The Canadian International School of Hong Kong is planning to expand outside the SAR by opening a school in Macau and a kindergarten in Shenzhen. In January next year, the Canadian International School of Macau will be taking in pupils aged 4 to 10. Neil Johnston, who is now director of the school's development, has recruited Matthew Kirby, from Vancouver Island and formerly of Collingwood School, as the principal. The school will initially occupy temporary premises. The location is expected to be announced soon. Macau had demand for the style of education offered by the school, Mr Johnston said. During Mr Johnston's term as principal, he has forged links with Chinese officials through its exchange programmes, paving the way for expansion in the mainland. Officials have been impressed with the balance of education at the Hong Kong school. 'We have the right mix at the right time and it is easy for us to share this,' Mr Johnston said. The school is looking at sites for both kindergarten and primary. 'There are possibilities in other parts of China,' he said, adding that this included major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. 'These cities need international schools for the multi-racial population to support their growth.' The school is also planning to set up a sister school in Discovery Bay for up to 1,000 pupils from reception to Grade 8. 'We believe that if there are more school facilities in Discovery Bay, more families with older children will move there,' Mr Johnston said. At present there is no provision for children beyond primary age. Construction of phase two of the Aberdeen campus begins this summer. This will provide 28 new classrooms and two science laboratories.