Issue No. 21 (1 February 2019)

1 Feb 2019

Message from the Principal

It has been just four weeks between the Christmas Holidays and Chinese New Year – but what a special four weeks it has been! If you are in any doubt about how much our students have crammed into this short space of time, you will see a vast range of activities and special events in this week’s e-bulletin. Congratulations to our staff and students on achieving so much so quickly.

On a personal level, this is a very special moment for me. I am very privileged to be celebrating my first Chinese New Year in Hong Kong with the South Island School community. On behalf of South Island School, we wish you great fortune and happiness in the New Year.

With best wishes,
Tom Vignoles

Chinese New Year Assembly 2019.

1 Feb 2019

School Photographs (18-20 February)

School Photographs will be taken in the Hall on Monday, 18 February to Wednesday, 20 February 2019.

All students must come to school in the correct school uniform. We do not allow PE kit unless for the team photographs.

This year, no payment will be taken before the photos. Instead, parents will receive a set of proofs card & order form from Techni Photo 3-4 weeks after the photos are taken, and can order the photos online or mail directly to Techni Photo. Please see below detailed instruction about ordering photos online (revised 13 February 2019).

The timetable of Tutor Group and House photos is attached. There will be an opportunity for Sibling or Family photos to be taken on Tuesday, 19 February from 8:25 – 10:05am.

Please see attached for the full schedule below (revised 13 February 2019).

Annette Chapman
Vice Principal

31 Jan 2019

Year 11 students sitting GCSE exams May/June 2019

On the afternoon of Friday 22 February, there will be a second Study Skills workshop called ‘Ace Your Exams’ delivered jointly with Elevate Education. This second session is specifically aimed at students who have sat mocks and are preparing for the final summer exams. During the workshop, students will be given tips and strategies for studying that will be monitored and reinforced by tutors and teachers in all subjects in the following weeks.

This is a compulsory session and it is important that all Year 11 students sitting exams attend. The workshop will start in tutor time at 12:35 and run over into the afternoon. I would ask that if you/your child usually attends a lesson, activity or tutoring session on a Friday afternoon that you make sure that you give notice that your child will be in school for that one day, in the same way that you would for inter House events.

Further details about the session will be sent after CNY.

Activity buses will be available for those who use the school bus service at 3:00pm.

Mrs. Crouch
Head of Post 14 Learning

31 Jan 2019

Year of the Pig Greetings from SIS!

Happy Chinese New Year from South Island School! We wish everyone a very prosperous year of the pig and a wonderful holiday.

A big thank you and congratulations to our SIS students Agnes Lam 林善瑩 and Gayoung Kim 金佳榮 for respectively designing and colouring the CNY e-card that is circulated widely at ESF!

31 Jan 2019

Years 9 & 11 Options Fair – 23 Jan 2019

Thank you for joining us at the Years 9 and 11 Options Fair last Wednesday evening. We appreciate your time and hope you have a better idea on your child’s options. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. A big thank you to administrators and all staff who helped make the event run smoothly.

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31 Jan 2019

Chinese New Year Assembly 2019

To mark the Chinese New Year, the school community is being treated to an amazing variety of Chinese cultural experiences on Friday 1 February. During the assembly, there were performances including a lion dance, Chinese martial arts, traditional regional dances, songs, a video compilation of greetings in different languages and dialects, as well as a surprise and multilingual appearance from our very own…Mr Tom Vignoles! Those inspired by the linguistic diversity of the day can look forward to the upcoming Mother Tongue Day (21 February) and the trilingual drama production Butterfly Lovers (11–13 March).

Photos below from the Chinese New Year Assembly 2019:


Students were practising hard on lion dance steps:


31 Jan 2019

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019

Here at SIS, we celebrated the Chinese New Year with a fantastic array of activities involving students in all year groups. From origami pigs to calligraphy, spring couplets to fan design and from peach blossom paintings to lantern making, students have been hard at work celebrating this extremely important event on the Chinese calendar! It has been a week to remember and we send warm wishes to all for the holiday period. 新年快乐!

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31 Jan 2019

Sports Bulletin – 31 January 2019


Last weekend, there was the Lower Division Mini competition held at Lo Wu Saddle Club.  The purpose of the competition was to prepare the riders to get familiar with the actual Heats that will be held in March.  There were 2 classes on Jan 25 – Introductory and Preliminary classes for both jumping and dressage tests.  SIS entered the Preliminary class and Yoyo Leung won 6th place in the dressage test. Congratulations!



Six South Island Students participated in the first Asian Interport rowing Regatta last weekend in Singapore. They were part of the Youth Development Team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club competing against clubs from Singapore and Shanghai. Oliver Blyth, Nick Chan and Samuel Wong won the junior men’s quad event with David Kim (HKIS). James Coward was victorious in the junior men’s city sprint category. Also, Kirra Cameron and Charlotte Blyth raced in a heart stopping junior women’s double scull race finishing third. All the students enjoyed the experience of racing overseas in an event with 70 competitors across masters, seniors and junior categories including Singaporean Saiyidah Aisyah who competed in the 2014 Olympics.



On Tuesday, our U14 Tennis boys played in the ISSFHK semi-finals and finals. They played against Discovery Bay International School in their first match and beat them. Later in the afternoon they played against HKIS in the finals and they won 3 sets to 1. The boys showed great sportsmanship. Man of the match went to Christian Wong.



Our Junior Cricketers played against Delia Memorial School (Glee Path). SIS 144-6 tied against DMS GP 144-3. Absolute thriller with SIS needing one off the last ball to win but we couldn’t quite get over the line. Brandon Kam, player of the game for 85 including one 6 that went out the ground and landed in the petrol station across the road.


Netball & football

What a busy Wednesday night for the sports department. Starting it off with our C grade Girls Netball, they played against CDNIS and won 16-4. It was a tough day for our Girls Football as they played against Harrow and lost 2-6. Chasing the game after two early goals,  they did well to get back into the game but were picked off with some late goals. Score line did not reflect the game with SIS dominating possession, having more shots but not clinical enough. Goal scorers: Vanessa Kwok, Abby Gan.


Cross Country

On Thursday, we had the ISSFHK Cross Country at Tai Lam Country Park. All Cross Country teams performed well in the International Schools Competition. Special mention goes to the U-20 Girls who came 2nd, the U-16 Boys (2nd), and the U-16 Girls and U-14 Boys who just missed out on bronze and gained 4th. Those were strong performances from a competition involving 16 international schools. Well done to all runners.

31 Jan 2019

ESF Hong Kong Run 2019

ESF schools’ mixed relay run was held at the Science Park last weekend. SIS C Grade and B Grade teams came 3rd overall. It was great weather for all the runners and thank you to all students for participating on the Saturday morning. Congratulations to all runners and well done to all participants. Results can be found on the ESF Hong Kong Run official website.

Our student enjoyed the brilliant event and have a few words to share:

“On 26 January, we hosted a booth for SIS in the ESF Fun Run that consisted of two activities, ‘Nerf Attack’ and ‘Cup Pong’. These activities were a huge success and many kids attended and lined up for our stall, expressing a huge interest in our game. Even a few parents participated in our games! We enjoyed being a part of this event and were very glad the families that came did too!” – Vivian Cheung (11B1)

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Photo credit (by alphabetical order): ESF, Lucy Vignoles, Peggy Wong

31 Jan 2019

SIS Scouts serve food and drinks to 1,300 Ultra-Trail runners

The Hong Kong 100 Ultra-Trail race on January 19 was a unique chance for Scouts to do voluntary work – not to mention fending off monkeys and trying and stay up all night.

A total of 41 Scouts and leaders worked round the clock to serve food and drinks to 1,300 runners. 150th Scouts, the majority from SIS, were in charge of Checkpoint 8 near Shing Mun Dam, 86 kilometers into this gruelling race.

Chinese runners dominated the event. The winner was Shen Jiasheng from Yunnan, who completed the race in a record 10:22:02. Lu Yangchun was the fastest woman runner, finishing eighth in a record-breaking 11:43:22.

The young Scouts, age 11-14, had to put teams on “monkey patrols” during daylight hours to try and prevent raids. They banged sticks on empty water bottles, but despite their best efforts, monkeys managed to run away with biscuits, oranges and bananas.

Charles-Gautier Joly (Y9) and his Unicorns patrol of seven Scouts, were the main organisers of this camp, working hard to draw a roster covering multiple tasks over a 24-hour period.

It was a great opportunity for youths to see world-class athletes in action. And as the night went on, they tried to cheer up exhausted runners, kept them warm with two campfires, and directed sick or injured runners to the St John Ambulance first aid tent.

The ultra endurance race draws elite runners from around the world. The 103 km race starts at Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung, and finishes on Tai Mo Shan. It involves a cumulative elevation gain of over 5300 meters – that’s like climbing more than half-way up Everest – and the cut-off time is 30 hours.

Scouts from the English-speaking Silver Jubilee District were in charge of six out of 10 checkpoints. 29th Discovery Bay were at Checkpoint 4 in Yung Shue O,  192nd Beacon Hill at CP5 in Kei Ling Ha, 36th St John’s at CP6 in Gilwell, 28th West Island at CP7 on Beacon Hill, 150th Scouts at CP 8 in Shing Mun, 1694th Renaissance on Lead Mine Pass.

Hong Kong is home to a very active scouting movement. The English-speaking Silver Jubilee District (SJD) welcomes over 500 boys of girls. They include Year 2-3 (Grasshoppers), Year 4-6 (Cubs), Year 7-10 (Scouts, age 11-15) and Ventures (from age 15-21).

Corinne Vigniel
Scout Leader, 150th Hong Kong Group

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Photo credit: Corinne Vigniel

31 Jan 2019

Trial period with natural light in classrooms ended with constructive feedback

We ran a trial period between 21-25 January where we asked teachers to turn off lights in classrooms and use natural light instead. When running this trial, we wanted to get feedback on how it went, which would pave the way for future initiatives involving the whole school, all with the shared goal of reducing our energy usage in school. We believe that the trial period showed a sense of success as we managed to get across several details of how you should be aware of using energy and managed to give students and teachers a sense that lights are not always mandatory to be kept on.

Just by analysing the survey results, we found out that participants faced challenges from fear of their eyesight being damaged which is not true as there is still a similar amount of light coming in. However, what teachers found unusual or not normal was that the temperature in the room increased as the sun was very bright. Nonetheless, excluding the challenges most teachers and students, both supported the initiative and found it very normal in most days, which led them to back up their statements by supporting us to do more of these initiatives on sunny days as one has suggested.

Eldon Tse & Max Yuen
SIS Sustainability Council

31 Jan 2019

24 Hour Famine 2019

44 students undertook a 24-hour famine from Monday morning to Tuesday. At the 7th annual fast, the students slept in the Diploma Centre on Monday night. A big thank you to Mr. Trevor Wong and Ms. Kitty Yeung who stayed overnight with Mr. Paul Gardner to supervise.

Total amount of donations received will be announced when the information is available.

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31 Jan 2019

International Evening 2019 was a blast!

International Evening was another event that encapsulated the idea of having a sustained link with a charity. We supported Arts with the Disabled Association, Hong Kong, which is a charity that strives to support and provide equal opportunities and an inclusive environment for all students in their pursuit of arts. Through our event, we celebrated and exhibited the cultural diversity in our school, while sustaining our link with ADAHK. The money that we were able to raise was in excess of $16000 and future plans are already in place to link this accoladed event with Mother Tongue Day next year.

This event would never have been a success were it not for the countless hours that students, performers, technicians and parents have invested in the organisation and planning of the event. We hope you enjoyed International Evening 2019 as much as we did and we cannot thank you enough for the support we have received.

The 2019 International Evening Head Team,
Vereta, Vanessa, Brian, Michael, Andre

31 Jan 2019

Congratulations to Burton!

We are so glad to hear that Burton Cheung from 10M2 won 3 trophies in 2 different competitions in January 2019.

On 12 January, Burton won the second-runner up for a golf competition and was invited to participate in the grand final by the HKGA. He was awarded second-runner up for the grand final too!  This competition marked his last race for his junior tournament journey at HKGA and shall be heading to his next stage!

Burton won the first-runner up for The Clearwater Bay Academy Club (12-17 years old) on 26 January. Well done Burton and we are all very proud with his hard work!

Photo credit: Amy Au


30 Jan 2019

MaD Council meeting for 2019’s trip

Members of the MaD Council spent their lunchtime last week making the decisions about the new MaD Week trip proposals. Most schools have teachers who do this and we are proud to see our students participate in deciding which trips are to be run and making a difference.

29 Jan 2019

Good luck to Justin!

Good luck to Justin Wong (9N1) who is travelling to Portugal during Chinese New year to attend trials for Rio Ave, a premier league football club in the city of Porto, Portugal.

Nat Webster
Head of Namas House
Teacher of Physical Education & Sports Science

25 Jan 2019

SIS goes MaD 2019 website

Dear Y7, Y8, Y9 & Y11 Students & Parents,

The SIS goes MaD 2019 website will be ready on 11 February 2019.  Please click on the link below to view details and information about each MaD Trip.

For your convenience, please take note of the following important dates listed:

  • Enrolment application: from 11 to 22 February 2019
    • This system is NOT first-come, first-served.
    • Please see the attached information sheet on how to enrol.
  • Placement Announcement: 11th March 2019
  • Deposit Deadline: 29 March 2019
  • Balance Deadline: 13 June 2019