As the weather gets colder, it’s time to think about protecting you and your family from winter flu. October and November are the recommended months to have the flu vaccination. The upcoming APEC conference will have an impact on drivers and cars during early November. Try to avoid those fines and make allowances for the inevitable congestion. In school news, the British School of Beijing will be hosting a Community Open Morning, Harrow will be providing some fun at their Autumn Fair, and The Children’s House now offers a new nursery class. If you enjoy Italian food and wine, head over to TapasPlus for a wine pairing evening.
Flu shots are now available at all Beijing United Family Hospital locations, including the Shunyi Clinic, for RMB 99. The FLUARIX vaccine is imported from Germany. Nurses are also available to visit your office to provide on-site flu shots for employees. Organizations with 30 or more participants are eligible for this service. To schedule your flu shot call 4008 919 191, for more information on how to reserve on-site services, call 5927 7362.
The upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference will take place in Beijing (Huairou district) from November 7-12. Traffic restrictions will be in place throughout Beijing, including the Shunyi area. Number plates ending in an even number will only be allowed to drive on even-numbered dates, and odd numbers on odd-numbered dates; these restrictions will apply from November 3 -12, and there will be fines for any breach of the rules.
Many Government offices and local Chinese schools will be closed for the week, but international schools will remain open. However, this may change if the Government extends the regulation to the international sector. Traffic is likely to be fairly intense during the conference, especially on the Jingcheng Expressway and the Jingmi Highway.
The British School of Beijing (BSB)
BSB Shunyi hosts a Baby Group every Monday from 9-10.30am in the Primary School Soft Play Room. The group is free and is suitable for babies aged 0 to 18 months. It’s a great way to meet other families, whilst your little ones enjoy soft play, messy play, seasonal crafts, singing and actions, and lots more. Drinks and snacks are provided. Spaces are limited, to sign up contact (8047 3558, firstname.lastname@example.org)
BSB Shunyi is hosting their Community Open Morning on Wednesday November 5 from 8.30-11am. Open to anyone in the community wishing to visit Preschool, Primary (English or German stream), Secondary, and IB Diploma. Come and see the school in action, take a tour of the facilities, visit classrooms, and have the chance to see the teaching and learning that takes place. Visitors will have an opportunity to talk to teaching staff, learn about the curriculum, hear about examination results, and the different music and sports programs on offer. For more information contact (139 1082 1004, email@example.com)
Harrow Autumn Fair
On Saturday October 18 from 10am-4pm, Harrow International School Beijing is hosting its Autumn Fair. There will be fun activities and stalls, for the whole family to enjoy. With foods, from around the world, games, crafts, gifts, and a raffle. This annual event supports both the school and charities, as chosen by Harrow students. Whether it’s outdoor or indoor, depending on the weather and air quality, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
The Children’s House
The Children’s House has opened a new nursery class, at their Yosemite Campus. Accepting children aged 1 to 3 years the class offers a small ratio of 1 adult to 3 children. To celebrate the opening of this new class, the first 15 families who sign up will get free registration worth RMB 2,500 plus a 30 per cent discount off tuition fees. To be eligible, families must sign up before October 31, and enroll for a minimum of three morning sessions per week. Families have the opportunity to try out the school first, with five consecutive free sessions available, before you sign up. For more information contact (8041 7083, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.montessoribeijing.com
Pelissero Wine Dinner
On Saturday October 18 from 6.30-10.30pm, Tapas Plus will be hosting a Pelissero Wine Dinner. Enjoy a superb meal of cod fish, saffron risotto, beef marrow, bread-crumbed fillet of beef, and a chocolate parfait. Designed and prepared by Eatalicious Group Master Chef, Roberto Masili’s dishes will be paired with Belstar prosecco to start, followed by pairing wines from Pelissero. The Pelissero family has been cultivating their Treiso vineyards in Italy for three generations. For reservations, contact 6143 8910. TapasPlus, Unit 709 Pinnacle Plaza 天竺荣祥广场709号 www.eatalicious.com
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos: courtesy of BJU, courtesy of BSB, the_moment (Flickr)