One of Hong Kong’s best known and respected schools, Singapore International School Hong Kong follows the Singaporean curriculum in the preparatory and primary School. Students then move on to the secondary school, which offers IGCSE and the IBDP.
Singapore International School Hong Kong (SISHK) offers a Singaporean-style education from Preparatory through to Secondary, and offers Cambridge IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Established in 1991 with the support of Singapore's Ministry of Education, the school enrols 1,500 students representing about 20 nationalities.
The school says that it "aims to nurture bilingual life-long learners holistically so that they become respectful and responsible global citizens who will rise to the challenges of life creatively and enthusiastically in an ever-changing world."
"Our innovation-led curriculum encourages our learners to be inquisitive and to understand the interconnections across subjects and in the real life; driven by the limitless possibilities of innovation, our students draw on their imagination to explore and build on their interests and passions as they cultivate an entrepreneurial dare to create and seek solutions to future challenges."
The school offers a Preparatory Years (PY/Nursery) bilingual programme in English and Chinese. All subjects, with the exception of maths, are taught in both English and Chinese. In Prep, the staff to student ratio is 1:10 with a maximum class size of 20.
The primary school offers a broad-based education, underpinned by a rigorous bilingual programme designed to ensure the child's holistic development, in and out of the classroom, and to develop critical life skills and sound moral values. SISHK focuses on building a firm foundation in values, knowledge, and skills to enable the child to understand their physical and social world, be able to function in it, and relate to others as part of a social group.
The primary school is felt to have become more rigorous in its academic focus in recent years, specifically in English and Chinese. Parents are advised that they need to be prepared to support their children in this, and homework is an integral part of after-school life. For children who encounter difficulties in certain subjects, there are parallel classes where teachers give additional support. For those who demonstrate talents in maths and Chinese, there are advanced classes.
Core subjects at primary level include English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In addition, primary students study Art, Dance, Music, and Drama, as well as participating in PE, Swimming, and Research Skills. The school arranges immersion language programmes for students, including the Singapore Holiday Immersion Programme (SHIP), held annually during the summer holidays.
A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies that encourage students to be actively engaged in their learning are used, including the use of spiral and concrete-pictorial-abstract approaches in the teaching of Mathematics. A range of heuristics are also taught to help students solve challenging word problems; book study is a requirement for English language classes; and an inquiry-based approach to enhance students’ understanding of science. The school also provides differentiated instruction; experiential learning; cooperative learning and group work; use of e-learning portal; and use of ICT in individual and group project work.
A range of different modes of assessment are employed to evaluate students' learning, including traditional pen-and-paper tests, project work, practical tests, performance tasks, and rubric assessment. In addition, the school participates in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) International Assessment. SISHK students routinely outperform other Hong Kong based schools in English, Maths, Science, and Writing.
To underpin the academic requirements, a strong emphasis on character formation and development is applied through the principle of CARE (Consistent Achievements for Rewarding Education) for each child through assembly talks, pastoral care programme, and the community involvement programme. There is a systematic framework for developing student leadership, through the appointment of prefects, class monitors, and CCA leaders.
Enrichment activities such as level camps, overseas educational trips, and home-stay programmes are organised to ensure that the students have a broad range of experiences and the opportunity to develop their skills and demonstrate the values that they need for life.
Although there is a very clear emphasis on the academic, this is not the sole focus at SISHK, whose primary students regularly participate and win medals at both International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK) and Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation (HKSSF) competitions in sports such as badminton, basketball, football, swimming, and gymnastics. In addition, students compete in a range of performing arts festivals, where they regularly win prizes including HK Schools Dance Festival, HK School Drama Festival, HK Schools Speech Festival (Chinese Verse solo), HK Schools Speech Festival (English Verse solo), and HK Schools Music Festival (Individual Singing).
After primary, SISHK students move on to the neighbouring secondary school, which aims to provide a range of experiences to help students develop skills, competencies, and values that will help them thrive in a fast-changing world. The bilingual curriculum (English and Chinese) builds on the foundation of the primary curriculum and prepares students for the IGCSE examinations, followed by the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
Facilities at the school include an auditorium for concerts and plays; a gymnasium and multi-purpose room; computer labs; Apple Macbook mobile labs and Apple iPad mobile labs; a play area; a six-lane 25m heated indoor swimming pool; music, art, dance, and drama studios; a rooftop playground; and a library.
Admission and fees
Admissions are operated on a rolling basis and applications normally open at least 24 months before the start of the academic year the applicant wishes to enrol in.
Students joining SISHK are required to obtain a debenture. The Personal Debenture is valued at HKD 200,000 (Singaporean passport holders pay a reduced fee of HKD 120,000). Other fees include an annual capital levy of HKD 20,000.
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