KCIS vs QBS vs CIS- Pls HELP :)

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    KCIS vs QBS vs CIS- Pls HELP :)

    My 5yr old son is currently studying at KCIS. We applied to an ESF school after hearing that the school had better school facilities and range of extra curr activities like drama, arts, sports etc. KCIS pales in comparison in these areas and we had compromised these for the "initial belief" of a better Mandarin curr and environment at KCIS.

    Now the dilemma... my son was recently accepted to attend Quarry Bay School. After his 'successful interview', I had wanted to find out more about the school, ie the timetable, class cohort, exact curriculum etc etc. The admissions secretary was unbelivingly most unaccomodating.

    Whilst my son was having 'his interview', my hubby took the opportunity to 'check out' CIS as it was just across the road. We were curious as the school campus looks alot more "impressive" as compared to QBS. Also, whilst I was standing outside the school for appox 10mins, I didnt hear a word of Cantonese or Chinese being uttered by the many students that were passing thru. All spoke good English with no local accent.

    I tried searching for more feedback about these schools and found more negative comments about QBS and KCIS.

    Would sincerely appreciate if anyone can advise on KCIS, QBS or CIS.

    Since CIS is totally closed, my current options are;
    a) stay at KCIS and apply for my son to join next year's term
    b) forget about CIS and join QBS
    c) stay put at KCIS

    Urgent feedbacks are much obliged as sch starts next Mon!


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    Kcis

    Hi, My daughter is also starting at KCIS but before we registered her there we looked around a few other places and one school inparticular Victoria (which a lot of people told me it was a very good school) was very rude and didn't make me or my daughter feel welcome. Once we looked around KCIS I knew it was the right school for my daughter as she enjoyed looking around and even played in the classroom with other children and for her to do that I knew she was comfortable.

    What was your decision in the end?


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    Hi There,

    I think I can totally appreciate what you mean. Think we got similar vibes from our visit to QBS.

    Yeah, the "soft issues" were also partly the reasons why we had enrolled our son initially at KCIS. Unfortunately, we've since found KCIS lacking on "hard issues" like facilities, proper space for the kids to run around and have PE, proper funtioning PCs, music classes, arts and drama etc... and these seem to be what QBS can offer better.

    BUT, similar to your encounter with Victoria, we've found the "soft issues" at QBS a bit hard to swallow. Hence our dilemma!

    Should our priority be a school with good "soft" of "hard" factors? We did already opt for the "soft factors" with our initial enrolment at KCIS but somehow the lack of the hard factors are beginning to be quite a worry. It's esp so now that my son will not be home til easily 4.30pm everyday. Hence we only have saturdays to "make up" and enrol him in other ECAs like music, drama, sports etc. Guess my hubby and I have another day or so to mull over it.

    How old is your daughter? If she's the same age as my son, and if we do finally decide to keep him at KCIS, am sure my son will be glad to be your daughter's "buddy" .

    Would you mind sharing which other schools you had visited and your experiences with them?

    Many thx for your reply


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    kcis

    Hi,

    My daughter is 5, so she will be going into P1 this year. We are attending the school this morning for the orientation day so we might see you there if your going? I will pm you later and maybe we could arrange to meet somewhere for the kids to play. I also have a 3hr old son, have you got any more children?