Greetings and a warm welcome back to Term Three!
An especially warm welcome to our new families and to Tracey Au Yeung, our new teacher of Chinese.
This term promises to be an exciting one, full of events that will extend and challenge our students. One such event is our Action Day next Friday. Many thanks to Clayton Heggie and Amanda Bremner for your organisation of this. All parents are welcome to join in with us on this day – details are included in this newsletter.
Next year, I would like us to undertake a review of our Guiding Statements, that is, our Mission and Vision, in order to ensure that they remain relevant and are a true reflection of our community’s beliefs around teaching and learning. I am looking for someone to lead us through this process, so if you know of a facilitator who may be able to do this, please let me know.
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LANCE KING BOOKS
|If you ordered books from Lance King at our recent parents evening, they have arrived and are ready for you to collect.
Sandra Webster – Principal
UPCOMING BRADBURY COMMUNITY ACTION EVENTS
|Bradbury Action Day 28 April 2017
As the Bradbury Action Day approaches we are excited to be working in conjunction with two local NGOs; Soap Cycling and Sunshine Action. On the day, year groups will be participating in a variety of activities that strengthen connections we have to organisations in the community and celebrate action that has been established through units of inquiry or the Year 6 Exhibition.
If any parents are available to help out on the day there are several time slots you are welcome to come in and join us.
We will need a significant amount of parent volunteers to assist with all aspects of the set-up, packing, loading and tidying up at the end of the day. Please contact Ms. Fritzi in the office if you are able to assist.
On Saturday the 29 of April, the food bags that we pack at Bradbury will be distributed to some elderly around the Causeway Bay area. If any families are keen to help with this, here are the details:
Where: Bauhinia Association, Causeway Bay Community Centre F/3 7 Fook Yum Road Causeway Bay
Time: 9.15 am to 11.50 am
Contact: Ryan Pong 90186385
A big thank you to all those families who donated the food items for packing. We collected enough cheques to enable us to purchase 1000 more food packs to add to the 650 packs we have already gathered for distribution. Without the Bradbury communities’ assistance with this, none of this would have been possible.
We will also have the following community events happening in Term Three
1. Packing Food Bags.
Where: Lai King Estate, Kwai Chung (MTR Tung Chung line to Lai King Station Exit A2, walk 5mins up Lai King Hill Rd)
Date: Saturday 6 May
Time: 8.50am to 12.30pm
Please wear: comfortable shoes and clothing as you will be standing for a long period of time
2. Distributing Food Bags
Date: Saturday 13 May
Where: Caritas Lai, Cheung Sha Wan MTR A3
Please wear: comfortable clothing and shoes and bring an octopus card as this involves walking to and from residents homes and around the neighbourhood
3. Feeding People in need
As part of our school ‘Action’ focus, Bradbury is working with Sunshine Action to help people in need and is looking to take sustainable action in our community. Through a care programme for street sleepers and the homeless, Bradbury will be delivering around 80 -100 hot meals to people in need throughout the year. For this term, the event will be happening on:
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
For each trip, we can accommodate a maximum of 27 people (15 students and 12 adults). The cost is $200 per person/student (donations on or above this are gratefully received) and this money will be put towards paying for the hot meals, snacks and drinks we deliver on the evening. Participants will meet at the Nam Cheong MTR Station (Orange Line) Exit A at 5.45 pm and the event usually last around 1.5 – 2 hours. Either Ms. Bremner or Mr. Heggie will be present at this event.
Amanda Bremner – P.Y.P. Co-ordinator/Clayton Heggie – Y5 Teacher
THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL ZHOU YOUGUANG CUP CHINESE TALENT SHOW (HONG KONG) 2017
| To better promote Chinese Culture and to strengthen Chinese education amongst Hong Kong’s youngsters, we are going to hold Zhou Youguang Cup Chinese Talent Show in June, at Kennedy School.
We also aim to use this event to showcase young Chinese learners’ talent and to offer them a platform for communication. This year’s event will be very special as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of ESF. Here is some basic information of the Chinese Talent Show:
Participants: Students of 4-18 ages old, in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools
Competiton dates: 17-18 / 06/2017
Venue: Kennedy School, 19 Sha Wan Drive, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
– Chinese Native Speakers – both parents are of Chinese origin, and using Chinese as her/his first
– Non Chinese Native Speakers – with one or two non-background parents, or using other languages
Use of Language:
Putonghua is the only accepted language in speech items. Both simplified and traditional Chinese characters are accepted in writing items.
– Every participant should select competition items matching their competition group and year level.
– Every native speaker of Chinese can choose no more than three competition items that match their age group;
– Lower primary (Year 1 – Year3) non-native speakers of Chinese can choose no more than two competition items. Upper primary (Year 4 -Year 6) and secondary non-native speakers of Chinese can choose no more than three items.
– Any participants whose total score from three competition items is the highest will be awarded the title of “champion” (kindergarten and lower primary non-native students only need to have the highest total from two competition items).
– Champions will get a certificate of award and a special cup; they will also be qualified to enter the national final.
– Each item from each group will have one first prize, one second prize and one third prize (a certificate will be awarded); additionally, there will be several awards of excellence (a certificate will be given to the winners).
– One or two extraordinary participants from this year’s event will be chosen to be the “Chinese Culture Ambassador”; they will become the image ambassador showing up on Hong Kong region’s poster for the year.
Please click HERE for detailed information.
Registration Period: From now on till May the 24th
– Please register at http://www.apclta.org Registration fees can go directly to HSBC (004) 450-4-046709. Please email the receipt with student’s name and competition items to email@example.com as the evidence for successful registration.
– Post it with crossed cheque to Miss Feiying Li, Kennedy School, 19 Sha Wan Drive, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. (Cash is not acceptable) (Please indicate “2017 Zhou Youguang Cup” on the envelope)
– The cheque is made payable to: HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF PINYIN QUALITY EDUCATION (PYQE)
For enquiry, please contact Miss Li at 3762 2548 or through email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Chen – Head of Chinese Department
BRADBURY STUDENTS WON AWARDS IN THE RECORDER COMPETITION
|Natasha Chun (Year 5B) has won 3rd place in Descant Recorder competition in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival this year.
Natasha who is the sister of Nicole Chun (ex Bradbury Student and now currently in SIS) follows after her sister’s footsteps. Nicole Chun is the Champion in Flute and Treble Recorder this year and has won a music scholarship in South Island School.
|SHELFIES & READING IN UNUSUAL PLACES- It is not too late to send in your photos!
We are still asking children to have photos taken of themselves next to their bookshelf or a collection of books to add to our gallery in the library.
In addition, there is still time for your child to enter our ‘Reading in Unusual Places’ competition. We would like children to have a photo taken of themselves reading somewhere unusual – under the bed, on top of the Macau Tower, sitting on playground apparatus etc. The three best photos will be published in the Bradbury School Newsletter and appear on the Bradbury School Yearbook library page.
Email your child’s ‘Shelfie’ and/or ‘Reading in Unusual Places’ to me at: email@example.com
The closing date for both photos is Friday 28 April.
MOTHER TONGUE STORY SHARING
We are looking for parents who would be willing to come in at lunchtimes to read and share stories with students in their mother-tongue. If you’d like to volunteer then please email me and we can arrange a suitable time for you to come in.
Jane Thompson – Teacher Librarian
|YEAR 1 INQUIRY|
|In our new Inquiry ‘Earth’s natural cycles influence the activity of living things’, Year 1 have been learning about the concept of change. On Thursday 20 April, the children investigated ‘change’ through a range of experiments. They learnt to predict, observe and write down their findings. It was a great day and we all had lots of fun being scientists.
Year 1 Teachers
|We have a great uniform here at Bradbury that is smart and attractive.
We have noticed several areas that we need your support to keep up the standards that are a good reflection of our school. Please note the following points:
· P.E. shoes are plain white or plain black with no coloured laces. If you are unable to source a pair, a small number of coloured inserts are acceptable
· No ‘party shoes’ or slip on shoes. Girls’ black school shoes need to be sturdy and safe
· No jewelry. If your child wears jewelry for religious reasons, please let the class teacher know. Please ensure they keep the item tucked away out of sight. Plain stud earrings only please.
· No nail polish
· No stick on tattoos
· Please don’t mix items from dress uniform with the P.E.uniform.
Sandra Webster – Principal
YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2 SPORTS MORNINGS
|Year 1 and Year 2 parents are invited to attend their child’s upcoming Sports Morning which will be held here at Bradbury School. The dates and times are :
Year 1 Sports Morning- Thursday 25 May , 8.30 – 10.00 am.
Year 2 Sports Morning- Wednesday, 24 May , 8.30-10.00 am.
At the Sports Morning students will be showcasing a range of athletics skills that they have been practicing over the year. You are welcome to join your child on this morning as they take part in this fun and participation focussed event. I look forward to seeing many of you on your child’s Sports Morning and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for good weather on the day.
Students will need to wear their PE uniform to school on the day.
The problem with children “ W Sitting”
When students of school age are still ‘W sitting’ when working or playing on the floor, we will usually remind them to sit differently – with legs ‘criss- crossed’ or out to the front or sides. Whilst “W sitting” is a normal part of developing and moving around on the floor for young infants, if this becomes the preferred way of sitting for students by school age it can present problems for normal hip and knee development and also torso control and strength. More flexible, ‘hypermobile’ children and children with weaker muscle tone are most likely to sit like this as a regular habit.
You may wonder what “W sitting” is, or whey it matters, so I have included a couple of links below for you to look at- there are many to choose from on the internet if you are interested. If your child constantly sits like this it would be useful for you to also remind them to sit differently when working or playing on the floor, until they develop the habit of sitting differently.
Therese Gallen – Vice Principal (Lower Phase)
Deadline for ordering sausages has been extended until Monday 24 April!
Thursday 27 April 2017
Delicious good quality sausages, grilled on the BBQ and wrapped in fresh bread,
delivered to your classroom.
Child’s Name _____________________________ Class ________
Number of Sausages (pork) _______ x $30 = ____________
Number of vegetarian sausages _______ x $30 = ____________
CASH payment only – No coins or Cheques please.
Please return order form and money to your class teacher by
No plates provided so please bring your own on the day of the sizzle.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PLEASE!!
If you can help to cook or deliver to classrooms please contact the PTA
Tel: 2893 2256 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BRADBURY FACTOR 2017
YEARBOOK COVER COMPETITION / ORDER FORM
As always, if you have any comments, ideas or suggestions for events, or if you are interested in joining the PTA committee please email email@example.com.
THIRD-PARTY ORGANIZED 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:
Backershagen B.V. (LanguageOne) – Global Mother Tongue Education, contact Leandra Lok at
Bome Co. Ltd. – International Standard Ballroom, Latin Dance Class, contact Ms. May Li at 2891 0289 or firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.bomedance.com.hk
HoYinPingChess / Hong Kong Junior Chess Club – Chess Class, Holiday Camp, Tournament, contact Yin Ping Ho at 9215 2682 or email@example.com website: www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/lesson.html /www.hoyinpingchess.com/index/camp.html or www.hkjuniorchess.org
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.