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:

  • Anna Cheung, 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 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 had over 20 years of experience in vocational education and had wide experience in project/school management, quality assurance and accreditation exercises.

Contact: annawk@vtc.edu.hk

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Anna Cheung, 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 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.

Contact: annawk@vtc.edu.hk

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.

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.

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.