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COLLEGE LIFE

COLLEGE LIFE

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.

In addition to the school stationery pack, a list of stationery items that students must bring to school on the first day will be made available in June for the following school year, or or parent may visit www.discovery.edu.hk > Current Parents > PTA Fees & Stationery. Please be sure that your child brings everything on this list on the first day of term as these items are not available in the classroom.

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 at www.discovery.edu.hk > Current Parents > Buses.

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.

Cafeteria
Students may bring food from home and/or purchase it from the cafeteria. No food can be brought into the school for students during the day.

Peanuts and peanut products are banned within the school. This restriction includes all food brought to school from home.

All food, whether purchased at school outlets or brought in from home, must only be consumed in the G/F cafeteria, the 1/F café or the 2/F deli deck. Exceptions:
Year 6 students may also use the 2/F deck near the Year 6 classrooms
Senior students may also use the Senior Student Centre
Teachers may, from time to time, request that students bring their lunch to a lunchtime activity in a location other than those designated as eating areas. In all instances the teacher would provide a written note to the student to this effect.

Discovery Café (1/F)

The café is open daily on the 1/F between 8am–4pm for parents/visitors who wish to purchase drinks and food. It is also available at designated times to secondary students. Daily newspapers are provided, as are a range of children’s books and toys for those families with preschoolers.

Discovery Deli (2/F)

The Discovery Deli is open daily from 10.30am to 2.15pm for staff, and at designated times to secondary students. Food concepts such as healthy snacks and eat global which consists of food from around the world will be available. A self service kiosk will be available for staff and students to pre order and pay using their Octopus cards.

Recess

Open for secondary students only (cash or Octopus). Primary students must bring and eat snacks in the classroom.

Ordering

For your convenience and taking into account the requirements of the different year level groups, this is the system for ordering/purchasing food:

Ordering food

- Years 1-6
Step 1
Go to www.discovery.edu.hk > Current Parents > Cafeteria to view the monthly menu and download the enrolment form.
Alternatively, the enrolment form can be downloaded from www. compass-hk.com/chartwells/en/ > School Area > Discovery College > School Menu > Enrolment Form.
Parents can also enroll through the Chartwells online enrolment system via this website: info.compass-hk.com/dc/survey.asp. You can contact our onsite Catering Manager Mr Jay Bilasa dc@compass-hk.com for any enquiry relating to the cafeteria.

Step 2
For Years 1-2, choose one of three options for each day e.g. hot meal/sandwich/baguettes. These will be delivered to the classrooms.
For Years 3-6, choose from three ‘hot’ options including one vegetarian choice. Pasta with your choices of sauce e.g. tomato or béchamel is also available.

Step 3
Students will make the specific choice ON the day, i.e. hot meals/pasta. This is to alleviate the issue of children changing their minds when they see what their friends are having.

Ordering food - Years 7-13
Students can pay for their meal on the day using either cash or Octopus.

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

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 the 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.

Refund policy on school trips/activities
Hong Kong based trips and camps, including No Boundaries
50 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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) Jonny
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.

House system - PETER - Done
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).

Library MAURA, LEANNE - Done

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: 8am-4.30pm on Monday to Thursday and 8am-4pm 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

Audio books - 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 by visiting 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

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.

Home language--JOSH--AMENDED--COMPLETE

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 home language supports students in learning other languages. International schools have a special responsibility to recognise and support each and 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.

Music - MATT DAVIS - done

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 Davis, at matt.davis@dc.edu.hk.

Sporting opportunities - Lawrence

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 in 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

Co-curricular activities (CCA) - Margaret - done

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 costed 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 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.

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


Bicycles, scooters and skateboards – JAMES - done

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 guard house.

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 not carry passengers;
students 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.