Issue No. 4 (8 September 2017)

22 Sep 2017

Upcoming Important Dates (Term 1)


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

21-30 Sep – HKAYP Gold Exploration@Sichuan
25-29 Sep – SIS MaD Week
2-6 Sep – SIS Mid-Term Break
13-14 Oct – HKAYP Broze Training 1 @Pak Sha O
16 Oct – PTA and Parents Evening
17 Oct – Y11 Student Led Consultations
18-19 Oct – Y7 Laptop Inductions
19 Oct – Y10-13 Making Links charity and CAS exhibition
20 Oct – CPD Day (closed to students)
21-22 Oct – HKAYP New Silver Training @Sai Kung Country Park
22 Oct – ESF 50th Anniversary Charity Marathorn
26 Oct – SIS MusicFest
27-29 Oct – SIS 40th Anniversary Alumni Homecoming

To view all events, please visit our “LIVE Calendar’

8 Sep 2017

South Island School Celebrates 40 Golden Years

South Island School opened its doors on September 5th 1977 and exactly 40 years later, the School devoted a whole day of birthday celebrations to mark this significant anniversary.

The day started with some fun as the whole school sang ‘Happy Birthday to SIS’ on the Campus before the entire body of students and staff headed off on a Sponsored Walk (from School to Deep Water Bay and back). “We felt that our SIS mission, Making a Difference, was best celebrated by a ‘giving’ birthday celebration. We challenged our students to get as many sponsors as possible for this walk. The money raised will be going towards our pledge to the Jumpstart Kindergarten /Family Academy fund in the Philippines,” said Annette Chapman, Vice Principal. The brilliant news from the day was that our school community raised an amazing HK$172,000 with more funds still being counted.


All students were also treated to a piece of our birthday cake upon their return from the walk. The giant cake, designed and crafted by our own food technology staff, was big enough to be shared by 1,400 students and 200 staff, with cake to spare!  In the afternoon, the students engaged with activities planned and led superbly by our senior students. These included, SIS’s got Talent, Creative Hat Making Activities, A History Quiz, A Time Capsule project and a Scavenger Hunt. It was a fun and meaningful day for all.

Principal, Graham Silverthorne, commented, Over 5,000  graduates have passed through our school since 1977. SIS is nowan established and highly successful international school, with a global reputation. Today, we wanted to commemorate our founding by providing current students with a day that they will never forget and by modelling our values of giving rather than looking to receive on a birthday. I think we accomplished both of these ambitions, admirably, it was a wonderful day”.

The 40th celebrations are not over, in fact, they have just started! In October, SIS will welcome hundreds of our alumni back from all ove r the world to connect with current students and reconnect with each other. In November, our huge community fair is 40thfest!! An amazing archive has been built in School to share with students and become an area of study. As life shows all of us, we need to learn the lessons of history.

8 Sep 2017

Speech Festival & Debating Competitions

If you would like to participate in the Speech Festival (Chinese), please submit your application form and cheque to D35 Ms Cheung or D 4/F Flora Wang.

第二届凯旋杯香港中学生联校普通话辩论比赛  Victory Cup for Mandarin Debating Competition

 If you are interested in Debating Competitions, please come to join us! Our first formal practice will be on 12th September 3.20 – 4.20 p.m. in D45.  For any queries, please email Ms Huang or Ms Hu .  Our first competition will be on Monday, 9th October.

Come and join us!

8 Sep 2017


Spotlight on Piano
On Tuesday 19th September SIS Music Department will be welcoming international piano virtuoso, Warren Lee, to work with our young musicians.  At 9.00am he will be conducting a masterclass with Ashley Lau (Y12), Grant Chen (Y12) and Reagan Lee (Y11).  Our other pianists and music students will be observing as he takes them through their pieces.

Following this, at 10.45am, Warren is giving a talk on Practice Technique, in which he applies scientific research to the area of music practice, introducing students to strategies to make their practice time more effective and learning more rapid.

Both sessions are open for parents to attend. If you have ever wondered what your child’s practice SHOULD sound like, the talk will be of particular interest. Both sessions are in the School Hall.

MusicFest Auditions
MusicFest Auditions start on Monday 11th September and last for two weeks.  Each house has two lunchtime and two morning break audition sessions.  The schedule for each house can be found on the iSAMS bulletins, in a recent email and on the noticeboards in the Music Department.  If you want to audition, please make sure you check your times. At the end of these two weeks, the House Captains will decide their chosen acts for the finals on 26th October.  Good luck to all our entrants!

Daniel Lawton Scholarship
This annual award recognizes the achievements of one of our wind players. Students audition and are interviewed on their musical commitment to help the judges select the student who demonstrates the greatest potential.  We are delighted to announce that the 2017 scholarship has been awarded to Roisin Byrne in Year 12.  Roisin is a clarinetist, double bass player, an IB Music student and she has also been a loyal member of SIS’s Sinfonia and Wind Band since she arrived in Year 7.  Well done, Roisin, very well deserved!

Final Call for Ensembles
Although activities have already started, if there are any students who would have liked to join Sinfonia (Friday 1.30, D62) or Vocal Academy (Tuesday, 8.15, D61), they can still register by emailing me on  Chamber Choir and Stage Band are now full, sorry.

Debra Jones
Director of Performance / Head of Music

8 Sep 2017


Message from PTA Chair

Thank you for attending our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Parent Social yesterday.

South Island School PTA is pleased to announce new members to our committee for academic year 2017/18:

Parent Representatives: Pooja Bhagat, Shilpa Gusain, Santvana Kansal, Greg Kwan, Angela Lee, Karla Lee, Sandeep S. Mander, Alice Ng, Sarika Puri, Sonia Sethi and Andrew Smith.

School Representatives:

Graham Silverthorne – Principal
Darin Slethaug – Vice Principal / Director of Systems
Estelle Stringer – Head of Maison / Chemistry Teacher

Student Representatives: Leo Kim and Karina Poon I would also like to pay tribute to those members who retired from the committee of 2016/17: Anna Flood, Cassie Jullienne, Susanna Kwan, Mark Plummer, Flavia Rodricks and Teresa Wang. With their contribution and commitment, the PTA became a successful and useful part of the school community.

I look forward to seeing you at South Island School Curriculum Open Day on September 12th. Have a great weekend!

Yours sincerely,
Karla Lee
PTA Chair

PTA Shop

We have got some sketching journals available for sale. Whilst these are not suitable for the subjects Art and Design & Technology, they can be used at home or for extracurricular activities.


  • A4 Landscape Sketching Journal,100 pages, 150 gsm acid free paper
  • Price: $52.00 each (retail price $69.00)


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

To mark the 40th Anniversary of South Island School, the theme of this year’s NIGHTFEST will be “40th FEST”. This annual fund raising event is open to our community, their friends and family. This will be the 6th consecutive year we have held the fair.

Invitations are now open for: –

  • Commercial Vendors at the Marketplace
  • Event Brochure Advertising

Commercial Marketplace stalls and Advertising Sponsors

If you are interested in having a stall in the Marketplace or/and to place an advertisement in our Event Brochure, please CLICK HERE to download the application form

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