FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits of a British curriculum?
If my child needs to take EAL lessons, will the rest of their normal class schedule be affected?
What languages are offered?
What does Mathematically Musically Minded mean?
What does guaranteed placement at Mount Kelly UK mean?
What is your homework policy?
Do you provide any extra-curricular activities?
How are parents involved with the school?
Babies and Toddlers FAQs
MOUNT KELLY HONG KONG
The huge strength of the English National Curriculum is that it is highly structured, from the Early Years to age 14, with progress measures throughout this time, so that teachers and parents know exactly how well a student is achieving, and how well s/he is being taught. Pupils’ progress is benchmarked against the expectations from the curriculum. British education has achieved a worldwide reputation for quality, and is recognised and respected around the world.
One of the huge benefits is how transferable it is – students can move seamlessly from country to country or back to the UK. British education is renowned for concerning itself with the development of the whole personality. Learning is important, but not enough in itself. Young people need to develop their potential to explore and discover the world around them, to think for themselves and form opinions, to relate to others, to develop their bodies through sport and physical education, and to gain experience in taking responsibility.
EAL lessons are very important for students that enter the school with very little spoken English. To enable the children to transition into the school and to build up their confidence, we will often put children in a dedicated programme for the first few weeks. After this they will take a full part in all lessons but will have daily EAL interventions with specially trained language teachers to enable them to access the curriculum fully.
English is the main language of education. Chinese and French are additional languages in the Prep School, while our Preschool students have English and Chinese.
The three M’s is a new focus of the school whereby we link Maths and Music to our whole curriculum and in particular through our Mathematics lessons. This could be looking at rhythm and beats to explore mathematical patterns of having the stimulus of music when engaging in school work. There is a lot of research to prove that music helps the creative side of your brain and enhances your ability to analyse information. It is also proven that those students who study and play musical instruments go onto secure more high profile jobs in the future.
Once a student has completed at least up to their Year 8 studies with Mount Kelly HK, we will help to transition them to Mount Kelly UK from Year 9 and onwards.
Homework shouldn’t be seen as an onerous task that students have to complete at the end of the day.
The homework that children receive from Year 1 to 6 is daily reading and spellings, some online educational platforms and then a Maths, English and Chinese set task at the weekends. As they get older then they will receive more content and learn mores self-study skills. When the students move into secondary school they will have two half an hour homework’s a night to support and extend work that they have already completed in the day. This homework will take place on Google classrooms which enable the teachers to provide more resources and learning experiences without having to take all their books home at the end of each day
We currently offer over 50 extra-curricular activities involving a wide range of topics. We ensure that every child is given opportunities to discover interests and talents beyond the classroom, helping them to build character, teamwork skills and self-confidence.
At Mount Kelly we like to involve the parents as much as possible and keep them informed through our newsletters, blogs and school website. Parents are invited in each term to spend the morning in their child’s classes to celebrate their work and we have also have monthly parent seminars to discuss the curriculum and the needs of students. Parents are actively involved in our whole school events such as Sports Day, Christmas concerts and the end of term prize giving. The school organises some community events where the parents join our Shackleton programme with their children and take part in beach cleans, rock climbing and hikes.
How does the school manage school sanitation?
Teachers check every child’s temperature when they arrive to the school. They will also help them clean their hands. The school fllows the guidelines from the department of health.
What if my child doesn’t speak English? Can they still join your school?
If your child doesn’t speak English, please don’t worry! We follow the same routine each day so they always know what will be happening next.
What if my child cannot focus?
For the first few weeks the class will be new to your child and so will the routine. Over time your child will get used to the routine and gradually will be able to focus on activity.
What if my child isn’t toilet trained?
Please don’t worry! A few of our children are not toilet trained when they start nursery. As part of our daily routine, we will take them to the toilet to change their nappy / diapers. When your child is showing signs, we will discuss with you and when you’re ready to toilet train, we will work with you.