Issue No. 12 (17 November 2017)

4 Dec 2017

Upcoming Important Dates (Term 1)


A few important dates are listed here for your convenience. This is NOT a complete list.

30 Nov – Y11 Options Presentation to Parents @Space
2 Dec – 24-Hour Race @Peak
6 Dec – ESF 50th Anni Gala Dinner @HKCEC
7 Dec – HKAYP Goal Presentation @Atrium
7 Dec – Y9 Options presentation to Parents
12 Dec – Christmas Concert
15 Dec – Whole School Assembly @Hall
18 Dec-5 Jan – Term 1 Christmas School Holiday

To view all events, please visit our ‘LIVE Calendar

1 Dec 2017

The Parent Handbook

The South Island School Parent Handbook can now be accessed through both the iSAMS Parent Portal and iParent App. The Parent Handbook is an online manual to provide parents important information about the school, including school procedures and policies. To access the SIS Parent Handbook, please follow the steps in the help sheets attached.


24 Nov 2017

Dress Differently Week Year 12 and 13 (December 11 to 15)

Year 12 and 13 students will be taking part in a Dress Differently week during the last week of term (December 11-15th). This is in order to have some festive fun and equally importantly raise funds for this year’s Operation Santa Claus appeal which supports numerous worthwhile charities (
We have a team of students working on this and, of course they will be delighted for your encouragement help and support. We are hoping all students will be taking part in this as well as contributing by sponsorship/fundraising.  Normal learning will still be continuing through out the week
Further Details to follow on the themes for the different days. Looking forward to a fantastic Dress Differently Week! Thanks in anticipation for your support.
24 Nov 2017

Christmas Cold Cards 2017

Dear SIS parents,

Christmas is almost here, and that means COLD CARDS!

This year we had an assorted group of 20 students – mostly Y8, with a few Y9 and Y10s.  We designed, cut plates and made prints for 5 hectic days during MAD Week.  The designs have since been digitized and professionally printed into Christmas cards, Calendars and Wrapping Paper.  Standard of design and quality of printing are high.

We will leave some products at reception for direct purchase, or you can use one of the buying options on the left!

17 Nov 2017

Result of the Parent Election to the South Island School Council

Dear Parents,

The ballot closed yesterday at 4pm at which point the voting boxes were sealed until 1.30pm on Thursday. They were opened in the presence of the Principal with Karla Lee, the Chair of the PTA, in attendance. The votes were counted and re-counted to produce the following results:

Daniel Chun – 64 votes
Steve Penman – 79 votes
Pia Wong – 136 votes

Accordingly, Pia Wong, who is an SIS alumna, has been elected to serve on the South Island School, School Council for a term of 3 years. Congratulations to Pia and our thanks once again to Steve and Daniel for making this a close fought contest!

Our thanks, too, go to all of the parents who submitted a vote.

Best Wishes,
Graham Silverthorne

17 Nov 2017

We need your help….!

Dear SIS students and parents,
The Rohingya refugee crisis has led to close to a million refugees in Bangladesh in desperate need of food, shelter, medical attention and warm clothing. One of our ESF parents, Nicole Izsak, has asked for the following support:
‘I am helping to organise a warm clothing collection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh at the request of UNICEF Bangladesh and a local partner. We have local partners that will sort and ship it as soon as possible.’
Many thanks in advance for your generosity,
Fran Crouch
SIS Making a Difference Co-ordinator
17 Nov 2017

40Fest Eco Fingers Sale

The Eco-Fingers horticulture group have been working very hard since the start of the year to grow organic plants and herbs in time for 40Fest next week. We have basil, lemon basil, cinnamon basil, lemon balm, curly parsley, chilli, rosemary, Cuban oregano, marigolds and lavender for sale! $20 for one, $50 for 3 or $80 for 5. Please come and support the Eco-fingers team at this wonderful community event.

17 Nov 2017

PTA News

PTA SHOP (Winter Uniform is now available)

Winter uniform is now available at the PTA Shop. For more information, please visit the website ( or click here.


Date/Time/Venue: 24th Nov 2017 @17:00-22:00 @South Island School – 50, Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen, HK

COUNT DOWN ……..1 weeks to go !!!!!!

Second Hand Books

Donations appeal for Second Hand Book Stall. Make some space on your shelves while helping with our fund raising – Then come along to the Nightfest and browse for more books to fill that space!

You can drop your books outside the PTA office from 13 Nov 2017


International Food Stalls

We are still accepting donations or any food contributions for our International food stalls.

Cakes, Cookies, Savoury Pastries (e.g. Sausage rolls, Quiche, etc), or any type of food – Please CLICK HERE to let us know and we will contact you.

Cheques can be made payable to South Island School PTA Ltd and dropped at the PTA office or reception. Please put your child’s name and type of donations (e.g. Chinese stall, Indian stall, etc.) at the back of the cheque. Thank you in advance for your donations.

Volunteers Sign-Up

We are still in need of volunteers to help during the event to look after a stall especially from 8 pm – 10 pm, please CLICK HERE to sign up and we will contact you.


FREE bus service to and from the school for Nightfest. This will be first come first served.


2 Buses – From Tai Koo Shing to School

  • 4: 45 pm – Tai Koo Shing (HSBC)

1 Bus – From Causeway Bay – Happy Valley – School (with the following pickup)

  • 4:45 pm – Paterson Street (Pearl City)
  • 4:50 pm – Sing Woo Road (HSBC)
  • 5:00 pm – Bus stop outside HK Cricket Club (in front of the petrol station)

1 Bus – From Central – GPO

  • 6:00 pm – GPO


1 Bus – to Depart at 9:30 pm  (with the following stops)

  • Bus Stop (in front of Esso Gas Station – opp HK Tennis Centre, Wong Nai Chung Gap Road)
  • Bus Stop (near Woodland Heights, stubbs Road round-about)
  • Sing Woo Road & Village Road Junction (Opp. Hang Seng Bank)
  • Paterson Street (Pearl City)

1 Bus –  to Depart at 10:15 pm  (with the following stops)

  • Bus Stop (in front of Esso Gas Station – opp HK Tennis Centre, Wong Nai Chung Gap Road)
  • Bus Stop (near Woodland Heights, Stubbs Road round-about)
  • Sing Woo Road & Village Road Junction
  • Paterson Street (Pearl City)

Please come by public transport as parking will not be available.

Information for the NIGHTFEST are also available on the school website  or you can also email

17 Nov 2017

HKJSBO Awarded Students, Nicole Wong (13K2) and Tiffany Tsoi (12B1)

Congratulations to Nicole and Tiffany on successfully making it through the first round of the Hong Kong Joint Schools Biology Olympiad. This is a competition designed to allow students to apply their understanding of Biology to highly challenging questions and to encourage them to employ an investigative approach to problem solving in Biology. Nicole and Tiffany were selected in the top 50 students from schools all across Hong Kong. They will now progress to the next stage of the competition involving a lecture series to be delivered at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology before another elimination round in January 2018. We wish them the best of luck as they embark on this next stage of the competition.

17 Nov 2017

Nature Works…

Many congratulations to Brian Ma (11S2), Nirav Agarwal (13C2), Prajyot Agrawal (13M2), Leo Kim (13C2) and Shannon Hui (13S2) on winning the “Outstanding Team Award” in the ‘2017 Nature Works Hong Kong Environmental Innovation and Leadership Programme‘ organised by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) held on the 21st of October. 4 outstanding teams were chosen amongst 110 young leaders in 23 schools across Hong Kong and China and SIS was one of the outstanding teams. The panel consisted of judges and guests from TNC, Bloomberg, Veolia, Croucher Foundation, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Their project, ‘The Switch Project’, is an extension from South Island School’s Green Ambassadors’ initiative. It involves a team of students across Year 7-13 working to educate students, faculty, and support staff to become responsible for their own impact on the environment by employing energy conserving practices. Through direct and fun activities that engage the student body, as well as advocacy to school councils for curriculum reform and infrastructural investments, the project works towards the goal of cutting electricity consumption by 10% at year’s end. With their monetary grant of HKD$1250, the team is excited to carry their project even further in the coming year.

Click here to view this short promo video the team created for the project and we look forward to  further developments!