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Year 9 Geography Trip to Mui Wo, Lantau Island

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would like to inform you about details of the upcoming Year 9 Geography trip to Mui Wo, Lantau Island on the 24th February 2016 The classes will be led as follows:

HJD class PXS class

Wed period 1- led by Mr Sims

PXS class

Wed period 4- led by Mr Williams

PXS class

Thu class led by Mrs Bryce

FHC class

All Students will come to school as normal on the day of the trip and attend lessons 1 and 2. The groups will go by bus down from school after long-break to the Central Ferry piers and will take a public ferry to Mui Wo. I would request that the students bring their Octopus cards with them with at least $ 51.60 credit to pay for the return ferry journey.

The students are studying a unit on sustainable tourism and the purpose of the trip is for students to collect information and undertake activities that will enable them to complete their assessment in this unit.

Students should bring a packed lunch and drinking water, clipboard, pen and paper, a large transparent plastic bag can be useful to protect worksheets from the rain. Warm and wet weather clothing (a coat, layers of clothing, umbrella)  will also be required as it can often be cold and wet in February. A camera/smartphone are also useful for the students.

The trip will finish at 2.35pm for those students who live in Mui Wo, who can then make their own way home after the trip. A staff member will return to Discovery Bay with some of the students. The rest of the students will return to Central by ferry at 2.40pm from Mui Wo to arrive back in Central at approximately 3.10pm. Students will be dismissed at the ferry pier to make their own way home.

I would also request that you complete the parental reply form to indicate how you would like your son/daughter to make their own way home after the trip. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions about the trip.

Yours sincerely,

Howard Davis

Teacher i/c Geography

Talking about Sex – Informing and Protecting

Dear Parents

Focus Evening for Parents of Year 9 Students

Talking about Sex – Informing and Protecting

6.00-7.30pm Wednesday 24th February; Island School Hall

Getting our relationships right is instrumental to our happiness. When relationships become physically intimate, it is equally important, if not more so, to get things right. In school and at home we devote much time to supporting young people in tackling projects, preparing for exams and managing workloads. Relationships are also frequently discussed, but what about sex? To what extent do we as adults see it as our responsibility to talk with our children – to prepare them – for the sexual relationships they will have; in some cases, sooner rather than later?

Conversations about sex aren’t the easiest but it doesn’t mean we should avoid them. You will be aware that earlier this term Year 9 students attended a focus day, during which time they explored physical and emotional changes and ideas around safety and responsibility in relationships. This has been supported by ongoing discussion and guidance in Tutor Groups.

To compliment the work we are doing with students, we invite you to join us for a Parent Focus Evening on Wednesday 24th February. During the evening we will share with you some of the approaches we use within the Year 9 Sex and Relationships programme. In addition, Dr. Mark Gandolfi (St John’s Counselling Services) will present on the topic: Talking about Sex – Informing and Protecting.

We do hope you will join us!

If you are able to attend, please confirm by email to

Yours sincerely

Jenny Hodson

Vice Principal (Guidance)

Reminders: Y9 TFL and Early Closure on 24 November 2015


The Year 9 Tutoring For Learning day will be on Thursday 19th November 2015. Please be reminded that there will be no parking on that day.

Early Closure on 24th November / Year 11 Parent Consultation

We would like to inform all parents and students that the school will close at 1:10pm on Tuesday 24th November 2015 due to the Year 11 Parental Consultation. Lessons 1-4 will continue as usual, but there will be no lesson 5 on that day.

Buses will take students home at 1:10pm. If your child does not take the school bus, please make sure that arrangements are made for him/her to be picked up at 1:10pm

Medication Authorization form

Kindly click on the link below to learn more about the school’s Drug Administration Policy and to access the Medical Authorization Form.

IS Medication Letter and Authorization Form

Images of the future win art competition

Images of the future have won Anthony Leung (9R) and Jacqueline Lee (9E) first and second place respectively in the International Colere Exchange art competition.

The judges Prof. Lee Yun Woon and Mr. Sun Yui Wong, both visual artists, chose Anthony and Jacqueline’s pictures because they; “Matched they – Towards the Future theme and they showed aesthetic perception and artistic form!”

Principal Chris Binge personally congratulated the students and said; “The works were produced by two artists who have excellent technical skills and perception.”