German Swiss International School (GSIS)

Top World School With International And German Stream

The German Swiss International School GSIS offers two streams of education from kindergarten to secondary school: German International Stream GIS and English International Stream EIS. 

Rich in tradition, the curriculum provides learning opportunities for all students commensurate to their needs, abilities and stage of development. Its EIS stream offers IB programme while the GIS stream offers DIA progamme (The German Approach)

What's special about the school:

  • The school is rich in tradition and history, established by German and Swiss families in 1969
  • It offers a rigorous academic programme, with top IB graduates worldwide each year (scoring 40+ points out of maximum of 45)
  • The German stream offers the German International Abitur DIA, an internationally-acclaimed college preparatory curriculum and diploma. It provides an academically exceptional and culturally rich multilingual education to students. In the early year years, it offers a CLIPPY programme to help students immerse in the German language and culture. 

School Details:

Websitehttps://www.gsis.edu.hk/
Phone2180 0511
Email

admissionsecondary@gsis.edu.hk

School Address

11 Guildford Road, The Peak

Other Campus: Pok Fu Lam

Curriculum

EIS: EYFS, Key Stage 1&2, IBDP, IGCSE/A Level

GIS: DIA

Language of InstructionEnglish & German
AdmissionsThe starting age is 3  years old. 
School Hours7:15AM – 12 :25PM

We work closely with GSIS and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support, school experience day and private school tours. Sign up for the upcoming GSIS events below or contact our team now. 

Japanese International School (JIS)

Unique International School With Japanese & International Stream

Japanese International School JIS is a small community focus on primary school and one of the four schools under Japanese Government education system in Hong Kong. It offers an international section and a Japanese section. With direct links to International College Hong Kong ICHK, graduating students at JIS have a ‘through train’ option of attending secondary school there.

This international community is a small and caring community where staff, students and parents are all working together to achieve dynamic goals for learning and development. 

 

What's special about the school:

  • The school has bright and open classrooms, a beautiful library and an indoor swimming pool!
  • Outdoor learning are encouraged and built into the curriculum, with forest school and camp progam. 
  • The school offer a nurturing learning environment, children are happy, getting a well rounded education and lots of individualised learning and support.

School Details:

Websitehttp://es.jis.edu.hk/
Phone28343531
Emailesinfo@jis.edu.hk
School Address4663 Tai Po Road
CurriculumInternational & Japanese
Language of InstructionEnglish & Japanese
AdmissionsThe starting age is 4  years old. Grades available is reception to P6
School Hours8:15AM – 2:45PM

We work closely with JIS and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support, school experience day and private school tours. Sign up for the upcoming JIS events below or contact our team now. 

International College Hong Kong

Holistic Education With A Large Forest School

International College Hong Kong ICHK is an IB world school with a strong community ethos. Its mission is to be a vibrant and caring community developing creative, enthusiastic, confident learners who will take action in an ever-changing world. 

What a real community school ICHK Hong Lok Yuen is! The environment is truly unique in Hong Kong with a large playing field, playground, school garden, an on-site jungle for Forest School, and extensive open space allows students to play and enjoy sports. It offers a really well-rounded approach to the whole child in terms of education and pastoral care.

What's special about the school:

  • Outdoor learning not only encouraged but built into the fabric of the curriculum. So all students are able to walk, exercise, cycle, canyon, measure, think about music, literature, explore history and work int he beautiful outdoor and classrooms.
  • A mastery program begins in Year 7, as new students begin their epistemic apprenticeship with a focus on approaches to learning, backed by its 5+1 model of learning.
  • Five simple words at the heart of everything they do at ICHK: work hard and be nice. With these words, students understand and are encouraged to work hard at being who they want to be. 

School Details:

Websitehttps://www.ichk.edu.hk/
Phone2655 9018
Emailinfo@ichk.edu.hk
School Address3, Twentieth Street, Hong Lok Yuen
CurriculumInternational
Language of InstructionEnglish
AdmissionsThe starting age is 2 years old. Grades available is early childhood-Y13
School HoursPre-Nursery:12.30 – 3PM
Nursery (Part time) 8.15AM – 11.30PM
Nursery(Full time) & Primary: 8.15AM – 3PM
School closes at 2PM on Wednesdays

We work closely with ICHK and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support, school experience day and private school tours. Sign up for the upcoming ICHK events below or contact our team now. 

American School Hong Kong

Holistic American Education

The American School Hong Kong ASHK is founded in 2016, a non-profit, non-denominational college preparatory school offering a holistic American education taught by North American teachers. Its mission is to provide a challenging American and international education program that empowers students to be independent critical thinkers and responsible global citizens. It is operated by Esol education, the world’s largest operator of international American schools.

ASHK’s student population is smaller than most in Hong Kong so each student enjoys the benefits of low student/teacher ratios and receives personalized attention and support from passionate and caring teachers, which is a significant advantage. 

What's special about the school:

  • Strong and rigorous academic program, combining comprehensive American curriculum standards with a STEAM focus, a multi-stream Mandarin language program and IB Diploma in Grades 11 and 12
  • Exceptional teachers and an engaging community school, with a really personalised approach
  • Holistic and focusing equally on the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of the individual student.

School Details:

Websitehttps://www.ashk.edu.hk
Phone3919 4100
Emailadmissions@ashk.edu.hk
School Address6 Ma Chung Rd, Tai Po
CurriculumUS, IBDP
Language of InstructionEnglish
AdmissionsThe starting age is 5 years old. Grades available is early childhood-G12.
School Hours8:00AM – 3:10PM

We work closely with the American School ASHK and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support, school experience day and private school tours. Sign up for the upcoming ASHK events below or contact our team now. 

International Schools Foundation (ISF)

One of the Strongest Bilingual Schools In Hong Kong

Established since 2000, The International Schools Foundation (ISF) is a through-train, full immersion bilingual Chinese and English school following the IB curriculum. As an independent non-profit school, they have a diverse body of international teaching staff who are native Putonghua and/or English speakers, and over 2000 primary and secondary school students. 

ISF has the most amount of Mandarin Chinese exposure out of all private schools in Hong Kong, with 70% Mandarin exposure to students from early years to Grade 5. The school aims to foster fluency in both languages and a deep appreciation of both cultures by upper secondary year. 

To ensure academic excellence, the school adopts an inquiry-based environment and restricts its Primary school classes to no more than 20 students. Likewise, their Secondary School classes are usually limited to less than 22 students, and all classes follow a 1:7 teacher to student ratio.

What's special about the school:

 

  • A key feature of the school is its strong bilingual curriculum coupled with its proven track record of consistently high academic results.
  • In 2022, ISF had an impressive 78% of Bilingual Diploma earners. They also had a 100% pass rate for the IB Diploma, with 4 students receiving the maximum 45 points and an average score of 40.8 across the cohort.
  • The class of 2022 received 439 offers from over 148 elite tertiary schools, including the Ivy League schools, Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and Imperial.
  • The ISF’s emphasis on an East meets West cross-cultural immersion environment is also a key selling point of the school, as they aim to nurture independent learners with a global outlook on life.
  • Students follow a blended curriculum that combines Chinese culture with teaching methods from the UK, US, HK, China and Canada at Primary school.
  • They later progress to the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Secondary.
  • The school also incorporates their unique ‘Shuyuan’ programme to develop well-rounded scholarship.
  • Shuyuan courses include computer science, Chinese classical literature, comparative classics, politics, Latin, Greek and Mathematics for Engineering amongst other academically rigorous topics, and are mainly offered to secondary students.

School Details

 

 

Website

https://academy.isf.edu.hk/

Phone

2202 2000

Email

enquiry@isf.edu.hk

School Address

1 Kong Sin Wan Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Curriculum

Primary: blended curriculum that combines Chinese culture with teaching methods from the UK, US, HK, China and Canada.
Secondary: the Middle Years Programme (MYP), IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and Shuyuan Programme.

Language of Instruction

English and Mandarin

Admissions

ISF Preschool starts at 2 Ys.

ISF Academy starts at 4 Yrs.

School Hours

We work closely with ISF Academy and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support, school experience day and private school tours. Sign up for the upcoming ISF school visit and other events below or contact our team now. 

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

A Leading IB World School in Hong Kong

The Canadian International School of Hong Kong CDNIS is one of the most recognised and reputable International Baccalaureate schools encompassing the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP). Since its development in 1991, the independent school has quickly become known for its innovative and future-driven approach, serving as a well-respected industry leader. They foster long-lasting teacher-parent relationships, with over 50% of graduates in the Class of 2019 having been with the school for an impressive 12 years or more, and a student body of 40 nationalities. They currently have over 1800 students and 300 staff members, and 15 different grades coexisting on the same campus to encourage intercultural and inspiring school relationships.

What's special about the school:

  • A key feature of this school is that it is the only school outside of Canada that allows students to graduate with both the IB diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students can start from Years 1 to 5 for the PYP programme, Years 6-10 for the MYP programme and Years 11 to 12 for the DP programme. Years 9-12 are also enrolled in the OSSD. 
  • Alongside these two programmes, their curriculum is further committed to Chinese (Mandarin) language integration, and they pride themselves on having one of the finest Chinese Studies Departments among English schools in Hong Kong. Oral and written Chinese are interwoven in their classes and they cater to all language levels from beginners to native speakers by using a two-stream approach: language A Stream is for fluent speakers, and language B stream is for emergent speakers). 
  • Chinese culture is also emphasised through the extracurricular activities offered by the Chinese Culture Academy and the language exchange programmes that students can apply to during school breaks. In August 2022, the school implemented a bilingual option for their Early Years programme (3-4 year-olds) using 50/50 English and Chinese content.
  • Another interesting aspect is their commitment to using digital learning across their curriculums. They have been named as an Apple Distinguished School since 1998 – essentially schools that utilise Apple technology to fuel innovation and educational excellence. Students can use iPads as early as Year 1 to develop digital portfolios and Mac laptops from Year 4 onwards. Google Educational Apps are applied to encourage productive learning, and there are even robotics programmes for students in Years 3 to 5 where they can investigate underwater robots in STEAM education. The school nominates their top students to a Gifted Students programme through the City University’s Engineering programme.

School Details:

Websitehttps://www.cdnis.edu.hk/
Phone2525 7088
Emailadmissions@cdnis.edu.hk
School Campus Address36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
CurriculumIB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Language of InstructionEnglish
AdmissionsThe starting age is 3 years old.
School HoursFor students in full-day classes (Prep to Grade 12), classes begin at 7:40am and finish at 2:45pm. For students in half-day classes, (Early Years 1 and Early Years 2), class times are 7:40am-10:30am and 11:30am-2:20pm.

We work closely with the Canadian International School of Hong Kong and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support. Sign up for future CDNIS events or contact our school team now. 

Malvern College

Combining Academic Excellence With Holistic Development

Malvern College aims to provide an academically rigorous and fulfilling education that nurtures happy, resilient and independent individuals. Their mission is to equip students with cross-cultural and international awareness, which they achieve through the provision of an engaging, diverse, and internationally recognised curriculum. Although the school only opened in August 2018, it has a strong partnership with its parent school Malvern College UK, one of the most highly reputable and established International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the UK. To develop the international outlook of its students, Malvern College Hong Kong provides opportunities to visit this UK campus school along with other sister schools in China as part of their residential boarding trip programmes. The school currently accepts students from the ages of 5-18, and most pupils have an international background.

What’s Special About The School:

  • A key feature of the school is its commitment to developing globally aware, respectful and well-rounded individuals.
  • The ‘Malvern ethos’ centres around 11 pillars including kindness, self-awareness, open-mindedness and humility.
  • In addition to their intellectually challenging IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), Malvern College also offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities including art, music, theatre, sports, IT and inter-house competitions.
  • They have a proven record of excellence in the Sciences and strongly believe in incorporating STEM as part of their pedagogical approach.
  • They also have a low teacher-pupil ratio of 1:10 and utilise an inquiry-based, experiential learning environment to develop independent critical thinkers.
  • Another noteworthy element of the school is its incredible, one-of-a-kind, seven-storey campus.
  • It is conveniently located beside the coastal area of the Tolo Harbour near the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong, and encompasses 26,000 square metres for its primary and secondary schools.
  • We were highly impressed by its sports and recreational facilities, including its Forest School programme for the younger years, its sky-high Astroturf rooftop pitch and its 25-meter indoor heated swimming pool.

School Details:

Websitehttps://www.malverncollege.org.hk/
Phone3898 4688
Emailadmissions@malverncollege.org.hk
School Campus Address3 Fo Chun Road, Pak Shek Kok, New Territories, Hong Kong
CurriculumIB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP)
Language of InstructionEnglish
AdmissionsThe starting age is 5 years old.
School HoursThe normal school hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with co-curricular activities from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

We work closely with Malvern College and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support, school experience day and private school tours. Sign up for the upcoming Malvern College events below or contact our team now. 

Top 10 Fun Activities to Practice Mandarin Chinese This Summer

Summer is already here…which means an abundance of sun, picnics, water sports and of course, lots of fun! However, with this also comes the worry that children will forget about their Mandarin Chinese language learning that us parents have worked so hard to maintain. Do not fret, we are here to tell you that children can have a splendid summer whilst continuing to learn Mandarin Chinese! We have curated for you a list of top 10 fun activities you can do with your child today.

1.       Dance to a Chinese playlist

It is always good to exercise during the summer, now that children finally have some time off! Why not dance to some Mandarin Chinese songs in the background? Some parents may think that this is passive learning and children will not actually absorb the words, however, it can actually be a super effective way of memorising information. Parents can try to dedicate certain dance moves to certain words so that every time children think of the dance moves, they can relate it back to the new words they have learnt. This association technique is a well-known phenomenon for memorisation. Here is an example of a playlist you could use for your child.

2.       Singing in Mandarin Chinese

Singing songs that are upbeat and that have a recognisable tune can help children to cement their articulation and pronunciation of words. Parents can also sing popular Mandarin songs to their children or have a little Mandarin Chinese family karaoke session. Here is a jolly playlist of sing-along songs for children.

3.       Make some Chinese friends

Although the pandemic has limited our opportunities to travel and learn about new cultures, it does not mean that we cannot gain exposure to Mandarin Chinese through meeting and conversing with some Chinese friends! How about having a summer pen pal? ‘Global pen friends’ is full of children wanting to meet others around the world, many of whom speak and write in Mandarin. You can also find pen pals based on their age or region they are in.

4.       Watch Chinese movies and TV shows

What better time to binge-watch Netflix shows together as a family than when children are free during their holidays? Watching shows is a fantastic way to pick up pronunciation and articulation, not to mention learn about different cultures too. If you are not sure which shows would be developmentally appropriate or suitable for your children, you can head onto our other blog ‘Top 10 Chinese TV Shows for Mandarin Learning (For your children and the whole family!)’ to learn more.

5.       Read Chinese comics and books together

Similar to watching Chinese movies and TV shows, we suggest that parents spend this quality time reading Chinese books together with their children. If children are bored of reading text-heavy material, you can do a family trip of heading to the library or bookstore together to locate some interesting Chinese comics to read together. There are also many audiobooks available on different apps for children to listen to which will help improve their pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese words.

6.       Camping with Chinese Games

I am not sure about you, but this is definitely one of my favourite past times! Camping is always an enjoyable, wholesome outdoor activity to do with friends and family. It is a great way to experience nature and teach children the names of different flowers, plants, insects and animals in Mandarin Chinese. To maximise their language learning in this environment, you can even bring Chinese flashcards and boardgames to play in your tent. For ideas, you can check out our set of carefully curated and hand-illustrated Bilingual A-Z cards here.

7.       Cooking Chinese food together

It is not a summer without some creativity! Why not pick some traditional Chinese recipes to cook with the family? Parents can print recipes written in Chinese and speak to children using instructional Mandarin Chinese. Children will learn lots of new terms and vocabulary in the process, and also gain some functional cooking skills along the way too! They can also follow YouTube recipes with you to improve their oral, listening and language comprehension skills.

8.       Change the language on your technological devices

It is inevitable that children will have some screen time throughout the summer. To facilitate their learning, parents can change the language on their phones to Mandarin Chinese so that they effortlessly pick up new words while they are at it. You can even change this on your laptop screens. Children may struggle with this at first, but will learn the words ‘send, exit, next, delete’ etc very quickly.

9.       Downloading Mandarin Chinese learning games

Following the topic of screen time, there are many effective language learning apps tailored for children specifically. With these, you won’t have to worry about your child seeing inappropriate content or ads, or playing dangerous online games. Bilingual Chinese learning apps such as Miaomiao’s Chinese for kids or Hao-Ming Yeh can allow children to learn vocabulary based on themes such as nature or animals. They are designed for children aged 3-8 and are suitable for parents who may not be native speakers of the language as children navigate these apps themselves.

10.   A trip to the park or zoo

Language learning can be a walk in the park…quite literally! Parents can bring children to parks to stimulate their senses and teach them the names of different animals in Mandarin Chinese. To take this a step further, children can take pictures of the things they see, print these pictures out and document them in Mandarin Chinese as part of a little journal they keep. Kowloon Park is full of plants, different bird species and even flamingos that children will be excited to see.

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong

Prestigious British Preparatory School in Hong Kong

Located in Hong Kong Island Southside, Wycombe Abbey is a prestigious preparatory school for children aged 5-13. This school uniquely combines a bespoke British curriculum with the Hong Kong curriculum, providing fluency in English and a firm grounding in Chinese. The curriculum is further supplemented by an impressive breadth of activities in their Extra-Curricular Programme (ECAs) which offers more than 40 different clubs to join. This is incorporated into the regular day after school hours. 

What’s special about the school:

  • Wycombe Abbey specially focuses on developing children for the best secondary schools in the future.
  • Educators seek to balance strong academic attainment with a focus on mental and physical health to ensure a well-rounded, holistic education.
  • A key feature of the school is that they offer a high-quality, private UK curriculum following the National Curriculum for England and Wales.
  • The subjects covered in this curriculum are ICT, Science, Physical Education, iSTEAM, Speech and Drama, Music and Art amongst others.

School Details:

Website

http://www.was.edu.hk/

Phone

2129 7100

Email

enquiries@was.edu.hk

School Address

17 Tin Wan Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Curriculum

Combines both the British and Hong Kong primary educational system, with a focus on British preparatory school experience. They also offer a Chinese language and culture curriculum.

Language of Instruction

The main medium of instruction is English, however, English and Chinese provision are balanced. Chinese is taught with the same number of lessons as English and Maths. For Chinese, Putonghua is used as the medium of instruction where children are taught simplified characters but have exposure to traditional characters through extra-curricular activities and additional reading.

Admissions

Year 1 – Year 8. The starting age is 5 years old.

School Hours

The normal school hours are 8.00am – 3.00pm and the average school day includes 9 lessons. However, as part of their ECAs, children are encouraged to stay afterschool to participate in clubs from 3.00pm-5.00pm. If parents are worried about transportation home, Wycombe Abbey also provides school buses for those pupils staying afterschool.

We work closely with Wycombe Abbey School of Hong Kong and its admissions team, making sure our parents get plenty of school information and admissions support. Sign up for future Wycombe Abbey School events or contact our school team now. 

Why is ‘STEAM’ important in early childhood education?

Over the last decade, STEAM has gained significant momentum in the education field, attracting the attention of students, policymakers, and educators alike. Many parents have asked us what STEAM is, what it has to do with their pre-schooler and why it is so important to integrate into early childhood education.

What is it?

Put simply, STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM education is holistic in that there is no one method of inquiry for tackling these subjects; all require creative processes and persistent investigation. STEAM seeks to blur the lines between all these subjects to foster interdisciplinary knowledge.

Why is it important?

In today’s world, it is not enough to merely equip children with academic knowledge confined to the four walls of a classroom. The development of technology and innovation in the 21st century requires that children are able to adapt to the changing needs of the world. The best way to prepare our children, according to President of Enterra Solutions Stephen F. DeAngelis, is to integrate holistic STEAM programs into your child’s early education, as this “prepares students for life, regardless of the profession they choose to follow.”

Why should it be implemented in early childhood education?

It develops a solid foundation of pre-existing skills:
To many parents’ surprise, children actually have the ability to learn STEAM skills even during preschool ages. In one study, researchers showed one-year old children a car hovering in mid-air. These toddlers often dropped the car to explore the concept of gravity. The STEAM framework builds on these skills that children already have during early development. Using each of the five subjects, STEAM helps to nurture problem-solving, critical thinking, awareness of scientific and mathematical ideas and basic executive functioning.

It develops transferable skills:
In contrast to traditional learning, STEAM education integrates all the subjects together to foster inter-disciplinary knowledge and experiential learning. As a result, children gain transferable skills that they can later employ throughout multiple areas of their lives. They also gain crucial life skills early in their lives, such as perseverance, creativity and working as a team.

It promotes child-centred learning:
STEAM builds on preschool children’s innate eagerness to explore by exposing them to novel objects and ideas, making the process of learning both effective and enjoyable. For example, if a class of children were interested in learning about nature and how things grow, a teacher could support this by having the children plant, grow, nurture and be responsible for their very own plants. Children could measure the growth of their plants and observe the factors that aid their growth. This is a STEAM process of investigation, observation and measurement.

It encourages hands-on learning:
STEAM can be classed as a form of inquiry-based learning. This means children are often active in their learning and are not just taught what to learn, but how to learn, how to find solutions and how to test out new ideas. With hands-on learning, children can tackle spatial awareness and geometry skills through exploring size, colours, patterns and sequencing, which can all be explored in science, maths or art. A recent study found significant differences between a group of students who took STEAM programs and a group of students who took science textbook-based programs. Those in the STEAM group had significantly improved levels of scientific creativity after taking the course, including greater verbal and figural creativity.

We understand the importance of STEAM education for your child’s learning journey. We also understand the importance of bilingualism in the modern world, and its significance in nurturing children with an open view of the world. We therefore incorporate STEAM all year round in our preschools and Kindergartens using the instructional medium of Chinese Mandarin. Our bilingual English and Chinese Mandarin immersion summer camps also focus on STEAM activities and dual-language acquisition. For more information, click here.

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