The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is holding three summer camps which are expected to attract almost 1,000 students. The ESF camps, organised by the foundation's Educational Services section, include a Putonghua camp and sports camp as well as its traditional English-language event. The camps are open to students attending ESF schools, other international institutions, and local schools. ESF business manager Nick Miller said the quality of staff, teaching and curriculum was high and facilities were excellent. About 400 students enrolled in last year's English camp - mainly primary pupils - and numbers were expected to increase to 600 in 1997. English-language head Patrick Campbell said: 'Many of them are from local schools. They are Hong Kong citizens, but also Japanese, Korean, those from other Asian countries, and some of a European background.' He said it was stimulating to have a good mixture of nationalities at the camps. ESF Educational Services expects to attract about 300 students to the sports camp and about 70 for the Putonghua camp. All three camps run from July 7 to August 15. The English and Putonghua camps cost $5,980 per student; the cost per individual for the sports camp ranges from $475 to $3,500. The English camp is open to non- native English-speaking primary and secondary students, as is the sports camp. The Putonghua camp is open to anyone aged between five and 12 whose first language is not Putonghua. Students at these camps will share some ESF school facilities, mainly those at King George V School in Kowloon and the West Island School on Hong Kong Island. Students are grouped according to age and individual abilities, with classes limited to 12 students per teacher. All teachers are native speakers of English and Putonghua respectively. The sports camp, which includes some overnight activities, will be conducted at the two main ESF school sites plus a watersports centre in Sai Kung. Further outdoor recreational activities will be held elsewhere in the New Territories. One of the highlights of the three- week camps will be a lively show presented by students, and parents will be invited to attend. All youngsters will be presented with a certificate of attendance. ESF Educational Services was set up to extend the range of services offered by the English Schools Foundation and to complement the ESF's main role of providing quality, cost- effective English-medium education in Hong Kong. It serves an estimated 10,000 students. For more information about the summer camps, call 2919 7962 or 2919 7914.