Fully Immersive Scholar's Holiday (F.I.S.H.) Courses
Welcome to F.I.S.H.
The Harbour School is excited to announce its new Fully Immersive Scholar's Holiday (F.I.S.H.) courses - it's first-ever term and holiday break program.
F.I.S.H. courses offer deep dives for small groups into new and fascinating topics over school holiday breaks with experts in our Centers of Excellence, and are open to any scholar in Hong Kong, even if they are not enrolled at THS.
THS Centers of Excellence provide opportunities for your scholar to explore marine wildlife in our Marine Science Center, engineer and fabricate in the Foundry, climb aboard and head out on the water with the Black Dolphin, and much more.
F.I.S.H. courses are taught using THS's active learning approaches to real-world issues, allowing your scholar to have fun while developing a 360 view of the topic. Make the most out of the holiday break while immersed in an inclusive and supportive educational environment.
F.I.S.H. Courses are offered throughout the year during THS student breaks. If you would like to be kept up to date about upcoming courses and programs, please join our mailing list.
Summer 2019 | July 2 - August 9
Scholars will embark on adventures across Hong Kong and experience the fun and hard work of being a Marine Biologist! Scholars will explore Hong Kong and its surrounding waters, collect plant and animal species, use the microscopes in the Marine Science Center, and create field journals! Field trips to Ocean Park and surrounding islands are included.
LEGOs, Literacy, and the Arts...Oh My! (ages 5-9)
Sharpen your scholar’s developing literacy skills in the Foundry. Each day young readers will focus on a different children’s book through an arts integrated approach. Scholars will work cooperatively as they respond to the books with LEGO challenges, art projects, songs, introduction to coding, and theatre games. Children will leave the course with a stronger ability to retell and identify story elements as well a fresh new perspective on their own innovation in Literacy.
Marine Biologist – (ages 5-13)
Scholars will embark on adventures across Hong Kong and experience the fun and hard work of being a Marine Biologist! Scholars will explore Hong Kong and its surrounding waters, collect plant and animal species, use the microscopes in the Marine Science Center, and create field journals! Field trips to Ocean Park and surrounding islands are included. , ages 5-8 recommended to have taken Hatchling course
Lil’ STEAMers (ages 5-9)
Scholars will participate in a variety of activities in the Foundry that promote connections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Each scholar will enjoy activities such as making simple machines with LEGO, constructing cardboard costumes, DIY marshmallow shooters, introduction to coding and geometric art.
29 July-August 2
Ocean Explorers (ages 8-13)
Scholars will embark on an exciting adventure acting as real explorers with the Marine Science Center. Learn to sail on the Black Dolphin and navigate Hong Kong waters experiencing history through exploration. Through sailing and data collection, scholars will learn about James Cook’s adventures! Field trips to surrounding islands included.
Hong Kong Wildlife Explorers (ages 10+)
Scholars will investigate impacts on our local marine ecosystem in this advanced course with the Marine Science Center. Advanced laboratory concepts include ocean chemistry, animal biology, invasive species, and fish dissections. Aboard The Black Dolphin, scholars will use oceanographic equipment to take biological samples and water parameters.
Then on Wednesday, scholars will depart for a 2-night camping adventure on the Black Dolphin to conduct citizen science and hone their outdoor skills. They will sail to their campsite, set up camp and conduct scientific observations before learning outdoor safety and survival skills. Scholars will return on Friday via the Back Dolphin and showcase their findings to parents and other scholars in the Marine Science Center.
Imagination Workshop (ages 5-14)
Scholars will spend the week in the Foundry learning how modern designers and engineers use digital fabrication equipment like 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Each scholar will design and fabricate 3D printed objects and laser cut wood objects to take home. Scholars can bring their own laptop for this course.
BFDC @ F.I.S.H. Summer 2019
The Harbour School's Fully Immersive Scholar's Holiday program is proud to support ongoing learning in all areas and skills. We have partnered with The Jadis Blurton Family Development Center (BFDC) to provide other opportunities for scholars during the holiday breaks.
This course is suitable for students in Grade 6, 7 and 8 (Year 7, 8 and 9 / Primary 6, Form 1 and 2).
Students are faced with a variety of demands, including academic, social, and personal ones. It can be a challenge to balance them all!
Developing study skills and effective habits early on is fundamental to being successful, both at school and beyond. These sessions aim to hone self-awareness and strategies specific to individuals, particularly when it comes to learning effectively. The skills learned in this class will be helpful now, and in years to come.
Students will learn and be provided opportunities to practice how to manage time efficiently, set realistic goals, and take notes. In time, they will take ownership over their own learning, whilst gaining the confidence and independence they need at school and beyond.
1. Getting motivated: finding my learning style – how I learn and focus best; self-motivation and regulation
2. Time management: goal-setting; prioritizing (long-term, short-term)
3. Breaking down tasks: tackling assignments and projects; making tasks manageable
4. Note-taking and consolidating: learning memory aids; organisation
5. Taking breaks and reducing stress
Enrollment costs: $5,600
Led by Katrina Rozga CCC MC (Psych)
This program is suitable for children 7-11 years old.
The return to school after holidays can be exciting and full of hope but can also bring with it challenges around adapting back to the school environment. Coming back to school — even after a brief holiday — requires a shift to a new routine and reintegration into school-appropriate behaviour and the need for social skills.
The way children interact with their peers and handle their emotions can decide the course of a child’s experience as they develop and confront the individual and social challenges of school. The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions leads to better impulse control and self-regulation, while taking perspective and practicing empathy will inform good decision making and negotiating conflicts.
This program will focus on learning about emotions, perceptions, responses to conflict and coping skills as well as how our thoughts, behaviors and emotions are linked. We will draw on art and play therapy techniques, as well as CBT-based approaches in order to foster the social and emotional development of your child.
The overall objective for this program is to equip your child with an increased ability to self-manage their emotions and to demonstrate better communication and relationship skills as well as get back into the swing of school after the holidays.
Enrollment cost: $7,000
Led by Katrina Rozga CCC MC (Psych)
Red Hot Readers (1-3:30pm)
This group is suitable for children aged 6-8 years old.
The gift of literacy is one that everyone deserves.
The Jadis Blurton Family Development Center takes great pride in building up a child's confidence in reading and writing, and seeing them acquire skills that will help them tackle future literacy challenges independently. The group aims to give children a boost with their reading and spelling skills in a fun and motivating environment. It provides practice with a range of phonological awareness skills, instruction of spelling rules, vocabulary teaching and reading fluency and comprehension practice.
This one week intensive group aims to give children a boost with their reading and spelling skills. It provides practice with a range of phonological awareness skills, instruction of spelling rules, vocabulary teaching and reading fluency and comprehension practice.
Enrollment cost: $5,500
Led by Fiona McElhone, Speech and Language Therapist
Story-Tellers Club (10am-12pm)
The program is suitable for children aged 5-7 who have difficulties learning language or who could benefit from some intensive support to develop their oral language skills.
The group is evidence-based and was designed to improve children’s inferential comprehension of stories.
The program uses a selection of stories, tools and strategies to improve the following skills:
Understanding literal sentences
Ability to understand and discuss character’s thoughts, feelings and motivations (this in turn helps to develop social skills)
Knowing and recognising the different parts of a story (story grammar)
Being able to retell a story
Inferential comprehension- being able to understand information that is implied and being able to gain a deeper understanding of stories.
Enrollment cost: $5,000
Led By Fiona McElhone, Speech and Language Therapist