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.
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.