The Island School Trust (“the Trust) was established in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of Island School (“the 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 Deed is available for inspection at the School Office
The Audited Accounts of the Trust are available for inspection at the School Office.