Learning never stops
After-school activities are a huge part of ESF operations. Set up in 1994 as a not-for-profit affiliate of ESF, Education Services Limited (ESL) offers extracurricular activities to all ESF and non-ESF students across Hong Kong with more than 6,000 students attending the programmes in 22 locations every week.
Apart from language classes, sports and various other programmes and summer camps, ESL’s portfolio includes the five ESF kindergartens and two private independent schools, Renaissance College in Ma On Shan and Discovery College in Discovery Bay.
“We have been running an English as a second language programme for over 20 years,” says Anna Adasiewicz, acting chief operating officer of ESL. The first English programmes focused on full immersion into English to assists students’ entry into ESF schools. We added sport programmes shortly after, in 1997.”
The language classes focus on teaching English and Spanish as a second or third language with an interactive approach to learning, and cater for students between two and 16 years old.
ESL opened the Wan Chai-based ESF Language and Learning Centre in 2015. It offers playgroups for children between six months and three years old along with phonics and kindergarten preparation classes. It also offers English writing courses for children up to eight years old.
“The centre is open seven days a week,” says Anna. We host ‘Sunday Funday’ events and are trying to accommodate all our customers. As for our teachers, they are not only well qualified but also fit to work with young learners.”
ESL offers a host of sporting options from swimming, football, basketball and netball to tennis, martial arts and others. The children are split up into teams and compete for trophies each year.
“Children who participate regularly in structured sports are often better able to organise and coordinate their daily activities, have greater levels of energy and experience gains in self-confidence and their ability to interact socially,” Anna says.
The popular summer camps focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle with highly qualified coaches running the show including Emma Gregory, who plays netball for the Hong Kong national team and Gary Wong, an Olympic swimmer for Hong Kong.
ESL also offers courses designed specifically to give children distinct advantages in the future, such as creative writing, CV and resume polishing, journalism and media and advertising and marketing.
“ESL is looking for further opportunities to expand its teaching offerings, bearing in mind the competitive landscape and market demand,” says Anna.