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Introduction

Fairchild Junior Academy is an inquiry-based early learning centre where the development of the whole child in a play-focused environment is central to everything we do. Our teaching and learning are based on the British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, Early Learning Frameworks, as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from the UK. Our teachers base their methods on the Reggio Emilia approach to facilitating learning.

Mission

Our mission is to cultivate curiosity, creativity and confidence in each child through an inquiry-based approach to learning.

Vision

Our vision is for Fairchild Junior Academy to be a place where:

  • The ‘smile index’ is high within an atmosphere of happiness
  • Children love to come to school every day and know they are valued
  • Play is integral to learning as well as social, physical and emotional growth
  • Children build confidence but remain humble
  • Risk taking and unfamiliar challenges are welcome
  • Children are inspired to be creative, curious, adventurous and inquisitive
  • Staff are passionate about children and love to be around them
  • Staff and parents support children through an inquiry-based, hands-on and engaging approach to facilitate learning
  • The environment is the third teacher after the parents and teachers
  • Children will be fully prepared to enter the best local and international school programs in Hong Kong

Guiding Principlesbased on Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach

Fairchild Junior Academy has been inspired by the fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and is committed to interpreting these ideas.

  • The child as the knowledge maker, collaborator, and communicator
  • The teacher as partner, nurturer, guide, and researcher
  • Cooperation as the foundation of the educational system
  • The classroom environment as the "third teacher"
  • The parents as our partners in their child’s learning journey

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Joseph San Inn FungFounding Director

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Taryn ThorneSenior Manager

Staff

Biography

Charlton MakDirector of Operations

Biography

Cynthia ChanAdministrative Supervisor

Working with children: 5 years

Biography

Daizy Jed Galang[ Hong Kong ]Educator

Working with children: 6 years

Biography

Frances LawBusiness and Marketing Manager

Biography

Guo Waiping[ China ]Educator

Working with children: 21 years

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Karen Kwan[ USA ]Educator

Working with children: 5 years

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Kathy NuttingHead of Early Childhood Education

Working with children: 36 years

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Lily NipSupport staff

Working with children: 4 years

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Mandy Ye[ Hong Kong ]Educator (Mandarin)

Working with children: 12 years

Biography

Namita Pant[ India ]Educator

Working with children: 6 years

Biography

Russell Boaz[ USA ]Educator

Working with children: 8 years

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Sara Poon[ Hong Kong ]Administrative Coordinator

Working with children: 5 years

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Vanessa McLaughlin[ Canada ]Educator

Working with children: 1 year

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Wini Lam[ United Kingdom ]Educator and Program Supervisor

Working with children: 9 years

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Winsy Poon[ Canada ]Education and Parent Consultant

Working with children: 16 years

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Yung Tse[ Hong Kong ]Support Staff

Working with children: 4 years

Community and Educational Advisors

Dr. Blye Frank

  • Dean, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Ms. Laura Edwards

  • Executive Director Advancement, York House School

Ms. Mary Anne Van Acker

  • Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation at The Bishop Strachan School

Dr. Richard Man Wui Ho 何文匯

  • Honorary Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Rickey Yada

  • Dean of University of British Columbia, Land and Food Sciences

Dr. Tom Matthews

  • Headmaster St. Georges School, Vancouver British Columbia

Dr. Wendy Carr

  • Associate Dean, Teacher Education, University of British Columbia

Dr. Will Valley

  • Academic Director of Land Food, and Community Series, University of British Columbia