Message from the School Supervisor and Founder, Ms Adriana CHAN
Welcome to Spanish Primary School!
Many people ask why I made the leap from police officer to educator. Indeed, my tenure in the Hong Kong Police Force gave me the opportunity to see the problems that our youths were facing and the qualities that many of this younger generation seemed to lack. It also inspired me to look at the root of what’s wrong with education in Hong Kong. The problem does not merely stem from the education system in Hong Kong. Parental values and the thriving of keen competition in our society were also contributing factors. When I became a parent, I constantly asked myself – “What do I expect from my child?”
By hearing the worries of other parents, the success and “failure” stories of parents around me, and in reading a lot of parenting guidebooks, I came to the conclusion that I want my child to love learning. Through learning, she is able to discover her interests and strengths, ultimately leading her to search for her own dreams and life purpose. And with the solid foundation built from her education, she will have the capacity and courage to pursue any dream. But more importantly, through the teachings from educators and family, she will be equipped with integrity, the right values, and a positive attitude in her every aspiration.
I believe that all these goals can only be achieved if my child is empowered with the highest standard of education. For this reason, I founded a kindergarten in 2013 where I could implement my teaching philosophy and truly influence parents with my action.
In 2014, I began to set the wheels in motion for the Spanish Primary School – a continuing realisation of my teaching philosophy and visions that would extend to primary and secondary education. However, it was easier said than done. Over the years, I experienced countless hardships and setbacks. There were times when I felt immensely drained and frustrated. But whenever I saw the smiling faces of my students and their parents and heard their words of encouragement, I re-gained belief in that what I am doing is meaningful.
I am truly grateful to the unconditional support from my family, my friends, my mentors, my students’ parents along this turbulent path. Most special thanks to the General Consulate of Spain and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce for their support throughout these years. SPIS would not have been a possible dream without your love and trust.
I hope that I can pass on the spirit of love and giving to all my students at SPIS. I hope that through teaching and leading by example, our students learn to believe in themselves and all that is possible – if and only if we fully equip ourselves and stride with determination to overcome the challenges ahead.
Founder and Supervisor
Message from the Honorary Supervisor, the late Professor David C.L. LIU
I am most honoured and pleased to have the opportunity to join the SPIS family in the capacity of Honorary Supervisor.
Upon witnessing the birth of a new life, the first, the most important and the everlasting wish we desire for this new citizen of the world is “to grow in a healthy, happy, boundless and rewarding way.”
School is just one of the many, yet pivotal, places in one’s life where one grows. I wish and shall strive to make SPIS a wonderful haven for everyone’s growth – be he/she a student, a teacher, the principal, the Supervisor, or the Honorary Supervisor.
Learning enables and sustains our growth. At SPIS, we shall learn not just from books and recordings, but also from the ever-changing outside world – and most importantly from each other. May the educational opportunities we offer here help us to fulfil the wish that all those who gain an SPIS experience become kind, contributing, upright, and happy citizens of a brave new world.