Prospectus

Vision and Philosophy

Good Time international kindergartens and Nurseries are owned and managed by DEIE (Dramatic English International Education). Its our vision to develop children into leaders of the future who excel in Communication, Creativity, and Care both locally and globally by ensuring students gain mastery in the following domains: Multi-lingual abilities, Socio-Cultural Relationships, Cognitive Development, Emotional Intelligence, Performing and Visual Arts, and Kinesthetic Skills.

DEIE acknowledges the role of English as the lingua franca of the modern world, and also recognizes the growing importance of achieving competency in written and spoken Chinese. Mathematics and Coding is also seen as a language for children to communicate with the AI (Artificial Intelligence) dominating world. Therefore, DEIE has designed a unique curriculum in which pupils communicate and achieve proficient literacy skills in English, achieve similar communicative and literacy skills in both Cantonese and Putonghua, as well as mastering logical thinking and the basics of Maths and Coding. DEIE also strives to facilitate a multi-cultural approach to engage with the changing world through incorporating blended learning techniques into our instruction.

At the core of our curriculum is the use of drama and other performing arts to facilitate learning and encourage pupils to develop their creativity, expressiveness and self-confidence. Incorporating process drama techniques is at the core of our ethos; we believe that every child has the capacity to solve problems in a creative and engaging way, and we seek to empower our pupils to consider a multitude of viewpoints.

All International Programs shall be taught by experienced Native English speaking early childhood teachers supported by experienced local early childhood teachers. Our teachers are positioned to give every child the most intimate care and love as they grow with us. We will also cater for each child’s cognitive, physical and emotional development and allow each child to discover their own learning curve.

Curriculum

DEIE adopts the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the UK Curriculum, and then enhanced it to suit this fast changing world, paying specific attention to the concept of the Unique Child.

DEIE believes a number of factors contribute to facilitating the development of the Unique Child, among them: a conducive school and home environment, strengthened connection to community, a developed awareness of self, a dynamic of incorporation and attention to core values that undergird holistic development of the Unique Child.

There are 3 prime areas of learning and development:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Physical development

Specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • English and Chinese Literacy
  • Mathematics & Coding
  • Understanding the World through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Drama and Performing Arts
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    • Visual & Creative Arts
    • Music & Multimedia
    • Good Time Cafe

The 3 Prime Areas

 Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention: children are able to follow directions, join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events and phrases in rhymes and stories, they are able to maintain attention and sit quietly during appropriate activity.
  • Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions, they answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
  • Speaking:
    • English: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives by connecting ideas or events.
    • Chinese: Putonghua & Cantonese will be used as the language of communication during our dedicated Chinese days, while Putonghua will be associated with reading and writing.
  • Logical Thinking: Mathematics and Coding is not an option, especially when our society is marching bravely into a world which AI (Artificial Intelligence) will dominate. All students must learn the basics of Maths and Coding and develop this as a language to communicate with AI in the future.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships: children seek out others to share experiences, demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiate conversations and form good relationships with peers and familiar adults. As children age, they become able to take steps to resolve conflicts with other children, typically by finding a compromise.
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness: children welcome and value praise for what they have done, enjoy responsibility in carrying out small tasks, express their own preferences and interests, and can describe themselves in positive terms and talk about their abilities.
  • Managing feelings and behaviour: children can stop themselves from doing something they shouldn’t do, develop the ability to distract themselves when upset, become more aware of other people’s feelings and can adapt their behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.
  • Appreciate life: children shall learn to appreciate the beauties of life through the arts, music, the wonders of nature, and simple things in everyday live.

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling: children begin to move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, experiment with different ways of moving, handle tools and other objects safely and with increasing control, and generally show more physical coordination.
  • Health and self-care: children know the importance of good health, of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and are able to talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

 The Specific Areas

English and Chinese Literacy

  • Reading:
    • English: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
    • Chinese: Putonghua will mainly be associated with reading and the Chinese characters.
  • Writing:
    • English: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
    • Chinese: We will basically choose books that are written in traditional Chinese characters. We may also occasionally teach students some common simplified characters.

Mathematics & Coding

  • Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
  • Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
  • Coding: children write simple logical programs using software tools such as Scratch Jr, and plan simple movements for robots.

Understanding the World through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

  • People and Communities: children talk about the frontiers of science and technologies that are interesting and making changes to our daily lives. They can talk about space exploration, intelligent homes and cities, DNAs, drones, driverless vehicles etc. children are inspired to imagine a bright new future.
  • Science and The World: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
  • Technology and Engineering: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Drama and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Performing Arts help children build their self-confidence through regularly performing in front of an audience. Children also learn to appreciate team work and develop better emotional quotient (EQ).
  • Finally, as children engage more deeply with materials and concepts through dramatic play, the effects of active learning can be heightened, thereby facilitating critical thinking skills that allow them to develop leadership skills within varying multiple intelligence abilities.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Visual & Creative Arts: children learn to express themselves through different art forms, to explore and play with different colours, materials and methods, and to unleash their imagination and creativity.
    • Digital Arts: explore and play with the latest art forms through digital media
    • Graffiti Corner: experiment with colours, space and materials
    • Sketch Boards: learn the skills and approaches to drawing and painting with different materials
    • 3D Arts: explore and play with different materials like clay, sand, paper (origami) and more
  • Music & Multimedia : children immerse and engage with different sounds and music. they can learn to appreciate different styles of music. children can also play and have fun with digital multimedia technologies.
    • Music: immerse and engage with different sounds and instruments
    • Digital: Explore the possibilities of making sounds and music with the latest technologies
    • Appreciation: Learn to appreciate different styles of music
    • Multimedia: Engage and have fun with the latest multimedia technologies
  • Good Time Café: children develop self discipline, good habits and etiquettes at the dining table. Children will learn to appreciate food, enjoy preparing food and have fun with simple cooking. Ultimately our children will appreciate these simple pleasures of lives.
    • Learn and practice good table manner until it becomes a habit
    • Aware of hygiene matters
    • Development of motor skills, children will learn to use knifes for food preparation.
    • Opportunities to learn to use some simple kitchen equipments.
    • Learn many different kinds of fruits and vegetables
    • Learn to display food and appreciate the simple pleasures of lives.

DEIE is committed to observing the developing skills in each child, and facilitating their development through a consistent and open communiqué between teachers and parents.

Presentations and Assessments

Good Time Chime (GTC) days are monthly presentations and/or performances by the students. These events are part of the learning processes which aim at building the confidence for every student. Parents will be invited to participate in such events. Besides being the audience, we would like parents to encourage every student to go on stage to perform.

K2 and K3 students will attend interviews for international schools or local primary schools. Students are well prepared for these interviews by building confidence through our drama and performing arts curriculum and performing in front of an audience through our monthly GTC days. They would have lots of experience speaking in front of cameras through our music and multimedia curriculum. They could talk about the latest development of the world through our STEM curriculum. They would appreciate the beauties of life and enjoy living through our visual and creative arts curriculum and our Good Time café.

DEIE conducts bi-annual formal assessments and reports in both January and July. The July assessment functions as the formal annual report and is meant to provide an accurate representation to parents of their child’s development in all developmental areas, including: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, and Mathematics.

Playgroups and Extra-Curricular Programmes

Playgroups

Playgroups are for children between the ages of 12 months to 24 months. This is the best preparation for children to adapt to the social and school environment.

Extra-Curricular Programmes

DEIE offers extra-curricular programmes to cater for other developmental needs of our children. Below is a list of potential programmes in which your child may participate. Please contact the School to determine which programme may be right for your child.

·         Musical Training and Performance courses

Little Actors courses (TRINITY, YPC)

·         Cambridge English

·         Phonics

·         Learning English through Picture Books

·         Drawing and Painting

·         Advanced Junior Coding

·         basic Spanish / German

·         Arts & Crafts

Jazz and Ballet Dance Group

·         KidsFit Sports

·         From Africa Drums to Xylophone

·         Fun with Ukelele

·         Young Photographer and Director

·         Learning Putonghua through Picture Books (繪本普通話)

·         Grasshoppers & Boy Scouts

Love our Neighbours Scholarships

The scholarships shall award children whose parents have made outstanding contributions in areas such as humanitarian aid, vulnerable groups, poverty alleviation for the local community and for the world.

Each awarded student will be entitled to at least 50% off of their school fees.

Parents of the awarded students shall be invited to introduce and promote their work to our students and our community to nurture our children to be leaders who have a global vision, are confident, independent, and would love their neighbours and the world.

Admission

Admission procedures:

  1. Applications for the new school year usually open from September 1.
  2. Application forms are available from the Shatin campus or can be downloaded from the web site: http://goodtimedeie.edu.hk. All forms in hard copies shall be submitted in person to the Shatin campus. An application fee of $40 shall be paid when the form is submitted.
  3. The schools also accept online applications. Parents may access the online application link on the web site: http://goodtimedeie.edu.hk fill in the online application form and pay the application fee online.
  4. Group and/or individual interviews for every applicant will normally be held from October.
  5. Parents will be informed by phone, whatsapp, wechat or email if their application is successful.

Programs and Hours

Shatin Campus

Curriculum Class Half-day Whole-day School
International Stream PN Morning Session

9:00-12:00

Afternoon Session 13:15-16:15

Monday – Friday

8:00 – 18:00

Saturday

9:00 – 12:30

(Optional)

Anglo-Chinese Stream PN
International Stream K1-K3

* Extended-hours service is provided for children ages 2 to 6.

General Information

Transport

School bus service is available.

Holidays

DEIE is closed for all government-listed public holidays and school holidays as well as the Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter holiday seasons. Please see the School Calendar for a detailed description of all school holidays.

Snacks

At each session, DEIE provides snacks for children. Please notify the school of any food allergies or intolerances your child may have.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Parent engagement is highly encouraged at DEIE. We have 4 Parents’ Day during 1 school year. Parents who wish to actively engage in school activities are given plenty of opportunity to do so. Parents can join our special events, and other various activities. Parents who desire to meet with the Head of School may make an appointment at any time to discuss their child’s progress or ways to contribute to the life of the school.

Daily and weekly communication between parents and teachers is facilitated by  phone, Whatsapp before/after school, Each student will be issued with a Handbook during the term, This book serves as one of communication channels between parents and teachers/school as well as a record of your child’s behavior in school. We ask that this book be maintained in good condition during the term. Handbooks will be dispatched to the children every Friday and they will be collected on the following Monday. Should a holiday or birthday party fall on Friday, handbooks will be dispatched on Thursday.

Handbooks

Student Handbooks and Weekly reports will be handed to parents every week. Parents will be informed of what their children have learned in that week.

Celebrations

There will be birthday celebrations and special events held alternatively every month. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate if they so choose. DEIE will hold annual Halloween, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter celebrations as well. In addition, the Graduation Ceremony will highlight the efforts pupils have made in preparing dramas, musicals, dances and other performing arts for some of the students.

Debentures & Nomination Rights

Debentures

There will be plans to issue debentures to improve the conditions of the Shatin campus. Details will be announced in due course. Debenture holders will be granted nomination rights for students for every school year.

Nomination Rights

Nomination Right Certificates are available for VIPs of the schools or for corporations that would like a place in our schools for their senior or expatriate employees. A Nomination Right Certificate entitles the holder to nominate one child per year to attend interviews with first priority. Interested parties may contact the Head of School for details of the Nomination Rights.