IN view of the recent remarks about English Schools Foundation schools published in your newspaper, we would like to express our own view regarding the educational method and system in the ESF schools.
Since our return from Australia in August, our five-year old boy, Christopher has been admitted to the Beacon Hill School. My boy has been enjoying every minute of school life and we, as parents, are also satisfied with his dramatic academic progress.
This is reflected by his endless conversations with us about the daily excitement he feels and the variety of the curriculum, location visits, and so on, at school.
We are most impressed by his tremendous progress in reading and writing ability. When he first started school about six months ago, he could neither read nor write. But now, he reads fluently and is able to write.
More importantly, we have found that our child is growing with a school system which addresses children's natural learning needs. Each individual aspect of the curriculum, books chosen and teachers in the school, support the development needs of a child.Having witnessed this progress in academic performance, I have nothing but praise and thanks for the dedication of the teachers and principal of Beacon Hill School.
SHIRLEY and JAMES SUN Kowloon Tong AS a parent of five children who have passed, and in two cases are passing successfully through the ESF system, I would like to state how much I have appreciated the hard work and dedication of ESF teachers.
Over the last 12 years I have been impressed by the patience, understanding, industry and humour of these teachers.
Certainly their work does not end at 3 pm, nor does it begin at 9.30 am. More often that not, they arrive at school at 8 am and sometimes don't return home until 5.30 pm.
Each afternoon there is at least one school activity with Saturday mornings devoted to rugby, soccer and netball tournaments.
I wonder how those ''nine to fivers'' would feel if they had to sit down after dinner and correct 20 short stories or 400 sums! How can we expect our children to delight in education? How can we expect our children to open up their ''curious'' minds, if we allow these blinkered people to constantly criticise a valued and dedicated profession? JEANETTE BRESNIHAN The Peak