Issue No. 14 (23 November 2018)

23 Nov 2018

CPD Day Recap – 19 November, 2018

At our CPD Day on Monday, there was a range of things on offer. We started the day with a “First 90 Days” presentation from Tom Vignoles, our new Principal, who shared with us his experiences to date. We were able to understand the different facets of his role and how supportive ESF Head Office have been in ensuring a great start to the school year.

The next session was to update staff on some child protection procedures that have recently been introduced and to ensure they are able to support students’ welfare. Following this, we looked at some standardised CEM data that is now available on our new Year 7 students, ensure there is full understanding of the data to again be able to support individuals in their learning experiences. Lastly we were introduced to the updated iSAMS interface for teachers that has just been launched, which is already being used by everyone.

After 10:30am, the time was allocated to departments where they had their own agenda.

Below is just a flavour of what has been happening:

  • The Global Perspectives Department worked on new units of work, including ‘Global Issues in Literature”.
  • The Languages Department’s main focus was ‘good practice in marking’, ‘formative feedback’ and ‘target-setting’.
  • Spanish and French teachers also made some comparisons of the Cambridge & Edexcel IGCSEs requirements, analysing the future suitability of these courses for our context.
  • In our Chinese Department, it was an opportunity to share learning from a recently attended external professional development opportunity.
  • All Years 12 and 13 Theory of Knowledge teachers were able to spend an hour on some collaborative planning.
  • The English department split into 2 groups to work on action plans for the development of 2 specific areas: Creating Thinking Cultures in the classroom and differentiation.
  • Mathematics used part of the day for IA moderation and sharing information learnt from the ‘Science of Learning’ workshop that the Head of Department recently attended.
  • The EAL department worked on Year 9 MYP unit planning, and student support timetables for the Year 7 Intensive English Programme.
  • Individuals in Society also shared some learning from a recent workshop on ‘Visible Thinking Routines’ & ‘Science of Learning’ as well as some department development planning and unit planning.

Other departments also used the time for Year 7 to 9 MYP development and review of Units of Work.

As you can see from the above it was a very busy but constructive day.

Annette Chapman
Vice Principal  (SIS CPD coordinator)

23 Nov 2018

Sports Bulletin – 23 November 2018

Due to Athletics Day last Friday, we were not able to add a weekly sports review to the e-bulletin, which meant we were unable to provide details of the A grade boys win in the Hong Kong Schools rugby final on Thursday evening against HKIS. A tremendous atmosphere was created by the crowd made up of supporters from both schools, both pupils past and present, and parents and teachers, added to by the twilight and floodlights. The game itself was classic, with both schools taking the lead before SIS pulled away with two fantastic tries in the second half, only for HKIS to pull one back late on to make a nervy final few minutes. However, the green army held on and were able to celebrate a famous win, coming on the back of an undefeated season. Congratulations to all the team and coach Mr. Murtagh for their hard work and throughout the season. A truly brilliant team effort.

This year’s Athletics Day was certainly a memorable event for South Island School. The stadium was filled with colour and enthusiasm, people in the stands were continuously cheering for their houses. Everyone showed a tremendous amount of house spirit, especially with the help of all the mascots. We would like to take this time to congratulate the 7 record breakers: Naomi Teng, Michael Vagner, Justin Yung, Amelia Nagar, John Lo, Caitlin Donovan and Tim Lee. Well done to these outstanding athletes and their exceptional efforts!  Thank you to all the marshalls and house captains that helped the day run smoothly. And of course, a big thank you to Ms. Bosson, our inter-house coordinator, who organised the whole event. Let’s hope next year’s Athletics Day will be just as exciting!

Last weekend saw our rowers participate in the Hong Kong schools regatta.  In Day 1, we had James Coward racing in the B singles where he came 3rd in his heat but unfortunately he just missed out on placing for the finals. Next on we had Joshua Wong racing in the C Grade Singles (U13). Despite his first race, he came 2nd in his heat and was able to advance to the finals on Sunday. Fred Keegan just started rowing this term and he was racing in the C Grade Single (U14). It was a great effort from him but unfortunately he did not make it to the finals.  He is someone to look out for in the future! We had Oliver Blyth and Nicholas Chan racing in the B Grade Doubles as well as Samuel Wong and Amos Ching. Oliver and Nicholas came 2nd in their heat and Samuel and Amos came 1st in their heat and both teams made it into the finals! For B Grade Girls Singles we had Kirra Cameron, but unfortunately she did not qualify for the finals. Day 2 of the tournament were all finals which included the following results:

  • Gold U13 Girls Singles (Charlotte Blyth)
  • Bronze U16 Boys Doubles (Oliver Blyth & Nick Chan)
  • Gold U16 Boys Quad (Samuel Wong, Nick Chan, Oliver Blyth and Amos Ching)

Overall for the boys we managed to secure 3rd place! Well done to all rowers!

Our Division 1 Boys Tennis played against WYK on Saturday but they lost 1.5-5.5.  Man of the Match goes to Wesley Bos.

It was a busy Tuesday for South Island School as we had HKSSF B Grade Boys Badminton playing against HS and won 3:1. Well done boys!  On the same day we had HKSSF B Grade boys basketball and A grade girls basketball. The boys team played against Wah Yan but lost 46-65 despite only having 5 players for the game. Great effort! On the other hand, our A grade girls basketball played against Island School in the ESF league and won 38-12.  The girls played a very good game overall and Woman of the Match goes to Chloe Lee.

On Wednesday our B2 Girls Netball played against DGS down at Wong Chuk Hang. Unfortunately they lost 15-34. Women of the match go to Jin Young Yang and Lauren Lee.

On Thursday night at 6pm we had the B Grade Girls HKSSF basketball game playing against Wong Fung Ling. Unfortunately the girls lost 29-34. Woman of the match goes to Bethia Kwok. A very close game all the way but SIS just fell short at the end.

Well done to all teams and players! #bleedgreen

For more sports photos and match reports please visit the Sports Insight Team’s Facebook page at: and also the sports Instagram pages at: sissportsinsight and sis_interhouse

23 Nov 2018

HKAYP Bronze Camp Year 10

The HKAYP Bronze Camp is next weekend from 30 November to 1 December. 89 Year 10 students and over 20 SIS teachers are camping cooking and hiking a challenging trail in the Sai Kung Country Park. Our partners, Outward Bound Hong Kong will be joining us on the hike. This is the first time students will camp in tents, and our proximity to Christmas gives this a Christmas theme. It is expected that students will finish their hikes by 5:00pm.

Andy Morris
HKAYP Coordinator

23 Nov 2018

ESF Hong Kong Run 2019

The ESF Hong Kong Run 2019 is NOW OPEN for registration!! This popular annual event will feature many interesting and exciting activities including a Community Carnival featuring ESF students’ performance, fun game booths, and a 3 km Principal Cup AGAIN!!

Also featuring would be the Best Dressed Award and Most Participating ESF Schools Award, as well as Schools Relay category from local Secondary school students!

There is a limited quota for registration, so enroll before it runs out! For online registration, please visit (Deadline: 14 Dec 2018)

Don’t miss the fun – come along with your family and friends on 26 January 2019!

The ESF Hong Kong Run:

Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
Time:  8:30 am start
Venue: Science Park, Hong Kong
Distance: 1km, 3km and 10km
Open to: Students and families, teachers, support staff and their families and friends
Registration fee: Individual $200 / Family Run $450 (shuttle bus service available from University Station to Science Park)

23 Nov 2018

Tree Maintenance

During last Monday’s CPD Day, eight intrepid students went out to Lantau Island and assisted Mr. Melsom from Eagle Owl Hong Kong in some important tree maintenance.

Students helped to restore some of the hillsides where South Island School students have planted native trees in the past. It was great that these students gave something back to this planet by maintaining the native trees to help enhance the biodiversity of Lantau Island.

Andy Morris
CAS & AYP Coordinator

22 Nov 2018

Y9 SIS Scouts Cross Hong Kong Island in 30km Expedition

Four Y9 students took on a special challenge over the weekend: they hiked from the Peak all the way up to Shek O road – all on their own, without adults on the trail.

Charles-Gautier Joly and Lionel Troy (Bahay (9B2), Johnathon Cheng (Maison 9M2), Joshua Lim (Shtepi (9S2) are all senior Scouts at 150th Hong Kong Group, where over two thirds of Scouts are from SIS.

The expedition was led by Sven Toucheboeuf, 14, from FIS, who is working on the prestigious Chief Scout’s Award. The Scouts started in clouds and drizzle on Saturday, making the Hong Kong Trail quite slippery.  They went round the Tai Tam Reservoirs, skirting around the Twins and they pitched their tents at St Stephen’s in Stanley. The final 10K on Sunday were quite challenging, in blazing sun.

As the Scout motto says: “Be Prepared.”

Almost a year’s worth of planning and training went into organising this expedition, including a 20K hike last spring. The Scouts also signed up for a weekend first aid course and Scout Leadership training.

In addition, 3 experienced Scout leaders were on standby to help in case of an emergency, as well as closely monitoring their progress – but it was entirely up to the Scouts to plan and execute the hike.

Along the way, the Scouts saw a (harmless) Chinese Mountain Snake and found a porcupine quill. They had to be careful not to leave any food inside tents to avoid night raids by wild boars.

150th Hong Kong Scouts welcomes girls and boys, age 11 to 15, and is based at St Stephen’s Chapel in Stanley.

Corinne Vigniel
Scout Leader, 150th Hong Kong Group, St Stephen’s, Stanley