FAQs Decant

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New questions from parents

ESF has their own stringent benchmarking system for air quality (based on the Japanese scale). ESF uses their own monitoring equipment, and conducts their own testing.  The construction team is confident that the indoor levels will meet the ESF child safety standards.

The refurbishment project manager John Stewart is confident that the campuses will be ready. All the demolition work has been completed and no major problems have been found. None of the contractors who bid for the work expressed an issue about the deadline.

No, no more government approval is needed once refurbishment has been completed.

Like most years last year we once again had a low turnover of staff, we don’t expect that to change with many teachers looking forward to the move.

There is an hour a week of “community time” scheduled into the timetable when we can bring the whole school together. We expect to do this 4-5 times between Jan 2018 and June 2018. During “community time” we will also be able to bring Houses together for inter-House competitions and run events that help to build the school spirit.

The PTA welcomes new members, they are committed to serving the Island School community and they want to hear parents’ concerns and try and answer them. There is an AGM soon and all parents are welcome to attend this event. Decanting is a challenge but if the parent body and the school work together we can make it a success.

It is important that we acknowledge their worries and understand the reasons for them. If parents and staff can help students understand where they are going and what will happen, that will offer some reassurance. It is mainly the younger students who might get up-set about moving but if parents and staff present the transition in a positive light, some of the anxiety will be removed. However there is more counselling staff available this year and House staff have been promoted giving them more time to manage issues.

$7 million has been added to the teaching resource budget, there is no lack of financial support for this project. Each year exam results have got better and Principal Stephen Loggie is committed to that continuing.

The enhanced facilities in Shatin, as well as the increased number of teachers means that the learning experience that the students will get at the Sha Tin campuses will be better than the one they are receiving at Borrett Road. If parents still have concerns about fees another conversation about that should take place after the IS community moves to the Sha Tin campuses.

Questions from parents

Currently some showcase areas are being prepared on the Sha Tin Wai site (site A, for Years 7, 8, 12 & 13). We anticipate that these will be available to view from early September and we will begin arranging student and parent visits from mid-September.

The conditions at Borrett Road have become more troublesome over the past two years. During the summer term we lost 2 days following heavy rain when other ESF schools remained open, one of these was during our Year 11 exam period resulting in stress to our students. We are obviously aware of the disruption of the move and we have, and will continue to work with students in order to help minimise this.

The decision making process between the Education Bureau, ESF and Sha Tin District Council was prolonged and during these discussions it was clear that we needed to use the new campuses from Christmas.

ESF have been, and continue to be very supportive of the staff at Island School. We are currently delivering a decant timetable, so there will be no changes to lessons or teaching staff when we move to the new campuses. ESF have provided additional resources to ensure that the quality of our curriculum is maintain throughout the process.

Both sites are connected to another secondary school, however, there are NO facilities that are shared.

The forming of new community relations is an exciting opportunity for us and our integration with the Sha Tin community has formed a large positive part of the collaboration with the district council. Having said that our current community projects are important and we are well aware that we will move back to Borrett Road in just over three years.

We are looking into working with the local community in particular on gardening projects and English classes within the Elements programme.

 

We have carefully looked at the facilities used by teams to identify when and where new facilities are needed and where necessary we have already bid to book them and are awaiting confirmation from the Leisure, Culture and Service Department. For some activities it will be better to remain at the current location, so buses will obviously be arranged as necessary. The activities will continue as normal and buses after sports events will make a stop at a central Kowloon point before stopping at Admiralty and Pier 3.

We have spent a significant amount of time working with students, ESF and the Kwun Chung Bus company to develop the proposed bus routes. These are now on our website. We are still finalising the costs and departure times and we expect the full details to be available in mid-September. The booking system for the school buses will open in October 2017.

Very little, if any. At the end of the 2016/17 academic year Island School had a very low turnover of staff. Of the 8 full time teachers that left, 2 have retired and 1 has moved into consultancy work. A staff turnover of 8 teachers is very low for a typical school. ESF are also very supportive of our excellent support staff at school, considering how their needs can be met.

The budget for the renovation is extensive – $150 million. We are grateful to ESF for their support to the school in ensuring that facilities are of an excellent standard, indeed we feel that the spaces we are moving to will be far better than those on Borrett Road.
A full refurbishment is taking place on both sites. The Sha Tin campuses will include some of the design work planned for the new Borrett Road campus. Breakout spaces, new furniture and multi-dimensional teaching spaces are all being introduced at the Sha Tin campuses. We will also have new facilities such as enhanced cardio suites, multi-purpose rooms and creative hubs at both campuses.
The IT infrastructure is also brand new throughout, giving students a better experience.

Outdoor space directly on site is a challenge for us. However both sites do have sporting facilities close by. These include astro turf pitches (Tsang Tai playground, Hin Tin playground) and hard basketball courts (Sha Tin Sports Ground, Chui Tin soccer pitch) within walking distance – we have already submitted applications to book these facilities and we are awaiting confirmation. The proximity of the schools to the main highway allows us to be back on Hong Kong Island in around 25 minutes and so some facilities (Sun Yat Sen sports ground) do still remain a better option for our use.

This has been, and will continue to be at the forefront of our thinking throughout the decant time. We have promoted 6 Heads of House for the transition in order to help maintain the House spirit and ensure that pastoral care remains at a superb level.

We have also introduced 1 period of curriculum time each week, when students from different campuses can come together.  This time will allow us to run various competitions that help to build House spirit.

The contract for our current site is due to finish at Christmas and we are about to begin the new tender for the two new campuses. We have already had conversations with Chartwells (our current catering provider) and they are confident they can deliver a similar service.

Both sites are also surrounded by Dai Pai Dongs and we will consult with the students, PTA and council into which students should have access.

Questions from students

We have two ways that we anticipate most students will travel to the school – by school bus and the MTR. The proposed bus routes have been planned and are now available to view on our website. We are still finalising the departure times and prices and these will be released shortly.

Both sites are no more than a 5 minute walk from an MTR station. For Year 9 – 11 this is Tai Wai, for those in Year 7, 8, 12 & 13 it is Sha Tin Wai. We will organise walking buses for younger students for the first few weeks after the move.

We are also working on other public transport information, now on the school’s website.

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We have space in the timetable throughout the year when we can bring the whole student body together or Houses together. During this time we have also built in some House events, sporting competitions and other community occasions which will require students from different Year groups and sites to work together.

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Much better. The total budget for the redevelopment is $150 million HKD. This means that we will have a superb school that effectively is brand new. We will also have new teaching spaces such as creative hubs, multi-purpose rooms, sports performance suites and food technology suites. Science labs, technology rooms and standard classrooms will all be first class.

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No. All lessons remain at 1.05 long. Any shortening of time was taken from lesson changeovers and break.

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The main contractor (Hong Fun Engineering) have completed many projects for ESF before, these include extensive work at South Island, Tung Chung, Quarry Bay and Sha Tin. They have extensive experience of ESF and working to tight summer deadlines.

Presently, after 5 weeks, work is on schedule and no major hiccups have been found.

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Like at Island school lockers will be provided in the new school. However we are aware that some work still needs to be done and will consult with the student decant group and teachers to address this issue.

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We have carefully looked at the facilities currently used by Island School in order to decide when and where to book new facilities and pitches. We have already bid to book facilities close to each of the new campuses and we are awaiting confirmation from the Leisure, Culture and Service Department. For some activities it will be better to remain at the current location, so buses will obviously be arranged as necessary. The activities will continue as normal and buses after sports events will make a stop off at a central point in Kowloon before Admiralty and Pier 3.

 

We do have some flexibility in timetabling of exams and will endeavor not to start exams before 9am.

We have a range of options available to us and we are just about to begin the process of appointing a new catering contractor. We will work with the student decant group to identify the types of food that students like.
For some year groups it will be possible to get lunch out of school at the many Dai Pai Dong that surround the schools.

Outdoor space directly on site is a challenge. However both sites do have sporting facilities close by. These include astroturf pitches (Tsang Tai playground, Hin Tin playground) and hard basketball courts (Sha Tin Wai Sports Ground, Chui Tin soccer pitch). All within walking distance – we have already submitted applications to book these facilities and are awaiting confirmation. The proximity of the schools to the main highway allows us to be back on the Island in around 20 minutes and so some facilities (e.g Sun Yat Sen sports ground) do still remain a better option for our use.

If you have any further questions please contact the email address below:

student.feedback@online.island.edu.hk

This has been, and will continue to be at the forefront of our thinking throughout the decant time. We have promoted 6 Heads of House for the transition in order to help maintain the House spirit and ensure that pastoral care remains at a superb level.

We have also introduced 1 period of curriculum time each week. We have specifically set aside time for the school and Houses to come together. This time will also allow us to run various competitions in order to bolster a competitive aspect of the school.

The curriculum and timetable now in place has been written based on us moving at Christmas. This means that your teachers will remain the same in most cases. Like any other year we may have very small staff changes for various reasons, but the move to Sha Tin will not be one of them.

Yes, all classes that are currently taught will continue to be delivered when we move.

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