The school – originally known as The Norwegian School in Hong Kong – was established by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission and the Norwegian Mission Society as a non-profit school to provide education for the children of Norwegian missionaries. In its early years, Norwegian was the language of instruction, with English lessons conducted by subject teachers.
In 1992 The Norwegian School moved from Cox Road, Kowloon Tong to the Tai Po Bungalow at 175 Kwong Fuk Road, Tai Po. Tai Po Bungalow is a heritage building listed under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance; its original structure remains largely intact to this day, thus providing the intimate, homely environment that we still enjoy.
In 1994 The Norwegian School began to receive students from international backgrounds and changed to English as its medium of instruction. In 2001 the name of the school was officially changed to Norwegian International School, and in 2003 the Norwegian Lutheran Mission became the sole owners of NIS. Throughout these changes, our school community, along with our commitment to providing globally oriented, quality, Christian education has continued to grow. In 2008 the school was granted a small school building in the nearby village of Kam Shan for its primary classes while its growing kindergarten remains at the Bungalow.
In 2010 the founders of the school, the Norwegian Lutheran Mission, transferred the sponsorship of NIS to Generations Christian Education (Generations). Generations has been operating Small World Christian Kindergarten (Small World) on Hong Kong Island for the last 30 years (www.smallworld.hk). Even before their joining Generations, NIS shared together with them very similar core values, goals, and philosophies to education. Small World formally started in January 1986 as a ministry arm of Youth With A Mission (HK) Ltd (known as YWAM). The first class had eight students and two teachers. The seed for Small World came from a YWAM planning day where two teachers asked “How can we make a difference to God’s Kingdom in Hong Kong?”. With mutually complementing services and strengths, the organisation looks forward to exciting growth and development in the coming few years.
The change in sponsorship also came with a confirmation of our mission. We desire to leave a legacy for the generations of children to come. We want our students to possess a true sense of self-worth, enabling them to stand up for themselves and for purposes greater than themselves. Our desire is to build a legacy of courageous, competent and compassionate leaders, serving the greater global community to which our current students belong.