We spoke to Invictus School Hong Kong’s newly appointed Principal and Head of School, Ms Julia Woo, about her passion for delivering the highest quality education and her exceptional vision for the school.
Have you ever thought about the impact that a strong school leader can have in enriching your child’s education? Ms Julia Woo has recently been appointed as the Principal and Head of School of Invictus Hong Kong, bringing with her a wealth of experience in leading one of the world’s best school systems, Singapore. With a profound passion for providing high-quality education, she lets us in on her vision and how she plans to take Invictus Hong Kong to new heights.
From Singapore’s Ministry Of Education To Invictus School Hong Kong
Ms Julia Woo started her career in the Singapore school system, working her way up from teacher to Principal where she headed two schools, before joining the Ministry of Education as a Cluster Superintendent. Although she has been an educator for most of her life, in her youth she had dreams of travelling the world. Passionate about helping people, she pursued a degree in social work which equipped her with the skills needed to go that extra mile for her students.
Today, as Principal and Head of School at Invictus School Hong Kong, she proudly recounts the numerous ways in which she has helped shape the lives of her students throughout her career.
“Being a school principal is the best part of my career. Not only am I in a position to positively impact students, but my decisions also affect parents and teachers. And that is very exciting for me.”
Encouraging Discipline Through Building Self-Worth
Ms Woo is no stranger to expecting discipline from her students but perhaps not in the ways you may think. During her time as a Principal in Singapore, she worked with students who came from disadvantaged backgrounds. To encourage discipline, she would first help these students discover a sense of security by providing them with a safe educational space. She says it best herself:
“When there is no discipline in the classroom, there is no productivity. The only way to reverse this is to make students feel like they’re being valued and cared for. This increases their self-worth and makes them want to succeed”
The Way Forward For Invictus School Hong Kong
Invictus School Hong Kong is an inclusive international school that offers high-quality and affordable all-through international education from Kindergarten up to Year 13. Open to local and international families, its secondary school campus in Chai Wan is where Ms Woo spends most of her working hours. Since its inception, Invictus School has aimed to deliver a quality international Cambridge curriculum with reasonable fees. The annual school fees for Invictus Secondary School start at $123,600 per year.
For Years 7 to 9, the school offers the Cambridge Lower Secondary curriculum which provides a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. In Years 10 and 11, students prepare for the IGCSE exams, with subjects including English Literature, Mandarin, Physics, Chemistry, Business, Mathematics, History, Music and more. In Years 12 and 13, they prepare to take the Cambridge International A-Levels, which they can use to apply to universities globally. Beyond academics, Invictus has a holistic approach to students’ development, providing them with facilities to advance their skills and talent in sports, music and art.
But the learning doesn’t end there. Alongside academics, Ms Woo aspires to motivate her students, help them set ambitious goals and realise their potential. She says:
“Academics matter, but what students need is to be equipped with 21st-century competencies such as learning how to be flexible, adaptable, working as a team, embracing diversity, overcoming challenges and having a solution mindset. If they come to Invictus, they deserve this.”
In line with Ms Woo’s vision, the school has several student programs in the works including a student exchange experience with other Invictus campuses around Asia, exploring the journeys of corporations, university visits for senior students and more. Through these programs, the school aims to widen students’ perspectives, as well as provide them with real-world experience that aligns with their passions.
Personalised School Tour At Invictus School Hong Kong
Meet Ms Julia Woo and Vice Principal of Invictus Raymond Lee in person at Invictus Primary School’s Open Day on Saturday, 25 March 2023 from 10am to 12:30pm where you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience teacher-led science, art and music-themed activities. Book your spot today!