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Bicycles, scooters and skateboards

Discovery College encourages cycling as a safe means to get to and from school (i.e. Siena Park) with minimal environmental impact and with the health benefits associated with physical exercise. The ultimate decision and responsibility around students cycling is entirely up to parents. Parents/caregivers of students who cycle or scooter to and from Siena Park have a significant role to play in their safety, including accepting responsibility for their behaviour and safety. All bicycles and scooters must be secured at the bike racks on the Foreshore area, and NOT in Siena Park or outside Siena Club. Skateboards are to be kept next to the school guardhouse. 

 

Discovery College recommends that: 

  • only students in Year 4 and above cycle to and from school independently; 

  • any cyclists in Year 1 to 3 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver; 

  • students wear safety-approved protective gear (including helmets) correctly; 

  • students do not carry passengers;

  • students do not impair their hearing and/or vision whilst cycling; 

  • students use proper hand signals when cycling on the road; 

  • students maintain their bicycles in a safe working condition; 

  • students should have reflective devices on their bicycles; 

  • in bad weather, students are advised to walk their bicycles to school or leave them at home; 

  • bicycles and scooters should be locked during the school day. 

Disclaimer

  • the school is not responsible for any accident or injury arising from the students cycling to or from school.

  • the school is not responsible for damage to, or loss of, bicycles, scooters or skateboards.

 
 

Buses

School buses are provided by a third-party bus company and coordinated by the school. Information including fee schedule, available bus routes and enrolment forms are available HERE  

 

Each school bus has an experienced bus supervisor who accompanies the students in the morning and afternoon where primary students are riding on the bus. Each student riding the school bus must accept and abide by the Rules of Respect of the school. 

 

Should you need to make changes to the arrangements for your child leaving school with less than one working day’s notice, please contact the school directly on 3969 1000 to inform them of the change to the arrangements. Any queries on the bus service should be made by email to buses@dc.edu.hk. 

Library

The library is central to enriching, implementing and supporting the teaching and learning programme of the College. The library is staffed by a PYP Teacher Librarian (Head of Library), a MYP/DP/CP Teacher Librarian and four library assistants. It is a gateway to access information in a number of forms - books (audio, electronic and print), magazines, newspapers, and online databases and resources. 

 

Library opening hours are: 8 am-4.30 pm on Monday to Thursday and 8 am-4 pm on Friday. The library assistants will cease the check out procedure 10 minutes before closing so please ensure you visit the desk before this time. 

 

The library is open to students before school, during lunchtimes, and during class time. Each primary class has a scheduled borrowing time during the week. Secondary students are able to borrow when they have the need and opportunity and during their scheduled library lessons. All students in Years 1-13 need to bring their library bag to borrow resources, and students from Year 4 up need to use their smart card to borrow.

 

Each year level has the following borrowing allowances: 

Year 1: 3 resources 

Different resources have different borrowing time allowances: 

  • Books (Primary school library collection & Secondary school library non-fiction) - 14 days

  • Books (Senior fiction & Mature fiction) - 21 days

  • Audiobooks  - 7 days

  • eBooks - 14 days 

  • Magazines - 3 days 

 

All library resources can be renewed twice.

Year 2: 3 resources 

Year 3: 3 resources 

Year 4: 3 resources 

Year 5: 3 resources 

Year 6: 3 resources 

Secondary Students: 10 resources

 

You may access your child’s borrower records by:

1. Visiting http://oliver.esf.edu.hk and choosing Discovery College 

2. On the upper right of the page, select “Login”

3. Enter your child’s Ding username and password dc12345

4. Click the search icon

5. Your child’s record can be viewed in the upper right section “Loans”

 

The library also oversees the issuance of home readers/fluency books to support the Primary reading programme in Year 1-4. These books are sent home weekly via the class teacher.

 

Students who have overdue library resources are unable to borrow until they have cleared their accounts. Lost resources will be billed and sent to students and parents. A $50 administration fee is added to each resource to cover the cost of reordering and processing the lost item. The library offers a seven-day grace period (from invoice date) for students to return the overdue resources, after which, all billed unreturned resources will need to be paid for. The cost of replacing the book will be charged through ePayment. The book replacement cost is non-refundable if the lost resource is found after payment has been made. Students may choose to keep the resource or donate it back to the library. 

 

Ding! has a number of links to online resources, most of which can be accessed 24/7. These include the library catalogue (Oliver), our eBook collection (Wheelers), various research databases, newspapers and digital magazines. The online catalogue can also be accessed HERE www.discovery. edu.hk > Curriculum > Library. 

The College library caters to a wide range of readers and age levels. Our primary school library is located on 2/F and secondary school library on 3/F. Within each library, resources are located within different sections according to different age groups. Primary students who wish to borrow resources from our secondary school library must have a request form completed by parents/guardians. Secondary students may borrow from both the primary school library and secondary school library. A separate mature fiction collection is available for Year 11s and up. Students in a year group lower than Year 11 who wish to borrow from our mature fiction collection must provide a note from parents/guardians. The final decision on whether the library will lend the book to the student rests with the Head of Library. 

 

The library is proactive in developing information literate students and supporting an information literate community. The teacher librarians teach and work collaboratively with the teachers at the College as experts in the field of information literacy. Students learn how to access relevant and appropriate databases, online resources and other sources of information while becoming critical thinkers in the research process. Students are also taught the principles of academic integrity. 

 

The library has a policy document covering collection development, donations, challenged materials and censorship. If you would like to read the full document please contact the Head of Library: library@dc.edu.hk

 

Music

Students have a broad range of opportunities to participate in music-making at Discovery College. Choral and instrumental ensembles rehearse weekly and perform regularly at College assemblies and concerts. We also have an annual concert schedule that includes formal concerts as well as fun informal concerts around the college and spread throughout the academic year. The music department has excellent facilities for students to participate in student-directed bands or individual practice. There is a Recording Studio and Music Technology space for students to record and produce music as part of their curriculum units or student-led projects. 

 

Instrumental music programme 

There is an extensive instrumental music programme at the College, providing students access to lessons from experienced and quality peripatetic teachers at a competitive rate. Instrument hire is also available for a range of instruments. The demand for places is high and therefore families are encouraged to enrol early. Information regarding this programme can be found on The Explorer, Ding! or alternatively by emailing our Head of Music, Matt Davismatt.davis@dc.edu.hk.

 

Co-curricular activities (CCA)

Co-curricular activities enhance and build on students’ experiences and learning within the school. The activities offered will link to at least one area of our vision statement - Grow. Discover. Dream. In achieving this they will support students becoming the best they can be, finding wonder in the world around us and making a difference for themselves or others by offering experiences that may not be able to occur within the taught curriculum. We encourage all students to become involved in some form of regular activity outside of school hours for their general health and wellbeing either within this programme or through outside groups or providers. Staff offer co-curricular activities, unpaid, in the areas of their passion and expertise. 

 

Student-run CCAs will be offered alongside those led by staff. 

 

Student-run CCAs are taken by secondary students, usually targeted to Primary, and must be approved by the Student Council and have a teacher mentor to provide guidance. Depending on the nature of the activity, the mentor / a staff member may or may not be present at the venue during the activity sessions. Student-run CCAs will be advertised and cost in the same way as those offered by staff.

 

All efforts are made to keep costs to an absolute minimum, however, we do ask for a small fee to cover basic costs such as (but not limited to) materials specific to the activity, consumables and equipment wear and tear. If items are needed over and above the basic fee, this will be stipulated. 

 

All enrolments are completed online by parents through Gateway dc.tg.esf.edu.hk. Please ensure your parent login name and password are correct prior to enrolment. If you sign your child up for a CCA, you are granting him/her permission to participate in the activity AND to have and to make payment through ePayment, should your child be accepted. Once the amount has been deducted, there will be no refunds, so please make sure your child is interested and able to participate in the activity. 

 

Cost - $120/activity/term (non-refundable) 

Please note no make-up lessons are offered due to sickness, inclement weather, suspension of classes or school closure. 

 

Term dates for co-curricular activities are: 

Term 1           20 September - 26 November 2021

Term 2           17 January - 25 March 2022

Term 3           25 April - 24 June 2022

Please note that term dates for CCAs differ from academic term dates.

  

Guidelines

  • co-curricular activities should cater to as many students as possible; 

  • activities offered should link to at least one area of our vision;

  • most co-curricular activities will be led by a staff member, student and/or parent;

  • activities will be communicated to parents at least two weeks before they start; 

  • all external providers will be pre-approved through an appropriate; vetting process to ensure the safety of our children;

  • we expect all students to be involved in at least ONE co-curricular activity during the year;

  • transport arrangements to and from activities outside Discovery Bay may require parent assistance.

 

Education outside the classroom (EOTC) 

Outdoor Education complements and enriches the in-school programme, and all students are required to participate fully in the EOTC programme designed at their year level. There are many benefits of outdoor experiences that are transferable to the students’ daily lives including self-confidence, problem-solving skills, intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, independence and effective communication skills. 

 

Our EOTC programme is structured so that these outdoor experiences get progressively more demanding as the students move up through college. Activities that occur within the senior school could include external providers as they have the necessary qualifications, expertise and equipment to extend and challenge our students. This allows us to provide experiences of a quality programme that guarantees the highest safety standards. The aims of all the EOTC experiences are based on: 

  • team building and participation; 

  • developing greater self-awareness, acceptance of group and personal responsibility; 

  • facing physical and social challenges with an open mind; 

  • developing confidence and competency in water safety; 

  • developing greater awareness of Hong Kong’s environment; 

  • experiential learning in a safe and fun environment; 

  • progressively prepare students for the rigours of the No Boundaries programme at Years 10-12. 

  • Staff adhere to the strictest policies and guidelines on safety and supervision, risk assessment and risk management, leadership and legal requirements. For further information please refer to ‘Insurance’. 

 

We believe strongly that the time spent within our EOTC programme will provide positive outcomes for your children. 

 
 

Extra-curricular activities (ECA) 

These activities are provided by external providers and by ESF sports. They include sports coaching, clubs such as chess, performing arts and a range of other activities. Please see the school website for more information or for ESF Sports activities you can visit www.esf.org.hk/ or call 2711 1280.

 

ESF Sports after school activities include:

  • Swimming

  • Football

  • Sports camps & clinics

  • Basketball

  • Gymnastics

  • Language classes

External provider after school activities include:

  • Art

  • Performing Arts Workshop

  • Capoeira

  • Dance

  • Chess Club

  • Football

  • Rugby

  • Language classes

  • Judo

Sporting opportunities

There are many opportunities for competitive and recreational sport within the College, Discovery Bay, the ESF community of schools, ISSFHK (International Secondary Schools Federation of HK), HKSSF (Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation), HKSRU (Hong Kong Schools Rugby Union), HKNA (Hong Kong Netball Association), ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) and HKPSSA (Hong Kong Primary Schools Sports Association). 

 

The sports offered are seasonal and change each term. Information about trials and practices are posted on Ding! as Bulletins with further information about fixtures, departure and return times to be found HERE  Ding! > Cobra Sports > Individual Code/s. 

 

Our aim is to have competitive teams in inter-school competitions for every sport we offer. Sports for 2021-22 include:

  • Badminton

  • Basketball

  • Cross-Country

  • Equestrian (supported only)

  • Football

  • Golf

  • Primary Aquathon

  • Netball

  • Rugby

  • Swimming

  • Touch rugby

  • Volleyball

  • Ultimate frisbee

  • Cricket

  • Primary AFL

High Performance Student Athlete (HPSA)/Emerging Student

Athlete (ESA) Programme

Student Athletes in Years 7-13 who are participating in sports organisations at a National Level may qualify to be supported as part of our High Performance Student Athlete (Y11-13) / Emerging Student Athlete (Y7-10) Programmes. Students who are accepted into the programme will benefit from the support of our Athlete Friendly Coordinator who will work with the student to help them achieve goals in both athletics and academics. For more information, please contact clohel2@dc.edu.hk 

 

Requirements for Participation:

  • Participate and maintain position in a Hong Kong national sports programme (HKRU / HKNA / TriHK etc)

  • Complete DC fitness testing

  • Contribute to the DC Cobra Sports Programme through participation and development

 
 

House system

Discovery College has five Houses, each made up of vertical groupings of staff and students across all year levels. Siblings are placed in the same house. The five Houses are based on the five elements of Chinese creation, namely: 

流水 Liú Shuǐ House Water (blue)

青木 Qīng Mù House Wood (green)

金属 Jīn Shǔ House Metal (purple)

烈火 Liè Huǒ House Fire (red) 

热土 Rè Tǔ House Earth (yellow)

The purpose of the House system is to: 

  • provide opportunities for student leadership and student voice;

  • provide an opportunity for students from ALL levels of the school to interact;

  • build new friendships;

  • encourage older students to mentor and care for younger students;

  • build school spirit; 

  • create sense of identity and belonging;

  • promote participation (Years 1-13) and competition (Years 5-13). 

Home language

Discovery College believes that home language development is crucial to maintaining cultural identity and emotional stability. While we do not offer bilingual programmes, we do recognise that strength in their home language supports students in learning other languages. International schools have a special responsibility to recognise and support every aspect of language development. 

 

With a significant proportion of students at Discovery College speaking a home language other than Mandarin or English, we acknowledge the need to support these additional languages. Discovery College offers support for parent-led home language groups where communities of speakers of the same language can gather together to foster the use of the home language as a way of developing academic language proficiency as well as emotional and social proficiency. The focus is developing the listening and speaking abilities of the students to bridge the gap between ‘school’ and ‘home’ language. Within the classroom, students are encouraged to use their mother tongue as a tool for understanding and as a way of sharing their knowledge with others.

 

Stationery 

The provision of school stationery is determined by the College and administered by the school. A school stationery pack is put together at the end of the year, and parents will be notified of its contents and the cost involved. Primary and Year 7 students’ parents are asked to pay for the school stationery pack prior to the start of the year to ensure that the pack is ready for use on the first day. Secondary students in Years 8-12 need to purchase the relevant items as needed throughout the year. The expectation is that they are organised and ready for lessons. If any items are damaged, lost or destroyed, they must be replaced at the students’ cost throughout the school year. 

 

Parents may visit HERE

 

Uniform

Our school has the expectation that all students maintain a high standard of appearance both within the College and in public. Students in Years 12-13 are able to wear their own clothes meeting the requirements of the Senior student dress code referenced in the Senior Student Privileges section. Full and correct school uniform must be worn by all students in Years 1-11 and items of clothing must be clean, tidy and clearly labelled. 

For more information Parents may visit HERE 

Years 1-11 uniform items 

The polo shirt combined with school shorts/skirt/pants is required for most school days. Optional uniform items are designed for colder weather and/or sports trips outside of the school. During Terms 1 and 3, students are expected to wear shorts/skirts and polo shirts. 

 

Skirt/short length – Length must be appropriate. The decision as to what is an appropriate length will be determined by the school, however, the length of skirts (and shorts) should be no shorter than "mid-thigh". 

 

Long sleeve t-shirts – Only to be worn under the school polo shirt 

 

Shoes – Uniform shoes must be either predominantly white or predominantly dark (black, dark blue, dark green, etc). Mostly bright or flouro-colours are not acceptable. Shoes can be any style that is appropriate for sports/general school use, and should be comfortable and safe for walking to/from school and up/down stairs. Shoes must be worn with short white socks. 

 

Hair – Hair on or below the shoulders must be tied back. Hair must be of a natural colour and extreme hairstyles are not permitted. 

 

Makeup – Students will be asked to remove any excessive or obvious make-up. Only clear nail polish is to be worn. 

 

Jewellery – The only jewellery permitted is a wristwatch and one pair of SMALL stud earrings, one in the lobe of each ear. No other visible body piercing is allowed. 

 

Exemption for religious reasons will be considered on a case by case basis. Parents should write a letter or email the school (Head of Primary or Head of Secondary) requesting such consideration. Any exempted jewellery must not be visible and must be removed for PE, sport and other activities where they could potentially be a hazard. The school is not responsible for the loss of these items. 

 

For physical education lessons – Students must wear the correct PE uniform (House shirts, skort/shorts) and suitable sports shoes with non-marking soles and short white socks. 

  • Years 1-6: Must wear PE uniform to and from school on days when they have PE classes. 

  • Years 7-11: Secondary students must bring their PE gear to school and change at school before and after PE. 

 

Sun smart – In Primary, a school hat is required to be worn during outside activities. Years 7-11 students are encouraged to wear sunscreen and/or wear the Secondary school cap or hat. 

 

Non-uniform items – During times of particularly cold weather, non-uniform items may be worn to and from school in order to provide warmth. Once at school, however, only the official school uniform may be worn, regardless of the time of year. 

All Discovery College uniforms purchases are now available on our online uniform platform: www.schooluniform.hk/collections/discovery-college

 

Samples of the new uniform are now available for viewing and trying on purposes to confirm sizes. Parents will need to use our booking system to schedule an appointment to visit the PTA Shop.

Once a uniform has been tried on, each garment will be sterilised before being allowed to be tried on again by another student. We are following these guidelines to ensure we adhere to the rules set out by the CHP.

Please note 

The College uniform is a set of clothes to be worn to school and on designated school activities. The uniform should be worn in its entirety. For example, sandals with the uniform or DC polo shirt with casual shorts are not acceptable. Any defacing or altering of the uniform is not accepted, and the school reserves the right to confiscate any offending garments and require replacements. As the uniform represents the College, student behaviour while wearing the uniform is expected to be exemplary. 

 

Outside of school hours or designated school activities, students should change out of their uniform. No students should be outside of the College wearing their uniform on a casual basis unless they are with a parent.​

 

Refund policy on school trips/activities 

Hong Kong-based trips and camps, including No Boundaries 

  • 50 per cent of the total fee minus non-refundable items (such as accommodation, transport) will be refunded if a student withdraws less than 48 hours prior to the event and the family provides notification to the school that is deemed reasonable. 

  • 100 per cent of the total fee minus non-refundable items (such as flights, accommodation, transport) will be refunded if a student withdraws more than 48 hours prior to the event and the family provides notification to the school that is deemed reasonable. 

  • Refunds are to be requested in writing to the teacher supervising the activity and must be accompanied with relevant medical certificates in the case of a student withdrawing from the activity due to illness. 

  • If a student gives no notification of withdrawal or non-attendance then no refund will be made. 

  • Refunds will not be made if a student is sent home from the activity due to illness or injury occurring at the activity. 

  • Refunds will not be made if a student is sent home from the activity due to disciplinary reasons. 

  • Refunds based on absence due to family reasons will be decided upon on an individual basis by the school Principal. 

  • A contingency charge of 5% is applied against all HK based trips. Contingency monies are used to cover losses. 

  • Any surplus above $100 per student will be refunded to parents. All surpluses are refunded into students’ eWallet accounts. 

 

Overseas trips 

  • 50 per cent of the total fee minus non-refundable items (such as flights, accommodation, transport) will be refunded if a student withdraws less than three days prior to the event and the family provides notification to the school that is deemed reasonable. 

  • 100 per cent of the total fee minus non-refundable items (such as flights, accommodation, transport) will be refunded if a student withdraws more than three days prior to the event and the family provides notification to the school that is deemed reasonable. 

  • Refunds are to be requested in writing to the teacher supervising the activity and must be accompanied with relevant medical certificates in the case of a student withdrawing from the activity due to illness. 

  • If a student gives no notification of withdrawal or non-attendance then no refund will be made. 

  • Refunds will not be made if a student is sent home from the activity due to illness or injury occurring at the activity. 

  • Refunds will not be made if a student is sent home from the activity due to disciplinary reasons. 

  • Refunds based on absence due to family reasons will be decided upon on an individual basis by the school Principal. 

  • A contingency charge of 7% is applied against all overseas-based trips. Contingency monies are used to cover losses, including such things as fluctuations in exchange rates. 

  • Any surplus above $100 per student will be refunded to parents. All surpluses are refunded into students’ eWallet accounts. 

  • Discovery College will apply an administration fee of $100 per student for all overseas trips. 

  • Any air travel will include an amount calculated by distance for carbon emissions, with the funds invested into carbon offset programmes. 

 

No Boundaries overseas trips (Years 10, 11 & 12)

  • Contingency monies for No Boundaries trips are placed into a general pool, which is used to cover losses on any particular trip/s. Once this has been done, any surpluses above $100 per student are refunded to parents on a pro-rata basis on the trips where there was no deficit. 

  • Discovery College applies an administration fee of $500 per student for all No Boundaries trips, which covers: 

    • employment of administration personnel specifically for No Boundaries; 

    • reconnaissance trips for following year’s trips including flights, accommodation, transport, etc. 

    • printing and photocopy charges; 

    • first aid supplies and kits.

 

Smart Cards

Discovery College students use a multi-purpose, stored-value Smart Card system. The Smart Card is a photo-identity card with other functions designed to increase efficiency and convenience with respect to day to day functions described below. 

 

Guidelines 

Functions accessible through the Smart Card system include: 

  • photo identity 

  • attendance 

  • library resource issuing 

  • photocopying 

  • printing 

  • access to rooms (some Senior students) 

  • students can buy a voucher to add value to their Smart Cards in the library. The minimum top-up amount is $20. This can be done before school or at break times only 

  • students have access through the Internet to the current value on the Smart Card and also a record of transactions while at the school. Ding! > Printing balance (Discovery College recommends regular checks of this information) 

  • Note that Octopus is used for payment in the Cafeteria 

 

Lockers 

Each student has their own locker. For primary students in Years 1-4, these are open-faced and located in the shared areas. For Years 5 and 6 and all secondary students, the lockers have doors. Used effectively, the intention of the lockers is to reduce the students’ bag weight throughout the day. Students are expected to provide a secure lock. All belongings should be placed in the locker. Students are responsible for any items of value they bring to school. Locker security can be improved by getting a good quality lock with a thick shackle (top part) that is around 6-8mm like the example of the American brand Master lock shown at right. This stops the lockers being opened by rotating the latch when locked, which can happen with a lock that has a thin shackle.

 

Senior student privileges

Years 12 & 13 are in many ways a transition from the somewhat regimented approach of school life to the more independent nature of university life. At Discovery College, our approach is to treat our Senior students more like adults, with the expectation that they will behave more like adults. Students in Year 12 and 13 are therefore granted certain privileges that are not given to younger students. With privilege comes responsibility. Senior students must behave responsibly and with maturity at all times, in particular when not being directly supervised by staff. This is particularly important in a through-train school where inevitably Senior students are viewed as role models for students in Years 1-11. If a student, a group of students, or a whole year group behaves in an inappropriate way, the College reserves the right to suspend or withdraw completely any or all of the privileges outlined below.

                                                  

Non-uniform 

Senior students do not need to wear school uniform, but need to abide by the Senior Students Dress Code. Any student who breaches the dress code may be sent home to change into more appropriate attire. If this occurs, the student is responsible for catching up on missed work. A student who repeatedly breaches the dress code may lose any or all privileges. 

Hair 

  • hair can be worn down but must be tied up as required for health and safety reasons e.g. science, technology; 

  • ‘natural’ hair colour acceptable; 

  • obvious hair colours not acceptable if full head; 

  • streaks acceptable if up to maximum length of 3cm streak; 

  • neon, bright red, blue, purple colouring not acceptable.

Shirts and tops 

  • strapless tops not acceptable 

  • see-through clothing not acceptable 

  • no offensive logos to be determined at the discretion of the College e.g. swear words, racist slogans, violent graphics, advertising logos for alcohol, smoking or illegal drugs

  • no shoestring/spaghetti straps 

Skirts and shorts 

  • length of shorts and skirts should be no shorter than mid-thigh. 

 

Footwear 

  • wedges, thin heels, stilettos and flip-flops are not acceptable for safety reasons, e.g. tripping on stairs; 

  • covered toes in DT/Science as required (sometimes essential for Science practicals). 

 

Makeup 

  • skin tone foundation 

  • natural looking eyeliner, mascara, lipstick 

  • obvious eye shadow colour and glitter are not acceptable. 

 

Jewellery 

  • earrings, necklaces, wrist/ankle bracelets, rings acceptable; to be removed if safety is at risk. 

 

Piercings 

  • multiple ear piercings acceptable 

  • facial piercings not acceptable 

 

Tattoos 

  • must not be visible

 

Physical activity 

  • change of clothes as appropriate for activity; 

  • appropriate non-marking footwear as per other year levels. 

 

House events

  • Senior Students must wear House colours to all House events - where possible, students are encouraged to wear the official House shirts. 

Non-contact study blocks 

In the DP, Higher Level subjects are allocated five blocks per fortnight, whereas Standard Level subjects are allocated four. All Senior students will have  non-contact study blocks. During these blocks, Senior students are not supervised by staff. They may choose to go to the library if they wish to do research using library resources. If they wish to work collaboratively in groups, they can use the cafeteria (G/F, 1/F and 2/F) or any outdoor seating space, except during primary lunch (Block 3). During recess and secondary lunch, Senior students must share the cafeteria facilities with other year groups as normal.  There is a dedicated room in the Senior Student Centre for quiet study only. While it is possible that this space will occasionally be booked for special functions, it will be available most of the time. 

 

Occasionally teachers or students may organise some form of physical activity e.g. a game or general exercise. Participation is optional but students are encouraged to take the opportunity to keep active and may use the Wellness Centre at these times. 

 

The general rule for non-contact study blocks is that other activities going on in the school such as regular lessons for Years 1-13 must not be disturbed. Any Senior student who disturbs any school activity with unruly or inappropriate behaviour may lose any or all privileges. 

 

Students who are identified by teachers as being behind with their work or who do not submit assessment tasks on time may be required to go to the quiet study room during their non-contact study blocks. 

 

Absent teachers 

When a teacher of a DP or CP lesson is absent, a cover teacher is not normally allocated. Teachers send work directly to students by email. Students can then do this work in one of the study spaces outlined above. Some teachers may be happy for students to sit and work in the normal teaching room, while some teachers will instruct students not to come to class. Occasionally teachers may request a cover teacher, for example to supervise an assessment. In that case, students need to go to class as normal. 

 

Entry into school 

Senior students have access to the College from 7.30am, Monday to Friday, to the study areas outlined above, except the library. After school they continue to enjoy access to the Senior Student Centre until 8pm. Weekend access to the Senior Student Centre for study purposes is also from 7.30am-8pm, although on occasion an additional classroom may be available when the Senior Student Centre is used by other groups. It is important that students using school facilities, including outside of regular school hours, take careful responsibility for their behaviour and act appropriately at all times. In particular, Senior students should ensure that they do not use their smart cards to grant access to students from lower year groups to spaces that are only available to Years 12-13. The school’s security guards provide an adult presence on the school campus during blocks outside the regular school day, and students must be proactive in communicating any issues or problems to the security guards that may occur out of regular hours. 

 

Library access 

Access to the library via the 3/F entrance is available to Senior students through the use of their smart cards during hours the library is staffed. The 3/F library door is strictly reserved for the use of teachers and Senior students. Students must check out books downstairs before leaving the library with them. Senior students must not allow younger students to enter or exit with them when using the 3/F door. Should the above guidelines be breached, the Head of Library and the secondary leadership team reserves the right to withhold the student’s exit pass for an amount of time they deem appropriate. 

 

Wellness Centre 

The Wellness Centre is open for Senior students from 7am-5pm, including during non-contact study blocks and across secondary lunch. All Senior students are encouraged to make use of this valuable resource. The Wellness Coordinator is available to offer group classes, consultations, and work with individuals on personal training.

 

Learning Team 

All Senior students are in a Learning Team and will have a Learning Advisor, just as in Years 7-11. All students must attend registration from 8.20 am -8.30 am and must be punctual. Regular lateness may lead to the suspension or withdrawal of any or all privileges. 

 

Learning Team time will take place during specified blocks in the timetable. The programme will be more flexible and informal than in Years 7-11, but attendance at all sessions is compulsory. Activities will include Higher Education Counselling, CAS and Service Learning administration, Extended Essay and Reflective Project training, personal/social/health education with external providers, life skills (e.g. cooking), study skill training, team-building games and physical activity. 

 

Exit Pass 

Senior students in possession of an Exit Pass are allowed to leave the school campus during recess, lunch and their non-contact blocks. Conditions of the Exit Pass are outlined in the Exit Pass rules. 

 

Exit Pass rules

  • Upon receipt of the Exit Pass form, signed by the student and parent/guardian, students will be issued with an Exit Pass.

  • The Exit Pass can only be used to leave school during lunch and non-contact blocks. Students should only leave at recess if they have a non-contact block immediately before or afterwards. If a student needs to leave school during lesson time (e.g. for a medical appointment), normal exit procedures must be followed.

  • Students must leave the Exit Pass with the security guard when they leave school and collect it when they return.

  • Students must return on time for lessons.

  • Students must arrive to school by 8.14am and attend Learning Team by 8.20am. The Exit Pass cannot be used to arrive late to school if the first block is a non-contact block.

  • Students who lose their Exit Pass will not be able to leave school until a replacement is issued. The first Exit Pass is issued for free – for a replacement, a fee of $50 is charged.

  • The school cannot take responsibility for what happens to students once they leave the school campus using an Exit Pass. While Discovery Bay is a very safe and secure environment, students must exercise due care and responsibility. Students are not monitored or chaperoned while off-campus.

  • Students leaving with an Exit Pass are representing the College and are expected to follow school rules and regulations until they reach their homes, and at all times if they are returning to school. For example, this means that rules regarding smoking, language and public displays of affection must be followed.

  • Students must act at all times with cultural sensitivity, remaining mindful of our setting in Discovery Bay in Hong Kong, with many different cultures represented.

  • Any student returning to school who is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance, consumed during their absence, will be interviewed and possibly sent home to await further disciplinary action.

  • Students identified by teachers as being behind with work or who do not submit assessment tasks on time may have their Exit Pass privilege withdrawn and be required to spend non-contact study blocks in the quiet study area.