Island School PTA Newsletter

October 2015

Message from the Co-chairs

Dear Parents

There is a welcome nip in the air, our uniform shop has been busy with students and parents visiting as they prepare for the cooler weather to come.

“Thank you” to all those who attended our Annual General Meeting last month, it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet other parents and hear more about the ISPTA, what’s been keeping us busy!

We are delighted to introduce to you our enthusiastic & energetic ISPTA Committee for 2015/2016.

Roles/ Sub-Committee

Chairs Sonali Laul, Christine Brendle

Communications Giovanna Cocomazzi, Lucia Maruzzelli

Donations & Sponsorships Gini Lo, Sheila Chan

Fairs Mindy Moser, Valerie Pijpers

Fellowship Andy Lowe, Jessie Yung

Graphic Design Alefiyah Ebrahim

Higher Education & Careers Angela Wong, Jessie Yung, Kelvin Lee, Swapna Kotkar

Honorary Member Toni Marie Hatherly

Island School Chris Binge (Principal), Julian Reed, Mary Lacey Vittachi, Rebecca Yip

IT & Website David Fung

Secretary Andy Lowe, Kelvin Lee

Treasury Alex Chin, David Fung, Helen Sze

Volunteers Coord. & Welcome Aparna Bubna, Alisha Ma, Patti Lam

Parent Rep Coordinator Alefiyah Ebrahim, Angela Wong

We are looking forward to partnering with you all as we work towards the ISPTA’s mission

"Contributing to the Island School community by providing support to the school’s leadership team, teachers, parents, alumni & students on initiatives that enhance the overall learning experience for our children".


ISPTA Co-Chairs

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  • OCTOBER 19th (Monday) - 23rd (Friday) Half Term Break
  • NOVEMBER 9th (Monday) - PTA Committee Meeting
  • NOVEMBER 12th (Thursday) - Y11 PTA Coffee Morning, The Helena May
  • NOVEMBER 14th (Saturday) - Winter Fair

For more information please click here to visit the ISPTA website.
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The Winter Fair is approaching fast and furiously…

Dear Parents

Annual charity fundraising

How can we do it successfully?

How can we maximize income to support our school?

How can you help?


We are looking for the following DONATIONS:



White, red and black tablecloths

Black, White Bunting

Red, White, Black, Silver Balloons

Black, Red tinsel


Materials for signs (cardboard, paints etc.)

Haunted House Decorations

Orange and Black fabric (old or new)

Creepy Props: spiders, webs, candles, skulls, tombstones

Any scary costumes including wigs, zombie makeup


Bottles of wine and spirits


Unwanted gifts, overstock from showrooms or factories


No pirated copies, please!


Christmas decorations, crackers, wrap, ribbon and cards

BAKED GOODS (we never have enough!!)

Christmas themed cakes and cupcakes, desserts, biscuits, brownies, custard tarts, tray bakes, banana loaves, pound cakes and any other treats! PLEASE, NO NUTS (except Xmas cakes)!

MONEY DONATIONS are also gratefully accepted! If you would like to donate to the PTA in this form, please send a cheque payable to "Island School PTA Limited" to Sandra Logan, our PTA Manager, c/o Island School PTA, 20 Borrett Road, Hong Kong.


Please contact Aparna Bubna at if you would like to help in any way. All help is significantly appreciated.


Gift vouchers, services and prizes, for example

  1. Chef cooking for a dinner party
  2. Sold out concert tickets
  3. Sporting Event VIP tickets
  4. Round trip air tickets to anywhere for two
  5. Junk trip around Hong Kong Islands
  6. Room vouchers for Ritz Carlton, Mandarin, Four Seasons
  7. Disneyland Tickets for four (4)
  8. Travel Experiences
  9. Patio Makeover
  10. Sports Memorabilia
  11. Limo Service for Night Out
  12. Helicopter Ride
  13. Spa Day
  14. High-End Purses & Jewelry
  15. Art Works by known Artists or Island School Student’s
  16. House at the Beach/Mountains
  17. Home Decorating Advisor
  18. Golfing Weekend
  19. Closet Makeover
  20. Theatre Passes
  21. Private Tours
  22. Private Lessons (Art, Music, Academic, Cooking, Sports etc.)
  23. Studio Photography Shooting for Family Pictures
  24. Restaurant Vouchers
  25. New Apple iPhone or iPad
  26. Bottles of wine and spirits

For all Silent Auction related donations please contact:

Donations & Sponsorships Committee Members

Sheila Chan 91981882

Gini Lo 93101710

How Does a Silent Auction Work?

This year, we have added a Silent Auction to the Winter Fair to try to achieve a goal beyond our expectations.

A silent Auction is simply items or services upon which people can bid.

A minimum bid is set. A bidding sheet allows people to write down their names, contact details and bids. This gives people a chance, during the event, to tour

the different items available at the auction and decide which items they would like to bid on.

The bidding sheet shows all previous bids so that people participating in the silent auction know that they need to bid higher in order to get the item.

They also have the opportunity to revisit bidding sheets before the auction

is closed if they really want something being offered. Typically each new bid entered

on the form will be higher than the last bid (like a regular auction).

The auctioneer will examine the written bids at the close of the auction to determine

which bid wins the prize.

At the end of the auction, the winners will be announced.

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It's a good way to be in touch with other parents from your child’s year group and address queries, advices, ideas and help in settling down and being part of the Island School community.

We have 13 WhatsApp groups managed by Parent Representatives of each year group, who help to connect the parent community. These groups are especially useful for parents who are new to Island School.

If you would like to sign up, you can email Angela Wong or Alefiyah Ebrahim – Please send parents name, child name, phone contact & class.


Parent Representatives: if you would like to be Class or Year representative or would like more information on the role, contact


October 5th 2015

  • The co-chairs welcomed the new committee and reminded members of the mission and goals of ISPTAL.
  • All committee members were invited to consider specific roles in different functional teams, and the different teams were described.
  • There was a productive brainstorming discussion on potential new ways to fundraise and it was noted that we need to be careful to ensure no duplication with the 50th-anniversary celebrations.
  • It was decided to hold a silent auction at the winter fair.
  • The discontinued uniform stock shall be written off and donated to Baiwan charity.
  • In the Principal’s report Chris described some of the activities relating to the decant and shared some of the upcoming events and milestones.
  • The fair committee presented the budget for the fair and were thanked by the chairs for having got an early start on organization.


The uniform shop has been restocked and now has all sizes and houses available in the PE tops. The size 13 boys shirts and 24 and 34 boys shorts are also back in stock.

Did you know that the bookshop sells art supplies at very attractive prices?

Some of the items available are:

Holbein soft pastels & acrylics

Kai water colours

Staedtler Luna water colour pencils

Staedler Mars lumograph drawing pencils(sold individually) – HB, F, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 2H, 3H, 6H and 6B

Sandra Logan

PTA Office Manager

School Uniforms

PTA uniform shop opening hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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