19 May 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of WIS,

It was great to read about the success of Team Kitchee in the South China Morning Post and particular praise is due for Seb Buddle who has spent his first season with the club this year. Seb has another two years to go and is successfully balancing his professional football commitments and completion of his IB course. Seb and his team deserved their celebration in winning the Hong Kong Premier League and we look forward to seeing some more talented football play next year.

Andrew Chan also experienced individual success as part of the Shanghai Bilingual Festival. Andrew represented ESF in a tournament against a team of 20 others winning Bronze Medal. The process of the festival is exacting and demands courage to speak out in front of so many others. For somebody in Year 7 to be putting themselves forward is to be commended. Well done Andrew.

We have also completed the Senior WIS Chef Challenge finals and Mrs Craig really does have to cook for herself from this point forward. It was great to have an Australian Masterchef Quarter Finalist on board with the judging and to award Year 12 student Kenton Lai the top place. Both he and the WIS Chef Junior Finalists will be competing on Friday for the ESF overall champion at the ESF Chef Competition. Kenton was applauded by all his teachers in our meeting this morning and he told them, “Whatever you do in life, do it with passion and meaning.”

Which leads me into recognition of all students in Qing and Song who have led activities to raise 17,000 HKD during their Dynasty Day last week. The money will be passed to some of our closest charities, Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) and Kowloon Street Sleepers (Feeding HK).

And a final call to all who have been putting off buying tickets or not quite getting round to it, there are a few places left for our 25th Anniversary Gala on 2 June. Over 260 staff, parents and alumni have confirmed they will join us in marking this special celebration.

Thank you.

Christopher Sammons