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Merchiston International School: a top-ranked independent British school will open in Longhua District of Shenzhen, China in August 2018

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The first British international boarding school has arrived in town. The Merchiston International School (MIS), Shenzhen, will officially open in Longhua District in August this year. MIS is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, a top-ranked independent school located in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK with a history of over 185 years. MIS is also the first international school in Shenzhen providing an authentic British education and boarding system.   Extraordinary teachers, who love to teach Led by the Head of School, Mr Chris Lynn, the teaching team of MIS consists of the Head of Juniors, Head of Seniors, Head of Boarding, Houseparents, teachers and teaching assistants. Among the currently confirmed teaching team, over 80% are from the UK. All the teachers are highly qualified with degrees and teaching qualifications with teaching experience both in the UK and...

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Letting Children Lead: Developing Skills for the Next Generation

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How can young children direct their own learning? Will they not just want to play? These are common questions we hear at Fairchild where we provide an emergent curriculum based on children’s interests and where we make learning through play meaningful, impactful, fun and memorable. We observe children’s interests, we pose questions, and before we know it, there is room full of children engaging in discussion, asking questions, solving problems, and coming up with ideas. These ideas are the basis for the children’s class projects delivered in the Reggio Emilia inspired approach of learning through play and inquiry. At Fairchild, we understand that children are innately curious and when given the space, time and guidance they are able to learn naturally in an authentic and safe environment which allows them to make sense of the world around them. In creating this...

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Creative makerspaces and flexible learning spaces to suit students’ learning needs

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International schools in Hong Kong are beginning to set new standards with their architectural designs that focus on the best learning environment for students. Some of Hong Kong’s well-established and newly-developed international schools have spaces that promote co-operation and inspire students to become more engaged in a particular subject. A culture of creativity and discovery in Education: Makerspaces Schools such as Canadian International School, Hong Kong International School, Nord Anglia International School, The Harbour School and Yew Chung International School have active Makerspaces and inspirational learning spaces that promote innovation, design, technology, problem-solving and teamwork using such things as 3-D printers, woodwork and hand tools. So what is a makerspace? Well, it can be clearly defined as a place where students can gather to create, invent,...

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Tai Po School Aims to be Asian Centre-of-Excellence

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In the overcrowded metropolis that is Hong Kong, one visionary school is aiming to become Asia’s inaugural Forest School Development Centre. ICHK Hong Lok Yuen is leading a pioneering programme, which will culminate in the prestigious accreditation. The Tai Po school is set to achieve its vision of being a leader in outdoor learning and Forest School education by the summer. As well as the Development Centre status, it is on track to be the only school in Hong Kong to achieve the acclaimed Learning Outside the Classroom Gold Award. Over the past 18 months, a major programme has been underway to embed the Forest School philosophy into the school curriculum. Forest School Leader Ho Mei Chau delivers a structured programme of lessons, which enable students to learn and thrive in the outdoors. Ho Mei is among the first of Hong Kong’s qualified Level 3 Forest School...

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COMPARISON OF IPC and PYP

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The International Primary Curriculum – preparing 21st century learners for a globalised world By Gail Maidment, Executive Director, Generations Christian Education When choosing an international school for your child, a major factor in any parent’s decision is curriculum. Curriculum can be a confusing subject, and questions abound. Is IB appropriate for my child? What about curricula from the UK, USA, or Australia? Does the curriculum focus only on...   When choosing an international school for your child, a major factor in any parent’s decision is curriculum. Curriculum can be a confusing subject, and questions abound. Is IB appropriate for my child? What about curricula from the UK, USA, or Australia? Does the curriculum focus only on academic learning, or is it more holistic? What will best prepare them for further study—or indeed, for their life...

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