There’s always plenty to look forward to on the educational journey. From new international schools in Hong Kong to new facilities and curriculums and other news, here are just a few of the latest developments in schools in HK and abroad!
Hong Kong School News
Experience a day at AISHK
The Australian International School Hong Kong invites prospective families of K2 to Year 2 students to experience a day at the school. This is a great opportunity to tour the school’s award-winning campus, whilst your child enjoys an engaging class and activities with the early learning teaching team. Sign up via the online form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, by Sunday, 9 October.
A First for Stamford
Did you know that the 2022/2023 academic year will bring Stamford’s first graduating cohort? The final year students stand to benefit not only from the school’s holistic approach to learning, but also from recent additions to the campus, including three outdoor recreation spaces, a Design Technology Workshop, chemistry, biology and physics labs, a student-designed library and IB art studios. In other news, the school’s Cornerstone programme, launched in 2020 with four partners, has expanded to ten options for students in Grade 9 and 10. All students complete four industry-related projects under the guidance of industry expert mentors and Stamford faculty.
New Curriculum Strand
ICHK Secondary is an IB World School in the New Territories that’s doing things a bit differently. While students at ICHK follow BTECs, IGCSEs and the IBDP, they’re also given the option of graduating with a Mastery Transcript. Offered as an additional qualification to the IB Diploma, the Mastery Transcript is unique in that it features no grades; rather, it aims to value and recognise students for all their capabilities, passions, achievements and interests, not just academic abilities. This is line with the ICHK belief that a secondary school experience should deliver both character and academic achievement in the same child.
Another challenging year for students in Hong Kong – but that didn’t stop them from smashing their IB and A Level results once again! In fact, in the academic year 2021-2022, there were 93 students who achieved a perfect 45 in the IB. ESF Schools (see right) and CDNIS were among those with students with top marks in the IB, while Harrow International School and Kellett School achieved excellent A Level results, among others. The Expat Living team congratulates all the city’s hard-working students this summer – and well done, too, to their supportive parents, families and teachers!
Students across ESF’s 22 international schools in HK have achieved noteworthy International Baccalaureate results, with 43 students achieving a perfect 45 points and 66 recording 44 points. Belinda Greer, ESF’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “I’m absolutely delighted with the success of our students this year; it’s a real testament to their hard work and dedication. The IB Diploma is an academically rigorous qualification which showcases not just ability but the students’ resilience and tenacity.’’
A word from three top-scoring students:
Kaitlyn Leung, ESF Renaissance College (RCHK) “My ESF education taught me that different people can coexist peacefully. My teachers and classmates came from India, US, Australia, UK, Vietnam… we all ended up in the same classroom. RCHK didn’t just tolerate diversity; we celebrated it.”
Lia Gaeul Kim, ESF Sha Tin College “Sha Tin College has always nurtured a supportive and stimulating learning environment for students. This naturally fuelled my determination to try my best during the course of IB, which led to unexpected results.”
Ushaan Turel, ESF West Island School “I would like to thank my teachers, specifically Dr Yu and Ms Strachan. They both helped me immensely and went above and beyond with chemistry and biology respectively while also guiding me through the university application process.”
To kick off the new school year, ActiveKids is offering a variety of fun and educational after-school programmes for children aged three to 17. Unlock the inner Picasso in your child with ArtCrafters or discover the next top designer in Mission Runway. Other programmes include The Chess Academy, RoboCode, Science Adventures and Stormy Chefs. ActiveKids offer in-person and online classes at their ActiveKids Learning Center in Kennedy Town and at over 60 schools and clubs.
Find out more at activekidshk.com/afterschool-programmes.
Overseas School News
Singapore Campus Tours
Considering a move to Singapore? Tanglin Trust School invites prospective parents to attend individualised tours of the campus and facilities. Tours will be hosted by members of the admissions team who will be happy to personalise your visit and assist you with any questions you may have about the school. If you’re unable to visit in person, the school is happy to arrange a personalised virtual consultation.
Find out more and book a tour at tts.edu.sg