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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 is 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 everyday 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 partner in their child’s learning journey

Leadership Team

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Joseph San Inn FungFounding Director

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Dave McMasterHead of Education

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Kathy NuttingHead of Early Childhood Education

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Betty YauPrincipal

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Taryn ThorneSenior Manager

Staff

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Samarla Field[ Australia ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 21 years

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Wini Lam[ United Kingdom ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 9 years

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Karen Kwan[ USA ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 5 years

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Russell Boaz[ USA ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 6 years

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Namita Pant[ India ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 2 years

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Nadia Chen[ Hong Kong ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 5 years

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Mandy Yip[ Hong Kong ]Mandarin TeacherFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 10 years

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Winsy Poon[ Canada ]Education and Parent ConsultantFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 16 years

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Cynthia ChanAdministrative SupervisorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 6 years

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Catherine Lau[ Hong Kong ]Support StaffFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 1 year

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Flora Chan[ Hong Kong ]Administrative CoordinatorFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 8 years

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Yong Tse[ Hong Kong ]Support StaffFairchild Junior Academy

Working with children: 5 years

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Guo Waiping[ China ]EducatorFairchild Junior Academy & Fairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 21 years

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Lily NipSupport staffFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 2 years

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Zane Mersky[ Canada ]EducatorFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 4 years

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Anna d'Auriol[ Hong Kong ]EducatorFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 3 years

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Lilian Chen[ Hong Kong / UK ]EducatorFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 10 years

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Philo J Samuel[ Singapore ]EducatorFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 13 years

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Amanda Chen[ China ]EducatorFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 7 years

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Anthony Lee[ UK ]EducatorFairchild Kindergarten

Working with children: 5 years

Community and Educational Advisors

Ms. Chantal Gionet

  • Head of School York House School, Vancouver, BC
  • Former Vice Principal in the Toronto School District
  • Former Vice Principal of Academic Operations at Havergal College, and later 
Head of Havergal Senior School
  • Former Assistant Head of School at Pickering College, Toronto

Ms. Laura Edwards

  • Executive Director Advancement, York House School
  • School board advisor, business development, capital campaigns, annual fund strategies, and governance
  • President, Canadian Association of Independent School Advancement
  • Committee Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals

Ms. Shelley Lammie

  • Director of the Little School/Director of Academics (JK-7), York House School, Vancouver BC
  • Sessional Instructor, Simon Fraser University
  • Expert in early childhood education
  • Consultant and leader in Reggio Emilia inspired programs

Dr. Tom Matthews

  • Headmaster St. Georges School, Vancouver British Columbia
  • Former Headmaster of Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Former Director of Academics at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Department head at Upper Canada College, Toronto, Ontario & Assistant Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Ms. Deryn Lavell

  • Head of School at The Bishop Strachan School
  • International educational consultant with expertise in the building and design of 
overseas schools
  • Former Head of the Raha International School
  • Former Junior School Director of Queen Margaret's School

Ms. Mary Anne Van Acker

  • Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation at The Bishop Strachan School
  • National Program Director, CIO Association of Canada
  • Founding Board Member, eLearning Consortium Canada

Dr. Richard Man Wui Ho 何文匯

  • Chairman of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council
  • Former Chairman of the United World Colleges (IB) Scholarships Hong Kong Selection Committee
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Former Registrar, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Rickey Yada

  • Dean of University of British Columbia, Land and Food Sciences
  • Chair of University of Guelph, Food Science

Dr. Will Valley

  • Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC, Vancouver, Canada
  • Academic Director of Land Food, and Community Series, UBC

Dr. Blye Frank

  • Professor & Dean, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Dr. Wendy Carr

  • Associate Dean, Teacher Education, University of British Columbia

Adrienne Davidson

  • Director of Advancement St. Georges School, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Former Director of College Advancement, Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Former Executive Director Burlington Community Foundation, Burlington, Ontario
  • Board Member, Canadian Association of Independent Schools Advancement Professionals (CAISAP)

Mr. David Lie 李大壯

  • Former Chairman of the China Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorary Consul of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Hong Kong SAR
  • North Asia Area chair of The Young Presidents' Organisation
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Newpower International (Holdings) Co.