Community

 

Parent Community
 
HKA offers the opportunity for a high level of parental involvement within the classroom, organised by teachers; with school-wide activities, organised by the Parent, Teacher and Community Organisation (PTCO); and on various Board committees. Opportunities range in the types of activity and the level of time commitment that is required. Helping in the library, accompanying a field trip, bringing expertise into the classroom, planning an evening social event for parents, listening to young readers, serving on a Board committee – these are all ways that HKA parents get involved every day.
 
PTCO
Much of the parent volunteer activity at HKA is organised via the PTCO, working with various other parent volunteer leaders who generally focus their time on one or two specific programmes or opportunities.
 
Some opportunities involve a minimal time requirement, while others offer the chance to get involved in an aspect of school life over a longer period of time, such as helping in the library or in the hkaSHOP.
 
Our 'Volunteering at HKA' section has more information regarding volunteer opportunities at HKA.
 
 

 

 

Around The World: Alumni and Former Families

 
HKA first opened its doors in 2000. The “red doors” of the Stubbs Road campus, depicted in watercolour here, are familiar to students and families who were a part of the HKA campus community through 2010.
 
Alumni Graduates
HKA graduated its first class in 2012 and has a growing body of alumni who completed Secondary School at Hong Kong Academy and received an HKA diploma. HKA’s global community also includes students who attended HKA at any point in their education as well and their families. 
You’re vital to HKA!
 
In this busy world of expats and re-pats, we find that many of our incoming families have learned about HKA from former students and parents. Thank you for sharing your experiences with others!  If you would like to assist our Admissions Office more formally by talking to prospective families, or if you’d be willing to talk to an HKA family relocating to your area, please email admissions@hkacademy.edu.hk - please keep in touch!
 
HKA issues three e-newsletters annually for alumni, former students and former families. To subscribe, please fill out the HKA Alumni Registration/Contact Information Update Form. Subscribers also receive online copies of the school’s magazine, hkaVOICES and information about HKA events around the world.
 
We’d also love to see you on campus in Sai Kung. If you are planning a visit to Hong Kong, let us know at communications@hkacademy.edu.hk!
 
HKA Events
We are always delighted to welcome Alumni along to our HKA events so please keep an eye on our Upcoming Events section and feel free to get in touch if you would like to attend.
 
Giving to HKA
Gifts to HKA support  the school’s mission and extend its dynamic programming. If you’d like to make a donation to HKA, please do so via our HKA Donate. Thank you!
 
 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Take advantage of events that bring the HKA and greater Hong Kong community together this year. Get involved!
 
 
All fundraising event proceeds benefit Annual Fund Programmes: Professional Development (PD), Learner Support (LS), Innovation and Climbing Wall/Playscapes.
 
 

 

 

Sign-up Scene

We’re excited to offer amazing opportunities to give back to HKA and more will be added to this section as they come available. Book quickly - spaces are limited and sell out fast!
 
The HKA community is truly magnanimous: Our heartfelt gratitude to all HKA parents who gifted sign-ups. All proceeds benefit our HKA learning programmes.
 
stay tuned for upcoming events!..
 
 

 

 

Culture of Philanthropy

HKA is lucky to have a generous community who supports the school in many ways. Recognising this, the school has developed a Culture of Philanthropy to provide a framework for all fundraising and volunteering programmes at the school.
 
HKA's Culture of Philanthropy
Hong Kong Academy recognises that everyone contributes to the life of the school in different ways and values all gifts to the school, whether of time, talent, or financial resources. The community-centered, co-operative values that inspired the school’s founders continue to shape HKA today. Each member of the community is a gift to the school and HKA appreciates everyone for their roles in making HKA a positive and dynamic learning environment.
HKA seeks every opportunity to say thank you to those who give generously of their time, expertise, and resources, including faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, former families, and others associated with the school. The school seeks to say thank you in ways that respect HKA’s sense of community and its many cultural backgrounds and contexts. HKA stresses the importance of the personal thank you over public recognition and offers public recognition that matches the school’s vision and values.
If you would like to give your time as a HKA Volunteer, please submit the online PTCO Volunteer Sign-up form. You can also visit our Donate page where you can donate a cash sum or purchase one of our Theatre seats with a dedication plaque.
Thank you.
 
 
 

 

 

Volunteering at HKA

The Parent, Teacher and Community Organisation (PTCO) helps co-ordinate many volunteer groups working to support school spirit, classroom activities and school fundraising. A brief explanation of these can be found below.
 
 
 
School Spirit...
 
hkaSHOP
The hkaSHOP sells school uniforms, sport kit and spirit wear. Shop volunteers provide a friendly face to the whole school community and play a key role in welcoming new families, as they are often some of the first HKA parents a new family meets when joining the school. Volunteers hang and replenish the stock, help with questions about sizing or fit, help with the till and ensure that all our students uniform needs are fulfilled. The campus hkaSHOP is open for approximately 2 hours a day, 5 days a week and is also available online.
 
Lost and Found and Recycled Uniforms
HKA provides cabinets for Lost and Found items and for Recycled Uniforms. The cabinets are located at the bottom of the staircase near the UG Cafe. Items left behind on campus are collected from around the school and placed in one of these cabinets with hopes of being reunited with their owners. The Recycled Uniforms cabinet holds uniforms that have been donated by families. In keeping with the school’s commitment to sustainability, all are welcome to drop-off uniform items in good condition and/or take uniform items as needed. Volunteers working on these efforts keep the cabinets tidy day to day and also help out on key dates, such as the twice-yearly PTS conferences, to put Lost and Found items out on tables for easy identification and pick-up. Volunteers also help with the distribution of uncollected items to local charities.
 
Library
Parent volunteers support the smooth and efficient operations of the Primary and Secondary School libraries, taking on many routine tasks in order to free up the librarians to work and interact with the students. Tasks include shelving returned items, covering books, straightening shelves. The library offers a flexible schedule, with volunteers choosing either a morning or afternoon time slot, every other week.
 
Buddy Parents
We have new families joining our school throughout the year with main intake being in August. Our buddies help to orient interested incoming parents whilst our school programmes take care of the new students.
 
Social Committee
The social committee organises social events on a regular basis which promote community spirit and build friendship networks. The committee organises outings such as walking and shopping tours as well as charitable and cultural experiences. There are regular coffee mornings with the upcoming social events schedule posted in our weekly hkaNEWS and on the 'HKA Community' Facebook private group.
 
Weekend Sports
Weekend sports is a free programme facilitated by HKA parent and staff coaches on Saturday mornings. Students from Grades 4 - 12 are invited to sign up for a variety of sports and gain valuable team skills whilst staying active and having fun.
 
School Sports Teams
HKA students represent the school both in Hong Kong and broad with their participation in a wide range of sports. Volunteers help out with coaching, chaperoning, logistics and food and work closely with Weekend Sports as well.
 
Staff Appreciation
The annual staff appreciation lunch is a tradition which was initiated by parents many years ago on the Stubbs Road campus. The event, which features a potluck buffet and a gift for each faculty and staff member, is an expression of appreciation and gratitude from the parent community to the staff for everything that they do for our students. Volunteers transform the gymnasium into a dining room filled with home made dishes donated by HKA families and source the annual gift.
 
Community Fair
The Community Fair is a long-standing and beloved school event where we share food from our home countries, participate in various activities and enjoy cultural performances. Families contribute homemade dishes and serve these to the community from their country tables. Parents volunteer by contributing their organisational talent to help with overall event preparation as well others to act as country co-ordinators. Volunteers also assist with cultural acts, sports games, arts and crafts and/or any special performances.
 
 
Class Support

Class/Grade Parents
Each Primary School class and each Secondary School grade level has 2 class/grade parents who co-ordinate social activities for parents in that class or grade and who support specific Primary School class needs as defined by the teachers e.g., co-ordination of field trip chaperoning. In addition, class/grade parents support the Buddy Programme that introduces new families to HKA and, depending on the class, they help with end of year class gifts.
 
Panda Club
The Panda Club makes Mandarin a living language through twice monthly activity sessions delivered during student break periods. Volunteers are welcome regardless of Mandarin language ability.
 
Sustainability
The sustainability committee is a team of HKA staff and parents who meet on a monthly basis to support the school sustainability mission. Sustainability was foundational when we built our school and continues to inform how we operate and educate. If you have ideas to table at these meetings, please submit them to our online suggestion box.
 
Garden
HKA’s organic garden is a part of the Primary School curriculum and is supported by parent volunteers. Garden volunteers help on a weekly basis or as their schedule allows. Their role is to support the students in their exploration of nature and the plant life cycle. Produce from the garden goes directly to the cafeteria as part of our ‘farm to fork’ initiative.
 
 
School Fundraising

Gala
The Gala is an exciting social and fundraising occasion on the HKA calendar that is typically held in spring. The Gala Committee drives all aspects of the event including venue liaison and logistics, the event’s look and feel, silent/live auction and music/entertainment. The committee generally forms early in the school year with different and draws upon a broad set of volunteer skills throughout the year.
 
Sign-Up Scene
HKA’s highly popular Sign-Up Scene is a series of pop-up events donated by community members. From poker nights, to dinners, to parent and child yoga sessions, the Sign-Up Scene offers something for everyone. If you have a skill or passion which you would like to share with the community, contact community.relations@hkacademy.edu.hk.
 
Golf Tournament
The annual golf tournament raises funds for our Learner Support programme. Golfers of all abilities get together to play at Clearwater Bay Golf Club, one of the most beautiful courses in Hong Kong. Parents support the event by playing as individuals or teams and by bringing friends and colleagues along. Parents and friends of HKA also contribute bby donating prizes for the Mulligan Draw and for a variety of winning categories.
 
Community Yard Sale
The Community Yard Sale is an opportunity to spring clean and donate goods which are sold to generate funds for student social impact projects and for HKA’s Scholarship Programme. This event has a strong sustainability element with glass and electrical appliance recycling available. Charitable partners benefit from receiving donations of goods at the end of the event as well as from associated student driven social impact projects. Parent volunteers lead all aspects of this important effort, including preparation and delivery of the event in partnership with the school operations team and our students.
 
Movie Night
HKA movie nights are an opportunity for us to get together and enjoy the magic of the big screen. Do you have an idea for a community wide movie event or would you simply like to host a birthday party? We can host movies in a variety of venues around the campus and encourage you to bring your proposals big or small.
 
 
Submit our volunteer form or ask questions, get involved and send your ideas to community.relations@hkacademy.edu.hk.
 
 
 

 

 

Donate Now
 
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Donate to HKA's Annual Fund
Thank you for your support. Your gift furthers the school's mission and directly benefits our entire community. We are grateful for your participation in our Culture of Philanthropy.
 

 

Other Ways to Contribute to HKA
 
 
PLAYSCAPES & CHALLENGE COURSE
Lots of play at HKA! The Primary School’s new Playscapes will be ready for 2017-18. The Climbing Wall is in place and new elements for a Challenge Course are in process. Keep us climbing with your financial support.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Teachers at HKA are learners, too, and engage in ongoing professional development which they apply directly to the classroom. Our goal is to devote 2% of HKA’s budget to PD. Make a teacher’s day with your contribution.

 

LEARNER SUPPORT
At HKA, we all learn better when we learn together. As an international leader in inclusive education, we enjoy specialised facilities for various LS programmes. Your gift helps HKA serve students and offer leadership in this field.

 

INNOVATION
HKA is always evolving. What will the future hold? In a changing world, HKA is starting its own conversations on innovation at HKA that includes best practice in design thinking and creativity. Donate to HKA’s future today!

 

COMMUNITY ZONES
Our campus bustles with engaged learners. At break times and between classes, our corridors bustle even more. Support our community (and our casual conversations!) with a gift toward one of our Community Zone projects.

 

THEATRE SEATS
Our theatre is a community focal point where we come together to inspire one another with music, drama, dance and gather for milestone moments, such as our graduation in June. Support HKA's Theatre by donating a seat today!

 

To contribute at a later date, please fill out a pledge form and our staff will be in contact with you. Thank you!
If you would like to Get INvolved and make a contribution in any other way please contact our Director of Institutional Advancement, Laura Mitchell, at laura.mitchell@hkacademy.edu.hk.
 
Other Contribution Advice
- To contribute by cheque: please direct your cheque to the Institutional Advancement Office at HKA. Cheque payable to 'Hong Kong Academy'.
- U.S. donors may contribute via the Friends of Hong Kong Charities and obtain a US tax receipt. Please visit the Friends of Hong Kong Charities website. Click here for more info on how to contribute via FOHKC.
- When contributing online, you may either log into your existing PayPal account or, without a PayPal account, select "Pay with my credit card" and enter your credit card details when prompted. [more]
 
Thank You