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Back to School: Will Hong Kong’s Primary Students Be Playing Catch-Up?

Back at the end of 2019, if you’d told school principals that within a few weeks their students would be learning remotely, only interacting with teachers and classmates online, they’d have thought the idea preposterous. How could any school possibly deliver a curriculum effectively without face-to-face interaction? Yet here we are, with the summer holidays… View Article

Smooth Sailing Through Online Learning

#SponsoredPost It has been a challenging school year for both families and schools alike, as the second school closure of the year is now stretching into mid-April, and the concept of traditional in-class learning transformed into a completely virtual space. Many parents and schools might have felt daunted by this challenge. Stamford American School Hong… View Article

Your Guide to Early Years and Primary Admissions in Hong Kong

If there’s one thing that’s sure to instil fear in the heart of a Hong Kong parent, it’s the prospect of Early Years and Primary school admissions interviews. It’s perfectly understandable – we know how our children behave at home and what they are capable of, but how will they come across in an interview… View Article

Less ‘tiger’ and more ‘tea’ : Choosing a British tutor over there, rather than a Hong Kong tutor here

Finding the right fit tutor is as important as finding the right fit school and the private tutoring sector in Hong Kong is big business. Getting it right can make a big difference. In 2016, a survey conducted by market research firm Ipsos concluded that around 2,900 schools were providing tutorial courses for Hong Kong’s… View Article

Best of British?

When you try to conjure up the image of a typical British independent school, you see smart children in striped blazers emerging from historic buildings to walk across an expansive green lawn, or perhaps brandishing a lacrosse stick, in the thick of a rugby scrum or pondering their next move on the chess board. Quintessentially… View Article

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Sponsored Post: It would be difficult to imagine what the world will be like in 2050. Career paths that that are on offer to graduates today, may not be readily available in the future. It is possible that by the time a primary school student today enters the workplace, they may need to reinvent themselves… View Article

All Aboard! The Benefits of Boarding Close to Home

Sponsored Content: For many parents in Hong Kong, the idea of sending their child to boarding school is a contentious one. Even if they appreciate the benefits a boarding education can offer, the thought of their son or daughter being overseas, far away from the family unit for months at a time, is simply too… View Article

School Budgeting Guide 2020/21

This year, we have agonised over researching the figures, checking, re-checking and justifying our position on how we’re presenting these figures. It’s complicated! Total Annual Cost   To achieve ‘Total Annual Cost’, we have added tuition fees + mandatory annual levy. For primary, we have taken the figures for Y6 or G5, regardless of where… View Article

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