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What it’s like at local school in Hong Kong (PODCAST)

In this episode, we’re skipping school to spend time with an expat mum who chose the local school system in Hong Kong for her two kids. If you’re considering Hong Kong’s local school system as an option for your children, you might be interested to hear this expat family’s experience.

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Anne works in the medical field and her husband works in Aviation. This family relocated to Hong Kong from Perth in Australia.


  • Why they decided to enrol in a local school in Hong Kong
  • The experience of kindergarten
  • The transition to Primary School
  • The practicalities of homework in Cantonese, and
  • The transition back to international school

An important note: this discussion represents the individual experience of one expat family. We’ll meet more as our series progresses because experiences vary, but for now you can listen to Anne’s story.

About this podcast series

Welcome to Schools in Hong Kong, Expat Living’s podcast that introduces expat parents to our city’s international schools. If you are moving to Hong Kong, or living here and starting to look at school options, this is the podcast for you! You can start at the very beginning with our Hong Kong Schools 101 episode.

Our editor has spent years visiting schools and meeting with Principals. She knows there are some fantastic education options available to us in Hong Kong. But, as parents, we know the school choices here can be overwhelming. This is why we put together this podcast, to help parents better understand their options.

Scroll through our feed and you can listen to a range of episodes – from Kindergarten in Hong Kong right through to graduation. We will introduce you to the city’s experts who can help you learn more about schools in Hong Kong. The series covers different curriculum choices, popular international schools, the realities and advantages of learning Chinese, what the local system is like, and a whole lot more.

If you have a question or some feedback to share, we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with our team by emailing us at editor@expatliving.hk

Listen to Episode 2: The British Curriculum in Hong Kong

Learn more about education options in Hong Kong and moving to Hong Kong in our living in Hong Kong section:

12 Fun things to do with kids in Hong Kong
Best Sunday Brunches in Hong Kong
Where to live in Hong Kong