14 Jun 2019

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of WIS,

Where has the year gone! Year 7 have been taking ownership of their own learning this week by leading Student Conferences. Teachers have been really pleased by their independence and responsibility to review their own progress this year. Well done to all of the team for this important landmark.

Tuesday evening was joyful as ESF Evening of Dance celebrated the diversity of student identity and heritage. Primary and Secondary schools performed dances which covered themes of identity and diversity through interpretative, classical and modern routines. Thank you to Ms Cunliffe who has pulled this together for the third year running.

Celebrating at the Sports Awards on Wednesday this week was equally delightful. It has been another great year of individual and team achievement for many students achieving personal bests and lifting cups for themselves and their teams. A huge thank you to all West Island School staff who give of their time to support students and most to the PE Faculty who have a skill of bringing out each individual child’s passion and strength. It is great to share that we have been placed fourth in the HKSSF Bauhinia Bowl across all the school who compete in this league across Hong Kong. Take pride as we are the only international school to appear at the top of the leaderboard. Well done West island.

For individual categories, Claire Lee (Year 9) has been awarded the Rising Star Athlete Award for Netball and Steven Van Trooijen (Year 13) has been awarded Outstanding Athlete Award for his HKSSF Indoor Rowing performance over the season.

Finally, congratulations to Robert Carmichael who has been awarded a scholarship for his contribution to school life. We have really appreciated Robert’s good sense of humour which many of you will have benefitted from at the recent Year 11 graduation. His leadership of the Dynasty system, service to local schools through the TEFL programme and balancing a commitment to sport and academic studies is recognised by the Hong Kong St Andrew’s Society. We will miss the touch of Scotland he has brought to our school wearing traditional dress whenever the opportunity allows.

Happy weekend.

Christopher Sammons

Learning Centre Social: Thursday 20 June
Learning Centre Sports Festival: Friday 21 June
Year 7 I&S Museum Exhibition: Monday 24 June