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First Open Day at Avendale’s Parkside Campus

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Avendale International Kindergarten (雋延國際幼稚園) held its first Open Day on Sunday, 22 July at The Parkside, Tseung Kwan O. The school welcomed over 700 guests to tour this brand new, purpose built early childhood learning environment.

Upon entering the 11,000 square feet campus, children were immediately drawn to the impressive indoor playground that featured two metal slides attached to a row of wooden huts. Meanwhile, there were three other themed play areas for children to exercise gross motor skills, engage the senses, and express their creativity with paint and clay. Apart from the Sensory Room, which was purposefully darkened for experience, the entire space was flooded with an abundance of natural light.

“Avendale’s play based, child centred, emergent curriculum is designed to enable our children to develop their critical and creative thinking skills in an environment, where they will feel confident to take risks. Children will be supported in developing their social and emotional capabilities, and nurtured as they cultivate the 21 century skills that all children will need in the future,” said David Shirley, Principal of Avendale, in a statement.

With over 25 years of teaching and school leadership experience, Mr Shirley joined Avendale after serving as Head of Primary and Acting Head of School of a reputable international school in Hong Kong. He said he has observed that student flourished and had fun at school when they became “co-constructors of their learning.”

He explained that the aim of Avendale’s programme is “to empower and engage each child in their learning journey.”

“At Avendale we will use observations and individual documentation, to shape the curriculum to the needs of each child. This is fundamental and something that truly makes a difference,” said Mr Shirley.

Inside each Open Day pack, which was given to visitors, were three wooden figures shaped as jigsaw puzzles. Principal Shirley explained that these figures “represent the important relationship that is at the heart of our school. A constructive student, parent and teacher relationship fosters positive and enhanced learning outcomes for all participants. Social, emotional wellbeing also flourishes when a child feels the support of all those who are involved in the learning process.”

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