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PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 3:26pm
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Graduated from ESF Kennedy School and West Island School, Alan Brown has been teaching in Hong Kong for the past decade in various learning centres and primary schools, including ESF Sha Tin Junior School. During his time of teaching, he learned and valued the importance of extracurricular classes for young children’s education.

“Extracurricular classes allow children to meet new friends, build confidence and improve grades,” Alan believes. “This has led me to create my new business ‘ClassBounce’.”

ClassBounce is a month-to-month subscription service that allows parents to book classes ranging from music and language to science and sports around the city through one single platform.

“The platform allows children to gain accessibility and flexibility to explore their interests by trying a variety of different classes,” Alan explains. “With our key premium partnerships with learning centres and camps around Hong Kong, we have the ability to offer various subjects from music, language, art, dance, food and cooking, science, and sports.” Alan says “Kids are also now spending less time outdoors. This is a concern, so effectively Class Bounce is trying to turn technology into the gateway to get kids healthy and active”.

ClassBounce is Alan’s third business venture. He attributed his success to one of his inspiring teachers at ESF.

“Mrs Cooper, my business studies teacher, was fantastic as she taught me all the key foundations in setting up a business. As part of GCSE Business, we created our own business plan which made me feel passionate about setting something up one day,” he says.

Spending most of his childhood in ESF, Alan left school with many fond memories.

“My most memorable moment while being a student at West Island School was during afterschool physics lesson with Mr Wilkinson doing practical activities and learning about the formula of measuring how fast a car goes down a ramp,” he recalls. “I was really inspired by Mr Wilkinson as he always kept the lessons fun.”

As an ESF graduate and a teacher in Hong Kong, Alan is keen on paying it forward to his fellow students.

“I always tell my students to always believe in themselves and say to them that if you always try your best at something and are passionate you will eventually succeed,” he advises. “Students in the ESF should not be afraid try new things and to make mistakes.  As these small mistakes are lessons that help us grow”.