Message from School Leadership Team
Welcome to Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
At YCIS we are fully committed to providing a nurturing, fully rounded, dual language environment for all students in our care. Our campuses, located in the heart of Kowloon Tong, offer a through-train education* to students from six months to 18 years old.
YCIS adopts a multicultural and bilingual learning mode in the context of a Christian framework. The multicultural aspect aims to produce global citizens while the bilingual learning mode puts equal emphasis on the teaching of Chinese and English.
Our goal is to provide the best possible teaching and learning environment in which our students can know they are accepted, feel safe and take risks with their learning. We desire that our students enjoy the learning process and that they develop a positive attitude towards learning, becoming lifelong learners. With this in mind, we encourage our students to be active learners, involved with, and taking responsibility for, their own learning.
As the world changes and becomes more globalised, we pride ourselves on preparing our students to become adaptable, multilingual global citizens fully ready for positions of great worth within society. Thank you for considering YCIS as your endeavours to fully prepare your child for a competitive multicultural world.
We invite you to visit us and enjoy the YCIS experience.
* Final discretion for all admissions rest with the schools.
Executive Principal & School Business Manager
Mr Martin Scott has been in education since 1988, commencing as a primary teacher in the UK. He advanced to leadership and management appointments internationally, notably in Serbia, China, Thailand, Nigeria, Libya, and the UK.
Mr Scott holds a Bachelor of Education Honours degree and qualified as an Ofsted Inspector in 2014, obtaining the added qualification in School Inspection with Distinction from Liverpool Hope University, UK. He has been responsible for supporting the development and raising of standards in a number of schools, additional to his own, through the Schools Supporting Schools initiative in Norfolk, UK. In addition, he has been a consultant headteacher with Her Majesty's Inspectors of School Reference Board, served on numerous committees of the Local Education Authority and been Vice-Chairman of the Primary Headteachers Association.
Ms Kate McAlister
Western Co-Principal, ECE
Ms McAlister began her career in teaching in 2004, first as an Assistant Teacher, then a Master Teacher at the Sonoma State University Children’s School in the US. She joined YCIS in 2011 and held an ECE Co-ordinator position from August 2011, with emphasis on teacher professional development and family engagement.
Ms McAlister holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the Sonoma State University, US. She also holds a Child Development Program Director Permit from California, US and has given multiple public presentations at various Early Childhood Education conferences.
Ms Gladys Au Hoi-neung
Chinese Co-Principal, ECE
Ms Au gained a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She attained her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017. With her expansive teaching experience stretching 33 years she carries a wealth of understanding and knowledge. Her early childhood education career has been centred in Hong Kong, serving the local and international families. Ms Au’s leadership experience is currently reaching 11 years with campus co-ordinator’s and Co-Principal’s roles.
Mr Murray Forrest
Western Co-Principal, Primary
Mr. Forrest began his teaching career more than 20 years ago, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from University of Birmingham and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. He is also a qualified Myers-Briggs personality Type Indicator instructor.
He began his career in Education in London in 1997, working in both Secondary and Primary schools. Moving to Hong Kong in 2006, he has worked for YCIS - Primary in both the teaching and leadership roles. He has a passionate belief in the importance of multilingual and multicultural learning communities and the concept of supportive co-teaching.
Ms Iris Tan Lan-huey
Chinese Co-Principal, Primary
Ms Tan’s further education awarded her a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Journalism). She also gained a Master of Education majoring in Chinese Language Education, Child Development in Social Context, plus Effective Leadership and Management in Education. Originating from Malaysia, her teaching experience took place from 1993 until 2008 at Hong Kong Lingnan School and thereafter at YCIS Hong Kong Primary School. Ms Tan’s Educational Administration Experience is rooted at YCIS for the last few years.
Mr Andrew Finn
Western Co-Principal, Secondary
Mr Finn began his teaching career in 2002 as a secondary school teacher and has gained a range of leadership experience working for an OFSTED-accredited outstanding school in London and more recently at one of the largest international schools in the Middle East.
Mr Finn holds a Bachelor of Education from the University College of St Mark & St John and has worked as a facilitator delivering the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders with University College London (UCL). He has also spearheaded a Professional Development Project in partnership with Cambridge University and during his time in the Middle East Mr Finn led his school to gain multiple accreditations specifically from Council of International Schools (CIS) and British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). Mr Finn is a passionate educator and a strong believer in the growth mindset.
Ms Sam Sze Yin-hung
Chinese Co-Principal, Secondary
Ms Sze started her teaching career in YCIS more than ten years ago. She previously worked for YCIS Primary in both teaching and leadership roles. She sees “Love and Compassion” to be an integral part of her life, which she also passes on to every student, parent and staff member at our school.
Ms Sze received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Language Studies from City University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. She also holds a Certificate in Secondary Education Programme awarded by the Hong Kong Institute of Education.