Prospectus

Vision Curriculum and Philosophy

Goodtime 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. Therefore, DEIE has designed a unique curriculum in which pupils communicate and achieve proficient literacy skills in English, and achieve similar communicative and literacy skills in both Cantonese and Putonghua. DEIE also strives to facilitate a multi-cultural approach to engaging 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 enriched it to suit this fast changing world, paying specific attention to the concept of the Unique Child.

THREE main areas of learning and development:

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Mathematics & Coding

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Expressive Arts:
    • Music & Multimedia
    • Visual & Creative Arts
  • Drama and Performing Arts
  • Know / Experience the World through STEM

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills

Philosophies

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

  • English

English is the lingua franca of the world. Our approach is to have students immersed in a natural English speaking environment so they can speak English like a mother tongue. We do not treat English as a subject for learning. English in our school is part of life.

  • Chinese

Chinese is spoken by the most number of people in the world. With the growing influence of China, people in the future will be like handicapped if they don’t speak Chinese. Again, immersion is our approach to Chinese. Students will be immersed in an English environment 4 days in a week. They will be immersed in a Chinese speaking environment 1 day in a week.

  • Mathematics & Coding

We are all migrating into an Artificial Intelligence (AI) dominating world. AI is already part of our lives. Mathematics and Coding shall be a language we all need to get to know when we bravely march into the future. Students will all be equipped with the basics of Math and Coding.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Expressive Arts:
    • Music & Multimedia is an important part of our curriculum. Students will be introduced to many forms of music, different approaches of making music, and how music is used in different environments.
    • Students shall be immersed in music in our new Music and Multimedia Studio.
    • Visual & Creative Arts is another important expressive art forms. Students will have opportunities to play with colours, materials, forms and approaches.
    • Students shall be immersed in visual arts in our new Visual and Creative Arts Studio.
  • Drama and Performing Arts
    • Drama and Musicals, besides giving students the opportunities to experience languages in different real life contexts, also allow them to learn to express themselves through different emotions.
    • Excellent means for social development too Students shall experience performing on stage in our Black box Theatre.
  • Know / Experience the World through STEM
    • We take students to the FRONTIERS of Science, Technology, and Engineering to spark their imaginations.
    • They can learn, play and experience the latest inventions and findings in our new STEM Lab.

Presentations and Assessments

We strive to organize presentations and/or performances by the students on a monthly basis. 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.

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 22 months. Children attending playgroups should be accompanied by an adult.

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.

English & Chinese Literacy

·         Cambridge English

·         Primary Preparation Class

·         Learning English through

          Picture Books

·         Learning Putonghua through

          Picture Books (繪本普通話課程)

·         Learning Chinese Poems

          through Stories*

Drama & Performing Arts

·         Dramatic English Little Actors

·         Trinity Young Performers

          Certificate courses

·         Blessing Voices Singing Group

·         Children Dance Group/Parent-

            Child Playgroup*

·         Join the Beat (Djembe) Group*

·         Ukulele Group*

·         Music & Me*

Physical Development

·         Chinese Martial Art & Lion Dance

          Group*

·         Kids Fit Sports Class

·         Writing Preparation Class*

·         Grasshopper Group*

·         Road Safety Patrol*

Expressive Arts & Design

·         Arts & Crafts Workshop*

·         Painting Workshop*

Understanding the World Through STEM

·       Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Class

         (珠心算)*

·         Little Photographer & Director*

·         Math + Coding For Young Learners

·         Little Scientists*

*Medium: Cantonese

Admission procedures:
Admission

  1. Applications for the school year 2020 – 2021, because of the pandemic, stays open.
  2. Applications for the school year 2021 – 2022 shall open from September 1, 2020, and shall be closed by September 15, 2020.
  3. Application forms are available from our Shatin campuses or can be downloaded from the web site: goodtimedeie.edu.hk. All forms in hard copies shall be submitted in person to the Shatin campus on or before September 15, 2020. An application fee of $40 shall be paid when the form is submitted.
  4. The schools also accept online applications. Parents may access the online application link on the web site: goodtimedeie.edu.hk, fill in the online application form and pay the application fee online. Online application will also be opened by September 1, 2020 and closed by September 15, 2020.
  5. Group and/or individual interviews for every applicant will be held from October 2020.
  6. Parents will be informed by phone, whatsapp, wechat or email if their application is successful.
  7. Parents may fill in the online ENQUIRY forms all year round on the web sites:

These enquiries will be put onto the waiting list. The schools will contact the parents for interview when seats are available.

Hours and Fees

Please check with the school office for the school fees of the current year. All fees are fully inclusive and do not have any hidden or extra charges. All fees are payable in advance. School fees will be charged based on 12 installments of a year. 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 both the Shatin and Fanling campuses. 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.