About the PFO

Hello from the PFO President!

Thank you for visiting the PFO website! We're working hard this year to make this a place you can come for information not only about the PFO, but also about HKIS and Hong Kong. All HKIS parents and faculty are members of the PFO, and we hope that you will become involved in what we do!

The PFO hosts many events and programs throughout the year, so please check back frequently to see what's happening. We're always thankful for help with our projects, so if you'd like to get involved, please contact us! Volunteering is a great way to meet people, and it can actually be a lot of fun! Learn more here or by connecting with any of the PFO Board Members.

Our main focus as the PFO is community building, and in the process we're able to raise funds that are then donated to the school benefiting all at HKIS. The members of our board all love what we do, and we hope that you'll get involved to help us do even more great things!

Thanks again for checking out our website. I hope to meet you soon!


Karena Belin
PFO President 2017-18

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PFO Purpose

The PFO is composed of parent, staff and faculty volunteers from all divisions within HKIS. As defined in the PFO’s Constitution & By-laws PFO By-Laws_March 2016.pdf, its purposes are:

to support HKIS in its efforts to provide quality education.

to build a sense of community among students, parents, and faculty.

to provide a forum for the expression of views and ideas that are school wide in both concern and interest to HKIS stakeholders. (Views and ideas for the particular divisions will be expressed through the use of the PAGs.)

to foster communication between school and home through print and electronic media and open meetings and discussions.

to raise funds that support education at HKIS and the stated mission of the HKIS PFO.

PFO History

The HKIS-PFO was registered as a social service organization in 1987. Its inaugural Annual General Meeting was held on 19th May, 1987. History shows the activities of parents, mothers in particular, actually started back in 1969.

Records available with the PFO show the First Mothers’ Club was convened by Mrs. June T. Obayashi and Mrs. Madeleine Tang as a way to “utilize the services of mothers during the day and at the same time generate their interest and involvement in the school.” The Mothers’ Club was launched in the fall of 1969.

Early entries in our books show mothers assisted at the EARCOS (East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools) conference of 1969, a fun-fair organized in summer 1970, and several forums to help parents understand the process of learning at school.

The first fund-raising effort of this club is recorded in 1972. On May 4, 1972 the President of the HKIS Mothers’ Club handed over a check of HK$11,000 towards the purchase of an intercom system for the school. What started as a small voluntary effort by pioneering mothers has today emerged as a major movement.