Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our PIPS Kowloon website. As the Principal of our two campuses, here at Kowloon Station and at Parkview on Hong Kong Island, I feel very privileged to be part of two community–based schools offering high quality early years education.

I have worked in the early years field for over 30 years, starting in London where I was a Head of Infants for 11 years. My desire to travel then took me to Bangkok where, for 5 years, I was one of the management team for the First School at Patana, the British International School in Thailand. I then joined ESF where I was the Early Years Coordinator, among other roles, for 9 years.

It has been an honour to join the passionate and committed staff at PIPS Kowloon, which has established its place as one of the leading international kindergartens in Hong Kong.

At PIPS our principal aims are to provide a safe and caring environment and rich and varied educational experiences so that the children in our schools can flourish, grow, learn and fulfil their potential in every way.

This year PIPS Kowloon has been officially authorised as an IB World School and our sister school on Hong Kong Island gained its status as an IB school in 2009. The PYP approach emphasises the development of the whole child both academically and personally. It also aims to instil international-mindedness in all members of its community. We welcome diversity into our schools and value what other cultures from all over the world have to offer. The PYP is a forward-looking curriculum that seeks to equip children for the rapidly changing world that they will face in the future.

Our schools use an inquiry-based approach designed to engage children and to challenge them whilst teaching them skills and attitudes that they can apply in many situations and that will last for life. Our children are encouraged to ask questions and work together in a collaborative way to solve problems. We expect our children to know how to behave, to develop good manners and to learn to respect others as well as themselves.

We recognise that all children are different, learn at different rates and have their own talents and interests. We support individual children in their efforts to learn and develop and seek to motivate and challenge them at the right level. We encourage them to become caring, open minded, tolerant and understanding members of society who realise that other people can have different points of view and beliefs that are equally as valid as their own.

At PIPS we value parental involvement and welcome parents into school on many occasions to help us and to join with us in celebrating the learning that is taking place. We believe that an open partnership between parents and teachers is fundamental to achieving the very best for all our children.

We welcome you to come to see our school in action and to join with us in special events that we arrange. Please contact us if you would like to have a tour of either campus.

Kind regards,

Mary Scarborough