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Hong Kong Academy runs After School Activities (ASAs) four days of the week:

- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm and on Wednesdays from 12:35pm to 1:35pm.
- Pre-K ASAs take place only on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:25pm to 1:30pm, students will enjoy a snack break with their coach from 12:25pm - 12:40pm, with classes resuming at 12:45pm.

HKA offers athletic, artistic and academic activities that allow students to develop physically, cognitively, kinaesthetically and socially.
  • Students from Pre-K-G12 may participate in the After School Activities Programmes.
  • Programmes are run by HKA teachers, co-teachers and external service providers.
  • HKA offers an extensive variety of activities. Once the registration period has concluded, courses are confirmed based on enrollment.
  • HKA’s ASAs are made up of two semesters in alignment with the school calendar.
  • If an activity is cancelled due to instructor absence, make up class will be offered. 
  • Should an ASA be cancelled due to inclement weather, parents will be informed by SMS and email no later than 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays and 9:30am on Wednesdays using the phone numbers and email addresses in Veracross. Parents are responsible for keeping their contact details up to date in Veracross. Parents are to confirm receipt of this messaging and inform the school of dismissal plans. If confirmation is not received, a phone call will be made to the parent or emergency contact if needed.
  • This programme will be delivered in collaboration with our service providers. All programmes are conducted in English and in alignment with our Child Protection Guidelines.

Sign-Ups
  • Parents have access to the upcoming semester’s ASA Course Outline and Calendar and Programme Descriptions issued at the start of each semester. 
  • ASA's online registration will remain open for a period of one week.
  • The ‘Quick View’ will include a detailed description of each of the activities and programme locations.
  • Any activity that does not meet the minimum number of students registered (5-24 depending on course requirement) is subject to cancellation. Parents of students in these activities will be notified and will have a second opportunity to sign their children up for  other remaining activities.
  • Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. Each activity has a maximum number of students that may be enrolled. Maximum participation numbers are noted in the online ASA Catalogue.

Arrival

  • PS Students are walked down to the cafeteria by their class teacher where they will meet their instructor. SS Students are responsible for meeting their instructors at the designated area.
  • PS Students may have a small snack, either their own or the healthy fruit snack provided by HKA, prior to the start of their After School Activity while they wait in the cafeteria.

Primary School Dismissal

  • Bus: A '4:20pm' bus is co-ordinated by HKA’s Operations department. Primary School students will be escorted to the ASA Bus by their instructor. The HKA bus co-ordinator will ensure that all Primary School age students are present before the bus departs. All questions regarding the ASA Bus should be directed to bus@hkacademy.edu.hk
  • Primary School (PS) Walker-walkers: PS WWs are to be collected from the school Main Entrance per the the school's regular dismissal procedures. The parent or guardian is required to show their community card to the coach when collecting their child. No Primary School age walker-walkers may leave HKA without a parent or guardian or written consent from the Primary School Principal.
  • Late pick up: If a student has not been picked up 10 minutes after the activity ends, the student will be escorted to reception where he/she will wait while the parents/guardians are contacted. The After School Activities instructor will also notify the ASA team.

Changes in Dismissal Plans: If there is a change in the student’s regular dismissal routine, e.g. for a playdate, it is essential to notify asa@hkacademy.edu.hk before 7:45am on the day of the change. If your child rides the ASA bus, it is necessary to also inform the HKA bus co-ordinator at bus@hkacademy.edu.hk.


Absences

If your child is absent from school, no action needs to be taken to report an absence from that day’s ASA as the absence is recorded in the school’s attendance system.

If your child will attend school but will be absent from the ASA, then an email should be sent to their classroom teacher for PS students and to secondary@hkacademy.edu.hk for SS students. This information will be forwarded to the office of Extended Learning and the bus company accordingly.


Cancellations (for reasons other than weather)
If an ASA is cancelled on the day,the ASA Co-ordinator will notify all parents at least 3 hours before the ASA start time. This is done by email and SMS. PS parents are to confirm receipt of messaging to the ASA team. If parents do not confirm, the ASA team will contact PS parents by phone to ensure parents are aware their child(ren) will come home according to non-ASA day dismissal process unless the parent notifies the class teacher of a different procedure.


Hong Kong Academy embraces the belief that multilingualism is a fact, a right and a resource for its learners. The study of any language contributes to the development of identity, the capacity to communicate effectively and intercultural awareness. 

As an International Baccalaureate World School, HKA is committed to supporting the development of mother tongue language, defined by the IB as “the language(s) identified as a “native” speaker; the language(s) learned first; the language known best; the language used most” for all learners. The HKA Mother Tongue Programme aligns with IB programme guidelines, providing an opportunity for HKA students to receive formal instruction in their mother tongue in addition to the language(s) taught through the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Mother Tongue courses offered at HKA are formed between parents, students and tutors and administered through the ASA coordinator. The programme is based on community interest and need;  in the 2018-19 school year, mother tongue courses were available in Dutch and French. Any queries regarding the availability of classrooms at HKA for running mother tongue programmes please contact asa@hkacademy.edu.hk

For primary school students arrival, dismissal and absences follow our ASA Procedures.  Secondary Students arrivals and dismissals to class are kept by the tutor and not recorded by the school.  Inclement weather policy for both Primary and Secondary School follows the ASA Procedures.


Weekend Sports will include a large range of volunteer and service provider offerings. Volunteer sessions from our faculty and parent coaches similar to last year will be held for Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Netball and Baseball and is open to HKA students only. Professionally led intensive training will also be available for students who wish to step up their existing skills. 


Sign-Ups

  • Registration for weekend sports is via the Veracross Parent Portal
  • Non HKA students can sign-up for the Service Provider Offerings by emailing weekendsports@hkacademy.edu.hk
  • Any activity that does not meet the minimum number of students registered  (5 - 24 depending on course requirement) is subject to cancellation. Parents of students in these activities will be notified and will have a second opportunity to sign their children up for  other remaining activities.
  • Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. Each activity has a maximum number of students that may be enrolled. Maximum participation numbers are noted in the online Weekend Sports Catalogue.

Arrival

  • Arrival is via the East Entry of the Bus Bay. 

  • Students meet coaches in the cafeteria at the no earlier than ten-minutes before the designated time before being led to the facility for class. PS Parents are required to wait until the student has been signed in by the coach. 

  • Sign up on arrival is not accepted. 

During Weekend Sports
  • Students are only permitted to wait in the cafeteria. 

  • Students of all ages are not permitted to bring outside or HKA friends or Alumni unless they are accompanied by an adult of a participating member. 

  • Parents are encouraged to wear lanyards containing their community cards during the programme so they are clearly identifiable. 

  • Students are required to wear appropriate footwear and clothing suited to the activity they are joining.

Dismissal

  • Primary School (PS):  PS walker-walkers are to be collected from the school Cafeteria following the completion of the class. All PS after school walker-walkers must be signed out by their HKA parent or guardian from the cafeteria. No Primary School age walker-walkers may leave HKA without a parent or guardian.

  • Secondary School (SS): SS students are dismissed following the class and can walk off campus independently. 

  • Late pick up: If a student has not been picked up 10 minutes after the activity ends, the student will be escorted to the weekend sports coordinator where he/she will wait while the parents/guardians are contacted. 

  • Students are not permitted to stay at school during weekend sports unless registered for a class. 

Absences

Absences do not need to be reported for weekend sports. 

Cancellations (for reasons other than weather)

If a Weekend Sport Class is cancelled, parents will be sent an SMS on Friday before 5pm notifying them of the cancellation.  A make-up session will be provided for any unforeseen cancellations not due to inclement weather. 

 

Sports are both part of a healthy lifestyle and a way to develop important skills such as perseverance and grit. The HKA sports programme provides a safe and challenging learning environment for athletes to reach their goals in recreational and competitive play. Our coaches stress sportsmanship, inclusion, fair play and commitment as well as the development of athletic ability.

 

HKA’s sports teams known as the ‘Dragonfly’s’ participate in sporting leagues in Hong Kong and across Asia. Students from Grade 3 to 12 represent the school in a wide range of individual and team sports such as; Basketball, Climbing and Bouldering, Cross-Country Running, Football (Soccer), Golf, Netball, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.


HKA sports teams compete in 4 sporting seasons during the academic year, learn more about sports here. If you have any questions regarding sports teams, please contact sportsteam@hkacademy.edu.hk


We offer a range of activities for students in Grade K to Grade 12 interested in singing, playing an instrument, composing, dancing or acting. Lunchtime and after-school activities provide opportunities for students to develop skills, to be challenged, to collaborate with peers and to explore and develop a lifelong passion.

Current offerings include: 

  • Instrumental Programme (after school private tuition for a variety of instruments including piano, vocals, violin, cello, flute, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, bass and drums)

  • Performance Ensembles: Band and Orchestra, Choirs, Secondary School Theatre and Musical Productions.

  • Dance, Drama and Group Performance Classes from 3.15pm well into the evening for ages 6+ and even adults! These are classes taught by well established external providers such as the Southern School of Dance, Academy of Dance, FAUST Drama and the Island Glee Club.

  • ISTA weekend festivals and workshops in collaborative devising across the Performing Arts with the International School of Theatre Association, ISTA Performing Arts Academy in partnership with HKA.  Welcoming like-minded young talents aged 6-18 from across Asia to create and connect, working with industry professionals. More info on www.ista-hongkong.com

The arrivals and dismissals procedures for the Performing Arts programme are the same as those for ASA’s in most cases.

Absences

If your child is unable to attend their Performing Arts class, please directly contact the tutor or HKA staff member who is running the class. 

If you have any questions regarding performing arts, please contact our Director of Performing Arts, Ms. Anne Drouet at anne.drouet@hkacademy.edu.hk

The Secondary School faculty offer a broad range of lunchtime and after school clubs. These clubs are free to join and open to SS students from G6 - G12. The 2019-20 Club overview is announced in the first SS assembly of the academic year.


The following procedures and recommendations apply to all HKA co-curricular programmes.

Weather warning cancellation
All sessions will be cancelled when a weather warning forces the closure of the school for the day. Parents will be notified via email and SMS as per a normal school day. Classes that are cancelled due to weather warnings will not be rescheduled.


Hong Kong Education Bureau Announcements

HKA adheres to the announcements made by the EdB. In some situations, the Education Bureau (EdB) may make additional specific decisions with regard to school opening times and closures for the safety of students. All sessions will be cancelled when a weather warning forces the closure of the school for the day. Parents will be notified via email and SMS. Sessions that are cancelled due to weather warnings will not be rescheduled.


Parents are encouraged to visit the Hong Kong Observatory website for weather information and the Hong Kong Education Bureau website for details regarding possible school closures.

Please visit HKA’s Inclement Weather page for more information on inclement weather procedures.



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