Smiles go the extra mile

Technology | 16 Apr 2019

Korean International School principal Christopher Chadwick wants a school filled with smiles and laughter. "I want to make our school an oasis in the heart of Hong Kong that when you walk in you feel that this is a place where everyone cares.

"I believe that if my students are happy they will want to learn and want to come to school. How will I encourage this? Well, they will be engaged through challenging and interesting teaching."

The school started out in 1988. Its first class was in 1994 and today, KIS runs two separate curricula: the Korean section, taught in Korean, and the international section, taught in English.

At the primary level, the core subjects - mathematics, sciences and English - are designed in accordance with the Cambridge International Examinations, while others are based on the broad outline of the National Curriculum for England.

Students have to complete the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint external examinations in the core subjects at the end of Year 6. Chinese, Spanish and Korean classes are offered as elective subjects.

At the secondary level, students continue to take the core subjects plus art, physical education, information computer technology, Korean/Mandarin, and music, from Year 7 to 9 following the Cambridge Lower Secondary Program. At the end of Year 9, students will complete the Cambridge Checkpoint external examinations in the core subjects.

Years 10 and 11 follow a program leading to the group award of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education .

In Years 12 and 13, students follow the Cambridge International AS and A2 Level Courses. Year 12 students should complete up to four subjects at the Cambridge International AS Level and select three of the subjects in Year 13 to complete the Cambridge International A2 Level.

A unique feature of KIS is its special unit provision called Springboard. Springboard is a special unit which caters to children and young adults with Special Educational Needs. All Springboard students have an individual education plan which caters to each student's needs.

The school is known for its world-class facilities. It embeds technology into its learning using iPads, Chrome books, computers and introducing virtual reality into its curriculum.

Sport facilities include a 25-meter swimming pool, two football pitches, basketball court, tennis court, and sprint track. KIS also has two laboratories, media studies studio, a music room, two art studios, technology center and state-of-the-art library.

Where: 55 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho

Contacts: 2569-5500; kisints@kis.edu.hk

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