There’s always plenty to look forward to on the educational journey. From new schools to new facilities and curriculums, here are just a few of the latest developments in schools in Hong Kong and abroad!
Virtual Open Day
Learn all about the Stamford American School (SAIS) from the comfort of your own home! The school’s virtual open day (18 and 19 March) is a great opportunity to see the campus, better understand the curriculum and learn how a Stamford education can benefit your child. Admissions and faculty staff will be present during the session to share their insights and expertise and answer parent questions about the curriculum, special programmes and admissions.
Register at sais.edu.hk.
Another Malvern Set to Open
Malvern College Hong Kong has announced some exciting news, with a new school, Malvern College Tokyo, set to open in September 2023. It will join the global family of Malvern schools, with 10 campuses in locations including the UK, Egypt, Switzerland and here in Hong Kong. The school will be based 40 minutes from central Tokyo in the city of Kodaira, home to a number of universities. It aims to be the first all-through train IB British-branded school in Tokyo, with an initial cohort comprising Years 1 to 9. Find out more at malverncollegetokyo.jp.
Happy Anniversary to Ben Keeling who celebrated five years as Principal of Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong in January 2022. With a community of almost 400 students aged three to 11, Shrewsbury continues to grow, guided by its school motto “Intus si recte ne labora”: if the heart is right, all will be well. The traditional anniversary gift of the five-year milestone is wood, symbolising long-lasting strength, wisdom and deep roots – appropriate in the light of the school’s recently published 10-year-plan, “Together We Flourish towards 2031”.
As part of its celebrations for turning 30 in 2021, the Canadian International School of Hong Kong installed an Anniversary Walk to allow the community to view the school’s journey through the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. From modest beginnings, CDNIS has become a leading IB World School that’s well known for its academic innovation and a welcoming and supportive community, where athletics, arts and extracurricular activities all play an equally important role in student development.
Welcome to Woodland
Two new Heads of School have started at the Woodland Pre-School campuses at Kennedy Town and Pok Fu Lam. Hannah Dentten will lead the team at Woodland Kennedy Town, bringing a strong belief in inclusivity and the benefits of creativity for all children; and Charlie Horowitz assumes the role at Woodland Pokfulam, where he is already well known by the community for his work as Education Lead. Best of luck to Hannah and Charlie!
How remarkable that in a year that presented challenges the likes of which we’ve never seen, students in Hong Kong excelled in their IB and A Levels results for the academic year 2020-2021. In fact, 130 kids got a perfect 45 in the IB, compared to 23 last year! ESF Schools, CDNIS and FIS were among those with students with top marks in the IB, while Harrow International School and Kellett School achieved unprecedented A Level results, among others. The Expat Living team sends a big congratulations to all the city’s hardworking graduating students this summer – and an acknowledgement of their supportive parents and family members in an unprecedented year for schooling. Well done!
Take a Tour
Woodland Pre-Schools is offering Private School Tours and Free Trials to prospective families interested in joining their Early Years programmes from six months to six years old. This is a great opportunity to experience classes, meet the team of experienced educators and learn more about your child’s journey at Woodland Pre-Schools. Spaces are limited, so register through the website for the campuses at Mid-Levels, Happy Valley, Kennedy Town, Pok Fu Lam, Repulse Bay (two locations) and Sai Kung.
Welcome To Kellett
Kellett has announced its new Head of School for Kowloon Bay Preparatory School. Samantha Steed brings over 20 years of Primary and Early Years education experience to the role, having started at Holy Trinity School, London, and going on to three headships in international and UK independent schools, as well as being an Early Years Inspector for the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate. We wish her well in the new role.
Making a Splash
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has partnered with the non-profit Splash Foundation to fund a project that gives free learn-to-swim and water safety coaching to special needs children and young adults in HK. The three-year Splash Jockey Club SwimABLE Programme provides 20 hours of group coaching with a certified instructor with special needs support experience. Lessons focus on water safety skills, buoyancy, basic freestyle and more.
With its first school year underway from August 2021, Oxbridge School is a new international primary school in Hung Hom. Teaching is based on the renowned National Curriculum of England and Wales across Years 1 and 6, with Chinese language learning a key focus too. The bright and modern campus features a Learning Hub library facility, a dedicated Gifted and Special Needs centre, plus on-site play areas including a swimming pool. Class sizes are deliberately kept small (maximum 15 students) to allow for personalised, individual learning.
G/F & 1/F, Star Ruby, 1 San Wai Street, Hung Hom
Bloom KKCA Academy
Bloom is a new bilingual and multicultural primary school where Chinese and English are integrated into different subjects, from mathematics to art, and well as in projects, field trips and daily “campfires”. Two pathways are available: Chinese as a Second Language, and Chinese as a Main Language. STEM and innovation are emphasised, and the teaching staff includes the likes of a NASA engineer who teaches students to design their own experiments to a reading specialist with more than 1,000 hours of training.
The school is located just west of Kowloon Tong. 7 Pui Tak Street, Kowloon
Kwun Tong has a new international school campus, with Nord Anglia opening its fourth secondary school venue for the start of the 2021- 22 academic year. With space for an additional 800 students, the campus features specialist subject classrooms filled with plenty of natural light, plus science laboratories, rooms for dance, drama, music, art and visual media, a learning resource centre, a full-size sports hall, an indoor swimming pool and an impressive performance auditorium.
9 Yuet Wah Street, Kwun Tong.