Experiential Learning is an important component of student learning and personal growth at CSS. It comprises of a comprehensive and diverse programme of Co-curricular activities (CCA), Creative Week, special local or overseas study tours as well as exchange programmes with our sister school in China and other overseas schools. The following are detailed descriptions and examples of our Experiential Learning at CSS :
1. Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
CCAs are vital to the all-round development of students. They help them to acquire healthy, well-balanced lifestyle and a positive attitude to life. Every year, students are offered over 50 activities, clubs and societies for students to choose from. Students can take full advantage of these opportunities to broaden their horizons, excel in interest areas and to develop leadership skills. The school also organizes various camps and excursions to extend students' learning beyond the classroom. CCAs take place outside of class during lunchtimes and after school.
The school’s CCA programme are run under the following five domains:
Senior students, as part of their Other Learning Experiences (OLE) or Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), run their own clubs and societies where they can share their passion and hobbies with younger students.
2. Creative Week
One of our key highlights of experiential learning is the Creative Week. During spring time each year, classes would not take place for one week in the classroom but away from the normal routine. Creative Week gives students the opportunity to engage in activities in and beyond Hong Kong.
Form one students will take part in an adventurous outdoor education or overnight camp where students spend time with fellow housemates and tutors for 5 days together, participating in a range of activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and other team building games.
Students in Form two would participate in different cultural and service camps.
F3 to F5 year groups can choose to go on a wide choice of programmes in Hong Kong and overseas.
Examples but not limited to :
3. Study Tours
Study Tours are specifically organised trips to local, Mainland China and overseas destinations to learn and gain experiences in various subject areas that would enhance students’ learning.
The following are examples of study tours in recent years:
4. Student Exchange Programmes
Student Exchange Programmes are valuable and meaningful opportunities for students to learn beyond the context of our own community in Hong Kong.
As part of the Sister School Scheme, CSS is in partnership with the Hangzhou Greentown Yuhua School. Each year, CSS students attend the International Cultural Festival organised by our Sister School whilst staying with host families to experience their lifestyle there. In return students from Hangzhou would visit Hong Kong in May.
In addition, CSS as part of the Hong Kong Scotland School Improvement Partnership (HKSSIP) has established a partnership with Balerno High School in Edinburgh where we have organised students from both schools for an exchange programme.
Through these exchange programmes, CSS students would gain a unique and life-changing experiences in attending schools abroad. The widening of their horizons would also enable students to embrace the CSS Learner Attributes to become a true CSS Learner.