31 May 2019

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of WIS,

International Diploma and IB Careers Programme students who take BTEC Engineering have returned from China after being hosted by TTI Techtronic Industries, the world’s second largest power tool manufacturer. This new partnership for Engineering students enabled real-world learning about the creation and launch of everyday home products in global markets. Thank you to the Directors who made our students and staff welcome and we look forward to a growing partnership in the next few years. Particular thanks to Mrs Clarke and Mr Hopley who have worked diligently to put this together and know and respect the value and place of vocational learning for any student – it is inspiring.

The HKSSF Indoor Rowing Championships has also concluded with a respectable performance led by Mike Fung. Seventeen students represented WIS competing against over sixty schools from across Hong Kong. Final places were decided by tenths of seconds and our performance was very respectable. Both A and B grade came third overall, with good individual performance from Tom Armistead being placed third and Steven Van Trooijen placed first overall. Unbeaten for pretty much the whole season Steven – superb results. A special mention to Olivia Niemy who was the only girl representing WIS and took fifth place.

I also wanted to share some early news about the Limitless experience our students are having in Australia currently. Nine students from West Island Year 9 are taking part in the ESF inaugural outdoor learning programme as part of their Year 9 curriculum and we hope to share more of this opportunity with WIS students in the new year. You can view these students learning and progress here.

Thank you to all staff and students for the new curriculum that has been created this week. A range of Interdisciplinary Learning Units which form part of the MYP curriculum enabled us to collaborate and construct knowledge in unique ways. As always, teachers have been creative and taken risks in planning of units. Photos from the three days can be viewed on our Facebook page here. As always, students were willing to dive in. I am particularly inspired by the arts work on Truisms which challenged learners to communicate visually using text/word tension. I want to share the work of Anirudh Rajesh  and Colin Singston who explored the idea that ‘broken crayons can still colour’. Their art says it all.

Christopher Sammons


Tuesday 4 June: New Year 7 Parents Coffee Morning
Thursday 6 June: WIS CPD Day
Friday 7 June: Public Holiday
Wednesday 12 June: 2019 Sports Awards