Issue No. 2 (24 August 2018)

24 Aug 2018

The Top GCSE achievers at South Island School in 2018!

In a congratulatory meeting with the Principal and the Head of Post14 this morning, our highest achievers suggested that “Working smart” was the secret to their success.

**(Back L-R) Jeffrey Hau (11A*); Warren Ho (11A*); Brian Ma (11A*); Marco Wong (10A*+1 Grade 8)

**(Front L-R) Matteo Avitable (11A*+1 Grade 9); Anson Ong (11A*);  Vereta Gour (10A*+1 Grade 9);Yan Phu (11A*)


24 Aug 2018


For the second year in a row, the best ever results in the history of South Island School were announced, as students celebrated standout GCSE/IGCSE success. A large number of individual students again achieved exceptional results and many subject areas sustained or even exceeded last year’s record levels of achievement.

After last year’s incredible performance, this year at SIS, students did even better in their GCSEs/IGCSEs taken at South Island School, by recording an A*/A pass rate for all exams taken of over 61%, improving upon last year when we topped the 60% A/A* mark for the first time. Once again, the average grade for all GCSE passes was an A grade. The average grade per subject of 6.69 also surpassed last year’s record. 37% of all exams taken were passed at A* – also setting a new high for the School.

This year saw another first – this was our first cohort to complete 3 courses assessed with the new 9-1 (A*-G equivalent) grading system used by some UK exam boards. Once again, our students achieved outstanding success in Fine Art, Food and 3D Design, with the average grade scored being 7. In addition, 61% achieved 9-7 (A*/A equivalent) grades.

An absolutely stunning 27 students scored 9 or more A*/9-8 grades with 17 individuals attaining 10 A*/9-8 or more. Our outstanding performers this year were Matteo Avitable (11A*+1 Grade 9) Jeffrey Hau (11A*); Warren Ho (11A*); Brian Ma (11A*); Anson Ong (11A*); Yan Phu (11A*); Vereta Gour (10A*+1 Grade 9); Marco Wong (10A*+1 Grade 8). A further 35 students scored 6 A*/9-8 or better.

New Principal, Tom Vignoles, was delighted to be greeted on arrival with such excellent results: “It is very exciting to think that such a highly talented and successful year group will be helping to lead the school for the next two years! We rightly celebrate our top performing students, and we also applaud every single student who has achieved the best that he or she can. Our students are now beginning their IBDP or IBCP in the full confidence and knowledge that each and every one of them can make a difference. Congratulations to our superb students and thank you to our extraordinarily dedicated teachers. The support our families give to our school is also wonderful, and we are sure there will be many celebrations this weekend!”

24 Aug 2018

School Bus Users

School Bus Users

Parents can now view the boarding/ alighting status of their child. To make use of this new functionality, parents need to download “Kwoon Chung School Bus”  from the Google Play or App Store or LOGIN to the online registration screen.  This is only possible if your child uses SWIPE-IN when boarding and SWIPE-OUT when alighting during the same journey to school or back home.

All students are expected to swipe in and out when boarding and alighting. A NO-CARD-NO-RIDE policy will be strictly enforced.

For any administrative contact, parents may either click on “NOTIFY KWOON CHUNG” in the ONLINE registration system or email or


24 Aug 2018


Welcome back, SIS! We hope you had a great summer.

We’re thrilled to announce that Diwali Night 2018 will be taking place on the 2nd of November.

We are looking for talented singersdancersMC’s and other performers interested in showcasing their talents along with celebrating Indian culture. You may audition with any song (but keep in mind it may have to change). Students of all years are welcome to audition.

Auditions for performers will be held from the 3rd till the 6th of September (during break and lunch) in Drama Room 2.

Auditions for MC’s will be held on the 4th of September (before school starts) in Drama room 2.

We will need to see 30 seconds to 1 minute of your act at the audition. To sign up, please fill in the spreadsheet provided below with your nametutor group and what you’re applying for:


The deadline for signing up to audition will be on the 2nd of September.

If you are not interested in performing but would still like to be involved, we have other roles available! We need volunteers for:

  •  Design team
  •  Light and sound
  •  Backstage help
  •  Selling tickets
  •  Food distribution
  •  Photography

If you are interested in any of these roles, click on the same link provided above and fill in your nametutor group and what you would like to volunteer for. You may pick more than 1 role in case your first choice is unavailable.

This event has great CAS opportunities for Year 12s and 13s! We hope you all contribute towards making this event a memorable one!

Email: – If you have any questions.

Thank you,

The Diwali Night Head Team


23 Aug 2018

ESF Parent Evenings

ESF are hosting two information evenings with Mr Michael Carr-Gregg. Mr Carr-Greg delivered a day workshop for all ESF secondary teachers last year which was excellent, so this year he has been brought back to facilitate more workshops and also to run some parent information evenings. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to hear from one of the world’s experts on adolescent wellbeing. The evenings are suitable for all parents from Year 5 and above.

Michael Carr-Gregg parent sessions 3rd and 4th September

 “Raising Happy and Resilient Young People”

Cost is HK$200 per head

Parents can sign up using the following links:

Renaissance College 3rd September 6.30 – 8pm –

West Island School 4th September 6.30 – 8pm –

23 Aug 2018

Rachael Sung (10K2) – Archery Star

Congratulations to Rachael Sung (10K2) who competed in the recent Hong Kong Youth Indoor Archery Competition held on Sunday, 19 August 2018.Rachael was awarded the Champion for Girls Grade C&D Compound Bow Division.
Well done Rachael !
17 Aug 2018

ESF Festival of Music: Secondary Showcase 18-20 September

Over the course of four days next week, 300 of the ESF’s young musicians will be collaborating in a diverse range of musical ensembles, working with our Music teachers and visiting guest artists from the HK music scene.  The rehearsals will culminate in a series of 3 concerts to showcase the students’ achievements:

Tuesday 18th – Our String students and Chinese Orchestra will perform at Island School, Tai Wai, 7pm

Wednesday 19th – Our Wind and band students will demonstrate a range of ensembles and combinations at Sha Tin College, 7pm

Thursday 20th – South Island will be hosting the final concert presented by our young singers in 3 different vocal ensembles, in the SPACE at 7pm

We warmly invite you to join us for any of the concerts to celebrate the work of our talented young people.

Good luck to all the SIS musicians involved – we hope you enjoy working with different students and professionals and have fun with the repertoire.

Ms Debra Jones
Director of Performance/Head of Music