9 Mar 2018

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of WIS,

It was with great sadness that I could not attend the Dovera Fashion Show on Saturday due to some IB training I was involved with, however, it was with great pride that I listened to the comments of what our students achieved. ‘Professional, inclusive and exciting’ were just some of the ways in which the audience judged this. A huge thank you to all of the student organisers and the teachers who helped them to achieve this. For those of you who couldn’t make it, please find time to treat yourself to our ‘Evening of Dance’ on Wednesday at 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 March in the Auditorium.

This week continued the theme of inclusion and fashion in a different form as Year 10 students have educated us about becoming an Ally. Being an Ally means calling out unfair and prejudiced behaviour; not just the big things, but the small things that can go unchallenged in our everyday use of language. Students have learned about how this impacts on societies and have created pledges for themselves and the school community to further strengthen our school motto of ‘Strength from Diversity’.

By now you will have received news of this term’s university visits from UK, Hong Kong and US universities. My thanks to the Higher Education and Careers team who have organised such a varied programme. I know that over 80 families have signed up to lunch time presentations from CUHK already and we look forward to welcoming the visiting professors who make such a personal connection with our students.

Finally, my congratulations to all students who were courageous enough to put themselves forward for election as part of the Head Student team. All were worthy of appointment and a credit to the whole community. Alessandro, Shawn, Evie and Harriet have been elected by their peers to be representatives of our student body for the next academic year. Congratulations to them.

As many of you will know the WIS U20 Football team have now secured a place in the Jing Ying finals on Sunday 18 March. The event is televised as the highest level of school football in Hong Kong. It proves to be an exciting final as we are matched against DBS again and the boys have worked incredibly hard to make progress over the year in their matches against them. I know we would all value West Island Community Support to get us over the line. 10.30am kick off and loud hailers are essential for the stands.

This last fortnight has been intensive for the West Island athletes and it is the final today, I will share news of our success next week and will speak tomorrow when I see you at the School Fair.

Christopher Sammons

Evening of Dance: Wednesday 14 March
ESF Carnival: Saturday 17 March
IB Art Exhibition: Wednesday 21 March – Thursday 29 March
Awards Ceremony: Thursday 29 March