Where a second language becomes second nature

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Five weeks in and we are starting to look like Hillside World Academy. Our historical base as Chinese International School will always be respected; it helped to form us as a thoroughly bilingual school. That tradition is being maintained. But already we are a different school. We look and feel more diverse, and possibly more international? And that is one of our challenges as we build our new HWA out of CNIS. Our Mission, Vision, Core Values and Cultural Statement have not changed from last year.

Hillside World Academy is open for business. We are a few days into our year, but I can report so far that the campus is a happy and peaceful space. Already the little red shirts and the big black shirts are interacting positively. It has been intriguing to watch the students find their way around the school, and new allegiances are forming. K1 visited my office today, as part of their Grand Campus Tour. The big hit was the spiral brick staircase.