A look around Clearwater Bay School
Located on Clearwater Bay Road, adjacent to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clearwater Bay School has 720 primary school students who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and represent over 35 nationalities. The admissions policy is non-selective and suitable for Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay families in search of primary education that follows the British education system.
In May 2009, Clearwater Bay School was granted authorisation by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to teach the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The IB PYP focuses on the development of the child as an inquirer both in the classroom and the outside world. Students also receive daily specialist lessons in Mandarin, Music and PE.
A core component of the CWBS curriculum is that education must extend beyond the intellectual to include socially responsible attitudes and thoughtful action, on an individual basis as well as a school and community basis. This is combined with the school’s drive to create closer curriculum links with the Mandarin program.
Heifer International’s ‘Read to Feed’ campaign is one example of this. For the past three years students at CWBS have been raising money through reading to support the program. The goal of Heifer is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty. Students have already raised over $200,000 in support of Heifer’s work in rural China. This year’s target is $125,000.
Celebrating the students’ differing cultures is also part of the core curriculum. The recent ‘International Story Telling’ event encouraged parents to come to school to share books in their mother tongue. Due to its success, it has been incorporated with the school’s regular ‘Book Week’ celebrations.
For more information, the school hosts regular tours for prospective parents and holds three open mornings every June. Visit www.cwbs.edu.hk or contact the school at 23583221.