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  • Have fun have fun and yesIt's fun school. That's why I come back again It's a

  • important important chapter in my life

  • Yes

  • Jackson Wang the kpop celebrity that is currently gaining phenomenal success

  • If you turn on the TV, you're bound to see him on one of the channels

  • With his busy schedule, there's almost some things that he has to do every single day

  • Being an international celebrity and also means that he has to travel to countless places on a regular basis

  • including Korea, China

  • Thailand and the US

  • Although he has traveled to many places

  • He has not forgotten his roots Hong Kong in the one place that he keeps dear to his heart AIS

  • Jackson was an AIS student for six years from a fourth grade elementary school student to an 11th grader high school junior in

  • In this particular school. He has made many memories with his community, especially his friends classmates and teachers

  • How was Jackson like in school?

  • What type of student was he?

  • Jackson was

  • Very humorous. He had a pretty big personality. He was pretty outgoing

  • he was

  • Able to you know communicate well with lots of people he was yeah

  • He was I wouldn't necessarily he was the strongest academically, but he was definitely a social

  • strong student that way he could communicate well with people

  • Jackson as a student was very caring and always had a great smile charismatic personality and someone that

  • Students really took really enjoyed being around and was well-liked

  • Jackson had a great

  • ability to be able to be friends with others and

  • We knew that Jackson was going places. He even early on he's a very cheerful

  • Student active. Yeah, and

  • Friendly lots of friends. Yeah

  • He was fun-loving he was a

  • Student that was definitely a strong athlete knew what he wanted

  • And pursued his dreams and

  • Sort of got by with his studies and he was he was doing well and

  • His school stuff but it wasn't ever gonna be top of the class. He was a student

  • That was very keen on his own dreams and pursuing them and doing well sports

  • And in those kind of areas, he was outstanding

  • As an AS alumni Jackson Wang came back to visit after seven years on the 18th of August

  • 2018

  • He spent time walking around the campus and chatting with his teachers

  • He had a conversation about how he felt when he had to leave everything behind and start a new life in Korea

  • He was afraid nervous and mostly excited

  • but how that the teachers feel about this decision initially

  • Were you shocked when he said he was going to audition in Korea

  • Yeah, we were all shocked. Actually. We were not expecting that. Yeah to come along so very surprised

  • Yeah, big surprised that he actually left us this one more year to go before he graduated

  • Well, I'm very skeptical about his decision of leaving

  • College I mean high school before going to college and to do something else

  • It's like he should have fulfilled what was supposed to be as a basic education before he can do something

  • So well, I'm not looking forward to what he's doing. You know when you leave us here

  • when his decision came about

  • Auditioning for kpop. It came with a great surprise. No doubt

  • I think we were all amazed at such a great opportunity for him and we wondered

  • Particularly, I wondered about his education and wanted him to be able to know whether they would provide

  • Him opportunities to finish high school and to go through and even have the options of going to college

  • Once I knew that that was possible

  • I was very happy to be able to tell Jackson and encouraged Jackson to go for his audition and the follows passion

  • yeah, it was I

  • Remember, I remember it. Well, I can still visualize myself

  • Having a sit-down meeting with Jackson and his parents. He'd sent me an email saying mr. wing

  • I need to arrange a meeting to chat

  • It sounded important. So I said what's what's it to do and he said its to do in my future and i thought oh dear what's going on?

  • And we talked and he told me that he had an opportunity to go into

  • music and dancing industry and

  • he was gonna leave and this was in February of 2011 and

  • He was still in grade 11, so he still had another year and a bit to go. He wanted to leave that summer

  • And so I said to him are you sure you're making the right choice? It's a very competitive industry

  • i think it's a big risk Jackson

  • Unfortunately, he didn't listen to me

  • Look at him now. I remember the conversation while his parents were anxious, but they supported him

  • And in the end at the end I did see he was determined to do it

  • So I was saying look if anyone can do this probably it could be you Jackson because you are absolutely determined to achieve your goal

  • But I was surprised because at the time he was dreaming about going to London in the Olympics and 2012

  • He was gonna be top athlete with fencing

  • So he was suddenly changing paths and it all happened quite fast. So yeah, it was a surprise.

  • i was very shocked and the main reason why was was because

  • Jackson was a very successful fencer and he was an Olympian level fencer and he competed at asian games and had done very well there

  • he was ranked at the time in the Junior Olympics as fifth in the world for Saber and

  • I remember thinking he was at he was due to go the following year to the Olympics in London

  • And I remember having a conversation with him saying you know you are you really sure you want to do this?

  • It's very hard to make it as an Olympian, you know

  • Not very many people get to do that and it's something you'll be it's a lifelong ambition and you you are a good fencer

  • and you've got a good chance of doing well

  • So I was kind of shocked I and I thought it was a bit a bit of a risk personally, you know

  • I thought he would have done it after

  • He became a fencer

  • Um I heard that he had a fencing club,

  • Do you want to say something about that

  • Yeah, he did have a fencing Club and it was something that he set up he

  • Spoke to mr. Wing from what I understand prior to moving up to secondary school

  • And he was saying he wanted to do fencing so he set that up

  • Yeah, and he got quite a few students involved in it

  • And it was it was something that he got going and it worked while he was here

  • But there was no one who took it on after he left. Yeah. Yeah Jackson came to me

  • early in his time in high school

  • and he said he wanted to set up a club and he wanted to run a fencing club, but

  • Fencing is tricky because it requires a lot of specialized equipment

  • And I guess it's quite a specialized for and not many people have ever done before so who was really gonna be interested in this?

  • So I challenged him quite a lot and you came back to me and he managed to get stuff from the Hong Kong

  • Fencing Association. He got a few of his friends who were keen to join as well

  • So it was clearly a membership potential

  • It was clearly a club that was gonna run and we had to teach them as gonna vice and it was fabulous

  • We're off the ground

  • But I said to him in Jackson. Why do you think this is gonna be popular?

  • why should we do this and we actually had a fencing club playing against other schools and things like that and he said

  • You know what? I'll get people to come mr. Wing

  • Tell them it will help them become a good dancer

  • and I think that is quite funny when you look back on it because obviously at that stage where he was 14 15 16

  • Jackson was all about fencing but he knew that

  • fencing was going to help him to get skills that were going to be really important socially or

  • Potentially for his future in entertainment which is what ended up happening. He's a pretty good movie on the dance floor

  • Maybe that fencing paid dividends

  • So it was just uh at the end of school one day and he was playing basketball and

  • This media company was on campus and saw him move

  • And thought he stops he got some moves and they went up to him and said have you ever thought about a career in?

  • dancing and music maybe

  • It was a bit of a surprise and they asked him to try out at one of their auditions

  • He went along and he was signed up

  • and that launched his opportunity to go to Korea train and develop his career as it is today and get into got7 so

  • He was pointing out the very spot where it happened, which is a popular spot amongst high school students still today

  • Playing basketball or near the lockers. You never know

  • It could happen to you. I

  • Think it is the right decision now

  • Obviously he went and did it and actually having had a conversation with him when he was in on the weekend

  • What I didn't realize at the time was was that he had an opportunity and it was a limited time opportunity

  • I sort of knew that but it was really clear on the weekend when he came in there

  • He couldn't afford to wait until after the Olympics and it was something he was passionate and about and he really wanted to do so

  • Yeah, it was the right decision. He's obviously been very successful. He's doing incredibly well and

  • he's obviously got a bright future and he set himself a lot of goals and targets and things he still wants to do and he's

  • Enjoying it. That's the main thing I got from when I spoke to him on the weekend. He's enjoying it

  • He's very busy, but it's an enjoyable busy. So I think yeah, it is definitely the right decision now, yeah

  • I was very happy to see Jackson succeed a few years later

  • He came back to the school and thanked me for encouraging him and being one of the few people that really demonstrated

  • support at that time

  • but definitely

  • Jackson was one that really had a strong desire to do this for himself, and he made these things happen and

  • Yet it was great to be able to see that then and continue today

  • So definitely, I think that it's been the right decision for him

  • You can find seeing how much joy he's had in the music profession. And how much happened is he's experienced since he's left our school

  • And we all see the young young man that he is. Today's is in tribute for his

  • Dedication to his craft and becoming a great musician musician and an entertainer

  • I'm very happy to know that Jackson's been a success well after looking at what he has done his success

  • I think he chooses the right path and he has fulfilled his dreams and chasing his dreams to be

  • One of the Entertainer I think yeah, this is the right choice for him. I'm happy for him

  • yeah, he's he's got a

  • Very likeable personality and people enjoy watching him and that has helped him in

  • His band to be a fun character and it's why I think he's popular on social media

  • YouTube

  • and

  • He is clearly very successful. So he's got a good bright future ahead of him

  • And I was pleased to see I think he is remaining

  • Rounded he's he's still someone who knows where he came from and hasn't forgotten

  • His family and his people around him and I think that's an important step wherever you go in life

  • You've you need you need good foundations and hold on to that run think you can do it yourself

  • Recognize the family and the friends around you and they're always the same people. You're still the same person

  • You're probably if you can keep that together, you're more likely to

  • To be able to cope with whatever

  • fame brings you

  • Yeah, I think Jackson is an interesting one to

  • Talk about he he's obviously like I said, he is a very determined young man

  • and I think sometimes that's very hard to see it's really interesting knowing Jackson from as a

  • student and

  • Seeing the public persona. I

  • Think a lot of people don't see the hard work that's gone on behind the scenes

  • There is an incredible amount of hard work. These had to put him he works incredibly hard

  • He's doing incredibly long hours. One of the things he was saying to me was

  • To sleep a lot of the time he's sleeping when he's flying to new destinations. He's sleeping on the play

  • He's not getting much sleep because when he turns up at a venue he's got to do

  • You know promotion work he's got to do, you know venues he's got to do this. He's got a practice

  • He's got to go to him. He's got to eat right he's got to do this. He's got to do that

  • So there's an awful lot that's going on in his life

  • And I think you can do that if you have that determination

  • in place to do it and that Drive and I think that's the key thing that people need to understand is that

  • The the image you see on TV and the image. You see that doesn't show the hard work he puts in

  • He puts an incredible amount of hard work into what he's doing. He is he is a

  • very easy person to

  • communicate with he's

  • Confident and

  • He just wants to have fun and that's what I see when he's in front of the camera

  • and you saw when we work with him the other day now I

  • said to him about all the dancing that he does and all the flips and I said

  • I just want to see the flip and so straightaway. He he wanted to perform the flip and that's him

  • He he doesn't pull back he will

  • Entertain and that's why he's successful

  • Yeah, I was speaking to Jackson on the weekend about this and and what are the key things he says and I agree with him

  • on this completely and I know is this when I was away that when I left last year was

  • The community here looks after each other

  • They there are things that happen in this core that if I worked in other schools and the schools

  • I've worked in those students would be laughed at and

  • But here and that they don't do that the community looks after people. It's a very loving environment and it's a very caring environment

  • And that I think is important because what as Jackson was saying on the weekend

  • it helps shape him as a person of who he is and

  • What are the things I did when I when he was in on the weekend was was I had a conversation with?

  • his makeup artist that he's had for the last year and I said

  • Ah, does he treat you right and he wasn't there at the time and she said yes, he's very good to me

  • And I said good because that's what we wanted from our students. You know, if you look at

  • What we we have on the emblem for the school, you know

  • There's a good part there and and he has got those those pieces in place

  • So I think yes the school did help him to you know to get those

  • You know words that are on that emblem in place and using them on a regular basis. Yeah, I think he has a good

  • Education here. Yeah, which moats his character and its personality

  • All right, so he would be a good person a better person even though he's in an entertainment scene. The thing is

  • Besides being providing a basic education for Hong Kong students and other students from the world

  • apart from the

  • conventional academic path students

  • Could also move on all right to succeed in excel in other areas. And Jackson is a very good example that we have produced

  • yeah, I

  • Mean, it doesn't mean that he must have gone through a college to finish tertiary education, then it could be a successful

  • Personality, I think Justin prove it to us. Yeah eras could produce something someone like Jackson even though he didn't finish his college

  • Education, but he's successful. He made it

  • This is what I asked to do for other students being educated in their eyes. I didn't given him a very good base

  • Yeah for what he could do now in in the media. Yeah as an entertainer I think a is has a

  • Small close-knit family feel to it and it's that

  • supportive

  • environment that nurtures and

  • Enables students to feel comfortable here to be themselves

  • To

  • Find who they want to be and to grow and develop as young adolescents and adults

  • And I think a safe

  • School a safe environment where people can take risks and not feel

  • Too embarrassed as fundamental as a teenager. It's a tough time high school can be a tough time