friends son just got into South Island. Secondary 2. offered a place for Dec or Jan. Applied in Sept.
This is what I was seeing as well. Seems like the demand is picking up. I keep hearing everyone is leaving which may be true, but seems like there are now more opportunities for others to apply or take their place in HK.
Well I guess I will be up with stiff competition again . Was hoping to avoid this expecting less competition and more vacancies.
My son is in the entry year of one of the schools mentioned in your OP and I know there is a waiting list for his year, but that the people at the top of the wait list only applied earlier in 2022. He gets the bus to school, and it's gone from being about 50% full at the start of term to full now. I'm guessing that is due to families returning to HK after an extended absence, or possibly moving out to Clear Water Bay recently (signing a new lease showing commitment to HK). I know the latter is the case for at least a few of the kids on the bus.