Message from the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,

Island School is values driven and that was clearly evident today as we celebrated the Lunar New Year and welcomed parents onto campus for our Open Day.

Shortly after we return from Lunar break, we will conduct our annual Award ceremonies which  celebrate achievement  and ask students to reset their goals for the second half of our school year. 

The purpose of these events is to acknowledge personal achievement at many levels. Awards are presented for:

·        Principal’s medals for outstanding academic achievement
·        Islander awards for students who engage fully in school life
·        Spirit awards to students who embody the school values
·        Special awards in Sporting and cultural achievements
·        Commitment to community service 

At the events students will be reminded that not everyone can be the best but that everyone can do their best.

Parents of recipients will be personally invited to attend if their young person is receiving an award; however all parents are welcome to join in these important celebrations. The date for this years ceremony are as follows: 23 Feb 2023.

Please note the date of the next coffee morning.
Parent coffee zoom Details
Date: 3 Feb 2023
Time: 8:00am
Topic: Global Citizenry at IS - What is it and why does it matter?
Register Here
Gung Hei Fat Choi,
Mr Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School

IS Celebration Back to Borrett Hoodie!

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. Check the newsletter for updates.
Please email for any assistance. 

Operations  Update

Year 11 Parent Consultation 
The first day after the Chinese New Year holiday is a half day due to the Year 11 Parent Conference. Students can travel to and from school as normal, using the school bus service. 
Please find Teacher’s Zoom Link here.
Visitors for Sports Fixtures
Thankfully, following the relaxation of covid restrictions, we are pleased to inform you that you are more than welcome to spectate your child/ren should they have fixtures at Island School. 
Please note, it is important that you conduct a RAT test prior to your visit. It is also important that you do not travel up to the school by private car (including taxi’s).

Gavin Fausset, Vice Principal

Message from the Middle Phase

Island School Career Afternoon
The Island School Higher Education team would like to invite Year 9 and 10 students to the following event; 

Friday, February 10th, 1.00-2.00pm 
This session will target students in Years 9-11 and will be focused on career considerations, university life, and university major exploration. The speakers are respected Island School alumni who will share their own educational experiences beyond Island School and there will be an opportunity for student Q&A. 

Speakers' profile can be found here.
Places are limited and students are encouraged to sign up early using this google form
Year 7-8: Developing collaboration & communication competencies
Our Thrive sessions for Year 7 and 8 over the last two weeks have provided an opportunity for students to explicitly develop their collaboration and communication competencies. We have had workshops from Russel Dunscombe from Perspection Counselling. A former Teacher and Vice Principal, Russel is now a psychotherapist and shared his insights on how we can evaluate our personal strengths and apply these in social situations. This has been connected to the TFL conversations that have taken place, with students reflecting on their progress and development as young people, as well as students.

Mark Jobling, Vice Principal Middle Phase

Merit Award Winners
Congratulations to all the Merit winners this week

Message from the Senior Phase

Year 11 Parent Consultation Afternoon, 30 Jan
Year 13 Parent Zoom
Please save the date for a Zoom Parent Information session. 
Topic: Supporting your child to prepare for IBDP exams and the term ahead for all students
Date: Tuesday, January 31st
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Link: here 
Year 13 Practice Exam Schedule
Preparing for final examinations is a focus in term 2 and students will have many opportunities to complete practice exam papers and to develop their exam skills. An important part of this is the Year 13 Practice Exam Week. During this week, students will be on study leave from lessons and you can see the schedule of practice exams here. Please note that additional examinations will take place on Friday afternoons and in lessons during March (details of those taking place on Friday afternoons are on the document linked above).
Island School Careers Afternoons
The Island School Higher Education team would like to invite Year 9-13 students to the following events; 
Friday, February 10th, 1.00-2.00pm- see Middle Phase update above for details
Friday, February 17th, 1.00-2.00p.m 
This session will target 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.
Speakers' profile can be found here.
Places are limited and students are encouraged to sign up early using this google form

ESF Virtual University Fair
The ESF University fair will take place virtually Feb 2nd, 9th and 16th. Attendance for Year 12 students is mandatory and Year 11 students are highly encouraged to attend to begin their career preparation early. Parents are also very welcome to attend these sessions.
The schedule for each session can be found using the links below;
 2 February HERE
 9 February HERE
16 February HERE
The sign up link for the ESF University Fair can be found here, and parents may use the code; ISHKParents along with their own details into this form ( ) to sign up for Unifrog accounts. 


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

Beth Hall, Vice Principal, Senior Phase. 


Watch the video at the link and see messages from staff and students. Link to video here.

Students Organise Present Drive for Sha Tin Community

The Connected Communities Committee is organising another significant partnership event with the Sha Tin community, hosting a present donation drive where gifts can be purchased.

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Parents Open Day

Thank you to those that attended our Parents Open Day today, we hope you enjoyed your morning touring around the classrooms and watching the lion dance, and left with a greater understanding of what makes Island School so unique.
Gung Hei Fat Choi,
Donovan at the Asian Tennis Federation

Over the winter break, Donavan Yim traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a U14 tournament organised by the Asian Tennis Federation. 
Donovan competed in both the doubles and singles events. In the doubles, Donovan and his partner beat Nepal's #1 seeded pairing. Impressively, the game ended with a 7:5, 1:6, 15:13 victory. The tournament culminated with a 7:5, 6:3 win against a very strong team from India.
Donovan's performance in the singles, led to a 3rd place finish. Congratulations. 
Year 12 Students Win Silver @ Young Physicists' Tournament 

Four Year 12 Physics students Varun Suresh, Siddhant Bohra, Rohan Krishnan, and Harsh Anand received a Silver Medal in the Hong Kong Young Physicists’ Tournament (HKYPT), which was held at Singapore International School on Saturday 14th January. 

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HKU Medical Faculty Tour & Taster Workshop

On the 12th of January, Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to tour the world-class facilities at Li Ka Shing Medical School at HKU, including the Yu Chen Keung Medical Library, lecture halls, and student learning commons (which has a 24-hour study room!).  

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ISPTA Term 1 Newsletter

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

ISPTA Lunar New Year Wishes

A big thank you to students, staff, and parents for adding over 500 wishes to the IS Wishing Tree.

ISPTA wishes everyone a Healthy and Prosperous Year of the Rabbit!

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

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