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 2020-21 are:

  • Linda Csellak, Council Chair
  • Anna Smakowska, Principal (Ex-officio)
  • Vivian Cheung, Chief Financial Officer (ESF)
  • Sudesh Thevasenabathy, Community Representative
  • Kim Anderson, Community Representative
  • Michelle McEwan, Parent Representative
  • Marie-Claire Slama, PTA Representative
  • Cheryl Lam, Non-Teaching Staff Representative
  • Karen Carmody, Teacher Representative
  • Holly Manning, Teacher Representative

Linda Csellak, Council Chair

Linda recently capped a career as an equity mutual fund manager in both Asia and the US. She has lived in Hong Kong for twenty-five years and worked for Manulife, Credit Agricole, as well as several smaller firms. In these roles, she has most enjoyed empowering investment teams to perform at their maximum potential.

Linda has served on the boards of several Hong Kong NGOs in the governance and finance sectors and has seen these organizations flourish from their struggling early days. Having now transitioned to an advisory capacity, she enjoys mentoring and coaching, from high school students to start-up companies. She is passionate about education, mental health, and environmental sustainability.

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.

Michelle McEwan, Parent Representative

Michelle’s daughter Katy is in Sapphire Class at JCSRS and she also has a son studying at Sha Tin College. She is from Scotland and has been living in Hong Kong since 2006. During her first 11 years here she worked for a local NGO supporting children from children’s homes and from disadvantaged family backgrounds with English and Mandarin.

In 2015 Michelle studied for her teaching qualification and has been working as a Learning Support Teacher since 2017 – a job which she loves. She is looking forward to her time on the School Council supporting the school as we continue to develop in the best interests of our children.

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. She is a part of the communications committee, supports the vocational training and acts as the school’s first aid officer.

After completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto, Cheryl went on to pursue a Masters degree in Speech Pathology Studies at the University of Queensland. She 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.

Karen Carmody, Teacher Representative

Karen moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to work as a speech and language therapist for a private practice serving international schools and clients in a clinical setting. She moved to JCSRS as a speech and language therapist in 2008 and began teacher training a few years later.

In 2014 she took a position at Bradbury School as a learning support teacher before returning to JCSRS to take up a leadership role. She is currently the lead teacher for curriculum and is passionate about teaching and learning, supporting student communication and staff development.

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.