School Council

School Council

School Council Minutes

The School Council is the governing body of the school. The primary purpose of the School Council is to help the school to provide the best possible education for all its students. The School Council is accountable to the ESF, the parents and the community. It works to develop effective working relationships between staff, parents, ESF management, other schools and the wider community. The School Council meets regularly throughout the academic year.

The members of the School Council for the academic year 2019-20 are:

  • Anna Cheung, Council Chair
  • Karin Wetselaar, Principal (Ex-officio)
  • Alan Milliken, Director- Strategic Performance and Quality Assurance (ESF)
  • TBC, Community Representative
  • Kim Anderson, Community Representative
  • Sandra Feran, Parent Representative
  • Simon Wood, PTA Representative
  • Cheryl Lam, Non-Teaching Staff Representative
  • Jackie Newman, Teacher Staff Representative
  • Holly Manning, Teacher Staff Representative

Anna Cheung, Council Chair

Anna Cheung is Head of Vocational Training for People with Disabilities Section and three Shine Skills Centres under the Vocational Training Council. She is currently involved in a project to engage students with disabilities in career planning and development through life-long learning. Before serving students with disabilities, she had over 20 years of experience in vocational education and had wide experience in project/ school management, quality assurance and accreditation exercises.


Alan Milliken, Director- Strategic Performance and Quality Assurance

Alan Milliken joined ESF as Director of Strategic Performance and Quality Assurance. He comes from the UK and has held a number of different roles within education. He has led schools as a Principal and has worked across schools leading curriculum, performance, resources and wider learning communities. He has worked closely with education systems, schools, Principals in the past to support them with their approaches to quality assurance and continuous improvement.


Kim Anderson, Community Representative

Kim Anderson, a teacher by profession, has been involved with ESF since coming to Hong Kong in 1988. Her initial involvement was as a teacher then advisor. Both of Kim’s daughters attended ESF schools. Her oldest daughter is currently attending University in the UK. Kim’s youngest daughter has cerebral palsy, is non-verbal and uses an alternative communication system. She is currently studying a personalized learning program here in Hong Kong.

Kim chaired the Sai Kung PPA and the CWBS PTA and has sat as an elected parent representative on both CWB School and KGV School Councils. Kim was also the parent elected representative for SEN on the ESF Board for 5 years.

She co-founded and coordinates SNNHK (Special Needs Network Hong Kong) a support group for families and caregivers of children in HK with Special Needs.

mw Simon Wood, PTA Representative

Simon is the PTA representative on the School Council and has three children at ESF schools, two of which attend JCSRS. He is also the Honorary Treasurer of the JCSRS PTA. Simon has lived in Hong Kong for 20 years. Originally an aerospace engineer, he now works in finance.

Jackie Newman, Teacher Representative

Jackie Newman has extensive experience in working with SEN personnel. She has been working in JCSRS for more than nine years as a class teacher and the PSHE and Vocational Training Co-ordinator. Prior to this, she has worked as a Police Officer, an office manager and a teacher for both local and international schools. Currently, she is Silver Class’ teacher and the Science Co-ordinator. She is a representative of APTESF and a member of Health and Safety Committee. Jackie Newman is committed to developing green and sustainability projects in JCSRS. Jackie has a degree in English, a postgraduate diploma in Education (English and Gifted Education) and a Master Degree in Psychology.

Cheryl Lam, Non-Teaching Staff Representative

Cheryl is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist in both Canada and Hong Kong. She has been a therapist at Jockey Club Sarah School since 2015. After completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto, she went on to pursue a Masters degree in Speech Pathology Studies at the University of Queensland. Cheryl has worked in private settings for children and adults with speech and communication difficulties prior to joining our school and has experience in assessments, intervention, and complex communication impairments relating to acquired brain injury, genetic disorders and autistic spectrum disorder. Cheryl is a part of the communications committee, supports the vocational training and acts as the school’s first aid officer.

Holly Manning, Teacher Representative

Holly moved to Hong Kong in 2015 where she worked as a Learning Support Teacher in King George V school for two years before moving to JCSRS in 2017. She is the Ruby Class teacher, Expressive Arts coordinator and the APTESFS representative. Prior to moving to Hong Kong Holly trained as a primary school teacher and worked in a special needs school in Essex for two years. She has a BSc degree in Sports Education and Master of Education in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs. Holly is passionate about Lego-Based Therapy and is a trainer for this, training other staff members in the ESF community.