House System

Any child joining Island School will be placed in one of six Houses: Da Vinci, Einstein, Fleming, Nansen, Rutherford or Wilberforce.

This dates from the very first days of Island School in 1967 and is the source of what Alumnae of all generations affectionately remember as The Spirit of Island School. The House represents a family within the whole school community. For new students it is the central point of reference for all that they do. The House group is also their form group for many courses in years 7 and 8. It is the main friendship group throughout the school and the group in which many sporting, artistic and academic activities are undertaken. The House staff – Form Tutor, Head of House and Senior Head of House – will be the first point of contact for parents and the people who get to know individual students best from their arrival to writing university references and beyond.

 

Da Vinci House

Named in honor of Leonard Da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance; polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

Charity Connection – Sunbeam House
Da Vinci supports Sunbeam House charity in Baiwan, China. Sunbeam provides housing and education for underprivileged children. Two trips are made there each year when students and teachers take stationary and toys and teach some lessons.

Da Vinci Day is a once a year event which every member of the house will take part in.
Each year we organise a sponsored event which might be a; sponsored walk, netball shootout, giant art piece or pedal car marathon.

House  Senior Head of House Head of House
Da Vinci Mr. Kevin Lester
(kevin.lester@online.island.edu.hk)
Ms. Mary Lacey Vittachi
(mary.laceyvittachi@online.island.edu.hk)

Einstein House

Named in honor of Albert Einstein a remarkable German scientist who developed the theory of relativity and sparked a revolution in physics. He was considered one of the most influential scientists of the 21st century and he also received the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Charity Connection – Katja House
In 1997, Island School started fund raising to buy a piece of land near Kathmandu in order to build an home for a group of orphans who were being sponsored but who had nowhere permanent to live. Katja House opened in 2001. Since then hundreds of Island School students have made the most of the opportunity to work with the 53 children living there.  Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and the levels of deprivation and poverty that many people face in their day to day lives is unimaginable to those living in thriving economies such as Hong Kong. Katja House aims to support the children in its care from primary school through to tertiary education, providing a caring and safe environment that permits the children to grow into successful and happy adults.

Einstein Valentine’s Week
Einstein House holds the majority of its charity events in the week of or the week closest to Valentines Day.  The Year 12 charity event leads our charity focus with the Valentine Delivery, alongside this a whole host of other charity fund raising  events take place, from noodle sales to competitions, bake and candy sales.

House  Senior Head of House Head of House
Einstein Mr. Paul Harries
(paul.harries@online.island.edu.hk)
Ms. Sarah Jolly
(sarah.jolly@online.island.edu.hk)

 

Fleming House

Named in honor of Sir Alexander Fleming a Scottish bacteriologist and Nobel Prize winner, best known for the discovery of penicillin. In 1928, while studying influenza, Fleming noticed that mould had developed accidentally on a set of culture dishes being used to grow the staphylococci germ. The mould had created a bacteria-free circle around itself, and after experimenting further, the active substance was named penicillin. Fleming wrote numerous papers on bacteriology, immunology and chemotherapy. He was elected professor of the medical school in 1928 and professor of bacteriology at the University of London in 1948. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1943 and knighted in 1944. In 1945 Fleming, Florey and Chain shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Source: BBC History website

Charity Connection – Feeding HK
Every year Fleming holds a fundraising week, raising money for Feeding HK a charity dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need. Every Fleming form makes a contribution to the cause and in 2013-2014, $37,642.90 was raised. The whole week was made up of creative and enjoyable fundraising activities ranging from a “Sponge the Teacher” event to a sponsored fast.

House  Senior Head of House Head of House
Fleming Mrs. Angela Worthington
(angela.worthington@mail.island.edu.hk)
Mr. Phil Tudor
(phil.tudor@online.island.edu.hk)

 

Nansen House

Named in honor of Fridtjof Nansen a zoologist, athlete and adventurer. While research professor at the University of Oslo Nansen published six volumes of scientific observations. He led several oceanographic expeditions into polar regions, but once the first world war started he became increasingly interested in international political affairs.

Charity Connection
The whole of Nansen House gathers each year to participate in the biathlon. The Nansen biathlon is in remembrance of Amy Coxall and Gui Vezzaro, who both sadly passed away in 2010 and it is an event to raise money for our chosen charities;
Mothers Choice
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
SPCA

House  Senior Head of House Head of House
Nansen Ms. Philipa Peters
(philipa.peters@online.island.edu.hk)
Mr. Andrew Couch
(andrew.couch@online.island.edu.hk)

Rutherford House

 

Ernest Rutherford ( 1871 –1937) was a New Zealand-born British physicist. In early work he discovered the concept of radioactive half-life and later won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 1907 Rutherford and Thomas Royds proved that alpha radiation is helium nuclei. He is widely credited with first “splitting the atom” in 1917 in a nuclear reaction between nitrogen and alpha particles, in which he also discovered (and named) the proton.

Charity Connection – Amnesty International
Amnesty International, chosen by Rutherford in 2013, promotes human rights all around the globe with 7 million campaigners and offices in more than 80 countries.
Alongside raising money for Amnesty, Rutherford has decided to actively contribute in raising awareness for those wrongly imprisoned.
Rutherford House holds a week of fundraising in which all Rutherford forms are involved. Events such as bake sales, raffles, slave auctions and various competitions take place at lunchtimes. In addition, we always have a major event in which all members of the House are involved. In recent years, this has taken the form of a challenging charity walk, Potluck Evening or Gala Night.

House  Senior Head of House Head of House
Rutherford Mr. Pak Chan
(pak.chan@online.island.edu.hk)
Mr. Russell Scott
(russell.scott@online.island.edu.hk)

 

Wilberforce House

William Wilberforce is remembered today mainly for his long Parliamentary campaign for the abolition of the slave-trade. The Act of Parliament for Abolition finally became law on 25 March 1807.Wilberforce students should take inspiration from his dogged stance and stand up for what is morally right. It’s important to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

Charity Connection –
Wilberforce House has an annual Charity Week where every Form holds different fundraising events as well as a whole House fundraiser. The Wilberforce Walk has raised thousands of dollars for our designated charities.

Wilberforce House has in the past 4 years supported;
Hands on Hong Kong
Stop the Traffik
Who will Village

House  Senior Head of House Head of House
Willberforce Mrs. Kate Sommerville
(kate.sommerville@online.island.edu.hk)
Laura.Hjelmeland
Laura.Hjelmeland@online.island.edu.hk)

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