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Malvern College Hong Kong Q & A

The announcement of the opening of Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong in September 2017, followed by Malvern College Hong Kong in 2018 signals the arrival of one of the longest established and most academically successful UK-based public schools in the Hong Kong school market. Malvern College Pre-School and Malvern College will be the 4th and 5th international schools to be operated outside the UK home environment.
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School phase
All through
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Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
HKD 167,500
Annual fees
HKD 171,200 - 194,740
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Opening year
School year
Aug to Jun
Dr. Robin Lister
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the Malvern College Hong Kong official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Malvern College Hong Kong seeks to develop independent, forward-thinking individuals who demonstrate strength of character and responsibility. Committed to giving students a rich learning environment to be vibrant, inquiring learners, passionate about engaging with the world as global citizens.
We foster a vibrant, nurturing environment and place your child at the centre of everything we do. Our experienced teachers adopt a personalised approach to inspire and empower each of our students to go beyond expectations and expand their potential. Drawing upon our 150+ year British boarding school heritage, we strive to instill a strong sense of community and responsibility amongst all members of the Malvern College family, through which students are encouraged to challenge boundaries, think critically and act collaboratively. We envisage them developing lifelong relationships with a genuine passion for learning that will extend further.

“It is the quality of the people and the human relationships between them that make the Malvern College family so successful. Whether it is the way in which a department, class or teachers and tutors work with individual pupils, our view of education is based on mutual respect, trust, pastoral care and a positive outlook.”
-Antony Clark, Headmaster of Malvern College

To accomplish this, we focus on key areas of development, mainly:
Academic - to discipline the mind;
Cultural - to inspire the heart;
Character Development - to create awareness of one’s self and be respectful of others;
Co-curricular - to strengthen the body as well as their minds and characters.

In all these key areas of development, we have high expectations of our students in terms of their effort, achievements and behaviour and we aim to provide them with the means by which they can develop to the best of their abilities, their knowledge, skills and personality. By so doing, Malvern College seeks to develop confident, well-rounded individuals who can be successful in their own lives and of service to others.

The Malvern Qualities

The ethos of Malvern College is cultivated through a focus on eleven carefully selected qualities which are distinct to the Malvern College community:

Resilience - having the ability to approach uncertainty with forethought, resourcefulness and determination;
Self-awareness - understanding one’s strengths and seeing opportunities in one’s weaknesses;
Kindness - realising that our actions have an impact on others, so there is always an effort to make a positive difference;
Open-mindedness - appreciating one’s heritage and cultural background as well as the values and traditions of others;
Collaboration - learning to work effectively by seeing things from different perspectives;
Risk-taking - being able to create decisions based on deliberate actions;
Curiosity - knowing how to ask questions and having an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and continuous learning;
Ambition - having a strong sense of achievement, whether for one’s self or for others;
Independence - capable of acting independently guided by a strong thought-process;
Integrity - awareness of the effects of one’s actions and the responsibility that comes with it;
Humility - being self-reflective and open to others’ opinions.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

MCHK is seeking to build an internationally diverse pupil population and we see this as a key focus of our mission. We aim to build a vibrant and diverse learning community, cultivating in each young person an openness to cultural diversity and a keenness to learn from alternative world-views and identities. We will ensure that there will not be one dominate nationality in the pupils body.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

We will have a low teacher-student ratio of around 1:10.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Personalised academic enrichment
We will have a low teacher-student ratio of around 1:10, to facilitate the introduction of “inquiry” as a key pedagogical approach that will allow each student to understand the world in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that learner. Classes will be supplemented through tutor time, group discussions, and projects to enhance the transdisciplinary focus of the curriculum. Each student will also be assigned with a personal tutor who will help the child tailor his/her academic enrichment according to his or her learning needs, both for advanced learners and weaker students.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Malvern College Hong Kong recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Sports are an important and integral part of our curriculum, all our students will participate in a selection of sports including rugby, cricket, netball, basketball, rounders, athletics and gymnastics. While many of our sports will be taught on campus some will require off campus access to specialist facilities. Other planned sports will also include sailing, kayaking, cycling. Some of these sports will be offered as co-curricular activities after school.

On campus, Malvern College Hong Kong will have an AstroTurf Skypitch that will be equipped with 4th generation artificial turf and shock-absorption pad, designed for football and rugby. The design ensures that uniform lighting levels will reduce any disturbance to our neighbours. The landscaped garden and outdoor space will provide students with experience of planting and gardening.

Inside on the ground floor we will have a 6-lane, 25m heated swimming pool offering swimmers an excellent all-year round facility. The indoor multi-purpose sports hall will provide full-sized basketball, badminton and volleyball courts, whilst cricket lanes will feature special flooring that closely mimics the bounce of a real cricket pitch. It can also be used as an assembly hall for school events. The multi-purpose design makes it a versatile space for the whole Malvern College Hong Kong community.

In addition to the curriculum,sports will form an important part of our co-curricular programme. Through participation in sports students lead a healthy lifestyle and develop their social and leadership skills. The skills they acquire through participation in sports will also help them develop confidence and character as they prepare for further education and the workplace.

Our Sports and Co-Curricular Programme will include the following organised programmes and activities, as well as others introduced and developed throughout the growth of the school:
• Athletics
• Football
• Cricket
• Swimming
• Basketball
• The Hong Kong Award for Young People (Duke of Edinburgh Award International)

Other than that, we take an extra step to ensure young children will have regular access to nature, hence we incorporated Forest School in our curriculum.

Pioneering Forest School
We are the first Forest School Programme in the city conducted by Level 3 Forest School practitioners. Forest School aims to develop in our young learners the following characteristics: self-awareness, self-regulation, intrinsic motivation, creativity, resilience, empathy, good social and communication skills, independence, a positive mental attitude, self-esteem, and confidence.

Providing a Forest School learning opportunity was clearly not easy in the densely-populated neighbourhoods of Hong Kong, thus we took the unprecedented step of commissioning land in the great outdoors that is destined to become an integral part of Malvern’s educational philosophy. Junior students in Malvern College Hong Kong will have regular access to the Forest School in order to extend their education beyond the confines of the classroom walls, and will have exposure to a rich variety of exciting and challenging opportunities to enhance their learning in a truly holistic education.

Learning Focus
The Forest School programme has a philosophy of child-led learning, with a focus on all the senses. Close supervision by trained Forest School Educators and school staff is balanced with the need for children to make their own decisions and explore. Children learn to think, question and problem-solve in mini projects, and communicate, collaborate and lead in small teams. Students grow in confidence and self-esteem, and increase their physical and social skills. These benefits have positive effects on all areas of their life and learning. The programme is run in all weather conditions as long as it is safe. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. Our Forest School guiding principles cover: Warmth – Correct clothing, gumboots, waterproof etc; Food– Healthy snacks and meals; Drinks – Staying hydrated with water /hot drinks in colder weather; Safety – individuals feel safe both physically and emotionally.

Our Forest School Educational Sessions are designed around a theme; themes are sometimes subtle (e.g. evolving or exploring the site) or more obvious (e.g. science focused, butterflies, water, insects, ecosystems, fairies, or nature investigators). Teamwork skills are developed through games and activities. Individual skills and self-esteem are heightened through activities such as hide and seek, shelter building, tool skills, lighting fires by the Forest School Educators or environmental art, and so on. Each activity develops intra and inter-personal skills as well as practical and intellectual skills.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

The dining hall will be equipped with a professional kitchen and is designed so that we can deliver the Malvern College House Dining experience. Flexible seating and furniture will allow the space to be used for different House Events. Pupils will dine in House groups.

If yes, does it serve hot food?


What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

This is in the process of being finalised, but it is likely to be starting at 8.10 and end of lessons 3.30 pm.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, there will be.

What is your medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction will be in English.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes. The school regularly holds small group sessions for prospective parents to learn more about Malvern College Hong Kong. We believe it is very important for parents to understand and ask questions in selecting the right school, so please feel free to join us in our ‘Malvern Meet’ sessions. Experienced educators and senior management will be there to answer any questions you may have.
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please follow the link below to see the available sessions and sign up. We look forward to meeting you.
We also held a series of events for children to engage in different experiences, both physically and creatively. These events included the Forest School Experience Day, Coding Workshop, and International Chess Workshop.
There will be more events in the coming year, if you're interested, please follow our facebook page for the latest news and updates.

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