Issue No. 8 (5 October 2018)

5 Oct 2018

Jondi Mac revisits SIS

Isn’t it great to revisit the place where you grew up at? Our alumnus Jondi Mac from The Class of 1985 had a tour with his lovely family today at South Island School to learn about the changes to the school since then. Jondi’s favourite subject was Music when he was in school here, and no doubt he is continuing with music, who is now based in Scotland. We hope to see him and other alumni more often!

5 Oct 2018

Sports Bulletin – 5 October 2018

Friday 5 October 2018

Sports results last week….


U14 football

The U14 junior girls football team beat ICHK 7-0.  A comfortable win.  There were goals from Hayler Sadler, Maya Meekcoms, Koharu Honda, Vivienne Chung(x2), Yasmine Pitt. WOM – Vivienne Chung.

Girls A grade basketball

SIS 42 STC 13.  The Girls played some good 🏀, especially for the first game of the year.  A very good start to the season.

B grade Netball

B1’s beat ISFA 27- 14. WOM – Hayley Cheung

A grade Netball

A grade girls beat KGV 38-16. WOM = Maddie Kwan

Boys A Grade Football

The boys were 3-1 winners v Ying Wa in the HKSSF competition. Scorers were Jake Chow, Jesper Jarlefelt, Josh Chu. MoM Kei Sasaki

U16 Girls Volleyball

v. CAIS lost 25-22/24-26/10-15; v. ICHK lost 8-25/19-25.

U16 Boys Volleyball

  1. SIS lost 4-25/11-25
  2. ICHK lost 14-25/11-25
  3. CAIS lost 23-25/19-25

Boys A grade Basketball

Despite the proud singing of the National Anthem, the A grade boys went down 50-38 to a well drilled Raimondi School in their first HKSSF match of the season. It’s really important that our boys start to commit to training if they want to go far in this competition.

Sports Fixtures

With all of our sports competitions now underway the games are coming thick and fast for our teams. The best way to check the fixtures for the coming weeks will be via our school calendar, which is continually updated as and when fixtures are arranged.

The link to the school calendar can be found here:


Last Friday the Year 11 students had their volleyball competition in the sports hall and on the lower playground. The matches were extremely competitive and the winners were BAHAY

Other sports news

A reminder to all parents and students that our Athletics Heats commence the week after half term. These will be held at Sandy Bay athletics track due to facility at Aberdeen still under repair after the typhoon. The dates for all year groups are as follows:

Wednesday 24 October: AM: Year 11; PM:  Year 8
Thursday 25 October: AM: Year 9; PM: Year 12/13
Wednesday 31 October: AM: Year 10; PM: Year 7

As part of his CAS programme, a student in year 12, Sachin Suresh, will be running a cricket club at school on Monday afternoon for students in Years 7-9. This club will run until Christmas and the focus will be on learning and practicing a different skill each week with a view to entering some international school competitions in terms 2 & 3. More information about the club can be found in the Activities section of the VLE. Students interested in attending can email Sachin to sign up at

We are also hoping to re-establish a boys hockey team at SIS. There has already been some interest among some older students at the school and hopefully these boys can start training soon to be able to play some matches against local international schools very soon. Any other boys interested should contact Mr Redding in the PE department for more details.

5 Oct 2018

MusicFest 2018 results

MusicFest 2018

On Thursday 4 October, the Music Department staged the annual MusicFest inter-house competition. It was wonderful to hear all the competitors, who really showcased the amazing level of talent that we have at South Island School. After 6 hours of competition we had the following results:

6th Place – Maison
Joint 4th Place – Casa and Shtepi
3rd Place – Kuca
2nd Place – Namas
1st Place – Bahay

Parent and students can find more photos and videos on Instagram @sis_interhouse.
A video is also available on our Facebook.

HKSMSA Festival Applications

For those students who wish to enter this year’s Music Festival, the closing date for applications to school is Wednesday, 10 October.  You can download entry forms from the HKSMSA website. Please email Ms Jones for log in details.

Forms need to be handed in a Reception with a cheque for the entry fee made out to South Island School.

Photos of MusicFest 2018



5 Oct 2018

Athletics Heats Days 2018 are coming up!

The athletics heats days will run on three days at Stanley Ho Sports Centre (Sandy Bay). Each year group will have a heats day where they will have the opportunity to compete in four different athletics events.

Date – 2018 Venue Morning Session Afternoon Session
Wednesday 24 October Stanley Ho Sports Centre (Sandy Bay) Year 11 Year 8
Thursday 25 October Stanley Ho Sports Centre (Sandy Bay) Year 9 Year 12 and 13
Wednesday 31 October Stanley Ho Sports Centre (Sandy Bay) Year 10 Year 7

Morning Session

Y11 (10:05 – 12:35) return back for lunchtime.
Y9 (10:05 – 12:35) return back for lunchtime.
Y10 (07:50 – 10:35) return back for 2A.

Afternoon Session

Y7 (12:50 – 15:15) return for the end of school.
Y8 (12:50 – 15:15) return for the end of school.
Y12/13 (12:50 – 15:15) return for the end of school.

Students must sign up for 4 events, one from each category, which include:
Track – sprint, Track – middle distance, Field – jump/throw and a free choice (extra option).

Choices of events are listed below:

  1. TRACK: SPRINT – 100m/200m
  2. TRACK: MIDDLE DISTANCE – 400m/800m/1500m
  3. FIELD: JUMP or THROW – High Jump/Long Jump or Triple Jump – only for years 9-13. Shot Put/Discus or Javelin (Cricket ball throw instead of Javelin for year 7 & 8).
  4. EXTRA OPTION – any one option you have not already selected from the above

SIGN UP: In your PE lesson, students decide which events they would like to do. Their PE teachers can answer any questions they may have about the sign-up process. Year 12/13 students need to sign up on the google forms.

Morning Session (Year 9, 10 and 11)

Please meet at the steps by reception ready to board the buses. Once you arrive at the stadium you will be briefed on the events, perform a warm up and have approximately 1.5 hours to compete your four events. At the end of the heats, the bus will pick you up from the athletics venue and you will return to school to head back to your lessons or lunchtime. Students will need to bring snacks with them as well as plenty of water.

Afternoon Session (Year 7, 8, 12 and 13)

Please meet at the steps by reception ready to board the buses. Once you arrive at the stadium you will be briefed on the events, perform a warm up and have approximately 1.5 hours to compete your four events. At the end of the heats, the bus will pick you up from the athletics venue and you will return back for the end of school at 3:15pm. Students will need to bring snacks/lunch with them as well as plenty of water.

Everyone will need to wear their HOUSE SHIRT along with the rest of the SIS PE Kit and appropriate footwear. Also bring sun cream, hat and extra clothing depending on the weather.

Athletics Heats Day Poster
5 Oct 2018

PTA AGM Updates

Message from the Principal

It was great to see so many parents at the PTA AGM on Wednesday 3 October, at which parents had the opportunity to hear about highlights of the year and to meet the new Principal of SIS. Thank you, and congratulations, to those parents who were elected to the PTA Committee for 2018-2019. We very much look forward to working with you during the next twelve months.

Mr Tom Vignoles
Principal, South Island School


Message from the PTA Chair

At the time of writing this message, there is still a memory of Wednesday night’s PTA Annual General Meeting and Welcome New Principal Social. The Principal, parents and teachers came in participating and witnessing a busy evening. There were communications amongst the attendees evidencing their involvement in the Association.

Once again our new PTA Committee 2018/2019 was formed.

FUNG Karla PTA Chair
TIWANA Sandeep Kaur PTA Vice Chair
AU Amy PTA Treasurer
DSOUZA Preethi Sunil Parent Representative
GUSAIN Shilpa Parent Representative
LANCELOTTE Petra Parent Representative
MONCES Elvira G Parent Representative
SETHI Sonia Parent Representative
SIMS Julia Parent Representative
WANG Teresa Parent Representative
YU Feng Qi Parent Representative
VIGNOLES Tom Principal – School Representative
SLETHAUG Darin School Representative


While it is a very exciting time for me to have the privilege to serve you as SIS PTA Chairperson, I would like to thank those retiring members: Ms. Angela Lee (Vice Chair), Mr. Greg Kwan (Treasurer), Ms. Santvana Kansal and 3 parent members of Graduating Class 2018: Mrs. Pooja Bhagat, Ms. Alice Ng and Ms. Sarika Puri. I also need to give special thanks to 2 School Representatives at SIS PTA LTD 2017/2018: Mr. Graham Silverthorne (retired Principal) and Ms. Estelle Stringer, who has recently been appointed as the Teacher Representative at the SIS School Council. I must not forget Mrs. Annette Chapman for her tremendous support to the PTA from January to July, 2018 as the Acting Principal. The PTA would not be as good as this without these members.

Thank you to the amazing support of school leadership team at AGM, my appreciation to everyone in our caregiving community, a group of fine young men and ladies from the Prefect Team, plus 2 fantastic PTA employees Lee-Chan and Vivian, and of course the support staff at school.

Please stay tuned for the upcoming PTA event. I wish you all a very relaxing weekend.

Karla Lee

PTA 2018-19.

MaD Week (8 October – 12 October)  – School Bus Schedule

Morning (AM):

Monday, Wednesday to Friday: Schedule same as normal school days.
Tuesday: Pick up time same as Monday’s schedule (NO Tuesday morning activities bus)

After School (PM):

Monday to Thursday: Departure time same as normal school days.
Friday: Departure time same as Monday’s schedule (i.e. bus leaves at 3:30 pm – NO SCHOOL BUS departure at 1:20 pm)

There will be NO After-School Activities buses (Mon – Fri) from 8 October – 12 October 2018.

PTA Shop and PTA Office

The PTA Shop and PTA Office will be closed during term break from 15 October to 19 October 2018 (both dates inclusive). We will re-open on 22 October 2018.

3 Oct 2018

Making Links 2018

Organised by the MaD Council, Making Links was held on the 27th of September. Showcased at the event were charities and student led initiatives ranging from organisations such as Amnesty International and World Vision to student led extracurricular activities such as SIS Sports Insight and Diwali Night. Throughout the day, students from Year 9 to Year 13 were able to talk to, get to know and make links with over 25 charities, Year 12s were able to seek out valuable CAS opportunities and a platform was provided for students to promote their own initiatives and projects. Overall, this event proved to be successful in reinforcing our school ethos of “Making A Difference”!