Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and caregiver

At this week's ISPTA meeting, I requested financial support to take the non-exam students to Ocean Park before the end of the school year. At face value, I understand that this may look like an “unwind” activity or even a reward for students, but my justification went much more profound.

Even though schooling is returning to normal post the covid pandemic, the impact on our young people endures. My observations are that many students:-

  • Are lacking confidence in unfamiliar settings
  • Struggle in teamwork activities,
  • Delayed physical coordination,
  • Overusing technology.

We must continue to maintain our commitment to address to enable every one of our students to overcome the drastic impacts that covid has had on their young lives.

We need to renew our commitment to:-

  • Setting high expectations for conduct, especially a zero tolerance to bullying in any form
  • Join in with students to ensure they maintain high levels of physical activity especially those that challenge them.
  • Develop and model healthy routines for using technology with clear limits on hours accessed, purpose of use and reduce phone and headset usage,
  • Support students to manage their academic responsibilities and balance their lifestyle.
  • Being prepared to prioritise holistic development and make adjustments to regular routines as required.

The Ocean Park excursion will provide an invaluable opportunity for our students to socialise in semi supervised environment and sends a clear signal to our students about that we value much more than test scores.

The next coffee zoom will be held next Friday by our Higher Education Team. 
Parent coffee zoom Details
Topic: HE in the middle phase (Y7-Y10)
Date: 19 May 23
Time: 8:00am
Register Here

Best wishes,
Mr. Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School

IS Celebration Back to Borrett Hoodie


Due to production overrun, there are a limited quantity of IS 'Back-to-Borrett' Celebration Hoodies available for purchase. 

The Hoodies will be listed on the Island School uniform ordering web page at from 12 noon on Monday, 15 May 2023.

Quantities are strictly limited and no more will be produced - this is your last chance to buy!

Parents and students are advised that for these sales there will be:

  • NO refunds
  • NO size exchanges and
  • NO customization option

Click here for the Island School Uniform Ordering Web page
Remember, the final chance Hoodies will go 'live' on Monday, 15 May @ 12 Noon.

Operations Update

Quest Week

Thank you for supporting Quest Week. We are delighted to have 22 trips confirmed, including the three year group trips for Years 7, 8 and 9. Amazingly, we will facilitate at least 416 students travelling overseas on ten trips, who will be supported by 38 members of staff.  

Events next week

  • 15th: Y7 IDU Trips to Outlying Islands
  • 16th: Y12 BTEC Creative Media Photography Exhibition
  • 16th: Assembly - Y10 Practice Exams (Performance Space)
  • 18th: Gauss Mathematics Competition 2023
  • 18th: Unifrog Training for Parents (via Zoom)

Sports Fixtures:

  • 15th May: U12 Boys Football @IS 
  • 15th May: U12 Girls Volleyball @HKIS 
  • 15th May: U14 Netball @IS 
  • 16th May: U12 Boys Volleyball @IS 
  • 18th May: HKSSF C Grade Girls Basketball @Sun Yat Sen 

Gavin Fausset, Vice Principal Operations

Message from the Middle Phase

Parent information evening - Save the date

Please save the date for our upcoming Parent Information session:
Tuesday 30th May, 5:30 pm
"Understanding & Supporting Teenage Anxiety & Mental Health: A Guide for Year 7-10 Parents"

The session will take place online and a recording will be shared with all parents. Further details about the session will be shared closer to the time.

Year 10 Exams

We will be meeting with all Year 10 students at an assembly next week to discuss details of their forthcoming Practice Exams, including the timetable, how to prepare and how to conduct themselves during study leave. Our overarching message is that this is a valuable opportunity to experience an extended assessment period, and to receive specific feedback from their teachers on strengths and areas to improve.

Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to all the Merit winners this week.

Mark Jobling, Vice Principal, Middle Phase

Message from the Senior Phase

Thank you to the Year 12 parents who joined us for the Zoom parent information evening on Thursday this week. If you were unable to join us, you can find the Zoom recording and slides on the school website here

Year 12 Practice Exams will take place in the week of May 22nd. Parents may access the practice exam timetable here. Students will have study leave from DP lessons during the period of the practice exams (BTEC lessons will continue). During study leave, students are welcome to attend school and study in the Senior Learning Hub. 

Beth Hall, Vice Principal, Senior Phase.

HE Events

Year 7-12 Parents Higher Education Information Session - Understanding Unifrog

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming Unifrog Training Session hosted by the Higher Education Team, which will take place on Thursday, May 18th, 6-7p.m. via Zoom.

Zoom ID: 95672073290 or please click this URL to join:  

Unifrog is a whole-school careers and destinations platform for students that is used across all ESF schools. We encourage parents to conduct independent research in order to have a better understanding of what career and university options are available for students. During the session, parents will be able to log in to Unifrog and explore the main features: personality tests, subjects, and careers libraries, various resources ranging from assistance in writing personal statements/essays to access to virtual undergraduate lectures and webinars, study options around the world and many more.

The Higher Education Team

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

Photography Exhibition

Visit the photography exhibition coming soon on May 16th (Tuesday) to support your Year 12 BTEC Creative Media students! The exhibition will be up all day, make sure to come by Room G06 at the library to check out photographs of the "Hong Kong Life" by Anton Newcomb, Bianca VIncent, Chloe Choi, Dean Schneider, Josie Wightman, Max Young, Onnie Hui, Taiki Tanaka, Thomas Liao and Tristan Ng!
Student Leavers & Withdrawals

Parents who wish to withdraw their child from Island School at the end of an academic year, should submit a notification by the 15th of May. Please submit a Student Withdrawal Form via the ESF App*. The online Student Withdrawal form is the only official way for parents to inform Island School of their children leaving the school.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Admissions Office at
Recycling in Island School

As we all know, recycling is an important aspect of sustainable living and plays a crucial role in reducing the amount of waste that is generated and sent to landfills. At WANBO, we recognise the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, and we are committed to promoting responsible waste management practices. 

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Textbook Marketplace

The Textbook marketplace will be open to the entire Island School community. However, only Year 9 or above students are allowed to sell learning materials. Examples of resources you could potentially sell include textbooks, past papers, notes, or reading material. We will be collecting the contact information of sellers so that those purchasing can contact you directly.  

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CityU 3rd One Health COVID 19- Writing Competition 

Congratulations to both Rachel Yoon (11W) and Katrina Hon (11R) for winning the Open Stream: Senior - Oral History section. Rachel won 1st place and Katrina won 2nd place, and there were over 250 entries this year.
The competition has provided a literary space for secondary students to appreciate the impact the COVID19 pandemic had on their communities and families. Well done Rachel and Katrina!
IS Netball Team

Congratulations to the Girls U12 and U14 Netball team where they beat GSIS (U12 17-3) and (U14 19-7) in yesterday's matches. Keep up the good work!

Wanderlust- Imaginings 2023

Imaginings magazine celebrates all forms of student creativity, and once again the standard of the submissions has been excellent; it has been a real privilege to see the range of imagination and skill from all year groups. Congratulations to all those whose work has been included!

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Science Journal Certificate Presentation

This week was the Science Journal certificate presentation and we had speeches and certificates to celebrate the publication of the journal. The students were congratulated on their achievements, in particular, the quality of their writing by Ms. Hall, the range of relevant and engaging topics (from Environmental Science, to Maths, to Astrophysics, to Psychology) by Ms. Burgon and their passion for their chosen topics by Mr. Jobling. 
Island School Spring Fair

Relive the smiles, cuisines, games and stalls of the wonderful evening by clicking here.

Looking Ahead: Getting Involved

Our successful events such as the Spring Fair are possible with the help of our dedicated parent volunteers. Next academic year, we will be in full swing with our cultural events and there will be many opportunities to be involved. Please fill out this online form if you would like to help and at the same time meet other parents and feel more connected to school life. We will be in touch!

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