A pathway to study in Harrow
Saturday School provides a pathway for prospective students to study in Harrow Beijing. Since April 2016, students are able to take the full Harrow Beijing admission tests at Saturday School and if they pass they will be recommended to the Admissions team if there are vacancies in Harrow Beijing. Saturday School will also provide students with reference letters, most of which are written by Harrow teachers who teach at Saturday School. Students who are going to apply to Harrow Beijing are encouraged to study in a series of Parallel Classes which are specifically designed for prospective students and follow the Harrow Beijing curriculum.
1. Harrow Parallel Classes (3 hours)
Harrow Parallel Classes aim to help prospective students follow a similar curriculum to that which is taught at Harrow Beijing, so that they may be prepared language-wise should opportunities to join the School arise.
The Parallel Classes are designed for different age groups (3-14) and non-Harrow students who are aged 8 or over by August 31st must sit the full admissions test to apply for a place in the Parallel Classes. The Lower School parallel courses focus on language acquisition and literacy, and the Upper School parallel courses focus on productive skills, including speaking and writing.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Parallel Classes
2. Taking Steady Steps towards IELTS 7/TOEFL 100 through the Cambridge English course and IELTS/TOEFL training(3Hours)
IELTS and Cambridge English are both developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, and the Cambridge English levels take students step by step towards IELTS 7 and above. As Saturday School’s core English course, Cambridge English has helped many Harrow and non-Harrow students reach their expected level of English and achieve IELTS 7 for when they apply to universities.
To meet the student’s request, IELTS/TOEFL training courses are designed for intermediate English students who are aiming for a satisfied IELTS/TOEFL scores to help gain access to university or college. The intention of the IELTS/TOEFL course is not only to help the students to practice examination techniques, but it will also help them to improve overall language competency.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Cambridge English Classes here.
3. Leadership and Service Classes
Youth Leadership Classes (3 hours)
At Harrow Beijing, we are committed to providing opportunities for your children to learn, lead and serve in order to fulfill our vision, Leadership for a better world. In order to continue to strive for excellence in all we offer at Harrow Beijing, the Leadership and Service courses for the Saturday School will be launched. The Leadership and Service curriculum will provide the Saturday School students with the opportunity to take part in Harrow Youth Leadership programme. These programmes will provide our students the opportunity to build a strong pathway to Harrow Beijing, and even to University and beyond.
Parenting Leadership Classes (2 hours)
Via the communication with parents, we were surprised to find that some of the parents showed their keen interests in parenting leadership course as well. The parenting leadership class allows parents to shift thinking from good and bad judgments to heartfelt connection with ourselves and our children through focusing on the universal human needs we are both seeking to meet.
Parents’ English Classes (2 hours)
Many parents have expressed their will to improve their English with the purpose to better understand the Harrow system and communicate with the School. From August 2016, Saturday School started to offer students’ parents English classes for Beginners, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels. We hope these classes will help parents to foster a stronger community with Harrow Beijing, and to support their children’s learning in partnership with the School.
For over 150 years, LAMDA has been promoting public speaking, developing Drama and nurturing talent and inspiring artists across the globe. The skills learnt in LAMDA are recognized worldwide and learners gain UCAS points from Grade 5. Pupils develop a clear speaking voice, positive body language and self-confidence by exploring different uses of spoken English, in addition to gaining UCAS points. At Harrow School Beijing, we believe that succeeding in LAMDA examinations demonstrates your child has met a rigorous assessment criteria, can public speak but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected as a global standard. Course lead by Danielle Byrne, Director of Drama and LAMDA at Harrow Beijing.
Paper-Cutting Art Programme
Chinese paper cutting art was selected for the UNESCO World Heritage List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. Paper cutting is the most common artistic tradition in Chinese life and the art of the most auspicious festivities. As a handicraft, paper cutting is very useful in cultivating children’s sense of concentration. The practice of paper cutting is also an experience and practice of traditional Chinese art. The paper cutting programme offered by the Saturday School have designed different course content for children of different ages (from 5-17). The learning of these courses is a step-bystep process of practice. The pleasure will be enhanced by experiencing the continuous paper cutting practice. It also gives a positive sense of art aesthetic and artistic achievement for young people. The course is led by young paper-cutting artist Ms. Qiao Cun. We are also honored to invite Professor Qiao Xiaoguang as the teaching consultant for the course. The course will be delivered in mandarin.
Leadership and Service Classes
2017-2018 Upper School Bridging Programme (Y8)
Harrow Beijing Saturday School offers a unique learning opportunity to those students who will join Harrow Beijing in August, 2018. The courses are specifically designed to cater to the needs of students moving from local or bilingual schools to Harrow Beijing. The curriculum for the Upper School classes lay the foundation for English, Mathematics and Science. Harrow Beijing delivers high quality education through our respected teachers. All of the teachers who will be teaching at Saturday School are professional and qualified Harrow Beijing teachers. These teachers can not only help students improve their subject knowledge, they also can help students understand international schools and their expectations.
Upper School Bridging Programme
4. More Choice
Students have the choice to study at Harrow Saturday School for half a day or a full day. The following courses are available in addition to the English courses:
Support for GCSE/A Level Classes (1.5-3 hours)
This course is designed for students in Year 10 to 12 who are studying either GCSE/IGCSE or A Level and who wish to ensure that they achieve the best examination grade possible for them. This is a small class with no more than ten students, so that teachers can give more one to one support when teaching the group. The teacher will identify where student knowledge and skills in a specific subject are weak or need development and will support the student to improve. So far, we have designed the support GCSE/ A Level classes for English, Science, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
English Writing Classes (1.5 hours)
The English Writing course will guide students through an exploration of a wide variety of prose and poetry techniques, enabling students to develop their powers of expression, empathy, critical reading and thinking. It will help young people build confidence in voicing themselves through artistic writing, short stories and poems. Students will gain a deeper appreciation of recognized literary works. This is a dynamic activity that will improve written and spoken English of students in an exciting, valuable and fun way! The learners will benefit greatly from these exciting lessons that teach English through interesting and innovative projects. Topics such as Sport, Entertainment. Space and Environment are explored. student’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening will improve greatly through an array of fun tasks and activities.
Individualized Learning Plan