On Saturday 4 September, 2021, the Australian International School will celebrate 20 years of classes in the building and campus we’ve called home since 2001. The 10 storey building which offers 360° views of the surrounding district has welcomed thousands of students, teachers, parents, special guests and visitors over the years. On significant dates such as this milestone, it’s especially important that we recognise the valuable contribution of those who have dedicated their life to educating, sharing, enjoying, learning and supporting the vision from the start, which has been to offer a vibrant and nurturing Australian-based education experience in Hong Kong.
This notification received in 2002 from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects for the annual HKIA Medal of the Year 2001, paints an illustrious picture of the significance of our home in Kowloon Tong:
“This project was considered to be both an efficient and inspiring solution to a complex educational project. It is exemplary for not trying too hard for image and is marked for its honest and modest design approach, concentrating on the quality of its spaces and experiences for its students and staff. Its central theme is based on external circulation edges overlooking a sports arena, which is quintessentially Australian, but even more successful is the way the circulation spaces promote student interaction, culminating in a vertical gathering space at the fulcrum of the L-shaped plan. This school serves as a model for many projects throughout Asia where tight sites have not proved an impediment to creating special interest and diversity.”
Eloquently described by Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” As the school also celebrates it’s 26th birthday this year, we are reminded of the value of quality education and community spirit for it is foundational for a flourishing future.