It is for me both a privilege and an honour to write the preface for this special edition celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools (HKAHSS). The HKAHSS was first established in 1964 by a small group of dedicated school principals and operated as a registered society until 2018 when it was incorporated as a "Limited Company by Guarantee".

Despite such change in legal status, the fundamental role of HKAHSS has remained the same over the past 55 years, which is to enhance professionalism in general and to promote the understanding of education in Hong Kong, especially in secondary schools. In addition, the Association aims to pursue the following objectives: 

  1. To study and encourage new ideas and development in education for public benefit on a non-profit making basis;
  2. To promote the exchange of views on educational theories and practices;
  3. To organize conferences and lectures on educational matters;
  4. To create and facilitate informed opinion on educational matters;
  5. To discuss and share the Association's views with the Education Authorities of the Government and other educational bodies; and
  6. To liaise and cooperate with similar persons, associations, companies or other bodies in promoting and encouraging research, knowledge and education in Hong Kong.

Over the years, the Association has been faithfully performing its role through various professional endeavours such as conferences, seminars, surveys, researches, publications, study groups, and visits, etc. This special edition records the myriads of work done by the Association from 2016 to 2020.

It is indeed disheartening to admit that Hong Kong is currently experiencing a momentous period that affects all facets of our society. The ongoing protests since 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 will surely change Hong Kong as a whole and education in particular. Tough times ahead are to be expected, but we will continue to challenge ourselves and all members to work together to meet our objectives so as to protect the well-being of our students and our society in the coming years.

Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the continued trust and support from our members and partners who have been helping HKAHSS to enhance professionalism amongst school leaders throughout the years.