We’re proud to call Hong Kong our home
At Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong (NAIS, HK) we are proud to be a part of the Hong Kong community and to call this bustling city home. Apart from helping Hong Kong build its leadership position in the field of education, our School strives to contribute to the local community in a responsible way by providing substantial public benefits. This is accomplished in three ways: by our fundraising and outreach efforts together with various charities and organisations, through our world-class facilities which are publicly accessible outside of school hours, free of charge, and finally through our extensive efforts to train local teachers through workshops and supervised guidance.
Raising funds and awareness through charity work
Each year, our fundraising efforts support both UNICEF and four Hong Kong charities: the Heep Hong Society, Feeding Hong Kong, Changing Young Lives and Bring Me a Book. To date, over a quarter of a million dollars have been cumulatively given to these local charities in addition to the donation of school equipment and materials. We are working closely with UNICEF as our main international charity, and the UNICEF Global Goals permeate the life of the School and inspire positive action among our students to make the world a better place for all. Even more important than our efforts to raise money is how the School inspires students to become deeply involved with local and global outreach. We raise our student’s social conscious so they care about the world around them and the people in it, and teach them to research, develop and debate solutions to challenges facing society. By doing so, our students are given a voice on the world’s stage to impact and make change on the issues that they value.
Open and free facilities for all
NAIS, HK is made up of world-class facilities spread across three campuses. The School’s Primary and Secondary Campus is located in Lam Tin in south-eastern Kowloon. This campus was completely transformed from a derelict government building and, based on a promise to the Government, actively plays a role in enhancing the provision of education in Hong Kong. The campus’s school facilities are available outside of school hours and on weekends for use by the local community, free of charge. This includes use of the swimming pool, sports hall, meeting rooms, classrooms and our makerspace (a fun and interactive environment for design and technology). Many residents’ groups in the local community regularly use these school facilities for free.
Training the teachers of tomorrow
Through our ‘Local Teacher Training’ programme — established through a commitment with the Education Bureau of Hong Kong — we offer comprehensive training to more than 250 local teachers and Education Bureau staff each year. The programme is led by Nord Anglia professionals at the School for teachers-in-training at the university as well as active professionals. Some of the topics of the free workshops include collaborative teaching and learning, classroom management, reading skills and Early Years foundational learning, among others. Since the start of this programme, we have trained more than 900 local teachers. In fact, NAIS HK is the first and only international school in Hong Kong to offer this to the local community.
Other examples of outreach the school does with the local community have included hosting a lunch with the Salvation Army for 150 people living in poverty. During the Mid-Autumn festival, students distributed more than 800 mooncakes to local elderly people and entertained them with a musical show. From time to time, concerts are also staged in the local community free of charge.
Overall, NAIS HK is ambitious about positively impacting our community and encouraging students to make outreach a bigger part of their lives. By joining hands, we can continue to add even greater value and ensure that we make a difference to the community we serve.