Island School PTA Newsletter

Start of the school year 2015 2016

Message from the Co-chairs

A very warm welcome to all the Island School families as we embark on this exciting New Year together! We had the opportunity to meet many of you along with your children during the uniform & bookshop openings as well as the Welcome Events organized by the School in partnership with the PTA.


August is always a hectic time for us with the opening of the ISPTA shops & issuance of bus passes as we get ready for the wonderful Year 7 students to join the Island School Community. Our parent volunteers have been extremely generous with their time & have helped us once again in making sure that we could warmly serve all those who came. We wish to thank Smita Venus, Jane Watson, Mindy Moser, Boon Chan, Sandy Yamaguchi, Swapna Kotkar, Mavis Lee, Aparna Bubna, Ruby Bhatia, Alefiyah Ebrahim, Valerie Pijpers, Andy Nye, Molinna Hatterer, Yulia Cheriakov and Manju Anand for all their hard work and support.


Preparations are underway for the Annual General Meeting being held on Monday, September 21st to elect the new PTA committee. We are extremely fortunate to have Paul Schulte from Schulte Research speaking at the event on How to prepare young adults when we don’t know what the future workplace looks like.’ It promises to be an interesting & informative evening.

Kindly join us for cocktails in the School Hall starting at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


We wish the Year 13’s & their parents the very best as they start the process of applications to University. These are extremely busy times for our students as they navigate the process along with meeting academic deadlines. They need all the support they can get!


SONALI LAUL & CHRISTINE BRENDLE

ISPTA Co-Chairs

SAVE THE DATE!

  • SEPTEMBER 21st (Monday) 6-8pm - PTA Annual General Meeting
  • OCTOBER 5th (Monday) 5.30-7pm - PTA Committee Meeting
  • OCTOBER 14th (Wednesday) 8.30-10.30am - Y8 & Y9 PTA Coffee Morning
  • OCTOBER 19th (Monday) - 23rd (Friday) Half Term Break
  • NOVEMBER 14th (Saturday) - Winter Fair

For more information please click here to visit the ISPTA website.
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Annual General Meeting - School Hall - 21st September 6pm

The Island School PTA AGM will take place on Monday September 21st and will include a special guest speaker, Paul Schulte in “How to prepare young adults when we don’t know what the future workplace looks like”


Nomination forms have be emailed to all parents on 28th August 2015. A very big thank you all parents who have volunteered to be member of PTA Committee.

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ISLAND SCHOOL WINTER FAIR - 14th NOVEMBER 2015

Winter is coming… Yes, it is that time of year again!
The Winter Fair is one of the most popular fund-raising events of the year at Island School. The proceeds are distributed equally between The Nicola Myers and Kenneth McBride Memorial Fund and the Island School PTA.
Of course, parents who volunteer to help out are an integral part of this major event.
Any capacity in which you would like to get involved will be greatly appreciated!

Please email to:
Mindy Moser mindyoh@mac.com or
Valerie Pijpers valerie_bg@hotmail.com

AT THE FAIR…


FESTIVE FUN & ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES
COMMERCIAL & CHARITY STALLS

KITCHENWARE
2nd HAND BOOKS
2nd HAND UNIFORMS
ASIAN FOOD STALL, WESTERN BBQ
WINE, BEER, SOFT DRINKS
LUCKY DRAW

BOUNCY CASTLE

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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 -angelawyw@hotmail.com or Alefiyah Ebrahim – alefiyah@gmail.com. Please send parents name, child name, phone contact & class.

ISLAND SCHOOL PARENT REPRESENTATIVES 2015 - 2016

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PTA MEETING MINUTES

September 7th 2015

  • We were thrilled to welcome so many enthusiastic new parents to the meeting.
  • The chairs explained the PTA’s mission and introduced the various roles.
    (The presentation is available on line for other parents who are interested but weren’t able to attend)
  • AGM reminder. AGM is on Monday 21st. All nominations are due by September 17th. Everyone welcome!
  • There was a request from students to help fund bibs for the sailing team. The team participates in several sailing competitions which give IS good profile. The request was unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s report

It was reported that last year we had total gross revenue of $2.886M and net surplus of $304,817 which was comparable to the previous year.

Principal's report

. Graduating class did exceptionally well. For BTEC and IB the results were up on the previous year.
. Over 80% of graduates got their first choice of tertiary institution.
. GCSE results were also slightly up on last year.
. It was explained that the school is moving back to Edexcel for GCSE maths given the recent change in IB syllabus.
. Lots of events to look forward to: Stars in their Eyes, a major drama production and the Christmas concert


Chris Binge
Principal
Island School
20 Borrett Road
Hong Kong

SHOP NEWS

. The winter uniform navy cardigan, maroon sweatshirts and PE sweatshirts are now in stock and available to purchase from 29 September.

. Second-hand summer and winter uniform items are also in stock and available to purchase at any time during shop opening hours.

. For all purchases we accept cash or cheque, payable to “Island School PTA Ltd”.

A big thank you to all volunteers who helped during the busy shop opening period. We always 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’re free. Fathers are especially welcome.


Sandra Logan

PTA Office Manager

pta@online.island.edu.hk

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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