29 Nov 2023

Telling the Story of the Island School Trust

Meet Maisy (Nansen, 2024), Charli (Ng Yuk Secondary School) and Cynthia (Rutherford, 2008), they have all honed two important skills: speaking and listening. Charli and Maisy met at Community English, an after school programme which offers secondary school students a chance to practise English speaking in a fun and relaxed way.

The after school club (supported by the Island School Trust) had a positive effect on both Maisy and Charli who say they grew in confidence and gained new skills.

Cynthia is Co-Founder of Hong Kong Shifts a social enterprise that captures the stories of Hong Kong shift workers and uses storytelling as a tool to build bridges in our community. She was commissioned by the Island School Trust to work with a group of students to capture the stories of those associated with the Trust’s projects, Community English is just one of the projects highlighted.

In our technology obsessed society their stories make it evident that talking face-to-face and listening to strangers changes lives.

Charli’s story
Maisy story

The stories will be displayed at the Winter Fair on 1 December.

The Island School Trust was established in 2006 following the school’s 40th anniversary. Since its formation the Trust has evolved in terms of its priorities and projects. Currently the Trust is focused on enriching all students’ learning experiences in three ways. Firstly it supports teaching and learning on campus, it helps teachers bring learning- to- life by making the right resources available at the right time. Secondly it supports students’ social change and environmental projects and their collaborations with NGOs. And lastly the Island School Trust supports three charities: Baiwan in China, Katja House in Nepal and the Nicola and Kenneth Bursary fund.