Years 7 and 8 are vibrant and important parts of our school as students bring energy and amazing range of skills and abilities as they establish themselves in the school community. We have two primary feeder schools (Bradbury School and Quarry Bay School), but also have many entrants that come from other ESF, non ESF schools or are new to Hong Kong.
We make every effort to assist in the transition process from primary to secondary school with a comprehensive liaison programme to which all students are invited. Through the links with primary teachers we aim for continuity and progression in learning and also self-esteem and confidence of an individual student.
Students in Years 7 and 8 belong to Learning Family Bauhinia and are placed into a tutor group of 16-20 and through our Years 7 and 8 Learning Family. Information transferred from the primary schools is used to support and develop the students learning further in Year 7. To assist and support the students and tutor in this continuum is the Director of Learning Family Bauhinia Mrs. Andrews who oversees the academic and pastoral welfare of the cohort.
Our aim in Years 7 and 8 is to provide a stimulating, encouraging, honest and safe environment where students grow not only in their learning but also within themselves.
Students in Year 9 study the broad range of subjects shown below. This includes following either a single or dual language pathway and their creative arts options as they start to personalise their curriculum. Throughout Year 9, students are given advice and guidance to enable them to make informed decisions about which courses they would like to study in Years 10 and 11.
Please click on the links below to download and view the supporting documents listed.
In Years 10 and 11, all students study a common curriculum in addittion to a range of option choices. The allocation of time is shown below:
In Year 11 students are guided through the three diploma pathways that we offer in Years 12 and 13 as they begin to make further decisions about choices of subjects to study at this level. Tutors, our Pathways team and subject teachers all are dedicated to helping students to make informed choices.
South Island School aims to have mature, articulate, independent young people who are ready to contribute and make a difference in the society in which they find themselves. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles and to be proactive in the community which is evidenced in a portfolio of CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) experiences.
In Years 12 and 13 there are three possible pathways that students can take. There is extensive guidance offered by our Careers Department, Pathways Coordinators, Subject Teachers, Tutors and Heads of House to ensure students are guided into the most suitable pathway that complements their learning style and future aspirations.
Years 12 and 13 is not just about academic study and we aim to nurture and support each student’s interests as they continue to make a difference and develop an internationally minded disposition. We encourage students to become responsible risk takers and leaders and they are expected to take a positive role in the life of the school, such as helping with administration, charity work, clubs, societies and to run many school events. Many students derive great enjoyment form the opportunities presented to develop their talents and confidence.
The IB Diploma is a broad academic pathway taken by around 83% of students at South Island School. It offers breadth and provides students with the opportunity to study a broad range of academic disciplines, chosen from those shown in the diagram below.
To gain entry to the IB Diploma pathway grades C or better are required in at least five subjects at GCSE, including English, Maths and Science. For some subject combinations, particularly at Higher Level, a grade B or above is strongly recommended and, in some cases, may be a condition of enrolment. Placement in Group 2 is subject to the school’s Langauge Policy which can be found here.
The SIS Diploma
The SIS Diploma provides a breadth of learning and practical experience. There are no GCSE requirements. The progression for these students is meant to be towards further learning, work experience and preparation for fully enhanced adult living.
IB Career-related Programme
The IB CP is a programme of international, career-related education founded on the IB mission and philosophy for 16-19 year olds.
The IB CP provides a flexible framework of education which blends “academic” and “career-related” learning. From the start of the 2017 academic year (pending authorisation) students at South Island School will be able to opt to pursue BTEC courses and IB Courses (as found in the IB DP). In addition they will complete four core components of the IB CP. These are a reflective project, service learning, language development and the personal and professional skills course.
For more information about the IBCP at South Island School, please visit the website: www.sisibcp.com
Y9 Options Evening Presentation (For Cantonese Version, please click here)
Y9 Options Evening Presentation (Korean Version)
Year 9 Options Booklet (2017-19)
Y11 Options Evening Presentation
Y11 Options Evening Presentation (Korean Version)
Senior Section Options Booklet (2017-19)