What are people saying about Wilderness?
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US
Dear Wilderness team,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Wilderness community for being Maya’s rock since she was 8 months old! You have provided her with safety, love and care throughout her years with you, which is why she loves waking up and going to school EVERY morning. The things she has learned, while being part of your community, are life skills which she will remember forever. I like to use the word, community not school, because that’s how it makes us all feel – being part of something truly great and inspiring. Whenever a parent asks me why I chose Wilderness, why do I think it’s so great, I share this story:
“Maya came home one afternoon tired and grumpy. She was getting agitated because she had to sit at the table while she was eating. All of a sudden, I noticed she was doing something with her fingers and closing her eyes. Coby and I looked at each other in confusion. When she opened her eyes, I asked her what she was doing. She explained that Ms. Amelia has taught them how to take relaxing breaths by swaying their index fingers over their others’ hand fingers. She showed us and we were both amazed”.
Forget about letters and numbers, self-regulation and meditation is something we try to achieve as adults, and yet, here was my 3 year old practicing something we struggle with every day!
Words can not describe how much we will all miss Wilderness. Thank you again for all your support and dedication.
The Reynolds Family-Natasha, Coby, Maya and Harris
All my friends who had been through it had warned me of the drama to come as I handed my son off on his first day of kindergarten. I had mentally prepared myself for a month long of crying and protests. He did not cry once and this may say something about my brave little boy but perhaps says even more about Wilderness. What a wonderful place to start one's school journey. The teachers are amazing and the campus is an absolute luxury. An abundance of fresh air, bountiful light, and lots of dirt; these are true luxuries in Hong Kong. - The Liu Family
I want to thank you again for the last few years and the care and nurturing Ms. Zoe and Ms. Amelia have given Taj. He loves going to school and even asks to go on Saturday. Wilderness is a very unique school in Hong Kong! The outdoor space, the focus on exploration, and play-based learning is really what preschool education should be about! - Jenna McKee
“Wilderness is not only a fantastic kindergarten but a wonderful home away from home for children. Our son joined before he could walk and is about to finish his journey as he moves into his Primary education. We could not thank Wilderness more for the nurturing, caring and loving environment they have created - from the beautiful campus and facilities to the incredible staff who have looked after him, it will always be a very special place to us. Our son’s teachers have always been warm and inviting and supported him through every stage of his young life. Watching him grow from a baby into this young pre-schooler has been such a joy, thanks to all he has learned here. Wilderness is a wonderful community to be a part of and I couldn’t recommend it more. “ - Anthea and Graham
“We discovered Wilderness through recommendations from a couple of close friends and the moment we entered we knew it was a very special school. The classrooms all have large windows to allow natural light to enter. The toys and activities are all done using natural items such as wood, seeds, rocks, plants, water which enhance the brains natural learning. The founder, headmistress and teachers are all passionate about growing kids emotionally as well as artistically and intellectually. A very special and unique part of this school is the outdoor garden which allows the kids to hear the birds, play in the sandpit, water the plants, challenge themselves with obstacle courses and indulge in lots of messy fun play. Kids thrive in this rich environment. I cannot recommend this school enough. It has everything that I believe so many Hong Kong schools are lacking. It really is a little gem and a much needed shift in how our kids are nurtured and educated. “ - Tanja
"For the past year my son Matthew has had a wonderful opportunity to grow, learn and develop in what I think is Hong Kong's best kindergarten - Wilderness.
Wilderness has enlighten our entire family on how a high quality educational experience impacts on a child's entire life. Thank you Wilderness!" - Alex & Jasmine
"Wilderness is a very special place, we joined in January 2017, when it first opened its doors, the vision and focus was exactly what I wanted for my daughter's first learning experience. It is a real unique find in Hong Kong, with stunning open space and light, natural and earthy furniture and toys it is a calm and welcoming environment. The addition of such a fun outdoor space is just invaluable in Hong Kong. One of the most wonderful aspects of Wilderness is that the children have the freedom to move around from the garden, to the imagination room, painting room to classroom, which allows them to have a varied experience each time they come. My daughter has enjoyed learning baking skills, tackling obstacle courses, building sandcastles, watering plants, and so much more. The interaction between children and the teachers is amazing - all of whom at Wilderness are exceptionally friendly, caring and excellent at engaging with all the children. My daughter leaves every class happy and wanting to stay for more!" -Paula
“We are so happy that we have enrolled our son at Wilderness Kindergarten. As soon as you enter you are greeted by such friendly, engaging, and nurturing educators. They take the time to know each child and their families. Every day we hear stories and are given detailed feedback about the fun, adventures and learning that he has experienced; reinforced by photos and the newsletters. Wilderness Kindergarten addresses the educational needs of each child as well as their emotional and social well-being. The children participate in activities that encourage them to engage, socialise and analyse the world around them, enriching their lives and forming a love of learning. Wilderness promotes a wonderful community spirit in a beautiful natural setting.” – Sally
“Wilderness, is a preschool which utilises the rich teaching opportunities and discoveries of nature with a strong emphasis on the Reggio Emilia approach. The classrooms are both indoors and outdoors, allowing students to explore, play and apply early concepts in math, literacy, science and ecology. Students also participate in yoga, cooking, Mandarin, and various forms of artistic expression. Great mixture of nurture and challenge. In my opinion, a very special school, whose founder, exhibits, sincere and genuine passion for a child’s emotional, social and academic well-being. “ – Anne Murphy, Director, ITS Education Asia (School Advisory Services)
“When looking for a preschool for our son, we had three priorities. Healthy, messy outdoor play; an internationally renown educational approach supporting creativity and experimentation; and warm, supportive teachers able to stimulate and encourage our son. We found this and more at Wilderness; a true gem – a kindergarten with a lovely home feel where children can grow plants, play in the sandpit, and bake in the kitchen overlooking the garden; alongside state-of-the-art learning resources, a beautiful, light-filled environment, and energetic, highly knowledgeable staff who seem to always be setting up yet another interesting learning opportunity for the children. We could not feel luckier to have found this little oasis in Hong Kong”~ The Orlando Family
I simply love Wilderness for my twin girls Emelia and Sienna! The teachers are incredible and highly knowledgable, the centre is is full of natural light and I love the use of natural resources instead of plastics. The whole kindergarten is enhanced with plants and herbs in a beautiful sunny outdoor school yard for play, sports and gardening. We just love it! The development in Emelia and Sienna since coming to Wilderness has been outstanding and each day there are new activities and adventures for them to be immersed in.
Truly Hong Kong’s best environment for young children. ~ Tessa Matthews
From Chrysalis, to Butterflies and onto his first unaccompanied class with Wilderkids, our son has absolutely adored every moment he’s ever spent at Wilderness. This is a safe, nurturing & happy environment, where children are encouraged to be curious and to learn through creativity & play.
Classes are joyful & inclusive for children, parents & caregivers alike, offering an indoors/ outdoors space for little explorers to enjoy. We thank the outstanding staff for making our first playgroup experience a truly wonderful one! Afsha Horton-Clarke
Wilderness is wonderful kindergarten where my two sons are able to thrive in an environment that promotes play based learning, offers a safe place to explore and express themselves and the teachers truly know how to nurture their interests! I honestly can’t recommend them enough! - An, Liam and Noah