Stamford’s co-curricular activities (CCA) program aims to enrich and supplement the education experience at Stamford. CCA's commence from Pre-Primary (Kindergarten) and are structured across two semesters to enable students to maximize the breadth of activities offered.
Stamford is delighted to offer 10 high-quality CCA's in our opening 2017/2017 academic year. All CCAs run for between 45 and 60 minutes after 3pm on weekdays. Activities offered in Semester 1 include:
1. Fencing with Olympic Coach
Taught by Hong Kong’s first and only two-time Olympic Fencer Coach Lau Kwok Kin, this activity introduces children to the basics of foil fencing through a series of activities and games, gradually building skills into a competitive training regime. Coach Kin holds more than 25 years’ experience in competitive and professional coaching in the sport, and he is experienced in developing students’ physical, technical, and tactical skills, all the while instilling confidence and enjoyment.
2. Ballet (Vaganova Method)
Learn this classical dance style through the Vaganova Ballet Method, a world-renowned ballet teaching method established in 1738. Led by highly experienced teachers from the Russian Ballet School, this CCA’s training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Students in this CCA will enjoy stretching exercises, technical skill training on the bar and performance preparation.
Pre-Primary to Grade 3 students will focus on developing coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality. Students in Grades 4 to 7 will focus on building their dance vocabulary and memory of steps, combinations and performance pieces. All students will be eligible to participate in the CID (International Dance Council, UNESCO). Russian Ballet School Limited will also provide certificates of attendance when students reach 150 hours of instruction.
3. First Code Academy
"Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think." – Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple
Put on your analytical and creative thinking caps on for our coding CCA, led by the experts from First Code Academy. Pre-Primary to Grade 3 students will develop their own animated stories and multimedia games using Scratch, a block-based programming tool developed by the MIT Media Lab. Designed for young imaginative minds, children will get hands-on experience with programming their own ideas while learning key computer science concepts such as sequences, loops, conditionals and abstraction.
Students from Grade 4 to Grade 7 will learn problem solving through technology. From introducing fundamental computer science concepts, applying DesignThinking process to utilizing AppInventor as a language, this CCA guides students to apply problem solving skills to their daily lives. Students will receive personal guidance from professionally trained instructors from First Code Academy in thinking through algorithms, decomposing problems and formulating multiple solutions.
Stamford’s Innovation CCA will inspire, engage and allow every child to use their imagination and turn their vision into reality. We challenge students to ask questions, make observations and gather information about a situation that could be forecasted in the future that can be solved through new ways of thinking. Get hands-on experience in turning your ideas into reality by planning and carrying out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Explore the wonders of science, programming and technology through robotics. Children in this CCA will enjoy brainstorming, building and experimenting with amazing robots, including Bee-Bot and Stamford’s own amazing Leo (Nao Robot)!
Flip, twist, tumble and somersault! Who doesn't like to see their child be active, confident and healthy? Stamford’s gymnastics CCA teaches children physical literacy, a combination of fundamental movement patterns and foundational sports skills. Strength and flexibility training is included as well as hand-eye and foot-eye coordination while having as much fun as possible.
With these skills, children will have a strong foundation to explore and enjoy different sports and physical activities, keeping them active and healthy for life. Gymnastics also helps develop social skills and teaches teamwork – all essential in succeeding in and out the gym.
This comprehensive soccer CCA program aims to motivate and develop the skills of young soccer players through a unique training and education methodology supervised by a professional team led by MWM Sports. The CCA will introduce students to key skills of the sport including dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. As students’ technique progresses, they will be trained to enjoy small sided competitive games.
For children with a passion for singing and music, Stamford’s choir CCA aims to develop students’ skills in the following areas: vocal and breathing technique, ensemble work, performance, musical appreciation, artistic expression and style, movement and stage presence.
9. Drama Workshops with Faust
Led by the performing arts experts from Faust International Youth Theatre, this CCA is designed to build children’s creativity, confidence, character development and communication through games, improvisation, storytelling, acting and movement.
For younger ones, we provide a safe and creative environment for your child to develop their imagination and explore their dramatic potential while improving listening skills, language and speech, coordination and confidence using a combination of singing, movement, storytelling and dramatic play. Older students will have the opportunity to learn acting, theater and communication skills while extending dramatic potential, self-expression and confidence. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a fully costumed play.
10. Impressionist Art
Be inspired by some of history’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Vincent Van Gogh to name a few – and learn the techniques of impressionist art. Impressionist art, popularized in the 19th century, is characterized by small strokes of vibrant colors and a focus on outdoor imagery. At the end of the program, students will proudly display their masterpieces with a gallery opening.
Our basketball CCA gives children the opportunity to develop and perfect their dribbling, passing and shooting skills. Not only will students learn the importance of teamwork and the fundamentals of basketball, but they will also develop a better understanding of the game and grow their self-confidence on the court.