Broadening the curriculum to develop confident, resourceful and independent learners
Pupils in Foundation Years 1-3 (Years 7-9), the Remove (Year 10) and the Hundred (Year 11) study eight individual academic subjects. They also engage in units of interdisciplinary learning and complete large scale group and individual projects which require meaningful action.
The ability to communicate effectively in more than one language is essential for developing critical thinking and intercultural understanding. Depending on their language proficiency and profile in English and Chinese, pupils are placed into either Language and Literature or Language Acquisition.
In Language and Literature, our pupils cultivate an appreciation of the nature of language and literature and its power to develop imagination and expression. The course is designed to engage pupils in the many aspects of the language and literature of communities and their cultures. , including the study of a wide range of literary and non-literary text types and writing styles and techniques, thus allowing pupils to comment on the significance of possible contexts, audiences, purposes, and the use of linguistic and literary devices.
Language and Literature is an academically rigorous subject that develops communicative, linguistic and analytical skills that are transferrable across all subject groups.
The study of an additional language is valued as central for the development of critical thinking and the respect for and understanding of diverse linguistic and cultural heritages. In Language Acquisition, pupils are placed in their appropriate level based on their speaking, writing and comprehension proficiency. Pupils progress through the levels as they acquire the ability to communicate and think critically in the additional language. The course fosters a deep appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts and develops techniques for constructing meaning and comprehension.
Malvern pupils experience learning in four key areas of mathematical study: number, algebra, statistics and probability as well as geometry and trigonometry. Pupils are challenged to develop new mathematical knowledge and use and apply it in new situations. The thrill of exploring mathematics and the discovery of how to transfer knowledge to real-life situations are the focus. Pupils can extend their learning in the Foundation Years and then study an extended course in Remove (Year 10) and Hundred (Year 11).
Science at Malvern College Hong Kong integrates Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Throughout the programme and as a commitment to science enrichment, pupils are exposed to other sciences and science-based interdisciplinary units, including Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Sport Sciences, Health Sciences, and/or Earth Sciences.
The study of individuals, societies and how they interact with environments enrich our pupils to understand and respect the world around them. The research and thinking skills derived from this transdisciplinary humanities subject enable pupils to inquire into historical, contemporary, political, economic, religious, geographical and cultural factors in both local and global settings. The subject requires pupils to use their knowledge and understanding to investigate and think critically and conceptually, so that they may interpret a range of different perspectives that enrich the formation of their own valid argument.
In Design, creativity and innovation are merged, following the Malvern tradition of developing young entrepreneurs, designers and creators who are inspired to find solutions to real-life problems. The course includes elements of both digital and product design, supported by a range of cutting-edge tools and technologies. The Malvern design experience allows the pupils to synthesise their knowledge derived from Science, Mathematics and the Arts. The design cycle gives pupils the skills and process from recognizing a design opportunity to finding their own exciting solution, leading to a final product.
Creativity through the Arts is studied in both disciplinary, integrated and interdisciplinary units that include Visual Arts, Drama, Music and Dance. Moving through a dynamic artistic process stimulates our young artists to develop their creative and analytical skills. The final product and performances areshared across a range of Malvern and local communities and enhance our pupils’ confidence and awareness of the aesthetics in a real-world context.
Combining state-of-the-art facilities with the strong Malvern tradition of holistic education, Physical and Health Education encourages our pupils to demonstrate the qualities of courage, integrity, self-awareness, independence and collaboration. The course includes a broad range of activities such as games, aquatics, aesthetic pursuits and adventure challenge. Health and fitness are embedded into our units of inquiry, encouraging our pupils to take responsibility for their health and well-being.
Once a year, pupils form subject teams to deliver an interdisciplinary unit designed to synthesise knowledge, concepts and skills into new learnings. These new holistic understandings may include finding solutions, explaining phenomena or creating a final performance or product. They may be STEM, STEAM or SMArt projects that immerse pupils in a deeper understanding of the world and the complex relationships within it.
Malvern Hundred (Year 11) pupils demonstrate their knowledge and develop their skills by completing large-scale group and individual projects which require meaningful pupil-led action.
Service as Action
Malvern College Hong Kong harbours a long tradition of making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Our pupils are encouraged to develop sustainable service projects, both inside and outside the classroom.
With a view to enhancing future learning, assessments for pupils are personalised, meaningful and timely. Learning progress is measured continuously, and pupils take a final assessment at the end of each unit. Pupils and their parents are kept informed of the level of achievement against specific subject criteria. (hide: Assessments take various forms, including in-class tests, essays, projects, performances, investigations, lab reports and exams. Final assessments in the Hundred (Year 11) provides rigorous preparation for Sixth Form study (Years 12 and 13). The final exams in Upper Sixth (Year 13) ultimately assess progress across the seven years of secondary school.)