Speech from Principal 2023-2024

Good morning, Fr. Terrance, teachers, and students. Welcome back to a fresh and exciting year at KTMC! Our School Opening this year is extraordinary, but your presence fills the campus with renewed energy. I am thrilled to stand before you to herald the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic year.

As we commence our journey together, allow me to extend my heartfelt welcome to the new members of our teaching staff. We have the delight to welcome 6 new teachers:

Mr Chau Chi Kong, our Chinese History Teacher Dr Cheung Shun Hoi Andy, our Chemistry Teacher Ms Chow Lai Wun Cherry, our English Language Teacher Ms Lee Pui Yan Stella, our Chinese Language Teacher Ms So Ka Yan Joyce, our Chinese Language Teacher Ms Yu Lok Man Martha, our English Language Teacher

Also, please join me in welcoming our school's new social worker, Ms Kara Chan. Let us acknowledge their expertise and dedication with a hearty round of applause!

Following the speech I delivered before the summer, I would like to briefly share with you the academic performance of our last S.6 cohort. While there were fluctuations in some areas, we celebrated significant achievements in others. In terms of HKDSE results, we had two high scorers achieving 43 points and 41 points in 7 subjects, and we maintained our strength in subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. At the same time, we observed a need to improve the language proficiency of our students, as it is crucial for your academic pursuits at all stages. Out of the 118 students, approximately 80% of them received degree offers at JUPAS. About 40% of them were admitted to such prestigious universities as the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It is particularly encouraging that we have two students admitted to the Medicine programme at CUHK, one to the MBBS programme at HKU, a few to the professional programmes of Radiography and Optometry at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, and a considerable number of boys pursuing STEM subjects. We are truly proud of the success of our students. Let these triumphs be our target to aim for, from S.1 to S.6, so that we can strive for even greater heights.

Our focus transcends the academic realm. Inspired by 1 Timothy 4:15, our theme is: "Practice these things and devote yourself to them, in order that your progress may be seen by all." It's a call to dedication, perseverance, and growth. In everything we undertake, let us do so with commitment, constantly seeking improvement and excellence.

The core values we will emphasize this year are 'Love' and 'Life.' We are not just aiming for success; we are nurturing characters of compassion and vitality. Let KTMC be a place where we grow not just in knowledge but appreciation for the profound beauty of life.

Our S.6 students, in particular, must bear these principles in mind. The road ahead may be fraught with challenges, but with determination, resilience, and a willingness to learn from both success and failure, you will emerge stronger.

Our S.1-S.5 students, as we begin the new school year, remember the importance of setting goals. Take time to reflect on what you want to achieve and areas for improvement. Goals provide direction and purpose. Aim high, work diligently, and there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

We must not forget that we are part of a broader family. Let us support one another, recognizing our bonds, our shared responsibility, and our collective strength. Also let us face this new year with optimism and faith, trusting in our abilities and in the guiding hand of our Heavenly Father. May peace accompany you through this year, and may God's blessings be upon us all. Thank you.