The Schedule

10:00 AM TO 10:40 AM

Early Childhood Education: A different voyage of learning, self-discovery and exploration

Online learning, ever-changing school schedules, strict hygiene practices and social distancing guidelines are some of the new rules that our young schoolers have to face in the past year as Hong Kong continues to combat Covid19. Although the circumstances have been extremely challenging to everyone - schools and parents included - we must not forget the importance of play-based and child-centred learning to young children’s holistic development.

In this panel discussion of education experts of the early years will share how children’s natural curiosity, learning and exploration, positive identity and character development are learned through play-based child-centred learning environments. Why is this important and why it should not be sidelined? Structured vs free play —what’s the difference and why does it matter? How will play-based learning prepare ECE students for primary school and beyond?

Clayton Mullins, Western Co-Principal, Early Childhood Education, Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
Amy-Leigh Hood, Assistant Co-Principal, Early Childhood Education, Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
Prof Kerry Lee, Head of Department of Early Childhood Education, Education University of Hong Kong
Laura Westbrook, Senior Reporter, South China Morning Post

12:00 pM TO 12:40 Pm

Secondary Schools: Balancing between whole-person education and academic achievements

Without any system of rankings and ratings, how do you choose a secondary school for your child? Generally accepted wisdom tells us to consider learning programs/styles, subject choices to further education pathways and to talk to existing students and parents. In this webinar, we put the leaders in the spotlight to share their values and visions for their own school.

What worked for your child in primary school may no longer work for your almost-teen. Adolescence is a time of huge change physically and emotionally and your child will encounter all sorts of issues as they grow. Their secondary school needs to be able to support them socially, emotionally as well as academically.

Is the school taking a whole-child approach or is it more focused on academic achievement? How is the school progressing and how do children of different abilities get on? How do they look after the emotional needs of teenagers? Where do their students go on to when they leave? How does the school engage parents? what strategies do they have in place for students that aren't achieving their potential? What is their value add?

Tune in to listen to the leaders discuss all this; ask them questions about what matters most to you. 
Peter Hawksworth, High School Principal, The Harbour School
Richard Vanderpyl, Head of School, Christian Alliance International School
Simon Misso-Veness MA, FCCT, FRSA, Deputy Principal, German Swiss International School, Head of English International Stream
Ruth Benny, Founder & Head Girl, Top Schools Hong Kong

2:00 pM TO 2:40 Pm

How to prepare your child for top universities and a challenging, different future

In just over slightly a year, the rule of work, live and play have been totally upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Some industries - such as the tech and communication sectors - have flourished, while others are being pushed towards the brink of collapse. The world as we know it is changing, and we need to be prepared for it.  

As parents and students think about their college choices, it is important to note the new future of work is now governed by new rules and practices. Ability to thrive in remote work, quick adoption of technology, and having a mindset of agility and resilience are but a few of the critical skills students would need to cultivate as they enter the universities. More than ever, schools play an important role in reinforcing critical lifelong skills in their students, such as research, writing, organisational, teamwork, communication, and attention to details.

Join us as we speak with education experts and career counselors on a broad range of important questions, such as:
- How are schools equipping their students with important skills to future-proof their child’s tertiary education and their very first job?
- How schools and universities are helping their students to prepare for the next chapter of their lives?
- Do the current curriculum types, pedagogy, and learning environment need to revamp to adapt to the new normal?
- As the world continues to struggle with the pandemic and everyone is concerned about health risks, how will college choices for students change?
- Will traditional destinations such as the UK and US remain top choices, or would families prefer their children study closer to home? 
- What role can parents play to complement the effort by schools and guidance professionals in shaping the college choices of students?

Tune in for new insights and information to help you navigate this new unchartered territory for you and your child.

Andrew Finn, Western Co-Principal, Secondary, Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
Nick Strong, Regional Coordinator for University Guidance, Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
Prof Emily Nason, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Thomas Chan, News Reporter, South China Morning Post

3:00 pM TO 3:40 pM

A-Levels: Why British exams are the gold standard abroad

The A-level courses are discrete “old school” subjects; pragmatic tests of academic ability taken by the vast majority of children graduating secondary school in the UK. 

Whereas UK University Admissions agree that the International Baccalaureate comes out on top in “encouraging global outlook”  and “encouraging independent inquiry”, A Levels are considered to offer better “in-depth subject expertise” and allow children to specialise their study earlier than university.

Has the A-levels curriculum evolved and adapted to a new normal, and a new future of work? What are the pros and cons of an A-level education? Who is it best suited for? How does it compare to the IB, or even BTec or T Levels? 

Our panel of experts discuss the pros and cons of an A-level education to help you make an informed decision for your child.

Ann Haydon, The Head, Harrow International School Hong Kong
Tom Bennett, Director of Studies, Sedbergh School

Ruth Benny, Founder & Head Girl, Top Schools Hong Kong

3:40 pM

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South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP's vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan,ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China's tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China's growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.

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