Message from the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,
Last day of term always incorporates celebratory assemblies and they are a real feature of the Island School experience. The students take time to share their accomplishments and celebrate their personal journeys. The end of Term 1 also coincides with our Christmas culture celebration and incorporates lots of festive traditions.
The occasion is filled with laughter and applause and provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy each other's company and feel the warmth of our special Island School spirit.
Today’s assembly made it abundantly clear that our students have seized every opportunity that our new campus has presented. Their commitment to the Diwali celebrations, Quest Week and special initiatives such as last Friday’s Connected Communities event have been driven by our students and for this reason they have all been overwhelmingly successful.
At the assembly we also acknowledged the exemplary service of Ms Pippa Peters, Deputy Head of Senior school (and former Nansen Senior Head of House). Ms Peters is returning to Australia and she will be sorely missed by students, staff and parents alike. 
As we pause for a well earned break I would like to thank all parents for their continued support of Island School. My colleagues and I are very grateful for your patience and understanding as we settle into Borrett Road.  
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School
Curriculum Update

Thank you to those of you that were able to attend the Zoom coffee morning on 9 Dec. 
The slides used for the presentation on The Island School Yr7-13 Curriculum Design  are attached here. 


Next Parent Coffee Zoom Details
Date: 13 Jan 2023
Time: 8:00am
Topic: Language Pathways at Island School
Register Here

Gayle Marshall, Vice Principal

Message from the Middle Phase

Congratulations to all the Merit winners this  week


Mark Jobling, Vice Principal Middle Phase

Message from the Senior Phase

Term one is always very busy for Senior Phase students. Practice iGCSE Exams and option choices for Year 11, the start of IBDP or IBCP for Year 12 and a busy period of IAs, BTEC coursework and higher education applications for Year 13. Ms Peters and I have been extremely proud that alongside this busy academic work, the Senior Phase has continued to be leaders in the school and has set such a positive example to other students. Senior Phase students’ commitment to life inside and outside the classroom is awe-inspiring. Many are ready for a holiday, and I wish the Senior Phase a restful break and a Merry Christmas to those celebrating.  
This week was sad for the Senior Phase as we bid farewell to Ms Peters. Ms Peters is leaving Island School following over ten years of distinguished service to the school, during which time she has held the role of Teacher of Philosophy and TOK, Head of Nansen House and Deputy Head of the Senior Phase. So many Islanders have benefited from her outstanding teaching, expert guidance and support. The Senior Phase and Island School sends our best wishes to Ms Peters and her family as they return to Sydney.  

The Senior Phase Quiz
The Senior Phase Quiz is an annual tradition at the end of term 1. Teams from across the houses battled it out to test their knowledge of the events of 2022 and Christmas trivia. In the end, Einstein and Rutherford were crowned joint winners.

Year 13 DP TOK
Congratulations to Year 13 DP students who submitted their TOK essay draft this week.  Teachers will assess the drafts and give feedback at the start of the next term.

Year 12 Group 4 Winners
Today, Mr Hood and Mr Batmunkh announced the winners of the Group 4 project. Students worked in groups to apply concepts, skills and experience from across DP Group 4 subjects and work collaboratively to engage in interdisciplinary scientific investigations. 

The winners are:
Best Scientific Content 
Group M: Andrian Man, Angelica Lau, Ellie Ham, Eunice Ng, Georgina Bradley, Harsevak Singh, Harsh Anand, Keyleigh Wong and Matthew Kwok.
Best Overall Video
Group B: Audrey Chan, Cherry Kodama, Chloe Wong, Ginny Park, Hannah Lee, Ian Liu, Jaryd Pope, Jonathan Chang, Matthew Tsang Ok Sang and Nicole Yiu
Best TOK Links
Group G: Anson Chan, Edlyn Lam, Eunice Wond, Fernando Roldan, Hannah Wu, Jack Berry, Mayumi Murch, Riccardo D’Angelo, Sean Lui and Varun Suresh.

Beth Hall, Vice Principal, Senior Phase. 

Island School looks forward to welcoming parents to campus to see the school day in action! After the Christmas break parents will be emailed with details of the day and asked to register for one of two time slots. Free shuttle buses will be provided from Admiralty MTR and Pier 3.
Please note this is a no car event and no parking will be available.
With the Lunar New Year only a few days later,  there will be a celebratory feel on campus. 

Chinese Magazine's 4th Issue

Chinese Magazine's 4th Issue is here to celebrate the holiday with you!  This time, the editors: Anderson Wan, Angle Qiu, Angelica Lau and Venus Tin and their amazing team of writers, present: interesting historical stories and the achievements of students. Plus Nathan Chan,  Year 7, shares his creative writing.  The team hopes their quizzes and traditional Chinese wisdom stories will light up your holiday! 

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Food Drive to support  Feeding HK, 9-13 Jan 2023

Year 7 students spent last term focusing on the global issue of food insecurity. They have not only explore the theory behind this but they engaged in a variety of practical activities. The unit culminates in the year group running their own food drive in school to support the charity Feeding HK. This charity helps feed many people here Hong Kong.

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MedSoc Newsletter, 1st Edition 

The Medics Society newsletter encourages students to explore different topics relating to medicine every month. In our first-ever edition, we explore the intricate complexities of cancer.

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Hong Kong Environmental Writer's Competition 2022-23

To participate in this competition, in collaboration with the Clean Air Network, students are required to enter an original text-based work with a maximum word limit of 1000 words. There are four subcategories, and each will have one winner who will receive a prize.
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Christmas Week 2022
This week Island School celebrated Christmas with a week of activities including: find the elf, cookie decoration, a Christmas carol singalong, ornament making and dress festive day. Click the link below to see photos of the week. Merry Christmas!

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At the STEM X Expo this week, Year 7 and 8 students together with their Year 12 CAS mentors presented their STEM-based research projects. Students explored the science behind 'Elephant's Toothpaste', 'Rainbow Fire" Flame tests, and Sodium Acetate Crystallisation.
Their presentations were the culmination of an entire term's focus on understanding STEM-based concepts to a greater extent and the development of the scientific process - hypothesizing, predicting, testing and analyzing, and concluding. STEM  X Club is an extracurricular activity run by Year 12 students as part of the CAS programme, for junior phase students, supported by Chemistry Teacher, Miss Harte.  

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Record breaking IGCSE results 

Congratulations to Daniel Wu (12W) and Tammy Cheung (12E) for achieving remarkable IGCSE results. Daniel achieved the highest mark in Hong Kong for Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language Spanish and Tammy achieved the highest mark in the world for Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese. Well done Daniel and Tammy!                      

Forensic Elements @ the Museum of Medical Science

The Forensic Medicine Elements students visited the Museum of Medical Science this week. They explored the different exhibitions, learning about past, present and future medicine. The students particularly enjoyed viewing the old autopsy room and dated medical instruments used to examine and operate.

Masterclass from the CEO of Media Studio HK 

Year 13 Creative Media BTEC students heard from Grant Yim, CEO of Media Studio HK, this week. He gave students a masterclass in advertising using a simple equipment set up.
Grant is alumnus and since leaving Island School he has worked hard to build, "Hong Kong's premier digital marketing production house."
Starting with small projects, he now works on huge campaigns with some of the biggest brands in the world, including McDonald's and Coca Cola. He has also produced content for Marvel, and has been heavily involved with boyband Mirror. 

He also talked about the teachers who made a big impact on him as well as his journey after leaving school. A special mention was given to Mr Kevin Lester for supporting him in ESF wide competitions. 

Glenealy STEAM Taster

During the penultimate week of term, the Science department welcomed students from Glenealy Primary School for a STEAM taster session. To demonstrate the digestive system, students created a model to show the action of teeth, enzymes and acid. The Science Department said, "They [the students] loved the hands on experience and we look forward to seeing them again in the future."

Christmas Events

Christmas was celebrated with style at Borrett Road with ISPTA supporting many activities.

Parents practiced their creative skills at a Christmas Cookie Decorating Masterclass. Students also decorated Christmas cookies and Gingerbread men supplied by the ISPTA. The IS Candy Delivery Service raised a record amount for charity with the support of the PTA. Prizes for the ‘Find the 12 Elves’ competition were also arranged by the PTA.
Thank you to the parent volunteers for bringing some Christmas cheer to Borrett Road by decorating the campus and the teachers for their tireless support of our students.
Chinese New Year Events

Chinese New Year is around the corner. ISPTA is busy planning events for parents.
Island School Chinese New Year Decoration Days
ISPTA invites parent volunteers to help decorate the school before the start of Term 2.

Please register here to select the days you are available to help.

ISPTA Supports Connected Communities 

Following on from the last academic year, ISPTA continued its support of the Connected Communities student initiative.
Parent volunteers provided invaluable support to students who welcomed neighbours of former Shatin campuses to Borrett Road last Friday afternoon. Student performances, game stalls and craft demonstration activities led by PTA Committee Member Rosanna Nongdhar kept guests entertained. The PTA also supported the students in giving gifts which reminded our former neighbours of their connection with the school and our students.
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