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ESF Tsing Yi -- preschool -- your impressions and experiences please

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    jon&nan is offline Registered User
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    ESF Tsing Yi -- preschool -- your impressions and experiences please

    Considering enrolling our child and interested to hear about your experiences. Thanks in advance.

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    TheQuasimother is offline Registered User
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    Are you planning to send your child to an ESF primary school or a PIS primary school? This is usually the ONLY reason why parents send their kids to ESF Tsing Yi unless you're local and want your child to improve their standard of English.
    “If you want to get to the castle, you’ve got to swim the moat.” Richard Jenkins in Eat Pray Love

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    Plans

    Our big dilemma is ESF vs. Yew Chung pre-K; we're on the Kowloon side and work on the Kowloon side...we expect to remain in HK for many years...YC is closer to our home and work place; we are a non-Cantonese (and non-Chinese) household and we have related concerns; on the other hand (given that we expect to live in HK) we seem to be choosing two different trajectories...

    This is insane... should I relax or am I really making a momentous decision?

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    We were in the same boat. But we chose ESF (Tsing Yi) as we couldn't make up our minds at that time and it offered 3 different types of school for our catchment area. Yew Chung was one of the schools we considered but are glad to have not gone down that route. ESF(TY) has provided an education no better than what he would have gotten at home (Australia) for his age group and cannot be compared to other schools that cater for the local market.

    Some advantages of ESF:
    (1) Great interview preparation/opportunities: All 3 schools we have applied to are oversubscribed, ESF (TY) released the group list for all kids and we got together very early for group playdates. And, if you fail an interview (with the exception of Discovery College), you can lots of chances to pass and a lot of effort will be made for your child to ensure placement.

    (2) Teachers and T.A.s are wonderful and caring. They do take time to get to know your child (despite the large classroom size) and are often happy (or at least appear to be happy) to chat. Emails are often replied within the day. We have been extremely lucky to have had 2 years of just absolutely wonderful teachers and T.As. Even if you met them out of school, they're just as friendly!

    (3) Less focus on showy things. There's actually a lot of curriculum time spent on learning (through play). No showponnying business that a lot of schools engage in using curriculum time.

    Disadvantages of ESF(TY) - which did not bother us i.e. not disadvantages to us:
    (1) If you're a native speaker, be prepared for your child to come home speaking like a non-native speaker - sentence structure wise e.g. ours started dropping his articles.

    (2) Do not expect your child to know how to read or write in Year 1/2 like their local counterparts. Mine is in Year 2 right now and he's only expected to write his name. It is not a school that focuses on academics.

    (3) There is no Putonghua emphasis at the school. Once a week is all your child will get. (If this is important to you)

    We have so far been happy with the school. Learning through play has had a wonderful effect on our child. Now that interviews are over, we are very glad that we've sent him to this school as without it we wouldn't have had a leg up (so to speak) to get into one of their up and coming schools which has a heavy emphasis on Putonghua. So we would be choosing the same route for our 2nd child too.
    “If you want to get to the castle, you’ve got to swim the moat.” Richard Jenkins in Eat Pray Love

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    Take it easy. I actually thing ESF is a great route for parents who want options and don't believe that being expensive = better education.
    “If you want to get to the castle, you’ve got to swim the moat.” Richard Jenkins in Eat Pray Love

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    This is REALLY helpful. Thank you!

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