- 25-08-2011, 01:50 PM #1
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- 25-08-2011, 08:36 PM #2
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
- Tung Chung, Hong Kong
My children are attending Discovery Mind Kindergarten in Tung Chung. This is their second year attending and they enjoy it very much. They are both in the Bilingual scheme and are doing fairly well in both languages. It's a nice school with a good curriculum, but due to space restrictions the campus is lacking a proper outdoor play area. I would say that one more complaint would be that the staff appear to be quite disorganised, and this could be due to the turnover each year. Overall our priority is that the children are happy and successful in school and DMK is a good fit for our children.
- 05-09-2011, 10:22 PM #3
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- Sep 2011
My son started from ESF kindy wu kia sha back in 2009 K1-K2.My son really loved his school and every thing about it.He really have good memories about his first school.The teachers are really understanding.
ESF kindies kids are(according to my veiw):
very expressive,a bit talktive,good thinkers,they love art/drawing and very good at sharing things means very good boy/girl.
The only drawback what i feel is that just like other ESF kindies(using PYP curiculum) they do not focus on writing like other local style international kindergartens.
- 05-09-2011, 10:47 PM #4
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- Sep 2011
After attending Esf kindy my son did not got accepted at a ESF primary school.because they do not accept him in P1 as he cannot pass their written tests.Now my son go to ST. JOHANNES KINDERGARTEN in Kowloon tong(started on 15 august only).
Its a lot different then the Esf kindy.i would say a local style english school.They have books for english and maths and chinese.So reading and writing and a lot of pressure.which i think can effect the kids behaviour.
He have a heavy bag and have to follow a lots of things, a good training school though. but his teacher is very helping.
but i know he will able to read and write and can get in to any primary school next yr.
- 06-09-2011, 03:50 PM #5
- Join Date
- Dec 2007
TUTOR TIME WOW - KOWLOON TONG
We have been with this centre for the last two years and found it fantastic.
We started with the playgroup 3 days a week when my daughter was 1.5 yr old and shifted to nursery when she turned 3. Initially we found the school extremely expensive (all the other playgroups charged the fees per class, but here it was per month, so sometimes in dec or feb paying 3.5K for 5-6 classes seemed just too much). But gradually as we started to know the school and the systems, we found it was worth the money we were spending.
The class was for 1.5hr, half an hout english and half an mandarin, with 15 min in between for snacks and playtime. There was always a class teacher joined by a language teacher. The teachers were extremely considerate and very friendly to talk to. In fact when we started, my daughter would never sit at one place and see what the teacher was doing, always running around and distarcted by toys in the class, but instead of telling me to control the child, i found that the class teacher would very gently bring her back and make her sit with herself. Both the english and mandarin teachers were very experienced and knew how to keep the children interested in what they were doing. Activities or artworks they made in the class room we also very educational and fun for the kids to do and were designed according to the age of the kids. As we peak english at home, it was never a priority for us to learn at school, but thanks to her mandarin teacher, very soon she started to pick up mandarin and now sometimes we find her singing mandarin songs while she is playing.
After about 1.5 yr in playgroup, we moved on to nursery in the same campus. And it was a wonderful experience for her. She was so happy there that after one w eek, shw would cry every sat and sun morning that she wanted to go to school and that she is missing her teachers. The nursery program is also designed the smae way - half english and half mandarin. The teachers again were fantastic and they were so closely involved with every child that sometimes i found that what they told me about my daughter, actually i never knew that. Every morning they would listen to all the stories that she had to tell them. The parents can talk to them anyday when you go to drop off or pick up ar call them up. They never ever told me that i need to take an appointment prioir to meeting them. They send a weekly report about what was done in the class and a monthly report with class photos so that parents were kept involved. Sometimes they would invite parents to come for story reading or some talk in the class. In the six months that my daughter was there in nursery, she learned a lot and i saw a major positive change in her attitude and she was more patient while playing with other children. At the end of the term, they made a very nice book/portfolio with the atworks and photos of the child, and i really had tears in my eyes when i went through the portfolio. A lot of hardwork put in by the teachers to show the parents the very best of their children. They also gave a CD with all the songs that they learnt in the class, recorded by the teachers themselves. It was a wonderful present for the kids, and will always make them remember their teachers.
In terms of facilties, i think the campus is quite spacious and designed like a paradise for kids. They have a big outdoor play area and a small pond with a few fish and turtles, which were every child's favourite. There are washrooms between two clasrooms and an aunty to clean up/ help the kids is always there. They are taught to wash hands very frequently, like when they reach school, after playing, before snack etc. The nursery kids have to change shoes before they enter the class and after a week my daughter was able to change her shoes/socks on her own.
They have a big gym play area which is quite a lot of fun with trampolines etc, a soft playroom and a village room with market stalls, kitchen library scenes etc. Overall the campus is one of the best in HK.
I would highly recommend this school and i can still keep on writing a lot about our experience there, but, to conclude i would say that we are happy to be a part the school for the last two years, and would definitely go back there if we have a second baby. I am glad that we were able to give our daughter a positive start to school life and she as she starts K1 now in ESF, we hope she enjoys and loves her school as much as she did in Tutor time.
- 10-09-2011, 02:24 PM #6
Po Leung Kuk Centenary Li Shiu Chung Memorial College
I'm currently a F.7 student in Po Leung Kuk Centenary Li Shiu Chung Memorial College. My school is a local EMI (English medium of instruction) school and keeps this status after the reform. My school has good academic results and has 100% university admission rate in F.7 graduates nearly every year.
In terms of sports, our swimming team is excellent, winning lots of prizes every year and our table-tennis team is also good. Moreover, our school also does well in various external competition such as Maths Olympiad.
In terms of extra-curricular competition, the PTA organises community service every month. Our school also have some societies to do extra-curricular activities like hiking, making robots, arts, etc.
Because of space limitation, our school is crowded but we've already done the best to build a new annex to replace the teacher's car park in respond to the growing number of classes of the 3-3-4 curriculum. Our class size has reduced from 44 per F.1 class to 36 per F.1 class now, moreover, our school is employing middle-class (about 25 per class) teaching in inferior classes to help students who are below the average.
As our school is highly popular in Tuen Mun, it is very difficult to get in. Our school only admits band 1 students in recent years, moreover, due to the reduction of number of classes in the whole Tuen Mun district, you should expect the competition to be more fierce.
- 25-09-2011, 11:50 AM #7
- Join Date
- May 2006
- hong kong
Sunshine House, Tung Chung
I had a son who attended Nursery and a daughter who currently attends playgroup twice a week. I have found the teachers to be the best asset at this school (this wasn't the case a couple of years ago). The changes in school supervisor has had a huge positive impact on the school.
There are a few international kindergartens in Tung Chung, but Sunshine House wins hands down in terms of facilities. It has a big outdoor playground with lots of structures to climb, slide down, hide etc as well as swings. They also have a lot of outdoor toys (trikes, cars, hoops etc) which the kids are allowed to play with, without any restriction during playtime.
Class sizes are small (max 15 children) in nursery, K1, K2, K3 and there is always a lead teacher aswell as an assistant in each class. There is a good balance of guided learning, free play aswell as structured learning time (i.e. writing practice, maths, mandarin). Classes are organised so that children of similar ages are grouped together (as even a few months age difference when a child is 2 means their capabilities and needs are different).
THey also have a well run summer programme for kids, with lots of different activities with at least 1 outing per week. When weather permits, they will also set up the big paddling pools for the kids to enjoy that is loved by all.
My son loved the school and my daughter does too now.
- 27-09-2011, 02:24 PM #8
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- Apr 2011
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