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Introduction

 


Victoria (Homantin) International Nursery

 

IB World School


 
As a part of our learning journey, we are delighted to announce that our campus has had a successful IB evaluation visit in March 2013. We will continue to implement IB philosophy in order to educate caring and knowledgeable global citizens.
 

Our mission

 
As an IBO world school our mission is to develop an active learning environment where all children feel secure and empowered to achieve their highest potential, academically, socially, personally. Victoria (Homantin) International Nursery successfully gained authorization in May 2010.and since then we are working towards our objective which is
"To provide a safe and challenging learning environment where all children are encouraged to inquire into the world around them as they develop the necessary academic, social and personal skills needed to become caring, curious, multi-lingual learners."
 

 

Our school is approximately 11,000 square feet in area. 

 

  • 7 Classrooms
  • Toys Library
  • 1 Nursery Activity Room
  • Mixed-age Learning Area
  • Library
  • Creative Play Corner
  • Light and Shadows Corner
  • Building Blocks Corner
  • Physical Corner
  • Computer Facilities
  • Music Room
  • Parent Relax Area
  • Reading and Relax Area

 

 

Our School Community
Central to the philosophy at Homantin is a strong link between home and school: we believe that parental participation in school engagements is fundamental to the development of the holistic child. At Victoria Homantin, we encourage parents to assist in our Units of Inquiry wherever possible. This may take the form of a short discussion about their job, joining us on a field trip or even coming into the class to share a story. Participating provides a great opportunity for the parents to become familiar with our units and also to assist the teacher in the modeling of the learner profile attributes and attitudes. This often proves to be a very rewarding experience for the children, parents and teachers.

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Primary Years Programme

 
In the PYP, students are encouraged to develop international-mindedness through engagement with the learner profile. IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers
Open-Minded
 
Reflective
Caring
Thinkers
Risk-takers
Communicators
Balanced
Principled
Knowledgeable

 

 

Learners Constructing Meaning : Inquiry in the Early Years

 
Our Early Years learners are by nature, full of curiosity. Our school environment supports the children in their exploration and investigation of both new and familiar concepts.
Inquiry-based learning is driven by the learner’s questions and wonderings rather than the teacher’s lessons. The role of the teacher during inquiry is to guide and facilitate the students to construct their own meaning through engaging, relevant, challenging and significant learning.

 

Curriculum

 

The Primary Years Programme is organized around six transdisciplinary themes through which children construct meaning from experience about the social and physical world around them.

 

How the world works

 

How we organize ourselves

 

Sharing the planet

 

Who we are

 

How we express ourselves

 

Where we are in place and time

 

 

The PYP curriculum comprises three interrelated components(as shown below) that inform teachers about their own practice during student inquiry. The teacher can then facilitate the connection between a child’s prior knowledge and knowledge to be acquired.

 

Components of the curriculum

 

 
What do we want to learn? The Written Curriculum

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) strives for a balance between the search for understanding (concepts), the acquisition of essential knowledge and transdisciplinary skills, the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for positive actions. The five (5) components of the written curriculum are considered “essential elements”. In the learning environment, students engage with the curriculum through meaningful situations and engagements. They develop skills that transcend the individual disciplines, which ultimately help them to conduct purposeful inquiry and prepare for further education and life beyond school.

 

How best will we learn? The Taught Curriculum

The taught curriculum is the written curriculum in action. Central ideas, infused with a spirit of “inquiry”, are chosen in each unit of inquiry that will enhance each student’s understanding of issues of global significance. Inquiry is the process initiated by the students or the teacher that moves the students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding.

 

How will we know what we have learned? The Assessed Curriculum

The prime objective of assessment in the PYP is to provide feedback on the learning process. Students and teachers should be actively engaged in assessing the students’ progress as part of the development of their wider critical thinking and self-assessment skills.

 

Other School Information

  1. Streams:
  2. CLASSES AGE ACTIVITY TIME STREAMS
    Pre-Nursery Class 2-3 years old Morning session
    (8:45am ~ 11:45am)
    OR
    Afternoon session
    (1:00pm ~ 4:00pm)
    Bilingual (English/Cantonese)
    Nursery Class 3-4 years old Bilingual (English/Putonghua)
    OR
    Trilingual
    (English/Cantonese/Putonghua)
    Lower Class 4-5 years old
    Upper Class 5-6 years old Afternoon session
    (1:00pm ~ 4:45pm)
    Whole Day Upper Class 5-6 years old Whole Day session
    (8:45am ~ 4:00pm)
    Trilingual
    (English/Cantonese/Putonghua)
  3. Teacher to student ratio: 1:8-10
  4. Teachers in our school have received teacher training certificates and are registered as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers (QKT) or Child Care Workers. Native-English-speaking teachers, of whom all are university graduates and qualified teachers. In addition, experienced native Putonghua teachers are also employed to teach Putonghua.

  5. Enrollment: The Victoria Educational Organisation accepts enrollment applications every year in the middle of September for enrollment in the following academic year.

  6. Interviews: Children attend interviews with their parents. During the interview, children will participate in some learning engagements while the teachers communicate with children and parents and record their observation.

  7. School Fees / Miscellaneous Fees, please visit the following links:
  8. Nursery & Kindergarten

     

    In addition, the following items are included in the school fee:

    Parent's Newsletters
    Child Developmental Report and Graduation Certificate
    International Celebration Day and
    Christmas gifts
    Student ID card and Student name chops
    Special Holiday presents
    Parent-Child Reading Scheme books
    Student Handbook and Learning Contents
    Tea-time snacks

     

    Items not included in the school fee:

    • School supplies (around HK$95)
    • Miscellaneous items (around HK$300-HK$1325 per year)
    • Uniforms (the summer uniform costs around HK$341 – HK$466; the winter uniform costs around HK$560-HK$1426)

     

 

 

 

Information provided by the IBO

More information about the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) can be sourced from their website www.ibo.org

 

Address: 1/F, Carmel On The Hill, 9 Carmel Village St.,
Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2762 9130      Fax: (852) 2762 9120