Island School PTA Newsletter

November 2014

Message from the Co-chairs

Dear Parents,

There is a welcome nip in the air & the festive season is around the corner. The upcoming Winter Fair on Saturday, 6th December is a great way to kick off the celebrations. It promises to be a lot of fun & we are looking forward to seeing you there.

The recent Quest week 2014 saw our children gaining invaluable experiences. From building houses in Cambodia, diving in the Philippines, river rafting in India, teaching children in Baiwan, to trekking in Nepal. The prefects all did a wonderful job in carrying out their responsibilities at various camps and learned how to effectively manage a team. It's leadership opportunities like these, which go a long way in contributing to the overall growth of our students. Thank you to the prefects, staff & teachers who have made sure that this Quest week was full of excitement, adventure, as well as being a huge success.

The children have added significantly to their academic knowledge & skill sets over the year. Many year groups are getting ready for their Mock Exams, internal assessments as well as SATs. We wish them all the very best!

Please email us if you would like to help out or get involved in the various PTA initiatives. Our wonderful Volunteers Coordinator - Deepali De Blank is looking forward to hearing from you.

Sonali Laul & Christine Brendle


  • DECEMBER 1st (Monday) - PTA Committe Meeting
  • DECEMBER 6th (Saturday) - Winter Fair
  • DECEMBER 11th (Thursday) -Year 12 Coffee morning
  • JANUARY 12th (Monday) - PTA Committe Meeting

For more information please click here to visit the ISPTA website.


Dear Parents

With our Winter Fair only 2 weeks away, we are very much looking forward to seeing you all for an afternoon of FUN, FOOD AND FESTIVITES!

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Come and visit Father Christmas and his elves in his Grotto, capture the fun in our Photo Booth or try your chance at our Lucky Draw (prizes include a 64GB iPhone 6, Amethyst Earrings worth $3,700, a Double Magnum (3L) of Pecchenino Barolo 2007 worth $2,800, $2,500 Venture Photography voucher, Christmas Hamper worth $2,200, $1,000 worth of Giga Sport vouchers, 2 sets of tickets for 2 for the Kassia Choir Christmas Concert worth $440 each set, a 45 minute aromatherapy massage worth $800, 2 Blue Butcher “Butcher & Fries” lunch vouchers worth $800 each and a crate of Il Borro Toscana red wine.

We have over 25 Commercial Stalls selling Christmas gifts for all ages as well as several Charity Stalls including the ever-popular Hong Kong Puppy Rescue stand.

Student Entertainment includes Live Music, Dance and Gymnastics, Treasure Hunt, Face Painting, Make Your Own Snow Globes & Rainbow Looms, Guess the Number of Candies in the Jar, Pin the Nose on Olaf and Design a Candy Cane.

PTA Stalls include Christmas Goods, Kitchenware, New Gifts & Toys, Nearly New & White Elephant, 2nd Hand Books & Uniform.

Food & Drinks will be available including a Western BBQ, Vegetarian Asian Food, Baked Goods and our famous Crepe Stall. Wine from Essential Fine Wines, Beer from San Miguel & Soft Drinks from Swire will also be on offer.




(opening hours 9:30 - 3:30pm Mon – Fri)

BAKED GOODS STALL (please NO NUTS except Xmas cakes)

Christmas themed Cakes and Cupcakes, Cakes, Desserts, Biscuits, Brownies, Custard Tarts, Tray Bakes, Banana Loaves, Pound Cakes

and any other treats!

Please bring your baked donations to the PTA office either during the day on Friday 5th December or to the Hall on the morning of the Fair

Money is, of course, the most useful and direct donation of all! 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.

If you have any questions, please contact me

Becky Brown

Co-Fairs Coordinator

6687 8996



Please contact Dee De Blank on:

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 6th December!


NEW Parent Representatives Welcome!

Thank you to the parents listed below for their commitment to the Island School community by offering to be Parent Reps. We look forward to their invitations for drinks, lunch or dinner each term. These social gatherings help parents to connect and support each other as their children transition from one year into the other.

Year 7 - Katherine Dale, Helen Sze, Smita Venus, Alefiyah Ebrahim

Year 8 - Christine Brendle, Angela Wong, Sheila Chan, Annie Byrne

Year 10 - Teresa Weir, Michelle Tse, Choi So Yong

Year 11 - Carly Lam, Cathy Ziengs, Mindy Moser

Year 12 - Sheila Chan, Teresa Weir

Year 13 - Michelle Tse, Margaret Ma

We're still looking for Parent Reps for Year 9. If you are interested, please contact Angela Wong for more information on

Shop News

The new Island Time and sports tracksuit jackets and pants are proving popular and selling well. The Uniform Shop now has stock of all sizes of the winter uniform Navy Fleece Jacket from XXS to XL. The cost is $350 payable in cash or by cheque payable to Island School PTA Ltd.

The Student Directory 2014-2015 has been sent to the individual form rooms for distribution. Additional copies are available for sale from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $100.

Christmas Cards designed by Island School students are available for sale in the bookshop at $50 for a pack of 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs.

A Taste of Island Cookbook is also for sale at the reduced price of $50.

Sales of the Christmas Cards and Cookbook go towards funding equipment and projects for Island School, as well as to the Nicola Myers and Kenneth McBride Memorial Fund to help local Hong Kong students finish their sixth form education.

We need volunteers on a daily basis to help out in the bookshop. Please notify Sandra, or Christine,, in the PTA office if you are available to help out for a few hours a month. It doesn’t have to be a regular commitment; it can simply be when you find you have some free time. Fathers are especially welcome.

Sandra Logan

PTA Office Manager

PTA minutes - 10 November 2014

There is much excitement about the fair on December 6th. We are still looking for additional parent volunteers to help with some of the stalls, so please contact us at if you can help.

The Y10 coffee morning is being rescheduled from January 26th to the new date of February 26th.

The school is setting up a committee to guide charitable work and to streamline and rationalize the various charitable activities that happen at school. There is also a plan to raise awareness amongst students about this so that they can make more informed choices about which charities they choose to support.

Many parents have been understandably concerned about the school bus schedule and the school has been working hard to try to resolve this.

The PTA student directory will shortly be published and made available.

Date of next meeting is Monday 1st December

Treasurer’s report

The treasurer reported that we have an YTD net surplus of over $700,000 and that year on year our net profit is up by about 15%.

Principal's Report

Highlights from the Principal’s report include:

· Normal finish time for school has resumed and activities are back to normal

· With a few exceptions, Quest week had been very successful with positive feedback received from students and teachers

· The school has worked hard with the facilities team at ESF to ensure the on-going safety and has issued a letter to parents describing actions taken

· There have been some changes on the school council. Chris thanked Malcolm Gibson, the outgoing chair, for his extremely valuable contributions and noted that he will continue to serve on one of the subcommittees that deal with redevelopment. The new incoming chair is Robert Gibson (no relation)

· Options meetings for Y8 and Y9 had been well received, and the same format is planned for Y11 options

· There is a meeting on November 25th to discuss the redevelopment. All parents are welcome

· Additionally there will be information available at the school fair to answer questions about redevelopment (look for the info booth near the bar!)

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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