School Council

School Council

The Council is the group that represents all areas of our community. It oversees and guides the development of Island School, reviewing budgets, the curriculum and site development. The members of the Council are drawn from the following constituencies.

      • The Council Chair appointed by the ESF Board.
      • Two parents are elected directly by the parent body and one parent nominated by the PTA.
      • Three Teachers and one Support Staff are elected by the staff.
      • Three Community members are nominated by the Chair.
      • The Head Boy and Head Girl.
      • The Principal.
      • A representative of the ESF Chief Executive Officer.

A second Parent from the PTA attends when the member it nominates cannot. Other senior staff attend when needed.

The Council meets approximately five times a year. The agenda varies from monitoring ongoing issues and discussions of new projects that are brought forward by members. Major changes in the school need to be agreed by the Council.

The Council has various committees that also include other members of the community. These committees include:

      • Buildings and Development,
      • Curriculum, Exams and Higher Education
      • Finance
      • Human Resources
      • Risk Management and Critical Incident


School Council Members

Michael Lok, Council Chairman
Michael was President of the Island School Alumni Association 2014 - 2017, and joined Council in January 2016.  Michael went to Glenealy and Island School and served as Head Boy before going on to read law at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and St. John's College, Oxford.  Michael is now a barrister in Hong Kong, practising from Des Voeux Chambers.
Stephen Loggie, Principal
Stephen has been a principal in Australian primary and secondary schools for over 24 years. This has included being the foundation principal at two schools including the Queensland Academy of Science Maths and Technology which is Australia’s most accomplished IB World School. He teaches Maths, Science and Theory of Knowledge and devotes his leisure time to sport. He is most passionate about ensuring the talent of each student is nurtured to enable them to achieve their potential.
Tania Shao, PTA Representative
Tania is a full time parent of two children attending Island School. She is a Quarry Bay and South Island School alumna, and currently chairs the Island School PTA. Tania attended University of Memphis studying international business, and has worked in Fedex (Memphis) and The Economist Group (Hong Kong).
Ali Ebrahim, Parent Representative
Ali studied at Island School before graduating from the University of Chicago and completing a Mandarin programme at the Beijing Language & Culture University. Ali is a director at his family’s trading business where he supervises supply chain and project management. Ali also manages digital marketing and PR for nonprofits.
Dr Tarja Joro, Parent Representative
Tarja received her MSc and PhD from Aalto University, Finland. She worked as a graduate researcher funded by Science Academy of Finland, and as a faculty member at University of Alberta, Canada. She has published in the area of productivity economics.
Community Representative - Yasmin Ebrahim
Yasmin studied Social Psychology at Kent University in the UK after graduating from secondary school in Kobe, Japan. She taught ESL at the Hong Kong Japanese School Secondary Section and now continues to teach students privately. She is a member of the Mentorship Steering Committee of the Asian University for Women (Bangladesh) based in HK. Both her husband and son are Island School alumni.
Sidney Tang, Community Representative
Sidney is an alumni of Island School (class of 2004). He is a registered architect in Hong Kong and has more than 10 years of experience in design and project management. Sidney is a seasoned speaker on design thinking and a keen advocate of STEAM education. He was awarded by NASA at a global competition for his design of a conceptual space station in 2015.
Karen Lai, Community Representative
Dr Karen Lai is an alumni of Island School class 2006, Da Vinci. After leaving Island School she went on to study at the University of Waterloo in Canada before coming back to the University of Hong Kong to study Dentistry. She then went on for her specialist training in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery under The University of Hong Kong at both Prince Philip Dental Hospital and Queen Mary Hospital. She obtained her membership in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2016 and subsequently received her fellowship in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery in 2019. She is currently splitting her time as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon in private practice and clinical teaching at the University of Hong Kong as an Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor.
Ross Burrough, Teaching Staff Representative
Ross joined Island School in 2014 as a History and Humanities teacher and now Co-Heads the middle school Explorations program. He has worked as the Environmental Coordinator for the ESF and now looks to drive environmental change with his students at Island School. Ross comes with a background that goes beyond the educational having worked in international events and for logistics companies around the world.
Cameron Otto, Teaching Staff Representative
Cameron is enthusiastic and experienced in the areas of MYP/DP, Interdisciplinary teaching and learning, Service and Action, Approaches to Learning and Global competency skill development. He is also part of both an International forum of Interdisciplinary Learning and Project Based Learning. He has led and facilitated school and foundation wide professional development workshops on the MYP and am currently a Building Quality Curriculum Arts reviewer for the IBO.
Cynthia Li, Teaching Staff Representative
Cynthia is a Chinese teacher enjoying her sixth year in Island School. She is passionate about getting into the community to contribute her effort.
Secretary to School Council, Support Staff Representative - Natalie Tsang
Natalie is the Personal Assistant to the Principal, now serving as the Support Staff Representative in the School Council. This is her fourth year in Island School.
John Stewart, Director of Facilities, ESF Center Representative
Grace Zheng, Student Representative
Having been an Islander since Y7, Grace believes the Island School spirit can be reflected across the school’s collective pursuit of academic excellence as well as the contributions made to the wider community. As a head student, Grace hopes to continue fostering the Island school spirit and continue the legacy of Islanders for years to come.
Ethan Yap, Student Representative
Ethan is from Wilberforce and has been a part of Island School since 2015, joining from a local school. He currently serves as the Head of MUN and the Head of WANBO, the school’s sustainability group. Besides his involvement within the school, Ethan enjoys debating, playing basketball and reading the news. Ethan hopes, as a head student, to carry on the torch of previous head students to reinforce the Island School culture within the school community.
Yu Hang Hui, Student Representative
Yu Hang joined Island School in 2015 as a Rutherford House member. Within school, she has contributed to the student council, the Baiwan Committee and the Science Journal. She also leads the Public Speaking Club. In her spare time, Yu Hang enjoys swimming, watching movies, reading and playing the piano.
Aileen Bai Yang, Student Representative
Aileen has been in Island School since year 7 and has had various unique experiences and opportunities, so she hopes to be able to contribute to the community and allow other students to have these experiences as well. Aileen has contributed to the school through her role as one of the leaders for student learning advisors and likes to take part in mentoring activities in her free time. Student voice is very important to her, so she will do her best to make sure the voices of students are heard.