Message from the Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,
The Island School Council, chaired by Mr Alec Tong, is the governing body of our school and as such they oversee the preparation and implementation of the host of plans which guide our school direction and improvement agenda.
One of the key advantages of being part of ESF is the collaboration that occurs across the foundation which ensures that all ESF schools remain focussed on delivering the best possible learning outcomes for every student.
A few weeks ago our senior leadership team hosted Mr Alan Miliken, ESF Director for Strategic performance and quality assurance. The purpose of the meeting was to review the school’s approach to improvement and focussed around:-

  • Examining our strengths and priorities for improvement against international standards.
  • Clarifying the high expectations for leaders and school performance.
  • Reviewing our performance against important ESF policies such as child protection and financial management.
  • Learning about specific research identified practices that improve classroom learning.
  • Discussing the return to Borrett Rd, with emphasis on the new programs that have been introduced.

The meeting was robust and the collegial discussion was very valuable. It will lead to adjustments to plans and projects and stronger collaboration between other ESF schools. 
Our school routinely achieves high standards however we owe it to every student to continually strive to be even better.

Stephen Loggie
Principal, Island School
Operations Update

Vaccination Status

Thank you to those of you who have updated your child’s vaccination status through the ESF App. As a reminder, it is important for the school that we have over 90% of our student population vaccinated. This ensures that we avoid any further restrictions. With this in mind, we would be very grateful if you could update your child’s records on the App, should this have changed. 

School Food Service

Following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, we have been able to revert to our planned timetable for lunch and break. We recongise that this change has affected students and staff, who would previously purchase hot meals during the first break, including those involved in ECAs at lunchtime. Thank you to those of you who have provided feedback on this matter by either speaking with teachers or through your parents and the PTA.

We recognise that we need a settling-in period to assess the viability of our schedule. We are optimistic that students and staff will adapt and develop routines in accordance with this timetable, as was the case at the beginning of this year. We will evaluate the system after 4 weeks; and make adjustments as appropriate at this time. 

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support

Gavin Faussett, Vice Principal Operations

Message from the Middle Phase

Middle Phase Leadership Team 

Over the past term, students in the Leadership Team ECA have been developing their leadership skills at weekly workshops with Island School Teacher Leaders and guests such as: business leaders, medical professionals, and NGO leaders. We are indebted to our PTA who helped connect us with such prestigious speakers. Students gained insights into real-life applications of leadership and characteristics such as resilience, empathy, and critical thinking during crisis management. 
The Middle Phase Leadership Team (IS Leadership Program) aims to provide leadership knowledge and opportunities for year sevens, eights, and nines. Next term will include even more practical leadership activities, such as students starting their very own initiatives. 

 Congratulations to all the Merit winners this  week
 Mark Jobling, Vice Principal Middle Phase

Message from the Senior Phase

Year 12 Group 4 Project 

This week, Year 12 Diploma Programme lessons were suspended for two days for the Group 4 project.  Students worked to investigate scientific myths, including: can a penny dropped from the Empire State kill? More information in Highlights of the Week, below.

It was fantastic to see students so engaged in data collection and analysis and working collaboratively with students who study different Science subjects.  The winning group will be announced on the final day of the term. 

Year 12 BTEC Hospitality Smoothies

On Tuesday this week, the BTEC students served a range of delicious smoothies to the teaching staff.  This was an opportunity for the group to demonstrate their culinary and customer service skills and to receive feedback from their clients.  I highly recommend the Green Goddess smoothie - healthy and refreshing! 

Year 13 CAS Exit Interviews

In Phase Time this week, Year 13 students heard about the final stage of CAS, the Exit Interview.  Mr Cooper, the CAS Coordinator, explained the purpose of this interview and how they can begin preparing for it.  The Exit Interviews, which will begin in term 2, are an opportunity for students to reflect on their achievements and to check that they have met the CAS requirements. It should be a chance to celebrate a job well done.  Every year, CAS Supervisors enjoy hearing about the outstanding commitments, participation and leadership our students, demonstrate through their CAS.

Beth Hall, Vice Principal, Senior Phase. 

Message from the Head Students 


Connected Communities Week

This week saw students invited to write thank you cards to the Sha Tin community and participate in a variety of exciting challenges in Connected Communities Week.

Led by the Connected Communities Committee and in collaboration with the Creative Arts, Culture and Social Action Committees in the Student Council, the week aimed to celebrate and strengthen our relationships with our neighbouring ShaTin community from our 2018–2022 decant.

A Connected Communities Open Day took place today. Over 40 Sha Tin residents enjoyed an afternoon tea, games, and activities prepared by the committee.

As a student leader stated, “We believe the Sha Tin years are not a closed chapter in our history. They are the beginning of a new era, and we believe they should be instrumental in shaping us as individuals and as part of a wider HK community.”

We would like to congratulate the Committee for organising this event!

Our New Student Leadership Page

The new Student Leadership web page was launched in last week’s newsletter, find it under the Life at IS header on the school website. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read this yet, please do take a moment to do so, we’d love any feedback. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at with any questions, queries or concerns.

Have a great weekend!

Kind regards,
Fiorelli Wong (13R), Sam Hui (13W), Angela Chen (13D), Charlie Lam (13E), Head Students

Key Dates Next Week

  • 12th-17th: Christmas Celebration Week

  • 12th-17th: LOTE Oral Practice Exams

  • 12th & 13th: Y11 Art Practice Exam 

  • 13th: ISPTA Christmas Food Decorating Masterclass

  • 13th: U20 Girls Basketball Finals - Sports Hall @13:00

  • 14th: Business Trade Fair 

  • 14th: Forensic Medicine trip to the Museum of Medical Sciences

  • 15th: Senior Phase Christmas Quiz in Thrive



  • 16th: Community Assembly (08:20 - 09:40)

  • 16th: Final Assembly (12:00 - 12:45)


Sports Fixtures:

  • 12th: ISSFHK GirlsTennis @HKIS - 14:15 departure (17:30 return) -

  • 12th: ISSFHK Boys Tennis @Bowen Road

  • 13th: ISSFHK U14 Boys BB @SIS - 14:30 departure (16:30 return) -

  • 13th: ISSFHK Boys Tennis @Hong Kong Country Club - 14:00 departure (17:15 return) 

  • 13th: ISSFHK U16 Boys Football @ YMCA - 14:30 departure (17:15 return) 

  • 13th: ISSFHK U16 Girls Football @ YMCA - 14:30 departure (17:15 return)

  • 13th: ESF BASKETBALLL Finals @ IS 13:00

  • 14th: ISSFHK U20 Girls BB @YMCA - 15:30 departure (18:00 return) 

  • 15th: Division One Boys Tennis @Hong Kong Tennis Centre 14:50 return (19:00 return) 

  • 15th: ISSFHK U20 Boys BB @GSIS - 16:00 departure (18:00 return) 

  • 15th: ISSFHK U16 Girls Football@KSHK (KLB) - 14:00 departure (16:15 return) 

  • 16th: HKSSF B Grade Football@ Po Tsui Park (Artificial Turf) - 13:30 departure (17:15 return)



Starting this Thursday (8th of December) to Thursday (15th of December), there will be an Interhouse Hackathon event, in which students of any skill level will be able to complete coding activities and challenges to win House points! There are 4 difficulty levels, each with different challenges, and different periods of completion for each. This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring developers and complete newbies alike!

More details are in this information sheet.


To participate in the competition which is in collaboration with the Clean Air Network, students are required to enter an original text-based work with a maximum word limit of 1000 excluding the bibliography. There are four subcategories, and each will have one winner who will receive a prize.
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Christmas Countdown Next Week: 12-16 Dec

Watch out for next week's festivities from candy cane delivery, door decorations to events in the courtyard. Stay tuned!

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Recommended Reads 

Cosy up with a good book this winter. Choose from over 20 titles from the Recommended Reads list and get lost in a world of fantasy and fairytales. 

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ESF Student Council Newsletter 

In this new monthly newsletter, we aim to keep everyone up-to-date and informed about the events, initiatives and discussions that impact you the most.

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Study Smart Newsletter

Welcome to Study Smart, here to help with studying needs. This newsletter written by students for students contains interviews with high-scoring Year 12s and 13s on exam preparation in various different subjects, helping to provide an in-depth student perspective on the course.

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Connected Communities Week 2022

Connected Communities Week took place this year from Monday, 5th December to Friday, 9th December. Throughout the week, a series of exciting challenges took place to enable students the opportunity to connect with residents of the Sha Tin community.

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Christmas Cooking

It has been an extremely busy, exciting and productive week in the Food department. On Monday the Lord's Kitchen Elements Class got in the festive spirit whilst collaborating to make Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, which was served up buffet style.

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G4 Science Project

Can a penny dropped from the Empire State Building kill? Does 10,000 steps a day keep you healthy? Does eating chocolate give you acne? These are just some of the questions that the Year 12 students have been investigating during the G4 Project under the ‘bad science myth’ theme.
Christmas Events

The countdown to Christmas has begun! ISPTA is supporting several student activities next week.

Christmas Food Decorating Masterclass 

Limited spots left!  Get ready for the festive season and celebrate the holiday with style! ISPTA continues its Masterclass series by holding a Christmas Food Decorating Masterclass on 13th December. Please register here to attend.


ISPTA EGM - 1 December 2022

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Island School Parent Teacher Association Limited (ISPTAL) was held on Thursday 1st December 2022.
The resolution relating to the transition of the Island School PTA from a limited company to an association was passed.
Thanks to all who attended.

To contact ISPTA please email

To learn more about the ISPTA visit

You can see previous news items at

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