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How to Carefully Consider New Schools

The past few years have seen around 30 new preschools and primary/secondary schools establishing in various locations across Hong Kong. Schools boast state-of-the-art facilities including sky pitches, green roofs, black box theatres, coding and STEM/STEAM programs, unusual sports such as fencing and cricket, and the list goes on and on as each attempts to differentiate… View Article

Beginning with the end in mind

Kindergarten is the first stop on your child’s educational journey. Once you know where you want them to end up, then you can start planning.  Any parent in Hong Kong contemplating their child’s first educational steps will be well aware of, and likely confused by, the array of choices when it comes to the variety… View Article

Sharing, Caring & Collaborating

Sponsored Post: Over recent years, there have been numerous studies on the importance of a more holistic approach to education. “…early childhood educators are being challenged to incorporate a teaching practice that focuses less on the traditional milestones of academic development, and more on the complete physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of a child. (Raise… View Article

Getting To and Through College

Sponsored Post: The focus of schools in Hong Kong has traditionally been about preparing students for college academically. However, research has shown that this is not enough to help students be successful. On February 21, The Harbour School (THS) hosted a talk and panel discussion titled “College Transition: How High School Should Prepare Your Child… View Article

How does music and musicality impact upon the development of young children

Sponsored Post: Children of all ages express themselves through music. You often hear pre-schoolers making up songs, clapping hands, or swaying to a ‘beat’ when they hear music on the radio or television. Often school curriculums view music as additional or extra curricular, rather than being an integral part of the solid foundation of children’s… View Article

Top Schools in SmartParent Magazine

  Originally published in SmartParents Magazine, 22 June 2017  

Beyond the glossy brochures

The 4th International Schools Festival was held on 15 September 2018, with over 50 schools and over 1,500 parents attending. This event is an important and popular way for parents to find out key details about the international school scene, but it’s only the first step on a much longer journey. At Top Schools, we… View Article

Victoria takes the messy out of messy play

We can hardly keep up with the new openings! Almost every month, news of another new centre, kindergarten or, more rarely, a primary/secondary school lands on our desks. News of a new Victoria playgroup did, however, make us sit up and take notice, because of the possible implications to admissions at Victoria Kindergartens. We’ll unpack… View Article

Nurturing individuality – Sending your children to different schools has its advantages

Parents choose different schools for their children for many reasons. They often don’t do so deliberately yet, when faced with this as a necessity, it turns out to be a positive experience. As a decision, it may come down to the child’s personality, curriculum, learning “style”, class size or location. A growing number of parents… View Article

Experiencing the joy of learning at Hong Kong Academy

Sponsored Post: At HKA, we believe that learning should be fun. Students of all ages at HKA experience the joy of learning as they stretch themselves and apply their knowledge in ways that are meaningful and relevant. HKA teachers help students open the doors of their own creativity as they hone their problem-solving skills. As… View Article

Eight reasons why it’s an A* for Harrow Hong Kong’s Sixth Form

Sponsored Post: Year 13 pupil, Morgan Jack, explains why the Sixth Form (Years 12-13) at Harrow Hong Kong provides the perfect preparation for university and life beyond. 1.  Excellence We all want to achieve the very best of our potential and give ourselves choices in life. At Harrow Hong Kong, the A-level grades are outstanding,… View Article

The Empire Strikes Back: The Growth of Cricket in Hong Kong

Sponsored Post: The growth of the British Empire introduced many new things to the world including the ‘gentlemen’s game’ of cricket. Widely recognised for teaching persistence, strength, camaraderie and sportsmanship, cricket is a sport now played by a staggering 220 million men and women across the globe. Second only to football in terms of the… View Article

How to Go Round and Round the Garden Without Getting Dizzy: Making a plan for early childhood education

Raising youngsters is largely about nurturing personal growth – kindergarten is a German word meaning ‘garden of children’ – but not all flora flourishes under the same conditions. When creating an education plan for your child, there’s no point planning too far ahead. The process is daunting enough without the burden of trying to predict… View Article

The power of play: can kids really LEARN through having fun?

In today’s world, most educators would argue that we should be encouraging children to play at every opportunity. Yet many Hong Kong parents – and some schools – continue to undervalue the educational value of play, often believing in a false dichotomy that “play is play” and “learning is learning”. This quiet resistance to play… View Article

Forget the BEST School; Find the BEST FIT School

If we had a dollar for every time we’re asked “What’s the best school in Hong Kong?”. There is no such thing! We don’t have any rankings and the best school for your colleague’s / cousin’s / best friend’s kid is quite possibly the absolute worst school for your kid. So, if we focus on… View Article

A quick and easy way to assess if your child is receiving sufficient exposure in English

Are you hoping to raise a native English speaking child in a home where English is a minority language? Here’s a very common scenario: Your first language is not English; it may be Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese or any other langauge. You do speak English – perhaps almost to native level – and you want your… View Article

Top Schools Sai Kung Community Education Event highlights strong support for the EYFS

Born ready to learn and interested in the world around them, deciding which early learning school will provide the best-fit for their children is an exciting, yet daunting experience every Hong Kong parent needs to make. Aware that a child’s well-being, happiness and resilience can be profoundly affected by the quality of the early-learning they… View Article

Play now and thrive later – Yew Chung International School’s early learning philosophy underpins sought after skills for the 21st century

Committed to providing a nurturing, holistic, dual English and Chinese language environment, Yew Chung International School (YCIS) Early Childhood Education Section (ECE) believes its defining early learning proposition is its play-based activities that inspire inquisitiveness and creativity that can help children to thrive in the future. “So often we hear about the importance of allowing children… View Article

Nord Anglia International School – enriching learning experiences beyond the ordinary

Sponsored Post: With each child treated as a unique individual, the key aim at the Nord Anglia InternationalSchool (NAIS) and early learning campuses in Hong Kong is to ensure that every student is provided with the most personalised learning experience possible. NAIS principal Brian Cooklin says the recently opened Nord Anglia Early Years campus located… View Article

Mills International Preschool MindUp programme helps young learners to stay in tune with their emotions

Sponsored Post: Not only do young learners at Mills International Preschool enjoy a play-based, active learning environment delivered through the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), they are also helped to discover how to cope with different types of emotions and stress young learners are likely to encounter. For instance, when young children come across… View Article