Our English Department is a truly global department with a diverse faculty from around the world. This eclectic mix is responsible for teaching our students English. Literature forms the basis of our English curriculum. Through fiction and non-fiction texts, students perfect the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, with an accompanying focus on accurate grammar. This contextual learning helps students to master the language effortlessly, use it fluently and to develop a lifelong enjoyment of reading for pleasure.
Students also participate in Inquiry Based Learning projects (IBL), which help them to apply these learned skills through research-based topics. These group-based activities nurture natural curiosity, critical and lateral thinking, hands-on learning and teamwork. The research projects also cultivate strong presentation skills. This ensures that our students are able to adapt their written and spoken language appropriately, so they can present their findings in a range of different contexts.
Formal teaching is just one way of encouraging students to become lifelong learners. We also make language learning fun through various extra-curricular activities.
Assessment: Both formative and summative assessments help students to chart their progress. Using a wide variety of assessment methods, students’ language skills are tested. Students regularly practice peer assessment, leading to a reflective and constructive learning environment.
In-line with our school philosophy of all-round development in our students, our boarding life provides a nurturing ambience and real opportunities for the students. We are proud to say that over the years with our programme we have consistently contributed meaningful citizens to the society.
Benefits of Boarding?
Boarding is an integral part of school life; a home away from home where students learn physical, mental and emotional independence. This new found confidence will help students to be pro-active in all aspects of life and also will gear them for critical thinking people.
With appropriate guidance and real opportunities, students will learn the much-needed values in life, to root them more firmly into their surroundings, which is an important facet of a personality.
This sharing and learning will teach them co-operation and appreciation for family and life in general. The students will also learn the skills of communication, reasoning and negotiation.
Being away from home means that students have to try harder to solve their problems and to seek support and advice from other sources. But boarding at SSCPS provides a supportive, warm and friendly environment for them to develop lasting friendship. It will provide a very strong basis for their future development both educationally and socially.
This boarding experience will provide them with the opportunity to develop more fully in the following key areas:
Classroom teaching coupled with boarding is a holistic education experience. Primary education is the most important foundation for students’ life-long learning. With such an all-round education in SSCPS, students will have the opportunity to extend their education and develop their maximum potential. The one-year boarding programme is compulsory for Grade 6 students as part of their education at SSCPS.
Why only for Grade 6?
Grade 6 is a transition link between childhood and teenage. This is the time when moulding of personality starts. To make sure that students are equipped with the necessary tools, and make the transition positive and enjoyable, they are provided with peer and adult support.
The strong bonds between the teachers and students and also amongst the students themselves, provides a healthy secure environment to learn relationship building and nurturing.
The structured study time also helps to develop good study habits in students and prepares them for the more demanding student life in the future.
The all new boarding programme is specially designed to cater for Grade 6 needs. It provides a balanced training, which is rich in variety and fun, for physical and mental development.
The programme is chiefly divided into four areas of training: “Life-skill Training”, “Personal Management”, “Community Service” and “Cultural Activities”. The training is conducted by resident teachers during the boarding activity time, while the school out source its Personal Management course to professionals. It is anticipated that through such trainings students will grow up as individuals with the ability to think and live independently, and with positive and motivated personalities. This should help them bridge this transition period whether they pursue their further studies abroad or in Hong Kong.
The School is dedicated to nurturing and developing positive character traits in the students. It is our mission to cultivate strong core values, to encourage individuality, and appreciate the differences in people.
The theme of our Ethics Education Programme this year is Explore, Excel, Embrace. We have arranged a series of co-curricular activities for the students to delve deeper into topics like global citizenship and social responsibilities. Students will explore these topics not only academically, but also through sports, arts and music activities.
This year in particular, in collaboration with the True Colours Symphony, the largest all-inclusive orchestra in Hong Kong, students will be exposed to a number of vibrant music activities in order to experience working and performing with people of different abilities and who have special needs.
Experiential learning also plays an important role in our Ethics Education Programme. On top of the music activities, specially designed learning activities led by teachers, parents and other collaborators from different disciplines will be in place. Students will be guided to experience daily activities as simple as eating, walking, listening, etc., and will be encouraged to put themselves in other people’s shoes, so they can feel the differences, gain new perspectives, and one step further, practice empathy in different scenarios in everyday life.
We hope students will be able to explore and appreciate individual differences, excel in their own pursuit of virtues, embrace diversity, and make this work a better place.