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WELCOME TO BLOOM KKCA ACADEMY

Our school is built with an eye toward the future. Founded by educators, entrepreneurs, and engineers, Bloom KKCA Academy provides an innovative G1-6 bilingual, project-based education.

From a NASA engineer to a reading specialist with more than 1,000 hours of training, our teachers are what make Bloom special.

CARE, THINK, ACT

Care, Think, Act is our education model that addresses our students' holistic development: their wellbeing, positive mindsets, disciplinary thinking, and engagement with the community.

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CARE

At Bloom KKCA Academy, we embed positive education into every aspect of the school. Through our daily campfires, where character and positive education are taught explicitly, students learn to take care of themselves and those around them. Our project-based curriculum also asks students to engage deeply with, and thereby care for, their community and the world around them.

At Bloom KKCA Academy, we embed positive education into every aspect of the school. Through daily campfires, where character and positive education are taught, students learn to take care of themselves and others.

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THINK

A key pillar of our curriculum is the cultivation of mindsets: growth mindset, creative mindset, entrepreneurial mindset, and sustainability mindset.

Instead of viewing knowledge as subjects, a mere collection of dates, actors, formulas and facts, our students engage in disciplinary learning where they learn to think like a mathematician, artist, engineer, or historian. This gives them diverse ways to make sense of the world and many ways to solve problems and apply knowledge.

Our students engage in disciplinary learning where they learn to think like an artist, engineer, or historian. They also cultivate their growth mindset, creative mindset, entrepreneurial mindset, and sustainability mindset.

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ACT

Our school’s bias for action comes through the service that students take on for their community and our incorporation of project-based learning at every grade level. In grade 2, for example, students collect and analyze their own data of temperature and humidity to study the natural world using the scientific engineering method.

Our school’s bias for action comes through the service students take on for their community and our incorporation of project-based learning at every grade level. Students learn by creating real-world products with impact.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach to education is to look past conventional expectations to attend to the child in front of us, the whole child, full of unique potential.

Our bilingual curriculum (Mandarin and English) combines a project-based approach with research-based, academically rigorous programs.

Our curriculum design is based on research about human development and the most progressive and successful programs in the world. We orient our curriculum and teaching approach to maximizing engagement - not teaching to a test or a rubric. We sow the seeds of a lifetime of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, nurture respect for the past and enthusiasm for the future, and develop the habits of mind and learning capacity that are the hallmarks of an excellent 21st-century education.

Education should be inherently positive, yet unfortunately, schools often lose sight of the real reason they exist – the students. Through explicit and implicit focus on Positive Education, we aim to build on and enhance each child’s strengths and create a community of compassionate learners. Daily campfires in primary as well as low student-teacher ratios allow us to focus on the whole child.

“Innovation" is far more than adding technology. We teach innovation as a commitment to see possibilities through to realities, to imagine beyond the status quo and create fresh value. Our project-based learning modules in primary encourage students to gain enduring competencies and the disposition to embrace the open-ended nature of design problems. We take risks, learn from mistakes, and have the discipline to reflect and improve – together.

OUR APPROACH

Our bilingual curriculum (Mandarin and English) combines a project-based approach with research-based, academically rigorous programs.

Our curriculum design is based on research about human development and the most progressive and successful programs in the world. We orient our curriculum and teaching approach to maximizing engagement - not teaching to a test or a rubric. We sow the seeds of a lifetime of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, nurture respect for the past and enthusiasm for the future, and develop the habits of mind and learning capacity that are the hallmarks of an excellent 21st-century education.

Education should be inherently positive, yet unfortunately, schools often lose sight of the real reason they exist – the students. Through explicit and implicit focus on Positive Education, we aim to build on and enhance each child’s strengths and create a community of compassionate learners. Daily campfires in primary as well as low student-teacher ratios allow us to focus on the whole child.

“Innovation" is far more than adding technology. We teach innovation as a commitment to see possibilities through to realities, to imagine beyond the status quo and create fresh value. Our project-based learning modules in primary encourage students to gain enduring competencies and the disposition to embrace the open-ended nature of design problems. We take risks, learn from mistakes, and have the discipline to reflect and improve – together.

OUR TEAM

Our founding team shares an intense passion for changing the way education prepares students for the future. We have led academic programs at top local and international schools on five continents, and we are excited to bring those diverse perspectives to building Bloom KKCA Academy.

Our founding team shares an intense passion for changing the way education prepares students for the future. Together, we have decades of experience leading academic programs on five continents.

Renée Boey

Founder and Head of School

Renée has pioneered innovative learning and entrepreneurship education in Hong Kong for the past decade. She founded Baker and Bloom, a K-12 organization that fosters creativity and helps students achieve academic and admissions success. Renee holds a BA in English from Harvard, an MPhil from Cambridge, and a PGDE from HKU. Before launching Bloom Academy, Renee completed training at Harvard's The Principals’ Center.

Yvette Ho

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Yvette has always been committed to transforming young lives. She has served on numerous charity and school boards, including Diocesan Girls’ School (Council Member and PTA Chairman) and Changing Young Lives Foundation (Vice Chairman). Yvette graduated from Brown University and serves on its President’s Leadership Council. She is an honorary fellow of Oxford University St. Hugh’s College.

Mei Chen

Head Advisor of STEM and ECS Program

Mei Chen is an accomplished scientist and engineer who has over a decade of industry experience at Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. Mei is also a Google Certified Educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. She completed her BS in Computer Science at UCLA and MA in Software Engineering & Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Erica Lee

Primary Coordinator

Erica is a Forest School Leader passionate about the benefits of outdoor education. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2002, she has taught both in international and local schools. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Ulster, BA in Psychology and Drama from Hofstra University, a PGDE from HKU, and a Master of Education in Early Childhood from EdUHK.

Joyce Cowden

Director of Admissions and Marketing

As someone who brings a balanced outlook to life, Joyce appreciates Bloom’s unique bilingual, global, and holistic approach to education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. After starting her career as a Management Consultant working with Fortune 500 companies in South East Asia, she was drawn to education and chose to enter the field by working at Battelle for Kids, a US-based non-profit organization that helps education leaders and teachers transform school systems and improve learning outcomes for students. Joyce helped teachers in Hong Kong apply Assessment for Learning strategies to set learning objectives, offer timely feedback and use assessment data to inform instruction in classroom. She worked with over 2,000 teachers and principals from primary, secondary and special education schools in Hong Kong.

Joyce’s passion for working with young people and expanding their opportunities led her to become the Head of University Abroad Programs in EF (Education First). She and her team helped hundreds of students and their families every year from Hong Kong to make decisions about which international pathways were suited for them individually and supported their learning placements overseas.

Joyce later joined Modern Teaching Aids (MTA), a leading Australian educational resource provider, as their sole representative in Hong Kong. Within two years, Joyce helped over 400 local, private and international schools source suitable furniture and resources for their campuses. Joyce worked closely with different principals and curriculum teams to facilitate flexible learning environments and identify educational resources to enable best practices for 21st-century teaching and learning. She then worked for K11 Concepts Limited, a leading conglomerate in Hong Kong, to start an educational resource department with a similar purpose.

Joyce embraces Bloom’s future-centered vision for cultivating positive innovators. She believes Bloom’s creative, bilingual approach is particularly timely for students in this period of rapid change. She hopes to contribute to the community by helping more families learn about Bloom and by adding more like-minded parents who seek sincerity, quality, and innovation in their children’s education.

Outside of work, Joyce loves exercise, travel and sharing her optimistic outlook with her all those around her, including her two-year-old daughter.

Peilin Lee

Head of Chinese

Peilin Lee has been in the field of language education in Taiwan, Canada, and Hong Kong for more than 25 years. She has a MA in Applied Linguistics from Birmingham University, and a PGCE in Chinese Education from Sunderland University, UK. In 2007 to 2017, Peilin was the managing director of Jumpstart Mandarin Learning Centre, one of the established Mandarin language centres teaching non-Chinese background children in Hong Kong.

Being a strong believer of Tasked-Based Learning, Peilin always strives to create a hands-on and learner-centred environment based on the students’ needs analysis. She works together with the students in setting the learning outcomes, and facilitates every step on their journey towards the pre-set goals. Peilin has many years of experience in teacher development and curriculum design. Her strengths lie in the ability of combining both the traditional and innovative methods in language teaching and learning.

Prior to joining Bloom KKCA Academy, Peilin worked as the Secondary Chinese Teacher at Victoria Shanghai Academy. She taught IB Chinese Language and Literature to Middle Year students (age 11-15). Peilin is a published and award-winning poet in from Taiwan. She founded the Modern Chinese Poetry Society at Victoria Shanghai Academy, and contributes continuously to various literature journals in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia.

THE CITY AS OUR CAMPUS

Our campus extends far beyond the classroom. Our students embark on weekly excursions, from visits to organic farms to tours of start-ups at CoCoon and Science Park. These regular interactions with the community allow for positive values to be translated into caring actions.

Our campus extends far beyond the classroom. Our students embark on weekly excursions, from visiting organic farms to innovative start-ups.

 

GET IN TOUCH AND LEARN MORE

We are accepting applications for our primary program on a rolling basis. To learn more, please fill out the form, and we’ll be in touch soon. You’re also welcome to us at admissions@bloom.edu.hk.

Upcoming info sessions:

Thursday, September 29th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm (Cantonese)

Thursday, October 6th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm (English)


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