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

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 number of… 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

With each child treated as a unique individual, the key aim at the Nord Anglia International School (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 in… View Article

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

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 the concept… View Article

Malvern College Preschool Hong Kong recognises the importance of outdoor learning during the early years

Believing that you can never start good habits too early, Malvern College Hong Kong Preschool’s educational philosophy is focused on developing life-long learning by encouraging each child’s curiosity, open-mindedness, resilience and collaboration. In addition, recognising the importance of outdoor play for young children’s healthy physical and mental growth, Malvern is the first school in Hong… View Article

Leading Lights: Scholarships at American School Hong Kong

Winning financial support for a child to attend one of Hong Kong’s prestigious international schools is a dream scenario for countless Hong Kong families. Likewise, schools view scholarships as a means to attract the best and brightest talent to their campuses, and to create opportunities for those who might otherwise be unable to enjoy the… View Article

More Time for Play: Making Sense of the EYFS

Getting it right in the early years of a child’s educational journey has become widely accepted as integral to improving long-term outcomes. Perhaps due to a combination of a Confucian ethic and neo-liberal economic influence, Hong Kong’s schools have a reputation for intensive preparation from a young age, and a worrying tendency to overburden children… View Article

SCMP: Primary-only nurture ‘ bigger’ fish

Article published on as : Primary-only schools square up to through schools in battle for pupils

Keeping the Faith in Hong Kong’s Religious Schools

Religious schools are often shrouded in mystery to those outside the faith. Yet faith-based schools are often well placed to meet the needs of a broader cohort, largely due to the fact that many religious values mesh neatly with the basic moral tenets of education, such as learning, integrity, wisdom and service. Belief in the… View Article

Chess In Schools: Making the Right Move

Sponsored Post: Claimed to be the oldest game in the world, the ancient pastime of chess has a long, rich history. Debatably originating in India in the 6th century and spreading quickly through China, the Middle East, and eventually Europe, the ultimate game of strategy has thrived across the world for centuries – including in… View Article

Scholarships: A helping hand?

Sponsored Post: As the tuition fees at prestigious international schools continue to rise in Hong Kong, it makes sense that families look for ways to subsidise the significant costs. Schools value the breadth and expertise of their own student cohorts as education experts agree that enrolling high-performing individuals from a range of backgrounds can have a… View Article

Sai Kung Community Education Event: EYFS Experience Day – 20 January 2018

Top Schools is bringing together Sai Kung district schools for a packed program of educational activities and informative, interactive sessions for the whole family. At Hebe Haven Yacht Club, local kindergartens and schools offering the Early Years Foundation Stage from the UK will show children and parents EYFS in action. Aimed at parents of children… View Article

Forest Schools: Call of the Wild

Sponsored Post: Despite the common consensus that outdoor living is hugely beneficial to young people’s development, Hong Kong’s combination of extreme humidity, high population density, and inconsistent air quality means kids often find themselves staying inside for days on end. The pioneering forest school learning initiative has become an increasingly popular antidote to the dystopian… View Article

The Code of Success

Sponsored Post: In a growing number of Hong Kong schools, “coding” has become the literacy lingo of choice. For those confused by the world of computer science, code is the written instructions we give to a computer to perform a task at any given moment. As contemporary society grapples with the promise of an increasingly… View Article

擠進全港50家國際學校?這位太太給小童開了一間獵頭公司 | A “headhunting” company for children facing competition at international schools in Hong Kong

Original article: Translated version (Chinese version below): A “headhunting” company for children facing the competition at international schools in Hong Kong “Getting into a school is an art. Like a headhunting company, we propose a child to their suitable school.” Within the affluent circles of Hong Kong, Ruth Benny, originally from the UK, is someone… View Article