3 Sep 2017

Bradbury Newsletter 1st September 2017

Greetings to you all:

Many thanks to all parents who came to our recent Meet the Teacher presentations.  Wonderful, as always, to have you in our school!  The presentations are on the school website.

One of the most important tasks we have for this year is to review our Mission and Vision (M&V) Statement.  These are approximately eight years old and at the time they were written were aspirational.  We have now caught up with the aspirations they articulated and so, it is time to review them.  We need your input!  Therefore, you are invited to come to school Friday 8 September 1-3pm to be a part of the process.  If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Fritzi.Yu@Bradbury.edu.hk.

Our Bradbury School Family Welcome Picnic is scheduled for Friday 15 September 5-7pm.  All are welcome.  Just bring a picnic and a rug to enjoy meeting other parents and school staff in a social setting.  Just a couple of reminders:

  • No staff are not ‘on duty’.  Parents are responsible to look after their children.
  • Parents must attend with children.  Helpers are welcome as part of the family group but not on their own with the children.

Prospective Island School Parents:

Mr. Steve Loggie, the Principal of Island School will be holding a meeting for prospective IS students on 19 September 5:30-6:30pm.  Click for more information about this meeting.

Shoe and uniform reminder:

A reminder that school uniform shoes are black.  These need to be sturdy school shoes, not party or slipon shoes, which may be hazardous in the wet or on stairs.  Sports shoes should be white or black.  If you have difficulty locating these, a small coloured insert is acceptable.  No coloured laces, lights or wheels. Sports shoes 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. No nail polish, stick on tattoos or jewellery is to be worn.

Election for Parent Representative on Student Council:

We currently have one vacancy for a parent representative on our School Council.  This is a governance role which does not concern 

itself with the day to day management of the school, but rather strategic direction, finances, policy setting etc.  Click here for Information, nomination form ad candidate’s statement for the election.  Please come and see me if you would like to talk about this further.


Our school counsellor will be in school as from next week.  Our policy and procedure are currently being finalised.  These will be sent out to you shortly so that you understand the referral and permission process.

Thank you.

Sandra Webster


Important Dates




01 Sept 2017 (Friday) ESF Central Applications Open for Y1 Placement 2018-2019 All Day
04 Sept 2017 (Monday) ESF Primary to Secondary transfer request open on Gateway All Day
08 Sept 2017 (Friday) CPD DAY – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS —–
08 Sept 2017 (Friday) Parents’ Meeting  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
08 Sept 2017 (Friday) Last date for Receipt of Parent Members of the School Council Nomination 5:00 pm
12 Sept 2017 (Tuesday) South Island School Open Day All Day
13 Sept 2017 (Wednesday) IB/CIS Parent Info Meeting 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
14 Sept 2017 ( Thursday) Lance King Seminar to Parents at Discovery College:

‘Courage, Resilience and Failing Well’

6:30 pm  – 8:00 pm

Register on Discovery College’s website

15 Sept 2017 (Friday) Year 7 Applications Close —–
15 Sept 2017 (Friday) Bradbury School Family Picnic 5:00 pm
18 September 2017 (Monday) Feeding People in Need 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
18 Sept 2017 (Monday) Deadline for P.T.A. Nominations 3:00 pm
19 Sept 2017 (Friday) IS Prospective Parents Meeting 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
21 Sept 2017 (Thursday) Year 6 P.T.A. Cake  Sale 10:00 am – 10:30 am
22 Sept 2017 (Friday) Deadline of Health and Dental Forms 4:00 pm
25 Sept 2017 (Monday) P.T.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 6:00 pm
25 Sept 2017 (Monday) Feeding People In Need 6:00 pm
26 Sept 2017 (Tuesday) Parent Meeting:  Supporting Reading at Home D8:30 am – 9:30 am


Election of Parent Members of the School Council

1 Sept 2017

TO : All Parents

Dear Parent,

ESF Elections 2017
Election of Parent Members of the School Council

I write to give notice of the election of one (1) Parent Members to a casual vacancy on the School Council of Bradbury School following the resignation of Venus Lee who no longer has children at Bradbury School.

The term of office of School Council members is three years.

The election arrangements require a candidate to have a proposer. I attach a nomination form to enable you to propose a candidate. The candidate must indicate in writing his/her willingness to stand and should be asked to prepare a brief personal statement setting out his/her relevant experience and stating what he/she would hope to contribute to the Council and the School.  Parent Members of the School Council may not be employees of ESF.

The last date for the receipt of nominations, which should be handed in or posted to the school office, is
8th September.

This year, our school will be using an e-voting system, “Simply Voting” to run the election.  Starting from 22nd September, parents can vote by logging into the Gateway and accessing the e-voting platform via the listed hyperlinks.  The e-voting will close at 5:00 pm on 29th September. 

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Sandra Webster

Att – Nomination Form (E2)  / Candidate’s Statement (E3)
(E1-Parent to School Council)

Student Health Service

Please note that Student Health Service/ School Dental Service Application forms have been sent out to the students. Please fill in the form and hand it in before the 22 September 2017 (Friday).

If you are interested in applying for the School Dental Service for your child, you are required to submit the completed application form together with a cheque of HK $20, made payable to Bradbury School.

Please write your child’s name and class at the back of the cheque. If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at my direct lines telephone numbers 2834-5396 or 9229-2297.

Thank you.

Lauren Lau – Health Professional

Action at Bradbury School

Action is an essential part of The Primary Years Programme and forms a key part of school vision “enhancing our world“. Our first community action event with Sunshine Action is coming up on Monday the 25 September. This is a great opportunity for families to serve in the community together and to help people less fortunate than themselves. 

Bradbury defines action learning as “acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower us to be socially responsible citizens and to take authentic, sustainable action within the local and global community in order to make a difference to the world around us”.

At Bradbury, we provide our community with various events across the year in which we can help others. Feeding people in need is one such event. Please find the details below:

Where: Nam Cheong MTR Station Exit A – meet across the road outside Fu Cheong Mall

Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm (meet 5.45pm)

Who: Year 2-6 students and families/friends (students need to be accompanied by an adult)

How: MTR Tung Chung orange line from Central Station

Cost: $200 per person (this covers the cost of the food we deliver and is payable in cash when we meet on the evening)

If you are interested in taking part, please notify Ms. Fritzi in the school office and either Ms Farrington or Ms. Bremner will contact you closer to the time with more details.

Amanda Bremner – PYP Co-ordinator

Carol Farrington – Y5 Teacher

Council of International Schools and Primary Years Program Reviews 2017/18

This year Bradbury will be undertaking a joint Council of International School (CIS) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Evaluation. This is part of a five year review cycle to ensure the educational principles, standards and practices are being maintained and also to help schools establish a future action plan. Steve Fennelly (VP) will be leading the CIS process and Amanda Bremner (PYP Coordinator) will be leading the IB review.

We will be holding a parent information session to explain the process further and to go through some terminology that is used in the upcoming school review surveys on Wednesday 13 September from 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm in the school Hall. Any interested parents are welcome.

Steve Fennelly (Vice Principal)

 Amanda Bremner (PYP Coordinator)

Applications for Year 7 Place in ESF secondary schools 2018/19

Dear parents of children in Year 6,

For those wishing to apply for your child to attend an ESF secondary school next year, the application window opens on Monday 4th September and closes on Friday 15th September.

I have sent all Year 6 parents instructions on how to apply via The Gateway. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Steve Fennelly – Vice Principal

P.E. News

Welcome back to Bradbury School from the PE department!

B.A.M (Bradbury Active Mornings)

Every morning at Bradbury, we inspire the students into a good habit of balance. No, not standing on one leg or, on their heads, but making them understand that movement is just as important as reading, writing and doing maths. 

Before school, each day, the teachers lead 3-4 minutes of physical activity to get their students moving to increase their heart rate.  In turn, this releases chemicals within the body, activating the brain for the day promoting concentration and positive energy. 

We hope that if we instil these healthy habits from an early age, this will increase their chances to have a life long habit of physical activity.


This term’s after school activities start on Tuesday, 5 September. Payments should have been made and delivered to school by the end of close today. 

If you have any further questions about the after school activities, please direct them to me. Any payment issues, please contact the Accounts department. 

We hope the students have a great term with such a variety of activities on offer. 


During this term, we often require some support for netball team particularly when the girls have matches on a Wednesday afternoon. If you feel you have some expertise in either coaching or umpiring and you’re available at this time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 


Firstly, I’d like to welcome back Mrs. Hopewell from her great achievements in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. For those of you who haven’t heard, this was the first ever Rugby World Cup experienced by a Hong Kong rugby team. 

Despite the defeats on tour, the relentless hard work, determination and endeavour was clearly evident throughout the tournament from the team.

On behalf of all at Bradbury, I would like to say that we are very proud of you and the Hong Kong girls and we, particularly, loved your try against Spain. 


Physical Literacy – COMPETENCE builds CONFIDENCE

Do you know what physical literacy is? Watch this easy to watch video to help you understand about the foundations which we require to take part in a variety of sports and activities.


P.T.A News


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 ______________

ESF Educational Services

3rd Party Organised After School Activities at Bradbury School

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 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

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

Foundation Academy Ltd. – Foundation’s Filmmaker, contact Namrata Bindra at 3107 8810 or academy@foundationge.com website: http://www.foundationacademy.co/filmmaker/

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

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

Valley Rugby Football Club Ltd. – Netball FUNdamentals 12 week Programme, contact Chanelle Candy at 2815 3670 or netball@valleyrfc.com website: http://www.valleyrfc.com/netball—junior-academy.html

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.