From cutting-edge revision aids to a raft of new school openings, there’s a lot going on this month.
If your kids are struggling with exam prep, a new online tutoring service launched in Hong Kong this month could be just what you’re looking for. The brain-child of Oxford-educated businessmen Richard Howorth and
Alastair Altham, the service uses British undergraduates from top UK universities to lead online tutorials. Students can opt for group or one-on-one sessions in almost any discipline or area in which they need help.
All sessions are recorded, so students are able to re-play sessions at a later date. “Our Learning Cloud uses the latest social learning technology,” says Tute.hk chairman Richard Howorth. “The e-booking system allows parents to select, contact and book tutors whenever they need to.” As well as individual subjects, study areas covered also include the International UK Entrance Test, IGCSEs, A-levels and IB. Tutors have access to a huge online library of coursework materials.
All tutors are carefully selected and offered appropriate support and guidance. “These undergrads are among the brightest in the UK and are at the top of their game. They are also very passionate about their subject areas,” said Howorth. The team has also launched a Wider Learning programme to encourage students to explore areas outside of their school subjects. From art history to American politics, sculpture to Ancient China, the sky’s the limit for kids (and even adults) who want to broaden their learning horizons.
To sign up or find out more, see tute.hk
All systems go for new Brit school
The foundations have been laid for Malvern College, the latest British school to arrive in Hong Kong. Originally founded in Worcestershire, UK, in 1865, the school ranks within the top 5% of UK schools. Malvern’s Hong Kong-based independent, co-educational day school aims to eventually provide 960 spaces for primary and secondary students. It will use the International Baccalaureate as its backbone curriculum, along with a broad co-curriculum focusing on sport, drama and the arts.
The school will be placing special emphasis on Chinese, developing a tailored Mandarin curriculum in conjunction with Beijing Normal University. There will be further exchange opportunities for students with Malvern’s sister schools in Qingdao and Chengdu. Malvern also aims to be the first school in Hong Kong to introduce the Forest School curriculum, where students are encouraged to interact and learn from nature. The school will be located adjacent to Hong Kong Science Park in Tai Po, New Territories, and hopes to open its doors to students in September 2018. The admissions process begins this coming September.
For more details, malverncollege.org.hk
First-ever prep school set for Hong Kong
Prestigious British preparatory school Mount Kelly (formerly Mount House School) has announced it will be opening a campus on Hong Kong’s Gold Coast. Opened in 1877 for “the sons of naval officers and other gentlemen,” Mount Kelly is today regarded as one of the best prep schools in southwest England.According to headmaster and principal of the Mount Kelly Foundation Mark Semmence, “we will effectively be Hong Kong’s first standalone British prep school”. The British preparatory system runs from five years to 13 years, when students are “fed” into secondary schools. Mount Kelly is aiming for a student make- up of 60% UK or EU passport holders; 10% holding “other” passports; and 30% local students, all with having an eye to continuing their education in the UK.
The school will be located in So Kwun Wat on Hong Kong’s Gold Coast. Applications and admissions will open this September, with the school scheduled to open in 2017. Fees are expected to be $1,500 for applications, and up to $180,000 per year (years 7 and 8). All applicants must hold either an Individual Nomination Certificate or Corporate Nomination Certificate, available from this month at $1.92 million per child.
…On the hunt for a pre-school? Woodland Kennedy Town will be throwing open its doors this month. 10am-2pm, June 11, Hau Wo Building, 3C Davis Street, Kennedy Town, firstname.lastname@example.org
…The Australian International School will be saying “G’day” at its Kowloon Tong-based campus. 9am-11.30am, June 16, 1 Norfolk Road, Kowloon Tong email@example.com
…New kid on the block American School Hong Kong is holding a Parent Information Session. 1pm-2pm, June 2, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 1301 Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central, ashk.hk.