Testimonials

My son has been enjoying the kindergarten program at the Open Classroom immensely! It is one of his most favorite classes! He enjoys the small, interesting and topical approach classes, where he becomes active learner, inquirer and thinker. He loves writing and spelling in relevant context, and he loves the teacher, who is intelligent, creative, attentive and patient!

Program:
Kindergarten Topical

Janice

Parent of K3, Victoria

I really enjoyed learning at the Open Classroom this year for writing and SSAT prep. I learnt so much in the past few months here. One of the most useful studying tools that have been used to help me learn are the mock SSAT section tests I was given to take, which are just like the sections on the actual SSAT test. I enjoyed seeing my mock test math scores went from sub-par to slowly improving and hopefully will keep going up.  I've also really enjoyed being taught by my teacher here. She's always really kind and helpful and is always coming up with creative ways to explain difficult ideas to me. I will definitely be coming back for more courses next year.

Program:
Intensive SSAT

Sharon

G7, HKIS

The ability to inspire and influence people in a community plays a larger role in defining a leader than power or position does. This may seem fairly simple a statement, but prior to the Young Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Program, my impression of what made a leader was different. I am often put under pressure to run for leadership positions in my extracurricular activities, and for some time I thought that to demonstrate leadership in a team or club, one needs to be in a position to make all the decisions and assign all the roles. This impression, which stuck in my mind throughout the past school year, was wiped out during the two week program. By attending this program, I discovered that to be a leader in an extra-curricular activity, you donʼt need to be team captain or club president. Leaders can be ordinary members who inspire others and make positive changes and contributions to the team. This may seem like a trivial example, however I have learned that the same mentality and logic can be applied to most situations in life. Most importantly, I learned that leaders are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others.

During YLOT, I discovered aspects of my personality that I never explored before. One of the main times during the program when I was able to do this was during the talk given by one of the speakers. This talk focused on the Enneagram and the different personality types therein. I discovered that I am Personality Types 1, 3 and 6 during this engaging speech. However, in the days that followed this activity, I thought a lot about myself and my personal tendencies in relation to my personality types and established that I am predominantly Type 6, with tendencies and a thought process that are also close to that demonstrated by Type 3. I think that this speaker really helped me to consider all sides of my personality, and through this I feel I will be able to better myself in the future.
 

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Nina Mueller

G9, CDNIS

Before this program, I wasn't really sure how I could be a leader making use of my strengths, not just being someone else. I thought that only the most assertive and active ones could be the influences of others. The leadership cases and the personality discussion in this program helped me realized that everyone has his or her own unique quality to be a leader, and can come together to complete a whole. To be honest of what I really am and develop that quality to accomplish certain goals made me more confident and comfortable. When I understood more about myself and how I could contribute that to my group, the discussion between me and my team went smoother and more productive. I was excited about how our NGO project ended up quite successful, and received the recognition from the CEO and all the facilitators. After knowing more about myself, I also had more ideas to present myself confidently while honestly in college applications and interviews.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Wing Tung Wong

Gr 11, ICS

Before participating in the leadership program, I had a very vague idea of what leadership is. It appeared to me that leaders are the only ones who exceed in a particular way with the ability to rule the others. However, what I’ve learnt in the past two weeks proved me wrong. The program made me understand that true leaders are not the ones who put on masks and hide their weaknesses so they could appear perfect in front of the others. Instead, as one of our speakers Brett Hilliard referred, “Leaders should lead with a limp”, meaning that being authentic about own’s imperfections is also a crucial quality that a leader should possess. I also recognized that a leader should not be enslaved by others’ opinions but to have the ability to take in both ideas and criticisms. Furthermore, with the aid of the NGO project, I discovered both my strengths and areas for improvement, which can then act as a catalyst for my personal development in the future.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Valerie

G11, West Island

To me, this leadership program not only allowed me to work with others in the most low-risk and respectful manner possible, but also gave me an opportunity to reflect who I am as a person. Throughout the past two weeks, I have learnt that while I manage to make quality comments, I should be assertive in taking charge of situations. While this is a weakness I should work on, the numerous guest speakers convinced me that there are different forms of leadership, and that I should find the skills, techniques and strengths that best suits my form of leadership. The lessons I learnt from myself will definitely help my future career as a university student, where most of the extracurricular activity I may take part in are student-run, and will strongly require a person who is passionate, respectful while assertive at the same time. I would recommend this program to anyone, even those who feel that they are not a leader, as leaders can just be someone who can make the one but important comment that allows the whole group to reconsider their aims. Leaders can be inspirational and vocal, but they can also lead by consistency and example. If you are someone who feels uncomfortable in many situations, then Young Leaders of Tomorrow gives you the optimal, low-risk environment to start from.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Harold

Grade 12, Phillips Exeter Academy in the U.S. going to Princeton University

The Younger Leaders of Tomorrow summer program exceeds my expectation. From microfinance simulations and leadership case studies to authentic NGO projects, not only did I learn knowledge on social issues worldwide, but also acquired negotiation and communication skills. Unlike what I expected, the leadership skills I learnt are practical. I came out of it thinking how I could apply them on my daily life. This is also a refreshing and interactive course unlike the local school teaching method as students have to step into others' shoes and make difficult decisions. What I enjoyed most is the NGO project with Dialogue in Silence in which I could be involved in a social enterprise and learn how a business runs. I also appreciate that I could take part in DiS after the program to follow up with our proposal. Apart from this, I found the invited speakers and optional workshops very inspiring and useful for my future college life and career. The facilitators were really passionate and encouraging. I strongly recommend this program to students who want to succeed not only later in their academic life and career but also their dream.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Hayley

Form 4, Heep Yunn

Learning how to debate is important. If we didn't have debates during our classes, I wouldn't have known how to persuade people to agree with my point when discussing different issues.

Program:
History

Nicholas Chang

P5, DBSPD

The biggest takeaways from this class are learning new things, having new perspectives about different situations, and discussing ideas on how to solve these issues. I thought the most fun thing about the class was the ancient Greek democracy simulation in the first class.

Program:
History

Ryan Cheng

Year 7, Shatin College

The class that I enjoyed most was the one where we learnt about deviance and crime, because it was a really hard topic but I really enjoyed it. I also learnt that racism in a very hard issue to solve.

Program:
History

Cyrus Chan

Year 6, CIS