In colonial days, the expatriate elite, whose school fees were met by employers, never saw the need for low-cost education for other Westerners. An unspoken arrogance prevailed: that Hong Kong did not need the type of foreigners who lacked the means to pay for schooling.
Lamma Island, the third largest island in Hong Kong with a land area of about 14 square km, is situated 3 km off the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island. It is home to a highly diverse population of about 6,000 people, many of them of Western origins. There are regular ferry services between Lamma and Hong Kong Island.