Issue No. 23 (2 March 2018)

2 Mar 2018

Parent Education Evening – 15th March 2018

SIS PTA LTD is please to organise the following evening for Parents of SIS

Speaker: Dr. Mark Gandolfi has been a clinical psychologist and Executive Director of St. John’s Counseling Service with over 26 years in the U.S. and Asia. He has substantial clinical experience in working with children, teenagers, adults/parents. Dr. Mark Gandolfi has taught universities and training courses in Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, China and the U.S. in areas of Counselling and Therapy, Anger and Stress Management, Rehabilitation, Healthcare Management, Family and Marriage, Substance Abuse, Crisis Management, Family Violence, Child Sex Abuse and Trauma, Suicide, and Action Learning.  Dr. Mark Gandolfi clinically supervises graduate students in psychology and social work from various universities in Australia, U.S., Canada and Hong Kong at St. John’s Cathedral Counseling Service.

If you are interested in attending, please click HERE to register by 8th March 2018.

2 Mar 2018

ESF Stakeholder Survey

Stakeholders will soon be invited by email to participate in the biennial ESF Stakeholder Survey, which will be open from 5th to 19th March 2018. Through this survey we aim to find out about the impressions that parents, staff and students have formed about the education we provide. The feedback from the survey will help us build on our strengths and inform our future planning.

A parent invite will be emailed to the primary contact parent in your family on 5th March.  If you have a child at another ESF school you will receive a separate invite  to participate in that school’s survey (Please note that the school specific questions will be different). Students in Years 7-13 will also receive an email inviting them to participate in the survey.

We would be very grateful if you would spare the time to complete the survey. It’s shorter than in the past and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete (though may take a little longer if you wish to add comments in the optional comment boxes).

Darin Slethaug

Vice Principal

Director of Learning Systems

2 Mar 2018

TEDx TSIS : Journey Over Destination

On the 26th of February, South Island School held its annual TEDx event under the theme “Journey over destination”. This underlying topic was expressed and shed light on from a variety of different angles: how failure can lead to success, how language has no limitations, and how identity- especially for “third culture kids”- can often be difficult to realise.

All the speakers, many of them students, were able to use this platform to share with our community the thought-provoking ideas and life-changing experiences that have shaped them into who they are, and taught them about the significance of the journey as a means to arrive at their final destination.

1 Mar 2018

School Photo Orders

Techni Photo has launched a school photo online order platform this year which will allow you to see the school photos that were taken of your child, place your order and make payment online.

To facilitate ordering, your child has been provided with a Proof Card.  Please login to the website with the information provided on the Proof Card and follow the instructions here.  The online order deadline is 16 Mar 2018.  We strongly recommend parents to order online to avoid any lost payments or missing orders.

If you still wish to order through the school, the Order Form together with the cheque must be returned to the Reception Desk by 9 Mar 2018.  We regret that cash payment or late submission cannot be processed.

Mrs. Fran Crouch (Acting Vice Principal)

1 Mar 2018

IB & IGCSE Music Recital

On Tuesday 13th March, our Y13 Music students will have the opportunity to showcase their performance and composition skills in our annual IB Music Recital.  Our Sinfonia Orchestra will also be supporting the event, performing a student composition by Celine Cheng, and the Stamitz Viola Concerto featuring Michelle Kim.

The event is in the School Hall at 6pm and we would love to see lots of parents there to support our young musicians.


28 Feb 2018

Chinese New Year Assembly

Congratulations to the fantastic CNY celebration performance to welcome the Year of the Dog!

Over 30 students showcased their talents through a variety of performances this year. The show kicked off with a lively lion dance to herald in the new year and bring prosperity and good luck.

There were traditional performances such as the Guzheng that depicted beautiful scenery “雪山春晓” in Northern China and the Chinese drum row “渔舟凯歌” about the life of fishermen.

The highlights of the show were the song “我的中文不好” which expressed the feeling of non-native Mandarin speakers and the co-performance of “漂向北方” by Mr Tom Lee and Thomas Ng (Yr 13) about the nostalgic feeling of people working in Mainland China.

There are other amazing performances including Chinese martial arts, Kung Hei Fat Choy ballet dance, letter live, a cello solo of a Chinese modern song and Chinese traditional dance “鸿雁“.