Volunteering at HKA

 
Ask questions, get involved and send your ideas to communityrelations@hkacademy.edu.hk
 
Community Fair 
One of our school community’s longest standing and most beloved tradition is the annual Community Fair where we share food from our home countries, participate in various activities and enjoy cultural performances.
Each year we have over 40 countries represented in the food festival portion where families contribute homemade dishes from their countries and share them with more than 1000 attending family members.
Volunteers are the key to this tremendous successful event. We look for parents with organisational talent to help the Community Fair team with the overall event preparation.

We encourage parents to volunteer as a country co-ordinator who arrange their food tables together with supporting families by co-ordinating food donations, decoration, recipes and fun facts about each country as part of a cultural activity. We are also happy to meet volunteering parents who contribute with cultural acts, sports games, arts & crafts or any special performances. Click here to view pictures of our previous Community Fairs.
 
Grade Parents
Grade Parents help to create a welcoming environment each year. They help to welcome new families to the grade. They also help in organising social activities for students &/or parents to get to know each other better. Finally, they help in co-ordinating teacher appreciation cards in the Spring and in co-ordinating parent volunteers if teachers request help in the classroom or on field trips.

Library
Parent volunteers help both the Primary and Secondary libraries to operate as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We take care of much of the daily routine tasks that then frees up the librarians to work and interact with the students. Specifically, we assist by shelving returned items, covering books, straightening shelves and getting involved in specific tasks, as needed. We offer a flexible schedule and volunteers can choose either a morning or afternoon time slot, every other week.
 
Lost and Found 
This committee is comprised of a group of volunteers who drop-in to help tidy the Lost & Found and Recycled Uniforms cabinets, located above the UG mezzanine cafe. The Lost & Found is as it seems, lost items collected around school that are placed in this cabinet with hopes of being reunited with their owners. The Recycled Uniforms cabinet holds uniforms that have been donated by families (whether they are leaving school or their children have simply outgrown them). It's a free programme and anyone can drop-off or take away uniforms as they like and is in keeping with HKA's Sustainability mission. This volunteer job can be done ad-hoc or on a regularly scheduled basis, as it fits your schedule.
 
Note, there are a few times when the team works together (when possible), at the end and beginning of each term -- collecting and distributing recycled uniforms; and during PTS Conferences, displaying Lost & Found items in the cafeteria.

Panda Club
The Panda Club compliments Mandarin speaking in a more relaxed environment as a living language. Students have fun expressing themselves and building their confidence. Volunteer as a Panda Parent and you will have a chance to see all these in action in school. Facilitate games, maintain order for prizes, interact with students in Mandarin as well as learn from them. It's always surprising to find out what our students learn away from home. We find our students are much more motivated to learn because they see their parents learning the language too! Finally, we are successful because of our enthusiastic and multi-talented parents!

Parents in Action for Sustainability (PAS) 
Parents in Action for Sustainability (PAS) support the HKA mission and the diverse sustainability programmes on campus by volunteering on a weekly basis or through specific projects during the year.
 
Current areas of volunteer focus include:
  • Garden Ambassadors programme in Primary School
  • Support of the Project Based Sustainability Learning in Secondary School
  • Support of the Sustainability Strategy 2014-2019 in the areas of Energy, Water, Waste, Transport, Inclusion & Participation, Health & Well-being, Buildings & Grounds and Curriculum Integration 
One of the goals of this group is to help the HKA community adopt a more sustainable lifestyle both in and out of school. The committee also promotes HKA’s sustainability efforts to the extended community including:
  • A long term goal of Zero Waste on campus through the responsible procurement, reuse and recycling of paper, metal, glass, batteries, E-waste, uniforms and collection of plastic to determine the viability of onsite repurposing
  • Garden Ambassadors cultivate an organic inquiry garden on the 1st floor and multiple compost systems including vermi-composting
  • Energy reduction measures through both innovative technology and environmentally friendly choices
 
Another objective is to work with the other HKA committees and groups within the school so that events organised on campus are planned and executed in a sustainable fashion congruent with our mission.
 
To indicate your interest in volunteering, please complete and submit our volunteer form.