We are very proud to be an accredited Forest School Leadership Centre, which is the highest form of recognition for Forest Schools. This is a huge milestone for us, as we realise our vision of becoming a leader in outdoor learning and Forest School education in Hong Kong.
The award recognises our work to ensure that the Forest School ethos encompasses the whole school, not just specific year groups or teachers.
It is also a signal to the wider education world that we recognise the importance of responding to young people’s development needs and that transforming lives through Forest Schools, is key to what we believe.
The Forest School philosophy has been deeply embedded into our school curriculum and across different learning areas, enabling students to learn and flourish in the outdoors.
We passionately believe in this approach, and we are committed to providing our students with quality outdoor learning experiences. We engage them in activities, which as well as developing a deep appreciation for nature, encourage them to become independent, solve problems, use their imagination, take appropriate risks within boundaries and initiate learning for themselves.
Research shows that if children have regular access to a rich outdoor environment, they will have greater self-esteem, be more confident and develop better concentration, resilience and independence.
Innovative work has been completed to create our very own outdoor classroom in our grounds. This beautiful area, called ‘The Woods’ is an ideal setting to deliver our Forest School curriculum. Ultimately we want to introduce some food production at the school, educating students about the environment and creating a new farm area.
Students also experience regular lessons in beautiful locations including Tai Po Kau.
Links have been forged with Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens, where we have integrated our units of inquiry with workshops led by their experts. Through these sessions, students gain a deeper understanding about sustainability, animals, biodiversity, trees and plants, whilst exploring the beautiful natural environment of the farm.
These are all the experiences which will help our students to flourish, and prepare them for the next stage of their educational journey.