School exam tables in an examination hall

Multiple empty examination tables set up ready for Yr12 or Form 6 University entrance exams. school leavers certificate.

By Noël Da

At the start of the 2021 fall semester there were four students living in the George Stevens Academy dorms. None of them were students from China. Just six years prior, at the peak of its international outreach, somewhere around 2015, George Stevens Academy had 60 international students enrolled — most from China. Where did they all go? The story of GSA’s Chinese boarding students, their sudden “disappearance,” and their perhaps hoped-for return makes a big difference to the community — economically, culturally and demographically. This simple number indexes pandemic hardships and losses of opportunity; it also gives interesting depths to social life in Blue Hill and greater geopolitical changes in the world.

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