HKIS 50th Anniversary Celebrations
The Hong Kong International School (HKIS) 50th anniversary celebration week began with a worship service at Church of All Nations on Sunday, May 21 and culminated with the annual ball on Saturday, May 27. Throughout the week, there were a number of events for students and alumni as well as current and former faculty members. Two of the events most connected with Christ centered learning and connections with the ALEA network were the celebration of the James A. Handrich Service Learning Endowment Fund and the farewell celebration at Church of All Nations.
James A. Handrich Service Learning Endowment Fund
On Tuesday, May 23, more than 50 current and former faculty and alumni gathered to learn more about the James A. Handrich Service Learning Endowment Fund. The endowment fund was established in honor of Handrich’s retirement after 24 years of service at HKIS in June 2007.
To be awarded with funds from the endowment, HKIS student or club projects must exemplify the HKIS student learning results of “self-motivated learning” and “contributing to society.” HKIS alumni, Brittany Fried and Caroline Scown, shared about the continued impact of the “Teaching for Empowerment” curriculum they compiled three years ago with funding they received from the endowment. The curriculum is still used in the partnership with HKIS and Concordia Higher Secondary School in Ambur and Pernambut, India as well as other ALEA partner organizations. Ms. Fried and Ms. Scown are continuing to develop the curriculum and hope to have it fully online in the near future. To read more about the how the curriculum has been used in ALEA partner schools, click here.
Chapel Farewell Celebration at Church of All Nations
On Friday, May 26 a farewell celebration was held at the Church of All Nations chapel on the HKIS upper primary school campus. Many of the Church of All Nations founding members also wanted a Lutheran school with an American curriculum. With the LCMS educational missionaries in Hong Kong, they established Hong Kong International School just five years after the congregation was formed.
Church of All Nations worship services will be relocating to the newly constructed chapel at the HKIS lower primary school campus. The celebration was a time for current former church members to share memories and to visit the new chapel. Former students and faculty members as well as current congregation members were able to share some of their fondest memories of the chapel. A main theme was the chapel as the center of school activities for many years. As the community continued to grow and the campus was expanded to other buildings and locations the chapel was not always a center of activities. Church of All Nations looks forward to seeing how the new and larger chapel will be a blessing as a community center for HKIS and its friends and neighbors.
The ALEA board and administration would like to take a moment and congratulate HKIS on 50 years of serving the English speaking and expatriate community of Hong Kong.