28 Jun 2019


Greetings to the Bradbury School Community

Another year completed – where has the time gone?  2018/19 has been a wonderful year of learning, with lots of great opportunities for challenge and fun – for us all!

The end of the year always has a tinge of sadness as we farewell students, families and staff who have been with us for many years and are now moving on to new adventures.

Thank you to each one of you, who have helped to make Bradbury the special place that it is.  We all wish you well and please know that you will always have a special place at Bradbury.

Farewell to:

John Ainsworth, VP
Retiring and moving to England

Therese Gallen, VP
Retiring and studying in Hong Kong

Jenny Chen, Head of Chinese Dept
Promotion to VP at Wycombe Abbey

Carol Farrington, Teacher
“Redirecting” into yoga teaching

Aoife Ni Chianain, Teacher
Moving back to Ireland

Jill Shepherd, Teacher
Moving to Scotland

Ian Casey, Teacher
Moving to CNDIS

Ruth Haslett, EA
Retiring to spend time with family

Agnes Wan, EA
Commencing teacher training in Hong Kong

Jessie Chan, PTEA
Won a teaching position

Ruchi Mittal, INEA
Commencing teacher training in Hong Kong

Zoe Yang, Chinese EA
Commencing teacher training in Hong Kong

Nina Fan, IT Tech
Spending time with family

Percy Mak, Finance & HR Systems Manager
Moving to England

Winnie Ng, PT Resources Assistant
New endeavours

Adriana Clark, PT Resources Assistant
New endeavours

To all our Y6 students, all the very best as you commence your next stage of learning.  To all of our families  – I trust the summer is one of joy and happiness.  Travel safe everyone and see you back on 13 August 2019.

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.

28 June 2019 ( Friday) Summer Term Ends ( 12 noon dismissal) 12:00 noon
08 August 2019 (Thursday) –

12 August 2019 (Monday)

P.T.A. SHOP OPENS 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
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
29 November 2019 (Friday) Night Market TBC

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

Annual School Report 2018-2019
By John Ainsworth, Vice Principal

Just a reminder that you can now access and download a PDF file of your child’s Annual School Report 2018-2019 from
Gateway. To access the file log into Gateway and select:

  • ARR Report
    • Annual School Report 2018-2019

Wishing you all well for the future.

Gardener Wanted

We are currently looking for a 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 for term times only.  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.


Traveling this Summer?
By EcoDrive Hong Kong

Is clingfilm for your luggage necessary?

Plastic Free July Is Here: Join The 2019 Global Challenge

Thank you and Farewell
By Therese Gallen, Vice Principal

Dear Bradbury Parents & Community Members,

As many of you will know, my position as Vice Principal at Bradbury School finishes at the end of this term.  So it is with some sadness, but also with many fond memories, that I am taking this opportunity to say goodbye and an enormous thank-you for your fabulous support over the past seven years.  It has been an absolute privilege working with your children, yourselves, and the many wonderful teachers and staff here at Bradbury School. I have truly enjoyed my time at the school and I will certainly miss you all.  Thank-also for your many kind wishes and farewells over the past few weeks, they mean a lot to me.

However, I certainly will not be ‘retiring’. Next year I am doing further studies and seeking employment doing consultation work/coaching with primary schools and teachers in Hong Kong to support their professional learning needs – an area of my work that I have always enjoyed.

I was recently asked what I will miss the most when I leave Bradbury School.  I know that one thing will be the daily interactions with our wonderful students, staff and yourselves.  As I told the students at a recent ‘farewell’ assembly, one of my favourite things has always been greeting and farewelling our students while doing  ‘morning duty’ as they arrive at school and ‘afternoon bus duty’ as they leave- the hundreds of conversations and smiles are always special. I plan to drop by one afternoon next year around ‘bus duty’ time just so I don’t miss it too much and to say a surprise ‘hello’.

Once again, thank you for your support and for your wonderful children to work with- it’s been a pleasure. My best wishes to you all for enjoying a great summer break with your children, and if you should ever need to get in touch with me in the future I will leave future contact details with Ms Fritzi at the front office.

Kind Regards,

Therese Gallen
Vice Principal

Fair Trade Products

We have plenty of Fair Trade products sourced by Crossroads from around the world for sale in the foyer and will continue to have them in the next school year.

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.

The Magic Sword
By Jocelyn Ho, 4A  – Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019

It was Zheng He’s seventh voyage. He had spent most of his life at sea on special missions. He was a strong and courageous boy, ever since he was separated from his family, he had looked after himself. Zheng.  He was an amazing Chinese explorer who had visited many countries and was fortunate enough to have seen fascinating places. He even saw animals he had never seen before, making new discoveries every day. He had traveled as far as the African coast and built relationships with over twenty countries and had even visited Arabia. Zheng He had many wonderful experiences, trying many foods, herbs and spices for the first time which he brought back to China to share with his people.

One of Zheng He’s most favourite places that he had visited was India, the smells, colours and warm people really made him happy. India is where he saw an elephant for the very first time and he couldn’t believe his eyes, he remembers it so well. He was on a tour with Sukayna, a local girl that was looking after Zheng.  He and his crew  became good friends with Suka, as he called her, and he plans to find her again if he is lucky enough to return to India one day.

“It’s HUGE, what is it?” exclaimed Zheng when he saw the elephant.

“It’s an elephant and this is his trunk.” Said Sukayana, matter- of- factly, while stroking the giant beast’s huge floppy ears.

“It is incredible”, whispered Zheng He as he stared at the elephant in awe.

“Elephants are very peaceful animals and they have the largest brains in the animal kingdom.,” informed Sukayna.

“Wow, they are smart and beautiful. I cannot wait to tell my country about this magnificent animal.”

Zheng He and Suka rode the elephants and it was one of Zheng’s best days.

Zheng woke from his daydream and looked around the deck. He had better get to work. There were always a lot of jobs to be taken care of on the ship and the crew had a busy day ahead of them.  Zheng knew how lucky he was to have seen such amazing things on his adventures and he always shared many stories in China. However, Zheng and his men had some dangerous experiences too, on his many voyages. They had fought against mighty typhoons, rough seas and even pirates!

It was a fine morning at sea when without warning, looming ahead in the distance Zheng He saw a pirate ship heading their way. Zheng warned the other members on the ship by sounding the horn but the ship was still approaching, they started to head away from the pirate ship, but the pirate ship was too fast and caught up to them. The crew were crazily running around like they were on fire,  shouting in every direction, “PIRATES, PIRATE ATTACK!” The crew were securing the treasure and handing out weapons. However, the pirates got on to Zheng He’s boat. Zheng and his crew hid along with the treasure. Suddenly, the pirates heard some mumbling at the bottom deck where the treasure was and headed towards it.

“Where are our other ships? We need help here, they are going to attack” Mumbled Zheng He. He thought he had seen this pirate ship before from his fourth voyage when they were attacked. The crew had defeated the pirates and ended up finding a very special sword covered in precious gems that had a special symbol on it that none of the Chinese could understand. However, they had kept the sword as no typhoon, tragedies or rough sea seemed to happen when the sword was on the ship with them. This could be a coincidence but Zheng He didn’t think so, he knew the sea well and believed the sword was magic.

“We would like to talk to the captain, we mean no harm!” shouted a pirate.

Zheng He looked around in disbelief. Were they trying to trick them? Why would a pirate mean no harm!?

“We would like our sword back, we are sorry for attacking you and have had nothing but bad luck since”, the pirate stated. They want the sword because it protects them. They tell Zheng He and his crew that they have had the sword for many years and if the pirates do something bad the sword will do something bad to them. Zheng He talks to the pirates and discovers that the magic sword is very important to them and has ben for many, many years and it also ensures they do good deeds. However, since the fourth voyage when the pirates fought with Zheng He and his crew, which is a bad thing to do, the pirates had lost many men and experienced very bad typhoons. They also said that they live on the sea and need the sword to protect them and others.

Zheng He gave back the sword but not before making the pirates promise to protect the men at sea rather than attack other boats. The pirates were very thankful. “If we bump into you again and the weather is bad then we will make it nice again and we will not harm you.” They all agreed. The pirates asked if they can be friends, and Zheng He said yes. The pirates also told him that the sword had saved thousands of shipwrecks over the years and losing the magic sword had proved how much it protected them, and taught them the lesson that we should always be kind and caring to others. The magic sword knows if you are bad, bad things will happen but when they show love or kindness, good things happen for them, they would never forget this again.

They celebrated with a bottle of beer, pak choi and salty fish. They gave each other a cheer. “You have shown us great kindness Zheng He, thank you.” shouted the pirates as they sailed into the sunset.

JONG, 964 A.D.
By Lea Atepolikhin 4B – Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2019

In china a little girl called Jong was born. Her father, King Yu, wanted to sell some stuff like bowls, plants, plats, chopsticks, cups, spoons and some watermelons.

When Jong was 8 she told her whole class how she wanted to become an explorer. When Jong was 14 she got through and she was welcome to join the Academy. In the Academy she met Jang,  Weiwei , Li , Ding and Bing.  At 10  they  started the journey.

Frist Jong wanted to go to the poor parts of China. The first stop was Henan. When they got  there it looked so gloomy that Jong could not see herself  living there . The first stop was a family of four with grandparents. They wanted everything they had. After 10 houses the boat was starting to leave and thankfully they got on the boat.

“Next step Shenzi!” cried Jong.

When they got there it was a world of delight and they didn’t know where to start. They knew that they needed to go to the countryside. When they got there it looked so gloomy they did not know where to start.

“There were about 20 houses here but our budget 10 houses” Wei Wei said surprisingly.

“There are 15 houses- we have knock on people’s doors and ask if they are poor or not”, said Jong  boringly.

When they finish knocking on all of the doors the boat was about to leave but they didn’t want to miss another one so they just left it and none of those people got to have gifts. They ran finally got on the ferry. “Next Shandon!”,  said Li excitingly.

“I’m so excited to go to Africa, India and Arabia!”, said Jang excitedly.

When they Arrived in Shandong  it looked  just an ordinary city. They walked across this big mountain and  found some poor people. The first stop was an old man and his name was Xingdong. He wanted everything but he wished he had some fresh water to drink instead of discussing water from the -river side. When they finished the tenth they all walked peacefully to the ferry.

“Next, Africa, which is going to take  a week. Luckily we have rooms”,  said Jong after the boat ride.

When they got there it looked like a zoo. They walked down the river Nile. When they got there they went further down the town and Jong thought that there would be poor people but there were  no poor people,  just a pack of lions. So they walked up the river and got on the boat.

“Why did the king of Africa, King Jack , let there be poor people?” said Jang. No  response.

Next India.

When they got off the boat it was near the poor side so they did need to go anywhere. So the first house there was a grandma shouting at them. The grandma said, “ Don’t go here, you know that you’re not supposed to.” So she slammed the door.

“So there only 9 house I guess”, said Li . When they finished all 10 house they walk on the boat.

Next Arabia.

When the boat was boarding the dock the king Mohammed could see that the boat was from China and he does not like china so Jong said. “ Guys,get ready for a war quietly!” .

When they got the ferry they were all ready and  king Mohammed shouted and the war began. They were able to give some stuff. So Jung and Jong sneakily went up a mountain and when they were half way through they saw a poor man’s watermelons and plants and they asked if there were any poor people. A bow and arrow shot at Jang and Jong they both had to sit out and Shu helped them.  After Shu helped them he went back to the war.

The Arabians won so king Mohammed said, “Give all the goods!”. He chuckled at the end.

So Jong said, “ We only have bowls, plates, plants chopsticks, watermelons, cups and spoons.”

King Mohammed said, “ Bring it all to me!”,  so they passed it on.

When they got back all the parents told them to tell what happened. And Jong was the best at explaining it.