Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers and Students,

Our school culture is driven by our values which compel all students and staff to do their best in all school endeavours.

There are many programs, routines and events that we implement that sustain this culture by inspiring and mentoring students and recognising collective and individual achievement.

Award ceremonies play an important role in bringing our school together to celebrate and acknowledge extraordinary achievement across a wide range of student endeavours. 

One of the key goals of our Awards ceremonies is that all students will be reminded that not everyone can be the best but that everyone can do their best and for this reason a number of awards are peer nominated and democratically determined to ensure every student has  input into the acknowledgement process.

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

The Mid Year Awards Ceremony for Years 7 to 12 is at the following times on Thursday 23rd February in the Island School Performance Space:

  • Years 7 and 8 at 10 am
  • Years 9 and10 at 11.45 am
  • Years 11 and 12 at 2.00pm 

The awards will be live stream via Facebook. Parents should visit
The live feed post will be the top (first) post on the day of the awards. 

Mr Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School

Back to Borrett Hoodie-Order Deadline 19 Feb

If you have ordered the hoodie but not received a confirmation email, please email and

If you have not ordered the hoodie, the final order deadline is this Sunday.

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. 

Operations Update

Quest Week Presentation
Thank you to those of you who attended the (Zoom) coffee morning today regarding Quest Week. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
Please see the SLIDES and RECORDING of the presentation. 
Following on from this session, I would like to share some important dates: 

  • 7th March: Assembly and website goes live
  • April: Students sign-up for trips
  • May: Deposit to be paid
  • September: Final payment
  • 6-10 November 2023: Quest Week
  • 20th-24th: Nansen Charity Week
  • 21st: Y09 History - Industry and Innovation Showcase
  • 22nd: John Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth Parent Information Session
  • 23rd: Mid Year Awards
  • 24th: Apocalypse Now Filming Showing (Y12)
  • 24th: Y13 Parent Lunch
  • 24th: Y10 Field Trip - GCSE Gallery Trip
Sports Fixtures:
  • 22nd: ISSFHK U16 Girls Badminton
  • 23rd: B Grade Boys Rugby @Kings Park 
  • 23rd: HKSSF Boys Athletics @Wan Chai Stadium
  • 23rd: HKSSF Girls Athletics @ Wan Chai Stadium 
  • 24th: HKSSF B Grade Boys Badminton @Chai Wan Sports Centre 
  • 24th: HKSSF C Grade Boys Badminton @Chai Wan Sports Centre 
  • 24th: ISSFHK U20 Boys Football @Sandy Bay Sports Ground

Lost Property
We have a significant build up of lost property. If your child has lost items of clothing please claim them from the lost and found area on the G/F courtyard. Any items that remain unclaimed will be disposed of at the end of next week.
Gavin Faussett, Vice Principal Operations

Message from the Middle Phase

Y10 Parent Consultation Day via Zoom, 2 March 2023
Parents will have received an email today about when and how to make appointments with subject teachers using the Gateway System. The system will open for booking at 9:00am next Monday, 20th February. These meetings are an important opportunity to hear feedback about your child’s progress and achievement. 

Mark Jobling, Vice Principal Middle Phase

Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to all the Merit winners this week

Message from the Senior Phase

Year 11 Bridge Programme

The Year 11 Bridge programme continued this week with a further session led by the Higher Education Counsellors on Monday and on Wednesday. Students explored the competencies they have developed through the Futures Curriculum and took part in additional GCSE Maths revision.
Year 12 DP Extended Essay
Following the EE launch in Phase Time two weeks ago, Year 12 students have been exploring possible subjects, topics and research questions for their EE.  Please speak to your child about their choices for this important piece of work.
Year 11 Dinner Dance
We are delighted to be able to hold the Year 11 Dinner Dance this year.  Students have started to plan the event and are being wonderfully supported by the PTA. The Dinner Dance is at Renaissance Harbour Grand Hotel in Wan Chai on Thursday, 1st June.  There are no GCSE examinations on this day or on the following day. 
Next week, parents will receive a Gateway e-payment request for this event.  Student tickets will be $750 and we hope that everyone will be able to attend.

HE Events

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

Beth Hall, Vice Principal, Senior Phase.


The awards will be live streamed via Facebook 

Parents are invited to join the awards via live stream 
Nansen House Charity Week 20-24 Feb 2023

On Tuesday 21 February the whole school are invited to Nansen's lunchtime events.  
  • Disco Dance in the courtyard) - $5 per song
  • Carnival in the courtyard) - $5 per token
  • Just Dance in the Performance Space) - $5 per song.
Nansen House is raising money for the Baiwan community. This is a charity that Island School has supported for over 25 years and helps children in severe financial need.  
Monthly Wellbeing

This month's theme is Cultivating Self-awareness. Highlights include: its definition in recent studies, debunking common misconceptions about self-awareness and sharings from our head students, student-led peer support as well as tips and bite-size activities to do with your tutor class.

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App Messages to emails 

Parents are reminded that you can auto-forward ESF App messages to your email. To turn on this function:
  • Click on the ISLE VLE tile
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page, under auto-forward of App messages  
  • Click [turn on]
Islander 2023 Sponsorship

If you own a business and would like to sponsor the Islander Yearbook by placing an advertisement, please complete the following form by Friday 3rd March.

The Islander Team
Einstein House Charity Week, raising money for Katja House in Nepal.
Click the image to see more photos from the week.
ESF Student Council 

The ESF Student Council convened with Mrs Belinda Greer, ESF CEO, at Island School on Friday, 10th February 2023. 
Attended by over 20 select student leaders from across the English Schools Foundation, the ESF Student Council constitutes the interests of 18,000 students from across 22 schools. Island School was represented by Angela Chen (13D), Sam Hui (13W), Joseph Lau (13D), Hannah Wu (12D), and Airi Tachino (12D). 

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AYP Training Expedition 

On 9&10 February students embarked on their Award  for Young People training expedition, 17 on the silver and 13 on the bronze. The two groups started walking in Sai Kung East Country Park and Mui Wo respectively. 

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Hong Kong International School MUN

11 students participated in the HK International School MUN over the weekend debating issues of global significance in their various committees. Several students received awards or honorable mentions including: 
Jonathan & Shafay (GA) - Honorable mention
Megan (ECOSOC) - Honorable mention
Alexandra (HRC) - Best delegate
Evan (USS) - Best delegate
Cyrus (SC) - Best delegate

Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prize 

Congratulations to Joseph Lau and Fiorelli Wong for being awarded the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prize. This is an external award available to all senior high school students in Hong Kong. It was founded to encourage students to attain a high standard of learning and to develop leadership abilities. A ceremony presentation will be held next month.      
Wharton School's Global High School Investment Competition 

Using newly acquired finance knowledge, strategic thinking and creativity, Island School beat over 1300 other student teams from around the world to enter the semi-finals of Wharton School’s Global High School Investment Competition. The team consists of seven Year 11 students.

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Career Event for Years 9-11

On Friday 10th Feb, Island School hosted a careers event for students in Years 9-11.

Alumni from various industries from banking to pharmaceuticals came to talk to students about their path after leaving school and what they enjoy about their current role.

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Young Surgeons Society

Students from Years 7-10 gather once a week to explore the world of surgery. Led by Dorottya Papp [11N] and Cyrus Ng [11F], the students have been dissecting hearts and eyes, with more to come. 

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IS Spring Fair: 21 April 2023

ISPTA is proud to support the IS Spring Fair on 21 April 2023 from 4:00-8.30pm. Coinciding with the Grand Opening of the new campus, it will be a special occasion for the school community with food, games, products, silent auction, exhibitions and live entertainment. We look forward to parent help to make it a memorable event.
Cuisine Coordinator Recruitment
This week we are recruiting Cuisine Coordinators for our famous International Food Hall. We especially welcome experts in Japanese, Italian and other international cuisines to register here.
Look out next week for more ISPTA updates for the IS Spring Fair.

ISPTA BBQ @ Walkathon

ISPTA thanks all the parent volunteers who helped at the BBQ for students and staff after the Walkathon. We also thank ETAK for making the BBQ possible and APC for their support. 

Click here to view photos

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