The Parent, Teacher and Community Organisation (PTCO) helps co-ordinate many volunteer groups working to support school spirit, classroom activities and school fundraising. A brief explanation of these can be found below.
The hkaSHOP sells school uniforms, sport kit and spirit wear. Shop volunteers provide a friendly face to the whole school community and play a key role in welcoming new families, as they are often some of the first HKA parents a new family meets when joining the school. Volunteers hang and replenish the stock, help with questions about sizing or fit, help with the till and ensure that all our students uniform needs are fulfilled. The campus hkaSHOP is open for approximately 2 hours a day, 5 days a week and is also available online.
Lost and Found and Recycled Uniforms
HKA provides cabinets for Lost and Found items and for Recycled Uniforms. The cabinets are located at the bottom of the staircase near the UG Cafe. Items left behind on campus are collected from around the school and placed in one of these cabinets with hopes of being reunited with their owners. The Recycled Uniforms cabinet holds uniforms that have been donated by families. In keeping with the school’s commitment to sustainability, all are welcome to drop-off uniform items in good condition and/or take uniform items as needed. Volunteers working on these efforts keep the cabinets tidy day to day and also help out on key dates, such as the twice-yearly PTS conferences, to put Lost and Found items out on tables for easy identification and pick-up. Volunteers also help with the distribution of uncollected items to local charities.
Parent volunteers support the smooth and efficient operations of the Primary and Secondary School libraries, taking on many routine tasks in order to free up the librarians to work and interact with the students. Tasks include shelving returned items, covering books, straightening shelves. The library offers a flexible schedule, with volunteers choosing either a morning or afternoon time slot, every other week.
We have new families joining our school throughout the year with main intake being in August. Our buddies help to orient interested incoming parents whilst our school programmes take care of the new students. Click here to find out more about our Buddy Parent Programme.
The social committee organises social events on a regular basis which promote community spirit and build friendship networks. The committee organises outings such as walking and shopping tours as well as charitable and cultural experiences. There are regular coffee mornings with the upcoming social events schedule posted in our weekly hkaNEWS and on the 'HKA Community' Facebook private group.
Weekend sports is a free programme facilitated by HKA parent and staff coaches on Saturday mornings. Students from Grades 4 - 12 are invited to sign up for a variety of sports and gain valuable team skills whilst staying active and having fun.
School Sports Teams
HKA students represent the school both in Hong Kong and broad with their participation in a wide range of sports. Volunteers help out with coaching, chaperoning, logistics and food and work closely with Weekend Sports as well.
The annual staff appreciation lunch is a tradition which was initiated by parents many years ago on the Stubbs Road campus. The event, which features a potluck buffet and a gift for each faculty and staff member, is an expression of appreciation and gratitude from the parent community to the staff for everything that they do for our students. Volunteers transform the gymnasium into a dining room filled with home made dishes donated by HKA families and source the annual gift.
The Community Fair is a long-standing and beloved school event where we share food from our home countries, participate in various activities and enjoy cultural performances. Families contribute homemade dishes and serve these to the community from their country tables. Parents volunteer by contributing their organisational talent to help with overall event preparation as well others to act as country co-ordinators. Volunteers also assist with cultural acts, sports games, arts and crafts and/or any special performances.
Each Primary School class and each Secondary School grade level has 2 class/grade parents who co-ordinate social activities for parents in that class or grade and who support specific Primary School class needs as defined by the teachers e.g., co-ordination of field trip chaperoning. In addition, class/grade parents support the Buddy Programme that introduces new families to HKA and, depending on the class, they help with end of year class gifts.
The Panda Club makes Mandarin a living language through twice monthly activity sessions delivered during student break periods. Volunteers are welcome regardless of Mandarin language ability.
The sustainability committee is a team of HKA staff and parents who meet on a monthly basis to support the school sustainability mission. Sustainability was foundational when we built our school and continues to inform how we operate and educate. If you have ideas to table at these meetings, please submit them to our online suggestion box.
HKA’s organic garden is a part of the Primary School curriculum and is supported by parent volunteers. Garden volunteers help on a weekly basis or as their schedule allows. Their role is to support the students in their exploration of nature and the plant life cycle. Produce from the garden goes directly to the cafeteria as part of our ‘farm to fork’ initiative.
The Gala is an exciting social and fundraising occasion on the HKA calendar that is typically held in spring. The Gala Committee drives all aspects of the event including venue liaison and logistics, the event’s look and feel, silent/live auction and music/entertainment. The committee generally forms early in the school year with different and draws upon a broad set of volunteer skills throughout the year.
HKA’s highly popular Sign-Up Scene is a series of pop-up events donated by community members. From poker nights, to dinners, to parent and child yoga sessions, the Sign-Up Scene offers something for everyone. If you have a skill or passion which you would like to share with the community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual golf tournament raises funds for our Learner Support programme. Golfers of all abilities get together to play at Clearwater Bay Golf Club, one of the most beautiful courses in Hong Kong. Parents support the event by playing as individuals or teams and by bringing friends and colleagues along. Parents and friends of HKA also contribute bby donating prizes for the Mulligan Draw and for a variety of winning categories.
Community Yard Sale
The Community Yard Sale is an opportunity to spring clean and donate goods which are sold to generate funds for student social impact projects and for HKA’s Scholarship Programme. This event has a strong sustainability element with glass and electrical appliance recycling available. Charitable partners benefit from receiving donations of goods at the end of the event as well as from associated student driven social impact projects. Parent volunteers lead all aspects of this important effort, including preparation and delivery of the event in partnership with the school operations team and our students.
HKA movie nights are an opportunity for us to get together and enjoy the magic of the big screen. Do you have an idea for a community wide movie event or would you simply like to host a birthday party? We can host movies in a variety of venues around the campus and encourage you to bring your proposals big or small.