Island School

ESF makes public plea for Island School site

Island School in Mid-Levels has only seven years left. Photo: May Tse

The English Schools Foundation has made a public appeal for a "solution" to redevelop its ageing Island School after the board decided to drop a plan to rebuild it in Quarry Bay amid opposition from lawmakers and residents.

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 5:44pm

Summerbridge Hong Kong marks 20th anniversary

More than 600 people turned up for Summerbridge Hong Kong's anniversary celebration at Island School

Summerbridge Hong Kong celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday at Island School in Central. Over 600 patrons - students who had benefited from the non-profit organisation, as well as their relatives and friends - turned out at the afternoon celebration.

"It was like a big reunion," said executive director Shirley Man, who has been with the organisation for over a decade.

23 Oct 2012 - 2:27pm


18 Spoonfuls of art

Spoon Art Fair HK 12 is a new style of exhibition, promoting young artists and their works in an unconventional setting. It will be held at the same time as Art HK12.

When: May 18-20

Where: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$50 (HK$100 for adults) from HK Ticketing on 31 288 288

20 Charity strutting

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

ESF seeks top teachers for long haul

Secondary school teachers are being sought by the English Schools Foundation (ESF) for the beginning of the new school year in September 2012. At ESF secondary schools, 43 positions are open, with an additional 22 vacancies in the foundation's two private independent schools.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Relegated boys and girls bounce back

Kowloon True Light Middle School had a happier Valentine's Day than usual after their girls' team won the Division Three overall athletics title.

The Inter-school (Division Three, Area Two) Championship victory - two years after being relegated from Division Two - ensured promotion back to the higher division.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

What would your personal mascot be?

Minal Daswani, 16, Island School

My personal mascot would be a horse because a horse usually symbolises an independent and hard-working animal. A horse would suit me because I think I am a hard-working and independent person. Horses also symbolise strength and freedom - and I like to think of myself as being strong and free.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Students' creative works are published

Twenty-three students from the English Schools Foundation have put together a book of articles, creative writing, poems and artwork to help promote family literacy.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

ESF lessons on nurturing staff

New arrivals in Hong Kong usually find the city an exciting - if occasionally overwhelming - place. This is equally true of international recruits to the teaching staff of the English School Foundation (ESF).

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Government should improve local schools instead of giving ESF a subsidy

I refer to the ongoing debate about the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subsidy.

It seems a number of your correspondents have used this as an excuse to make bigoted remarks towards the expatriate community in Hong Kong.

I should first note that I do not wish to take sides and that I merely wish to voice my opinion on the issue of the ESF subsidy.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

ESF prodigies ace tough exam

It took an hour and a half for some to get their results, but it was worth the wait. English Schools Foundation students continued to perform superbly in their International Baccalaureate exams.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Mum takes dim view of teachers

It's usually students who find themselves in hot water when they get up to mischief outside school gates and have the rotten luck to get spotted by a teacher.

But a group of English Schools Foundation (ESF) teachers ended up in a spot of bother themselves when the mother of a West Island School pupil caught them larking around on the way to work on the Discovery Bay ferry.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fun at summer school

With the summer holidays approaching, many parents are starting to look for valuable ways for their children to spend their free time. Summer schools can offer children the opportunity to improve their skills through new learning experiences and without the pressures of homework and assessment.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


End public funding for ESF schools

Mike Rowse's observation that the controversy over English Schools Foundation school fees is obscuring big issues is evidenced by his article ('Value of a good education for all is in the balance', May 16). He has missed all the important points about ESF schools' awkward position in Hong Kong's education scene.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

ESF chairman to push government for subsidy hike

Carlson Tong Ka-shing says his priority as the new chairman of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) is to negotiate with the government for extra funding and for more school places to serve the city's high demand for teaching in English.

Tong, 56, this week succeeded Professor Felice Lieh Mak and will serve for three years.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

ESF parents to ask government to block fee rise

Parents angry at fee rises of up to 3.3 per cent for English Schools Foundation (ESF) pupils in the coming academic year are writing to the Education Bureau asking officials to block the increase in schooling costs.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am