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Alumni Homecoming 2011  

The annual HKIS Homecoming was a welcome way to warm up a winter day in early January

On Thursday, 6 January, 2011, we welcomed back alumni for the annual HKIS Homecoming. We were blessed with the return of around 70 former students, visiting the campus and reconnecting with friends, former teachers and counselors and making new connections with current students.

Following registration, alumni participated in campus tours provided by current high school student ambassadors, where they reviewed new additions to HKIS built under the school’s Master Facilities Plan. For some, it was the first time back to the campus – and Hong Kong – in many years and the changes that have taken place throughout the Tai Tam site have been significant. 

Following registration, alumni participated in campus tours provided by current high school student ambassadors, where they reviewed new additions to HKIS built under the school’s Master Facilities Plan. For some, it was the first time back to the campus – and Hong Kong – in many years and the changes that have taken place throughout the Tai Tam site have been significant.  

The tours were followed by a barbeque lunch at the edge of the Tai Tam Sports Field, the all-weather FIFA-approved pitch that was only completed in the last two years. Many faculty and staff members joined the lunch and swapped HKIS stories old and new. In the afternoon, alumni and teachers gathered in the High School Plaza for a tent reunion.

The tradition of sport lives on in alumni long after they have left HKIS and this year, returning to their alma mater also brought back the spirit of competition: alums put together a couple of teams to face the current HKIS Girls’ and Boys’ rugby teams. Despite early flourishes from both the alumni girls and boys – and with competition and camaraderie that were at fever pitch – the current HKIS squads were able to catch and overtake both teams by the final whistle.

In the Middle School Gym a competitive basketball match was underway between alumni and the current team. The game was led by Jeremy Evans ’93, Humanities teacher and current HKIS basketball coach.


 

Later in the evening a number of alums joined a Happy Hour reception held at Red Bar at the foot of the IFC building in Central. Current and former faculty and staff also made the trip downtown to join in the fun. A few of them were the lucky ones to win fabulous prizes from the lucky draw.

As the drinks flowed and the chat loosened up, memories started to return and stories of adventures past came to life. The evening brought a warm end to a chilly day in Hong Kong and closed a memorable
Homecoming for one more year. Mark your diary for the next Homecoming. It's on Friday 6 January, 2012.  We hope you can join us!

 

 

Source:  DragonTales Summer Edition, 2011