Principal’s Words

Meeting Challenges with Solutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 February 2021 2021

 

Due to COVID-19, classroom type of activities has come to a standstill since the first semester has started.  Online activities might be a stopgap arrangement, however, schools would face the dilemma of while it caters for some learning needs of children, it generates some concerns on health issues such as eye-sight.  Moreover, ‘concrete’ learning is the basis of children’s learning which is not adequately provided by online activities.

 

To seek the best possible solution of keeping active learning of children while minimize the drawbacks, we reviewed our previous experience on home-based learning and teaching, consulted with doctors and specialists on the and have devised a ’20-20 plan’.  It is based on two sessions of online activities, pre-recorded and real-time respectively; 20 minutes per session and separated by no less than 20 minutes of interval.  Interactive activities incorporating the elements of music, exercise and arts are staged.  We recommend parents to observe the following:

–       Minimum distance from the device (0.6 M or 2 feet for computer; 0.3 M or 1 foot for iPad);

–       An eye exercise at the end of each session, such as looking at objects 6 M (20 feet) away and walk for 20 steps.

To enhance the effects of online activities, we have the privilege of joining the various programmes of The Hong Kong University Faculty of Education, The Education University of Hong Kong in conjunction with the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.  These programmes enable us to stage multifaceted, interactive and children-oriented online activities.  Children learn some areas that they miss from classrooms, including the proper manner in social environment (they learn in group online).

We also try to maintain our regular activities, without classrooms, such as games pouches, book borrowing, science week and arts week, read aloud etc.  Our children have enthusiastically participated and impressed their parents.

We have been busy preparing for the online activities that would use more energy and skills than classroom activities, but we face such challenges with positive views.  Our children’s happy, eager and satisfying faces and responses full of confidence have encouraged us despite all the difficulties.

We hope that the pandemic would subside soon so that school life would return to normal.

Opportunities are for those prepared.

Principal Wong’s life-long devotion in early childhood education:

Academic qualifications:
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Education (Honours)(Early Childhood Education), The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Careers:
  • 2014-2018  Lecturer, Department of Childcare, Elderly and Community Services, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
  • 2012-2014  Founding Principal, Sophie Kindergarten & Nursery School
  • 1998-2012  Founding Headmistress, T.W.G.Hs Tin Wan Kindergarten (a teacher achieved the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012)
Currently:
  • Now: Part-time lecturer, Department of Childcare, Elderly and Community Services, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
Public duties, among others:
  • Now: Member of the Assessment and Monitoring Sub-Committee of the Quality Education Fund (QEF)
  • Now: Panel Member for an accreditation exercise of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)
  • Now: Member of the Committee on Early Childhood Education, and Member of the Committee on Chinese Language Education of the Curriculum Development Council (CDC)
  • 2003 – 2012: Member of the Committee on Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development Council (concurrent with the publish of the 2006 Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide)
  • 2002 – 2007: Guest Lecturer, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Academic achievements, among others:
  • Guest speakers in numerous conferences, seminars and talks in the area of early childhood education
  • Numerous papers and articles on early childhood education
  • Co-writer of a number of books on early childhood education