Hong Kong parents often face a constant dilemma over choosing the right education path for their children. Between the local system and the international school system, there are no easy choices as they involve different challenges and benefits – from teaching and learning style; quantity of homework and assessments; language skills to cultural diversity.
Join our parent sharing session to learn the challenges during the choosing process and enquire about the international school systems of their children, so to make informed decisions on the right path to take.
Senior leaders will reveal what they want in their future employees, and it's not what you think.
This seminar will be focusing on learning in ESF schools from kindergarten to secondary. The speaker(s) will share their insights into the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), and how the ESF curriculum and approaches to learning help bring out the best in every student. ESF Admissions Manager, Julie Wong will then explain the application process and criteria.
Today top private schools in Hong Kong can receive hundreds of applications, so the competition can seem as fierce as the Ivy League Colleges. It’s critical for parents to know which schools to pick, when to start applying, but most importantly what is involved during the interview process, how they can prepare their child and what are the expectations of teachers who assess the children. Learn ‘under the radar tips’ and receive first-hand knowledge from school search experts and parents.
Students and parents are beginning to plan for, and have anxiety about, the university application process at a younger and younger age. In Hong Kong, with a wide variety of schools and curricula to choose from, the question often arises of how a specific curriculum, (IB Diploma, A-Levels, AP, DSE, etc.) will help prepare them for university applications. Apply Ivy, a leading admissions consulting firm in Hong Kong, will be moderating a panel of parents whose children have been through this process, to discuss the benefits of the curriculum they chose, what they wish they had known when their children were younger, and advice to share with parents thinking about their children’s future university careers.
Hear from HKIS Director of Admissions in conversation with members of the HKIS community--a parent, an alumnus, a teacher and a current student. What goes into deciding on a school to send your children? How do you raise creative, collaborative and resilient kids? How does a strong community contribute to success of your child’s education beyond excellent academics? Sometimes it takes a village that is rooted in tradition and strong core values to face the challenges that our children will face in the future.
Encountering a child with special educational needs (SEN) is no longer unusual – many classrooms have at least one. How are primary schools in Hong Kong adapting to the increase in variety of learning styles, social-emotional needs and behavioral profiles? Case studies from local and international school reveals many facets about SEN provision in terms of quantity and quality. Let’s investigate what is working well and where change is still needed.
Is there a way in which children can be given a moral compass – without simply telling them what is right and wrong? Can we as parents and teachers encourage children to make their own minds up about morality, or is this simply too risky? How can we look after our children to ensure that they make the right decisions without forcing those decisions on them? Indeed, if we resort to simply telling them what is right and wrong, this provides the perfect base for normal teenage rebellion. But if we provide opportunities for structured questioning and the careful analysis of moral dilemmas, teaching about consequences and different ways of moral reasoning – this may provide a longer lasting and more secure way of ensuring our children are able to make good decisions. And if we do this whilst understanding a little about child and teenage moral development – in other words, understanding how brains work at that age – then we can provide our children with the best possible foundation for the difficult decision they may need to face in the future.
The importance of the brain’s Executive Functions (self-regulation) has become a topic of great interest recently, as recent Longitudinal research has turned developmental psychology on its head: showing that strong Executive Functions at age 4 are a more important predictor of positive life outcomes than intelligence, parent income, and education.
An authentic - bilingual - Montessori environment encourages effective brain development of the Executive Functions at each level (Toddler through Adolescence) - building strong foundations for learning, creating, and success in life.
AISHK follows the Australian National Curriculum, and in the senior secondary years offers students the choice to undertake either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) or NSW Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC). Whilst academic rigour and achievement is of importance, our school also realises the increasing pressures faced by young people in a rapidly changing world. Join us as we share how AISHK educates the whole student through Positive Education to ensure wellbeing is an integral part of life at school and beyond. AISHK is passionate about providing a holistic education which sees students flourish into well-rounded, globally-minded and responsible individuals.
ISF Academy aims to go beyond offering a bilingual (English/ Putonghua) education. With our values rooted in Chinese culture, our mission is to instil this character in our students, together with the mindset and attitude of truly global citizens. Join us as we discuss how, as Middle School Principals, we implement a code of ethics and utilise an ambitious, international curriculum and staff to achieve this.
The ability to communicate in more than one language is an increasingly attractive prospect and fostering bilingualism in students is central to the new pedagogical approach which will be implemented in Primary at the French International School of Hong Kong (FIS) from September 2018. At FIS there are two streams: the French Stream following the French National Curriculum and the International Stream following the English National Curriculum. This early focus on bilingualism aims to create a naturally bilingual environment where students can switch effortlessly between English and French.
Introducing the Kellett Learner Profile and how it underpins a quality learning experience for students aged 4 – 18.
Parents often wonder how innovative education can help support their children's future in a changing world but often worry if innovative education comes at a cost to a child's core skills. This panel led by Stamford American Head of School, Karrie Dietz and Stamford's faculty and students will explore how schools can successfully blend both innovative and "Traditional" learning to provide the best outcome for students.
Our emphasis on Science, Technology, Art and Design and Maths through our collaboration with M.I.T., encourages out students to think of creative, practical and solutions to the world’s problems. From dealing with the plastic ocean problem to Hong Kong’s air and water pollution, our students are looking for answers.
Come and hear their ideas and how they have applied their knowledge so far in our Makerspace with the technology available like robotics, VR and AR headsets.
The new Learning Communities space is all about creating a community, breaking down barriers, opening up the classroom and prepare each child for the 21st Century. This new concept allows the teachers students relationship to blossom through meaningful engagement in flexible spaces that provide a variety of areas to accommodate different learning styles.
Led by Ben Keeling, Principal at Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, this presentation will explore the relationship between tradition and innovation in an educational context. Drawing upon almost 500 years of proud heritage and experience, Shrewsbury prides itself upon its reputation for an innovative and creative thematic programme, founded upon the rigour of the British National Curriculum.
From its beginnings over 30 years ago, Generations has conducted parenting courses aiming to strengthen school-home partnerships.
The OECD reported in 2013 that parents who participate in parenting courses “feel more secure in interactions with their children, boost their sense of well-being and benefit their children.”
In this panel discussion we will highlight several of the parenting courses run at Generations schools. Dr Gerald Lui will share about the Connecting with Kids emotion coaching course held at Island Christian Academy, and Mrs Tess Baguio, Principal of Small World Christian Kindergarten, will share about the First Steps family enrichment programme and Family Visioning Workshop. Gail Maidment, Executive Director of Generations, will moderate panel discussions.
Gloria’s presentation will highlight how she has engaged and leveraged the Shenzhen community through art and brought real-life experience back to her students. As part of this presentation, Gloria will also be talking about the integration of immersive technology in the classroom.
Dr. Blurton has worked in the fields of Education, Child Psychology and Educational Psychology for more than 30 years, practicing clinically as well as teaching at the university level and working with schools. In Hong Kong, she is the founder and Clinical Director of the Blurton Family Development Center and the 2009 recipient of the American Chamber of Commerce Ira Dan Kaye Award for Community Service in Hong Kong.
In 2013, Dr. Blurton was the opening speaker at Hong Kong’s first TEDx-Education Conference and is well known as a leader in the fields of education and psychology.
Dr. Blurton has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Developmental Psychology and Master’s Degrees in both Special Education and Psychology. She is a Qualified Teacher in Hong Kong and a Certified Montessori Teacher (AMS). She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in two states in the United States and a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong.
She has served as consultant to numerous international schools and speaks both locally and internationally on topics related to gifted education, alternative or progressive education, child and family development, expatriate children (“Third Culture Kids”), and special educational needs.