The Harbour School’s Prep & Primary Principal Christine Greenberg kicked off Day 1 with a keynote on comparing traditional and progressive outcomes in education at The Harbour School. Christine challenged the audience to consider whether their schools were progressive, and if everyone is progressive, then how do they stand out?
After the coffee break, Deputy Principal Jonathan Cox from GEMS World Academy Singapore, discussed some of the admissions challenges his school had faced and how they overcame them. Jonathan provided many practical tips for how the admissions office could work together with other departments, such as academics and finance, to set up new families for success both during the admissions process and after enrolment.
During the afternoon OpenApply team members MacKenzie Hovermale, Tom Kirby, and Steven Born led four OpenApply workshops providing hands on experience with the system for all attendees. The workshop topics included Introduction to OpenApply, Managing Re-Enrolment, Integrations, and Forms & Checklists.
Marcus Shaw, Director of Admissions at Woodstock School, wrapped up the day’s presentations with the unconference. Participants rotated through eight tables to discuss different topics, and a summary of each discussion was presented at the end. It was a great opportunity for attendees to share best practices in a loosely structured format.
Day one concluded with happy hour and dinner at Above, the rooftop bar at Ovolo Southside Hotel. This networking opportunity came with great drinks, tasty food, and a stunning view of the south side of Hong Kong Island at night.
At the end of the day, participants enjoyed drinks and desserts while making final reflections on what they learned over the past two days.