By: Melissa Stevens
Innovative approaches at schools can extend to interactions with the natural environment – even in a small, densely populated metropolis like this one. The goal of the French International School to be part of the broader Tseung Kwan O community is evident in a striking artwork adorning the eastern façade of its new Primary and College campus.
The Mother of Water artwork was created by renowned Hong Kong artist Almond Chu. It depicts jellyfish and the sea in a nod to the oceanside location of the campus, and this 20m by 10m reproduction is visible not just to the school community, but also the surrounding neighbourhood.
At a recent ceremony to unveil the artwork, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Eric Berti, explained how the campus was conceived with the aim of building strong links with the Tseung Kwan O community. It’s also intended to offer the wider French and Hong Kong communities an opportunity to benefit from and enjoy a new centre showcasing creativity, arts and culture when it opens its doors in September this year.
“This project was conceived to highlight the relationship between France and Hong Kong – a bridge between two cultures; a French school that is part of the Hong Kong community displaying the work of a celebrated local artist for a wider public of all nationalities to appreciate and enjoy,” he said
The new campus is being designed to provide a progressive primary and lower secondary school experience, with a naturally bilingual environment, fluid learning spaces, and plenty of creative and green spaces.
The French International School is at 28 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O. To find out more, visit fis.edu.hk.
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This article first appeared in the February/March 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.