Issue No. 5 (15 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’

15 Sep 2017

First Russell Group University officially recognises the IB Career-related Programme

Exciting news for South Island School IBCP students, only a few weeks into the programme and the IBCP is already being recognised by top UK universities.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

 Nicky Stecker-Doxat, Education Policy Development Manager, University of Southampton, said: “The University of Southampton welcomes over 6,500 international students from more than 135 countries, and we therefore recognise the value in an internationally recognised curriculum. Due to the flexible nature of the CP, we decided to review our admissions policies and selection criteria to ensure that these remain appropriate”.

The University will make offers to CP students based on the individual DP course subject(s) – typically at higher level, and the career-related study qualification. Where the career-related study meets the subject pre-requisite(s), and the total combined points for the professional qualification plus DP courses exceeds the equivalent of three A Levels, CP students may opt to study the DP courses at standard rather than at higher level*.

The CP combines a career-related qualification (for example a BTEC), with at least two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, and the unique CP ‘core’, which consists of a reflective project, a foreign language, a community project, and personal and professional skills.

Dr Peter Fidczuk, UK Recognition and Development Manager at the International Baccalaureate, said: “As one of the UK’s leading universities, it is encouraging for both schools and CP students to see that the University of Southampton has taken a formal position on the appropriateness of the CP as preparation for university.

“The combination of the CP curriculum provides students with both an academic and practical education, while developing thinking skills, social skills and real world skills required by 21st century employers and higher education.”

If you wish to learn more about the IBCP at SIS please contact Mr Cornes at

15 Sep 2017

PTA News

PTA Shop and PTA Office

The PTA Shop and PTA Office will be closed during mid-term break from 2 October to 6 October 2017 (both dates inclusive).

MaD Week  – School Bus Schedule

Morning (AM):
Monday, Wednesday to Friday: Schedule same as normal school days
Tuesday: Pick up time is 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 for 1:20 pm)

There will be NO After-School Activities bus (Mon – Fri) for 25 Sep – 29 Sep 2017.

SCMP Subscription 2017-2018

The South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is offering students at the school a Reading Programme Packages starting 16 Oct 2017. If you are interested to subscribe or need more information about this package, please go to the school website Communications >> Parent Teacher Association Ltd >> PTA Events (SCMP Subscription) 

Please CLICK HERE to download the subscription form

Subscription deadline is 22 Sep 2017


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.

You can help us by signing-up for the followings : –

International Food Stalls
We still need parents to help plan and organize our International food stalls!!  Calling all cultures – Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Indian, British, Australian, Dutch, North American, South American – EVERYONE!!!  Please let us know if you are willing to either act as PARENT CONTACT or contribute FOOD on the night.  Please CLICK HERE to sign-up and we will contact you.

Volunteers Sign-Up
We need volunteers to help before and during the event to look after a stall. If you are able to help in any of these areas – second hand books, decorations, liaison with vendors, etc., please CLICK HERE to sign up and we will contact you. Any help would be much appreciated.

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