Issue No. 9 (12 October 2018)

12 Oct 2018

Message from the Principal

As the first half of term draws to a close, this is a moment when I am able to pause and reflect on my time here so far. I knew from the moment I set foot here that South Island School is a very special place, whose staff and students work tirelessly and professionally together to achieve great things – and everything I have seen in my time here so far has confirmed this first impression. I want to thank you all for the welcome you have given me on my arrival, which has been very much appreciated.

There have been so many highlights to my time here already that it is impossible to list them all here – but at this moment in time, the highlight is of course MaD Week, which is now finally drawing to a close. To undertake so many ambitious trips, events and activities in a single week is mad indeed, yet SIS pulls it off, every year! I would like to take this opportunity to record our tremendous thanks to our Director of Systems, Mr Darin Slethaug, and to our Trips Administrator, Ms Yokee Kwan for their truly exceptional work in coordinating MaD Week, as well as to every member of staff who has led a trip or activity this week. Thank you also to the student-led MaD Council for their very considerable planning and input, and thank you to each and every student for their work to make a very real difference to communities all around our region or even further afield.

Finally, thank you to our parents for trusting us with your children this week! We wish everyone safe travel home and we look forward to hearing everyone’s stories and achievements in the second half of term. In the meantime, now is the time for rest and relaxation, and we are sure that all of our students will enjoy their very well-earned breaks next week.

With best wishes,

Mr Tom Vignoles
Principal, South Island School

12 Oct 2018

Getting ready for reunion with alumni souvenirs

We are happy to see another alumnus visiting SIS this week! Irene Chan from The Class of 1985 was here to pick up some alumni souvenirs before she meets a few other SIS alumni in London. Wearing her South Island School Alumni cap, Irene tells us that her favourite place at school was the common room where she spent wonderful time hanging out with other schoolmates. What left her with unforgettable memories too was her regular running trainings on Black’s Link from school. She also remembers her earlier years in school having PE lessons at Morrison Hill Swimming Pool when SIS was still at the old campus at So Kon Po near Causeway Bay before it moved to the current campus in 1983.

Irene is now a mother of five children. Before, she worked at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong where she coincidentally was a colleague with another SIS alumnus. We hope Irene will have a great catch up with other fellow South Island alumni in the UK!

If any alumni would like to keep in touch with us, do follow us on our SIS Alumni Facebook, and register on the SIS Alumni website where you can buy a range of amazing souvenirs. Alumni may also connect with us via Linked In.

12 Oct 2018

Book Character Day 2018

Many students and teachers came to school in colourful costumes as they dressed up as their favourite book character on Shtepi MaD Week on Book Character Day last Friday. They made a difference by participating to help raising funds and awareness for Room to Read.

Click here to see more photos on our Facebook!


12 Oct 2018

Sports Bulletin – 12 October 2018

Friday 12 October 2018

Sports results this week…..

Despite it being MAD week, the HKSSF matches have continued and despite our teams being short of players our coaches have managed to organise a team so we can remain competitive. This has been challenging to say the least but I guess it’s one of the consequences of SIS being competitive in so many sports!

Last Saturday our badminton, basketball, volleyball, rowing and tennis teams had matches across Hong Kong……..

The B Grade Boys Badminton team won vs SSCC Won 3-0

South Island division 1 Boys Tennis lost to La Salle 5.5-0.5.  This was the first time we have got any kind of score against this team who always finish 2nd. Mom Mathias Grunberger

Girls beat HFCC 5-4 division 1 match. WoM Elisa Hirn

A grade girls basketball won 28-26 in a game that came down to the wire. Netra popped a 3 pointer with a minute or so remaining to tie the game, and then Caitlin made a shot with 10 seconds remaining to give us the win. Both Netra and Cait worked hard and deserve WOM honours.

U16 Girls Volleyball result: v. WIS lost 19-25/15-25. Quite an improvement on the last time we played them.

Our rowing team competed in the Youth Autumn Sculls event at middle island last saturday and did exceptionally well in the first regatta of the year. Notable results were:

U12 girls single: 1st Charlotte, 2nd Manon
U13 boys single: 1st Fred, 2nd Joshua
U14 boys single: 1st Sam, 2nd Oliver
U15 boys single: 1st Nick, 3rd Amos
U16 boys single: 4th Justin
Good results in the mixed school quads as well.

We are looking good for the schools regatta in November.

This week our A Grade boys basketball team have played their second HKSSF match of the season but unfortunately lost 30-38 although they will have learnt a lot from this game.  MoM Dexter Brutus

Yesterday was the Division 2 HKSSF swim gala at Victoria Park swimming pool. Again, being in the middle of MAD week and work experience meant it was always going to be difficult for a lot of the swimmers to be able to compete but for those that were able to, there were some excellent performances.  Notable mentions to Hei Sen Li, Leonardo Yip, Justin Kim, Victor Chao, Ian Mok, Sean Lee , Josh Wang for all making the finals next Thursday with excellent chances of medals but we also need to recognise all the other swimmers who competed, in some cases against boys 2 years older than them, to allow us to enter a team and hopefully maintain our position in Division 2 for next year. The spirit among the boys, their support for each other and their continuing support for swimming at SIS is outstanding and we thank them for their efforts. The girls team were heavily affected by a lack of swimmers although the girls who did swim all achieved the standard time in most cases and again, were excellent ambassadors for the school in terms of their effort and support for one another.

Other sports news

Our sports matches continue thick and fast during and after half term with badminton, volleyball and basketball matches to be played in the HKSSF competitions. Again, the details of sports matches can be found on the school calendar or by following this link:

The PE Department wish everybody a good half term holiday and hope everyone has chance to refresh themselves ready for an even busier second half of the first term!

11 Oct 2018

Reminder – Bronze HKAYP Camp 26-27 October

Dear Parents and Students,

Just a reminder that the first HKAYP Bronze camp is on 26-27 October 2018. This is the end of the first week back following half term so it will soon be upon us. This camp students are in dormitories with bedding provided. Students are responsible for bringing their own food and eating implements to this camp.

There is a compulsory briefing for all students after school on 23 October from 3:15 to 4:15pm where students will be issued with equipment. This is extremely important as we missed a critical preparation session due to Typhoon Mangkhut earlier in the term.

Groups 1-5 are attending the CAMP with Outward Bound Hong Kong-based at Tai Mong Tsai and groups 6-13 are with SIS staff based at Pak Sha O. (You can check your group on the google classroom or see attached).

Students attend a normal school day on Friday 26 October and meet in rooms Sc 61-64 at 1:50pm ready to go. Students health and equipment will be checked by staff. Buses return students to SIS by approximately 4.30pm on Saturday 27 October. Students do not need to wear school uniform.

Best regards,

Mr. Morris
HKAYP and CAS Coordinator


8 Oct 2018

Sun Yat-Sen Exhibition and Book Fair

The Chinese Department and the Learning Resources Centre have organised the Sun Yat-Sen exhibition and Book Fair (孙中山展覧暨书展) to be launched in the Hall from 5 November (10:30am) to 9 November (1:30pm). Students, parents and all staff are welcome to join.

「我一生的嗜好,除了革命外,只有好读书,我一天不读书,便不能生活。」—— 孙中山
“The hobby of my life, apart from the revolution, is reading. I can’t live a day without reading.” —— Sun Yat-Sen

The theme of this event is “How reading could lead to a fulfilling life?”

The Director of the Sun Yat-Sen Museum will deliver a talk in Cantonese (2 sessions to choose from) in the Hall on 8 November, Thursday. It is open to SIS parents and students.

Speaker Sessions 讲座
1:15-3:15pm (Thu) 8 November 2018

First session: 1:15pm-2:15pm
Second session: 2:15pm-3:15pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

8 Oct 2018

Chinese Drama with Music “Butterfly Lovers”

Dear SIS Students,

The Chinese Drama with Music, Butterfly Lovers 《梁祝》, is being run by the school for the first time. This play is based on a Chinese legend telling the tragic love story of two lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台) and is considered to be one of China’s Four Great Folktales.

Students can gain an insightful appreciation of classical literature through acting, dancing and performing to famous pieces of classical Chinese music and engaging with traditional Chinese social themes.

The performance will be shown to the public on 11, 12 and 13 March 2019, at 7pm, in the School Hall. A preview will be performed to ESF primary schools on 11 March at 12:30pm. The production will be conducted in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Almost all acting roles will involve speaking in Mandarin and/or Cantonese. This will be a great opportunity to showcase your acting and language skills at a performance level.  SIS students are now invited to sign up to audition for the following roles:

Audition for Performers:

Liang Shan-bo 梁山伯
Zhu Ying-tai 祝英台
Liang Shan-bo’s Mother 梁山伯妈妈
Zhu Ying-tai’s Father 祝英台爸爸
Zhu Ying-tai’s Mother 祝英台妈妈
Ma Wen-cai 马文才
Professor 老师
Professor’s Wife 师母
Servant 仆人
Boatman 船家
Students 学生 (several)
Ensemble Dancers 舞蹈

Recruitment for Backstage Team:
Stage Manager 舞台监督
Deputy Stage Manager 執行舞台监督
Assistant Stage Managers and Dressers 助理舞台监督
Ticketing Manager 票务
Marketing Graphics Designer 宣传平面设计
Promotion Trailer Director 宣传影片导演
Promotion Trailer Photographers 宣传摄影

For those who are keen to participate, you will have to commit to the following rehearsal times:

January – March, 2019
Tuesdays: 8:00-10:00am
Fridays: 1:15-3:00pm (Dancers and singers)
Saturdays (3 times): 10:00-13:00 (Actors) 23/2, 2/3, 9/3

The deadline for audition sign-up is 30 November 6pm. The audition date is one week later – 7 December (Friday) 1:15 – 3:00pm in Drama Studio 2.

If you are interested in participating in the Butterfly Lovers《梁祝》, please sign up here. If you cannot open the link, please click on the following link:

Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs Holyoak

Best wishes,
Mrs Holyoak

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.

Term will start with Distance Learning from 11th August - see emails for further details. The PTA Shop is closed for onsite shopping, so please email for assistance. For info regarding IB Retake/Remark/Certificate Pickupclick HERE