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.

In addition the Business Manager attends Council meetings. A second Parent from the PTA attends when the member it nominates cannot. Other senior staff attend when needed.

The Council meets approximately six 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


Council Reports and Updates
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School Council  members.

Michael LokMichael Lok PhotoCouncil 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 LoggiePrincipal
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.
Denise Kee
Community Representative & Vice Chairman
Denis has been on the School Council since 2012.  She currently heads the Corporate Strategy Department in MTR Corporation, having worked previously in other management jobs in finance, audit, communication and project management.
Cecilia Chan
CeciliaChan1Community Representative
Cecilia is the former Assistant Trade Commissioner for the Social Sector (Education and Healthcare) at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong. She has close to 20 years experience in export promotions in the public sector. Prior to that, she has worked in IT and consultancy. Cecilia currently taking a career break for full time parenting.
LKJ ISLakshmi Jacota
Parent Representative 
Lakshmi has worked predominantly with non profit organisations, with stints in academia, since the completion of her doctorate. She currently works for The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups as a researcher, analyst and writer and continues to be active in other community and service organisations either as a volunteer or Board Member. Her two children are in Years 11 and 12.
Alefiyah Ebrahim
PTA Co-chairperson and Parent RepresentativeAlefiyah joined the ISPTA in her role as a graphic-designer. With a passion for design & craft, she is always looking for new ways to channel her creativity. She also does jewellery design and has an ETSY shop for paper crafts. She worked in advertising as a Creative Art Director for J. Walter Thompson in Mumbai, before moving to Hong Kong in 2000. The Ebrahim family has been trading in Hong Kong since 1842, her husband Mustapha attended Island School and Glenealy School. Both their children are at Island School continuing the family tradition.
Sheila Chan PTA and Parent Representative YIP, RebeccaRebecca Yip
Support Staff Representative
Rebecca has served at Island School for quite some time and is currently the school’s Business Manager. Rebecca is also a parent of the school with a daughter son in Year 11.
Bakhita Fung,
Student Representative
Matthew Wright,
Student Representative
Beth HALLBeth Hall 
Teaching Staff Representative
Beth joined Island School in 2012 as Head of English. She oversees the English curriculum taught in all years.  Beth is in Wilberforce house and is currently a Y13 tutor.  Beth also runs the staff and student senior book club.

John Stewart, Director of Facilities, ESF Center Representative

Johnny Wong, Secretary to School Council
Johnny joined Island School in 2013 as the Examination and Data Manager. He oversees the entire exam operation by administering both internal and external exams with IB and IGCSE.
 Glenda Lee, ESF Center Representative
Kate Sommerville, Teaching Staff Representative
Kate has been a Senior Head of House for the past twelve years as well as being a teacher of English and Theory of Knowledge.

She is a strong advocate of extra-curricular activities and believes they play a vital role in supporting the holistic development of students. Kate is the teacher in charge of the Island School Social Justice Group, the School Fair and co-organises community events and community outreach activities. Kate is engaged in education research and has just completed her dissertation on transition processes. She is currently working on researching the role of performance coaching in pastoral care and the positive and negatives of perfectionism amongst high achieving students.Her daughter was an Island School student for five years.

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.