Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers and Students,

One of the distinctive approaches to teaching and learning at Island School is to develop students’ potential to be the leaders of tomorrow. For more than 50 years, the Head Students at Island School have played a vital role in shaping our school to ensure that the student experience is of the highest quality.

From reviewing the applications, collecting feedback from teachers and student leaders, evaluation from Heads of House, to conducting a final interview, the annual selection process is comprehensive and open. 

As the Chair of this selection panel, I am always impressed by the exceptional standard of the applications. Not only did they put forward their candidacy with passion and humility, but also they have skillfully showcased their significant leadership track records for leading projects which have made the school community and Hong Kong better for us all.

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the Head Students for 2023-2024 are:

·       Airi Tachino (Da Vinci)

·       Hannah Wu (Da Vinci)

·       Ray Yao (Fleming)

·       Hannah Lee (Rutherford)

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of the outgoing Head Students, Angela Chen (Da Vinci), Charlie Lam (Einstein), Fiorelli Wong (Rutherford) and Sam Hui (Wilberforce), they have been a constant source of inspiration to the student body.

It is also important to recognise the following students who were shortlisted and interviewed for these posts:

· Audrey Leung, E

· Yimo Yao, E

· Alex Sallustro, F

· Kin Ching Ip, N

· Sophie Luk, N

· Ginny Park, W

All of the shortlisted candidates are wonderful leaders in their own right and will be integral to our success in the year that lies ahead.

The next coffee zoom will be held next Friday by Mr Gavin Fausset, Vice Principal, School Organisation.

Parent coffee zoom Details
Date: 17 Feb 2023
Time: 8:00am
Topic: Quest Week
Register Here

Mr Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School

IS Celebration Back to Borrett Hoodie!

It’s here! Order fast! Available for short time only!
The Back to Borrett Hoodie, designed by students with support from the PTA, celebrates our return to our home campus.
It is an all-weather hoodie that can be worn as part of the uniform. 
For each Hoodie sold, $40 will be donated to school-supported charities. 
When can I order?
The ordering period is from 20 Jan to 19 Feb 2023 at 11:59 pm. No extensions.
How do I order?
Order online via the links exclusive to Island School:
Style #1:  Back to Borrett Hoodie with personal name option (extra $60) or
Style #2:  Back to Borrett Hoodie without name
Only orders received via the above special links will be accepted for the Back to Borrett Hoodie. Please choose which hoodie you would like to order and click on that link. 
What sizes are available?
Sizes range from 10/11 to 18/19. Please see the detailed size guide and check measurements carefully. 
For quick reference, you may use the existing IS Fleece Jacket size. For example, check the jacket size of the larger of the combined measurement - for size 10/11 Hoodie, try Size 11 Fleece Jacket; for 16/17 Hoodie, try Size 17 Fleece Jacket. 
Samples of the regular pull-over hoodies in the PTA office are available if you wish to check sizes. 
What is the exchange and return policy? 
1) All pre-ordered Back to Borrett Hoodies are non-refundable.
2) Back to Borrett Hoodies without names are eligible for size exchanges subject to stock availability. No guarantees.
It’s important to check the measurements carefully to get the right size.
When will I get my Hoodie? 
Delivery is currently expected in late April/early May to your home address. Watch the newsletter for updates.
Please email for any assistance. 

Key Dates

13th-18th: Einstein Charity Week

  • 13th-25th: Y9 TFL Meetings

  • 13th: Y11 Art Workshop

  • 14th: Y11 Design Technology Day (Make Day)

  • 15th: Y11 IGCSE Pre-release Exam Day

  • 15th: IS Cross Country

  • 15th: ESF Design Day

  • 17th: Y7 Handball IH

  • 17th: Career Event

Message from the Middle Phase

Semester Two Elements courses begin
A distinguishing feature of an Island School education is the explicit development of competences through our Futures Curriculum. This week has been a milestone in the year, as Year 9 and 10 students completed their Semester One Elements course and began a new programme, and Year 8 students engaged with Elements for the first time. 
Whilst this provides an opportunity for students to have fun with engaging activities that “get them into their element”, the value of these experiences come to the fore with the planning and reflective tasks that students engage with, that highlight for them the growth in their competences.

Mark Jobling, Vice Principal Middle Phase

Merit Award Winners
Congratulations to all the Merit winners this week

Message from the Senior Phase

Year 11 Monday Bridge Programme
As mentioned in the newsletter last week, Year 11 Monday Elements lesson time is now allocated to The Bridge Programme and began this week with an engaging session led by our Higher Education Team. In this session Year 11 students were given the opportunity to explore in greater depth the careers and university platform, ‘Unifrog’. Students had collaborative discussions on understanding their school transcript, and identifying priorities in a university choice to inform research in the summer break. Students also had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Unifrog’s University Tool. A follow-up to this session will take place on Monday 13th February.  

Year 12 and 13 Career Event - Friday 17th Feb
This session on Friday 17th Feb from 1-2 pm is open to students in Years 12-13 and will be focused on career preparation. Speakers will share tips on how to prepare successfully for a job interview and how to cope with the pressure in a competitive workplace and the rigours of university.
The speakers' profile can be found here.
Places are limited and students are encouraged to sign up early using this google form

 Year 13 Wellbeing Support in Phase Time

Ms Hall and school Counsellors Ms Kate Yu and Ms Lilly Wu this week lead a session for Year 13 about supporting well-being during times of stress.  Students were encouraged to reflect on their proactive strategies to manage deadlines and exams, explore the concept of self-care and engage in strategies such as mindful breathing and increased awareness of the body’s physical response to stress.  
Parents may access the slides here.
Year 13 Dinner Dance
We are delighted to be able to hold the Year 13 Dinner Dance this year.  Students have started to plan the event and are being wonderfully supported by the PTA who will host a parent cocktail hour from 6-7 pm at the venue on the evening of the Dinner Dance. The Dinner Dance and parent cocktail hour will be held at Aberdeen Marina Club on Thursday, May 25th 2023. Next week, parents will receive a Gateway e.payment request for this event.  Student tickets will be $900 and we hope that everyone will be able to attend.
Calculators for exams.
Students are allowed the use of calculators in some of their exams. It is the responsibility of students to make sure their calculators comply with the specifications of JCQ (for iGCSE) or IB
Students should seek clarification from their teachers if unsure.
Year 11 Key Dates in Term 3
Study Leave begins: April 21st
GCSE Exams period: April 26th- June 20th
The Online Bridge Week (no GCSE exams this week):  29th May - June 2nd 
Year 11 Dinner Dance: June 1st
Please note, further information, including an explanation of the Bridge Week, will be shared at the Year 11 Parent Information Evening on March 28th.

Message from the Head Students

Firstly, we would like to congratulate Airi Tachino (12D), Hannah Lee (12R), Ray Yao (12F) and Hannah Wu (12D) for their appointment as Head Students for the 2023–24 school year! This is an extraordinary role that allows these four students to exercise their leadership and influence in shaping the school community. We are more than certain that they will continue to exemplify the Island School culture, values and spirit, and we look forward to seeing their work in making Island School an even better, more vibrant, and more interconnected place.

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Island School looks forward to welcoming Year 13 Parents to campus for an informal lunch, please see the menu below. 

1. Sole Meuniere with Roasted Vegetables. 
2. Lemongrass Chicken with Red Rice and Wok Fried Seasonal Vegetables.
3. Impossible Lasagna with Garlic Bread and Salad.

Please log on to Gateway
Then follow this link to find out more and pre order your lunch
Inter-House Cross Country 

This year the Inter-House Cross Country event will take place on Wednesday 15th February along Bowen Road. The race will run throughout the school day. Please find the details below:

Time       Year Group
8:20         Y11
9:10         Y10
10:35       Y8
11:30       Y7
12:30       Y9
13:45       Y12&13


Today the whole school walked to raise money for the Nicola & Kenneth Bursaries fund.  This charity supports Hong Kong teenagers in severe financial need. 
Thank you to all those students who donated yesterday or today. If every student donates $250 or more we can reach our target. Some families have donated the complete cost of a bursary $3000 which helps a young person pay for their exam fees, transport to school and other basic living costs. 

Click here to make a donation
(via the school's Paypal account) 
ESF STEM Innovation Fair (InnoFair) 2023

Island School students won 1st and 2nd place at the ESF STEM Innovation Fair (InnoFair) 2023. Airi Tachino in 12D and Anson Chan in 12F won first place, while Hannah Lee, Quenie Lam and Tammi Ip, all in 12R, were awarded Second Runner Up.

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English into the 21st Century 

The English department, this year, have been focused on addressing the demands for a personalised teaching and learning approach, one that provides timely and effective feedback and interventions.
The Century is an online A.I. platform available to all Year 7-11 students. The English teachers are using the platform to enhance our teaching by collating actionable data insights to support timely, targeted interventions. Through these interventions and the use of AI students are set individualised learning pathways which constantly update: their strengths, targets to improve and how they can be stretched.
The feedback, so far, has been extremely positive! More information about the Century platform can be found here:

Have a conversation with your child about how they are using The Century. If you have any questions please email: Gary Corlett, Head of English. 

Chinese Magazine's 5th Issue 

Chinese Magazine's 5th Issue is here to celebrate the Lunar New Year!  Led by Angelica Lau and Venus Tin and supported by a team of amazing new writers from Year 9 and Year 10, we present interesting information about JIEQI and celebrate the achievements of students. Four Year 7 students support us with their creative writing. A great read!

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ISSFHK Cross Country

The International Schools Sports Federation, Cross Country, in Tai Lam country Park was held on Friday 3rd Feb with 26 schools entering. Island School competed with 8 teams and successfully finished in 6th position. 
With an amazing result we are pleased to congratulate Charlotte Fenwick who received a bronze medal for the U12 girls.

Other teams including the U20 girls, U16 girls and U14 girls narrowly missed out on a medal position and all finished in 4th place. Congratulations everyone!
Island School Welcomes Women in STEM 

Wednesday 18th January saw the very first Girls Rising x Sciences Women in STEM talk. We welcomed four amazing women making a difference in their STEM fields to the Performance Space to talk to our students about their experiences studying and working in fields traditionally associated with men. These women are proactive in changing that and it was both fascinating and inspiring to hear their stories and their passion for working in STEM. 

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F1 in School

On Thursday, F1 in Schools Elements had their race day in the courtyard. 5 teams competed in 13 races down our 24 metre track. During  Elements, students have been studying aerodynamics using our wind tunnel and virtual software to test different concepts. They have learnt advanced CAD skills, CNC milling and 3D printing to produce their prototype. Teams initially used this knowledge to create 2 development cars to test in the wind tunnel and on the track and  then used this data to develop their final car. 


Save the Date- IS Spring Fair: 21 April 2023

The PTA is happy to support the Spring Fair 2023 during the evening of Friday 21 April. 

Look out for more information and call outs for volunteer help next week !

ISPTA Term 1 Newsletter

Our Term 1 Newsletter is out, have a look at a recap of last term’s highlights.

To contact ISPTA please email
To learn more about the ISPTA visit

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