About Kindergarten English Stream

General conditions

Kindergarten Hours
7:40 am to 12:30 pm

Location
Our newly renovated Campus in Pokfulam, 162 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong Island

Classes
Three homogeneous age groups.
One EKG 1 class - Bumblebees (children are aged between 3-4 years)
Two EKG2 classes - Dragonflies and Ladybirds (children are aged between 4-5 years)

Human resources
In each class, a trained and qualified teacher (native English speaker) and an assistant teacher care for the children.

Kindergarten Environment
Each classroom is fully equipped with appropriate furniture and toys and has a children's computer and an interactive whiteboard. .
Two Kindergarten Classes share a Multi-Purpose room that is used for cooking classes, arts and crafts and experiments.
Furthermore we have a library, a sports hall and an outside playground with a gym area, sandpit and tricycles/cars.

Pedagogical aims and key aspects

“Goals are dreams
we convert to plans
and take action to fulfill."
(Zig Ziglar)

We encourage children to be confident and independent learners and provide them with a broad and balanced curriculum to prepare them for the future. We follow the criteria and goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage of the British National Curriculum.

Daily routine

To make our daily routine as transparent and clear as possible we have created a timetable.
Sample Timetable

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7:15 amArrival & Free PlayArrival & Free PlayArrival & Free PlayArrival & Free PlayArrival & Free Play
7:40 amPlaygroundPlayground1st SnackPlaygroundPlayground
8:05 am1st snack
8:05 - 8:25 am
1st snack
8:05 - 8:25 am
Music & Movement
8:00 - 8:25 am
1st snack
8:05 - 8:25 am
1st snack
8:05 - 8:25 am
8:25 amMat timeMat timePutonghua
8:25 - 9:05 am
Mat timeLibrary
9:05 amMusicSmall Group & Art ActivitiesMat TimeSmall Group & Art ActivitiesPutonghua
9:20 - 10:00 am
9:25 amSmall Group & Art ActivitiesMat Time / Discussion
10:10 amSmall Group & Art ActivitiesSmall Group & Art Activities
10:25 am2nd Snack2nd Snack
10:45 am2nd SnackGym
11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd SnackGym
11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd Snack
11:30 amPlayground
12:05 pmReflection & Story Time
12:25 pmDismissal

Parental involvement

The education of the children in our kindergarten cannot be detached from the parents’ education. Trusting co-operation with parents helps us to understand each child better to work together towards their best interest.

Before the start of the first kindergarten year we invite parents to an information afternoon where we will present our work and answer questions.

At our parents information days we discuss each child’s development. The parents information days are held twice a year and the exact dates are published on the GSIS School Calendar. Furthermore we are happy to arrange individual meetings during the year to discuss any concerns arising.

Information is passed on to parents via information letters and via emails. Depending on demand, there may be parent information evenings regarding pedagogical topics or current events.

For children who will move to Year 01 a separate parents information evening is offered by the primary department.

Our Kindergarten is open to parents and grandparents. Once a year we hold an Open Day to give you the opportunity to peek into the classrooms and take part in the daily routine of the kindergarten. (Dates regarding the Open Day are published on the GSIS School Calendar)

Pre-Primary Education

The school enrolment represents a milestone in the child’s development. Therefore the transition from kindergarten to school should be carefully designed.
We work closely with the Year 01 teachers and assist our K2 children in skills they need to prepare them for Y01. This includes Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Social Skills and Gross and Fine Motor Skills.

Festivals and Celebrations

Festivals and Celebrations are the highlights of the schoolyear.

The most frequent celebration are the children’s birthdays. On that day the birthday child brings some food to share with his or her friends. (e.g. cake, muffins, sausages etc.). The celebration is held in the classroom during the schoolday.

Throughout the year we also celebrate other festivals. More information in this regard can be found on Festivals and Celebrations.

Afternoon Activities

After normal school hours our children may participate in the Afternoon Activities Programme (AA). In the coming school year, afternoon activities will start after the autumn break.

Suitable programs for kindergarten children may include activities like Music, Sports, or Language programs. Each of the courses runs for one term respectively. The course fee is not included in the school fee. Information about the Afternoon Activities can be found in Afternoon Activities. For further questions please contact the Afternoon Activities Coordinator.

Application

For information on our Admissions process for the English Kindergarten, please click here.

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