[Head of School] Final Farewell

Well, we have finally made it to the end of what has been an unbelievable year. Words cannot adequately express what we have all experienced this year; however, I think we have much to be proud of as a school. So much has been already written about the challenges of 2020 as we have had some many unforeseen obstacles thrown at us, but each time we have just dealt with the situation in front of us and got on with things in true Aussie fashion. In many ways we’ve just rolled with the punches and made the best of seemingly insurmountable problems. I believe that given all we have experienced what we have achieved is quite phenomenal.

It is a bitter sweet feeling to be leaving AISHK. On the one hand I will miss the AISHK students enormously as I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them every single day but on the other hand I am excited about returning to my family and hopefully living a more normal life in Sydney. Although the last 18 months have been filled with many challenges it has been my privilege to lead this excellent school. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be the Head of School for the past three years. I know that I am returning to Sydney as a far better educator than I was when I arrived and I have a whole new skill set in managing a variety of crises! Hopefully I won’t have to use any of these new skills any time soon!

Thank you for sharing your amazing children with me every day. I have worked in seven very different schools across the world but honestly the AISHK students are the very best students I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I leave with wonderful memories of my three years at AISHK, thanks to the students. I have also thoroughly enjoyed living in Hong Kong as it truly is one of the most amazing cities in the world. I will never forget the many adventures I have had, especially the incredible running trails across HK. I have taken every opportunity I could to explore as much of Hong Kong as possible and I leave with a great love for the city.

I wish you all a joyous Christmas and hope that you will be able to celebrate this special season with family and friends. For those families leaving Hong Kong I wish you safe travels and the best of luck with your new adventures. For those families remaining in Hong Kong I hope that 2021 is a calmer, more peaceful and less disruptive year for you all.

Thank you for an unforgettable three years. It has been my absolute pleasure to be the Head of School as it has been the highlight of my career so far. I wish the School and its community continued success in the years to come. I wish you all the very best and hope that our paths may cross some time again in the future.

Mark Hemphill | Head of School