Issue No. 23 (22 February 2019)

22 Feb 2019

Draft Calendar for 2019-2020

The Draft Calendar for 2019-2020 is now on the SIS website.

As usual, the start of the Autumn Term will be gradual in August 2019:

  • Staff will return on Monday 12th;
  • New students and prefects assisting with the induction process will join us on Tuesday 13th;
  • The whole school will return on Wednesday 14th.

Please also note that the last day of the Autumn Term for students will be Friday 13th December 2019.

Although the calendar is not yet fully finalised, we do not expect this end date to change. We thought this information would be helpful to parents at this stage.

22 Feb 2019

2019 MaD Week enrolment deadline

Dear Students & Parents,

The MaD Week 2019 enrolment will close today at 11:00pm.

Please provide 4 trip preferences before the deadline, otherwise the system will not recognise your choice(s) in the allocation process and you may be allocated to a trip with available space.

22 Feb 2019

Namas MaD Week – what a great success!

It has been a great week seeing students making a difference on Namas MaD Week. Students had so much fun getting teachers soaked at Sponge the Teacher, while raising money for Children’s Heart Foundation at $15 per three throws. Thank you to those who helped making a difference. We also thank Namas Leadership team members and participating teachers for their support: Mr Thums, Mr Coventry, Mr Thurbon, Mr Benton, Mr So, Ms Andrews, Ms Edwards, Ms Webster, Mr Gardner.

On Friday, students came to school in red and pink on Dress Casual Day as part of the Namas MaD Week initiative. They raised a whopping HK$10201.40 with a small amount of foreign currency as well! We appreciate everyone who supported the week and making lives of children with heart problems better.

Students counting the money raised on Dress Casual Day during Namas MaD Week 2019.

Students counting the money raised on Dress Casual Day during Namas MaD Week 2019.

22 Feb 2019

CIS Community Survey Reminder

Dear Parents,

Many thanks to those parents that have already completed the CIS Community Survey.

For those parents that still have not completed the survey, could you please take a moment to complete the CIS Community Survey, which will help identify the strengths of the school and areas for improvement.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You should complete one survey per child enrolled in the school. We hope you can spare some time to help the school in its desire to improve. The survey will be available until March 1, 2019.

To access the survey, please click on this link:

If you have any questions or need support, please contact me at Thank you very much for completing the survey.

Darin Slethaug
Vice Principal / Director of Systems

22 Feb 2019

Sports Bulletin – 22 February 2019

On Monday, our C Grade Girls Basketball team had their first HKSSF game of the season. The girls played against Belilios. It was a tough game for them as they lost 6-45 but it was a great learning experience. Woman of the match: Maisy Redding. Great effort from the whole team and good luck in your game this Saturday against Hon Wah. For parents interested in watching the girls play this weekend, their game is at 11am at Sheung Wan Sports Centre.

On Wednesday, the C Grade Girls played Netball at Wong Chuk Hang against West Island School and the girls won 9-7. They played well, especially in the last half of the game where the goals score increased quickly from only one goal at the end of the 2nd quarter. Coaches MVP: Maisy Redding. Students choice of MVP: Vivienne Chung. A big thank you to Naetra Gusain (10M1) in her Student Coach role. The C2 girls next game will be next week against Canadian International School, again at Wong Chuk Hang, with a 4pm start.

On Thursday, the B Grade Boys Rugby played against West Island School and SIS won a very tight game. They trailed 19-5 in the second half before a tremendous comeback led to them scoring 4 unanswered tries to win the game 29-19. Player of the match: Liam Doyle


Director of Sport message

Next week sees one of the biggest competitions in our calendar get underway: the HKSSF Inter-school Athletics Competition. This takes place over 3 days at Wan Chai Sports Ground. The first day of the competition is Tuesday 26 February, and for those that qualify from their heats, the semi-finals will be on the following Monday with the finals being held on the Thursday. We have close to 100 students from all years competing next week and hopefully some performances will be good enough for these students to not just reach the finals but win medals and maintain our position in Division 2 for next year, or even result in promotion to Division 1!

As you have read, we have a lot of sports competitions going on this term, and I would like to encourage as many parents as possible to come and watch their sons and daughters represent the school if they can. We have spectator seating in our Sports Hall for you to watch our teams’ basketball matches, and there is plenty of seating and shade at Wong Chuk Hang and Happy Valley for you to watch our netball, rugby and football teams. I know from experience how important it is for young players to have support from the sidelines when they are playing their sport, and it would be great if our young players could experience that too. I am keen to build on the culture of sport at SIS, not just in school but in the local community. The more parents and family members we can encourage to come and support, our school teams and sporting events the better.

22 Feb 2019

Higher Education Evening – February 2019

Thank you all parents who came to Higher Education Evening on 21 February. We hope you and your child learnt more about post-secondary options in Hong Kong, USA and the UK. Please come to the Higher Education Evening that will take place next week at school for information regarding universities in Canada, Australia and Europe. We look forward to seeing you.

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22 Feb 2019

ESF Computer Conference

Dear All,

I am pleased to be able to share details of this year’s ESF Computing Conference, fully organised and led by an inter-school ESF student team, who have been working hard since July to raise funds, develop external partners, and plan logistics.

The conference will be held at SIS on Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March. Further information on the schedule, organising team, logistics, as well as the signup form is via the website:

Capacity is limited so sign up is on a first come first served basis.

Students will also need to complete and bring along the attached consent form to be admitted to the conference. We’d love to welcome teachers with their students as well (no sign up required).

Best wishes,

Iain Williamson
Digital Literacy Coordinator

Click below to download the consent form:
ESF Computing Conference Consent Form

22 Feb 2019

Chinese School Production – Butterfly Lovers《梁祝》

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity taking place at South Island School in March; a chance to attend the inaugural production of Butterfly Lovers《梁祝》. Butterfly Lovers is one of China’s four great folktales and is often known as the Chinese Romeo and Juliet.

The play, performed by our students, is in Mandarin, English and some Cantonese, with English subtitles and fantastic music throughout. You and your family have three showtimes to choose from and the details of the performances can be found below:

Butterfly Lovers《梁祝》

Dates: Monday 11 March, Tuesday 12 March, Wednesday 13 March
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: The Hall, 2/F, South Island School

Tickets: $120, with a discount of 20% for those purchasing more than 10 tickets for the same performing day. Please purchase your tickets here or your child(ren) can purchase directly from their SIS Chinese teacher.

The play is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn from a professional company, as well as serve as an inspiration to all budding linguists, actors and actresses alike!

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact the organisers at

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Kind regards,

Bibi Holyoak
Butterfly Lovers Producer
South Island School

(Please note that parking is NOT available.)

22 Feb 2019


Dear Parents,

We would like to thank all parents who have donated generously for this event. There will be many exciting prizes to be won. Please be on the lookout for raffle tickets coming home from school with your sons and daughters.

Kind regards,

Karla Lee

18 Feb 2019

HKAYP Bronze Assessment Expedition

89 Year 10 students will be taking part in the HKAYP Bronze Award this weekend all day on Friday 22 February and Saturday 23 February. They will be hiking at least 20 km in the Sai Kung Country Park over this two-day period camping on Friday night. 65 students are with South Island volunteer staff and 24 without partner instructors from Outward Bound Hong Kong. The expedition is expected to finish in the country park by 5:00pm on Saturday 23 February.

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