Reply
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

GSIS Kindergarten Interview - Help!

  1. #1

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    7

    GSIS Kindergarten Interview - Help!

    I am flying my 2.8 year old to HK from London next week for a GSIS assessment. I assume my kid will be jetlagged and cranky. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me and let me know what they do at the assessment. My baby is fluent in Chinese but her English is limited (she understands some basic English and knows the alphabet (upper case) and can count and say colours). What do I need to do to prepare her for the kindergarten interview? Many thanks!!


  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Midlevels
    Posts
    73

    Work on her English. That's primarily what they care about. The assessment is mainly to see if they speak English well enough to understand commands and listen to the teachers and assess if they are mature enough to enter kindergarten. Unfortunately there really isn't a lot of prep you can do with the younger ones. I'm not exactly sure what they did at the K interview but for the P1 interview they would do the alphabet, counting, etc.

    Are you going to visit any other schools? Seems a bit of a hike for just one interview. The assessment will usually take place when you are in another room, so if your child has separation anxiety issues you might try to work on that as well.


  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    7

    Many thanks for your helpful reply! My friends told me that there is no chance of my baby getting into any other school due to the competitiveness of HK schools and the fact we are still in London. She has a swiss passport so maybe she will get lucky at GSIS. We are looking to relocate in August. Thinking of moving to Bel Air. What do you think?


  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Midlevels
    Posts
    73
    Quote Originally Posted by cathie1225
    Many thanks for your helpful reply! My friends told me that there is no chance of my baby getting into any other school due to the competitiveness of HK schools and the fact we are still in London. She has a swiss passport so maybe she will get lucky at GSIS. We are looking to relocate in August. Thinking of moving to Bel Air. What do you think?
    I think the German or Swiss passport will get you into the German-language section. The international section, ie the one that uses English, I don't think it gives you any priority, but I'm not sure. You should give them a call.

    At this point you really should be trying a shotgun approach. Applications to several schools. This late in the process you should consider "any port in the storm" any try to get your first choice for 2012-13 school year. The top international schools are heavily overbooked.

    Have you spoken to GSIS about how crowded they are next year?

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    7

    Oh no!!! Are you sure about that (being Swiss doesn't help for the English KG)? On the school's website, it says Swiss passport gives you priority if you can pass the assessment. I will email the school tomorrow. I know a friend's friend's kid got into the English KG at GSIS already. Also know someone whose kid was denied. Neither had the citizenship priority. Unfortunately I really don't have time or energy to research other schools in HK. Headache! Does your kid go to GSIS? Many thanks!


  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Midlevels
    Posts
    73

    I think the passport will automatically get you in to the German stream and may give you priority (first on the list if space available) for the international, but please confirm this directly with the school. I can't remember exactly what they said when I visited. You should ask how long the wait list is for places and ask for an honest assessment of whether your kid has a chance, assuming they pass the assessment.

    We interviewed there but choose HKIS instead primarily due to facilities, Mandarin language instruction, location and a desire for a more US-based education rather than a European one.

    As your child is still young and most schools don't start until four not getting in this year really isn't that big of a deal. There are plenty of private kindergartens all over HK you can attend such as Woodlands and Tutor Time. Come September you can apply for 4 year old places at most schools as part of the regular admissions process for 2012-13.

    Last edited by penguinsix; 09-05-2011 at 06:48 AM.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    HK
    Posts
    1

    I do hope a swiss passport is good enough to get you admitted, but just in case ...
    If you know people working in high places in German or Swiss companies in HK, get them to write a letter for you. That did the trick even for local Chinese, so I think that should work for you.

    Beside Woodlands and Tutor time in Redhill which are good suggestions, you can also check out Hillside while you're in HK. The school is on Stubbs road which isn't really that far if you take the Aberdeen tunnel ... but I have to be honest , the tunnel congestion isnt' for everyone.

    ESF International Kindergarten (Hillside) | English Schools Foundation

    Best of luck!


  8. #8

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HK Island
    Posts
    307
    Quote Originally Posted by cathie1225
    Oh no!!! Are you sure about that (being Swiss doesn't help for the English KG)? On the school's website, it says Swiss passport gives you priority if you can pass the assessment. I will email the school tomorrow. I know a friend's friend's kid got into the English KG at GSIS already. Also know someone whose kid was denied. Neither had the citizenship priority. Unfortunately I really don't have time or energy to research other schools in HK. Headache! Does your kid go to GSIS? Many thanks!
    My friend's son with German passport got denied for English KG. Priority is not the same as guarantee. I agree with what some others say. Considering the age, you should look into other kindies and apply to other through schools as an alternative.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by cathie1225
    Oh no!!! Are you sure about that (being Swiss doesn't help for the English KG)? On the school's website, it says Swiss passport gives you priority if you can pass the assessment. I will email the school tomorrow. I know a friend's friend's kid got into the English KG at GSIS already. Also know someone whose kid was denied. Neither had the citizenship priority. Unfortunately I really don't have time or energy to research other schools in HK. Headache! Does your kid go to GSIS? Many thanks!
    from what i understand informally (and i am swiss), the german KG is a shoe-in. for the english KG, you supposedly have priority if you pass the assessment. however they usually change the assessment criteria for your kid if they think your kid should not make the cut compared to others.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    7

    Many thanks ladies. I will just have to try my luck!! Not looking too good I must admit! I will keep you posted. Assessment is next week!


Reply
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast