Discovery Bay residents Martin and Cammy, both Canadians, knew they wanted their children to learn Chinese. They had already put their eldest daughter, whom they do not want to identify, on the waiting list for Discovery Bay International School while she was attending a local kindergarten. She was first on the waiting list and her parents were asked if they wanted her to join the school. Having to choose between local or international schools, they opted to continue educating her under the local education system. 'Chinese schools are ahead scholastically, while international school students seem to be more confident in the sense that they are encouraged to speak out in class and take initiative,' said Martin, an information technology project manager. He believed children should follow local schools' focus of learning before experiencing a more international curriculum and environment in secondary school. Their daughter, now 14, attends St Stephen's Girls' College. The family has a second daughter, four.