Welcome from the Founder

As the founder and supervisor of the school, I am delighted to welcome you to our website and provide a brief introduction to Southside Kindergarten.

Southside Kindergarten is an independent, co-educational kindergarten, founded in 2000. It occupies the eastern wing of the upper terrace of The Repulse Bay; a charming colonial style building overlooking the South China Sea.

Southside is recognized within Hong Kong for its caring, innovative, and highly individualized approach to the education of preschoolers. We teach in English, but provide exposure to Putonghua on a daily basis, and provide options for additional classes. Southside children typically progress to Hong Kong’s leading international schools.

Parents usually choose to enroll their children initially into either morning or afternoon sessions, and subsequently attend an extended day class when they are four and five years old. During this period we make extensive use of Sylvan’s Beginning Reading and Early Mathematics programmes to ensure children are well-prepared for primary school.

Our educational philosophy is rooted in the works of Helen Parkhurst and Lev Vygotsky. However, it has been heavily influenced by subsequent refinements of the Dalton Plan and developments such as those documented in “Tools of the Mind”. Like all professionals, we are constantly learning, and adapting our methods.

Parents are strongly encouraged to arrange visits to Southside, and other kindergartens, before making their choice of preferred school. What matters most is not the words in a website, but the intuitive feel that parents, and their children, can experience by visiting us.

I look forward to your visit, and an opportunity for us to discover whether Southside is the right choice for your child.

Cheryl Raper