L.I.S. provides primary schooling in the English language from Reception Class to Primary 6. The curriculum follows the requirements of the British National Curriculum and the guidelines of the Standard Assessment Tests (SATS). While the UK Government’s Standards and Testing Agency available no longer administers SATS for schools that are located outside of the UK, we administer a version of them based on previous years’ tests, in the first two weeks of May every year.
According to the British Curriculum, children must be in Reception Class when turning four years old during the school year and in Primary 1 when turning five.
As we have students and teachers from all over the world and are based in Hong Kong, we have slightly adapted the British National Curriculum so that it may be tailored to these unique circumstances.
L.I.S. provides one of the highest ratios of teachers per children, with no class exceeding 22 children per teacher in lower primary (Reception Class to Primary 3) and 24 children in upper primary (Primary 4 to 6).
Thematic work focuses on local history and geography, as well as the traditional culture of Hong Kong and China. These areas of study are connected to broader topics in European and North American history, geography, and culture.
World religions are taught with the aim of promoting understanding, tolerance, and the appreciation of the rich collective histories and cultures of this part of the world.
Some of our pupils are bilingual if not trilingual at a very early age. L.I.S. provides training in Mandarin starting from the Reception Class in order to encourage fluency in Chinese as well as English.
L.I.S. takes full advantage of its green surroundings with outdoor education programs, such as camping trips, P.E. on the beach, school hikes, outdoor nature lessons and sometimes unexpected encounters with the rich wild fauna of Lantau South!
The school starts the closest Monday to 1 September and ends the last Friday of June. At the beginning of each school year, the complete school calendar with all holiday days and term breaks are published on the website (see school calendar) and provided in pupils’ handbooks.
The school day is from 9 am to 3 pm. Classes are held five days a week.
Reception Class is from 9 am to 2:15 pm.
School buses are available on an optional basis from Discovery Bay (40 minutes), from Tung Chung (20/30minutes) and from Cheung Sha (10/20 minutes).
L.I.S. has an official uniform and it is compulsory for all pupils to wear this at all times in school. The school has specified winter, summer and P.E. uniforms. To further clarify:
|Summer School uniform||This L.I.S. uniform consists of green shorts, a short-sleeved, green polo shirt, white socks and black or brown shoes.|
|Winter School Uniform||This L.I.S. uniform is made up of long, green trousers, a long-sleeved, green polo shirt, white socks and black or brown shoes. An L.I.S. fleece jersey and jackets are also recommended on cold days.|
|P.E.||P.E. uniforms must be worn to school every Tuesday and Friday. This L.I.S uniform consists of a green T-shirt, navy green shorts and trainers. During Winter children may wear navy green track pants and the L.I.S. fleece jersey and/or school jacket.|
|Hats||It is compulsory to wear a hat during all outdoor activities|
In the event that your child cannot come to school in the appropriate attire, please advise the class teacher by writing a note in the handbook. You may be contacted by the administration if no explanation is received. No other styles or colours will be accepted. All items of clothing must be clearly labelled.
Pupils with hair on or below their shoulder must have it tied up. Long, loose hair is not permitted. Fringes must not be long enough to cover the eyes. If fringes are long, they need to be tied or clipped back. Hair accessories must be simple, practical and consistent with the school colours.
Watches and one pair of stud earrings are permitted. No other jewellery is permitted.
Children are required to bring their own lunches to school. Parents should provide non-perishable food as there are no cold rooms. For safety reasons boiling water for instant food will not be provided.