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The forest school revolution in Hong Kong: exploring the outdoors and acquiring life skills

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In Hong Kong, the ‘Forest School’ concept is spreading organically, spurred by concerns about children’s loss of contact and understanding of nature. Schools such as: Discovery Bay International School, Forest House Waldorf School, ICHK Hong Lok Yuen, Malvern College Preschool, and Wilderness Preschool have all incorporated the approach into their Early Years Programmes. This is not a means for children to burn off energy outside, instead the divide between indoors and outdoors is broken and children learn in and from nature. Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of students. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork. So no wonder, it is becoming so popular. A Forest School is an inspiring place where children do their learning...

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TAI PO SCHOOL UNVEILS PIONEERING FOREST SCHOOL VISION

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ICHK Hong Lok Yuen is delighted to unveil its vision to be a leader in outdoor learning and Forest School education. Our beautiful green campus at Hong Lok Yuen provides us with the perfect location to develop this pioneering approach in Hong Kong. Research shows that if children have regular access to a rich outdoor environment, they will have greater self-esteem, be more confident and develop better concentration, resilience and independence. Innovative work is now underway to establish our very own Forest School and outdoor classroom in our grounds. The development of our Forest School is aimed at further enhancing our educational programme. It is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning where children are encouraged and inspired through positive outdoor experiences. Principal Ruth Woodward said: “The aim is to engage students in learning...

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New School on the block

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Shrewsbury International School will open in Tseung Kwan O (Siu Chik Sha) district in August 2018. This will be the second international school to be established by Shrewsbury School UK.   Learn more from Ben Keeling, Principal ________________________________________________________________ Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong: A purpose built Primary School for a quality British education   Opening in August 2018     Learn more from Ben Keeling, Principal, about Shrewsbury International School, Hong Kong.     Founded by Royal Charter in 1552, Shrewsbury School is one of Britain’s best reputed schools and among the original nine ‘Great Schools’ of Britain. Shrewsbury’s tradition of academic excellence reaches to the time of the great British monarch Elizabeth I who supported its development and expansion to...

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Setting a unique approach to the IB Diploma Programme – Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS)

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We’ve all heard about the IB Diploma, but what does it really stand for, what does it actual mean and what are the benefits? Learn more about the uniqueness of the IB Diploma at CDNIS and our own opinion on the advantages of the IB Dip.   The challenging, but highly rewarding two-year Diploma Programme (DP) is a core aspect of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum offered at Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS).   What distinguishes the programme at CDNIS from other DP programmes in the region is the fact that all students at CDNIS take the full DP and twin it with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Graduating with two high school diplomas offers students versatility in their applications to post-secondary institutions. We encourage students to apply on the strengths of both programmes, with the OSSD showcasing a student’s...

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Small World Christian Kindergarten—celebrating 30 years

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“Nurturing a child’s sense of personal worth and therefore hope and dreams for wonderful future is perhaps the most important responsibility of every grown-up in a child’s life.” Thirty years ago, a small team of young teachers took up this responsibility towards the children of Hong Kong. Opening its doors in 1986, Small World Christian Kindergarten pursued a vision to invest in the next generation, building them up with strong foundations of love, self-esteem, and learning.             A sense of history is immediately apparent when you walk through the doors of No. 10, Borrett Road. The premises that this not-for-profit kindergarten has operated out of for the past 30 years is a Grade II heritage listed building, formerly a British military hospital and, for a time, the site of Island School. Today,...

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