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The Malvern College Hong Kong experience

Small class size, dedicated tutor time and a genuine concern for the individual are key features of the Malvern experience. In addition to ensuring a programme of academic excellence, we place an emphasis on the personal, all-round development of pupils; to this end we offer a wide range of co-curricular activities encompassing sport, art, theatre, music and IT and a House system which gives each pupil a particular identity in the school whilst also providing opportunities for a variety of House competitions (inter-house sporting competitions, debating and singing competitions and such like). Our aim is to ensure that a Malvern education offers the very best in terms of academic excellence whilst also giving every child the opportunity to develop these skills and attributes most needed for a happy, fulfilled and successful adult life. Those skills and attributes are best summarised by our “Malvern qualities” which are referred to under Malvern College’s ethos.

Our integrated programme includes:

A collaborative learning environment

Our pupils are supported to take the lead in their own learning and are provided with the skills and tools to actively participate or question methods. Collaboration is at the heart of our approach, between peers between teachers, with pupils in other Malvern Colleges around the world or with other experts during field trips and other activities organised by the school.

Personalised academic enrichment

We have a low teacher-pupil ratio of around 1:10, to facilitate the introduction of “inquiry” as a key pedagogical approach that allows each pupil to understand the world in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that learner. Classes are supplemented through tutor time, group discussions, and projects to enhance the transdisciplinary focus of the curriculum. Each pupil in Secondary is also assigned with a House tutor who supports the child and has the overview of their academic and wider development.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Malvern College (UK) pioneered Nuffield Science, an approach that promotes the study of science through experimentation and discovery. Our approach across the learning and teaching of STEM is focused around practical work, inspiring a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking and problem solving. This emphasises the relevance of work to environmental, social, technical and economic issues and to children’s lives.

Inheriting Malvern College’s strong track record in the Sciences, Malvern College Hong Kong seeks opportunities for collaboration with the Science Park and the Chinese University of Hong Kong to provide experiential learning opportunities for our pupils. Coding and chess are integrated into our programme from lower primary in order to lay strong foundations in logical thinking.

Malvern College Hong Kong takes every opportunity to promote the profile of STEM subjects at our school through co-curricular activities, competitions, masterclasses, and enrichment activities. In addition to the numerous science clubs, the annual Science Fair, the various science competitions and tournaments that our pupils will join, our programme will also include Science Camps and Excursions; visiting a Scientist Lecture Series; a Science Community Outreach Programme; and a Scientist-in-Residence Programme.

The study of Chinese language and culture

We fully embrace the Chinese language and culture in our curriculum and provide mandatory daily Chinese classes in Mandarin and simplified Chinese for all pupils.

The pupils are grouped according to their language ability providing levels to suit advanced speakers and beginners alike. Our pupils will have the opportunity to join exchange programmes and residential learning in Mainland China.

Tailored language support and induction programmes according to pupils’ needs

Additional language support are provided as needed to our pupils whose native language is not English, until they are fully settled into the school. We will organise onboarding and summer remedial classes prior to the school starting to help pupils boost their English level and prepare for the new learning environment.

An experiential approach to the study of literature

The study of literature here will be enhanced through experiential learning. This will be done through Drama and Theatre experiences; through Art and Music appreciation; through presentations or seminars delivered by authors and experts; and through Overseas Residential Experiences, or similar, opportunities where pupils visit the culture they are studying. This approach to the study of literature will also enhance language, communication, and social skills.

A blended learning environment

Blended learning is the combination of face-to-face instruction with online learning. This approach to learning is recognised as an effective method of achieving a rewarding personalised learning experience. At Malvern College Hong Kong, our blended learning approach is supported by well-equipped learning spaces, maker spaces, and other modern purpose-built facilities; and the use of effective learning technologies.

Nurturing Global Perspectives

Through inheriting the finest traditions from the UK and absorbing the latest educational thinking from the IB network and around the world, we ensure we are truly global in our educational approach.

The Malvern College family of schools provide opportunities to nurture global perspectives through participation in residential programmes in Malvern College in the UK and in our sister schools in China. These residential trips will provide the opportunity to experience boarding house life.

Alternative Study Pathway

Malvern College Hong Kong pupils will have the opportunity to study at The Downs Malvern from Year 7 and Malvern College UK from Year 9 (subject to fulfilling relevant entry requirements)

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