The Island School Trust was established in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of Island School. The Trust has been funded largely by donations from parents and alumni. The Trustees include the Principal, a member of the School Council, a PTA representative, a member of the Island School Alumni Association, a staff representative and three independent trustees.
In the deed constituting the Trust the purposes of the Trust are given as follows:
(a) to educate and assist students attending the School so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities so that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved;
(b) to award scholarships, bursaries or maintenance allowances tenable at any school, university or other educational establishment approved by the Trustees;
(c) to construct, redevelop and maintain within the School such halls, rooms, hostel, residence, gymnasium, library, swimming pools or any other buildings and I or facilities which the Trustees think proper for the benefit of the students and staff of the School or for any other purpose or purposes as shall be determined by the Trustees;
(d) to provide a better environment for the staff and students of the School including to demolish, alter, enlarge, rebuild, renovate, add to, equip, furnish and refurnish all or any of the buildings or structures at the School, and
(e) for the advancement of education and benefit of the community generally.
Until 2015 the Trust used the funds primarily in funding aspects of education for Island School students who are suffering financial difficulty. This has predominately been in scholarships for students to help with the costs of their first year of university. To date the Trust has awarded scholarships for university education to 15 students. In these cases a detailed examination of the financial justification for a scholarship is undertaken and the Trustees need to be satisfied that recipients can fund themselves for subsequent years. Trust scholars are encouraged to remember the generosity that has supported them and to make donations back to the Trust in later years when they become financially stable.
The Trust has also given smaller bursaries to students to support them on school trips that would be financially challenging to certain parents. The principal is that once a child has joined the School, financial issues should not mean the quality of their education should be compromised.
In 2016 the Trust started an annual fundraising process called the Island School Spirit Fund. The aim is to attract donations from members of the community to support the programmes of the School and to continue to fund university scholarships for Island School students. The money raised enables the School to improve programmes or equipment to a level beyond that which can be supported by fees alone.
The Island School Trust is a registered charity in Hong Kong. All donations over HK$100 will receive a donations receipt.
The Island School Trust Trustees
|Mr Ajmal Samuel, Chair of The Island School Trust
Ajmal Samuel is a Hong Kong based Serial Entrepreneur and a Hong Kong national-level athlete. He is the Founding Chairman of OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong headquartered financial technology and infrastructure provider. Prior to founding OCTO3, Mr. Samuel spent six years as the CEO and President of Cityline (HK) Ltd.
In 2017 Mr. Samuel was appointed by the HKSAR Government to sit on the Sir David Trench Fund Committee. Mr. Samuel also sits on the board of Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA).
In addition to his busy career and hectic lifestyle, Mr. Samuel is also a serious and avid sportsman, having participated in various triathlons, marathons and regattas around the world. He currently represents Hong Kong in Single Scull rowing (PR1 class) internationally.
|Mr Stephen Loggie, Principal of Island School
Stephen joined the Island School Trust in 2017. He has a long history of contributing to the actions charitable institutions including in his current role of Chair of the Summer Bridge Foundation. Stephen believes that the Island School Trust has a pivotal role to play in ensuring the school's long standing tradition of enhancing education through service endures.
|Mr Mustapha Ebrahim, Treasurer of The Island School Trust & Alumni Representative
Mustapha’s family have been in Hong Kong since 1842 when Indian traders first settled here. He attended Glenealy School and Island School. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Finance and completed his EMBA at The Richard Ivey School of Business in Hong Kong, part of The University of Western Ontario, Canada. His son graduated Island School in June 2018 and his daughter is a Year 13 student. Mustapha leads and manages a family business in the supply chain management of kitchenware. Hs is also involved in other non profit organizations supporting communities.
|Dr Lakshmi Jacota, Independent Representative
Lakshmi has worked predominantly with non-governmental organisations around the world, with stints in academia, since the completion of her doctorate from the University of Oxford. She currently works for The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups as a researcher, analyst and writer, while continuing to be active in other community and service organisations either as a volunteer or Board Member.
|Dr Tarja Joro, School Council Representative
Tarja received her MSc and PhD from Helsinki School of Economics (presently part of Aalto University). She worked as a graduate researcher with funding from Science Academy of Finland, and as a faculty member at University of Alberta School of Business in Canada. She has published in the area of productivity economics. She has a daughter in Year 12 and a son in Year 11. She has been involved with fundraising for schools since 2006.
|Ms Jennifer Seeto, PTA Representative
|Ms Mary Lacey-Vittachi, Teacher Representative
Mary Lacey-Vittachi began teaching at Island School in 1987, during the principalship of Mr Colin Niven. There was a brief sojourn with Shatin College and she returned to Island School in 1992, where she has taught English and Drama; she is in her final year as one of the Senior Heads of DaVinci House. She is married to Nury Vittachi and they have 3 adopted Chinese children.
|Ms Alicia Mou, Independent Representative
Alicia studied at Glenealy and Island School and was one of the first recipients of the Island School Trust University Scholarship. After graduating from Island School, Alicia pursued her law degree at University of Warwick from which she graduated with First Class Honours. After completing her Postgraduate Certificate in Laws at the University of Hong Kong, Alicia embarked on her legal career and qualified as a solicitor. She is now an in-house legal counsel. Alicia is an Independent Trustee on the IS Trust.
The Island School Trust Deed is available for inspection at the School Office
The Audited Accounts of the Trust are available for inspection at the School Office.