By: Melissa Stevens
The inaugural class of Malvern College Hong Kong (MCHK) has been praised for their ‘courage’ by founding headmaster Dr Robin Lister. There was plenty of excitement – and a few nerves – when one of Hong Kong’s newest international schools opened its doors for the new school year on 27 August, 2018.
The new teaching staff held their orientation two weeks’ prior to the school’s opening to be prepared to welcome founding pupils on opening day.
“There was a real buzz about campus as our Prep 1 – 4 pupils arrived, a day earlier than the rest of the school, to begin the process of settling in,” says one. “Dressed smartly in their Malvern uniforms, they were delighted to see our “Wishing Tree” at the school’s entrance. The Tree showcases the artwork, sent in by the pupils over the summer, which details their future aspirations and the things they would like to do during their time at MCHK.”
Secondary school pupils arrived the following day and were quickly thrown into a range of activities with both their tutor groups and their school house groups. They participated in activities including a scavenger hunt, an amazing race and various collaboration challenges, all specifically designed to create opportunities to meet friends across different year groups.
The school also came together for its first whole school assembly. Held in the “Big School”, Dr Lister’s welcoming speech focused on ‘courage’. He asked the teachers to applaud the courage of each of our pupils for bravely facing the challenge of joining a new school and similarly, pupils applauded the teachers for their courage in choosing to work in a new school.
“Joining a new school has taken courage,” Dr Lister said. “Courage to try something new, courage to have new friends and new teachers, courage to challenge yourself – and courage to learn to become a Malvernian.
“I have no doubt that you will be challenged in your studies and in all the other school activities you will get involved in; you will learn lots – how to succeed but with humility, how to cope with disappointments but having learned from them – and with a smile, how to see connections between subjects that might not have been obvious (technology and art for example), how to speak with confidence with a Foreign Minister whilst also respecting and valuing the work of a cleaner.”
Malvern College Hong Kong welcomed its first cohort of pupils after more than three years of planning.
Bringing the ethos of a traditional British boarding to a contemporary day-school setting, MCHK inherits a rich heritage from its parent school, Malvern College UK.
Founded in 1865 and renowned for its innovative approach to education, Malvern College UK was one of the first UK schools to adopt the globally accepted IB Diploma programme. The Hong Kong campus leverages the College’s experience of teaching and offers the same international curriculum as the mother school, with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, pupils learn Mandarin and simplified Chinese, and are nurtured in each of the Malvern qualities, with the aim being to educate “the whole person”.
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