The Development Stage is a significant five-year stage in the eleven-year curriculum. The main purpose is to foster and strengthen students’ abilities for life-long learning, to enable students to discover and develop their strengths and to prepare them for pre-university studies. The areas of study will include: Languages, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Information Technology, Art, Music, Media, Family Life Education, Religious Studies and Physical/Health Education. In these areas, students grasp related knowledge, cultivate different skills, acquire broad perspectives and establish the right value systems.
Learning and teaching will frequently take place outside classrooms. This includes field trips as well as overseas study trips during long holidays open for students to participate. The course of study is more demanding at this stage. Some learning and teaching materials will be stored electronically for students’ easy access, downloading and exchange. Working on different projects and assignments will help students handle pressure and learn time-management skills. Group-based studies and projects will require students to collaborate with team-mates, and to report their progress to teachers. The school will also provide opportunities for students to perform in public. Through their participation in debates, public speaking, choral speaking, dancing, musical performances and theatrical performances, students will acquire confidence in front of audience. Besides, the school will encourage students to take part in various public contests so that they can accumulate experiences and have their horizons broadened.