Australian International School Hong Kong
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|Australian International School|
AISHK Campus Entrance
3A Norfolk Road|
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
|Head of School||Mark Hemphill|
|School fees||HK$95,100 to HK$204,800 per annum (2017)|
Australian International School Hong Kong (AISHK) is a co-educational international school located in Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Founded in 1995, the school follows the New South Wales curriculum where senior students in Years 11 and 12 can either pursue the Higher School Certificate of the New South Wales Board of Studies or the IB Diploma Programme. Operating on an Australian school calendar (late January to mid December), AISHK aims to facilitate an easier transition for those entering from, or returning to, Australian or Southern Hemisphere schools or tertiary institutions. Enrollment currently stands at 1,100 students from Reception to Year 12. With 27 nationalities represented in its student body, around 72% of the student body claims Australian or New Zealand citizenship.
The school was founded to fulfill the growing demand for an Australian educational institution in Hong Kong. The school opened on 6 February 1995 and in 1999 the first group Year 10 students were awarded their NSW School Certificate. The school’s new permanent campus in Kowloon Tong opened on 4 September 2001, with student numbers growing to over 500 students that year.
AISHK is also located close to American International School Hong Kong (AIS). The building is ten stories high with facilities such as an artificially turfed sports field, a gymnasium, a multi-purpose hall, a K-12 library, an auditorium, an aquatic centre with a 25-metre swimming pool and, located on the tenth floor, a green roof.
The school follows a southern hemisphere calendar where the school year starts in February and ends in mid-December. School days are between Mondays to Fridays. Unlike other local Hong Kong schools, there are four term breaks in the academic year, usually in April, July and October.
The school operates under a house system where each student is assigned to a House. The Houses compete against each other each year in competitions to win points, in hopes of winning the House Cup at the end of the school year. The Houses are named after Australian plants: Eucalypt (green), Jacaranda (blue), Waratah (red), and Wattle (yellow).
Chinese is also taught as part of Chinese Studies to Primary students, as part of a language in Year 7–8, and as an elective in Year 8–12.
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