Greetings to our Bradbury School Community
Wow! What a huge success our Winter Night Market was. Thank you to our hardworking PTA committee, headed by Kelly Xu, for all of your behind the scenes work over several months. Thank you also to the parents who worked hard to generously provide the food – which was delicious! Also to the Bradbury staff for supporting our PTA by manning stalls and helping with the set up. Thank you also to Rick Blacklaws and his site staff team for an efficient clean up. An event like this, where we all pitch in to create a great WNM, is a hallmark of our wonderful school.
As this is our last newsletter for 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to farewell Zac Dickinson, who leaves us at the end of term to relocate with his family back to New Zealand. Thanks, Zac, it has been great to have you be a part of the team, and we wish you well in your next adventure.
Next term, we will welcome back Anika Barry, who has been on maternity leave. She will take over 3DB for the remainder of the term.
Also farewell to Rick Blacklaws who has been our interim Site Manager this term. Thank you Rick, for an outstanding job of taking care of our school.
May I take this opportunity to wish each of you a joyful festive season and a relaxing and refreshing holiday.
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.
|10 December 2018 (Monday) – 13 December 2018 (Thursday)||Year 6 Camp||8:30 a.m.|
|10 December 2018 (Monday)||2A/2F HK History Museum||10:00 a.m.|
|14 December 2018 (Friday)||Last Day of Term 1 School Ends at 12 noon||12:00 noon|
|14 December 2018 (Friday)||Deadline for Registration of ESF Run|
|17 December 2018 (Monday) – 04 January 2019 (Friday)||Christmas Holidays ( No School )||———|
|07 January 2019 (Monday)||School Resumes Start of Term 2||8;30 a.m.|
|08 January 2019 (Tuesday)||Y5 Puberty Video for Parents||5:00 p.m.|
|09 January 2019 (Wednesday)||Year 6 DTP Injections|
|09 January 2019 (Wednesday)||Year 2 Theatre Trip to ABA Production|
|15 January 2019 (Tuesday) – 17 January 2019 (Thursday)||Year 6 Visits South Island School||8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.|
|15 January 2019 (Tuesday) – 17 January 2019 (Thursday)||Year 1 ( 2019- 2020) Admissions Interviews||8:30 a.m.|
|17 January 2019 (Thursday)||Year 4 Cake Sale||10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.|
|18 January 2019 (Friday)||Dr. Misty Adoniou Talk to Parents: Workshop on Supporting your child’s Reading||4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|18 January 2019 (Friday)||C.P.D. DAY ( No classes today)||——|
|22 January 2019 (Tuesday) – 23 January 2019 (Wednesday)||Year 1 ( 2019- 2020) Admissions Interviews||8:30 a.m.|
|24 January 2019 (Thursday)||Year 1 Kidsfest Theatre Trip|| |
By Therese Gallen, Vice Principal & Head of Literacy
January 18th, 4.00 – 5.30 pm
Save this date for a specialist workshop on supporting your child with reading.
We have been fortunate to secure Dr. Misty Adoniou to conduct a workshop for interested parents here at school, after our staff professional development day with her, on
January 18th. Dr. Adoniou is a recognised expert in children’s language learning, reading, grammar and the needs of ‘English as an Additional Language’ learners. She is always in great demand as a consultant and
presenter both in her home country Australia, and in a range of International contexts.
Dr. Adoniou is always an engaging and knowledgeable presenter. You are sure to gain great ideas and learn a bit more about how to best engage and support your child as a reader. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. This is a ‘not to be missed’ opportunity. So be sure to SECURE YOUR SEAT . Please email or ring Ms Fritzi at the front office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 25748249 to ensure that you don’t miss out.
Look forward to seeing many of you there.
Gateway Ongoing Student Progress Reporting
By John Ainsworth, Vice Principal
As part of our annual Assessment Recording and Reporting (ARR) process you are able to access your child’s ongoing assessments on Gateway, where you can view your child’s current level of achievement in assessed language and maths objectives as well as the assessed PYP Units of Inquiry. This will be available to you on Gateway from Friday 14th December 2018.
In addition, at the end of the school year in June 2019, you will be able to access, print and save your child’s ‘Annual School Report’ from Gateway.
To access your child’s Online Report on Gateway:
· Log into Gateway using your parent login details. (If you can’t remember either your User ID or Password for Gateway select “forgot password or login name” on Gateway login page.)
· In Gateway select:
– ARR Report
– Online Report
Please note that the objectives that your child has been assessed against for this ongoing reporting process are the same end of year objectives that will appear in the Annual School Report in June. Therefore, your child’s current achievement level may reflect that they are working towards achieving the objective which they would be expected to meet by the end of Term 3.
For your information, below are the descriptors used when assessing your child’s levels of achievement:
|1: Beginning||2: Consolidating||3: Meeting||4: Exceeding|
The student has begun to demonstrate some evidence of achieving year level learning outcomes, however, there is limited application of knowledge, skills and understandings. The student’s learning is below year level expectations at this time.
The student has demonstrated evidence of the year level learning outcomes. The student is practising skills and is developing knowledge and understandings. Although learning is at year level expectations, it is not yet fully consistent or independent.
The student has demonstrated knowledge of the year level learning outcomes and is applying knowledge, skills and understandings consistently and independently. Learning is at year level expectations.
The student has demonstrated evidence exceeding the year level learning outcomes in a variety of ways and applies higher level knowledge, skills and understandings consistently. Learning exceeds year level expectations.
Hong Kong Young Writers Awards – Final weeks to complete entries!
By Therese Gallen, Vice Principal & Head of Literacy
Hopefully all students who are planning to put in an entry this year have started writing or drawing !
I have already seen and heard about some great ideas, so lets encourage these students to keep up the good work and complete their entry.
Some reminders –
Students must work on their entries independently and all entries will be due into school by the first day of Term 2, Monday, January 7th. Students are also welcome to hand their entry in at school before this date- a good idea if they’d like it finished before the Christmas break.
This year’s competition is themed as – “ New Tales of the Ming Treasure Voyages”.
Students can submit entries in the following categories:
· Fiction · Non-Fiction · Poetry · Cover Art
Any student who would like to ‘check-in’ to discuss their entry with either myself or Ms Thompson can do so in the library during lunch or morning tea breaks.
You can find more information about the competition and this years’ theme, the categories and word limits at : https://www.hkywa.com/
dTap-IPV Year 6 Immunisations 2018-2019
By Lauren Lau, Health Professional
The School Immunization Team of the Health Department will visit our school on the 9th of January, 2019 (Wednesday) to offer the Diptheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis (reduced dose), and Inactivated Poliovirus vaccine (dTap-IPV) vaccination for Year 6 students only.
Please fill in either the consent form/refusal form, and return it to the medical room on or before 14th of December 2018, Friday. Please complete the form and attach your child’s medical records (copy/original). The medical records will be returned to you immediately after the immunization. If you do not receive all your child’s vaccination records, please contact me immediately.
The forms have been distributed to the Year 6 classes. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Action Day Celebrations 2019
By Amanda Bremner & Carol Farrington, Action Coordinators
On Friday, April 5th, 2019 we will have our annual Bradbury Action Day. On this day students demonstrate the responsibilities associated with being Internationally Minded and work with others for a shared purpose. Students are encouraged to participate in “tangible actions which make a difference,” linked to their learning and real life issues.
On this day the Bradbury community works with the NGO, Sunshine Action, to pack food or hygiene bags for people in need. This supports the elderly who are living alone in Hong Kong. This year we will be packing food bags consisting of soy sauce, cooking oil, canned foods and instant noodles. Over the next four months (until April) we will be talking to the students about Action through assemblies and class presentations, encouraging families to bring these food items into school. On the day, we are aiming to pack 4000 food bags and have a variety of Action based activities happening which will be linked to year group Unit of Inquiries.
During the next week you will see posters going up around school and conversations will be had in class with the students about the Global Goals and Action opportunities. Ms. Farrington and Ms. Bremner will also be calling for help with various tasks/actions on the day so please watch the upcoming newsletters and class emails for further updates.
Poems from Year 3
By Year 3 Students
Year 3 Poems – The students have been learning to use descriptive language to write a range of poems focusing on the use of line breaks, rhythm, rhyme and repetition. Enjoy our poems.
My costume is white
and my belt is brown,
I put on my clothes
and I feel so strong,
Brave and tough
I keep getting up,
My master is nice
and she is so strong,
I punch and I kick
and I killed the show,
The crowd goes wild
and then I go home.
by Maesie Hopkins, 3C
Blue, green, ocean.
A twirling typhoon falling powerfully.
Amazed and focus.
Exploding, escaping, splashing
A wave crashing
loudly and quickly.
An excited ocean.
By Jennie Huang, 3DB
By Jane Thompson, Librarian Teacher, and Connie Leung, Librarian Assistant
READING IN UNUSUAL PLACES
We will be running the Reading in Unusual Places competition again this year. We thought we would give the students plenty of notice so they can have a photo taken during the Christmas break or Chinese New Year Holiday. We will be accepting entries from Monday January 7th and the competition will close on Friday 15th March. The three winners will have their photos published in the Bradbury School Yearbook. All entries will be displayed in a photo gallery in the library. Please note that you can only submit one photo per student. We recommend that you do not alter the image in any away e.g. cropping or re-sizing. We will endeavour to acknowledge your entry via return email. Please check with us if you don’t receive this email.
Email entries to me at email@example.com.
BOOKAZINE BOOK FAIR
A big thank you for your support with this year’s Bookazine Book Fair. It was a wonderful success with many of our students purchasing books. It was lovely to hear the discussions about which books to buy as well as seeing them use their mental calculation skills to work out how much they were spending!
Lost and Found
By Therese Gallen, Vice Principal & Head of Literacy
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. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of by the end of the term. Please try to retrieve them by 14 December 2018.
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 blue lost and found bins are located in the following areas:
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.
It would also help if you label each item of clothing and water bottles and lunch boxes as this allows property to be returned to your child if they lose it.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Netball End of Season Write Up
By Iris Conlin, Year 6 Student
This season, the Bradbury School Netball ‘A’ team consisted of nine players. Lily, Sanjana, Asha, Millie, Skye, Jasmine, Julienne, Alyssa and Iris. Every player has played an equal amount of tournaments and contributed brilliantly to the team. The team has been made up of Year 6 students and who have played a lot of games together which helped them work exceptionally well as a team, but most importantly, overcome and learn from their mistakes. Together, they have become an amazing netball team.
Throughout the season, they played friendly matches against other schools on Hong Kong Island. The team played in the two major tournaments, the Island Schools tournament, at Wong Chuk Hang and the Hong Kong Primary Schools Netball Championship Finals, at Harrow school.
The Island netball tournament was the first tournament the A team had played in together. The A team really worked on coming in front of their players. The winners of the Island Tournament where QBS Quarry Bay School. Our team came joint fourth place having only lost two games.
On December the first, the team took part in the Championship Tournament at Harrow School. This was for all the international primary schools in Hong Kong. Unfortunately Lily Cook didn’t play as she had recently injured her finger.. In the group stages, Bradbury won all their games but lost to GSIS German Swiss International School. The game was close and GSIS only won by 2 goals. We qualified for the Quarter Finals where we faced the home side, Harrow. We lost five goals to six in an intense and thrilling game. . Harrow lost in the Semi finals to GSIS who went onto to beat Quarry Bay in finals.
One of the reasons we work so well together is because we are all friends and collaborate really well as a group. Despite our smaller size in comparison to the other school, we overcame this with great skill. Alyssa and Sanjana working hard in defence, the industrious Jasmine, Iris, Skye and Asha in the midcourt and Julienne and Millie working well up front to score. A lovely balanced team. We would like to thank our coaches who have transformed us from a team who could barely win a game to a team who qualified for the quarter finals and have won many games. The teachers we would like to thank are Ms Nichols, Mrs Thompson and Ms Balle. The players have really loved the season and have had a great time and are looking forward to playing more netball in the future.
By Tyson Uyede, Year 6 Student
The Bradbury School football team consists of the following squad: Jo Meekoms, Ben McEntee, Nicholas Keeley, Charlie Edwards, Tyson Uyede, Matteo Ng-Brett, Louis M, Aiden Wong and Hugo B. We have trained hard every Tuesday throughout term 1. Our season culminated with two tournaments, The Hong Kong Island Tournament on Thursday the 22nd of November, and The HKPSSA Football Championship on Saturday the 24th of November.
On the Thursday, it was an Island school tournament, which meant that it was all the teams on the Hong Kong Island side competing. In our first strong game against Kellet (Pok Fu Lam), we did well and the score was 2 goals to 0, which got us up in the top half of our table, we then beat Glenealy another good team 2-0 again, and scored some good teamwork goals. DBIS(B) was our next game after that and got another two goals, and only let one in our net, the goalkeeper Aidan Wong made some heroic saves, and helped our team to win.
For the first time in 5 years, we beat Kennedy School, one of the stronger teams in the tournament 3-0. Our defenders, Nicholas Keeley, and Charlie Edwards, never let a single player past them and were probably the men of the match. Our team played well enough to finish first place in the group stages, and do very well against some fantastic teams.
After that we went up to the Cup semi-finals, and played against GSIS, another great team, unfortunately lost 3-2, however Matteo Ng-Brett played fantastically, and managed to get a goal in, as well. Since we lost in the cup semi-finals, we went on to play against DBIS (A) in the plate finals, and then unfortunately lost 1-0, I think we all thought they were a tough team to play against.
On Saturday, we played the Championship tournament with many of the international schools in Hong Kong. We once again had one of the harder groups however once again defeated Kennedy school, 2-1, in first game. We were really excited. GSIS then played against us, and they played a great and fair game, and beat us 4-1. We were disappointed but we scored a great goal by passing through the other team, and snuck it in under the keepers legs, and into the net. We then played against Renaissance College, and unfortunately lost 2-0. Beacon Hill School was up for us to play next, as we beat them 5-0, and my personal highlight was that I scored three goals in the match. We got put into the Shield semi-finals, and beat Sha Tin School, 4-0. Matteo Ng-Brett scored two goals in that game, and Louis M scored a cracking free-kick from long range, and also got two goals. As we were celebrating, we also knew that we had to focus, for not only our last match, but for our last match that we will ever play for Bradbury.
Peak school, a great team, were getting set up in their positions while we were practising and training. The referee told us to get set up and blew the whistle. We were having a tough time playing and were pressured for most of the game. They then scored a lucky goal by dribbling past our defenders and sneaking it in to the bottom left-hand corner. We were devastated, but we kept fighting, until our goalkeeper picked up the ball and drop-kicked it out of his hands. I controlled it and layed it off for myself and, with the inside of my foot, I tapped it in under and through the goalkeepers legs. Luckily that goal saved us and it ended up as a tie at the end. Which meant penalties. Everyone’s nightmare! Three of us took a penalty and the other team’s goalkeeper made some great saves. Even though our goalkeeper Aiden Wong made 5 UNBELIEVABLE saves, Peak School were lucky enough to take away the victory.
Of course, our biggest thanks go to Mr. Fennelly, for being a great coach, and supporting us the whole way. Thanks to all my teammates for having a great time doing something we love and having loads of fun training and playing in the tournaments. Also a big thanks to all the parents for supporting and watching us throughout the matches.
After School Activities: Term 2 (Y3-6 Only)
By Ally Maclay, Head of Physical Education
Firstly, a big thank you to those who have supported the After School program in term 1. It’s been a long first term and I hope your children have enjoyed the variety on offer. All Term 1 activities stopped last week. I think you will all join me in thanking and applauding the teachers who give up their time to ensure your children have experiences in sports and other activities, beyond the classroom.
Term 2 activities will be on offer to sign up THIS Monday, 10th December. The sign up will be open until Monday, 7th January. But as usual, sign up will be on a first come first served basis. Please be aware the system will only allow you to sign up for 2 activities per child.
The following sports will be on offer:
Y3&4 TAG RUGBY – HAPPY VALLEY
Y5&6 TAG RUGBY – HAPPY VALLEY
YOGA (Y3-6) – BRADBURY SCHOOL
Y4- 6 HOCKEY – HAPPY VALLEY
Y4-6 BASKETBALL – BRADBURY SCHOOL
Y4-6 CRICKET – HKCC
RUNNING – HAPPY VALLEY
Next term there will be inter-school competitions and matches with all the above sports (apart from cricket). If you wish your child to represent Bradbury School in any of the competitions, they must train and take part in that activity.
I wish you all a wonderful festive break and a Happy New Year when it arrives.
By Amanda Bremner & Carol Farrington, Action Coordinators
Distribution of *Sunshine Fortune Bags* for Christmas 2018
SUPER VOLUNTEERS RECRUITMENT – http://www.sunshine-action.org/ourwork/Christmas.html
In honor to SZE CHOW
Date: SAT 8 DEC 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 noon
No. of volunteers needed: 80 volunteers
Contact person: Lee Yen Hao Herrick
Gathering Point: HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre 香港聖公會麥理浩夫人中心 – 鄰舍層面社區發展部 – 新界荃灣老圍村老圍公立學校 Lo Wai Public School, 137B Lo Wai Road, Tsuen Wan, N.T. Hong Kong Tel: 2493 8452 / 2492 9909
Team A: Lo Wai village 老圍村 (a 300 year olds Hakka village) will distribute approx. 100 bags
Team B: Kwong Pan Tin Village 光板田村, approx 100 bags
Team C: (to be confirmed, as colleague responsible has resigned in recent and arrangement has to be made): Fu Yung Shan Village 芙蓉芙蓉山村, approx 100 bags
-Please have breakfast before attending this event as it’s an energy consuming activity
–Please bring a big recycle or backpack to help carry the *Sunshine Fortune Bags* each weighs approx. 5 kg
-Please bring beverage, sunblock or umbrella according to weather.
If interested to join, please contact urgently the *Sunshine Ambassadors* in your school to sign up or contact Sunny +852 6888 4028 firstname.lastname@example.org
People Share Responsibility for the World by Taking Action
By Laura Gizzi, Year 6 Teacher
Year 6 students are currently inquiring into how People share responsibility for the world by taking action. Students have spent time unpacking the UN Global Goals and learning how they connect to local and global issues. To enhance the students’ learning this week, Year 6 students heard from Bradbury parent and CEO of Lender Friend, Rochelle Le Pine.
Rochelle talked about some of the problems migrant workers face here in Hong Kong and how Lender Friend has worked to support these issues. The students enjoyed hearing how Lender Friend helps these women break the cycle of debt, enabling them to build a sustainable future and educate their children. This talk led to many interesting discussions back in the classroom and has encouraged children to inquire further into other local issues and the actions being taken.
Thank you so much to Rochelle for taking the time to come and work with us in Year 6.
Team Fear Challenge 2018
By Joanne C., Bradbury Parent
Just want to share with you that after a great performance last Thursday, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Malcolm, Assassin, A Doctor and many other Bradbury boys & girls from Year 4-6 took up another challenge at Team Fear on Sunday.
Despite the wet and cold weather, they all completed the race with amazing team work! Proud of them all!
Have a nice evening!
Winter Night Market 2018
By Kelly Xu, P.T.A. Chairperson, and Lin Gong, Bradbury School P.T.A. Limited
Hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Night Market on November 30th. On behalf of the Bradbury PTA and the school, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the sponsors, school staff, volunteer parents, volunteer students as well as the PTA committee members who contributed lots of personal time and worked so hard to make this year’s Winter Night Market fun and successful.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents’ donations and sponsors for the hampers, tombola and the night market in general. We have also announced the results of Guess the Lego and Silent Auction, as well as a number of uncollected Tombola winning items via email and newsletter. Please note, the last day for collecting Silent Auction and Tombola winning prizes is DECEMBER 10th. After December 10th, the prizes will no longer be available. All tombola prizes can only be claimed by presenting matching tickets or proof of correct ticket. Please find sponsors’ details below and announcement details of Guess the LEGO, Silent Auction and Tombola uncollected prizes in attached PDF document.
WITH MANY THANKS TO ALL GREAT SPONSORS:
1 Night Stay Hotel (incl. Breakfast)
1 Night Stay Hotel (incl. Breakfast)
Kids Toys for Tombola & Wheel of Fortune
Von Burg Watches:
4 pieces of Jewelery
3 Summer Camp Vouchers
Y.K. Lau & Chu Solicitors:
Veuve Clicquot 12 bottles
Live Oyster Station at your Party
Hong Kong Golf Club:
18 Holes for 2 persons at Deep Water Bay Golf Club
1 week Meal Voucher
Sense of Touch:
Spa Facial Treatment
5 Free Drama Classes at Bradbury
Photo Booth Voucher
4 Boxes of Beer
Gilbert Wheely Bags
Limited Edition Soccer Club Ball
The Green Platters:
Farmers by Emma Pike:
3 Blind Mice:
Sausage Donations For BBQ
by ETAK International Ltd.
The ESF “Run for Our Future” is the major community engagement event organized by the
English Schools Foundation (ESF) among the annual ESF calendar of events. It will be
comprised of a running course of 1km to 10km, with adjacent community activities and carnival at Hong Kong Science Park.
The ESF Hong Kong Run:
Date: Saturday, 26th January 2019
Time: Start from 0830
Venue: Science Park, HK
Distance: 1Km, 3Km and 10Km
Open to: Students and families, teachers, support staff and their families and friends
Registration fee: Individual $200 / Family Run $450 (shuttle bus service from University Station to Science Park)
Online registration: https://hkrun.esf.edu.hk/en
Third-Party Organised After School Activities
Singing, Acting, Dancing – Ballet, Jazz, Tap Dance – CentreStage Studios HK Ltd., contact Imogen Taylor or Kaijah Bell at 5236 7960 or 2689 2272 or email@example.com website: www.centrestagestudioshk.com
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 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: