Yesterday was a big day for younger pupils especially for those at the newly established Kingston International Kindergarten. The kindergarten opened its doors to its first batch of pupils yesterday. It is a small kindergarten, with a low teacher-to-student ratio and a small number of students in each class. 'Our maximum enrolment is 65 children for the morning session and 65 children for the afternoon session,' said principal Matthew Steuer. One of the special features of the kindergarten is that only eight children are allocated to its class for one-year-olds. Two experienced teachers will attend to the children. For the two-year-old class, there are 12 children with two teachers. Classes for three, four and five-year-olds will have 16 children and two teachers in each class. Mr Steuer believes that working with the children in small groups and on an individual basis will help them enhance their abilities. 'It is a totally different kind of environment from when you have 30 or 40 children in a classroom.' The school held an open day recently to introduce its philosophy and style of education to the public. The response was encouraging as members of the public toured the kindergarten. One of the special activities on the open day was a painting session. A wall made with with ceramic tiles was set up in front of the kindergarten and children were invited to paint on it. Another popular activity was an English and Putonghua story-telling session held in the playroom. 'I am happy that the children had fun taking part in the activities. I did not want to organise too many activities in case the visitors were distracted,' Mr Steuer said. 'Our love for the children makes us different from many other local kindergartens. Learning at our kindergarten will be a fun and wonderful experience.' He added that the teachers would do their best in helping the children discover the joy of learning and develop their potential and creativity. Tuition is expensive - $6,000 a month - as the kindergarten has to pay for two teachers (a native speaker and a mainland teacher) in each class and for modern equipment imported from overseas. The principal said the kindergarten was not out to make a profit. He believed that it was important to maintain a high quality of education and to provide children with the best teachers and resources. 'We want to create an exciting and loving community here,' Mr Steuer said. 'For a supportive community, parents also need to get involved. 'The idea is for parents and the school to work together like an extended family. This is our curriculum that will flow to every classroom,' he added.