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School news New English-language primary for Hong Kong Island

Diary dates February 9 Yew Chung International School will be holding a Secondary Information Session for prospective parents to gain a better understanding of the YCIS curriculum, background and educational philosophy. Registration from 5.45pm, the event runs from 6-7.30pm, 3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong,

February 15 & 16

Architectural rendering of the newly renovated Tin Hau campus, built in 1957.

Charity organisation Po Leung Kuk has announced it will be opening a new, private primary school in Tin Hau. The school - Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA) Po Leung Kuk School - will open in August for approximately 180 children aged between six and eight years. The HKCA originally built the school in 1957 to house the Building Contractors’ Association School and the Building Contractors’ Association Kindergarten. Both schools closed in 2007 and the premises have since been used temporarily by a number of institutions. Po Leung Kuk, one of Hong Kong’s largest charity organisations, is now renovating the premises in collaboration with the HKCA to establish a new school on the site. The school aims to implement the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme curriculum framework, with an anticipated 2020 authorisation. At this time and subject to approval from the Education Bureau, the registration of the school will change from private to international school status. All classes, apart from one daily lesson in Mandarin, will be delivered in English. Fees will be set at $89,800/year with no 36

annual levy, no debenture, and no hidden costs - a welcome move for many Hong Kong parents. The school will be inclusive and non-selective, offering places in grades 1 to 3 the first year of opening, adding an additional grade each subsequent year up to G5. It will also establish a feeder kindergarten at the same location in August 2018. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to develop a wonderful learning community in a newly refurbished facility here in Hong Kong. We are establishing an inclusive, community school providing a transdisciplinary, challenging learning environment in a happy, safe and caring family-like atmosphere,” said founding principal David Priest, who has previous experience leading new schools through the IB authorisation process, Originally from the UK, Priest has been an educator for over 35 years and has taught in Japan, Kenya, India and China. The campus will be located on Tin Hau Temple Road, Braemar Hill. Expressions of interest are now being accepted at from both local and overseas passport holders.

Meet superindentant Malcolm Kay at Stamford American School’s Open House. Enjoy light refreshments with Stamford’s Admissions team and find out more about the school. Open to families with children aged five to 18 years, sessions run midday to 2pm and 6-8pm. Stamford American School, Suites 4005-07, Lvl 40, Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central. RSVP to, or 2500 8688.

February 25 The British Council Pre-School will be holding an open day at its Admiralty campus from 9.30am-12.30pm. Applications for K1-3 for the 2017-18 academic year are now open. Call 2913 5290 or register at; 1/F, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty.

February 18-April 8 OWN Academy is launching a series of Saturday workshops based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory. OWN takes learning out of the classroom, focusing on experiential learning, entrepreneurship, innovation and independent thinking through a variety of workshops, camps and programmes run throughout the year. This latest series of workshops runs from February 18 to April 8, 3.30-6.30pm. Sign up at OWN2017SignUp or see for details.

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