Island School PTA Newsletter

2019-20 Term 2

Message from the Chair

Currently we are living in very unusual times and facing unique challenges. As a community we will get through these challenges, with the support of each other. A big thank you to all members of our community, students, teachers, staff members and parents in their support & understanding of each other. Please find below a collection of links to help to make home stay more interesting.

Tania Shao

Chair, Island School PTA Ltd

Family Fun Activities

Here are some internet resources and activities that our volunteers have put together for the rest of this Easter Break, and for evenings and weekends to come.

We thank everyone who has helped us to source these links. Please note that ISPTA does not endorse any link, and that web addresses, as well as terms and conditions might have changed since this list has been put together.

Please kindly notify us of broken links. If you have suggestions for resources to be added, please let us know at

Some Egg-citing Resources from School

From the Island School Thrive team:

As we head into the long Easter weekend, our Thrive team have devised some great recipes for you to try at home.From pizza, to koftas, tarts and classic mac n cheese and some special Easter biscuits, you're sure to find something you'll love to make.

Read our egg-citing recipe book here!

And let us know how you get on! Post on social media and tag Island School. We'd love to see your creations.

Managing Stress and Enhancing Performance - a talk by Dr John Shanahan

We hope everyone had a chance to view this video from earlier school newsletter: Managing Our Stress - Our Wellbeing Video

This video is one of the many initiatives funded by the ISPTA for the well-being of students and their families.

IS continue to be extremely impressed by the ways our community is pulling together and responding to the challenges presented by the current situation. However, IS also acknowledge the worries that students, parents and staff may well be experiencing.

IS brings you a video from John Shanahan, a psychologist from Central Health who works closely with Island School.

In this video John talks to us about how we can understand and manage our stress in order to enhance performance. It is particularly aimed at parents, and students in the Senior and Middle Phases, but is suitable for all.

Please note that this was filmed a little ago, so the introductory reference to the number of weeks of home learning - already completed and still to go - is no longer accurate. IS hopes you will find it interesting and supportive nonetheless.

School's wellbeing resources

Have an active Easter - PE Department's Easter challenge for students!

(Access via student login)

Did you catch all the Weekly Wellbeing editions?

March 30

March 25

March 19

March 12

March 2

February 24

February 19

ISPTA / Baiwan Student Committee Chinese New Year food sale

ISPTA and the Baiwan Student Committee teamed up to bring some Chinese New Year treats to students. With the help of our parent volunteers and students, a Food Stall sold traditional Chinese snacks at both campuses to raise money for Baiwan Charity.

Our combined efforts brought some excitement for students and raised $4,557 for Baiwan Charity.

We thank all our volunteers, food donors and underwriters for their support!

Please see some more photos from the event.

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ISPTA Key Dates

  • All dates to be confirmed

Please see school calendar at for details on school events

ISPTA Membership Form for 2019-20

You can find the ISPTA membership form HERE. The membership fee letters and payment slips have been mailed to all parents from ESF.
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ISPTA Year Level WhatsApp Groups

We have a WhatsApp group for each year group to help to connect the parent community.

If you would like to sign up, please email ISPTA at Please include parent's name and phone contact, and child's name and year/house.

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Island School Community Buy Sell & Swap FB Marketplace

As part of our sustainability efforts, ISPTA has launched an unofficial Facebook marketplace Island School Community Buy Sell & Swap where members of the Island School Hong Kong community can buy/sell/gift/swap school related items. This group is only for Island School actively enrolled families, students and staff.

When joining, you will be asked to state your affiliation to Island School. Any request to join that does not include this information within 7 days will be declined. Please read the group rules before posting.

Examples of items that are approved:

  • School uniform pieces
  • Uniform shoes
  • PE shoes
  • Sports shoes, such as football or rugby boots / cleats
  • Other sports equipment, such as tennis, table tennis or badminton rackets
  • Musical instruments
  • Bags, including school bags and bags suitable to school camps or quest week travel
  • Camping gear relevant to school camps, including clothing
  • IB course books
  • English readers required or recommended by school
  • Other books relevant to school work
  • Calculators and other stationery items related to school work
  • Other similar items

ISPTA reserves a right to approve all posts. ISPTA is not part of any arrangement and will not facilitate them.

Feedback and suggestions

We welcome your feedback and suggestions, please email us at

ISPTA representatives in Island School Council, ESF Committee of Parents and Island School Trust

Island School School Council: Tania Shao

ESF Committee of Parents: Tania Shao

Island School Trust: Tarja Joro

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