Lock SafeSearch. Here, you can password-protect the SafeSearch setting.

Swap out the search engine for a kid-friendlier one

Kid browsers or search sites offer an extra layer of protection for kids roaming the internet, because they come with built-in parental controls and can be easier for younger kids to use.

In Google Chrome

  • Click the Menu icon and click Settings. Scroll down to Search. Click on “Manage search engines.” At the bottom of the new window that opens, you’ll see a box that says “Add a new search engine.” Here, you can put in any kid-friendly search you like — for example, one of these. Once you’ve added the URL, click on “Make default.”

Customize your browser

Each browser offers unique features to prevent kids from stumbling onto age-inappropriate content.

In Google Chrome

  • Create a supervised user account. Click on Menu, select Settings, and scroll down to People. Click Add Person. Here, you can add a user, such as your kid, whom you can supervise by clicking “Control and view the websites this person visits when they use your browser.” You’ll get a dashboard where you can set up search filters to block unwanted content.
  • Make your Chrome browser off-limits. Also under People, deselect Enable Guest Browsing and “Let anyone add a person to Chrome.” These two settings prevent others from using your browser.
  • Turn off images. On the Settings page, click “Show advanced settings.” Under Privacy, click “Content settings.” Under Images, click “Do not show any images.”


New Year Housekeeping Issues

Use of Phones/Cameras and other recording devices on school grounds

Due to privacy issues and to safeguard students and teachers,  all parents/visitors/helpers are asked not to take photos or videos of other students or teachers whilst on school grounds. We ask for your cooperation with this request and please tell other  family members,who may come to school, about this requirement.

Sharing Contact Details

Also due to privacy issues, teachers are unable to provide you with names, class lists or contact details for other students at school. Through the class parent system some parents have, in the past, set up their own contact groups to facilitate out of school social arrangements.

School starting and finishing times

School starts at 8.30 am and finishes at 2.40 pm. Students line up to go into school at 8.20 am.  Please ensure that students are not dropped at school before 8.10 am , as there is no teacher supervision at school before that time.  Any children being dropped earlier need to be accompanied by a supervising adult until 8.10 am. Please ensure that students who are ‘walkers’ (children not catching the bus) , are picked up from school between 2.40 pm. And 3 p.m.  If you have a problem getting to school please ring the front office to let us know that you are running late. Any students who are not collected by 3 pm will be taken to the front office area to wait to be collected.

After School Activities

Students who are in Years 3,4, 5 and 6 and attend after school activities that start at 3 pm, should go straight to the playground outside the gym and wait there until the activity starts. Please ensure that there is an adult there to collect students by the end of the activity.

If the activity starts after 3 pm all students should either leave school and return later, or have an adult stay with them for supervision until the activity starts.  Students must not be left unattended to wait,  as the school is open to other members of the public from 3pm and there is no teacher supervision.

Students in Year 1 and 2 who attend after school activities at any time must always have an adult collect them from the undercover playground to take them to the activity.


A reminder that school uniform shoes are black, and sports shoes which are plain white or black only should only be worn on timetabled specialist PE days. We encourage our students to take pride in wearing the correct uniform and additional, non-uniform items should be left at home.


The PTA shop sell a very functional red , ‘poncho’ type raincoat that we find our younger students manage quite well on their own. We would encourage all students to have this raincoat for wet weather days. Students in Years 1 and 2 should not bring umbrellas to school as they find them difficult to manage in the large group situation at school.  


A reminder that we are a nut free school due to a number of students with severe nut allergies. This includes all nut products. These foods must not be sent to school.  

We encourage healthy food choices for all students. “Junk food” or special treat  items such as lollies, chips, and chocolate should not be sent to school and carbonated drinks (‘Fizzy drinks”) are not permitted. The best drink to bring to school is water, and students are able to refill their drink bottles at our drinking fountains when needed.

At Bradbury we are also working hard to be environmentally friendly and reduce the amount of waste that we produce. Please consider the packaging of the food that your child is bringing. Some classes last year were very proud of achieving a ‘zero waste’ record with all food coming to school in reusable, washable containers.  

Toys at School

Some students like to bring a small toy to school from time to time to entertain themselves when travelling on buses, or to use at school during morning or lunch break.  

Whilst this is permitted we can take no responsibility if the toy should get lost or broken and the student must take full responsibility for looking after it.  

Please ensure that students do not bring toys that are expensive or of sentimental value. Students should keep the toy in their school bag during class-time and they are not permitted to swap toys with other students. 

Suitable toys might be – a small soft ball, a toy car, a small doll/plastic figure, a small Lego toy

Unsuitable toys– any type of toy weapons, projectile toys, toys with laser lights or remote controls, expensive toys or toys of sentimental value.

A note about Pokemon cards– If students bring these to school they are not permitted to trade these cards either on the buses or at school. Students must keep any cards in their bags during class time, the same as toys. If there are problems with students bringing these cards, students may be banned from bringing them. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Therese Gallen – Vice Principal

Library News

It is wonderful to be back in the library and to see all the smiling faces of the students. Classes have been visiting the library this week and finding out about all the exciting things that will be happening this year.

Missing Books:

We still have some students with overdue books from last academic year and books that are missing. We would be grateful if you could check your shelves and if you find any books with the Bradbury School label and barcode then return them to the library. Please also monitor the number of library books that come home. See below for the amount of books allowed for each to borrow.

Years 1 & 2: 2 books Years 3-6: 3 books


Many of the classes have borrowed books this week and by the end of next week all students would have had the opportunity to take books home. This is with the exception of Y1 who are still settling into the systems and routines of the school.

This year we are continuing with the self-circulation system where students are responsible for checking the books out of the library using their library card and then returning the books independently. Please be aware that if a student has checked out a book correctly it will be in the library system under their name. Your child is responsible for that book until it is scanned back into the system in the library. If the child brings the book back to school but does not return it to the library the student is still responsible for the book. Therefore, if the book is lost at school a Lost Book Fee will still be issued if it can not be found.

Parent Helpers:

We are always looking for helpers in the library to shelve and cover books. You are welcome anytime and if you are in school to help for another reason then please feel free to come in before or after the session. If you would like to help then please contact me on the email below.  

Special Note:

Lots of new books have arrived for the start of the new year. Our biggest job now is to accession the books and get them out to the teachers. If you have a spare morning to help put the books into bags and attach labels then please email me jane.thompson@bradbury.edu.hk. We really would be grateful for any help.

Jane Thompson – Teacher Librarian and Connie Leung – Librarian


Year 1 and ‘bus buddies’

All Year 1 students have been allocated a ‘bus buddy’ as they start to use the buses.  The bus buddy is either their own sibling, or an older student who travels on the bus with them. The bus buddies will take their Year 1 child off the bus with them each morning and walk them to their lineup spot on the Year 1/2 playground. In the afternoon they will go to the Year 1 child’s classroom, walk to the bus with them and hand them over to the bus mother as they get on. If a bus buddy is away from school the class teacher will help the student onto the bus. This program will run for the next two weeks.

Buses travellers and ‘walkers’

Walkers in Years 1 and 2 should be picked up by an adult in the blue undercover playground at 2.40 pm.

Students who travel home by bus in Years 1,2 and 3 will always be checked onto their bus in the afternoons. On any occasion that you do not want your child to use the bus you must write a note in the blue diary book that says “today (child’s name) is a walker” and arrange to pick them up yourself. You must write the note on the actual day.   If there is no note in the diary the default is always that the child goes on the bus. Students in Years 3,4 and 5 are not required to use this system and must take on the responsibility of knowing if they should be getting on the bus or if they are a ‘walker’ being picked up.   

Bus swapping:

Under no circumstances may children in any year level swap buses for any reason. Any social arrangements made by families or students cannot be facilitated through school by swapping buses. This rule is clearly stated in the bus contract that you have signed with the PTA and the bus company.  

If you have any questions about buses please contact Lin Gong through the PTA.


Please do not at anytime double park on the stretch of Stubbs Road outside the school.

Therese Gallen – Vice Principal

PTA News

To get the year started here are a couple of important dates for your diary:



The Annual General Meeting of the Bradbury Parent Teacher Association Limited will be held on Monday 25th September at 6:00 pm in the school hall. This will be followed by a WINE & TAPAS EVENING hosted by the PTA.

Please see the AGM Notice below for all the details.

We would love to see as many parents at the AGM as possible. It is a great way find out what the PTA has been doing over the last year to raise funds and support the school and to hear about any plans for the future.

Directly after the AGM,the PTA will host a Wine and Tapas evening. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the Committee and to socialise with other Bradbury parents.

We are always looking for enthusiastic parents to join the committee. If you are interested or would like more information please email pta@bradbury.edu.hk.

Nominations for election should be submitted in writing by Monday 18thSeptember.A nomination form is included below. Please submit to the PTA Administrator, Lin Gong at the PTA shop or send via email to pta@bradbury.edu.hk.


The 2017/18 School Calendar will be distributed next week.

Each family is issued with one calendar as part of their PTA membership fee.

If you do not receive a copy it may be because your membership fee has not been paid. Bus users pay the membership fee as part of their bus fee however families that do not use the bus need to make a separate payment for their membership fee.


Payment can be made at the PTA shop by cheque payable to Bradbury School PTA Limited.


There are still some Class Parent vacancies so if you would like to volunteer please contact Fritzi at reception or email Catherine Hufton pta@bradbury.edu.hk

The Class Parent is an essential link between the PTA and parents and is a wonderful way to get more involved with school and get to know other parents in your class.

We are always looking for new spending/fundraising ideas, so please get in touch with any suggestions or questions or if you would like to get involved.

Useful links:

Email: pta@bradbury.edu.hk.

Website: https://www.bradbury.edu.hk/pta-2/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BradburyschoolPTA/

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of
the Bradbury School Parent Teacher Association Limited will be held on:

Date: Monday 25 September 2017
Time: 6:00 pm

Place: The School Hall

For the following purposes:

  1. To receive and consider and audited Financial Statements of the Company for the year ended 30th June, 2017
  2. To appoint of Auditors for the 2017/18 fiscal year, (name of auditors) retired and offer themselves for reappointment.
  3. To elect Executive Committee members for the year 2017/18
  4. To transact any other ordinary business of the Company

As members of the PTA all parents are invited to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Election of the 2017/18 PTA Executive Committee will take place and all parents are eligible to vote. If you wish join the PTA Committee or nominate another parent to do so, please complete the nomination form. Forms should be returned to the Chairperson or Hon. Secretary by email pta@bradbury.edu.hkor to the PTA office on/before 18 September 2017

The Agenda, Financial Reports, Minutes and Nomination form will be available on the School website (PTA – AGM and PTA Accounts)

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a WINE & TAPAS EVENING hosted by the PTA so do please try and attend both. You can find out what the PTA has been up to this year and enjoy some delicious food and wine while taking the opportunity to meet the PTA committee and socialise with other parents.

If you would like to attend please RSVP by email pta@bradbury.edu.hk

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

Bradbury School PTA LTD

Bradbury School PTA Ltd

Nomination to Bradbury School Parent Teacher Association Limited
Executive Committee for the year 2017/18
(Nominations must be lodged with Bradbury School PTA Limited,
43C Stubbs Road, Hong Kong by 5.00pm on Monday 18 September 2017)

We hereby nominate ___________________________________________________________

Proposed by: __________________________ Signed __________________________

Seconded by: __________________________     Signed ___________________________

If elected I am willing to serve as a parent member of the PTA Committee for the 2017/18 school year.

Signed ________________________________ Date ______________

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 enrol your child directly to the company:

ESF Educational Services Ltd. – Language and Sports Programme, contact Candy Leung at 2760 3900 or cleung@esf.org.hk website: www.esf.org.hk

Adventure Sports Academy Ltd. – Soccer & Basketball Training, contact Eilis Cheung at 3998 4042 or info@adventuresportsacademy.com website: www.adventuresportsacademy.com

Backershagen B.V. (LanguageOne) – Global Mother Tongue Education, contact Leandra Lok at 5501 5262 or leandra.lok@languageone.nl website: www.languageone.nl

Banana Art Club – Art Class, contact Michelle Chan at 6020 5476 or bananaartclub@gmail.com website: www.bananaartclub.com

Bome Co. Ltd. – International Standard Ballroom, Latin Dance Class, contact Ms. May Li at 2891 0289 or bomedance@gmail.com website: www.bomedance.com.hk

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

Discovery Dome Hong Kong Ltd. – Astronomy Club with a Portable Mobile Planetarium (Year 3-6 students), contact Lorne Ali at 9754 4081 or lorneali@hotmail.com, website www.discoverydome.hk

HoYinPingChess / Hong Kong Junior Chess Club – Chess Class, Holiday Camp, Tournament, contact Yin Ping Ho at 9215 2682 or hoyinpingchess@gmail.com website: www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/lesson.html /www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/camp.html or www.hkjuniorchess.org

Kate’s Kids – Kindermusik, Music & Movement Activity, contact Kate Leung at 9019 6793 or catherine@kindermusik.hk website: www.kateskids.com.hk

KennyMark Pty Ltd- Astro Trooper Space Workshop (Oct 2017), contact Kenny Tan at +61 405 841 446 or kenny@kmptyltd.com website: www.kmptyltd.com

Primary Matters – Writing Workshop, contact Marion McNally at 9465 4468 or primarymattershk@gmail.com website: www.primarymattershk.com

Starlit Voice Ltd. – LAMDA Musical Theatre & Group Drama, contact Vincent Warren at 2108 2182 or info@starlit.hk website: www.starlitvoice.com

Percy Mak – Finance Manager

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.