Parental Ad­vice

Reyna Har­ilela, Fiona Ko­tur Marin and He­lena Pong dis­cuss ed­u­ca­tion, schools in Hong Kong and the need to nur­ture a love for learn­ing with Jacqueline Kot

Hong Kong Tatler - - Schols Guide -

het­her it’s for a kinder­garten or a sec­ondary school, find­ing the in­sti­tu­tion that will bring out the best in their chil­dren is a vi­tally im­por­tant task that all par­ents have to tackle. Mother-of-three Reyna Har­ilela, the co-founder of public re­la­tions firm Bon­vi­vant & Bellavita, talks about her ex­pe­ri­ence with the English Schools Foun­da­tion (ESF) sys­tem. Fiona Ko­tur Marin, the founder of in­ter­na­tional hand­bag brand Ko­tur, be­lieves in en­cour­ag­ing each of her four chil­dren, all boys, to de­velop a pas­sion for some­thing that par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ests them. In turn, He­lena Pong—who es­tab­lished So­phie Kinder­garten & Nurs­ery School—shares her se­lec­tion cri­te­ria from when she was re­search­ing schools for her two girls. Choos­ingth­erightschoolisan all-con­sum­ing­pro­cess­forevery­par­ent. Cany­ousharey­our­ex­pe­ri­ence?

Rey­na­har­ilela(rh): Luck­ily, I never had to over­think this process. Our fam­ily has come from a lin­eage of sons and daugh­ters who have at­tended the same schools. My daugh­ters all went to Kowloon Ju­nior School and King Ge­orge V School (KGV) for their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. They used to at­tend school in a fam­ily bus with all their cousins. For uni­ver­sity, it was the same. My daugh­ters knew they wanted to at­tend Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­sity, just like their dad, so they worked to­wards that all by them­selves. I al­most sent Na­dia to Chel­tenham Ladies’ Col­lege when she was 11. Now Naomi, my youngest daugh­ter, is ap­ply­ing to board­ing schools in the UK

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