Mount Kelly School – United Kingdom & Hong Kong Joint Event

Mount Kelly School – United Kingdom & Hong Kong Joint Event

We invite you and your family to this exciting event with our sister school Mount Kelly UK. Meet their Director of Admissions and Marketing, Mrs Vanessa Bowles, and learn more about our seamless transition from Mount Kelly School Hong Kong into the leading UK independent school, Mount Kelly.

I will be apprising parents on the opportunities and advantages of a private independent education – all of which will be obtainable for every pupil at the Mount Kelly Schools, both in Hong Kong and in the United Kingdom. Throughout the day, our Admissions Team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

The morning will commence with Ms Abby Carr, Head of the Mount Kelly International Preschool, presenting an interactive seminar on “Early Childhood Education: The Role of the Adult”. You are welcome to bring your children as they will be happily occupied with interactive Child Development activities conducted by our dedicated Playgroup Leaders in a room adjacent to the seminar.

You are welcome to stay for the joint presentation: “Mount Kelly Schools UK & HK – a Tradition of Excellence”. Learn more about the Mount Kelly Advantages, the academic excellence, outstanding opportunities outside of the classroom and the exceptional pastoral care of both Schools. Better understand your boarding options and the transition for pupils to the UK.

Gary Wright
Head Master

 

Thursday 25th May

On behalf of everyone in the Mount Kelly School Hong Kong community we send our deepest sympathy and sorrow to all those affected by the dreadful bomb attack on children and young people in Manchester this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, all the way from Hong Kong.

British values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech have never and will never be defeated by terror or war. As we set up a new British School here in Hong Kong, British values are fundamental in building our new school to create a world class educational experience. These British values and spirit can be found in all the furthest corners of the globe and will never be broken.

Gary Wright
Head Master

Monday 22nd May

Mount Kelly School Hong Kong (MKSHK) offers a seamless transition in education from our Playgroup classes at Austin Tower, which have been running since March 2017, to our City Campus Preparatory School which opens in September 2017. The MKSHK Preparatory School will be conveniently located in a wonderful and spacious location by the Victoria Harbour waterfront. Our International Preschool (Nursery and Reception classes) is located in a superb and convenient location in Tsim Sha Tsui and means that the seamless transition in education for pupils now begins at 6 months of age.

 

MKSHK will be Hong Kong’s first British Preparatory School, wholly modelled on the British Independent School Pre-preparatory and Preparatory structure, using the English National Curriculum throughout the school as a framework, which is recognised and respected around the world. The English National Curriculum at Mount Kelly School Hong Kong offers an all-round education, alongside excellent pastoral care and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The English National Curriculum has been designed to promote independent critical thinking and embrace creativity. British education has achieved a global reputation for high quality, and it is recognised and respected around the world. One of the huge benefits is how transferable it is – pupils can move seamlessly from country to country or back to the UK. This internationally respected curriculum is now taught in 150 countries across the world. It is the world’s most widely taught English-medium curriculum.

 

“According to the International School Consultancy (ISC Research), there are more than four and a half million pupils studying at more than 8,000 English medium international schools around the world. Of those schools, more than 3,700 are British schools – schools with a British national orientation, and/or using elements of the UK national curriculum. British education has a strong reputation worldwide, with parents choosing British schools for the broad, balanced curriculum and teaching that equips pupils with the skills and qualifications to enter, or re-enter, the UK education system at school, college, or university level. Quality British Schools Overseas provide opportunities for a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, strong welfare support, and promote an understanding of modern British society.” (from COBIS – Council of British International Schools)

Gary Wright
Head Master

Friday 5th May

Our staff recruitment is now complete for September. I am delighted with the excellent team that we have onboard, both with our academic staff and the admin, support and Admissions staff. The vast majority (90%) of our teachers are British and all have British recognised qualifications and training.

This week saw our new Head of the Preschool, Abigail Carr, officially join us as we prepare for the opening of our City Campus Preschool and Prep School in September. Ms Abigail Carr has over 15 years of experience in Early Years education. Ms Carr began her career in England before coming to Hong Kong in 2005 in roles at both St. Catherine’s Kindergarten and the YMCA International Kindergarten.

We have attracted an excellent founding team of teachers to deliver the English national curriculum in small classes. Our wide ranging curriculum and pastoral approach are designed to prepare our pupils to be excellent future citizens, by developing their character and to focus on their well-being. Our goal is to nurture confident, well rounded and forward thinking individuals with a strong sense of pride in their achievements, as well as the desire to fulfil their ambitions in our new school.

Gary Wright
Head Master

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Tuesday 11th April

Mount Kelly School Hong Kong is delighted to have joined COBIS – the Council of British International Schools.

COBIS is a Membership Association of British Schools of quality. COBIS represents and quality assures over 265 British international schools in more than 75 countries worldwide.

The COBIS membership application process is robust and thorough and schools are requested to provide comprehensive information about varied aspects of the school, staff, pupils and pastoral care. Mount Kelly School Hong Kong has now met the COBIS criteria for planning a new school (including curriculum, staff, policies, development planning), with the status Candidate School.

For families making a school selection, COBIS membership is a kitemark not only of schools offering British education, but also delivering quality teaching, learning and pupil welfare.

We look forward to being an active member in the COBIS family of schools.

Gary Wright
Head Master

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24th Mar 2017

City Campus Preparatory School

Our Admissions team have been very busy with new applications and we have been very pleased with the level of interest in our new school, with our Playgroup classes filling up very rapidly. We have also now recruited our team of British trained teachers as we prepare to open this school in September.

I am now able to reveal our new site for our Preparatory School in Kowloon, as part of our city campus which opens in September 2017.

Our new Preparatory School will be located in a wonderful site in Hung Hom Bay, on the Waterfront in a standalone building. This is part of the new “One Harbourgate” complex. We have secured the whole block of East Villa in the Cheung Kei Centre, located at 18 Hung Luen Road in Kowloon from January 2017.

This fantastic new building is already completed, subject to complying with related government procedures, and requires our internal conversion to the high standards that we require in offering our world class British education for your children.

Gary Wright
Head Master

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24th Feb 2017

Introducing Olivia Stirling, Playgroup Leader

As we open our Mount Kelly City campuses this September, with our Prep and Pre-Prep schools, we have been busy recruiting an excellent team of British Qualified staff. We were impressed with both the number and quality of applicants, most of whom have been recruited directly from the United Kingdom. We are committed to delivering a first class, British style education with the very best teachers working with small classes, with a maximum class size of 18. With all our staff across the school, there will be excellent child to staff ratios of 1 teacher for every 8 children. This close support will ensure that our pupils are encouraged to think outside the box and develop a love of learning. Our new staff will be able to creatively deliver the English National Curriculum, utilising impressive resources and facilities.

Mount Kelly will have a unique partnership between staff, children and parents and we count ourselves fortunate in having recruited such dedicated, enthusiastic and well-qualified teachers in both the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools. All of whom are very keen for the start of the new school and new term in September!

Our class teachers have been carefully chosen to provide academic, social and emotional support to the pupils. In the Prep School our form tutors will provide pastoral support and academic matters are monitored by the subject teachers and heads of department.

Amongst this cohort of new staff, we are delighted to welcome our latest addition to the Mount Kelly team, Ms.Olivia Stirling(B., Sc OT). Olivia is our new Playgroup Leader and she will be based at our new Austin Tower Centre delivering our innovative Playgroup classes. Olivia is a passionate and enthusiastic Playgroup Leader, who has extensive experience and expertise in working with young children. Olivia thrives on encouraging children to develop their confidence, self-esteem, intellectual abilities  and social skills.

Gary Wright
Head Master

16th November 2016

Our recent Ground Breaking Ceremony was a great success and a milestone in the development of our new school. It really marked the start of realising a vision. The vision of opening a new British school, Mount Kelly School Hong Kong. My grateful thanks to the Mount Kelly team in Hong Kong for all their hard work in making the event such a success.

It was also a pleasure to welcome and host Mr Mark Semmence, Headmaster of Mount Kelly UK who came to Hong Kong to participate in the event with us. Mount Kelly International represents the first overseas venture for the school. I would also like to pay tribute to the endeavours of the Mount Kelly UK Board of Governors for their global aspirations, which are now being realised.

The ceremony provided a wonderful opportunity to meet together as a community, to celebrate and share together in the historic event, which included burying a time capsule to commemorate the date.

Mount Kelly will help pupils to join one of the very best English independent boarding schools, with 140 years of history. We share a common ethos and set of values with our sister school in England. Mount Kelly is known globally as a school with high expectations, high standards and high achievements. As with the sister school in Devon, Mount Kelly School in Hong Kong will offer a quintessentially classic English education, combining small class sizes and individual attention, which go hand in hand with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities. Both Mr Semmence and I are keen to establish a close partnership between our two schools, with future collaborations and opportunities for both sets of pupils in the future.
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I have been delighted to meet so many families at our ‘Meet the Head Master’ events recently. It has been inspiring to see such interest in our new school from families who are keen to learn more about what Mount Kelly will offer. We have seen a great demand for places at these events, which are now unfortunately full until the end of the year. However, we will be organising more sessions in the New Year. Please do sign up if you have been unable to come along to date. We look forward to welcoming you to our Admissions Office.

Gary Wright
Head Master

Friday 28th October

It certainly is an exciting time for Mount Kelly as the date for our historic Ground Breaking Ceremony nears (on November 5th). We are looking forward to a wonderful event that symbolises the start of our exciting journey, bringing 140 years of British education from Mount Kelly School to Hong Kong. We look forward to welcoming many distinguished guests, including the Head Master of Mount Kelly UK, Mr Mark Semmence as well as many Old Kelleians (Mount Kelly alumni) who live in Hong Kong.

As I settle into my new role here as Head Master, I have been delighted to meet with many prospective families. Clearly both local Hong Kong families and the international community in Hong Kong are very interested in our new school and the level of interest has been extremely high.

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