School opens to new era with science, robots

Local | Sophie Hui 12 Mar 2019

Sophie Hui

British boarding school Malvern College will focus on scientific education in its Hong Kong campus by using storytelling robots and allow students to create their own products in laboratories.

In a grand opening by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the college introduced its 24,000-square meter Tai Po campus next to Science Park that will house 400 students this academic year.

It hopes to increase the number of students to 700 next year, including students in primary school to year 10.

The seven-story building has facilities such as a Skypitch, a swimming pool, science labs and a three-floor library.

Students will be learning via a robot developed by the college in Hong Kong.

The robot can talk, interact and even answer questions. It can also tell stories and teachers can set questions or allow it to move to make classes more interesting.

The robot has also been used at Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong.

Students can also learn using a platform called "Malvern TV," where they learn from top-notch university professors, industry professionals, as well as staff at other Malvern campuses.

"As a member of Malvern College International, we will leverage the network provided by our schools to access valuable teaching resources around the world," said Jacqueline So, the co-founder and chief executive of Malvern College International, Asia Pacific.

She said such initiatives will allow students to grasp opportunities in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, as well as help them develop an international perspective.

The school has also adopted a holistic approach where students develop academic, technical, interpersonal relationships and communication skills.

Under the "Makers Movement" learning model, students will problem solve and learn fundamental skills by participating in hands-on activities, including sewing, crafts, computer programming and entrepreneurial ventures.

They will also learn about sustainable development and have a chance to build their own solar panels.

The boarding school was founded in 1865 in Britain.

Other than Hong Kong, Malvern has opened schools in Qingdao, Chengdu and Egypt since 2012.

It won a competitive bidding process under the School Allocation Exercise in 2014 for its Tai Po campus.

It intends to charge annual fees of HK$171,200 for primary students next year, while fees for secondary students will be HK$194,740. The annual capital levy is to be approximately HK$38,000.

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