Message from the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,

This term has been extraordinarily busy with school sport. Our school has been able to field teams across a wide variety of sports and the enthusiasm of our students has meant that it has been one of the busiest in our history.

Our sports programs play a key role in Island School life and we have a proud tradition of nurturing the talents of some of Hong Kong's premier athletes.

Our success in sport is driven by the large contingent of students participating in a comprehensive range of competitive interschool sports and non-competitive, school based sports conducted on a weekly basis.

Representing the “Typhoons” is seen as an honour at Island School and our athletes become part of a tradition which imposes a high expectation of personal conduct where fair play and good sportsmanship are valued above all else.
Our coaches’ focus on building a culture that revolves around how we play rather than the result, and the students themselves hold team mates to account in committing to this ethos.

I have been thrilled by our students’ commitment to training and competition which endures even when the weather is not conducive. 

Congratulations to Mr Marc Sexton our Director of Sport and all of the coaches and athletes for a very successful year. The amazing success will be celebrated at the annual sports awards which will take place on the 27th April 2023, at 16:00. Some refreshments and games will be held on the courtyard.

Thank you to those of you that were able to attend the parent coffee zoom - Inclusive Practice at IS today. For those who would like to review the meeting, it can be found here. 

Mr Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School

Operations Update

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, we would like to ask that you report this in advance. You can do this by emailing or through the ESF app (How to use ESF App). This will then negate the need for our office staff to follow-up with you. 

27th: Y11 Parent Information Evening
27th: Enterprise Club Trade Fair
27th-31st: Y12 Practice English A Individual Orals
28th: Trip: Y11 Beacon Hill School Mentorship Programme
28th-30th: Island School Musical Theatre Production
28th: Trip: Y10 GCSE trip to Cup Noodle Museum
29th: Y13 Volleyball Inter-House
31st: ESF Technicians CPD Day
31st: Last Day of Term 2 & Last Day for Y13
31st: Trip: GCSE Food trip to Cup Noodle Museum

Sports Fixtures:
28th: U16 & U20 Girls Volleyball @IS -
28th: HKSSF C GradeBoys Badminton Playoffs @Smithfield Sports Centre - 14:50 departure 
29th: ISSFHK U16 Girls Badminton @CAIS - 14:50 departure (17:10 return) 
30th: ISSFHK U16 Boys Badminton @ SIS - 14:50 departure (17:00 return) 
31st: HKSSF B Grade Girls Badminton Playoffs @Chai Wan Sports Centre (17:30 return) 
31st: HKSSF C Grade Boys Football @ Po Tsui Park - 14:45 departure (17:15 return) 

Gavin Faussett, Vice Principal Operations

Message from the Middle Phase

Parent-Teacher Consultations

It was wonderful to host well over 1000 parent-teacher consultations with Year 8 families this week. These discussions are powerful opportunities to share the progress that students are making and discuss strategies to enhance learning even further. We look forward to hosting consultations with families from Year 7 and Year 9 shortly after Easter. Please save these dates, further information will be shared directly with parents nearer the time:

Year 7 Parent Teacher Consultations: Thursday 4th May
Year 9 Parent Teacher Consultations: Tuesday 9th May

Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to all the Merit winners this week.

Mark Jobling, Vice Principal, Middle Phase

Message from the Senior Phase

There is a very fine tradition of Year 13s engaging in fun and frivolity in the final week of lessons before they begin study leave for their IBDP examinations. Due to Covid, this has been seriously diminished in recent years and this year we are looking forward to the return of this tradition next week. Year 13s have a huge responsibility to bring this back in a way that strikes the tone of celebration and fun. I am confident that they know how to do this and that next week will be a fun week for everyone.

The fun kicked off this week with a Year 13 Pool Party on Wednesday. It was great to see the students take the first dip in our brand-new swimming pool and they enjoyed being joined by Mr Loggie.  Further events will take place next week, and the whole school community looks forward to enjoying the celebrations. 

This week the Year 13 Visual Art Exhibition opened.  The exhibition showcased the fantastic work of our BTEC and IBDP students. Congratulations to all the students who exhibited their work and to the Art department who have supported them in preparing for the exhibition.

Year 12 Extended Essay

The process of allocating Extended Essay (EE) supervisors to Year 13 has begun, and before the end of the term, students will have their first meeting about their EE.  During this first meeting, teachers will explain the role of the student and the supervisor.  Students are expected to

  • demonstrate they have read example Extended Essays along with the subject-specific section of the EE guide and start to discuss the possible topics outlined in their initial EE proposal.  
  • discuss how they will plan and organize their time.
  • discuss expectations for the next meeting – by then students should have a focused topic area and written ideas and options on their research question.

Year 13 Zoom Parent Information Session This Week

Thank you to the parents who joined us for the Y13 Zoom Parent Information session on Tuesday this week. The Senior Phase Team shared information about

  • Arrangements for IBDP exams
  • Study leave 
  • Supporting your child during times of stress
  • Managing university offers
  • End of year celebrations
  • Post results support offered by Higher Education Counsellors

If you were unable to join the live session the slides and Zoom recording are here on the website.

Please see below the 2023 Higher Education and IB Exam Information Packs 
Year 13 IB Exam Info Pack 2023.docx 
Year 13 HE Info Pack 2023 

Year 11 Zoom Parent Information Evening on, 6pm 27th March

The final Y11 Zoom Parent Information session will be held at 6 pm on Monday, March 27th at 6 pm. Please use this link to register for the webinar. Topic include:

  • Arrangements for GCSE exams
  • Study leave 
  • Supporting your child during times of stress
  • The Year 11 Bridge Week (exam break week)
  • End of year celebrations

HE Events

Click here for the HE website and to register for HE events

Beth Hall, Vice Principal, Senior Phase.
Chinese Magazine's 8th Issue

The 8th Issue of the Chinese Magazine is led by Angle Qiu and Venus Tin from Year 12. The magazine includes tips from Year 12 to junior students and some philosophy and psychology articles to open your eyes! Happy Easter Holiday in advance! 

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ESF Sports & Language (Spring Camp) 3-14 April 2023

Spring into life and join ESF Sports & Language for some fun and adventure where they have a variety of courses and workshops on offer for students of all ages. From hockey, lacrosse, tag rugby, football to basketball, we really do have something for everyone! With week-long programmes or one-off seasonal workshops for your flexibility, we’ll keep your children busy and engaged this Spring.

Check out our Spring Camp brochure HERE
Online Coding classes are available! 

Course Listing (Island School): HERE
Hotline: 2711 1280

Wilberforce House Charity Week, raising money for Chicken Soup Foundation.
Click the image to see more photos from the week.
Inter House Rowing

On Tuesday 21st of March this week, Island School participated in a whole school Inter-House Indoor Rowing event. The competition ran throughout the school day and students from all year groups were tasked to row as far as they could in relay-style races.

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Alliance Breakfast

On 22 March, Island School hosted its second Alliance Breakfast of the school year. Guests included, alumni, parents and friends of the school. The Island School Alliance is a partnership activity where people interested in supporting the school and the wider community of Islanders come together to meet like minded people and discuss partnership opportunities.

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Environmental Science Unit

As part of the Environmental Science unit, Year 9 students modelled an oil spill, investigating the effects on different materials, such as feathers, stones and plants. They trialled and evaluated a variety of strategies to clean up the oil. Students were able to relate their learning to real life events, such as the recent U.N purchase of FSO Safer in Yemen, to avoid any further catastrophe. They concluded the lesson by researching and discussing the latest advances in oil spill clean ups.
Helpers Appreciation Day

On Sunday the 12th of March, Island School hosted its first Helpers Appreciation Day in over five years. Activities included volleyball, karaoke and a professional cooking session. Over 30 helpers took part in this event, one which we hope to grow and repeat on a more regular basis here at Island School. 

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Bring Your Own Initiative 

Wanbo, Island School's green group have join forces with the school's catering company, Asia Pacific Catering, to encourage everyone to bring their own cup. From now till the end of term, every 10 drinks purchased with your own cup equals a free drink!

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Green Week Review

“Happy Green Week — now is the time to take action!” This chant was heard all around the Island School campus during Green Week — WANBO’s official annual initiative that took place this year from the 13th to the 17th of March. 

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IB Sports Science visits Cryo Hong Kong

IB Sports Science students visited the recently opened Cryo Hong Kong to learn about some of the recovery techniques used by athletes to enhance performance. Some of the modalities shown included cryotherapy, compression therapy, red light therapy and hyperbaric chamber therapy. This was a valuable insight to active recovery which they are studying at present.
Thank you to Mr Browne (who is currently studying for his PGCE) for organising this trip.
Spring Fair, 21 April 2023

Island School is delighted to invite you to our Spring Fair on Friday April 21st 2023, 4-8:30pm. It will also mark the opening of our new Borrett Road campus with our students and families. Please register your interest and sign up for a free bus service on this form by April 14th the latest. 
We look forward to seeing you on campus for some games, food, music and more.

Parent Volunteer Recruitment
Volunteer parents are at the heart of all successful events supported by the PTA. Support is needed in different ways - please sign up here to help make the IS Spring Fair 2023 a memorable one!

Gently-Used Books
With an aim to recycle books within the school community we appeal for donations to the gently-used books stall. Please make sure books are suitable/exclusive for secondary school students and in good condition. Please leave the books in the box outside the PTA Office Room G03.
Baked Goods Donation
This week we appeal to the bakers in the parent community to prepare treats for the baked goods stall.
Please register here to support the stall.
Look out next week for more ISPTA updates for the IS Spring Fair.
To contact ISPTA, please email
To learn more about the ISPTA, visit

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