Victoria educational organisation

Why Victoria

Why Victoria

Victoria offers the highest quality education; from its playgroup catering to children aged 8-36 months, to its eight nurseries and kindergartens situated throughout Hong Kong.

The schools share a common vision and curriculum, with each campus celebrating its own style and individual qualities.

At the heart of the Victoria Organisation is the desire to be at the forefront of top quality educational provision whilst nurturing happy, joyful, enthusiastic learners.

1/ Multilingual Program Why Victoria Our multilingual classes adopt the one-teacher-one-language co-teaching approach, where teachers work as a team to provide a total immersion language environment for children... more
Our multilingual classes adopt the one-teacher-one-language co-teaching approach, where teachers work as a team to provide a total immersion language environment for children. Classes are bilingual or trilingual and taught by native speaking English, Putonghua and/or Cantonese teachers who are experts in early childhood development. Our low average student to teacher ratio of 1:8 ensures that our nurturing teachers can work closely with children to facilitate many aspects of their development.
 
Scientific studies show that children who speak more than one language have a distinct academic advantage throughout their lives. They usually have:
 
  • Stronger mental flexibility
  • Better focus, memory, and decision making
  • Stronger logic
  • Greater self-control
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2/ Kindergarten Academics Why Victoria We take pride in our commitment to offering programs that draw on world class research and best practice. All Victoria kindergartens are authorised International Baccalaureate World Schools, and offer the International Primary Years Programme... more
We take pride in our commitment to offering programs that draw on world class research and best practice. All Victoria kindergartens are authorised International Baccalaureate World Schools, and offer the International Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and  Writing Program (TCRWP) in both English and Chinese. The PYP curriculum is a student-centered inquiry based program focusing on the ‘taught’ and the ‘learned’ curriculum, two essential elements in a child’s all embracing education.
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What is "Taught Curriculum"?
The taught curriculum is extremely important in early years education. Structured, guided inquiry underpins our classroom practice, ensuring that each student learns at the level best suited to his/her ability. Happy children learn quickly and successfully when challenged with well designed, meaningful, appropriately demanding, hands-on activities that see children exploring the world around them.  Play with a purpose is part of the Victoria culture when children take part in, and instigate these learning activities. Expectations are high, yet realistic, and teaching is scaffolded so that the students move from rung to rung steadily, and at their speed. 
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We also offer the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). Victoria is the first group of kindergartens in Hong Kong to partner with Columbia University, U.S.A. to offer this program.  Victoria also offers a specialised Chinese curriculum that also follows the TCRWP process. Our children can then be readers and writers in both languages.
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The TCRWP when taught alongside the PYP, ensures a solid base in reading and writing that sets the foundation for quality inquiry to be carried out in the classroom. 

We are the first kindergarten to combine the aspects of the PYP and TCRWP, and the achievements of the students effectively speak of its success.
What is "Learned Curriculum"?
The learned curriculum is what students observe and see around them, e.g. adults and peers showing respect to each other. Adults demonstrating care and respect towards students. Talents and efforts are recognised. Positive behaviour and a nurturing environment. 
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What students see in the learned curriculum strongly influences how they will develop and grow as global citizens.

Education is far more than acquiring the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. Your child’s day will be filled with the chance to explore many avenues of learning from science, technology, engineering, arts and be inspired to try new things, socially and physically.
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We offer many Enrichment Campus Activities such as drumming, fencing, football and choral speaking. These varied activities combine to ensure a full and balanced education.
3/ Inspiring and Caring World Class Teachers Why Victoria We hire the best teachers from around the world who will engage, inspire, and care for your child. We know how precious your children are, and in recruiting our teachers, we look for native English, Putonghua and Cantonese speaking Early... more
We hire the best teachers from around the world who will engage, inspire, and care for your child. We know how precious your children are, and in recruiting our teachers, we look for native English, Putonghua and Cantonese speaking Early Childhood educators who care about children, are committed to working in a dynamic environment, and who will include you, the parents, every step of the way. 

How do we support our teachers to be the best?
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Professional Review and Development
Every teacher at Victoria has an individual programme that:
  • Evaluates and develops the quality of what they do in the classroom according to our quality standards.
  • Gives them high level feedback, keeping them motivated by recognising their great work.
  • Offers extensive professional development and career guidance.
Continuous Professional Development
We offer opportunities for teachers to attend professional development courses led by our in-house experts as well as from around the globe. This enables them to be lifelong learners who keep ahead of the best and latest practices in education, and who are always prepared for the ever-changing classroom.
Mentor programmes
Our mentor programmes begin the moment a teacher is appointed. We introduce them to a “buddy” and begin to orientate them, ready for their arrival. We model the notions of caring and inspiring within our mentor programmes. These programmes continue with regular support and training sessions, so that all new teachers, no matter how experienced, feel supported and ready for action in the classroom. Newly promoted staff members also enter a mentor programme.
Appropriate resources to do the job
Victoria is an extremely well-resourced organisation so that teachers have all they need to do the job to the highest standards. 
Internationally minded
Our teachers are expected to be role models for our children, and their open-minded international outlook, and ability to inspire are key requisites when we make appointments.  
4/ Preparation for Primary School Transition Why Victoria Along with our fun based, inquiry driven, yet rigorous curriculum, Victoria kindergartens prepare their thousands of students to move on to all types of primary education. The students leave us able to speak in more than one language... more
Along with our fun based, inquiry driven, yet rigorous curriculum, Victoria kindergartens prepare their thousands of students to move on to all types of primary education. The students leave us able to speak in more than one language, to read and write, to state their opinions, to present to an audience, and to ask questions. In fact, one proud moment was when the principal of a local school announced; “Oh, we always know the Victoria children, they ask so many questions!” 

So, where do Victoria kindergarten students go when they graduate? 

Most parents want to keep their childrens' multi-language learning strong, and many want to continue with an IB education. Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) is a popular choice, and Victoria students are given a preferential opportunity for admission. 

An extremely memorable time has been in recent years when two of our alumni graduated from VSA with the top score of 45 for the IB Diploma, an unusual occurrence world wide. 

Some students graduate from Victoria kindergartens to go to international schools within Hong Kong, whilst other parents pursue a more traditional route, and enroll their children into the prestigious local schools. 

Whatever choice a parent makes, the Victoria Kindergarten student has the grounding and foundations to become a successful, well-rounded primary school student. 
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5/ Community and Partnerships Why Victoria In line with the Victoria belief in the value of “family”, and the importance of including everyone within the school community, there is much emphasis placed on the Parent/School Partnership. This is integral to the success of Victoria... more
In line with the Victoria belief in the value of “family”, and the importance of including everyone within the school community, there is much emphasis placed on the Parent/School Partnership. This is integral to the success of Victoria. 

Research shows that the students who are more likely to be successful academically, as well as socially and emotionally, are those who have significant involvement of their parents in the school. 

Parents are invited through the ‘Parental Participation Scheme” to be actively involved in supporting what is happening in school. This could be by assisting in the classroom, reading to students, participating at Parent Child Sports Day, organising activities or accompanying on field trips to name a few. 

Our transparency and sharing encourages the students to be ever more confident and enthusiastic when they see Mummy or Daddy come into the classroom to be a “teacher for the day”. Some parents will also visit the classes to talk about their jobs or a hobby that fits in with the unit of inquiry the students are studying at the time. 

Parents enjoy this worthwhile yet informal approach to being involved in their child’s education.

A more formal approach to our partnership is supported by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Victoria was one of the first kindergartens to form this type of organisation in 1996. 

The PTA organises many useful workshops for parents, dealing with topics such as parenting skills, education approaches, autism, bilingualism, and other pertinent and interesting subjects. These workshops are very much appreciated and well attended. 

Each year parents, students, and teachers alike are excited at the prospect of participating in the PTA overseas trip. This is a wonderful excursion to a destination in Asia, with many of our parents taking part. Everyone mingles and gets to know each other in different settings, whilst attending many fun workshops such as making kimchi in Seoul, flying lanterns in Taiwan, and dragon dancing on the Great Wall.

The PTA is a vital support, and essential part of Victoria. 

Victoria understands that we are part of a larger community, so each year the children will share their talents and perform in various public venues around Hong Kong for the enjoyment of the public. Students and parents are often seen helping to support charities by collecting on flag raising days.  Giving back and supporting others is a strong facet of Victoria.
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Having provided quality pre-primary education for more than half a century in Hong Kong, Victoria Educational Organisation has metamorphosed into an international institution with global vision. Parents of Sy Cheuk On & Sy Tak Shun