Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

When will the Senior School open?

Our Prep Senior School is currently in operation and we will welcome Senior 7 and Senior 8 applicants for the coming 2020/21 academic year. Our campus continues to evolve and the next phase of our Senior School and Sixth Form development is due in 2021.

Can Chinese National Students register in the school?

Yes, both Chinese Nationals and Foreign Passport holders may apply.

What criteria are most important to the Assessment Team?

The Admissions process is selective at all year groups and the nature of the assessment tools used are dependent on the year group for which the student is applying.

Our school is interested in students of strong character, who have demonstrated at their prior school(s) that they have the intelligence, curiosity, and motivation needed to succeed in our classrooms. In addition, the Admissions Team looks for students who have the ability to contribute to the extracurricular life of the School, be it artistically or athletically. The primary academic criteria are a student's former grades and teacher recommendations. We seek students that we believe will be successful under the holistic development of our school.

Are there any preferences given to particular students for admissions?

Some preference will be given to children of Mission Hills' members and property owners, and siblings of enrolled students. However, please note that all candidates must be assessed and must meet entry criteria, and possession of a Mission Hills membership, property, or a sibling status does not constitute an absolute guarantee of admission.

What is the boarding to day student ratio?

Our Pre School and Prep Schools are 100% day school. For students entering the Senior School and beyond, students can choose a boarding option – we encourage weekly boarding as the best way to optimise students’ learning time with us.

Do you offer school bus services to and from school?

Yes. We currently have multiple school bus lines travelling to destinations near and far across the city. Our Admissions Team can provide details of the latest bus routes.

Does the school offer School Meals?

Yes, all students enjoy our BMH Menu including tasty and nutritious morning and afternoon snacks as well as a wide array of lunchtime dishes. Additional meal fees are charged for this service. Special dietary requirements are usually able to be met. Western and Chinese dishes are offered to our students with plenty of fruit each day.

What is the school's homework policy?

Homework is an integral part of school life and helps children to understand that learning also takes place outside of school. Homework is relevant to class work and teachers give what they believe the child can handle independently. Pre School students are encouraged to read regularly and document their learning to share with teachers using our online platform, SeeSaw. Prep Junior students have around 30 minutes of homework each day, with daily reading expected. Prep Senior students are expected to complete around 90 minutes of homework each day for their various subjects.

Especially for Pre School and Prep Junior School students, how can parents help with their child's language learning?

Parental support is always very important for a child's learning and parents are encouraged to provide an environment at home which encourages their child to use both English and Mandarin at home. Mealtimes, story times and daily discussions connected to learning posted on SeeSaw (our online learning communication platform) are great ways to promote social aspects of language and thinking for young children.

Parents are also encouraged to maintain close contact with their child's class teachers as well as attend our school's workshops which we conduct from time to time to better understand their child's learning.

How does the school communicate with the parents?

There are a multitude of ways including:

  • Face to face meetings with individuals and groups
  • Coffee Morning information sessions and workshops
  • Formal 2-Way and 3-Way conferences to review academic progress and set targets
  • Parent Engagement events and learning showcases
  • PTA and Class Parents
  • WeChat for impromptu messages
  • Email for formal communication
  • SeeSaw for ongoing sharing of learning and progress