Katherine Forestier

Salvation may lie overseas

Falling short of the grades needed for sixth form in Hong Kong doesn't have to mean the end of the academic road. There is an alternative for students whose parents can afford the fees: go west.

Wednesday, 8 August, 2007, 12:00am

A new book, a new chapter in your life

Hong Kong's education reformers rightly recognise that one of the major limitations of our school system is its failure to get children reading.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Hei's a star to the tune of $10,000

Budding Chinese opera singer Leung Hei, 11, has what it takes to be a star, according to judges of the Star Factor competition, held at the Cultural Centre on Monday as part of the Kids' Gallery festival week.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

ESF gets ready for a post-colonial facelift

One hundred and thirty four people are just days away from casting the crucial vote that spells their demise as the supreme governing body of the English Schools Foundation.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

ESF agrees to extra board seat for teachers

The English Schools Foundation has bowed to pressure for an extra teacher to sit on its new board of governors.

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

Kennedy School turns the corner

The English Schools Foundation primary school whose principal was removed two years ago following a poor inspection was this week given a clean bill of health.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Real-life scenarios provide children reasons to read, write and think

For the Manchester project, the Diamond Demolition Company have had to find out all about a cotton mill, what if anything should be preserved for posterity, and how to demolish it safely in a heavily built up area of the city.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

ESF to overhaul website forum

The English Schools Foundation is to overhaul its website, including the forums for parents and teachers, sparking criticism that it is seeking to stifle debate.

Communications director Peter Craughwell posted a message on the forum about his plans to revamp the website by the start of the autumn term.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Good Daughter

Good Daughter

by Bjorn Trumann

Solstice, $178

Forget the condoms for your next trip to Thailand. Instead, pack a copy of Bjorn Turmann's first novel, Good Daughter. As you fall in love with its heroine, Kun Som, you might reflect on her profession.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Numbers seeking ESF places slip

Children applying for places in the English Schools Foundation's 10 primary schools so far are down on last year after it closed its first round of applications.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Small-class programme extended to 75 schools

Pilot study shows benefits of primary pupils taught in groups of 20 to 25

The government plans to extend the number of primary schools operating small classes in the next academic year to around 75 schools with high concentrations of disadvantaged children.

8 Jun 2005 - 12:00am


Finnish education system is an example Hong Kong should follow

19 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

The vocational route

Finnish senior secondary education for the 16-19 age group is split into academic and vocational streams, the latter taking place either in schools or as apprenticeship training.

5 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

EMB spells out cautious approach

The government will make a final decision on the future of the English Schools Foundation's subvention after publication of the Audit Commission report, according to a document released to legislators.

20 Nov 2004 - 12:00am


University-style council with a maximum of 25 appointed or elected members with a ratio of 2:1 lay and staff members, to be governing body, replacing current foundation and executive committee. The 135-strong foundation could become a 'court' with an advisory role.

6 Nov 2004 - 12:00am