The extra-curricular program at Island School is viewed as an integral part of the development of all students. Through a rich and diverse program, students can experience safe, enjoyable, and challenging activities. Students will learn how to work collaboratively through being part of a team, whether it is a sports team, debating team, by hiking in the hills, or playing in an orchestra. They will learn about commitment and responsibility to themselves and one another.
By becoming involved and committed to co-curricular activities, it is hoped that students will learn integrity and self-discipline in coping with situations which they may not encounter in the classroom. Students will come to realise that involvement and success contributes to the school spirit and allows all students to take pride in the success of the school within the community. The senior students are also encouraged to take a lead role in running co-curricular activities. A list of the different activities on offer at Island School can be found on the Gateway https://is.tg.esf.edu.hk/login.php. Once you have logged in click Activities>Activity > School Activity.
Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation (HKSSF) Participation and Registration
The HKSSF is a quasi-government body tasked with the organisation of sports events across Hong Kong. In order to compete in these competitions, students are organised by age into A, B and C grade. Student performers are required to have a ‘Sports I.D card’ issued by the HKSSF.
Students wishing to compete in HKSSF- organized events must be holders of a current sports registration card. The cards are valid for one school year, running from August until June each year. Cards have to be presented to match/event officials prior to competition as proof of age and school. Island School registers all students from Year 7 to Year 13 in August each year.
International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK)
Formed in 2006, the ISSFHK is an alternative organisation to the HKSSF for interschool sports among the international schools in Hong Kong and now boasts 21 member schools. Island School has been involved in a gradually increasing number of sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton in recent years. The age grouping for the ISSFH Leagues is Under 20, Under 16 and Under 14.
English Schools Foundation Sports
As a group, ESF secondary schools participate in numerous interschool leagues, tournaments and events each year. The age grouping for these follows the same guidelines as the HKSSF system, with the addition of a D Grade for Year 7 students only. The majority of these events are for the younger age groups.
The ESF sports teachers run events such as biathlon, cross-country, volleyball, swimming galas, athletic meets and basketball tournaments at various times of the year. There is no ‘trophy’ at the end of the season for these competitions. The emphasis is very much on participation.
Every year the students at Island School compete against one another in a cumulative competition for the Inter-House Trophy, the Pierre Steynberg Cup, which is presented at a whole school assembly.
All students at Island School will represent their House in at least three of the Inter-House competitions held throughout the year, swimming, athletics and cross-country. All students will participate in the heats for these events, gaining valuable points for their House.
The finals of the swimming and the athletics competitions are whole school events held at Victoria Park Swimming Pool or Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool and Wan Chai Athletics Stadium. Parents are welcome to come along and support their children. Houses encourage participation from spectators, who dress up in House colours, bring mascots and create banners to support the finalists competing from their House.
The remaining events run periodically throughout the year. We combine sporting competitions including; basketball, netball, volleyball, softball, table tennis, football, touch rugby, biathlon and water polo with debating, a quiz, battle of the books and chess to allow all students the chance to showcase their abilities.
There is a general activities fee which we ask parents to pay at the beginning of each school year. For the year 2015 – 2016 this amount will be HK$700. This fund pays for purchase of equipment, hiring of venues and buses for the teacher-run activities, as well as the whole-school inter-house sports competitions. This money also funds the whole-school events like the hiring of Victoria Park Swimming Pool for the inter-house swimming finals. In addition some activities attract an extra fee because they have specialist coaches or extra equipment costs.
Each team or squad member will obtain their own team kit through the PTA shop. These kits have been subsidized by the PTA. All school teams will wear the same colours: Red shirt, Blue Shorts and Red Socks, with small adaptions to suit the sport. Players will be able to have their number and name on the shirt for a small fee.