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Hong Kong International School Set for Redevelopment

By Arlene Q. Vermylen

Hong Kong International School’s (HKIS) Head, Kevin Dunning, has announced that the school has received all of the necessary approvals to move forward with plans for the total redevelopment of its Lower Primary School in Repulse Bay.
The current building opened in 1975. Since then, it has served HKIS well as its primary school. Construction work on the brand new, world-class education facility on the site of the existing building will begin in June 2014, after the close of the 2013-2014 school year. HKIS anticipates that the new building will be ready for the 2017-2018 school year.
The new early childhood center will house classrooms and spaces that promote an inquiry-based approach to learning, where the building enhances child development by providing opportunities for constructing knowledge and inquiry about the world.
The building will also include a swimming pool, gymnasium, cafeteria and kitchen, 750-seat auditorium, and a residential tower of 56 faculty apartments. This important educational initiative will require a temporary relocation of Lower Primary students during the construction of the purpose-built early childhood education center.
After careful consideration and consultation with the Hong Kong Education Bureau, the school will temporarily house Lower Primary students at its Tai Tam Campus. The annex of the Middle School that currently houses school-wide Administration and a few Middle School classes will be vacated and turned into classrooms before the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Mr. Dunning said, “I am pleased to announce that HKIS has received the necessary approvals to move forward with the redevelopment of our Lower Primary building. After nearly 35 years of service, our Repulse Bay Lower Primary building that once housed the entire elementary school will make way for a state-of-the-art early childhood education center and expanded housing for our teaching staff. This is a critical step, as the school moves forward with a master facilities plan that will extend into the next decade.”

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