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Principal's Blog

02 Dec 2022

If there was any risk of us missing the onset of December, students in Early Years classes were certainly keen to mitigate. Taking to the stage on the first of the month, they performed admirably and with great courage in front of a packed audience of parents and siblings.

Recognition must go too, to those involved in the delivery of STEAM Week. Classrooms have been abuzz with activity centring upon thematic interconnection, design-led review and scientific exploration, all on the subject of sustainability.

Monday will see the arrival of our penultimate week of what has been a truly magnificent term. A Christmas Concert and the delivery of academic reports now on the horizon, winter is fast closing in.

25 Nov 2022
Fresh from the opening of the Tseung Kwan O Cross Link Bridge on Sunday, a season of performance began in earnest this week with a thrilling theatrical presentation led by students in Year 5 and 6. The story of mystery and intrigue led to the identification of a highly unlikely culprit, delighting students and parents along the way. Huge thanks to the cast, the crew and all others acting in quiet but determined support of this wonderfully talented group.
Next week, our youngest students take to the stage for a winter celebration of song and dance. The arrival of December will also be marked by the announcement of the winners of our Christmas card competition and the installation of a large Norwegian spruce. Also on the horizon, a vibrant weekend bazaar hosted by the Shrewsbury Parents Association.


18 Nov 2022
Able to close the week through connection with friends across the Federation of British International Schools network, I now look forward to joining the opening ceremony of the Tseung Kwan O Cross Link Bridge on Sunday. An impressive feat of engineering, it will act to widen direct access to LOHAS Park and vastly improve the journey of students travelling to and from Hong Kong Island each day. The best primary school in Hong Kong is just about to move 15 minutes closer to Central.
Next week will also bring interaction with the Education Committee at the British Chamber, a full review of our Operational Plan and the presentation of our first seasonal performance courtesy of students in Year 5 and Year 6. The Mystery at Magpie Manor promises to engage and enthral - it will lead us neatly towards a presentation hosted by our youngest students and the delivery of a Christmas concert during the penultimate week of term.


11 Nov 2022

Lest we forget.

The 11th November: an opportunity to remember those whose lives have been, and continue to be, affected by war. Huge thanks to students, parents and staff for their support and generosity this week.

The spectacular marking of Dia De Muertos with the Shrewsbury Parents Association provided a fitting platform for several other critical touch points this week. Engagement with friends at The Standard, the hosting of a group of professionals working hard to support those planning a move into the region and the delivery of three parent facing workshops designed to support a more refined understanding of the Chinese language and culture programme available to Shrewsbury students certainly kept us suitably occupied. 

Monday will see the arrival of Anti-Bullying Week and the initiation of a series of interactions across the Shrewsbury family of schools. The week will conclude with a Heads' Conference hosted by the Federation of British International Schools in Asia, a weekend engagement with prospective parents and a charity walk across the Tseung Kwan O Cross Bay Link Bridge.


04 Nov 2022
Following a highly productive day with staff, centring upon a journey of self-study conducted alongside the Council of International Schools, our return from a much-deserved mid-term break was rather dramatically interrupted by the arrival of a typhoon this week. What a pleasure it was to close in full compliment and to end as we had begun, in the company of a supportive and engaged Governing body.
Huge thanks to John Clark and Carla Howarth for their time and attention this week, initially as participants at our first meeting of the academic year with the Board of Governors , and subsequently through separate engagements with students and parents.
Tomorrow, we mark Dia De Muertos with the Shrewsbury Parents Association, providing us with an opportunity to reflect respectfully upon the efforts of our forebears and to draw lines of connection between other cultural celebrations connected to heritage and personal culture. Next week, we can look forward to hosting a series of webinars for parents on our Chinese language programme, as well as meetings with friends in the relocation industry who seem particularly excited about an increase in activity following the successful hosting of business leaders across the region at the Investment Summit.


28 Oct 2022

Having spent the first few days on the mid-term break on campus alongside the operational team, I conclude it under canvas on Cheung Chau with my family. 

Staff return to campus on Monday for a training day that will centre upon the journey of self-study with the Council of International Schools before I host Governors for a first meeting of the new school year. Students return on Tuesday 1st November and our first week back will conclude with a weekend celebration of culture, heritage and inclusion as we mark Dia de Muertos with the Shrewsbury Parents Association.


21 Oct 2022

Opening with dinner at the Hong Kong Club alongside parent representatives and local members of the Board of Governors, the final week of an outstanding first half term concluded with a celebratory House Day and a meeting with the Education Committee at the British Chamber. Never again will we take such fluid social interaction for granted.

I hope that families enjoy their time together over the course of a mid-term break. We welcome the academic team back for a staff training day centring upon self-study with the Council of International Schools and host our first meeting with the Board of Governors before students return on Tuesday 1st November.

A flurry of seasonal concerts and performances will be upon us soon enough - we have so much to look forward to.


14 Oct 2022

The penultimate week of our first half term saw the launch of Parent Teacher Conferences. Primarily centring upon the settling of students into new class groups, we particularly appreciated the attention of those able to join us on campus and in person - never again shall we take the opportunity to connect in this way for granted. 

An uplifting Recital Concert drew the week to a close and we now look forward to hosting a social event with parent representatives and local members of the Board of Governors, alongside a meeting with the School Management Committee and another with the Education Committee at the British Chamber.

A much-deserved break now on the horizon, I hope that families enjoy their time together, particularly if they have chosen to travel outside of the region.

07 Oct 2022

The formal marking of our fifth academic year since foundation alongside British Consul General, Brian Davidson CMG, provided a particularly satisfying conclusion to a familiarly productive week on campus. With memories of a sun baked groundbreaking ceremony in the latter half of 2016 deceptively clear in my mind, it is difficult to envisage the passing of such a substantial period and yet here we are: five years, thousands of interconnected relationships, countless treasured memories. 

To all who have supported our journey, thank you.

Two weeks remain prior to the arrival of a mid-term break. Between now and then, our first Primary Recital of the year, dinner with a select group of parent representatives, student photographs and an update on House Points.

The second half of term will begin on Tuesday 1st November, following a staff training day and a meeting with the Board of Governors.


30 Sep 2022

With the visit of British Consul General, Mr Brian Davidson CMG, necessarily postponed, engagements with the Shrewsbury Parents Association and friends at ISC Research ensured that I remained in good company - and the emotive return of class assemblies provided a fitting final flourish. We revert next week, and I greatly look forward to marking five successful years since foundation through the positioning of a commemorative bench and plaque on Friday.

A first twilight tour of the academic year is also on the horizon and those keen to explore the full breadth of campus in person at 18:00 on Wednesday are warmly encouraged to join the ranks through registration here.

Parent Teacher Conferences also fall between now and the conclusion of our first half term. The first school break since the recent relaxation of re-entry requirements, when it arrives, I am sure that it will prove suitably rewarding.


23 Sep 2022

A flurry of productive engagements with prospective parents over the course of the weekend at an international schools fair ensured that we received a raucous reception on return for our second digital campus tour of the year. And what a privilege it was to share a momentary insight into the culture of care and endeavour we have developed at Shrewsbury over the course of the last five years. The visit of the British Consul General, Mr Brian Davidson CMG, on Friday next week will mark this key milestone fittingly. 

Preparation for the delivery of a full campus tour, a meeting with student representatives and the formal opening of a memorial bench alongside Chair of the Board, Mr Bernard Chan, and School Supervisor, Mr Stephen Wong, now secure, and the transformation of a designated space on the ground floor in motion, we very much look forward to hosting.

16 Sep 2022

Our first class-led assembly concluded another positive and productive week, while the delivery of a webinar centring upon the importance of early childhood education provided a useful reflective trigger: I chose to describe a model of education in its purest form, necessarily untainted by the imposed boundaries of certified study and greatly enjoyed the company of Cheryl Raper of Telos Education and Emily Kwan of Kids Connect.

Next week will see the initiation of a first round of Parent Teacher Conferences. With discussion likely to focus upon the settling of new student groups, meetings will also support the positive early triangulation of views. Following the arrival of the South China Morning Post International Schools Fair, we can also look forward to a second digital campus tour of the year and I greatly look forward to campus tour and to engaging with parents who have identified Shrewsbury as their school of choice.


09 Sep 2022

As one light flickers out, another is lit. How sad we were to learn of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II at the dawn of Mid Autumn Festival. The UK's longest serving monarch leaves an extraordinary legacy and brings an otherwise joyous week to a rather more sombre conclusion.

Our second week of the new school year saw the early engagement of prospective Class Representatives and the timely initiation of our performance management cycle. Key indicators of a considered and now embedded sequence of engagement, classroom interactions are also now feeling familiarly urgent and purposeful.

A three-day weekend will precede the arrival of a first class-led assembly, a webinar with friends at Jardines centring upon the importance of early childhood education, and the South China Morning Post International Schools Fair. And I am particularly excited to be able to engage with families keen to learn more about the benefits of a Shrewsbury education.

02 Sep 2022

What a thrill it has been to see the return of students for our fifth academic year. I'd like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere appreciation to all of those connected with the success of a wonderful first school week: thank you. 

The campus abuzz with activity, routines have been quickly established and learning engagements look familiarly sharp and focussed. The weekend arrives hard earned.

We can now look forward to the hosting of our first digital tour of the new academic year. Should you wish to learn more about the many unique advantages of a Shrewsbury education, you can register to join us on Wednesday at 10:30 here. The days ahead will also provide an opportunity for us to connect with friends at Jardines ahead of a webinar taking place later this month centring upon the importance of early childhood education.

26 Aug 2022

The return of the full academic team on Wednesday saw the outermost reaches of campus brought to life once more for a three-day programme of induction, momentarily interrupted by the arrival of a typhoon. Centring upon a series of strategic priorities for the year ahead and the opening of a phase of self-study with the Council of International Schools, we now look forward to connecting with students and families tomorrow for a series of orientation meetings, shortly prior to the start of our fifth school year since foundation on Monday 29th August.

Plans to mark an anniversary of note already in the works, I have encouraged staff to reflect positively upon their (and our) accomplishments. We have faced and embraced arising challenge and grown ever more effective and efficient as a result.

The successful settling of students will take priority next week and I very much look forward to reconnecting - all else can wait.

19 Aug 2022

The early orientation and induction of a dynamic group of colleagues new to the region has rightfully drawn all focus this week. Now familiar with the shape of the school day and their geographical surrounds, we move swiftly onto pedagogical matters next week, and can look forward to the return of existing colleagues to bolster the ranks too.

Our three-day programme will provide an expansive overview of academic performance, strategic priorities for the year ahead and our upcoming journey of self study, conducted alongside the Council of International Schools following the early release of a community wide survey last week. We'll then gather newly assigned student groups for a series of orientation meetings prior to the start of term on Monday 29th August.

12 Aug 2022

Fresh from an unexpectedly shortened quarantine period, new colleagues emerged bright eyed and eager a few weeks prior to the start of a new academic term. An initial programme for induction begins early next week and I know that they will draw great strength from the kindness and support of students, parents and staff as they settle into their new roles.

They arrive in good time to support with a journey of self-study in partnership with the Council of International Schools following the delivery of an effusive report earlier this year. A series of surveys will land on Monday and will allow for the collection of views from students, parents and staff.

05 Aug 2022

Now back in the office and with plans for induction secure, my focus has been most prominently drawn towards the undertaking of self-study with the Council of International Schools and the imminent launch of a school community survey this week.

Engagements with Support and Evaluation Officer, Helena Sobulis, have been enormously positive and we can now look forward to reconnecting shortly prior to the return of students on 29th August.

Our journey towards accreditation is a central construct within a strategic plan that will direct continued growth and development as a centre of excellence. Parents keen to learn more about the benefits of association can do so here.

29 Jul 2022

While necessarily confined on return to the region following a short family break, it has been useful to be back in touch with members of the operational team remotely and heartening to hear of the progress made as we gear up for the start of a new school year.

The receipt of a glowing report from the Council of International Schools proved a highlight of the week, particularly given the repeated references to the efforts and attitudes of students and the extraordinary opportunities available to them at Shrewsbury.

Preparation for the induction of new teachers almost finalised, we greatly look forward to harnessing the experience and skills of our new colleagues in the knowledge that they will be given every opportunity to showcase their talent.

22 Jul 2022

Due back in Hong Kong early next week, I look forward to returning to work and laying the foundations for the August induction of new colleagues, initially from the confines of quarantine.

With an enormously talented group due to touch down in just a few weeks time, our first sequence of interactions will prove critical to the speed at which they settle. Generosity, kindness and high expectations will drive our work in the knowledge that they will all be keen to hit the ground running.


15 Jul 2022

Back in Sydney and with the weather now vastly improved, I was able to reconnect with the operational team this week and learn of a busy sequence of admissions engagements and the emergence of plans to mark five years of exceptional education here in Hong Kong.

No longer a new entity in the region, we point to a strong and verifiable track record and an exceptional collection of unique advantages. As we look ahead to the end of July, the new school year will be upon us soon.


08 Jul 2022

Outside of the region for the first time in almost three years, the summer break is already providing the opportunity for refreshment and reconnection. Plans for the new year percolating, we will soon look forward to the arrival and induction of a talented crop of teachers all keen to make their mark.

Our weekend at the farm will lead us back to the city on Monday and into the second week of three in Australia. Safely packed away up until now, Darwin will be keen to feature among the holiday snaps - we must remember to find a suitably impressive perch.

01 Jul 2022

Marked profoundly by extended periods of suspension, the last twelve months have provided a stern test of our commitment: to learning, to relationship building and to the maintenance of high standards. It hasn't always been easy, but we emerge triumphant.

At the end of our final week, I reflect most notably upon the accomplishments of our graduating class. An extraordinary group, worthy of celebration - how fortunate we were to be able to support their journey and to mark a distinct shift in our relationship in person and on campus. Forever Shrewsbury students and now Salopians.


24 JUN 2022

Soon to enter our final week, the release of a set of outstanding academic results at the Shrewsbury Parents Association Annual General Meeting provided fitting reward for the tireless commitment of students, parents and staff exhibited this year. Having worked in close partnership for the full duration of a fifty day suspension, we now know the positive impact of a determined and united effort. Academic achievement is up, markedly, across the board. Year on year, attainment at or beyond age-related expectations is up 10% in Mathematics, 12% in Reading and 14% in Writing: these are extraordinary figures, hard earned.

We mark the graduation of students in Year 6 next week. Having obtained placed at many of the leading schools in the region and beyond, I hope they revel in the limelight. An extraordinary group forever connected, by the experiences they have shared and the strength of their relationships. We will miss them enormously.


17 JUN 2022

The late digitisation of a performance by our youngest students did little to dampen the joy and enthusiasm on show - and I reflect with great pride upon the resolute determination so readily presented by Shrewsbury students in the knowledge that it will serve them very well in the years to come.

A final gathering of the School Management Committee this year and the conclusion of our Performance Management cycle provides further indication: the summer is almost upon us. The Shrewsbury Parents Association Annual General Meeting will act as the fulcrum of our penultimate week, but I can also look forward to reconnecting with friends at ISC Research for the Eduruptors School Conference and a final digital tour of the year. With graduation also just around the corner, a much-deserved and appropriately-extended break arrives soon enough.


10 JUN 2022

Following a final meeting of the school year on Tuesday, Chair of the Board of Governors, Bernard Chan, was keen to express his fondest regards for students, parents and staff on approach to a well-deserved summer break. He highlighted the extraordinary support and commitment exhibited by members of the community as particularly critical to the successes we have enjoyed.

Able to conclude the week with an extraordinary performance from Year 4 students, we now look forward: to meetings with the School Management Committee and friends at the British Chamber, as well as One World Week and the build up to the Shrewsbury Parents Association Annual General Meeting. Presentation at the Secondary School Education Forum comes first however, and with it the opportunity to talk in detail about the way in which we guide Shrewsbury students from Year 6 to Year 7.


03 JUN 2022

Able to draw the week to a spectacular conclusion thanks to Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the long weekend marks the onset of June and precedes a final meeting of the year with our Board of Governors.

Scheduled to take place on Tuesday, we look forward to drawing once more upon the wisdom and guidance of a uniquely agile team. Next week will also see the delivery of a dramatic performance, led by students in Year 4, and the gathering of Chinese language teachers from across the Shrewsbury family of schools as part of an annual conference hosted by our very own Haze Kwok.

With a series of summer themed presentations also on the horizon, we creep ever closer to graduation and the conclusion of another extraordinary year. 


27 MAY 2022

This week saw the final gathering of the Shrewsbury Parents Association prior to their Annual General Meeting, scheduled to take place on 22nd June - and what a remarkable impact they have made to the lives of students and families this year. With nomination for the 2022/23 academic year upcoming, those interested in joining the ranks are warmly encouraged to submit their interest at the earliest possible opportunity.

A trio of engagements with prospective parents in the middle of the week, to include the personal hosting of a twilight campus tour, also proved a real highlight, alongside the delivery of a final class-led assembly this term.

Meetings with parents of students in Year 5 will fill the morning tomorrow, as we conclude the process of secondary school shortlisting, and next week, we'll mark the Platinum Jubilee with a coronation carnival - students will be parading their homemade creations on Thursday.


20 MAY 2022

Neatly illustrating our commitment to the delivery of an expansive and progressive education, we started the week with the return of our Aquatics programme and concluded with a stirring series of musical performances, delivered as part of a final Recital Concert of the year. And how marvellously our students have responded. I remain unsure as to whether smiles can broaden any further, but the full resumption of a full Co-Curricular programme on Monday will certainly provide a stern test.

Next week - a mid-point. The sixth week in a term of eleven and the precursor to a Jubilee celebration. 

Three separate points of contact with prospective parents on Wednesday have been fuelled by demand, while a series of secondary school selection meetings on Saturday morning acts to underline our lasting commitment to the long term success of our students - a final list of graduate destinations will soon emerge. 

A flurry of final performances and engagements ahead, I will savour each and every one.


13 MAY 2022

With blustery weather a feature throughout, the week was most prominently marked by the visit of Council of International Schools (CIS) Support and Evaluation Officer, Ms Helena Sobulis. Initial feedback highlighted the positive impetus illustrated by a team boundlessly committed to the ambitions and wellbeing of an exceptionally dedicated student body. 

The strength of governance identified as another key asset, I will benefit from the opportunity to reflect more formally alongside the School Management Committee next week, where an upcoming meeting with the Board of Governors will also prove a keen point of discussion. Those keen to learn more about the way in which the school is advised, can do so here.

An engagement with the Education Committee at the British Chamber will provide a different, but no less valuable, counterpoint.


06 MAY 2022

Preparations for the visit of the Council of International Schools (CIS) Support and Evaluation Officer, Ms Helena Sobulis, now complete, we look forward to sharing all of the many things that make a Shrewsbury education unique: while enormously proud of the progress our students make, it is the quality of the relationships we share that truly define us.

CIS is a membership community working collaboratively to develop global citizens through the delivery of high quality international education, connecting ideas, cultures and educators from every corner of the world - parents keen to learn more can do so here.

Visits to classrooms and meetings with students, parents, staff and governors will provide a holistic view, further contextualised by the details contained within a written report, previously submitted. Reflections will be drawn through the light provided by our own Mission and Values statements.

Next week will also allow for the finalisation of materials due for submission in advance of a final engagement with the Board of Governors this year.


29 APR 2022

With plans for an upcoming Preparatory Evaluation Visit with the Council of International Schools now well underway, the second week of our third term has provided an illustration of our very greatest strengths: an effortful commitment and uplifting camaraderie pervades.

Following return from an extended weekend break, the finalisation of plans for the arrival of assigned School Support and Evaluation Officer, Ms Helena Sobulis, will draw deserving focus - our commitment to the process of renewal is deeply engrained and we very much look forward to the undertaking of a formal and structured reflection, informed by a robust and internationally recognised framework. Next week will also see the gathering of Student Council and the resumption of our Class Assembly schedule.


22 APR 2022

The thrilling return of students to campus this week followed a period of exactly fifty consecutive school days observed online. The last four days have not only illustrated the incredible strength and influence of the relationships we share, but validated the admirable commitment exhibited by all during such an extended phase of physical disconnection. With students having quickly found their rhythm, the future looks bright indeed.

While keen to continue to luxuriate in the company of our wonderful students, I also look forward to engaging with assigned Council of International Schools Evaluation Officer, Ms Helena Sobulis, next week, ahead of a Preparatory Evaluation Visit scheduled to take place in May. A meeting with the Shrewsbury Parents Association and the opening of my third and final report to the Board of Governors will also help to keep me well occupied.

At the end of an otherwise jubilant week, I would also like to take this opportunity to mark the passing of Mr Robin Chan earlier this week. Father of Chairman, Mr Bernard Chan, esteemed entrepreneur, philanthropist and ardent supporter of Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, on behalf of the school community, I extend our deepest and sincerest condolences.


15 APR 2022

With news from the Education Bureau breaking earlier in the week, it is with both excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the return of students on Tuesday 19th April for the start of our third term. While some may find themselves feeling a little anxious about the journey ahead, they can rest assured that we are exceptionally well placed to support the safe and seamless return of students and remain absolutely committed to the health and wellbeing of children as a first priority.

In the knowledge that cases observed among the student population are now unlikely to have a radical impact upon the service available to others, we enter uncharted territory. A new set of challenges and opportunities will emerge. A pre-scheduled, mid-week touchpoint with the School Management Committee will provide a valuable opportunity to reflect upon our early observations.


08 APR 2022

Having enjoyed a brief but restorative break from campus earlier in the week, I returned to conduct a series of interviews for academic positions and have been delighted by the quality and enthusiasm on exhibition.

Efforts next week will be shaped most prominently by the arrival of guidance pertaining to the resumption of schools on 19th April. On the understanding that documentation is now entering a final phase of development, I look forward to reconnecting with parents in regard to the return of students and the emerging shape and scope of school services.


01 APR 2022

A meeting with the Chief Executive and Education Secretary to discuss the development of a supportive framework for the safe resumption of classes on campus scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon, the arrival of a new member of the community earlier today provided a welcome distraction from the necessarily pragmatic process of planning for return: welcome to Shrewsbury, Darwin!

And the selection of a school mascot is no simple undertaking - thank goodness for the guidance and wisdom of the School Council, who drew from an exceedingly long list of suggestions to find a solution that affirms a connection with both our royal foundations and most highly celebrated alumnus.

The upcoming break will provide an opportunity to rest, recuperate and recover. Our second term has required an exceptional level of focus and determination from students, parents and staff. I hope that pride outweighs exhaustion.


25 MAR 2022

While we await news from the Education Bureau relating to the eventual reopening of campus to students on 19th April, we were able to mark the penultimate week of what has been an eventful term with the evening presentation of an uplifting collection of poems by students in Year 2. A metaphor perhaps, signalling brighter times ahead. News of resumption in any form will certainly come as great relief.

A meeting with our Health and Safety Committee brought the week to a tidy conclusion and we now look forward to a final five-day flurry and an update on the position of our House teams. We then break - and for students, parents and teachers, a much-deserved rest awaits. They must be applauded and admired for their exceptional commitment and fortitude. 

While a great deal of uncertainty remains, we are hopeful that the routine and extended suspension of schools as a strategy enacted in response to emerging waves of Covid-19 in the region becomes just a memory and reflection of life in time. If this is to be the last time we close term in this way, I will cherish the final few moments.


18 MAR 2022

The opportunity to reconnect and revisit academic targets set earlier in the year through the delivery of Parent Teacher Conferences this week has proven immensely valuable. And we must recognise the extraordinary efforts of parents (and teaching partners) as we look ahead to the penultimate week of what has been an eventful term conducted primarily through the construct of an Online Learning Programme designed to promote regular social contact and engagement on demand.

If evidence of our commitment to the delivery of broad and rich opportunities and experiences were needed, next week will see a special digitised adaptation of activities designed to celebrate the development of fundamental physical skills in Early years and the live screening of a summary piece emerging from a music project delivered to students in Year 2. How fortunate I am to work alongside such a committed and creatively inspired team.

While the road ahead remains uncertain, the strength of our community pervades in the knowledge that the resumption of regular school services remains a point of priority for leaders across the region.


11 MAR 2022

With news of the retirement of Sir David Lees from the role of Chair of the Board of Governors at Shrewsbury International School breaking this week, I reflect with deep gratitude for the acuity and insight we were able to draw upon during his tenure and with great confidence following the appointment of another exceptional individual in former Vice Chair, Mr Bernard Chan. It has been an immense privilege to work alongside Sir David in service of our wonderful community - I know that we remain in very safe hands.

With initial feedback from the early submission of statements relating to our purpose and direction from our assigned Council of International Schools (CIS) School Support and Evaluation Officer recently received, work has now begun on the development of content required for a preparatory evaluation later this year. Our journey towards accredited school status has already proven immensely valuable - award will act to verify a commitment to the delivery of our ambitious guiding statements.

Next week will bring an opportunity to formally reconnect with the School Management Committee - it will also see the onset of a second of Parent Teacher Conferences providing the opportunity to reflect upon report targets shared at the end of Term 1.  


4 MAR 2022

Keen to express their great admiration for the fortitude exhibited by students, parents and staff, a positive and constructive meeting with the Board of Governors followed receipt of confirmation that our termly schedule will remain unaffected by the implementation of a region-wide programme for community testing. The arrival of award-winning author and poet Michael Rosen, who inspired an incredible expression of joy through laughter at the onset of Book Week 2022, couldn't have been more impeccably timed.

Having reconnected with Shrewsbury Parents Association and the Education Committee at the British Chamber, I now look forward to hosting a webinar with colleagues from the English Schools Foundation as part of our secondary school selection programme on Thursday. Delivery follows the extraordinary success of a similar event hosted last week on the theme of British Education featuring Principals from Harrow, Kellett, Malvern College and Nord Anglia and is designed to support considered engagement. Shrewsbury students are in high demand.


25 FEB 2022

With the government now committed to a region-wide programme for community testing, a meeting with the Education Bureau mid-week, to explore how we might best facilitate, followed the launch of another series of evolutionary revisions to our online learning programme and the delivery of yet another heavily populated digital tour.

With our boundless commitment to refinement and renewal well illustrated, I now look ahead to a professionally enriching weekend of engagement with colleagues from across the Federation of British International Schools. The Annual Leadership Conference will feature contribution from Sir Steve Smith and Dame Alison Peacock, among others.

A meeting with the Board of Governors on Monday will provide us with an opportunity to reflect upon the challenges we face and to rationalise the many opportunities ahead. Next week will also allow for a review of our Strategic Plan and reconnection with the Shrewsbury Parents Association and the Education Committee at the British Chamber.


18 FEB 2022

While the news of an extension to the initial terms of class suspension had been well forecast, it landed heavily amid a rapidly escalating fifth wave. The reassuring warmth of a sequence of musical performances, delivered by an exceptionally diligent group of students as part an evening Recital Concert, provided a welcome and enriching tonic.

Committed as ever to refinement and renewal, Monday will see the introduction of a series of extensively modelled adaptations to our highly regarded Online Learning Programme. More evolutionary than revolutionary in nature, they come as a direct result of engagement with parents and will see a gentle incline in the volume of live contact available to students each week in an effort to further develop the structure of afternoon provision.

Engagements with colleagues across the region also stand on the horizon, with the Federation of British International Schools Heads Business Meeting acting to precede a weekend long Leadership Conference. A meeting with the Board of Governors will follow shortly thereafter.


11 FEB 2022

The preparation of materials for upcoming engagements with the Council of International Schools and our very own Board of Governors has peppered a busy first school week following a mid-term break. With students exhibiting exceptional levels of engagement online, we can be thankful for the incredible diligence of parents, many of whom chose to join a workshop designed to further guide interactions at home during what may prove to be an extended period of suspension.

I look forward to reconnecting with our School Management Committee next week, in the knowledge that we will gain enormously from the assured wisdom offered, with an uncertain period ahead. In the meantime, we continue to reflect upon the balance of activity, resource and guidance available to families during what we understand is an immensely challenging time - they can rest assured that we remain firmly committed to them and to the meaningful, individualised engagement that often marks the difference between good and great schools.


04 FEB 2022

The tiger now with us, we look ahead renewed, refreshed and determined. The second half of our second term awaits and with students back online on Monday, we will navigate the next two weeks in partnership, for together we flourish. 

The delivery of a parent workshop on Thursday will furnish attendees with a series of subject specific support strategies for a second phase of suspension currently scheduled to last two weeks. Meanwhile, meetings with the Shrewsbury Parents Association, colleagues from across the family of schools and former Director of Schools, Mr Stephen Holroyd, will inspire reflection and exploration through consultation. 


28 JAN 2022

We draw our second full week online and the arrival of Chinese New Year to a close with news of an extension to the previous terms of suspension. Profoundly alert to the pressure home-learning arrangement brings to the lives of parents, we now plan for the continuation of our Online Learning Programme and the return of students to campus on 21st February.

January marks the crossing of a personal threshold in regard to my relationship with Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong. Appointed in 2017, I reflect with gratitude. For the kindness, support and patience I continue to receive in role, I am immensely fortunate. Perhaps 2022 will be remembered for the digital launch of a strategic plan designed to support continued growth and development as a centre of excellence over the course of ten years. Standing in recognition of the inherent privilege we are afforded in working to harness the enthusiasm, initiative and enterprise of young people, Together We Flourish centres upon the relationships we share.

Very best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous Chinese New Year.

Kung Hei Fat Choi 恭喜發財

Gong Xi Fa Cai 恭喜发财


21 JAN 2022

At the end of a first full week online, I am awash with admiration for the incredible commitment demonstrated by students, parents and staff who have been united in their efforts to ensure that we remain both connected and intellectually inspired.

Next week will allow us to mark the arrival of Chinese New Year - and it will precede a break that will provide time for reflection upon a five-year journey that has proven immensely rewarding.

As those that know me best will understand well, I love my job. Responsible for the overall health of the organisation, I lead on strategic direction, school culture and student achievement and have been extremely fortunate to draw upon the support of an exceptionally talented group of colleagues since appointment in 2017. While incredibly proud to have been able to play a role in our development, it is important to understand that any glimmer of personal achievement has been built upon the kindness of others and the fortune of circumstance. Having overseen the successful founding of our school, I am particularly excited about the prospect of leading a second phase and a journey of maturation.


14 JAN 2022

A week that opened with the triumphant return of students, following a well-deserved winter break, closed with the relaunch of our online learning programme and the hope that suspension lasts no longer than the eleven days initially advertised.

The schedule for online learning at Shrewsbury has been informed by the experiences of students, parents and staff, in accordance with what we know about how young children learn best. Both broad and balanced, it is shaped by a framework that promotes regular social contact and small group interaction, while safeguarding the experiences of the many families who require a flexible and adaptable programme of study, supportive of engagement on demand.

Next week will provide an opportunity to find comfort in our new routine. Unable to welcome students onto campus in person each morning, I will be dropping into conference calls as frequently as possible safe in the knowledge that students are exceedingly well equipped, whatever the future may bring.


7 JAN 2022

Commonly a time of great optimism, a new school term is now on the horizon. While many will be feeling a little nervous about what the future may hold following recent announcements relating to the return of control measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19, parents can rest assured that we are greatly looking forward to the return of students on Monday and remain as committed as ever to maximising our time together.

My return to campus this week has provided an opportunity to reconnect with a committed and often unsung operational team - they are as responsible as any for the outstanding services we offer. It has also seen the resumption of an early phase of academic recruitment and the engagement of an incredibly talented group of educators keen to join our ranks.

Next week we revel, mindful of the uncertainty surrounding us and ready to deliver the seamless launch of our online learning programme, should it be required.


31 DEC 2021

Having enjoyed a restful week away from campus with family, I now look ahead to the dawn of a new year - and we share high hopes for 2022, mindful of the incredible challenges that so many face at this moment in time.

Next week brings reengagement. Working alongside the operational team, I will begin preparation for the beginning of our second term of the year and open the second half of an early round of recruitment. Students return on Monday 10th January and I can't wait to see them.


24 DEC 2021

With the first half of the week dually invested through the preparation of a report designed to support an engagement with the Council of International Schools and an early recruitment cycle, I write on a day of noteworthy significance and (in the case of our students at least) heady anticipation.

I hope that students, parents, colleagues and friends are able to mark the occasion well, mindful that the winter period will have proven particularly poignant for some. A quiet moment of reflection will remind us of our good fortune, but also of the challenges that others face and the distance that separates so many. It is particularly important therefore to recognise that the connections and friendships we share extend beyond school hours and the physical confines of campus. Know that we are thinking of you. And as children safely settle, before the evening sets in, we will raise a glass: to you and to us, for together we flourish.

Merry Christmas!


17 DEC 2021

Now able to reflect upon a triumphant first term, we enter the winter break in fine fettle. A week rich in engagement, first with the School Management Committee and the Shrewsbury Parents Association and then with a set of ambitious teachers all keen to join our community here in Hong Kong, tomorrow will provide another opportunity for prospective parents to learn more about our incredible school at a very first Open House. Those yet to confirm attendance can do so here.

Considering the many pressures places on families in recent years, both within and beyond Hong Kong, I feel exceedingly grateful for the time we have enjoyed with students this term. Parents and staff deserve every recognition for their outstanding contributions - and then, as will now follow, a peaceful and nourishing break.


10 DEC 2021

An exceptional season for the Performing Arts drew to a close yesterday evening with the delivery of our annual Christmas Concert - performances crackled with enthusiasm and drew glowing praise from an audience who also found themselves in good voice when called upon. Running alongside a Winter Festival hosted so admirably by the Shrewsbury Parents Association, we cleared campus a little later than usual and it was no surprise to see a few sleepy faces among the student body first thing this morning.

Next week will be our last of what has been a triumphant first term. Mine will feature a first round of academic interviews most prominently, but I can also look forward to reconnecting with the School Management Committee and then the delivery of our very first Open House event on Saturday 18th December. Open to the general public between 11:00 and 13:00, attendees will enjoy the opportunity to engage with the Admissions Team as they explore the wonderful learning spaces afforded to Shrewsbury students. Those keen to join the fun can confirm attendance here.


03 DEC 2021

A gloriously buoyant seasonal performance from our youngest students on Thursday this week acted as confirmation: December has arrived. Also able to reflect positively upon an engagement with colleagues across the FOBISIA network and time spent at a conference on the future world of work, I now cast an eye forward. Just two weeks of term remain.

Our first Winter Festival Bazaar will be led by the Shrewsbury Parents Association and aligns precisely with the running of our annual Christmas Concert. A final formal connection of the year with the School Management Committee and a series of academic interviews with then precede the running of our very first Open House event on Saturday 18th December. 

Families keen to explore the wonderful learning spaces afforded to Shrewsbury students are very welcome to join us at either 11:00 or 12:00 and can confirm attendance here.


26 NOV 2021

A triumphant pantomime performance delivered, the festive season is now well under way. A celebration through song with our youngest students now on the horizon, our annual Christmas Concert will draw what has been a full and vibrant term to a close.

Next week, a pair of evening events will provide me with the opportunity to connect with prospective parents keen to learn more about the exceptional range of experiences available to young children at Shrewsbury. I also look forward to engaging with school leaders across the region at a conference on the future world of work likely to inspire curriculum related reflection.

Our first Winter Festival and Bazaar is also now just around the corner and we are hopeful that many of our parents will be able to join us for an evening of festive fun for adults and children alike. Individual and family tickets can be purchased here - please note that a very limited selection only will be available at the door on the night. Huge thanks as always to the Shrewsbury Parents Association for their creative thinking and incredible endeavour!


19 NOV 2021

Fresh from an evening with Shrewsbury School Headmaster, Mr Leo Winkley, Packwood Haugh Headmaster, Mr Rob Fox, and Chair of the Friends of Shrewsbury, Ms Betty Ip, that acted to demarcate the strength of a highly cherished inter-school relationship, I am also able to reflect positively upon preparations for the festive season. A rousing pantomime performance will be swiftly followed by a succession of events and celebrations culminating in a Christmas Concert and a Winter Festival, led by the Shrewsbury Parents Association.

An extended meeting with the School Management Committee and an afternoon call with representatives at the Good Schools Guide lead us neatly forward and onto a week peppered with points of reconnection with trusted and established partners. A webinar on school selection with CITIC Bank will precede a meeting with the Education Bureau and a business conference with colleagues at the Federation of British International Schools in Asia.


12 NOV 2021

The onset of an extended sequence of lesson observations means that I have spent a generous proportion of this week working closely alongside students - subsequent pedagogical exploration with colleagues has inspired reflection in support of a firm and embedded commitment to the maintenance of high academic standards across the school. With a week centring upon the impact of women in technology behind us, thoughts now lead towards an initiative designed to stimulate an appreciation for difference: Anti Bullying Week will begin with a communal display of odd socks.

Reconnection with the Headmaster at Shrewsbury School, Mr Leo Winkley, and Packwood Haugh, Mr Rob Fox, appears a likely highlight for the week ahead. We gather to mark our trusted connection and to present on the benefits of a British boarding education to a selection of Shrewsbury parents as part of an established secondary school selection programme - rather fittingly, I have plans to engage with the team at the Good Schools Guide the following afternoon.


05 NOV 2021

A first meeting with the Board of Governors this year preceded the return of students on Tuesday - offering the opportunity to reconnect and reflect on the challenges we have faced and the privileges we are afforded, our time together was exceedingly well spent. A series of parent workshops marked the middle of the week and set us up well for the triumphant return of our Recital Concert series.

The initiation of an extended sequence of lesson observations will bring an interesting focus to my work next week and I look forward to engaging in the collective and detailed exploration of learning experiences. Forming just one strand of a wider initiative to identify and encapsulate best practice, the undertaking points to a firm and embedded commitment to the maintenance of high standards across the school.


29 OCT 2021

As ever, half term has provided the opportunity to refresh and reflect. Monday will see the return of the academic team and a day of professional development led by our Teaching and Learning Committee - it will also provide an opportunity to engage with the Board of Governors during a first meeting of the new school year scheduled to take place late in the afternoon. 

Students will return on Tuesday 2nd November and they have much to look forward to!

Our very first Recital Concert of the year will follow a series of Chinese Language Programme workshops for parents of children in Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level classes and precede an announcement on the subject of House Points. Meetings with friends and connections will pepper the week - the visit of Ms Betty Ip, Chair of The Friends of Shrewsbury School, is set to be a particular highlight.


22 OCT 2021

A flurry of celebratory events and engagements drew a gloriously productive first half term to a suitably satisfying conclusion. Given the disruption we have experienced over the last twelve months, these are moments to be savoured.

Highlights from the week include meetings with British Consul-General, Mr Brian Davidson, and the Consul-General of Mexico, Ambassador Pablo Macedo Riba, the delivery of presentations on the subject of Early Years and Chinese language learning held at our Central based gallery space, and an evening with parents and Governors at the Clear Water Bay Country Club. 

We enter a mid-term break feeling grateful for the time we have enjoyed together, ever mindful of the constraints faced by others. The academic team will be back on campus for a series of sessions led by the Teaching and Learning committee prior to the return of students on Tuesday 2nd November.


15 OCT 2021

A week most prominently characterised by the departure of one storm and the arrival of another, a calmer forecast lies ahead for the last week of what has been a joyously eventful half term.

Just five days remain. A final set of Parent Teacher Conferences fall one evening prior to an engagement with Class Representatives, the Shrewsbury Parents Association and locally based members of the Board of Governors. I then look forward to meeting with both the newly arrived British Consul-General, Mr Brian Davidson, over lunch and the relatively established Consul-General of Mexico, Ambassador Pablo Macedo Riba, on campus during an event designed to celebrate cultural interconnection - my week will conclude with an engagement at our Central based gallery space.

The arrival of a mid-term break will allow us to draw breath - and to savour the vast range of engagements scheduled to take place between now and the end of the calendar year.


08 OCT 2021

The steady accumulation of details for an upcoming report to the Board of Governors and School Management Committee has provided a continuous thread through a week which also featured a first round of Parent Teacher Consultations and an engagement with Class Representatives, a group of volunteers who act in support of fluid communication between home and school. With the first phase of our Performance Management cycle also drawing to a conclusion, professional dialogue has provided a common theme.

Monday will see the dawn of the penultimate week of what has proven to be an outstanding first half term. An engagement with the Shrewsbury Parents Association now fixed in my diary, we will also act to finalise preparations for the remote delivery of a series of information sessions on the 20th, 21st and 22nd October and a staff training day on 1st November.


01 OCT 2021

A week characterised by key engagements with the Thai Embassy, the Shrewsbury Parents Association, a group of Kindergarten partners and a collection of prospective parents both digitally and in person, I have also now begun to make preparation for the presentation of thoughts and reflections to the Board of Governors and School Management Committee by means of a detailed written report. Due for submission in a few weeks' time, it will act to mark the journey of recovery, from half days to full days and what has been an outstanding start to a new school year.

A first cycle of Parent Teacher Conferences will begin next week. Primarily designed to focus thinking upon the way in which children have settled into their new class groups, it will be good to reconnect, whether digitally or in person. We can also look forward to the return of Class Assemblies - Year 4 are up next.


24 SEP 2021

The colourful celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival fell in the middle of a week also marked by the launch of a new strategic plan designed to guide engagement and activity over the course of the next decade. A celebration of connectedness and community, Together We Flourish stands in recognition of the inherent privilege we are afforded in working to harness the enthusiasm, initiative and enterprise of young people.

I now look ahead to an engagement with friends at the South China Morning Post tomorrow morning. Forming part of an International Schools Fair, breakfast with a collection of school leaders across the region will be followed by a panel discussion in which I plan to explore the distinctions and relative benefits of the many different curricular programmes available to parents in Hong Kong.

Next week, I'll be joining an event led by the Thai Consulate and hosting a twilight tour of our wonderful campus.


17 SEP 2021

Hosted as part of an exhibition on the subject of Education in the 21st Century alongside friends and partners from SCMP Events and Hong Kong Living, a trio of seminars on the subject of school selection, cultural cohesion and reading for pleasure proved to be a huge success this week. Many thanks to the parents able to join us - we look forward to reconnecting at some stage over the next few months.

With Year 6 hosting assembly this week, we can now look forward to a flurry of student presentations in the lead up to the mid-term break - next week, Year 2 will grace the Auditorium stage. We can also look ahead to the formal launch of our Secondary School Selection programme with parents in Year 4 and attendance at an International Schools Fair, during which I will speak as part of a panel on the subject of curricular distinction.


10 SEP 2021

Much of my attention this week has been drawn towards the relationship we share with the Council of International Schools. Having secured membership status last year on the back of a report containing 'numerous commendations' and descriptions of 'visionary drive', 'aspiration', 'high quality learning' and 'happy, motivated and proud students', we now look ahead to a journey towards accreditation. The findings will provide food for thought and points for celebration - a lasting and underwritten commitment to review and renewal is where the real value will be found.

Next week, I'll be heading into Central to open and speak at the relaunch of a photography exhibition running on the theme of 21st Century Education. Acting to dissect the process of school selection, I will guide parents through a broad comparison of the various curriculum options available in Hong Kong and explore the process of assessment that commonly takes place during a campus tour.

First up, a trip to the Kindergarten Fair run in partnership with friends at The Standard.


03 SEP 2021

The considered settling of a significant group of students arriving into school fresh from quarantine has required careful handling this week. Staff have been incredibly impressed by the determination and fortitude they have demonstrated and equally appreciative of the empathy and kindness shown by peers and classmates.

Hosted within a specifically designated gallery space in Central, the finalisation of plans connected to a new event series hosted in partnership with SCMP Events and Hong Kong Living on the theme of International Education in the 21st Century has also drawn a considerable amount of attention. Seminars will explore school selection, the power of reading and the importance of demonstrating an appreciation and respect for Chinese culture and language within the international sector. Sessions will run during the lunch hour on the 15th, 16th and 17th September - those keen to learn more can do so here.

Tomorrow, I look forward to engaging with friends and partners at Box Hill Preschool - and next week, I will conclude a trio of assemblies from me on the theme of aspiration with a story all about starfish.


27 AUG 2021

Back on campus and students reconnected, our first school week has proven a roaring success. Returning students have settled quickly into routine and those new to the community have been well looked after. Smiles abound, classroom visits tell a story of both endeavour and delight. 

Meetings with the Shrewsbury Parents Association, School Management Committee, Education Bureau and British Chamber have peppered my week, which was most predominantly marked by the early experiences of my son and his formative journey into school as part of a Nursery class.

Next week, I look forward to reengaging more formally with the Senior Leadership Team. On our agenda: a reflection on induction, a review of the operational plan and the refinement of our academic committee terms of reference.


20 AUG 2021

Induction with the academic team began with the launch of a new strategic plan entitled Together We Flourish and a message of unity, high expectation and kindness. Drawing upon rich heritage, a defining ambition unique to Shrewsbury schools and the voices of our own proud community, Together We Flourish is constructed around 4 themes and a total of 12 individual strands. It acts to recognise existing strengths and the onset of a new phase in the life of our school - it will guide our work over the next decade.

With staff now settled and clearly directed, we look ahead: to a series of Orientation mornings and the return of students on campus. The settling of routines will certainly keep us well occupied next week - meetings with the Shrewsbury Parents Association, School Supervisor, Education Bureau and Education Committee at the British Chamber will offer punctuation and help to keep my mind away from the rumblings in Nursery classes and a first week at school for my young son. 


13 AUG 2021

The finalisation of induction materials and preparation for the delivery of a Central based photography exhibition on the theme of International Education in the 21st Century has led me neatly towards the end of another productive week - and I now look forward to engaging with parents tomorrow at mid-day on the subject of school selection as part of wide reaching information session designed to inform and empower.

Time with staff will centre upon a series of research based pedagogical updates and the formal launch of a new Strategic Plan. Entitled Together We Flourish, content has been arranged over 4 themes and offers 12 distinct points of focus - development has drawn upon our heritage, a defining ambition unique to Shrewsbury schools and the voices of our own proud community.

Academic colleagues return on Wednesday next week in advance of Orientation sessions for new class groups on Saturday morning - Monday 23rd August, and the start of a new school year, is just around the corner.


06 AUG 2021

With confirmation from the Education Bureau that we will continue to be able to offer campus-based lessons for full school days at the start of a new academic year safely received, preparation for induction continues in earnest. Plans for a Central based photography exhibition on the subject of International Education in the 21st Century, delivered in partnership with friends at the SCMP, have also inspired a great deal of consideration.

As we look ahead, I am keen to ensure that we extend a particularly warm welcome to colleagues and families scheduled to join our community later this month, in the knowledge that many have only recently arrived in the region. 


30 JUL 2021

Due to return to campus more regularly next week, I look forward to putting the finishing touches to a letter to parents scheduled for delivery on Thursday - I'm also excited to be able to re-engage with plans for staff induction, the development and launch of our Strategic Plan, and a series of recommendations emerging from a diversity audit of the core curriculum conducted during the course of Spring.

A new school year will begin in just a few short weeks: it's dawn will bring great optimism. What a privilege it is to be able to contemplate the return of students and usual school services with such a firm degree of confidence following the tumultuous summer of 2020. Mindful that circumstances can change swiftly, we continue to monitor regional statistics closely - and our thoughts remain with those more significantly affected.


23 JUL 2021

As we approach the end of July, time away from school now revolves around a very specific set of priorities defined almost exclusively by the heady enthusiasm of a boy very ready for the start of his first academic year. This periodic professional decoupling allows for rest, reflection and recuperation - it will prove enormously valuable at the point of return.

Next week, I will plan for a return to campus. Re-engagement with plans for induction, a first meeting in person with one of our newest recruits and the finalisation of plans for a series of Central-based pop-up events sit high on the agenda. I will also need to put the finishing touches to a first letter to parents prior to delivery on 5th August.


16 JUL 2021

The opportunity to connect with one of our newest arrivals via conference call on Monday afternoon also provided a good excuse to bring my son onto campus for his very first uniform fitting ahead of an August start in Nursery. 

While now off campus, I remain in close contact with the operational team in the knowledge that parent meetings continue throughout the summer. Plans for the hosting of a series of Central-based pop-up events later this summer have also begun to take shape, as we look ahead towards the start of a new school year with ambition and optimism.


09 JUL 2021

I have spent the first week of an extended school break on campus, mapping out the summer period with the operational team and preparing for the induction of academic staff. Also able to host a Digital Campus tour and catch up with newly appointed Chair of the Shrewsbury Parents Association, Ms Marie Bernal, we've certainly made the most of the relative quiet. 

I look forward to catching up with one of our newest recruits on Monday afternoon, but will then take a break of my own - and I very much look forward to spending some quality time with my family before the littlest member joins his first Shrewsbury class in August.


02 JUL 2021

We look ahead to what I hope will prove to be a restful summer break in the knowledge that most families connected with the school are scheduled to remain in Hong Kong between now and August. I urge them to make the most of their time together and the incredible benefits of life in the region. 

Those departing leave with our very best wishes and a firm intention to remain in contact. Next year, we welcome a record number of students onto campus - growth that will see an increase in both volume and diversity.

I plan to take a few weeks away from campus in July, but will remain closely connected to the efforts of operational colleagues and an Admissions Team with a busy schedule.

Next week will bring a chance to reflect - and to plan: for the arrival of new students and teammates, for the induction of school staff, and for the launch of a Strategic Plan designed to guide our journey forward over the course of the next decade.

#TogetherWeFlourish


25 JUN 2021

The announcement of a House Champion arrived shortly after a thrilling and rather emotional evening to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020/21. Congratulations go to Hook House this year - a margin of just 20 points proved critical and means that the cup will be dressed in blue and orange next year.

Just three days remain until the end of another incredible academic year and how grateful I feel to mark it with students on campus given all we have experienced. I would also like to mark my gratitude for the efforts of students, parents and staff: it is the relationships we share that truly define us.

Suspensions, odd days, half days, full days, we've just about had it all. And we stand united. As strong and committed as ever, connected by aspiration and an association with the values we share as members of the Shrewsbury community.

#WeAreShrewsbury


18 JUN 2021

With news of successful graduation placement and Scholarship award breaking this week, we approach the tail end of a productive school year in jubilant mood. 

Thinking now stretches beyond, towards an active summer period and the arrival of new colleagues. The acknowledgement that we now have complete vaccination coverage among the academic team stands as firm testament to our positive and committed intention to move forward productively and in the interests of students and their families first and foremost.

More immediately, tomorrow we engage with parents of students in Year 5 as they conclude a critical phase of school selection ahead of application submission - meetings with JP Morgan, CITIC Bank and Nan Fung pepper my calendar next week as we act to broaden and deepen our professional network.


11 JUN 2021

It was with real delight that we were able to welcome parents back onto campus this week for an incredible dramatic production led by students in Year 4 and an Annual General Meeting with the Shrewsbury Parents Association. While hosting in relatively small numbers and with all due safeguards in place to ensure adequate social distance, events felt contextually significant in our journey towards the end of term and a new phase in our response to Covid-19.

A successful meeting with the Board of Governors was also held this week and focussed upon emerging strategic priorities and academic successes, resulting in the award of our very first Achievement Scholarships. 

Next week, we look forward to meeting with parents of children in Year 5 as part of our Secondary School Selection programme. Long-lists will be whittled down as a result of reflection upon the year gone by and an analysis of personal ambition - applications will be scheduled for submission.


04 JUN 2021

The recent designation of roles and responsibilities for August leads us neatly towards a final phase of the academic year - and on the horizon, a number of defining events: the Annual General Meeting of the Shrewsbury Parents Association, a Term 3 meeting with the Board of Governors and the Graduation of the Class of 2020/21. We also look forward to a final dramatic presentation of the year courtesy of students in Year 4 and the announcement of House Champions.

Summer will provide time to reflect. A natural point of regional transience, it will also bring change. We will offer a fond farewell to some and a warm welcome to many others. Those that move on carry our best wishes and encouragement - those that join will support the broadening of voice, understanding and connectivity. Both figuratively and literally, the Shrewsbury community continues to grow.


28 MAY 2021

The return of full school days on campus this week marked a significant moment on approach to the conclusion of a tumultuous year - the imminent return of Extra Curricular Activity will further engrain our deepest and most sincere hope that the next twelve months provides a more stable environment for the education of young learners regionwide. How fitting then to be able to celebrate the momentous journey undertaken by students in Early Years on Thursday through the medium of song, dance and gymnastics!

Preparation for attendance at the Kindergarten Festival, hosted by friends at the South China Morning Post
tomorrow from 9:00 at the JW Marriott Hotel, and a flurry of upcoming engagements with regional business partners and mobility professionals ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer season has drawn all other attention. And while we greatly value the interest expressed by those yet to learn of the many benefits available to children at Shrewsbury, I take particular pride in the acknowledgement that the most significant proportion of interest in our school comes as a direct result of recommendation and referral from proud Shrewsbury parents already enrolled.

Next week, connection with the Shrewsbury Parents Association ahead of an Annual General Meeting, a meeting with the Staff Committee to finalise plans for a gathering at the end of the year and a busy looking Digital Tour running from 10:00 on Thursday morning.


21 MAY 2021

A third and final Solo Recital Concert of the year crowned a wonderful week and will act to mark a memorable threshold as we approach the end of a truly remarkable year: full school days return on Monday. Thanks to parents and staff for nurturing such a remarkable sequence of performances and huge congratulations to all contributing musicians. 

Tomorrow afternoon, I will address the subject of social and emotional skill development during a virtual conference hosted by friends at the South China Morning Post prior to their Kindergarten Fair on 29th May. I can also look forward to engaging with the Education Committee and presenting a critical strategic document to our Board of Governors - Towards 2031: Together We Flourish comes as a result of extensive consultation and will act to guide a second phase of growth over the course of the next decade.


14 MAY 2021

News regarding the imminent return of full school days brought cheer from all quarters this week - know that we will all revel in the banality of normalcy. The extended day will act as a particularly fitting reward for our parents, who have proven immensely supportive and boundlessly patient. And how joyous it has been to hear more about their experiences in recent weeks through a published story series.

The Lau, Choi and Liang families have spoken with conviction and sincerity about their commitment to our school - how fitting that the week also saw the launch of a parent library containing over 60 titles to date. The award of our very first Achievement Scholarships ensured that the week closed as positively as it had begun.

Punctuated by a national holiday on Wednesday, next week will mark the midpoint of our final term. I particularly look forward to taking part in a seminar on the future of education as part of a panel discussion on the development of social and emotional skills among young learners.


07 MAY 2021

What a privilege it has been to explore the experiences and motivations of an extraordinary collection of teachers all keen to join our ranks here in Hong Kong during a second and final recruitment round ahead of the 2021/22 academic year.

Also able to reflect on an exceedingly positive week of design and innovation centring on the theme of flight, I now look forward to engagements with the School Management Committee and the Board of Governors. With Term 3 Reports already well underway, we will soon be planning for graduation and the celebration of contributions made by our wonderful Year 6 students.


30 APR 2021

This week began with lunch alongside Acting British Consul-General, Ms Tamsin Heath, and a host of esteemed colleagues from across the region. Conversation prompted a great deal of reflection and acted to support a positive view of our shared onward journey following a tumultuous 18 months.

A meeting with a collection of parents keen to learn more about nomination for the Shrewsbury Parents Association ahead of an Annual General Meeting provisionally scheduled to take place on 9th June proved to be a particular highlight this week and I now look forward to entering a second and final recruitment round of the year. We have interviews arranged with a wildly talented group and I greatly look forward to learning more about their views and experiences.

Having recently opened the book on a third and final report to the Board of Governors, I now cast a tentative eye towards the end of term and the successful graduation of our Year 6 students, a proud and capable group deserving of great fanfare.


23 APR 2021

With swimming back on the timetable and a new routine settling fast, a meeting with Class Representatives brought our second week of term to a tidy conclusion. Keen to gather feedback on arrangements in place, it was also important to thank parent volunteers for their immeasurably positive impact on life at school during such turbulent times.

A lunch with Acting British Consul-General on Monday follows the collective drafting of a letter to the Chief Executive on behalf of the Education Committee. Acting in recognition of the positive steps taken by the government, we continue to lobby in the best interests of those connected to educational services in the region.

An evening with the Shrewsbury Parents Association on Wednesday will focus upon recruitment for the 2021/22 academic year, while a twilight digital tour on Thursday will provide me with an opportunity to engage with another large group of families eager to learn more about what Shrewsbury has to offer.

On Friday, I'll join the queue for my second Covid-19 vaccination.


16 APR 2021

A small but significant series of revisions to our learning schedule this week have supported a very positive start to our third and final term of the current academic year. The return of aquatics lessons on Monday will keep spirits high as we look ahead with great anticipation. 

A meeting with the School Management Committee on Wednesday will support the finalisation of our Staff Map for 2021/22 and with interviews soon to be arranged with a host of candidates keen to join our ranks, we will begin planning for an early phase of induction shortly.

Other highlights of the week ahead include the return of Class Assemblies - and Year 3 will take to the stage first. With performance playing a lead role in linguistic and collaborative development as well as self-confidence, we very much look forward to hearing more from students across the school as the term rolls forward.


09 APR 2021

With students due to return on Monday, we first look forward to joining friends at The Standard for their International Schools Fair at the JW Marriott tomorrow morning. Parents keen to touch base will find us at booth number eight from 10:00.

Term 3 will then open with a slightly extended morning and gently revised schedule so as to accommodate the return of aquatics lessons. And we have so much to look forward to, with a host of class assemblies scheduled alongside a Recital Concert, Early Years Summer Celebration and One World Week.

In fact, we should all be feeling optimistic: the average number of Covid-19 cases observed is now in line with that seen last summer and vaccination uptake is steadily improving. We remain hopeful that government review will support the return of full day school services sooner rather than later.


02 APR 2021

We were delighted to see the Education Bureau mark their commitment to the steady and considered broadening of campus-based school services this week, as we look ahead to the arrival of summer and the start of Term 3. With heat and humidity now on the rise, students will be particularly delighted to learn that planning for the return of weekly aquatics lessons is also underway.

Much of my time this week has revolved around the continued development of our Strategic Plan. Having presented an initial framework to the Board of Governors, parents and staff, I look forward to sharing a more detailed picture later this year.

We look forward to joining the Standard International Schools Fair on Saturday 10th April, but before that an extended weekend will allow for a focus on home and family - refreshment and renewal acting as particularly fitting themes for the season.


26 MAR 2021

Five uninterrupted weeks of learning supported a positive conclusion to another thrilling term here at Shrewsbury. Highlights of the week included an enormously successful Book Sale led by our Parents Association, a meeting with the School Management Committee and the dramatic conclusion of an egg decorating competition.

With news on fees for the coming academic year also breaking with parents this morning, we lead into a two week break having acknowledged the continuation of an incredibly challenging economic environment. 

We hope that families are able to enjoy their time together: to regroup and refresh. And we remain optimistic that we will see the continued expansion of school services over the coming months. We can certainly look forward to the return of students for the start of our third term on Monday 12th April.


19 MAR 2021

A second meeting of the year with the Board of Governors, a Shrewsbury Parents Association virtual cocktail event and the launch of our latest musical production have kept me particularly well occupied through into the early hours of the evening this week - and I've enjoyed every precious moment. Given the challenging regional circumstances, we can consider ourselves fortunate to have enjoyed such positive regular contact. We appear to be in excellent shape, the end of term now fixed on the horizon.

Next week, I look forward to renewing connection with our School Management Committee. A second series of engagements with business contacts keen to explore connection on behalf of teams guiding mobility prompts consideration of a recent move to widen access to a programme of vaccination: we certainly hope that a strong uptake acts to guide the extension of school services and the return of more familiar social routines.


12 MAR 2021

Book Week marked the mid-point of the second half of term - and it proved to be a riotous celebration of literature marked most prominently by the digital visits of Lili Wilkinson and Jeremy Strong. Huge thanks to English Coordinator, Ms Caroline Kingston, and Librarian, Ms Beth McNeilly, for their efficient organisation and effervescent charm throughout.

Our week was also punctuated by the addition of school staff to the vaccination priority list. While extremely grateful to be able to support learning on campus for so many so often, we are hopeful that this news may allow us to broach a new threshold for education services in the not too distant future.

A meeting with the Board of Governors now stands prominently on the horizon and I very much look forward to engaging once more with trusted colleagues from across the globe.  


05 MAR 2021

A stunning Recital Concert stood as the highlight of an extraordinarily positive school week, that was further supplemented by a Twilight Campus Tour and an engagement with friends at the British Chamber.

Breeding confident, articulate and considered learners, performance opportunities have long underpinned our work at Shrewsbury. A series of beautifully presented solo performances on Thursday evening saw the neat segmentation of physical and digital engagement. Huge thanks to students, parents and staff for supporting so generously.

Now to look forward to Book Week and the arrival of Lili Wilkinson and Jeremy Strong. A flurry of literary themed activity, including a book cover design competition and dress up day will lead me neatly towards formal introduction to colleagues across the region as part of a FOBISIA Heads Business Meeting on Friday.


26 FEB 2021

With a vibrant Chinese New Year celebration now behind us, we have enjoyed a wonderful start to the second half of our second term. Students now back on campus for classes each morning, corridors resonate once more.

Increasingly regular attendance has inspired a series of engagements commonly characterised by an impressive level of focus and determination - learning spaces around the school have been abuzz with activity. Long may it continue.

A meeting with the School Management Committee this week leads us neatly towards a second meeting of the year with the Board of Governors, scheduled to take place later this term. Given the incredible changes to routine observed over the last four months, we have plenty to discuss.


19 FEB 2021

A few days on campus this week provided the opportunity to reflect, reengage with a set of emerging strategic priorities and finalise preparation for an upcoming meeting with our Board of Governors. 

On Monday, we begin a new phase of life on campus. Now able to host larger groups of students on a more regular basis, teachers will be keen to make the most of our time together. With a regional vaccination programme now on the way, we very much hope that a positive trajectory is now fixed for the medium term.

Next week will also feature the regular meeting of the School Management Committee. 


12 FEB 2021

A bright and vibrant three days brought the first half of our second term to a close - and is important to recognise the contribution made by the Chinese language team in particular as we mark the onset of the Year of the Ox.

With guidance from the Education Bureau now in place, we can look forward to the return of larger groups of students on campus on Monday 22nd February. Mindful of the ever-changing circumstances, we will continue to monitor the situation closely over the mid-term break.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year:

Kung Hei Fat Choi - 恭喜发财 !


05 FEB 2021

Preparation for Chinese New Year now in full swing, we have much to look forward to next week and the final few days of the first half of our second term. With our bus driver now out of hospital and seemingly on track to making a full recover following his Covid-19 diagnosis earlier this month, there are many reasons for good cheer as we enter the year of the Ox.

Following the flurry of news this week, parents will be keen to learn more about our schedule for resumption on return from the mid-term break. While continually alert to the periodic release of statements over the past 48 hours, it is important to recognise that we have not yet received formal confirmation of expectations from the Education Bureau. We remain committed however to working towards the very best possible position on behalf of all community members and will make direct contact at the earliest opportunity.

I remain deeply grateful: for the time we have enjoyed together so far this year, for the ever decreasing volume of cases observed in the region, and for the continued support of students, parents and staff.


29 JAN 2021

The inaugural meeting of Heads for a first Shrewsbury School International Seminar proved one of many highlights this week, with a spectacular mathematics workshop, a collection of evening interviews with prospective teaching candidates, and a series of meetings with mobility professionals from Manulife, Goldman Sachs and Société Générale all supporting a highly productive period. 

The start of February will lead us neatly towards Chinese New Year and anticipation is building for a celebratory assembly scheduled for broadcast on Wednesday 10th. With filming already underway, we have high hopes for a vibrant and colourful celebration. 

The resumption of bus services next week will be rightly celebrated, but our thoughts remain with the member of the bus team recently diagnosed with Covid-19 on their continued journey of recovery.


22 JAN 2021

With students now settled into the rhythm of our new routine, we have thoroughly enjoyed our time on campus this week. A series of evening meetings with teachers keen to join our growing community has ensured that I have been very well occupied at both ends of the working day. Meetings with friends at Fairchild and Victoria Kindergarten act to underline our longstanding commitment to regional partners, while reconnection with the Executive Committee provided an opportunity to reflect upon a set of emerging strategic priorities.

We celebrate Healthy Living next week with a sequence of interconnected activities designed to provoke reflection. I am also able to look forward to a first Shrewsbury School International Seminar and some quality time with Leo, Chris, Amanda and Rob. The end of January will likely then encourage an early glance towards Chinese New Year and the arrival of our mid-term break.


15 JAN 2021

Our first week back has proven to be both exhilarating and challenging - the jubilant return of students countered by the observation of a positive Covid-19 return among a member of our bus team. The response of the community has been exceptionally strong and I am as grateful as ever for the support I am able to draw upon. Our thoughts and best wishes remain centred upon a swift and successful recovery for the individual concerned.

Next week will see the start of our academic staff recruitment season and I very much look forward to engaging with those keen to join our growing team. With an interview schedule now emerging, there are likely to be a few long evenings on campus ahead.


08 JAN 2021

Fresh from a training day with staff led by our Teaching and Learning committee, I very much look forward to welcoming students back onto campus next week. As part of a split schedule, morning classes will be supplemented by the continuation and extension of our Online Learning Programme.

The return of students is a positive step forward at the start of what we hope will prove to be a conclusive next phase in the steady resumption of usual services regionwide over the course of the next twelve months. We will relish our time together and ensure that we maximise every available opportunity.


01 JAN 2021

Happy New Year!

With eyes now fixed on the start of our second term, I hope that all families have enjoyed a restful break thus far. I will be back on campus from Monday and look forward to reconnecting with our Operational Team, further developing our strategic aspiration in light of feedback gained from our first community survey, and engaging direct with the Education Bureau on their plans for possible resumption.

As ever, I look forward to the challenge and opportunity ahead.


25 DEC 2020

Still fresh from a morning hike, and now diligently working my way through the careful preparation of a root vegetable mountain, I write from my kitchen this week, on Friday 25th December.

With the festive season often centring upon feelings of togetherness, my thoughts this afternoon are with the many families who have been unable to connect this year. International schools serve international communities - and the vast majority of us are a long way from home. 

While I too feel hopeful that 2021 will prove kinder than her predecessor, I am deeply grateful for the lessons learned and enormously thankful for the support that we continue to receive.

Merry Christmas!


18 DEC 2020

A fantastic final week concluded with the delivery of report sets containing next steps for learning as we look forward: to 2021 and beyond, to gathering our community together once more, and to arising opportunity.

I hope that students, parents and staff enjoy the winter break. A period of rest will be broken on 8th January with the return of the academic team for a day of professional development led by our Teaching and Learning Committee - students will be back on 11th. 

Merry Christmas!


11 DEC 2020

The final school week of 2020 lies ahead. What an incredible year it has been. I choose to reflect positively and with a great deal of pride: circumstantial demands have often inspired. We will enter the new year (and a new term) with great optimism thanks to the resilience, determination and ingenuity presented by students, parents and staff alike. We remain united by a shared set of aspirations.

‘Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.’
Francis Bacon

Next week will see the arrival of Term 1 reports. Marked against a set of clearly defined age-related expectations, they will act to inform and guide our journey forward. With a provisional set of dates now available online, 2021 is now neatly mapped out. 

I am sure that our students will enjoy the finally flurry of engagement - a well deserved break awaits.


04 DEC 2020

With results from the 2020 Shrewsbury Community Survey now in, I am able to reflect positively upon a broad collection of observed strengths, including the happiness and security of students, communication across the organisation and the ambition and accessibility of school leaders. It is also clear that students, parents and staff feel hugely proud of their association with our school. Identified areas for development will drive the development of a new strategic plan which will act to guide our progress over the medium term.

Other highlights of the week have included the formalisation of our relationship with FOBISIA through associate membership and the considered binding of our longstanding relationship with Mills International Preschool.

Next week, I look forward to reconnecting with friends at the British Chamber, engaging with our Staff Committee and to taking part in a festive singalong as part of an end of term celebration.


27 NOV 2020

A remarkable pantomime showing leads us ever closer to December and onto the final phase of an extraordinary term. It was a production of colour, warmth and good humour, but an upbeat performance often belies the underlying commitment required to deliver at such fine tempo - I have reminded students that their hard work and determination will always be the most significant cause for celebration.

With our recruitment window now open, early candidate assessment has drawn much of my attention this week - that, a grand campus tour and a meeting with the Shrewsbury Parents Association to explore their Articles of Association.

Our first Community Survey will close on Monday. Next week will provide me with an opportunity to conduct an initial review of the findings. I very much look forward to exploring results in more detail - they will act to inform a strategic review designed to guide our onward journey over the medium term.


20 NOV 2020

With news of the suspension of classes up to Year 4 (or P3 in the local system) breaking at the very end of the week, our academic team have done an exceptional job in rallying round to ensure that parents are well informed ahead of Monday as we move online once more.

I am able to reflect with great pride upon the standard of learning evident in classrooms since our return to campus, but we have long suspected that an ability to transition fluidly and learn creatively would define our forward journey. A series of digital workshops, routine collaboration cross conference and the filming of a video pantomime short would suggest that our skillset is suitably well refined.

We head into the weekend with great optimism: tomorrow morning I will be joined by members of the academic team at an International Schools Fair hosted by friends at the South China Morning Post.

The festive season is almost upon us - it will bring us together, stronger, always.


13 NOV 2020

An incredible week packed with activity concluded with the unfortunate news that Early Years classes will be suspended across Hong Kong for the coming two weeks. Shrewsbury families will be reassured to learn that our Online Learning Programme is ready for immediate launch. Informed by the experiences of students, parents and staff, it offers a broad and balanced framework that promotes regular social contact and small group interaction, while safeguarding the experiences of the many families who require a flexible and adaptable programme of study.

With a keen eye on the International Schools Festival scheduled to take place on 21st November hosted by our friends at the South China Morning Post, I also look forward to attending a second parent workshop on the theme of reading for pleasure and an assembly led by Year 3 next week. December now on the horizon, I have also been watching the emergence of what promises to be an extravagant pantomime performance led by students in Year 5 and 6.


06 NOV 2020

What a pleasure it has been to welcome students back onto campus this week following a brief mid-term break. With embedded routines supporting the continuation of lunch services, swimming lessons and co-curricular activity, we have a great deal to be thankful for.

The first meeting of our newly elected Student Councillors, a digital tour for prospective parents and a meeting with the Shrewsbury Parents Association stand as particular highlights - colourful House Team displays marked an appropriately celebratory end. With the results of our first full school community survey also beginning to drift in, it is clear that we have a great deal to be proud of and a great deal of ambition for the future.

Next week, I will begin the first in a series of formal classroom visits connected to our performance management cycle and can look forward to welcoming friends from the Department for International Trade at the British Chamber and the Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Kindergarten group onto campus.


30 OCT 2020

Well rested and raring to go, I thoroughly look forward to the return of students on Tuesday. And on the theme of reconnection, I fully expect that a flurry of scheduled engagements will all add vibrancy to what promises to be a fascinating first week. Meetings with our School Supervisor and Director of Schools will be supplemented by the opportunity to connect with International Development Director at Shrewsbury School, Mr Maghin Tamilarasan, and another touchpoint with colleagues at the British Chamber.

Before then, an opportunity to meet prospective families at the Kindergarten Fair tomorrow courtesy of our friends at The Standard and a professional development day for the academic team centring on language development and curriculum revision.


23 OCT 2020

A meeting with the Board of Governors and an exceptional set of musical performances during our first recital evening of the year provided a fitting end to a remarkable first half term. A break next week comes well earned - the time away will provide an opportunity to recuperate, reflect and plan for next steps designed to further accelerate academic progress. 

Our time together so far this year has been rather more heavily punctuated than we may have hoped. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible professionalism of a school team that has had a profound impact upon the lives of students and families. 

And I look forward to engaging again in November - first for a day of academic development guided by our Curriculum Committee and then to the arrival of students on Tuesday 3rd.


16 OCT 2020

It was a great honour to be able to introduce parents of students in Key Stage 2 to Mr Leo Winkley, Headmaster at Shrewsbury School, and Mr Rob Fox, Headmaster at Packwood Haugh, this week. Their digital presentation provided a neat illustration of the depth of our connection and presented an alluring option for students as they near graduation. Forming part of a Secondary School Selection programme able to cite an exceptional record of successful individualised placement, we look forward to exploring the preferences of families, in due course.

A meeting with the Board of Governors will support the conclusion of our first half term. Shaped most prominently by the content of a written report spanning the course of yet another extraordinary period of successful operation, it will be a pleasure to reconnect.


09 OCT 2020

It was a privilege to welcome representatives of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia, Mr John Gwyn Jones and Ms Margaret Rafee, onto campus this week - they were effusive in their praise of students, parents and staff. And I can entirely understand why: an extraordinary focus has been tangibly evident within classrooms all week. A new set of routines now well embedded, we will continue to make the most of our time together.

Parent Teacher Conferences have proven a huge success too, and we now look forward to hosting Mr Leo Winkley and Mr Rob Fox, Headmasters of Shrewsbury School and Packwood Haugh, respectively. They will lead a session for parents of children in Key Stage 2 on the benefits of British boarding and the continuation of a Shrewsbury education. The event forms part of a well celebrated Secondary School Selection programme, now able to cite an exceptional track record for individualised support.


02 OCT 2020

With all students now back on campus for full school days, our week has been filled with jubilation. Classrooms and corridors full of life, I remain exceedingly grateful for the diligence of students and the support of parents. I must also highlight the incredible commitment of school staff, each of whom have contributed generously to the success of our first few days together.

Providing an informative touchpoint centring upon the way in which children have settled into their new routine, a first round of Parent Teacher Conferences will begin next week on Tuesday - it will be a pleasure to reconnect.

We will also be joined by Mr John Gwyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), as we explore membership of a school group with a proud tradition. Bolstering opportunities connected to student participation and professional development, close association would bring significant benefit to all members of our community. In addition to their core education purpose, the Federation also serves as a respected voice on educational issues and makes informed contributions to the UK government on issues and policies that affect British schools overseas.

I hope families enjoy the remainder of the long weekend - 中秋快乐。


25 SEP 2020

Following a successful series of orientation sessions, the return of students in Key Stage 2 has proven enormously significant - our campus, once more, is full of life, laughter and learning. 

I stand in great admiration of the way in which our students have responded to several small but significant adjustments to emerging routines on return. Their diligence and maturity have been both impressive and affecting. I would also like to highlight the incredible support we have received from parents - their kindness, generosity and considerate observance of arising guidance continues to be well recognised and much appreciated.

Next week will bring another round of excitement as Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes resume. And our patience will be well rewarded: full school days await.


18 SEP 2020

This week saw the return of our youngest students for orientation sessions led by our academic team ahead of their return for full school days later this month. A particularly critical juncture in the journey of those new to the school, Early Years classes were first to return on Wednesday. 

Other highlights included a conference call with City Campus Principal, Ms Amanda Dennison, centring on high quality learning, a meeting with the Executive Committee and a first gathering of the British Chamber's Education Committee this academic year.

Next week will see the return of Key Stage 2, first for orientation and then the resumption of usual services, to include a full Co-Curricular programme, thanks to the generous support of the Education Bureau. While application required a huge amount of work, we are extremely well prepared and will cherish every moment afforded to us.


11 SEP 2020

With plans for the return of students for full days on campus from 23rd September now with parents, school has been abuzz with activity in preparation for class group orientation next week.

An evening webinar, hosted by the Shrewsbury Parents' Association, proved to be a useful opportunity to further explore the planning process. Preparation for implementation has proven complex and we will need to be patient upon return as new routines settle.

And I've been busy with prospective parents too, almost 100 chose to join our live digital tour this week. A brief introduction to the unique benefits of primary-centred education was followed by an extended walk around campus, to include a series of exclusive classroom visits. No doubt, it's a format we will revisit.


04 SEP 2020

With news of possible resumption breaking on Monday, much of my time this week has been spent in engagement with the Education Bureau. I am delighted to be able to share that it remains our firm intention to welcome all Shrewsbury students safely back to campus for full school days before the end of the month.

Preparations for the personal hosting of a digital tour group have also been gaining momentum this week. Scheduled to take place at 10:00 on Thursday 10th September, I understand that subscriptions from prospective parents have been growing at quite an unprecedented rate. I'll be acting as presenter and camera operator as we journey around campus mid-morning and very much look forward to sharing a view of the online learning programme in action.


28 AUG 2020

We have thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with students and families during our first school week of the new academic year.

With class teachers supporting daily connection in small groups, extended and specialist provision is available on-demand. And while we remain committed to continual reflection, the balance we have been able to achieve is serving us well so far. The campus is brimming with engagement.

I have also benefited from the opportunity to engage with our wider support network this week. Discussions with Shrewsbury Riverside Principal, Mr Chris Seal, and Director of Schools, Dr Tim Nuttall, exhibited our collaborative capacity, while engagements with the British Consulate and Education Bureau acted to underpin the strength of our regional position.


21 AUG 2020

A whirlwind week of induction was (somewhat poetically) marked by the arrival of a typhoon early on Wednesday morning - the readiness of staff, who moved swiftly online, proved to be another interesting alignment: details relating to our revised and rebooted online learning programme are now with parents. 

The schedule for learning at the start of the 2020/21 Academic Year has been informed by a wealth of shared experience. Mornings will be spent in the company of others, thanks to a live registration session and a host of small group conferences - specialist provision will be predominantly delivered via recorded and downloadable content, accessible at any time of day. Semi-structured extension activity will allow families to move at their own pace, according to individual circumstance. Our programme offers breadth, balance and accessibility.

Planned, prepared and raring to go, now we look forward: to a series of orientation meetings with parents and students tomorrow, and then on to the first day of a new academic year. I, for one, can't wait!


14 AUG 2020

With the new academic year now on the horizon, I reflect on a positive week in which we were able to draw directly from the experience of our parent community in advance of a return to online learning.

Both broad and balanced, provision has been shaped by a framework that promotes regular social contact and small group interaction, while safeguarding the experiences of the many families who require a flexible and adaptable programme of study. With preparation now drawing to a conclusion, I look forward to exploring successful delivery with the full breadth of the academic team during what promises to be a busy induction period next week.

Up first: a morning walk with our newest teammates fresh from quarantine...


07 AUG 2020

Perhaps the most dramatic events of the week have centred upon the arrival of new colleagues from the UK. Now safely located in their apartments, they are scheduled to emerge in good time for induction and the start of a new school year.

As we begin to shape plans for what we understand is likely to be a digital launch, it has been extremely helpful to draw upon the experiences of parents via survey. While responses are still coming in, identifiable patterns have already begun to emerge. The process of provision planning however comes with an ongoing commitment to continuous dialogue. Next week, I will work alongside our academic leaders in an effort to find the very best possible initial form. 

I also look forward to engaging with the TES team on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for a webinar on recruitment and retention. And then a rescheduled meeting with our Executive Committee, before induction begins on Monday 17th August.


31 JUL 2020

Information shared during a conversation with the Education Secretary at the beginning of the week suggests that we are likely to experience periodic disruption to educational services in the region once again this year. Given the mounting severity of the outbreak in Hong Kong, this is unlikely to come as a surprise, but will no doubt place additional pressure on parents of young children in particular. Now in the process of drafting a letter, due for delivery early next week, I share one key message: we are in this together.

The week has also brought the opportunity to connect once more with our friends at the American International School. Based in Kowloon Tong and offering pathways onto a wide range of universities with the advanced award of credits, they are keen to support our individualised selection programme in order to support smooth transition for Shrewsbury students.

I now look forward to hearing more on the arrival of our newest recruits - they have a big weekend and an exciting journey with the Shrewsbury family ahead!


24 JUL 2020

A productive first week back on campus has allowed me to complete a series of interviews for prospective operational candidates, run a keen eye over copy for our 2019/20 Year Book and re-engage with plans for the arrival of new academic staff. 

With a watchful eye on regional statistics, my return has also triggered a flurry of discussions centring upon the wide range of factors likely to influence the resumption of school services in August. It seems probable that we will continue to feel the impact of periodic variance in the applied control measures for some time and it is important therefore that we have a rational view on best possible response, keen as ever to secure campus access for students at the earliest possible opportunity.

Next week will see our newest recruits touch down here in Hong Kong - I wish them all the very best for the journey and look forward to connecting digitally shortly after arrival.


17 JUL 2020

While thoroughly enjoying the warmth of summer and a second consecutive week away from campus, my mind now drifts to the start of a new academic year and the arrival of our newest academic team members. With renewed guidance recently introduced, we watch closely for impact in the hope that August supports a smooth start. 

I will be back in the office next week and look forward to engaging with the Education Bureau as we seek to deliver the best possible service for Shrewsbury families. I will be excited to hear from our operational team too, who I know have been working diligently in their engagement of families new to the region and looking to join our ambitious learning community.


10 JUL 2020

My first week away from campus has provided an opportunity for rest and reflection. Time with family generally revolves around a mid-day nap and the punctual delivery of snacks on request. Offering a routine of rather different pace, our newly acquired rhythm is both precious and simply irreplicable during term time. 

Like every family in the region, we watch arising news and emerging trends with great interest. While the next few months are likely to require continued diligence, I am optimistic for the medium term and very much look forward to the start of another new school year.


03 JUL 2020

The first week of our summer break has proven to be enormously productive. Digital meetings with newly appointed Director of Schools, Dr Tim Nuttall, and Shrewsbury School's International Development Director, Mr Maghin Tamilarasan, supplemented a great deal of work on the ground with our Operational Team.

Preparation for the arrival of the newest additions to our teaching team is also well underway and, with working visas successfully obtained, I look forward to speaking to them direct tomorrow afternoon. Induction materials are in place and the schedule is set - we now watch closely for arising news on the regional position for August.

Next week - a break from campus for the first time in a while.


26 JUN 2020

Our third and final term was neatly marked by the crowning of Bauhinia House as champions for the 2019/20 Academic Year.

The race was closely run and final position changed several times as the final count was made. It was a fitting conclusion to what has been a tumultuous year of change, adaptation and growth. The last few months have brought lessons of great adversity - they leave us in fine shape and ready for the journey ahead. 

With most families likely to remain in Hong Kong for the duration of the summer break, I would urge them to make the most of their time together - Hong Kong offers us so much to explore and discover.

I plan to take a short break in July, but very much look forward to the return of a new school year after what is likely to be a very productive summer period working alongside our operational team. 


19 JUN 2020

The digital graduation of our Year 6 class was the thrilling highlight of an exceptionally positive final full week with students before the arrival of the summer break. With places secured at some of the most prestigious schools in the region, I very much look forward to hearing more once everyone has settled in.

We draw the term to a close next week with the launch of our virtual choir, featuring international contribution, and the award of our House Cup.

It has been a truly exceptional year. Exhausting and invigorating in equal measure, I have a great deal to be thankful for: the determination of students, the support of parents, the expertise of staff. The 2019/20 Academic Year will live long in the memory.


12 JUN 2020

The Board of Governors were keen to express their gratitude and admiration of students, parents and staff this week during a meeting that marked the close of Term 3 and the end of an extraordinary year.

Preparation of my termly report prompted great reflection. We have seen the world change in just a few short months. And while we hope the end may now be in sight, we must make good use of the lessons learned. The recent return of students, offering insight, ambition and wit, allows me to feel highly optimistic for the future.

Most immediately, I look forward to engaging with parents of children in Year 5 tomorrow morning, as our Secondary School Selection cycle concludes. Perhaps the most critical marker of our success in this area has proven to be the graduation of our Year 6 cohort - the broad range of schools and systems represented as points of destination stands as true testament to our wider commitment towards personalisation.

I also look ahead to the crowning of House Champions - at last count, just 30 points split the top three teams...


05 JUN 2020

With safe routines now in place, we focus with increasing exclusivity upon educational outcomes and plans for celebration: the graduation of The Class of 2019/20 will take place on Thursday 18th June. Secured places are gloriously varied and stand as true testament to the individualisation of the selection process undertaken.

Between now and then, a final meeting with the Board of Governors and a secondary school selection meeting on Saturday with families and students in Year 5. The announcement of our very first House champions will follow shortly thereafter.

As we approach the end of a heavily disrupted year, I encourage you to revel in the time remaining. We all hope for a peaceful summer and the chance to start afresh and renewed in August 2020.


29 MAY 2020

We've enjoyed a wonderful first full week back on campus and, while our time together has been necessarily restrained, it has been a pleasure to reconnect. 

Diligently supported by our cleaning and security teams, the arrival and departure of students has been particularly sensitively managed, before the routine deep-clean begins. While mornings often whizz by, students have proven adept at moving online and continue to delight digitally at home during the afternoon.

It seems only fitting at this particular juncture to highlight the incredible fortitude of our academic team, who have repeatedly risen to the challenges of suspension and deserve all credit for the steady and considered reintroduction of students. Most a long way from home, they have given so much and prioritised the needs of others at every turn. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside such a highly skilled and deeply committed team. 

This week also provided an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues in Bangkok who are in the process of exploring resumption themselves. As ever, we stand together in great solidarity.


22 MAY 2020

After a period of 117 days, the return of students to campus this week was much celebrated, and rightly so. Three days with a reduced group has afforded us an invaluable opportunity to reflect upon emerging routine. We will be joined on Monday by those in Years 1, 2 and 3. And I can't wait!

We will soon look more certainly towards the arrival of our third meeting with the Board of Governors this year - my report is brimming with detail following an unusually complex sequence of events. It will be lovely to reconnect and reflect upon the challenges we have faced, before glancing towards the year ahead.

I also look forward to catching up with the education team at the South China Morning Post on Friday, as we work to develop a short presentation on school selection strategies for parents.


15 MAY 2020

With a little digital support, I have had the great pleasure of meeting a broad selection of ambitious practitioners keen to join the Shrewsbury team this week. Connecting online is no easy task and interviews have often run late into the evening in order to best accommodate those working to a European schedule, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and look forward to drawing final conclusions together early next week.

I also look forward with great expectation to the return of students in Years 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday. Part of a phased part-day return, school life will not be exactly as we remember, but it will be lovely to reconnect in person after such a long time apart - I can only imagine that our parents are just as excited as their children!


08 MAY 2020

It was with real delight that I was able to share plans for the possible return of students to campus with parents this week. 

The proposal submitted to the Education Bureau followed a great deal of collaborative exploration. And therein lies perhaps one of the great ironies of what has been an incredibly testing period: in spite of the need to enforce physical distance, the spread of Covid-19 has often acted to draw us closer together. We now begin preparation for 20th May in the hope that environmental conditions continue to support successful delivery.

I concluded the week with a digital get-together with a group of new recruits. Appointed in January, they will be joined by a second selection of ambitious teachers keen to join us here at Shrewsbury gathered as a result of interviews scheduled for next week.


01 MAY 2020

While a little shorter than usual, my week has been no less eventful. Two key meetings have acted to support a positive reflection and help to provide a sense of real (if cautious) optimism for the medium term.

The first was hosted by Education Secretary, Mr Kevin Yeung. Keen to explore of the strengths and limitations of the international school sector as the government considers the phased reopening of schools, we look forward to learning more and very much hope to see students back on campus before the arrival of the summer break.

The second was hosted by our new Director of Schools, Dr Tim Nuttall. An invigorating discussion underlined the enormous potential of the connections and relationships we share within and across our family of schools. Huge opportunity for students, families and staff lie therein.


24 APR 2020

We've enjoyed a hugely productive start to Term 3 with levels of online engagement as high as ever - it's been lovely to reconnect with so many students. And they have a lot to look forward to over the next few weeks with the introduction of group conferencing and the incremental rise in live sessions.

With a programme centred upon the benefits of on-demand services, the balance of activity available to students has been a continual point of discussion in light of the changing circumstances experienced by Shrewsbury parents. We will continue to adjust of course, in search of absolute equilibrium.

I look forward to a late afternoon conference with Class Representatives today, before we head into a shorter than usual week that will be marked by a first meeting with our new Director of Schools, Dr Tim Nuttall.


17 APR 2020

Back on campus ahead of the start of Term 3, my work this week has centred upon re-connection with our operational team, the Education Committee at the British Chamber and the Education Bureau. As we prepare to enter a tenth week of suspension, it is impossible to avoid a hopeful glance at what appears to be a positive emerging trend - maintaining personal diligence will be critical in the continued fight against viral spread however.

The return of our online learning programme will see renewed focus placed upon the challenges faced by working parents, a second round of Parent Teacher Conferences and the introduction of group conferencing, bound by a common code of conduct. With a three week notice period driving eventual school return, we can now plan through April and into May with a degree of certainty. We all hope to see the swiftest possible resumption of usual services thereafter.


10 APR 2020

With the decision to freeze fees for the 2020/21 academic year safely delivered, I have taken the opportunity to spend a little time away from campus with my family this week. Founding parents will likely remember the arrival of my young son - having recently turned two, days have been particularly eventful but no less soothing.

The break has been peppered with occasional touch points of course and I am in regular contact with colleagues on campus. One particular highlight was the hour spent listening to British Consul General Andy Heyn talk about the regional response to the threat of viral spread and the support services currently being offered by his team. Next week, I will gather with fellow British Chamber Education Committee members to reflect and plan collectively for the journey ahead.


03 APR 2020

Today marks the end of a term like no other. Recent parent survey feedback validates the incredible effort of an academic team who have worked tirelessly to develop and deliver an ever-more sophisticated series of engagements for students - it also highlights the enormity of the challenge facing families during a period of extended isolation. We continue to work closely in partnership, as committed as ever.

With new House Team names confirmed, news that Anise House has maintained a slender lead confirms their position as favourites to be the very first recipient of the Shrewsbury House Cup at the end of the year - Hook, Balsam, Krasser, Hutch and Bauhinia Houses remain in hot pursuit!

To parents and friends of the school, I wish you all the very best for the end of Spring Term break. Restricted as I know your movement will be, you are doing an excellent job at an extremely difficult time. Be kind to yourself and be kind to those around you.


27 MAR 2020

A second survey of parents followed an extended digital meeting with Class Representatives this week, as we continue to reflect in order to refine our online learning programme. Questions centre around two universally relevant themes during these troubled times: motivation and connection. I look forward to sharing results next week.

The renaming of Houses has dominated digital dialogue. Initially named in honour of Founding Graduates (Chau, Chen, Choi, Lian, Lo and Wu), the new titles are hotly anticipated. Led by Student Representatives, we expect a final announcement imminently.

Next week will be the last of a truly exceptional Term. Very few of us would have dared to forecast the application of such an extended period of suspension when we first received notice from the Education Bureau at the onset of Chinese New Year. Yet here we are - eight weeks in. The journey has tested us all.

I feel deeply humbled by the support and kindness I have received - students, parents and staff: thank you. 


20 MAR 2020

A meeting with the Deputy Secretary of Education on Wednesday acted to underline the willingness and creativity of city leaders keen to explore the various challenges currently faced by schools and families. Remaining united during a period of such great turmoil will serve us well - continued dialogue drives mutual understanding.

Ongoing discussion with the School Management Committee and advisory Board of Governors has also proven productive. They plan to reach out to Shrewsbury parents next week with an offer of direct support to those in greatest need. Families keen to explore the relationships we share (and the expertise we are able to draw upon) in more detail can now do so via a dedicated policy document available on our website here.

With breaking news from Europe and the United States dominating headlines - our thoughts remain with those most severely affected. We watch closely to observe the impact of regional travel restrictions and wait in hope for news on return for Term 3.


13 MAR 2020

A significant portion of my week has been spent in close communication with school leaders outside of Hong Kong keen to explore our journey through suspension - first on the list was a call with Shrewsbury School and International Development Director, Mr Maghin Tamilarasan. We face a unique set of challenges here of course, but many of the lessons learned have proven useful for others.

Back at home, the impact of an increasingly regular set of engagements designed to stoke personal engagement is becoming clear. For students, parents and teachers, the opportunity to connect is immeasurably valuable. An extended period of relative social isolation has taken a toll. With three weeks remaining before the end of term, we are all hopeful of a return to campus on 20th April.

Next week, I journey to Central Government Offices to meet with the Deputy Secretary for Education, Ms Priscilla Ho, and connect once more with our Executive Committee.


06 MAR 2020

An excellent (digital) meeting with the Board of Governors and School Management Committee last night opened with a full and firm recognition of the outstanding work being undertaken by the school team during a uniquely challenging period. Book Week stands as a shining example of their creativity, adaptability and flair.

Special readings, live learning sessions and (book themed) potato decoration have enthralled students and delivered record levels of engagement. Continued diligence in regard to the variety of connection afforded to families through our online learning programme stands as a key response to the outcome of a recent parent survey centred upon wider well-being - a recognition that 'the more regularly children access the online learning platform, the more motivated and connected they feel' stands as a real validation of the quality of service already available.

Next week, I look forward to connecting with International Development Director at Shrewsbury School, Mr Maghin Tamilarasan, as our host school consider best possible response to arising risk.


28 FEBRUARY 2020

News of extended suspension landed on Tuesday, bringing with it renewed pressure on families regionwide. In spite of the obvious challenges we face, I have every reason to feel grateful: I serve an ambitious and considerate parent community and work alongside an extraordinarily dedicated academic team, united by a drive to best serve the children in our care, in spite of truly exceptional circumstance. Return of a parent survey will provide more specific detail on the scope of our online learning platform and the wider wellbeing of our community.

With Monday a designated holiday, we now look forward to the arrival of Book Week. Hosted by English Coordinator, Ms Caroline Kingston, and Librarian, Ms Beth McNeilly, students can look forward to a broad range of literary inspired activity, including a staff presentation of The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywait.

A full (digital) meeting of the Board of Governors and the School Management Committee will take place on Thursday.


21 FEBRUARY 2020

Home and school connection was further enhanced this week with the arrival of Parent Teacher Conferences. Conducted online, individualised targets shared within Term 1 Reports have provided structure to meetings necessarily centred upon the wider wellbeing of students. The launch of our mobile library and a Recital Evening of digital incarnation provided further flourish to the academic programme.

An audience with the Chief Executive on Thursday morning came as a result of excellent work by colleagues at the British Chamber. Our meeting proved to be extremely positive, offering both support and clarity on a broad range of shared challenges. Further connection will be made next week as the Education Committee gather once more ahead of a lunch meeting with Mr Paul McCombe, Director General for Trade and Investment.

Parents are reminded that the 2nd March has been designated as a school holiday.


14 FEBRUARY 2020

I have said before that challenging times often bring communities together - and it is with great pride that I have observed the diligence and fortitude of students, parents and staff through our shared digital platform. The impact of positive social connection on our wider sense of wellbeing is palpable.

While we all understand that further suspension acts as a necessary control measure to combat further spread of Convid-19, the pang of disappointment upon receipt of formal notification yesterday afternoon hit many hard. We all want to see the resumption of regular service and I continue to work closely with both the British Chamber and colleagues across the region in an attempt to explore every avenue of opportunity. 

Next week will see the launch of our mobile library and a series of digitally driven Parent Teacher Conferences. I very much look forward to hearing your news and, of course, to the return of students and classes at the earliest possible opportunity.


07 FEBRUARY 2020

We've enjoyed a wonderful first week back at school, marked most notably by the creativity and enthusiasm exhibited by students, parents and teachers: response to the launch of our online platform has been fantastic. Fresh from filming our Star of the Week award in the Auditorium, I look forward to hearing more about the broad range of learning outcomes submitted next week. 

Plans for upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences now emerging, I very much look forward to welcoming the academic team back onto campus on Monday for our regular briefing - we also look ahead to a busy tour schedule for prospective parents thanks to the continued efforts of our wonderful Marketing and Admissions Teams and a visit from our friends at Hong Kong Living.


31 JANUARY 2020

Much of the focus of the operational team this week has been placed upon the rescheduling of events in light of a recent announcement by the Education Bureau leading an extension of the mid-term break - a flurry of private campus tours have certainly kept the Admissions Team warm. As we cast an eye beyond our immediate surroundings, thoughts remain with those most significantly affected by events unfolding.

Monday will see the return of our academic team for a pre-scheduled training day, before we endeavour to reconnect with students via a timetabled programme of online learning - we look forward to hearing about their time away from school. I also have high hopes for an upcoming engagement with the Executive Committee before I consider formation of my termly Governors Report.


24 JANUARY 2020

A return from Shropshire was impeccably timed - we have enjoyed a week of colour, dance, language and culture in celebration of the arrival of Chinese New Year. 

Culminating in a remarkable retelling of a story centred around an incredible animal race and a drumming performance offering both verve and vibrancy, I would like to thank everyone able to support events this week - contribution has been both broad and generous. 

I do hope that families enjoy their time together during a mid-term break that falls a little earlier than usual. We very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday 4th February.

May the year ahead bring health, happiness and prosperity.

Kung Hei Fat Choi - 新年快乐


17 JANUARY 2020

A wonderful (if wet) week in Shropshire, has proven hugely productive. Generously hosted by friends and colleagues at Shrewsbury School, I have worked closely with City Campus Principal, Ms Amanda Dennison in an effort to extend our talented academic teams - and we have not been disappointed. Our reputation has framed conversations neatly and I now look forward to a succession of Prep School visits with regional partners.

Relationships with Packwood Haugh, Moor Park and Terra Nova continue to bloom. I am particularly looking forward to spending a little time with 2019 Shrewsbury graduate, Harris, following a conversation with Director of Music, Mr John More, who was keen to share news of grand success.

I return to Hong Kong over the weekend and look forward to catching up on preparations for Chinese New Year - a celebration of colour, dance and song awaits!


10 JANUARY 2020

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the wider school community, our newest group of families have settled extraordinarily well. With many travelling into Hong Kong for the first time over the winter break, I know that they have been hugely appreciative of the warm welcome - and for the opportunity to connect so directly during a coffee morning for parents hosted by the Shrewsbury Parents' Association earlier today.

Following our successful return, I write in advance of a brief trip to the UK. During my time away from Hong Kong, I will be based in Shropshire and in search of the very best teaching talent. As our school community grows in volume, it also grows in strength and diversity. I also look forward to spending time with colleagues, friends and graduates - and then to returning in good time to join Chinese New Year celebrations!


03 JANUARY 2020

The start of 2020 marks a point of absolute equilibrium - I have now served as the Principal at Shrewsbury for 18 months prior and 18 months subsequent to our formal opening in August 2018. An enormous adventure, our journey has been both challenging and exhilarating. We are now in an enviable position and look forward with great aspiration.

Our first employee, I was quickly joined by a small but determined group of colleagues keen to make their mark. Campus visits required a hard hat and we spent a lot of time with architectural advisers before the move to our freshly refurbished Central based Admissions Office. Policy planning and curriculum development followed before the pre-operational team moved for the final time: Shek Kok Road became our permanent abode.

In August 2018, the faith of the founding community was secured, as we introduced a buoyant collection of excited students to our newly-arrived academic team. From 50 to almost 90 employees, we continue to move from strength to strength, offering a uniquely ambitious programme of specialist study to a burgeoning group of primary-aged students. We continue to benefit enormously from the support of parents who have demonstrated commitment, connection and pride.

While our shared accomplishments have been significant, we have great plans for the future and much yet to achieve. I very much look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday and to a term that will bring a thrilling variety of experience and opportunity.

27 DECEMBER 2019

Fresh from a restful week with the family, I now look forward to catching up with the operational team on Monday. Shortlisting for advertised teaching positions with be high priority ahead of my return to the UK (and Shropshire) early in the new year. 

Our thoughts will turn quickly to the arrival of Chinese New Year when we welcome students back in on 6th January - an early mid-term break will mark the mid-point in the 2019/20 academic year.


20 DECEMBER 2019

The final few days of term saw House teams take to stage for a singing competition judged by a very special judge who rode in at a busy time of year especially.

The final few days of term also allow for a little more flexibility than you might ordinarily find in a usual school week. Time spent reviewing strategic documentation will prove well invested over the course of the year.

I will be based in Hong Kong for the winter break and very much look forward to spending time with my wife and son, away from our work-life routine. 

I would like to wish the Shrewsbury community all the very best for the week ahead, however you choose to spend it.

Merry Christmas!


13 DECEMBER 2019

Our final full week of the term brought frivolity and festive cheer in the shape of a Christmas Concert and an Auditorium packed to the rafters. Parents cheered as students delivered a creative mix of traditional fare through occasionally contemporary arrangement: a boomwhacker rendition of the The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker was a particular highlight.

The final two days of the week saw the arrival of Dr Eric Jabal, School Support and Evaluation Officer at the Council of International Schools (CIS). The CIS code of ethics and framework of standards were at the heart of our planning since formation and it has been a real privilege to begin our journey of partnership through aspirational school development this week.

While we have plenty to look forward to during the final three days of term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, families and staff for their generosity and warmth. I hope you all enjoy a restful break and very much look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th January 2020.


06 DECEMBER 2019

Another week at Shrewsbury, another memorable performance - this time from our youngest students in Early Years classes. Cheered on by a raucous crowd of parents, children took to stage to deliver a series of seasonal delights and lead a host of sing-a-long classics. We look forward to more musical performance next week as children across the school lead our annual Christmas Concert. 

We also welcome onto campus Dr Eric Jabal, Evaluation Officer for the Council of International Schools. Dr Jabal's visit represents the very first step towards ever closer affiliation with a community of schools that share a commitment to global citizenship and the highest educational standards.


29 NOVEMBER 2019

An extraordinary Pantomime performance presented by students in Year 5 and 6 this week received rapturous adulation, and rightly so. They took to stage with confidence, grace and a spectacular collection of colourful outfits.

Outstanding performance belies a great deal of hard work however. And it is in the development of such a production that many of the grandest benefits lie. The steady development of an articulate voice requires patience, determination and tenacity. To the students and adults involved, I offer my congratulations and thanks.

Next week, we welcome our youngest students into the limelight for an Early Years Christmas performance. If rehearsals are anything to go by, we are in for a treat!


22 NOVEMBER 2019

How wonderful to see the return of students after a brief period of regional suspension. And what a way to end the week: in House colours, proud and full of good cheer.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the extraordinary efforts of the school team. Academic, operational and auxiliary staff alike have worked with enthusiasm and camaraderie to ensure the consistent provision of high quality engagements under testing circumstances. I am also highly appreciative for the support and patience shown by our parent body during this challenging period. We all look forward to the return of full operation as soon as possible.

Next week, the festive season begins with the arrival of our Christmas tree and a Thursday afternoon pantomime!


15 NOVEMBER 2019

At the end of a heavily disrupted week, I write only to wish our families and students a safe and comfortable weekend. School staff look forward to returning to normal operation at the earliest possible opportunity.

In the meantime, we continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with parents regarding academic provision through our virtual learning environment.


8 NOVEMBER 2019

I have spent the vast majority of my time this week with students - and what a pleasure it has been. Committed, diligent and extraordinarily keen to learn, they made a particularly positive impression on our friends at Ex Cathedra, who brought their usual sparkle to sessions for children across the school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob, Ruairi and Sally for inspiring such joy and acting to support our wider commitment to music and the performing arts. The benefits of this particular investment were in full display during our assembly this afternoon, as Year 2 took to the stage with great poise and enormous charm.

Next week, we can look forward to the visit of Ms Debbie Brown, Assistant Principal of the Prep School at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, a coffee morning with Class Representatives and our second class-led assembly in succession.


1 NOVEMBER 2019

The successful visit of the Board of Governors and the hosting of a fabulous evening event for representative parents marked the end of another wonderful and event-packed week here at Shrewsbury.

Historian, Mr Bill Lake, worked with a selection of students in Key Stage 2 on the role played by troops located in Hong Kong during World War 2; Director of Mills International Preschool, Deirdre McCloskey, dropped in to discuss partnership opportunities; and representatives from Top Schools, Santa Fe, OEP Asia and ITS Education Asia gathered for an open discussion on the subject of the Greater Bay Area.

I look forward to connecting with partners and friends at the British Chamber next week during our regular Education Committee meeting, while parents of children in 2LG can look forward to the return of class assembly performances!


25 OCTOBER 2019

The school campus has been eerily quiet this week. What fun it will be to catch up with teaching staff on Monday before we welcome students back in on Tuesday for the start of the second half of term.

Our first week back will feature the arrival of the Board of Governors, who will meet on Thursday morning before hosting the Shrewsbury Parents' Association for supper.

Families will also be thrilled to hear news of the imminent return of our good friends at Ex-Cathedra on the 4th and 5th November.


18 OCTOBER 2019

We have enjoyed a fabulous end to our first half term - a Solo Recital Concert and an Athletics Meet drew great adulation from Shrewsbury families, and rightly so. Specialist teams hosted with aplomb and students rose to the occasion magnificently. An active few days, but all absolutely joyous.

The week concluded with a first update on House Points. Chen House have taken an early lead with Wu House and Lo House hot on their heels. The House Cup will not be awarded until June however, so there is still plenty to play for.

Next week, families can look forward to a mid-term break. I do hope that it brings an opportunity to rest, to recuperate and to revel in the relationships we share away from school. We look forward to bringing our community together once more on Tuesday 29th October.


11 OCTOBER 2019

Parent Teacher Consultations concluded this week and they have proven enormously productive. Discussions have surrounded the successful setting of children into new class and year groups. And with many families still settling into life here in Hong Kong, parents have been particularly appreciative of the care and diligence paid to this process by the academic team.

Next week will be our last before a mid-term break and there is plenty to look forward to. A Recital Evening on Wednesday will be followed by our first Athletics Meet on Thursday and a House Team launch assembly on Friday.

Staff will return to campus a little earlier than students for a training day in which they will explore recent changes to our Safeguarding Policy and consider the launch of a new virtual learning platform. The second half of term begins in earnest on Tuesday 29th October.


4TH OCTOBER 2019

Neatly punctuated by National Day celebrations on 1st October, the school week has otherwise centred around parental engagement. With the first group of Term 1 meetings running into the evening on Wednesday and Thursday, we look forward to completing a full round next week.

Another productive meeting with the Shrewsbury Parent' Association and a strategy meeting with our Executive Committee lead me securely towards the visit of our Board of Governors at the end of the month.

Next week, I look forward to dinner with emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of York, Sir John Holman, an interview with Playtimes magazine and then to hosting our very first Open House on Saturday 12th.


27 SEPTEMBER 2019

What a pleasure it was to host Ms Carlien Shelly, International Principal at Shrewsbury School Huangpu, on campus this week. A focus upon specialist facility saw us drop into music, language and physical education classes during a visit aimed to guide planning during the pre-operation phase.

As ever, the visit (and our burgeoning relationship) was neatly conducted from afar by Director of Schools, Mr Stephen Holroyd. It is with great significance therefore that I share news of his departure, scheduled to take place later this academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen for his support and encouragement during my time here at Shrewsbury. We will continue to benefit from his high expectations, depth of expertise and fastidious approach to strategic planning and look forward to hearing of next steps and new plans as they arise.


20 SEPTEMBER 2019

Working furtively towards the overarching ambitions outlined within our three-year Strategic Plan, my focus this week has been split between Secondary School Selection, safeguarding of students and active committee membership at the British Chamber. 

The school team now look forward to joining the International Schools Fair hosted by the South China Morning Post tomorrow. Next week will also bring a visit from newly appointed Principal at Shrewsbury School in Guangzhou, Ms Carlien Shelley and, of course, our very first class led assembly of the year - good luck Y6AS!


13 SEPTEMBER 2019

Fresh from a delightfully informative Curriculum Evening led by Key Stage 1 colleagues, I now look forward to a particularly varied schedule next week.

With the safety of children on campus a continuing focus for the school team, we have the great pleasure of welcoming long standing connection and friend of the school Mr Tim Gerrish OBE to Hong Kong on Monday. Tim will be speaking to various members of the community as part of a comprehensive safeguarding audit.

I also look forward to speaking to parents of Year 4 students on Wednesday, as we introduce our Secondary School Selection programme and consider their upcoming residential trip, and will head off to meet with the British Chamber's Education Committee in Central on Thursday morning.

All of which leads me neatly to the SCMP International Schools Festival on Saturday, where I will be speaking on the subject of well-being.


6 SEPTEMBER 2019

An inclement start to the week didn't dampen spirits any, as we welcomed a huge audience of parents into the Dining Hall on Monday morning. The opportunity for connection was hosted by the Shrewsbury Parents' Association, who met again on Thursday morning to continue to develop plans for a growing calendar of events.

I must also take the opportunity to thank our wonderful Early Years team for their delivery of such thoughtfully considered information to parents this afternoon at our first curriculum evening. 

Following an extremely well attended tour on Wednesday, I will be hosting another collection of prospective families on campus tomorrow, while our Admissions team represent the school at the Standard Kindergarten Fair in Mong Kok.


30 AUGUST 2019

Our first full week together has proven enormously successful. Specialist sessions now in full swing, the Aquatics Centre, Recital Hall and Sports Hall have seen an impressive range of activity, and the Dining Hall abuzz with news of the day gone by.

I now look forward to meeting with parents over coffee on Monday morning during an event designed to connect founding families with our newest arrivals. And our growth looks set to continue, with two heavily subscribed campus tours scheduled for next week, ahead of the Standard Kindergarten Fair on Saturday.


23 AUGUST 2019

It’s been such a pleasure to welcome students back onto campus this week – and it’s been a real success. We’ve made a host of new friends, settled quickly into routine and look smarter than ever with a fresh new uniform in Key Stage 1.

The end of our first week was marked by an assembly on the theme of Communication - as we continue to grow we will need to be increasingly considerate of those around us and the relationships we share.

Bigger, bolder and brighter than ever, our first full week will see the return of our specialist programme. I know that the teachers are raring to go…


16 AUGUST 2019

It’s been a hugely rewarding week. The preparation and delivery of a keynote, featuring a reflection on all that has been achieved by the founding team and casting an eye to the future in light of our overarching strategic plan, marked a personal milestone. We have enjoyed a broad range of high quality contribution for the academic team and boundless support from our operational colleagues and wider network of movers, cleaners and caterers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the full school team for their energy and highlight in particular the contributions made by those so recently arrived.

Tomorrow, we look forward to welcoming families in for orientation – an opportunity to reconnect and envelop a new group of families into the fast-growing Shrewsbury community.


9 AUGUST 2019

Fresh from the airport collection of our latest additions to the Shrewsbury teaching team, I write this week particularly mindful of the support we draw from others. During challenging times, a strong community provides solace and sustenance - it pulls together in times of hardship.

I look forward to the start of our induction period, the settling of our new team and the return of students and families. Our school is a safe, nurturing and vibrant place. And we are soon to gather once more. Next week, a new chapter begins...


2 AUGUST 2019

Back in Hong Kong after a lovely break, it’s great to be back at work.

I’ve already bumped into a few of our families on campus, usually on their way to or from our swimming pool. And it seems as though most of us have enjoyed a reasonably relaxed summer and are very much looking forward to the start of a new school term.

The team here have had a wonderfully productive time and preparation for the arrival (and return) of academic staff is almost complete. They will gather together for a week and a half before Wednesday 21st August, when we look forward to settling into class groups for our first school day.

It’s been fun to work on a collection of memories with the Marketing team too. Due to be shared with parents via social media over the next few weeks, do feel free to add your own using the hashtag #SHKStories.


26 JULY 2019

Now on my way back to Hong Kong, I look forward to catching up with the operational team and checking in on the progress made over the last few weeks ahead of the arrival of the academic team.

Our break has been thoroughly enjoyable – and although the return journey promises to be quite an adventure, I feel refreshed and revitalised, excited by all that the new school year will bring. I do hope that our families have enjoyed their own restful break. I very much look forward to hearing about their adventures as we reconnect in August.


19 JULY 2019

Away from Hong Kong for a full week, we are now mid-way through our break and thoroughly enjoying as leisurely a schedule as our 16 month old morning alarm siren allows.

I’ve been dipping in and out of work periodically whilst away and remain particularly connected with the Admissions team, who continue to support a steady influx of new arrivals to the region. We look forward hosting our latest additions alongside our existing student body for an Orientation Morning on Saturday 17th August shortly before the start of a new school year.

I will be back in Hong Kong at the end of next week and thinking more consciously about the upcoming arrival of a new group of academic staff – I very much look forward to introducing them to the existing members of our wonderful community.


12 JULY 2019

Away from the office and enjoying some family time, rest and recuperation takes first priority.

After a thoroughly enjoyable first year and with the operational team in the safe hands of our Director of Business Services, I now enjoy a moment of reflection before returning to Hong Kong in preparation for the new academic year. Plans for the week ahead will likely be dominated by time in the pool, a strictly implemented nap schedule and a little time with a good book – currently, Educated by Tara Westover.


5 JULY 2019

With academic staff away on a well-deserved break, I have been busy at work with the operational team this week. A particular focus on the preparation of an evaluation report for Council of International Schools membership has kept me well occupied, although I have also begun preparation for the start of the new school year in the form of an induction and training programme.

Our UK based new recruits are likely to be feeling a little anxious now ahead of a big move this summer, but they can rest assured that we are well prepared and looking forward to their arrival.


28 JUNE 2019

I write to you this week from the confines of my office and with our first academic year now at a close, campus feels rather too quiet for comfort.

We have enjoyed an immensely rewarding journey, crowned fittingly by the graduation of our first Year 6 class. It proved to be an emotional occasion and will live long in the memory. Moving on to schools in both the UK and Hong Kong, they are the first true beneficiaries of our selection service and our new House system firmly secures their place in our history.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside such a talented and committed team of teaching, operational and auxiliary staff and to be able to draw upon the support and expertise of partners at Top Do, Chartwells and Eliteswim. We serve a truly exceptional community. And while I am sure everyone is looking forward to the restful break ahead, August can’t come soon enough.

For your support, encouragement, kindness and faith – thank you.


21 JUNE 2019

Led admirably by Key Stage Leader Mr Peck, students in Year 5 and 6 delivered a number of initiatives to mark Refugee Day on Thursday this week. An early count indicated that over HKD 10,000 had been raised - and there is more to come as donations are expected to continue at our Year End Fair tomorrow.

 The weekend event precedes our first student graduation ceremony and then, we tread gently towards the conclusion of an extraordinary year.

 I have been continually astounded by the generosity of parents, students and staff alike and can’t wait to welcome everyone back onto campus in August.


14 JUNE 2019

As the sun finally emerges following a spate of rather inclement weather, we can now reflect upon a week of great celebration. A stunning performance from our Early Years students followed an evening of musical delight at our first Summer Concert and the jubilant success of nomination at our very first Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting. With just a few weeks of term remaining there remains so much to look forward to.

I will be playing host to a group of supportive business contacts in Central on Tuesday evening before a final school assembly on Friday and our Year End Fair on Saturday morning. And all of this before our first Graduation Ceremony.

Parents are kindly reminded that our first academic year will close on Thursday 27th June with collection running earlier than usual, at 13:30.


7 JUNE 2019

A whirlwind of a week was drawn to a tidy conclusion yesterday by the visit of our Board of Governors. Keen to touch base with our graduating students in particular, following our morning meeting, we enjoyed lunch together before touring classrooms in the afternoon.

Earlier in the week it was both a pleasure and a privilege to host a very special Sports Day for Fairchild Kindergarten and join our Admissions Manager on a tour of Harrow International School, a potential destination for Shrewsbury students as they leave Year 6.

With just three weeks of the academic year remaining, I look forward to meeting a group of prospective families for a campus tour tomorrow before the launch of our very first Shrewsbury Parents Annual General Meeting on Tuesday and an evening Summer Concert on Thursday.


31 MAY 2019

I wish we could begin every Friday with an EY1 assembly!  

Huge congratulations to our youngest students on what proved to be a spectacular musical performance this morning and thanks to all those involved in supporting so generously.

Similarly jubilant, celebrations to mark the Queen’s birthday hosted by the team at the British Chamber were extremely well received on Monday, where an expectant business community gathered for a collection of traditional nibbles and a cake of grand proportion.

I now look forward to a week in which we will continue to forge positive links with schools in the region. We host the team at Fairchild Kindergarten on Wednesday morning for a Sports Day event before I head off to Harrow with Admissions Manager Sarah Bowler. With just four weeks of term remaining, we also now start to think about the journey of our first graduating cohort and a special evening event on the 25th June.


24 MAY 2019

I write to you this week following two unusually significant events: the hosting of a regional conference and our very first Residential Visit. Both leaned heavily upon the expertise and commitment of the wider school team – and both ran exceptionally well.

Coordinated by Inclusion Coordinator, Helen Louden, Admissions Manager, Sarah Bowler, and Marketing Officer, Leanne Whittingham, we were able to play host to a huge collection of Hong Kong based school staff for a series of workshops connected to the theme of Special Educational Needs. Attendees shared their knowledge and experience before touring campus with a group of students. Feedback was astonishing and heavily concentrated upon the depth and range of relationships shared between students and staff.

And then, this afternoon, we celebrated the return of a triumphant Key Stage 2 team from their very first Residential Visit. I spotted a few sleepy eyes among the group and very much look forward to hearing more from them next week!

I would like to conclude by thanking those acting in support of these events and the many others that have helped to shape a memorable first year at Shrewsbury. Whether direct or more furtive, your support is seen, felt and very much appreciated.


17 MAY 2019

Our new season of assemblies works to introduce students to the theme of reflection. Having gathered together each week throughout the academic year, this afternoon I prompted children to think about the journey we have been on together. From the laying of early foundations, we have experienced a number of bumps in the road, but now stand strong and together, having worked hard to develop respectful, kind and empathetic relationships.

Through the sharing of stories in assemblies this year we have explored respect, kindness, empathy, wellbeing and friendship via a collection of books and notable individuals. During the final few weeks of the year, we will think about all we have achieved before casting a firm eye on the future.

Talking of which, the school team have an exciting weekend ahead at the Kindergarten Festival, supported by friends at the South China Morning Post, before we look forward to hosting a special conference for colleagues across the region on the subject of Special Educational Needs.


10 MAY 2019

It was lovely to connect with students and staff this morning having returned from London yesterday evening. While it was a little chillier than expected, interviews ran extremely well and aside from a minor caterpillar outbreak, everyone here in Hong Kong seems to have enjoyed a pleasant week.

We now look ahead to an extended weekend before returning to a special event for prospective parents in Central on Wednesday evening and attendance at the Kindergarten Fair hosted by the South China Morning Post on Saturday.


3 MAY 2019

It has been such a pleasure to welcome students back into school this week for our third and final term of the school year. Raring to go, they seem to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were quick to embrace a group of new joiners, most of whom have only recently arrived in the region.

I look forward to a final recruitment trip of the academic year and an early morning London arrival tomorrow. Meeting with prospective colleagues is always such a pleasure – it also gives me an opportunity to share everything we have achieved this year.

I return towards the end of next week and will, at that point, have a clear view on the shape of our school for the 2019/20 academic year.


26 APRIL 2019

With the weather warming up nicely, we now look forward to welcoming back students and families for our third and final term of the school year on Thursday 2nd May. We have lots to look forward to including a pair of performances from students in Early Years, our very first overnight residential trip and, perhaps most poignantly, the graduation of our first Year 6 cohort.

My week has been dominated by an increasingly mobile infant - I do hope that all other members of our community have enjoyed a more restful break!


19 APRIL 2019

A bombastic Spring Dance event, complete with flash mob, brought our second term to a rousing conclusion. Huge thanks to Ms Farry for bring an exhibit of learning undertaken within the Physical Education programme to life. I have been reliably informed that she is now enjoying a well deserved exotic break!

We were also thrilled to be able to welcome Trade Commissioner for China, Mr Richard Burn, onto campus this week. Particularly interested in the relationship we share with the British Consulate and our plans to expand across the region in the next few years, he was enormously impressed by staff and facilities during what proved to be a flying visit to the region.

Families can now look forward to a week away from school – and I do hope that they make the most of their time together.

We look forward to welcoming students back on Thursday 2nd May for our final term of the 2018/19 academic year.


12 APRIL 2019

Our very first set of school photographs marked a significant threshold as we approach the third term of our inaugural year. Shoes polished and hair neatly parted, founding staff and students gathered with great pride for individual, sibling, class and group shots before we gathered together as a whole school. I would like to thank everyone involved, including our digital partners, Techni Photo, for leading the way.

Photographs were followed by a wonderful evening in our Recital Hall led by a collection of twenty talented young musicians. Congratulations to our performers and thanks once again to Mr Kilpatrick for his boundless commitment and enthusiasm.

Earlier today, a final assembly of the term was delivered by the fabulous 1LS who provided a roaring rendition of Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman.

We have more to look forward during our final four days of term: most notably perhaps, a gathering of parents on Tuesday evening will meet to discuss our upcoming residential trip for Key Stage 2 students.


5 APRIL 2019

A fantastic panel event on Saturday hosted by the South China Morning Post preceded a truncated week dominated by a truly breathtaking performance from Year 3 and 4 students on Thursday evening. The event drew a wide range of contribution and stands as yet another example of the incredible support provided by our aspirational school community. Students, parents and staff headed off for an extended weekend glowing with pride… and rightfully so.

It is also with great pleasure that I am able to share the news that our wonderful campus has been officially been recognised at the Asia Pacific Property Awards as winner in the Public Service Architecture category. I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our architectural team at P&T, who worked so sensitively in partnership with the school team to deliver spaces which reflect and support our educational aspiration. Such recognition serves as great validation for the investment made in that first phase in the life of our school.


29 MARCH 2019

I have spent the vast majority of time this week in classrooms observing teachers and students doing what they do best. And what a broad range of learning I have seen: from caterpillars and chrysalides to fractions of numbers, it has been a real pleasure to learn and explore as a member of the wider school community.

Ms Thompson’s Year 1 class shared in a little more detail than most during a wonderful assembly presentation earlier this afternoon - it was particularly pleasing to be able to welcome in such a large group of parents keen to show their support. The Year 3 and 4 production is also coming along nicely – I have been in and out of a number of rehearsals now and I know that the students are very excited about the opportunity to share their work with mums and dads next Thursday evening.

I now look forward to meeting a selection of fellow school leaders tomorrow morning as I form part of a panel presenting on the benefits of a British education hosted by the South China Morning Post. With interest in places at the school blooming, it may well be a busy start to the weekend!


22 MARCH 2019

We have had the great pleasure of hosting an unusually broad range of guests, visitors and friends on campus this week. From a selection of fellow International School leaders, to a team from Tencent and a meeting with our very own Executive Committee – all shared their great admiration for the pride on show among a student body keen to share their experiences.

It was also a very real privilege to attend a luncheon this week alongside the British Chamber at which Finance Secretary, the Honourable Paul MP Chan, provided an insight into the thinking behind the recently shared budget. He spoke in detail about the opportunities presented by both the historical strengths of the region and the emergence of innovative technological industry, reflecting rather neatly (if inadvertently) the balance of tradition and restless ambition characterised by our work here at Shrewsbury.

I look forward to leading a campus tour for prospective families tomorrow morning before another busy week that will conclude with panel talk on the benefits of a British education hosted by the South China Morning Post.


15 MARCH 2019

What a pleasure it has been to host our second round of Parent Teacher Conferences this week. Classrooms and corridors have been buzzing with discussion as teachers and parents plan for the remaining term and a half. While we continue to work with great aspiration, the progress made by students is reason for real celebration. In just six months, so much has been accomplished. I would like to thank teaching staff for all of their hard work this year and parents for proving such positive contributors.

I was also thrilled to be able to host Mr Rob Fox on campus this week. Soon to join the team at Shropshire Prep School Packwood Haugh as Headmaster, we reflected positively on the opportunity for those students keen to tread a path onto Shrewsbury Secondary School.

We ended the week with an assembly from Ms Kelly and her Year 1 students. It gives me great pleasure to see even our very youngest students up on stage: singing, dancing and speaking with increasing confidence. Their performance enraptured all in attendance and sets up a flurry of activity in the auditorium over the final five weeks of term.


8 MARCH 2019

Our first Book Week began in sterling fashion with the arrival of our Board of Governors on Monday. Following a rigorous morning meeting, they hosted a wonderful evening with founding parents on the subject of secondary school transition. Huge thanks to everyone who was able to attend and show their support.

With visiting author Candy Gourlay nipping in to see classes on Thursday, the end of the week was neatly marked with an exuberant procession of students in costume. An incredible variety on offer, certificates for best outfit were hard won and celebrated with glee. Particular congratulations to our incredible librarian, Ms Beth McNeilly, for leading such an engaging range of activity with such graceful panache.

I can now look forward to attending the Standard Kindergarten Fair tomorrow. We will be in Admiralty at the JW Marriot from 11:00am and would encourage families interested in learning more about our school to drop in to meet our extraordinary team.


1 MARCH 2019

With the swimming programme now in full swing, lunchtime discussion has been dominated by shared poolside experiences. There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding lessons and I know that the Eliteswim team have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know students as they take their very first dip!

The week began however with the arrival of relationships expert Ms Janine Carroll. Working with both academic staff and students, she has laid a strong set of foundations that will support the development of a Listening Team designed to ensure that we are all well supported in times of need.

Monday will see the arrival of our Governing Body for a second meeting of the academic year and an evening event centred on the theme of secondary school transition.

Monday will also see the start of our very first book week – good luck Ms McNeilly!


22 FEBRUARY 2019

Undoubtedly the news of the week proved to be the formal issuance of our swimming pool license. Parents have proven exceedingly patient during a longer processing period than we had initially expected – they will be rewarded in full next week with the start of an incredible aquatics programme. We remain hugely grateful to the Education Bureau for their continued support during what we understand has been a particularly busy period for them.

I would like to thank Head of PE, Ms Marie Farry, for her recent diligence and flexibility and Mr Gary Wong and Mr Kent Cheung from Eliteswim Academy for their ongoing support and guidance. We can now all look forward to Shrewsbury students taking their first splash.

Also coming up next week, the arrival of relationships expert, Ms Janine Carroll. Supporting the creation of a school-wide Listening Team, she will be working with staff and students as we look to further develop a culture of considerate and reflective engagement.


15 FEBRUARY 2019

A first week back after a mid-term break and we have enjoyed the company of two special visitors from Bangkok in Ms Jane Arghabhadra and Mr John Wimpenny, who have been here to assist with the management of events and building maintenance respectively. Their presence has proven hugely supportive and acts, once again, to demonstrate the huge benefits of our connective network.

The week culminated in an extraordinary display of work from our Chinese language department. An exhibition on the Tang dynasty acted as the perfect fulcrum for cultural and linguistic development, and parental engagement. We have hosted a very proud collection of mums, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents during the course the day – each more proud than the last.

Next week, we look forward to a visit from Robbie McRobbie, Head of Rugby Operations at HKRFU, before Janine Carroll, Director of Restorative Now, arrives in Hong Kong to lead relationship building workshops for students and staff.


08 FEBRUARY 2019

I write to you this week following a District Council Reception hosted by Chairman, Mr George Ng. An opportunity to connect with the local community, it proved to be a celebratory affair.

I now look forward to next week and the return of students. I do hope that you have all enjoyed a restful break and that anticipation continues to grow ahead of school on Monday. The return of Early Years students, for whom the break will have been considerably longer than anticipated, will prove particularly significant.


01 FEBRUARY 2019

Now back in Hong Kong, and keen to catch up with students and staff, I have thoroughly enjoyed a final round of interviews for academic posts due to be awarded in our second term. Once again, it has been a real privilege to speak with such a broad range of passionate educators keen to make their mark here at Shrewsbury.

I have also had the enormous privilege of welcoming Sir C.K. Chow onto campus this week. Soon to take up a significant role at the school in an advisory capacity, we look forward to drawing from his immense experience and expertise.

The first half of our second term ended in spectacular fashion, thanks to our Chinese language team and supporting specialist staff. We are immensely proud of all involved in the delivery of two fabulous assembly performances. As we return from a mid-term break, we very much look forward to welcoming our youngest students back into classrooms. In the meantime, best wishes, good luck, health and happiness to you all.

Kung Hei Fat Choi


25 JANUARY 2019

I’ve enjoyed a very productive week here in the UK. Working in partnership with Ms Amanda Dennison, Principal at Shrewsbury’s City Campus in Bangkok, we have met with a hugely talented group of teachers and school leaders all looking to join our ambitious family of schools. More interviews await on my return next week, as planning for the continued growth of the school community moves on.

In my absence, I know that work with the Education Bureau continues in earnest regarding the current regional influenza outbreak and the expected award of our pool license. Parents can rest assured that we remain in daily contact and are doing all we can to support and encourage productive outcomes.


18 JANUARY 2019

We were pleased to welcome new Admissions Manager Ms Sarah Bowler into the school team this week. A long term Hong Konger, and based just around the corner in Clearwater Bay, she is thoroughly looking forward to meeting you all. Please join me in ensuring a very warm welcome, during a rather chilly winter season.

The cold certainly didn’t stop Year 1 this week, as they made the journey up to Sai Kung Country Park on Wednesday for the first in a series of hikes due to take place this term. Huge thanks to the teaching team and supporting parents for delivering such a wonderful opportunity. Everyone was thrilled by the maturity and diligence shown by children as they undertook a search for a very well known story character known to inhabit the deep dark wood!

Having hosted our strategic team this afternoon I now look forward to a return to the UK and Shropshire next week where I will be interviewing a collection of enormously talented teachers all keen to join our team here in Hong Kong. I very much look forward to hearing from each, before returning to Hong Kong to meet with candidates based within Asia.


11 JANUARY 2019

A very warm welcome back to you all – I do hope that you enjoyed a restful break. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful start to our second term of the year, particularly given the arrival of a significant group of new students and families. With relationships now in bloom, we look forward to learning more about one another over the coming weeks.

We will be hosting a special tour for prospective families tomorrow, exactly one week before I depart Hong Kong for our first round of recruitment ahead of our second academic year. While my week in the UK will be extremely busy, I thoroughly enjoy the very special privilege of meeting and carefully selecting academic staff. We have an excellent shortlist of candidates prepared, all excited about the prospect of joining the Shrewsbury family.


4 JANUARY 2019

Having now returned to Hong Kong, I am very much looking forward to the return of academic staff on Monday for a training day focusing upon the delivery of our whole school phonics programme. Students return on Tuesday and will bring with them tales of adventure and renewed aspiration. The first half of term will be brief, with Chinese New Year falling within the first week of February, but there is already so much to look forward to. 


28 DECEMBER 2018

I do hope you have enjoyed a restful break with family and friends. Many of us will now be tentatively looking toward the start of our second term together. In just over a week, we resume – refreshed and renewed, expectations reset and aspirations heightened. For academic staff, term will begin with a shared day of professional development connected to the delivery of our phonics programme. Students will return on Tuesday 8th January. 


21 DECEMBER 2018

I write to you this week from a very chilly London, where I will be spending the next few days before heading up to Cheltenham for the following week or so. Many of our teachers have also chosen to head home for Christmas and I know that they will enjoy the chance to share news of their latest adventure with friends and family. Students will also be off exploring, now counting down the days until Christmas morning - I do hope that families are enjoying the festive break. Meanwhile, in our absence, it is important to remember the many members of the school operational team that will be hard at work processing applications and preparing the campus for the new calendar year. To you all, very best wishes and Merry Christmas!


14 DECEMBER 2018

Our final full week of the year featured an extraordinary celebration of music in the form of our very first Christmas Concert. Our Key Stage 2 Choir, String Quartet and Orchestra were joined by a flurry of solo performers who both entertained and enchanted an audience of parents, students and friends of the school. The evening culminated in communal song and a visit from a very special (and particularly busy) seasonal guest…

I now look forward to our final three days together before the end of term – and there remains lots to accomplish in the time that we have together. Most notably perhaps, a run of sporting events which act to conclude a sequence of athletics themed lessons.

The next time I write will be from cooler climes as I return to the UK for a first winter break with my wife and son. I wish you all the very best for the coming weeks and look forward to seeing you back at school on January 8th.


7 DECEMBER 2018

December began with a pair of festive musical performances led by Key Stage 1 students – and what a fantastic job they did. Parents watched on with glee, thoroughly entertained by a selection of boldly delivered songs. The performance season continues next week with our Early Years classes taking to the stage on Monday and Tuesday.

We can also look forward to our very first Christmas concert on Thursday 13th December. The event will draw an incredible first term of musical contribution to a close and will feature performances from our Key Stage 2 Choir, String Quartet, Orchestra, and a small selection of soloists. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution made already by Head of Music, Mr Euan Kilpatrick – the continued growth of our music programme falls neatly in line with a very longstanding tradition and serves our students very well indeed.


30 NOVEMBER 2018

A pair of Chinese language events and a final curriculum evening, this time led by Key Stage 2 colleagues, marked the end of our week. Sessions were delivered with real aplomb and they have been generously received, having provided yet another invaluable touch point for parents and teaching staff. I would like to thank everybody involved in their planning and delivery – your efforts are hugely appreciated.

Next week: December. And what better way to open the festive season that with performances led by Key Stage 1. Filled with singing, dancing and festive cheer, parents have the option of joining one of two sessions scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

We have also scheduled a special tour of the campus for prospective families on Saturday morning – if you know of anyone interested in joining us for an inside look at the school, they can book in here.


23 NOVEMBER 2018

Rounding off an active week, a fantastic assembly led by Year 3 students was a joy to behold! In building a persuasive argument for Shrewsbury to be led by a tyrannical group of Romans however, it did leave me rather nervous.

Other highlights included a wonderful evening in the presence of some distinguished guests at the official residence of the British Consul General in support of British business in Hong Kong. Continuing to spread word of the school, building connections and relationships that will benefit the wider community, is one of the significant privileges I am afforded.

Next week we can look forward to two very special events exploring the Chinese language curriculum more deeply. Guests have been invited to ‘bring a friend’ as we look to grow our student body organically through recommendation.


16 NOVEMBER 2018

We drew this week to a close with a fabulous assembly led by Year 4 students. With parents willing them on, in front of an enraptured audience, they performed admirably. Students were particularly taken by the gruesome details shared, as we were given an insight into ancient life. Opportunities to perform provide our students with the chance to develop personal confidence and greater language fluency… they are also great fun! 

We have also played host to a significant group of prospective parents, friends and partners of the school this week. It gives me enormous pleasure to open up our campus and great pride in walking through our learning spaces – active, engaged. Of particular note, a visit from the Under Secretary for Education, Dr Christine Choi, allowed us to underline the shared aspirations between Shrewsbury and the Education Bureau as we look to work alongside one another to promote Hong Kong as an international business destination. Our long standing partnership only strengthens our bond to the region.


9 NOVEMBER 2018

With my trip to Bangkok postponed, I enjoyed leading our Friday assembly in remembrance of those whose lives are affected by war. Falling in close alignment with our current theme of empathy, we spent a moment to mark our own personal reflection.

The week began in upbeat mood thanks to the visit of the Ex Cathedra Choir. They certainly left their mark, as a series of workshops and performances led neatly up to a final singing assembly that drew a large crowd of parents and left toes-a-tapping. Staff and student were equally effused, thrilled at the opportunity to sing and dance with real abandon. We are hugely grateful for their time and very much look forward to seeing Ula, Susie and Rob again next year.

We welcome a broad range of guests and visitors into school next week, but I am particularly looking forward to an end of week assembly led by our Year 4 students – good luck Ms Kingston!


2 NOVEMBER 2018

We welcomed our full Board of Governors to Hong Kong this week and onto our brand new campus for the first time. Our meeting marked a milestone for the school and our journey together. Lunch was taken in the Dining Hall – and the group garnered great intrigue among the student body. It was with real fascination that new relationships arose.

Another significant moment in the history of the school, the end of the week was marked by a wonderful assembly performance by Year 5 and 6 students. Our first class assembly in the Auditorium, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the students and adults involved in shaping such a fabulous contribution. Thanks too to Mr Peck, who has set a high standard for others to follow!

Next week, I look forward to a trip to Bangkok, where I will meet with fellow Principals Ms Amanda Dennison and Mr Chris Seal for our termly meeting.


26 OCTOBER 2018

It’s been an incredible start to the second half of term, jam packed with events and activity. First and foremost, it is important to recognise the swell of support received for our Grand Opening on Monday the 22nd. We welcomed a large group of dignitaries, offering an impressive breadth of representation, alongside parents, friends and students. All were equally effusive and I feel hugely fortunate to be able to call upon such a range of support. The event proved to be a huge success and was neatly followed by an Evening Gala of extraordinary proportion.

The hosting of Shrewsbury UK staff and students was another significant marker. For many, a first visit to Hong Kong, they were both patient and considerate – our students benefitted enormously and I would like to offer my thanks to everyone involved.

We now look ahead to our very first, fully operational Board of Governors meeting and a trip back to Ancient Greece for our opening class assembly.


19 OCTOBER 2018

I do hope you have all enjoyed a pleasant mid-term break. While I’m sure that many of you will have taken the opportunity to travel, others are likely to have enjoyed a quiet break here in Hong Kong - I know that the majority of our teaching team have taken the chance to explore their new home following a first break from school since their arrival. However you chose to spend your time, I am quite sure that we are all very ready for the second half of term to begin.

Preparations for our Grand Opening, Shrewsbury School musical tour and upcoming Board of Governors meeting have kept the operational team well occupied this week. I would like to extend my thanks to each of them for making the most of the serenity - next week, normal service resumes and I for one can’t wait!


12 OCTOBER 2018

What fun it was to act as host for our videography team this week. They worked with sensitivity and assurance as they gently directed proceedings and now head home to the editing suite – we look forward to seeing the final cut. Thanks to students, staff and the selection of parents who were able to support for their time, patience and good humour!

We now look ahead to a well earned break. It is with great pride and admiration that I reflect upon the efforts of the school community. We have come such a long way together and have much to look forward to when we return.

I do hope you enjoy a restful week and look forward to seeing you again on Monday 22nd October.


5 OCTOBER 2018

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to staff and parents who have enjoyed their first set of Parent Teacher Meetings this week. It has been lovely to open up the campus into the early evening to accommodate mums, dads, grandparents and uncles – a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and reflect upon a successful start to our first school term.

We will be hosting a videography team next week, looking to capture a few shots of the school at work for a promotional short, along with a selection of local Kindergarten providers interested in transition to Shrewsbury. It will also be our last before a well deserved mid-term break.


28 SEPTEMBER 2018

I do hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Mid-Autumn festival. Students were keen to share stories of adventure upon their return – from Ocean Park to Disney Land and adventures at the beach, it certainly seems as though everyone was kept well entertained.

We also observed closely as our incredible Gymnastics Centre has come to life through the instillation of mats, bars and vaults. I look forward to observing the first few sessions as students take their own tentative steps towards Olympic glory!

I know that many of our families will be particularly excited about their first Parent Teacher Meetings next week. They will act as a useful touch point for families keen to hear how their children have settled into their first school term with us, as we continue to work together in support of your children.


21 SEPTEMBER 2018

Following the events of the weekend and the subsequent suspension of classes, it was a relief to see students return to school on Wednesday this week. Each brought with them a story of their own - each affected in their own way. 

Our thoughts remain with those, both within and beyond Hong Kong, who felt the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut most heavily. 

It is at times like these that a community must stand in union. I do hope you all enjoy a peaceful weekend ahead.


14 SEPTEMBER 2018

As another wonderful week draws to a close, I reflect positively upon the wide range of opportunities already offered to our young students. They move with increasing assurance around the campus and certainly seem to be enjoying themselves!

With the academic year now well underway, it is perhaps little surprise that interest in the school continues to grow. Good news spreads quickly in Hong Kong – particularly when so generously represented by parents. My week ended with a trip to Central and a meeting with a collection of business representatives interested in exploring possible options for employees. In serving the international business community, we also deliver global representation and a dynamic school population. The real winners here are of course our students, who benefit from the opportunity to explore a wide range of views and experiences.

We now look forward to the SCMP International Schools Festival hosted at the JW Marriott tomorrow. With a significant collection of school staff attending, we look forward to engaging with prospective families keen to join the Shrewsbury family.

Please do stay safe this weekend – we look forward to seeing you all again next week.


7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Our first full week with students and one filled with adventure and activity. Specialist sessions began and, with Music lessons utilising the Recital Hall, Physical Education lessons utilising the Sports Hall and Chinese Language lessons utilising the Library, the school facilities have been put to very good use indeed. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Year 1 yesterday afternoon was, however, the most prominent highlight… for me at least!

Next week, we can look forward to meeting prospective families on Saturday the 15th September at the SCMP International School Festival. Families considering application for entry in 2019 are urged to meet us there, or to make direct and immediate contact with the Admissions team.


31 AUGUST 2018

What a fantastic first few days we have enjoyed!

Our school campus has been filled with smiles and good cheer as the academic year began with a flying start. Classes have been abuzz with activity and relationships are blossoming in front of our very eyes.

Lunchtime is fast becoming my favourite period of the day. Students in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have developed rather discerning habits. And they have made very good company indeed - although I probably won’t (or shouldn’t) be able to manage three separate plates on every day of the school year!


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