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This Christmas season, Brandon Learning Centre has planned some fun and intensive courses during the Christmas break.

From Tuesday 19th  until Friday  22nd December, our teachers have prepared courses ISEB Pre-Test to 11+ and 13+ English, Maths & Science.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

11+/13+ courses:

Intensive revision courses for January exams

Eton / Winchester Scholarship preparation course:

Dr. Jessica’s clinic – revision course for scholarship exams

ISEB Pre test courses:

Intensive preparation course for ISEB computer pre-test

7-9 yrs Interview preparation courses:

Critical thinking and communication skills for individual and group school interviews

Public speech and debate courses:

Proven to build confidence – presentations and debate for students aged 4 to 13

Costs:

4 to 9 Years Old  – $460 per hour
9+ Years Old – $550 per hour 
Dr. Jessica’s clinic  $675 per hour 

Please click on the below link to download the registration form for the Christmas course :

Downe House School Seminar 2017

We will be holding a seminar with Downe House School in November at Brandon. Downe House was founded in 1907 and it is one of the top independent boarding school for girls aged 11-18 in Berkshire. Downe House aims to prepare girls to play a full and positive part in the global community as outstanding women of the future. The school encourages the girls to strive for their highest academic results, together with offering a wide range of extra- curricular activities to develop personal and social skills in order to achieve the whole person development .

The Assistant Headmistress , Mrs Michelle Scott and her team will meet with the parents and answer any questions about the school. They will also share the procedures for admission and visions of the school with parents during the Seminar .Mrs Michelle Scott

Details of the seminar are as follows :

Date   :22nd November[ Wednesdays ]
Time   : 18:15 – 19:15
Venue : Causeway Bay Centre

[ Unit 1A, Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay ]

Looking for something different ?

Strathallan School Seminar

In this pressurised, competitive world, many parents are looking for an alternative to ‘hothouse’ schools. Strathallan School may well be the solution. The school offers an amazing environment where a broad education includes sports, exploration, art, music, learning and so much more.

We will be holding a seminar with Strathallan School in October at Brandon . Strathallan School is an independent boarding and day school in Scotland for boys and girls aged 9–18. Strathallan pupils have achieved excellent results in GCSE and A level exams and they are given a tremendous breadth of opportunities to develop their individual strengths .

During the seminar, the new headmaster, Mr. Mark Lauder and his team will talk about their visions and values of the school and the procedures for admission. They will also be on hand to meet with parents and answer any questions about the school  . Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date   : 21st October [ Saturday ]
Time   : 13:00 – 14:00
Venue : Causeway Bay Centre

[ Unit 1A, Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay ]

Spaces are strictly limited. If you are interested please click on the below link to purchase the tickets:

Sherborne Girls Seminar  

We will be holding a seminar with Sherborne Girls next week at Brandon. Sherborne is a boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 13 years old. Sherborne Girls values its pupils by providing a board and enriching full boarding education so to develop girls to have courage to make a difference.

During the seminar, the headmistress, Ms Jenny Dwyer will talk about their visions and values of the school and the procedures for admission. They will also be on hand to meet with parents and answer any questions about the school. Details of the seminar are as follows :

Date   : 12th October [ Thursday ]
Time   : 18:00 – 19:00
Venue :
Causeway Bay Centre

Unit 1A, Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Spaces are strictly limited. If you are interested please click on the below link to purchase the tickets:

Change of schedule for Strathallan School Seminar

We will be holding a seminar with Strathallan School in October at Brandon . Strathallan School is an independent boarding and day school in Scotland for boys and girls aged 9–18 . Strathallan pupils have achieved excellent results in GCSE and A level exams and they are given a tremendous breadth of opportunities to develop their individual strengths .

During the seminar, the new headmaster, Mr. Mark Lauder and his team will talk about their visions and values of the school and the procedures for admission . They will also be on hand to meet with parents and answer any questions about the school . Details of the seminar are as follows :

Date  : 21st October [ Saturday ]
Time  : 13:00 – 14:00
Venue : Causeway Bay Centre
[ Unit 1A, Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Spaces are strictly limited.

Coming Soon: Christmas Course Schedule

Get Exam Ready!

We have prepared a range course for 7 – 13 years old

– Intensive 11+/13+ revision courses for January exams.

– Interview Preparation

– Ukiset/ Non-verbal reasoning class/ Verbal Reasoning Preparation

– 7- 9 years old Public Speech and Debate courses

– 10 – 13 Public Speech and Debate courses

Christmas Course schedule will be release soon so please keep a lookout on our latest news!

Winchester Interview Preparation Class 

Dr. Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart will be conducting Winchester Interview Preparation classes for students in October 2017. Below is the schedule :

Dates:

Friday          13th October 2017

Tuesday       17th October 2017

Friday          20th October 2017

Tuesday       24th October 2017

Time:     4:30 – 6:00pm

Cost:     HKD$675 per hour

Course Objectives:

– Develop critical thinking skills
– Engage with current and topical events
– Engage with poetry and speeches

Each lesson will include a range of topics designed to develop the critical thinking skills required for a Winchester academic interview.Students will be required to read a newspaper during the course and will extend their learning by discussing new ideas with their families.

As a condition of acceptance to this course , we are asking interested students to write a brief explanation of why they want to go to Winchester and what they expect to get out of the course.

Spaces in this class are limited so if this course is of interest and your child is able to attend please confirm as soon as possible.

Contact our Causeway Bay Admin Team on 2575 1761 or admin@brandoncentre.com

Oundle School

We will be holding an Oundle School seminar in October at Brandon. Oundle is one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11–18. It has a worldwide reputation for academic, musical and sporting excellences. Strong academic leadership has produced a superb set of public examination results, whereby 12 pupils have achieved places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities in 2017 .

The Head of International Admissions, Ms. Caitriona Redding and her team will meet with the parents and answer any questions about the school. They will also share the procedures for admission and visions of the school with parents during the Seminar .

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date:6th October [ Friday ]

Time:18:30 – 19:30

Location:Causeway Bay Centre

Spaces are strictly limited. If you are interested please click on the below link to purchase the tickets:

Badminton School Seminar [ Session II ] 

Due to the high demands, we will be running an extra session for the Badminton school seminar.
The Headmistress, Ms. Rebecca Tears and her team are coming to Hong Kong in September and we are privileged to have them as our guests for two sessions of seminars at our Causeway Bay Centre.

During the seminar, Ms. Tears will talk about their visions and values of the school and the procedures for admission. Details of the new session of  seminar are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 19th September 2017

Time: 7:00 – 7:45pm

Location: Causeway Bay Centre

If you are interested please click on the below link to purchase the tickets:

 Charterhouse School Seminar

On Friday 22nd September , at 6pm , we will be holding a seminar with the second master of Charterhouse, Mr. James Kazi at Brandon. Mr. James Kazi will guide parents in the admission procedures and give parents a further insight in its visions and values of the school.

Charterhouse is an independent day and boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. Charterhouse has achieved an excellent set of examination results in A-level and IB program this year , fifty-six pupils achieved the equivalent of straight A grades or better at A level in all subjects taken. Charterhouse values intellectual development in the broadest sense, by offering an outstanding range of extracurricular activities. In the past, Brandon has prepared a number of students for Charterhouse whom have gone to achieve excellent grades academically. This is an opportunity to hear directly from and ask your own questions to one of Britain’s top boys’ schools.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: 22nd September [ Friday ]

Time: 18:00 – 19:00 pm

Venue : Causeway Bay Centre

Spaces are strictly limited. If you are interested please click on the below link to purchase the tickets:

Strathallan School Seminar

We will be holding a school seminar with Strathallan School in October at Brandon . Strathallan School is an independent boarding and day school in Scotland for boys and girls aged 9–18 . Strathallan pupils have achieved excellent results in GCSE and A level exams and they are given a tremendous breadth of opportunities to develop their individual strengths .

During the seminar , the new headmaster , Mr. Mark Lauder and his team will talk about their visions and values of the school and the procedures for admission . They will also be on hand to meet with parents  and answer any questions about the school  .

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date  : 21st October [ Saturday ]

Time : 13:00 – 14:00

Venue : Causeway Bay Centre

Uppingham School Seminar 

On Tuesday 26th September, at 6pm, we will be holding a seminar with the registrar Mr. Charlie Bostock of Uppingham School in our Causeway Bay Centre. Mr Charlie Bostock will be on hand to meet with you all and answer any questions that you may have.

Uppingham School in Rutland is a British boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 years old. Brandon has helped prepare students for Uppingham School over the years. Uppingham School’s pupils are encouraged to excel in their curriculum and extra-curricular results. Mr. Charlie Bostock will guide parents in the admission procedures and give parents a further insight in its visions and values of the school.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017

Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm

Spaces are strictly limited. If you are interested please click on the below link to request the tickets:

 

 

Final Call! Dr Jessica’s Clinic – Getting into top girls’ Schools – Wycombe, CLC, Downe House

Dr Jessica has put together a one-off workshop for girls applying to schools which use group interviews to select students. This two hour session will encourage your daughter to showcase her skills and shine in a group.

 

Details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 26th August 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

There are limited spaces left for the session. Call us now! 

Badminton School Seminar 2017

The Headmistress, Ms. Rebecca Tears and her team are coming to Hong Kong in September and we are privileged to have them as our guests for one of our upcoming seminars at our Causeway Bay Centre.

Badminton School in Bristol is an independent boarding school for girls aged 3 to 18 years old. A number of Brandon girls have gone on to Badminton including Hebe whose writing has gone from strength to strength and has an article in this year’s school anthology.

During the seminar, Ms. Tears will talk about their visions and values of the school and the procedures for admission. Details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Causeway Bay Centre

Apple Daily : 26/07/2017

【精英之路】十一歲上律師班 創辦人:盡快知啱唔啱自己

撰文: 劉家敏
發佈日期: 2017-07-26

 

香港升學競爭激烈,不少家長都為子女安排各種增潤課程,希望提升他們的競爭力。有機構在今年暑假開辦小律師課程,讓中、小學生報讀,學習成為小律師。

科慧學習中心(Brandon Learning Centre)開辦的小律師課程為期五天,共十二小時,對象為十一至十七歲的中、小學生。課程會由資深的律師和該機構的導師帶領,除了口才訓練,學生還會接觸基本的法律知識,當中包括版權和刑事法的理論,研究真實個案等,學生在課堂的最後一天會進行模擬法庭比賽,表現最好或進步最大的學生能夠到律師行參觀,體驗律師行的日常運作。完成課堂後,有意修讀法律的學生可與家長約見導師,了解法律系的具體課程,以及升學所需的準備工作。

很多家長都望子成龍,希望他們能夠成為專業人士,例如醫生、建築師和會計師等,而科慧學習中心創辦人Jessica Ogilvy Stuart就選擇開辦小律師課程,她的想法是源於一位在律師行工作的家長,「很多學生說要當律師,但其實不知道律師是怎樣的職業。」,至於課程對象是中、小學生,Jessica表示能夠讓他們盡早接觸不同範疇的法律知識及專業術語,有利年輕人判斷律師行業是否適合自己。

Jessica又指,報讀的學生將來不一定選擇當律師,但他們能夠了解律師是怎樣的職業;更重要的是,學生可以訓練批判思維和公開演說的技巧,培養自信心,提升說話和溝通能力,有助他們日後在職場的發展。

對於在香港升學是否充滿競爭,Jessica指不論在香港、英國還是其他國家,頭10%的尖子升學競爭都很大,家長都盼望子女能夠升讀好的學校,盡他們所能給子女最好的,這亦導致升學競爭愈來愈激烈。

對於會否覺得過早讓小朋友接觸法律,有中一學生家長表示,因為女兒是學校的辯論隊,喜歡批判性思考,認為女兒不會感到困難。「這是學習,對於她來說是一種玩樂,她會喜歡通過思考去表達自己的想法,正反兩方,批判性的思維,其實她自己很感興趣。」她又希望女兒透過這個課程,會了解到法律在社會上如何運作,學習多方面思考。

The Brandon Approach - English for Girls' schools

Most girls schools hold their selection examination in January. With this in mind, we have introduced girls-only classes which will work towards 11+ and 13+ examinations. Call 2575 1761 for details.

 

 

University Consulting Seminars with graduates and current students from top UK universities

We are delighted to introduce Avantic University Consultancy Group who will be holding various seminars  at Brandon in August 2017

Avantic was founded by 3 graduates from Tonbridge School: Eric Suen, Justin Tsang and Declan Ng, with the aim of helping aspiring students get into top UK universities including Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL and King’s.

Starting from the summer of 2014, Avantic has hosted seminars and workshops that offered holistic and in-depth advice for applying to UK universities. These include introductions to the UCAS system, assistance with personal statements, interview practices, and aptitude tests.  The team has expanded throughout the years and its 30-man strong team now consists of experienced teaching professionals, recent graduates and current students at Oxbridge and other top UK universities .

How to prepare your child for Entry to Top UK Schools.

Dr Jessica will be holding a seminar for parents to find out how to prepare their child to Top UK Schools such as Benenden, CLC, Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey etc.

Dr Jessica will share her experience of helping students develop critical thinking skills and will identify the areas you need to consider if you are preparing for a top schools’ interview.

To reserve a place for the seminar, please feel free to contact us on 2575 1761 or email us to admin@brandoncentre.com.

Date:Saturday 19th August 2017
Time :13:00 – 14:00
Location:Causeway Bay Centre

Congratulations to our Advisory Board member, Dr Ronald Arculli, GBM, GBS, CVO, OBE, JP,

The Austrian Consulate General informs that Dr Ronald Arculli, GBM, GBS, CVO, OBE, JP, has received on Tuesday, June 13 the “Decoration of Honor in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria”, conferred by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria for having provided outstanding public benefit and excellent services to the Republic of Austria.

Dr Ronald Arculli has been an important supporter of the Austrian Consulate General by contributing to the furtherance of bilateral relations between Hong Kong and Austria, in particular in the fields of business, society, politics, science and culture. Dr. Arculli’s longstanding and intensive endeavors have critically contributed to the objectives of the Austrian Consulate General to deepen the cooperation between Austria and Hong Kong.

This Decoration of Honor in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria serves as a token of respect and gratitude to Dr Ronald Arculli for his outstanding accomplishments.

Dr Claudia Reinprecht, Consul General of Austria (right), presented the Decoration of Honour in Gold to Dr. Ronald Arculli (left) at the Hong Kong Country Club on 13 June

 Photo Source : Austrian Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau

Spotlight on Summer Classes 2017 !

4 – 6 – Fun with Fairytales, Speak Up!
7 – 9 – Speak Up Speak Out! French for Starters, Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink, Min-Debate

10 + The Cultural Discussion (museum visits), Real Life Debate, Model UN, Ace Your Interview
10+ (Academic) , ISEB/UKISET pre-test prep

11+ ,  13+ all subjects for entrance exams

Y9 preparation

Summer Courses Early Bird Discount – 5% off Register before 10th June !

*To enjoy the early bird discount, payment must be received in full by 10th June

Update on Brandon Learning Centre Bad Weather Policy

  • Our Centre will be closed when typhoon signal No. 8 or above, or black rainstorm warning is hoisted and will resume classes 1 hour after warning is lowered or removed.

Summer Law Course - A chance to meet international top lawyers.

At least one page should be submitted for the written essay along with this Registration Form to admin@brandoncentre.com before 5th June 2017.

Summer Classes at Brandon - Something for Everyone.

4 – 6 – Fun with Fairytales, Speak Up!
7 – 9 – Speak Up Speak Out! French for Starters, Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink, Min-Debate

10 + The Cultural Discussion (museum visits), Real Life Debate, Model UN, Ace Your Interview
10+ (Academic) , ISEB/UKISET pre-test prep

11+ ,  13+ all subjects for entrance exams

Y9 preparation

Summer Courses Early Bird Discount – 5% off Register before 10th June !

*To enjoy the early bird discount, payment must be received in full by 10th June

Hong Kong Economic Times 19/4/2017

Hong Kong 01 28/3/2017

港家長憂本地學制壓力 提早安排子女赴英搶名牌中學學位  

[本報訊]英國一直為香港學生熱門升學地點,去年有近4800名港生到英國私立中學及小學讀書。有升學機構顧問表示,留意到近幾年申請入讀英國寄宿學生有年輕化趨勢,「起跑線」由11歲提前至9歲,原因是英國知名的寄宿學校競爭激烈,為增加子女入讀機會,故先循英國小學(prep school)途徑升學,同時提早讓子女脫離本地考試主導的學制。

根據英國私立學校聯會數字顯示,去年有4766名港生就讀當地私立中學及小學讀書,當中有91名12歲以下港童,就讀初中第8級以下 (等同香港中二程度以下),較2014年升約兩成。

升學顧問、科慧學習中心創辦人Jessica Ogilvy Stuart 表示,香港一般入讀英國寄宿中學年齡最輕為11歲,不過近5年有年輕化趨勢,以她創辦的中心為例子,今年有12位9歲學童將赴英國升讀小學,較去年多4人。

她解釋,十大知名寄宿中學如伊頓公學及溫切斯特公學等,近年競爭十分激烈,一所學校的海外學生額只佔約兩成,加上越來越多內地學生加入「戰團」,香港家長為保證學生入讀機會大增,故安排子女9歲時入讀當地小學第5級(等同香港小5程度)。

科慧學習中心創辦人 Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart表示,知名寄宿中學競爭激烈,令本地家長要提前安排送小朋友赴英國就讀寄宿小學。(胡家欣攝)

Easter Course 2017

Easter Courses – 11+/13+ English, Science and Maths, Y9 Revision Classes and Ukiset & ISEB Preparation classes.

Easter Course 2017

Three weeks of interactive and fun classes for all age groups!

Easter Courses – 11+/13+ English, Maths and Science. Y9 Revision, Writing, Speech, Winchester/Scholarship Revision, UKiset/ISEB and UK interview skills.

See which courses suit your child :

Causeway Bay  /  Jordan 

For further information about the Easter Courses, Feel free to call our Causeway Bay Centre on 2575 1761 or Jordan Centre on 2375 0088 .

Book a place for your child now and enjoy our 5% discount before Tuesday 28th February 2017!

New Class for the new semester!

Please contact us on 2575 1761 or info@brandoncentre.com for further information regarding the dates and times for your child.

On 19th August, we had a great turn-out for the UK Entrance Seminar. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents that attended and we hoped that the advice given by Dr. Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart was helpful.