The Island School Trust

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.

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.

Stephen joined the Island School Trust in 2017. He has a long history of contributing to the actions of charitable institutions and now sits as 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.COLUMN_2

The List of Trustees 28 Jan 2019

Please click here to see the Island giving page

Click here to see the Scholarship Application Form

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.