Early childhood development is an important window of opportunity to set the foundation for one’s future success.
A supportive learning environment that nurtures young learners while pushing them to step out of their comfort zones is one of the hallmarks of Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong (NAIS HK).
NAIS HK is a through-train school in Hong Kong that boasts an outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of an international environment. This premier private school has two beautiful early year campuses in Tai Tam and Sai Kung, with a third campus for children from Year 2 through to Year 13 in Lam Tin.
Their educators recognise that the ages of three to five are a critical period in ensuring students become purposeful, lifelong learners. As such, the school focuses on delivering an individualised education that helps students become confident and well-rounded individuals who enjoy learning. Students are also taught in inspiring purpose-built learning spaces by dedicated and highly qualified UK-trained teachers.
Igniting students’ thirst for knowledge
Young children are curious beings. To better engage them in learning, NAIS HK employs specialist teachers in music, drama, arts, physical education and Mandarin to ensure their holistic development. Typically, students are only exposed to dance and drama in primary school; but with these fields playing crucial roles in developing students’ self-expression and confidence, NAIS HK students are exposed to the field at an earlier age. This is facilitated by their facilities in Tai Tam and Sai Kung, which have specialist equipment and facilities for these subjects.
As learning is never static and takes form in numerous ways, students also partake in indoor and outdoor play experiences to help them learn whilst having fun.
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution in full swing, technology has been tightly woven into the fabric of our social and professional lives. It becomes crucial for young learners to be familiar with using technology, which why NAIS HK ensures the use of technology is embedded in all areas of learning and is used to enhance various learning opportunities.
Forward-thinking primary and secondary school curriculums
The Lam Tin campus caters to the school’s primary and secondary students. Both educational levels are based on the English National Curriculum, which is used by over 30,000 international schools in the UK and abroad.
“Our pupils will benefit from the academic excellence and rigour of the English National Curriculum, which we adapt to the needs of our international student body. Our teaching philosophy inspires academic success and develops socially and intellectually confident children,” said Principal Brian Cooklin.
NAIS HK’s primary curriculum uses the best aspects of this rigorous framework and adapts it to ensure the curriculum is not only relevant for children growing up in Hong Kong, but also contributes towards developing them into global citizens.
As students progress and take on subjects that increase in difficulty, Year 7-11 students in NAIS HK’s Secondary school benefit from having specialist teachers who tailor their subjects to take into account the student population and the local environment, in addition to cultivating students with the skills needed to thrive in the globalised economy.
Students study a wide breadth of subjects, including Art & Design, Computing, Drama, English, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Geography, History, Mandarin, Mathematics, Music, PE, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), Science and Spanish.
The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students too, in addition to day and residential trips to enhance their learning.
Where music, dance and drama form an important part of the curriculum
The performing arts play a key role in students’ education at NAIS HK, with the school benefitting from collaborations with juggernauts in the field, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Juilliard New York and Unicef.
For example, NAIS HK enhances its performing arts teaching with a repertoire of music, dance and drama works – encompassing a wide range of genres, styles and cultures – which are designed and hand-selected by Juilliard. Meanwhile, the school’s collaboration with MIT brings a new approach to learning the interdisciplinary subjects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), through in-school challenges, annual visits to MIT and specialised training for their STEAM teachers.
NAIS HK’s students also work directly with their communities to raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while researching and designing practical solutions to achieve these goals, under the guidance of UNICEF.