28 Sep 2018


Dear Bradbury School Community

What a couple of weeks we have had!  Our site staff did an amazing job to ensure that our school was ready for the return of our students last Wednesday after Typhoon Mangkhut.  All children would have received work via email from their teacher to carry on with at home.  Still, school is more than just the academics and we missed the sound of children around when we were in without them.

I thought that I would outline to you how our school days and CPD days ‘work’ and how they impact the school calendar.

School is open for 185 teaching days.  We also allow five days for continuous professional development (CPD) for teachers.  It is these days that school is closed for students.  The five CPD days are interspersed throughout the year – I like to attach them to public holiday weekends.  Where possible, especially, as in the case of last week, they would make a ‘messy’ week otherwise.  So this means that our total school year is 190 days – 185 school days and five CPD days.  So, when school is closed for students on a CPD day, they are not missing out on a school day, there are still 185 days for them at school.  The 185 days take into account public holidays, such as the one coming up on Monday, and are not counted as part of the 190 days.

Have a wonderful long weekend.


Sandra Webster

Year 6 Cultural Day

On Thursday 27th September the Year 6 students celebrated the diverse cultures of the students in Year 6. The students have been inquiring into cultural similarities and differences, popular culture verses traditional culture and investigating cultural change. The students shared traditional foods, performed items and shared information. This was a great day and the students looked amazing dressed up in traditional clothes.

Important Dates
28 September 2018 (Friday) Deadline of Dental Health Forms
01 October 2018 (Monday) National Day (No Classes) —–
03 October 2018 (Wednesday) 2T/2K Educational Visit 8;30 a.m.
04 October 2018 (Thursday) 2A/2F Educational Visit 8:30 a.m.
05 October 2018 ( Friday) Year 5 Art Gallery

5C/5B – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

5T/5F – 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

11 October 2018 (Thursday) Year 5 Cake Sale 10:00 a.m.
12 October 2018 (Friday) 3DB/3G Assembly 8:45 a.m.
12 October 2018 (Friday) Deadline for Food Collection

15 October 2018 (Monday) –

19 October 2018 (Friday)

Half Term Holiday (No Classses) —–
24 October 2018 (Wednesday) Parent Teacher Consultations 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
31 October 2018 (Wednesday) P.Y.P. Information Session (TBC) 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
01 November 2018 (Thursday) Parent Teacher Consultations 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
02 November 2018 (Friday) ESF Primary Orchestra
07 November 2018 (Wednesday) Year 1 DTP Injections 9:00 a.m.
15 November 2018 (Thursday) Sausage Sizzle 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
20 November 2018 (Tuesday) Year 5/ 6 Sports Day
22 November 2018 (Thursday) School Production
30 November 2018 (Friday) Winter Night Market
04 December 2018 (Tuesday) Christmas Food Collection
05 December 2018 (Wednesday) Food Packing

Temporary Part-Time Educational Assistant

We are currently searching for a suitable candidate to temporarily fill the position of one of our Year 2 Educational Assistants whilst she carries out her teaching practicum.

The role specifications are as follows:

  • Part-time Educational Assistant (Temporary)
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday (17.5 hrs/week)
  • 05 November – 14 December 2018

If you are interested in applying for the position, please contact John Ainsworth at Bradbury School.
(Email: john.ainsworth@bradbury.edu.hk).

Part-time Gardener

We are currently looking for a Part-time 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.

This is a paid position and the necessary applicant would need to be available for 10 hours per week.  If you are interested in this position, please contact Alan Tang, alan.tang@bradbury.edu.hk.

Impetigo (School Sores)
By Lauren Lau, Health Professional

Please observe your child’s skin and check to see if they have Impetigo (School Sores), as we have recently found one child who has caught this skin infection.

Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection and particularly occurs in children from age 2-6 years old, but can also occur across all ages, including adults. The incubation period is from 1-3 days.

If you think that your child has contracted Impetigo, please take them to the doctor for antibiotic treatment. Please keep your child home, for at least 1 week after the child’s lesions have become a scab (dried up), and to ensure that no new lesions have formed. Impetigo is highly contagious and needs to be treated with antibiotics.

Main signs and symptoms of Impetigo:

  • Pimple- like lesions surrounded by reddened skin.
  • Commonly occurs around the nose, hands, mouth and forearms.
  • Lesions filled with pus, and breaks down over 4-6 days, forming a thick, honey yellowish crust.
  • Itchy and painful.


  • Regular hand washing.
  • Ask children to use soap/water to clean their skin, and be sure they take baths/showers regularly.
  • Pay attention to areas of skin that have been injured. For example cuts, scrapes, bug bites, areas of eczemas, rashes that are caused by allergic reactions. Please keep these areas covered or cleaned, in order to prevent impetigo.

Please let me know if your child does contract Impetigo.

Action Event September
By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

Thanks to all the families who participated in Feeding The Homeless with Sunshine Action last night. This was a valuable experience for our students who were able to make a difference for many people who live on the streets of HK.

Year 5 Wan Chai Photography Trip
By Amanda Bremner, PYP Coordinator

The Year 5’s are inquiring into different art forms as part of their current Unit of Inquiry. The photographers recently visited Wan Chai market to develop their skills and practice taking photos that convey an emotion.

An exhibition of their art works will be held in the school hall next Friday 5th October.

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


We are very short on fiction books in the languages of Hindi or Korean. If you have any books in these languages that are in good condition and suitable for primary school aged students we would be delighted to accept them. We also welcome books in any other languages.

If you visit a country where either of these languages are spoken, we will reimburse up to the cost of five books for the library, payable with a receipt.


All students from Years One to Six are able to borrow an extra book if it is in another language other than English. The extra book is to encourage and enable children to borrow books in a native tongue and must be used for this purpose only. Our Chinese Department purchased some lovely new books last term for the library and these are out on the shelves for the students to borrow.

Years 1, 2 & 3: 2 books of choice plus one other language book (3 in total)

Years 4, 5 & 6: 3 books of choice plus one other language book (4 in total)


We had an amazing response to our Google Form asking for parent helpers. Thank you to all those parents who have volunteered to come and help out in the library. Your assistance is much appreciated by our students and our class teachers.

South Africa Mobile Library – Children’s Books for Collection We accept books as follows :

  1. Written in English language
  2. Suitable for 6-12 years old
  3. Pages should not be yellow or brown (due to aging)
  4. No missing or torn pages
  5. No scribbling on the pages
  6. No textbook
  7. No magazines
  8. No encyclopaedias

P.T.A. News
By Catherine Hufton,  PTA Chairperson
NOTICE:  PTA Shop will be closed on Monday 8 October, 2018.

Year 5 Cake Sale

The Year 5 cake sale will be held on Thursday, 11th October 2018. We would be grateful if each Year 5 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 no nuts or nut products in the cakes.

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 nine 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.

Bradbury School
PTA Committee Members 2018-2019
Hufton, Catherine Ann Chairperson 5C/3C
Mehta, Khyati Nilang Treasurer 4B
Francis, Katie Ann Secretary 5T/4V
Tang, Eric Shu Fun Member 6B
Mateijsen, Adriana Ida Maria Member 5C/4H/2F
Choi, Helen Yan Yan Member 4A
Cheung, Priscilla Tak Wai Member 1R
Young, Elizabeth Anne Member 6G/1R
Xu, Kelly Yan Member 2A
Taylor, Lynda Member 2K
Rizvi, Saman Agha Member 4A
Webster, Sandra Member
Bremner, Amanda Member
Maclay, Ally Member
Phillips, Katie Member
Gong, Lin PTA Administrator

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—Creative Art with Fabrics, Fabric Design, Crafting & Creative Sewing – Alifya Kasubhai (Fabric Art), contact Alifya Kasubhai 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

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

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

Basketball Training – Hong Kong Star Basketball Training Centre Limited, contact Yuki Lai at 9669 4280 or yukilai@hk-bbstc.com website: www.hk-bbstc.org

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.