Annual Fund Projects Highlights
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are a British institution and we are delighted that the Annual Fund has enabled us to bring the lectures to Hong Kong for the first time.
This partnership with the world-renowned Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI) for the 2017 Christmas Lectures enabled students to be inspired by some of the Institute's finest scientists. Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and now broadcast on national television every year, the Christmas Lectures are the UK's flagship science series.
The Kellett Community were enthralled by the RI live Christmas show, delivered by Dan Plane from the Royal Institution! Dan, a former teacher who previously worked as a Science Demonstrator for the Science Museum in London, takes the RI on the road to schools to spread the science message. He had unbounding energy, enthusiasm and passion, helping our students, and adults alike, understand and enjoy the wonders of science.
The lecture was a high energy and thoroughly entertaining whistle stop tour of the inventions carried out by scientists at the RI since it was founded in 1799. We saw a gherkin behave like a lightbulb, heard screaming jelly babies and jumped when micro detonators exploded! The Kellett Senior Science Faculty also worked with Dan to make it THUNDERSNOW in the theatre, using exploding hydrogen balloons. Packing foam falling on the audience, set to `Fairytale of New York` by The Pogues, made for a fabulous and hilarious finale.
Dan delivered two additional shows, one on each campus, for our Year 5 and 6, called `Exploding Food`. Dan took students on a journey through the digestive system where students learned more about energy in food, digestion, absorption and at the end, excretion.
Stewart Brown, Head of Science, Senior School: Dan's fantastic energy and incredible knowledge wowed audiences, as he explained and demonstrated an array of science experiments. The sight of Dan running through the audience holding a fake poo is one that will be with me for many years...
The partnership between Kellett and the RI is one that we are hoping to continue and develop over the coming years. There is a visit this month from the RI’s Touring Science Lecture Programme. Sign up HERE as tickets get snapped up fast!
Recognising the importance of drama to personal development and learning, the Annual Fund supported the school’s first ever drama expert in residence. We were fortunate to have renowned Drama Advisor Simon Bell give the students masterclasses linked to the Drama curriculum and learn about other styles of theatre from across the world.
In collaboration with ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association), Simon Bell spent a week with the Senior School Drama Department. Simon, from Atlanta International School, has worked as a Drama practitioner for a number of years and his speciality is physical theatre, an area that our students will be developing in their Drama lessons this year.
His residency was a great success with students able to push themselves into the world of devising, communicating and thinking creatively as an ensemble. The support given in crafting scenes, application of contemporary practitioners and ideas raised the level of the Year 10 Devised exam that took place in May 2018. Year 12 Drama students extended their knowledge of Complicité and their understanding of connections between the theory, rehearsal and execution of the theatre company’s style.
Simon also delivered a three-hour workshop with 30 gifted and talented students in Key Stage 3. The level of work created and delivered was outstanding, with the students taking on the theme of themselves, their journey and personal memories, to produce challenging and thought provoking solo performances.
The students’ level of focus, maturity and interaction with Simon was truly a highlight. As a Drama department we were able to extend our own knowledge and practice and couldn’t thank ISTA, Simon Bell and the Annual Fund enough for a wonderful opportunity. Here is to many more Drama Artist/Director in Residence at Kellett School!’
Erin Kielty – Year 10: I loved the exercise where we had to work from a sense of truth to recount the moment where we felt most embarrassed/guilty. Using this emotion, we were able to embody what our character was feeling, allowing us to be fully immersed in our role. This was a new exercise that I had not practiced much before, so it was exciting to try it out.
With the aim of developing Senior School students’ awareness and knowledge of personal finance in preparation for life after Kellett, the Annual Fund supported a visit by Andrew Hallam, a personal finance expert.
Andrew Hallam, former teacher of Personal Finance at the Singapore American School, columnist for the Globe and Mail, Canada, and author of two best-selling books, Millionaire Teacher and Global Expatriates Guide to Investing, delivered talks to Years 9 to 13, as well as staff and parents.
The students greatly enjoyed Andrew's insights which were delivered in a humorous and energetic way, and Andrew also provided staff and parents with an evening talk in The David Kidd Theatre.
Simon Tyley, Head of House Bowen/Economics Teacher: Andrew’s experience has given him excellent insight into how to best promote financial literacy. Going forward, additional curriculum time in Global Citizenship and Business Studies & Economics will be used to teach financial literacy. The breadth of experience Andrew brought with him was invaluable, so thank you to the Annual Fund for making his visit possible.
Anonymous Student (Year 13): I particularly enjoyed how he made something that always seemed rather scary accessible. I now feel more confident to ask questions. It was also nice to know that many adults don’t know about financial literacy and so I didn’t feel as if I was silly for not knowing!
With Annual Fund support, Hong Kong’s African Drumming and Dance Connection visited both Prep Schools for three weeks of drumming and dance. They brought their djembe drums, filling the corridors with their rhythmic beat each day.
Reception to Year 6 learnt all about the significance and history of dancing in African communities, learning the basic steps and meaning behind different movements. In the drumming session, they explored how to produce a variety of sounds, beats and rhythms using different hand positions and placements. The workshop taught the pupils more than just a new style of music and dance - it really opened their eyes and broadened their knowledge of African Culture.
Emerson Beatty – Year 6: I was really excited but a bit scared that I would have to do something embarrassing; however, it turned out dancing was really energising and I learnt lots of new dance moves, new beats and drumming techniques.
Kellett established a social change programme for Prep School and members of the School Council were given the opportunity to participate in an Annual Fund supported ECA called Design for Change (DFC).
DFC is a global organisation which supports young people to recognise needs within their community, helping to build social awareness, develop a solution-based approach to problems and a can-do mindset by taking action to make a change.
The ECA took place over six weeks and was led by two representatives from DFC. The programme followed four simple steps – Feel, Imagine, Do and Share. These steps helped the children consider their thoughts and feelings about their community and areas they felt were in need; how they could make a change; the opportunity to implement a change and a chance to celebrate their work.
The students presented to an audience and organised their ideas to suit their listeners. There were plenty of opportunities for them to reflect on and evaluate their progress, developing and changing their ideas as and when required. Many of the children have been inspired to continue working to support their communities.
Across Prep, the School Council members designed and put into place seven projects in the summer term of 2018.
Pok Fu Lam Prep School
One group supported refugees by collecting adult and children’s clothes that Kellett families no longer need, and these were donated to Christian Action.
Another group of children felt that it was time for a reminder to be respectful and appreciative of our bus mothers and drivers. The children shared a short promotional video that they showed during assembly. They asked their peers to support them in making a special effort to use their best manners.
This group felt very passionate about recycling and encouraged children to be more aware of litter in the school grounds. They raised awareness during an assembly, leaving additional recycling bins around the school and encouraging children to be proactive in collecting any litter in the school grounds and community.
The final group hoped to provide more opportunities for their peers in KS2 to share their talents through the organisation of an end of term talent show.
Kowloon Bay Prep School
Donation of preloved children’s clothes and toys
One group decided to support children in Hong Kong who are less fortunate. The School Council asked the Prep students to bring in any unwanted clothes, toys, books, etc and these were carefully sorted and redistributed. They reached out to a local children’s centre and Crossroads who were keen to receive their donations.
The Problem of Plastic
Another project group built six giant models using plastic straws, plates and bottles which had been collected across the school in an effort to raise awareness of the alarming amount of plastic which ends up in our oceans. These models were then displayed in the Prep school and PMQ in Central for a week in June. The models caught the attention of passers-by and were displayed alongside a wealth of statistics and tips linked to the recycling and reusing of plastic.
A Greener Hong Kong
The final project group were keen to make an impact on pollution levels in Hong Kong and, after consulting with a professional landscape gardener, raised funds to purchase a range of plants known for their impact on carbon levels. These plants were then donated to Lizzie Bee who has a workshop at PMQ. She was delighted to plant the small trees and shrubs on balconies used by the general public where she felt very confident that they would not only have a positive impact on the environment, but that they would also bring a smile to visitors’ faces.
Harkness is a method of teaching that focuses on student-led discussion and is credited with promoting independent learning, research skills, discussion skills, and collaboration. The Harkness approach relies heavily on facilitation by teachers and so Kellett is grateful to the Annual Fund for enabling two members of staff to attend training.
The Harkness approach relies heavily on facilitation by teachers and so Kellett is grateful to the Annual Fund for enabling two members of staff to attend training.
Teachers Tom Laxton and Aileen Kerkhofs were immersed in the Harkness technique at source, the Philips Exeter Academy in the US, in the summer of 2018. As a result, the Harkness method has been successfully trialled within the Senior School and feedback suggests the Harkness method of teaching is one that Kellett may use across Prep and Senior schools to enhance learning.
Francesco Lietti works in acrylic and oil on canvass to capture the colours, texture and depth of vibrant cityscapes. With support from the Annual Fund he worked with Prep School students to produce a magnificent mural depicting the vibrancy of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong based Italian artist Francesco Lietti worked with our Key Stage 2 students for three weeks on a collaborative mural. The murals depict the Southside of Hong Kong, including all that is happening on the land, sea and in the sky. They are hung on the 4th floor at PFL, the corridor outside the auditorium and in the KLB Prep Atrium.
Elyse Heslop, Art Curriculum Leader: Over the three weeks Francesco worked with us, he kept the students engaged - while a group of students worked directly with him on the mural, others were drawing and painting elements that were collaged.
Sophie Munns, an Australian visual artist, uses various abstract art forms to explore the relationships between people and plants. With support from the Annual Fund she undertook a residency at Kellett Senior School and also worked with Kadoorie Farm to form a collection of Hong Kong seeds.
Australian artist Sophie Munns launched the Homage to the Seed Project after an introduction to the global Millennium Seed Bank Partnership set up by Kew Gardens of London.
The Seed Bank project has since taken her on many residencies, working with seed scientists and botanical gardens in diverse bioregions, in search of knowledge on impacts at force on the planet’s vast seed inheritance.
Sophie shared her knowledge of seeds and her art practice with Kellett Senior School Art classes and conducted observational drawing sessions from her collection of seeds. Year 7 Art students created a series of seed pod motifs and were involved in the creation of a final large-scale painting, now displayed in the Senior School atrium area as a celebration of the diversity of seeds found in Hong Kong.
Tanisha Kirpalani (7 MacLehose): On the day of the workshop, Sophie taught us so many different techniques like sponging, stippling, painting and stencilling. Stippling is doing small dots that are really close to each other. I did my stippling in a big seed pod.
Kellett is committed to promoting the well-being of the entire school community, and with Annual Fund support invited Doreen Jowharsha, a member of the Hong Kong Mindfulness Teachers’ Network, to bring mindfulness to our students.
Mindfulness can help children improve their ability to pay attention, calm down when they are upset and make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus, both complementing and reinforcing Kellett’s Positive Education approach.
Senior School Students took part in seven weekly 50 minute sessions and Prep students had eight weekly 30 minute sessions led by Doreen, as well as regular follow-up sessions with their class teachers.
A ‘Mindfulness Matters’ training course also took place for students in Years 6 and 9. These years have been identified as ones of significant change, where stress can manifest in different ways and where control of emotions and adaptability are important for students’ well-being and success.
This coming year Doreen will continue to teach the Year 6s in Term 2 and will introduce Mindfulness to the Year 3s after the mid-term break in Term 1, so watch this space!
Author William Hussey joined our Year 9 and Year 10 students in school courtesy of the Annual Fund. He delivered an engaging lecture on the history of Gothic literature and even managed to terrify our students with a reading of a ghost story of his own - particularly apt given it had just been Halloween!
William is the author of seven books and his latest, Jekyll’s Mirror, was nominated for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Inspired by comic books and detective stories, he started writing at any early age. Alongside Terry Pratchett, he was a finalist in the BRIT Writer of the Year Award in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award for Witchfinder.
Students completed small workshops with William, where they got to hone their planning and writing skills. Starting with the question "What if..." and centring on one of the key gothic themes - transformation, science gone wrong or fear of the future - they generated ideas that they could develop when back in class.
Aileen Kerkhofs, Deputy Head of English Faculty: The workshops proved particularly beneficial for our GCSE students, who immediately put their skills to the test by entering an RTHK writing competition using a photograph as inspiration. One of our Year 10 students, Olivier Lee (10 Bowen), won first prize in the junior category of the competition
To advance best practice in the Design Technology (DT) curriculum for Year 8 to Year 13, Simon Wood, Head of Design and Technology attended the course Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) at The University of Cambridge.
DOT is a joint project of the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Working in partnership with leading engineering companies and schools, DOT has developed a distinctive teaching approach and a unique set of resources for teachers to use in Key Stage 3 DT classes.
The new GCSE and A level specifications have increased emphasis on students developing their problem-solving skills through real life challenges and DOT offers teachers ideas, resources and training to develop an advanced programme.
After attending the course, Simon visited other secondary schools in the UK to see how other schools teach the new specifications of GCSE and A level DT. He witnessed Year 10 DT students experiencing arthritis and visual impairment in an empathy exercise, after which they will go on to further research the challenges of living with these conditions before designing and modelling products for the elderly.
Simon Wood, Head of Design & Technology, will be introducing a similar exercise to all three Key Stages. Students will wear specially designed gloves that limit mobility and emulate arthritis and glasses that impair vision, before designing prototype products to help people perform day to day tasks.
Simon Wood, Head of Design & Technology
‘The training materials developed by Design of Things are absolutely current best practice in design education and are centered around students developing their problem-solving capability through real life design challenges.’
The Annual Fund’s support of the Technology Hub encompasses technology investments across all three schools. The establishment of the Tech Hub is designed to facilitate the emergence of technology and technology-related subjects.
The establishment and equipping of the Tech Hub, has provided a learning space for teachers and students alike, allowing them improve their skills in our G-Suite of apps, as well as introducing innovative uses of technology. The Hub also provided an administrative record of new equipment purchased by the Annual Fund (and Parents Committee) to ensure it is correctly used, stored and maintained.
In the Senior School, whilst learners and teachers have readily used technology since the inception of the school, there has been no formal position to oversee this development. The introduction of the post of Assistant Head of School (Technology) addressed this need and is designed to formalise how Kellett will utilise technology over the coming years.
One of the major new trends in edutech is Virtual Reality (VR). Whilst bespoke VR setups can be very expensive, Kellett has dipped its toe into VR with the purchase of a small set of iPods which can be used with VR headsets to enhance the curriculum.
The Drama Department is now able to record performances and class sessions much more efficiently with the new cameras they have received, making the review of student work much easier and of course, recordings are crucial for exam submission.
Prep Art teachers have an iPad Pro to aide their teaching and learning, whilst the addition of Apple pencils opens up different possibilities for teachers, especially within languages.
Students in Reception at KLB Prep have begun working with a range of gadgets to help them understand the beginnings of Computational Thinking. Floor robots and wonderful Code-a-Pillars are a great way to introduce activities which will eventually lead our students on to becoming confident programmers. PFL Prep will join in the fun shortly this term!
Clive Dawes, Assistant Head of School (Technology): Whilst many of our tech initiatives are ongoing, there is a real excitement around the developments, and we cannot wait to see how they continue to positively impact upon learning.
The Annual Fund enabled the school to follow the success of previous ‘Positive Education’ training for teachers. Kellett will be rolling out more positive education programme thanks to the funding from Parents Committee raised at the 2018 Kellett Fair.
Kellett will be rolling out more positive education programme thanks to the funding from Parents Committee raised at the 2018 Kellett Fair.
Positive Education, the merging of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching, was developed at Geelong Grammar School, and is underpinned by specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Kellett School has committed to adopting the Positive Education approach for our students.
The process of building a Positive Education culture is firstly to ‘Learn it’ and ‘Live it’ then to ‘Teach it’ and ‘Embed it’. The premise of the Positive Education training is that staff need to feel the impact of the training on their own lives in order to model and enact the principles in their everyday actions with students.
Thanks to the Annual Fund, five members of the leadership team from across both Prep and Senior were able to undertake a four day ‘Discovering Positive Education’ course run by the Institute of Positive Education, based at Geelong Grammar school. On the course staff worked through skills and techniques that promote and support well-being.
The newly trained staff have since been working alongside our Positive Education team to share the principles through assemblies, staff meetings and parent meetings. In conjunction with the new Kellett Learner Profile, the school is already well on its way on its journey to embedding the culture of Positive Education.
Both Prep Schools were lucky enough to be visited by Choral Director Dominic Ellis-Peckham. Dominic conducted a choral workshop with students and instructed our orchestral and pre-orchestral teams. During his visit, Dominic demonstrated how through the simple act of listening, complicated songs can be arranged without any verbal directions. He also got our students thinking about the importance of music in their lives.
During his visit, Dominic demonstrated how through the simple act of listening, complicated songs can be arranged without any verbal directions. He also got our students thinking about the importance of music in their lives.
Henry Evans inspired Year 6 students when he spoke to them about how he had the amazing chance to become an explorer, trekking to the Antarctic’s South Pole, and how he prepared himself in the year before he embarked upon his extraordinary journey.
World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker joined the Senior School and delivered an incredible performance to all of Key Stage 3, ranging from the hilarious “Falafellöffel” to the entertaining “Dinosaur Love” to “Paper People”, a poem about society. He also delivered a small workshop to a select group of students, where he offered valuable advice and feedback on how to craft slam poetry. Students were then able to build on this guidance in preparation for Kellett Senior School’s inaugural House Slam competition in April 2018.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders) talked to Prep students about their refugee programme to mark Refugee week. MSF speakers explained how their teams were helping refugees across 71 countries, often treating malnourished children with high calorie nut packs and special formula to help them gain weight and fight simple illnesses. Older students were challenged to consider some of the dilemmas facing frontline staff. Have a go yourself and see how you would deal with injured armed insurgents or being asked for a bribe to secure life-saving medicine: http://makeachoice.today/#MSF.SG
Kellett was fortunate to have two Olympic gold and bronze medallists visit us on 6- 7 September: Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, former captain of Team GB’s women’s hockey squad, and teammate and wife Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE.
They spoke to Prep Students and Senior Students about their careers, how they became hockey players and their life-changing experience of bringing home the gold for Team GB at the Olympics. During the lively sessions, they shared tips on how students should set goals, work hard in the light of challenges, be themselves and find their own strengths.
Later in the afternoon, Kate and Helen held a workshop for GCSE and A Level PE students where they encouraged our students to think about their personal strengths, their hopes, what they can bring to a team and how each person should be valued, no matter if they are different to you.