The British Council in Hong Kong is launching its first International Pre-School to cater for increasing demand in the city
The British Council opened in Hong Kong back in 1948 with an aim to strengthen cultural relations between Chinese and British people. Over the years, the Council has created strong connections between Hong Kong and the UK’s cultural assets, including English, education, arts, and social entrepreneurship. To take one step further, the British Council is going to launch an International Pre-School starting in August 2016.
Built on a solid reputation in English teaching over the years, the British Council sees a steady increase in the number of young children attending their classes and the rising demand from parents, which led to their decision to set up a pre-school in Hong Kong. In 2016-17, the new Pre-School can cater eight classes, with an average of 20 students each, for children from two years eight months to six years old. According to Robert Ness, Director Hong Kong, the Pre-School will focus on creativity and aim to create an enjoyable learning environment for the children to prepare for their next stage. Adopting the UK-based International Primary Curriculum (IPC), classes will be taught in English and Cantonese with integrated Putonghua time. Students will be immersed into a truly bilingual and bicultural learning environment to develop their language ability naturally.
Teachers are required to possess either native level proficiencies in English, Cantonese or Putonghua. “We have no issues in recruiting teachers for our pre-school. There are a lot of qualified and experienced kindergarten teachers here, thanks to the rich talent pool in the city. Our Head of Pre-School is a Hong Kong professional who has thorough experience in early years education,” Ness commented. Other than locals, Ness also welcomes teachers from overseas as diversity is one of the core values of the British Council and Hong Kong is an attractive place to live and work.
Having lived in Hong Kong for almost four years and first time in Asia, Ness enjoys the professionalism and the energy of this cosmopolitan city. He also finds it easy to communicate and travel around even though he regrets not having made enough progress in learning the local language.
Monday, July 11, 2016
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- In 2016-17, the new Pre-School can cater eight classes for children from two years eight months to six years old