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Introduction

 

 


Victoria (Belcher) International
Nursery & Kindergarten



International Baccalaureate Organisation

As an “IB World School”,
our mission is “to develop a community of learners where all children are enabled to reach their highest potential in an atmosphere of caring, trust, understanding, respect and tolerance.”
  

I want to learn ......                                                          
                           Our mission and objectives

I want to be everything that I can be……                   
                                Learning as a lifelong process

I'm so happy you're here to learn with me……         
                            Our faculty and admissions

So everyday, we will come prepared                            
With smiles and ideas we can share……                    

                                            Learning and teaching at our campus

It's important to try and we know that's                        
why we will learn……                                                   
 
                                                  Our curriculum and Programme of Inquiry

Parents, Teachers, you and I                                         
make Victoria a family……
                                            
                        A Community of Learners

Let's cooperate to make our school first-rate!         
                                                    Take a virtual tour of our first-rate facilities!

 

We will learn at Victoria!
Check out our most recent school newsletter!

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme



I want to learn….

Victoria Belcher International Nursery and Kindergarten became authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate Organization's (IBO) Primary Years Programme (PYP) in December 2005.

Victoria Belcher International Nursery and Kindergarten caters for children between the ages of 2-6. In an effort to facilitate the understanding of other cultures and create an awareness of other perspectives, we are a bilingual Kindergarten offering a choice of English/Cantonese, English/Putonghua or English/Cantonese/Putonghua.

Our objectives:

We deeply believe that the childhood years are the most important for growing and learning. Therefore, we must provide our children with…

A safe and richly stimulating learning environment where students can quench their thirst for knowledge, with facilities that encourage natural curiosity and creativity within children;

A nurturing and caring learning atmosphere in which individuals develop into principled and open-minded humans, cooperating with one another, growing in their respect and tolerance for others, cultivating an appreciation for the things that make us different, empathizing with the needs of others and developing the integrity to distinguish between right and wrong;

A transdisdiciplinary curriculum, offered within the framework of guided inquiry, that encourages children to be balanced and to enthusiastically and actively participate in daily learning engagements, both inside and outside the classroom;

A supportive community for the ongoing development of social, communication, thinking, research and self-management skills, with a commitment to continually foster these skills within our students and encourage them to be risk-takers;

A place where children can grow in their independence and confidence to choose, act and reflect as responsible, international citizens of our global society.

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I want to be everything that I can be…

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international programme for students aged 3-12. At Belcher we combine this with the best practices from a range of national systems including Hong Kong and around the world to provide a comprehensive approach to learning and teaching. In addition, we also implement the philosophy of IB PYP at the Pre-Nursery level (aged 2-3), even though this age group is not formally a part of the PYP.

Learning is a lifelong process. The learner profile is the profile of the whole person as a lifelong learner. In the pursuit of “international-mindedness”, the lifelong learner will espouse this profile.

The Learner Profile

  • Inquirers
    Young children show an interest in the world, ask questions and actively enjoy learning.
  • Thinkers
    Children develop theories of cause and effect, sort and classify, and show an interest in big ideas.
  • Communicators
    Young learners engage in discussions, manage social interactions and express thoughts through verbal and graphic languages.
  • Risk takers
    Students try new ways of doing things!
  • Knowledgeable
    Children know and understand significant content.
  • Principled
    Young learners begin to see the point of view of others, are honest and begin to show a sense of fairness.
  • Caring
    Early years learners show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others and are able to be a part of a community of learners.
  • Open-minded
    Learners are open to new experiences and to the beliefs and ideas of other children.
  • Balanced
    Children work alone and in small groups showing control of feelings in dealing with others. They also engage in a balance of quiet and dynamic activities, and gross-motor and fine-motor skills.
  • Reflective
    Children are able to think about behaviour and if necessary, work on some strategies for change

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I'm so happy you're here to learn with me…

Our Teachers

All teachers in our school have received teacher-training certificates and are registered as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers (QKT) or Child Care Workers. Forty five percent of them are Native-English speaking teachers, of whom all are qualified teachers and many are university graduates. In addition, experienced native Putonghua teachers are also employed to teach Putonghua. Our teacher to student ratio is 1: 8-12.

Admissions and Application

Minimum Age

Children must be aged 2 by August in the year in which they will enter school.

Interviews

Children attend interviews with their parents. During the interview, the child plays with toys while the teacher participates in a non-obtrusive way, playing with the child, while at the same time observing him/her at play.

Remarks

The School is providing a quality, "through-train" mode educational services for children in age 0 - 16.

Streams

Trilingual (English/Cantonese/Putonghua)
Bilingual (English/Putonghua)

Classes

Pre-Nursery (2-3 years old)
Nursery (3-4 years old)
Lower (4-5 years old)
Upper (5-6 years old)

Class Time

Morning session: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Afternoon session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Upper Class: 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Whole-day Upper Class: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Extra curricular activities

Our campus hosts numerous extra curricular activities, including Road Safety Patrol, Little Scouts and Happy Bees. The activities and philosophy of these groups promote civic responsibility, team building and caring, moral attitudes.

School Fees:

School Fees (calculated per month) are as follows:
Please refer to School Fees page.

Miscellaneous Fees:

In addition, the following items are included in the school fee:
* Parent’s Newsletter * Student ID card & Student name chops
* International Celebration Days * Parent-Child Reading Scheme books * Birthday gifts
* Special Holiday presents * Tea-time snacks * Child Developmental Report
* Student Handbook & Learning Contents * Graduation Certificate

Items not included in the school fee include:
School supplies, Books, Uniforms

So everyday we will come prepared
With smiles and ideas we can share……

The learner constructs models of understanding based on personal experience. Interactive learning environments provide children with different scenarios in which to actively explore, think, question, create and problem-solve, as well as communicate with their peers and adults. Additionally, elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Years Education also influence our practice and are integrated into our learning and teaching. We believe in developing the strengths of all children in a child-directed curriculum, the objective of which being to stimulate thinking, creativity and help individuals attain their highest potential.

Through our school's many and varied learning engagements, children learn to observe, explore, think, communicate, ask questions, research, find answers, create and solve problems. They work together to achieve success. They learn mutual respect, appreciation and how to accept responsibility. They gain self-confidence to try new things and to express themselves. Through this, they can achieve successful development and that is the best result!

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It's important to try and we know that's why we will learn…
K3 Learning Journey

We strive to provide a high quality education to our young learners – learning that is significant, relevant, engaging and challenging. The spirit of learning through inquiry is at the heart of our methodology. Learning occurs through structured inquiry involving active learning engagements with the environment.

Emphasizing the IB philosophy of promoting the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge, our curriculum offers a balance between the transdisciplinary Programme of Inquiry (POI) and the traditional disciplines.

The six areas of learning are:

  • personal and social education; physical education
  • language
  • mathematics
  • social studies
  • science and technology
  • the arts (drama, music, visual arts)

Method of Assessment:

Our school employs an on-going method of assessment that systematically incorporates individual observation and assessment. We use a variety of assessment tools and strategies, ensuring that we provide feedback on the learning process.

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Parents, Teachers, you and I make Victoria a family…

As a community of learners, we believe that the successful development of our children depends on close co-operation and collaboration between parents and teachers. Parents play a vital role in our school and together, with students and teachers, our school is committed to ongoing improvement.

Through many initiatives, including our “Parental Participation Scheme”, parents become actively involved in the following types of learning engagements:

  • Parental helpers in the classroom
  • Coming to new parents' orientations
  • Attending workshops and seminars
  • Joining parent-child outings
  • Taking part in sports days
  • Participating in the parent-child home reading scheme
  • Helping to run the educational toys library
  • Learning with their children through parent-child home projects.

The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was established in 1996 to enhance co-operation and collaboration between parents and teachers.

Click here to see our most recent Newsletter!

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Let's cooperate to make our school first rate!

Our school is approximately 9,000 square feet in area. There are

  • 8 Activity Rooms
  • Library
  • Music Room
  • Mixed-age Learning Area
  • Light and Shadows Corner
  • Baby Friendly Room
  • Physical Play Area
  • Many Computer Terminals
  • Creative Play Areas
  • Parent's Area
  • Construction Areas

Our school is special, as in addition to providing children with a variety of activities, we also set aside space simply for them to relax. They may choose to engage in activities with other children or they can enjoy some time and space all to themselves. .

Take a “virtual Tour” of our first-class facilities!

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