School Management Committee
The School Management Committee (SMC) is the management committee, under section 32 of Education Ordinance, responsible for managing the school (FHWS). The sponsoring body (FHISL) has nominated 4 trustees as SMC members. The Principal is the “ex officio” SMC member. In addition, there are 4 SMC members (and 1 alternate member) which include: two teacher representatives; one representative (and an alternate representative) of the parent association and one independent member.
Paul TAITrustee Member & School Supervisor
Paul is a qualified accountant in UK, Hong Kong and Singapore with extensive experience in finance and financial management. In addition to his position as the executive director of a multinational group, Paul is currently the Vice President of Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council and participates in various advisory roles in community service organisations and NGOs. He was a member of the School Management Committee of a government secondary school between 2004 and 2008 in Hong Kong.
Mark ROSARIOSMC Chairman & Principal
Mark studied at St. Joseph's College up to Form 5 when was awarded a scholarship to study at the United World College, Atlantic in Wales which was one of the pioneering schools offering what is now the well-established International Baccalaureate programme. He returned to Hong Kong to complete his tertiary education at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his appointment as the first Principal of Forest House Waldorf School, he was a teacher and the Deputy Headmaster at Diocesan Boys' School for over 25 years.
Cannie BENNETTTrustee & Founder Member
Cannie studied Executive Masters Business of Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. With her passion and commitment, she has steered her work to the young children of Hong Kong. Cannie is also the founder of Garden House Waldorf Pre-School and Kindergarten and a founder member of Highgate House School, an Education Consultant for a pioneer international kindergarten joint venture with Department of Education; Guangzhou China (1993), Regional Coordinator for Greater China on Waldorf Early Childhood Education (2010-2015) as well as an active member of the Kowloon City Baptist Church.
Philip HEUNGTrustee & Founder Member
Philip is an entrepreneur and founded several businesses, all of which he is serving as the managing director. Graduating from Queens' University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Commerce, Philip also received his Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship degree from Babson College. Philip is actively involved in various community groups and NGOs, serving previously as secretary for Clear The Air, spokesperson for Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, and adjunct professor at Lasell College. Philip is committed to building a Waldorf primary school so that his daughters, along with others who seek it, have access to Waldorf Primary Education in Hong Kong.
Antonio TSUITrustee Member
Antonio is a practicing barrister in Hong Kong and a lawyer in New York State. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Antonio was employed to be a local secondary school teacher for several months. Antonio also received his Juris Doctor degree and Master of Law degrees in Hong Kong while his was working for the Government. Before practicing law, he had received scholarship to become a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and participated in a public interest law project with PILnet, New York. Currently, Antonio participates in various roles in different community services and NGOs.
Cindy CORNISHTeacher Member & Vice Principal
Cindy Cornish completed her Waldorf Training at the Centre for Creative Education, Cape Town, South Africa, in 1999. She completed two seven year cycles of teaching in a pioneering Waldorf primary school. At the Centre for Creative Education, Cindy was an active member on the Board of Trustees and the College of Teachers. She began working in Hong Kong in 2013, as kindergarten teacher in a Waldorf inspired kindergarten, while assisting with the setting up of Forest House Waldorf School. She began teaching a class in September 2014 and is now teaching a combined class of children. She continues to support the development of Waldorf Education in Hong Kong.
Jamie LOFTUSTeacher Member & Vice Principal
Jamie Loftus was born in Sydney, Australia. He attended a Waldorf high school and his appreciation for his own education led him to Waldorf teaching. He earned his Bachelor of Education and also completed an Advanced Diploma in Steiner Education in Sydney, Australia.
Jamie has worked at a Waldorf School in Sydney for over 23 years. During this time, Jamie has been both a Grades teacher and high school guardian. In his high school role, Jamie specialized in Physical Education, Biology, Geography, First Aid, Outdoor Education and Beekeeping. Jamie has chaperoned students on many Outdoor Education trips, including travel to Central Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, Fiji and Europe. More recently Jamie has been a pioneering Grades teacher at a Waldorf School in New York City. He was involved in all aspects of the school, including management, curriculum development and parent education. Jamie has served on the Board of Directors and has also been Chairman of the College.
Mark STAPLESParent Member
Mark is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years experience in valuing and advising on property/real estate in both the UK and Hong Kong. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management (Real Estate) from London South Bank University in 1989 and an MBA in Construction and Real Estate from Reading University in 1998. He has been the Parent Representative on the SMC of FHWS since 2016.
Michelle LUIParent Member (Alternate)
Michelle is currently working in Higher Education sector on student recruitment and responsible to formulate the recruitment strategy and to drive the implementation of online and offline marketing tactics for reaching out both local and international prospective students. Before that, she worked in a multinational express company’s Asia Pacific headquarter across different disciplines: Financial planning and analysis, Flight networking planning, Marketing analysis and South Pacific markets development.
Michelle studied at Arizona State University for her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She received her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Technology Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She later obtained Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Drew WILSONIndependent Member
Drew is a teacher of English Language, Literature and Drama with 20 years' experience in Secondary School education, 6 years of which were Head of Department in the UK and 10 Years of which have been Head of Department for English and Drama in Hong Kong. In addition, he has also had a 5 years teaching experience at undergraduate level both in the UK and in Hong Kong. Drew received his Bachelor of Honours degree in English Language and English Literature from the University of Central Lancashire, his Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Warwick University, his TESOL Cert. from Trinity College and His Master of Education from The Open University.
*All registered as School Manager under EDB Ordinance