Founder Sean Whaley on Sai Kung English, the new English-language tuition centre for Sai Kung children.
Where Sai Kung Tutors caters predominantly for native-English-speaking students – particularly those studying at ESF schools – with private tutoring in such subjects as maths, science, Mandarin and music, the new Sai Kung English is aimed at Cantonese- and other non-English-speakers.
As well as formal English-language lessons for all age groups, Whaley says Sai Kung English plans to offer English in combination with other activities, including watersports, hiking, drama, music – one idea is to set up a band with practice sessions in English – and maybe even baking. It will also offer English in combination with revision classes in subjects such as maths and science.
“We aim to be the best educators in the local area,” Whaley says. “We want parents and students to experience quality tuition – and enjoy it. Why should people travel to Central or Tsim Sha Tsui when they could have better tuition in Sai Kung?
“The real advantage of being in Sai Kung is that we are located right next to both mountains and the sea. We’ll be providing educational courses while hiking, exploring, boating, swimming, fishing and camping. Your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they are learning!”
More formal lessons will be conducted by the group’s qualified tutors in one-on-one sessions at the student’s home or in small groups in Sai Kung. Ahead of the launch, Whaley has been providing fun and free English lessons at the Sai Kung Community Centre.
The grand opening of Sai Kung English will be on April 2 from noon till 4pm. Expect games, prizes, food and soft drinks, with free iPod Shuffles to any student who signs up during April and is able to solve the secret code on the company’s website, www.saikungenglish.com.
Sai Kung English, 1/F, 10 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung. For details, call Sean (English) on 6907 2514 or Jenna (Cantonese) on 9387 7237.