Jun 24, 2018

SCHOOL PROFILE

Speech from Principal 2011-2014


Principal’s Speech on 1-9-2014

Good morning Supervisor, teachers and fellow students. 

Time flies and this is the fourth year that I have served as the Principal in KTMC and we achieved a lot in both academic and co-curricular activities last year. I must thank all the teachers, students and the supporting staff for their unfailing effort in helping us to achieve so much last year. 

In the beginning of the school year, I should welcome on behalf of the whole school the new members of the teaching staff.   This year we have 5 new teachers; they are Mr. Ma Yiu Chung, an experienced History teacher who is our alumnae; Ms. Cheung Wing Yin, our new LS and Geography teacher; Ms. Lai Sze Ling, Joyce, our new English Language teacher and Ms. Wong Alice Hiu Wan, another new English Language teacher.  Last but not least, Ms. Heather McCann, our new Native English Speaking teacher.  Let’s give a round of applause to welcome them.

This year should be one of the crucial years of our school history as our school starts to be operated with the Incorporated Management Committee (IMC) that we would be given more autonomy in running the school in terms of funding and administrative flexibilities.  On the other hand, IMC will have a greater legal liabilities and responsibilities for the proper operation of the school.  In order to fulfill this, IMC will require our school to set up proper procedures in handling all school matters to ensure that they are being handled with due process and due diligence.  This would mean teachers will have to receive a series of trainings so as to enable us to have the knowledge required for the revision of our procedures for handling school matters properly.  Beside managers being appointed by our school sponsoring body, IMC managers of different stakeholders such as teacher manager, parent manager and alumni manager are to be elected.   The election for the teacher manager had been conducted in June and Mr. Wack Nung Sun was elected as the teacher manager and Mr. Yung Hap was elected as the alternate teacher manager by teachers and they will attend IMC meetings this year.  The election for parent manager and alumni manager will be held in September.

The performance of the F.6 cohort in 2014 HKDSE exam was better than that of the last year cohort.  More than 80% of them obtained the minimum qualification to apply for local universities and nearly 44% of them got an offer of the degree programme which is also much higher than that of last year.  Among these students, 37 of them got an offer from HKU, CUHK and HKUST.   Two students got a score of 42 for 7 subjects which is the best result of 2014.  They are 6D Cheung Man Ho (2 subjects at L5**, 3 subjects at L5* and 2 subjects at L5) and Ivan Chiu of 6E (1 subject at L5**, 5 subjects at L5* and 1 subject at L5).  Another two students managed to have 4 L5** in 3 subjects (L5** in Maths CP and M2) with a total score of 41 and 40 for 7 subjects respectively.  A significant increase in the percentage of students with L5 or above was observed in Mathematics (core part), M1 and M2 which reflected the hard work of both Mathematics teachers and students. The performance in subjects like Liberal Studies, Chinese History, Physics, Biology and Chemistry are also good as they have a much higher percentage of students getting Level 5 or above as compared with the average of HK school.  An obvious increase in the percentage of students with L4 in English Language was also observed and we hope that more students will attain L5 or above in English Language in the future.   May I appeal to all F.6 students that you will try your very best to prepare for the HKDSE exam such that your potential can be fully stretched and most of you will be able to receive offers from local universities. 
Let’s talk about the school development plan of this year.  We are in the final year of a development cycle in the School Development Plan (2012-2015) so we would have the same major concerns as that of last year except that the school spirit to be cultivated in our students this year is “Endurance”.  For enhancing the qualities of learning, we would emphasize on the students’ engagement in lessons.  Students are expected to take an active role in the learning process so we would expect you to do some pre-lesson preparation work before lessons such as reading a passage or drafting some questions after reading a given paragraph.  We would also expect you to use your most preferred way to take notes during lessons or make notes after lessons so that you will be able to have a clear record of the key points that have been covered in lessons and you know how to link them up to build your own understanding.   I believe that you can have a much better performance in your academic studies if you are more involved in the lesson activities and being more aware of what the key points of each chapter are and know how to master them.
To enhance the quality of language learning, we need to provide a language-rich environment on the campus.  All the English teachers will continue last year’s practice of using English as the medium of communication with the students both inside and outside classrooms.  I will also join them so you will need to talk to me in English whenever you come to see me in my office.  Besides, you are also encouraged to communicate with EMI subject teachers in English outside classrooms. 

For enhancing English Language learning in F.2, our school joined a 2-year SEED project organized by the NET section of the Education Bureau in which students will learn skills about script writing and video-making with multimedia means.  I hope that all the F.2 students will enjoy these golden opportunities of learning English with i-Pad.

We will also continue our last year’s practice that some Junior Form students of better language abilities will be trained as English Ambassadors and they will receive proper training on different language skills such as public speaking skills, writing skills or debating skills.  English Ambassadors will then help promote English activities on campus.  More lunch time activities such as English Café, film shows or music appreciation will be organized and you should grasp these opportunities to practice your English with either our new NET teacher, Ms. McCann or other English Language teachers.
To end my speech, I would like to quote a statement made by Buddha, Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes”.  We all know that the burden that is put on our shoulder will never be greater than the strength that God has given us to overcome it.  It is a matter whether we are determined to achieve what we want to rather than lacking the ability to achieve it.  So let’s dream big and act persistently with endurance to achieve it. 
I sincerely wish everyone a fruitful and memorable academic year in which your dreams will finally come true.  Thank you and God bless.

3-9-2013

Principal’s Speech on 3-9-2013

Good morning Supervisor, teachers and fellow students.  
Time flies and this is the third year that I have served as the Principal in KTMC.  Without the support of teachers, students and all the supporting staff, our school would not be able to achieve so much in both academic and extra-curricular activities last year.  

In the beginning of the school year, I should welcome on behalf of the whole school the return of Ms. Leung Siu Ping after her one-year study leave.  With the return of Ms. Leung and the knowledge and experience that she earned in her Master program, I have full confidence that the English Language Department can do a lot more this year.  Besides Ms. Leung, Mr. Chow Chi Keung is also rejoining us as a teacher of Mathematics and Ethics in Junior Forms.  I would also like to introduce other new members to you, they are Mr. Yeung Tat Shing, a young but experienced English teacher, and Mr. Chong Chun Yu, who has just finished his Master degree in England this summer and will become our English teacher in Junior Forms.  Both Mr. Yeung and Mr. Choung are our alumni who really serve as hard evidence that KTMC boys can master English Language well. Please learn from them and continue this legend of KTMC.  We also have a new school social worker and a new Librarian this year and they are Ms. Yip Siu Ha, Sharen and Ms. Yeung Mei Yee respectively.  Let’s give a round of applause to welcome them.

The performance of the F.6 cohort in 2013 HKDSE exam was acceptable but not as good as that of the first cohort in 2012.  About 75% of them obtained the minimum qualification to apply for local universities and nearly 40% of them got an offer of the degree programme which is almost a 10% drop as compared with the results in 2012.  Among these students, 40 of them got an offer from HKU, CUHK and HKUST.  The best result of HKDSE is achieved by Wong King Hin of 6E who obtained 1subject at L5** and 5 subjects at L5* with a total score of 42 for 7 subjects.  Yip Ka Fa of 6C managed to have 2 subjects at L5** and 2 subjects at L5* with a total score of 39 for 7 subjects. There are 3 other students who managed to have 4 subjects or more at Level 5* or above.  Some subjects got outstanding performance in this year HKDSE exam, for example, over 60% of students reaching Level 5 or above in Physics.  The performance in subjects like LS, Mathematics, Geography, Chinese History, Biology and Chemistry are also good as they have a much higher percentage of students getting Level 5 or above as compared with the average of HK schools.  I hope that the F.6 students of this year will attain even better results than that of last year and I hope that we could have a 100% of our students reaching Level 3 or above and 35% of them at Level 5 or above for all subjects so that more students will be able to receive offers from local universities.

Let’s talk about the school development plan of this year.  We are in the second year of a development cycle in the School Development Plan (2012-2015) so we would have the same major concerns as that of last year.  These include (i) to cultivate the school spirits in our students and this is “Loyalty”; (ii) to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning through the implementation of assessment for learning; (iii) to cater for student diversity with emphasis on gifted education; (iv) to strengthen the language performance of students so that they can become tri-lingual and bi-literate and (v) to enhance the global awareness of students.

Besides fulfilling our major concerns, we still have to accomplish two big tasks this year.  The first one is to organize the Joint School Athletics Meet for 26 Catholic Diocesan Secondary Schools as one of the host schools for this event.  This Joint School Athletics Meet will be held at the Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground on 26-27 November so we would be quite busy preparing for this event in the first term and I hope that our Athletics Team will also have good performance in this event.  Beside organizing the Joint Schools Athletics Meet, we also need to establish the Incorporate Management Committee (IMC) in June 2014 and teachers will be busy with the preparation work related to the establishment of IMC and all the necessary amendments made to the constitution of PTA and AA so as to facilitate the election of Parent Manager and Alumni Manager held after the establishment of IMC in June 2014.

For catering learning diversities, our school is given professional support from Chinese University of Hong Kong through the School based Support Service that experts from CUHK will provide support for our teachers to see how we can cater for the Learning Diversities in Junior Chinese and English lessons. 

To enhance our language performance, we need to provide a language-rich environment in school.  All the English teachers will continue last year’s practice of using English as the medium of communication with the students both inside and outside classrooms.  I will also join them so you will need to speak to me in English whenever you come to see me in my office.  We should also fulfill the requirement of producing a genuine EMI environment in teaching and learning EMI subjects.  Students should refrain from asking your teachers to use Cantonese to explain concepts.    Some students of better language abilities will be trained as English Ambassadors and they will receive proper training on different language skills such as public speaking skills, writing skills or debating skills.  The English Ambassadors will then help promote English Activities on the campus.  More lunch time activities such as English Café will be organized and you should grasp these opportunities to practice your English with either Mr. Murphy or other English Language teachers.

In addition, in order to increase your chance to practice Putonghua, some of the units in Chinese in the Junior Levels will be taught in Putonghua so you should treasure this learning opportunity to equip yourself to be truly trilingual and bi-literate.  
Furthermore, in order to enhance our effectiveness in learning and teaching, we would try out the concept of Assessment for Learning again this year. Your teachers will state the learning objectives or learning targets clearly at the beginning of each lesson and they should also let you know the success criteria that you need to meet so as to indicate you have mastered the expected learning objectives.  The success criteria could be in the form of assessment rubrics which you can use for self-evaluation or peer evaluation.  You should start to build up your habit of performing self-evaluation so that you will be aware of what to be learnt in each lesson and how it will be learnt and what evidence is needed to indicate that you have learnt something.    
I believe that you can have a much better performance in your academic studies if     you are more involved in the lesson activities and being more aware of what the key points of each chapter are and know how to master them.
To end my speech, I would like to quote a statement made by Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, “There is no substitute for hard work”.  There are, of course, a lot of difficulties lying ahead in your life that you need to overcome before you can achieve your goals, but it is only through doing a lot of hard work before you can fulfill your dream.  Let’s dream big and act to achieve it.
I sincerely wish everyone a fruitful and memorable academic year in which your hard work will finally turn into a big achievement.  Thank you.


30-10-2012

Principal’s Speech on 30-10-2012

 

Two weeks ago, a group of 40 F.4 students joined the Enhanced Smart Teen Project provided by the Fire Services Department at the Fire Training School in Pat Heung, Yuen Long.  I had a chance to pay them a visit on 18th October and joined them for the BBQ.  I would like to share with you what I observed from the visit. 

Our students had a 5 days camp there in which they had been given a very tough training both physically and mentally and this has turned them into a team of students with much better discipline and team spirit.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the two teacher advisors, Mr. Yuen Kwan Wing and Mr. Yung Hap.  We have to thank them because they had sacrificed a lot like sacrificing their personal time over these 5 days to take care of all students in the camp, or sacrificing their rest time to prepare the video clips about the training that the students had received so as to cheer them up during the debriefing meeting in the evening of each day, etc.  Besides, we have to thank them as they needed to go through a similar training to become a qualified trainer before our school is eligible for this project.  You can imagine how harsh it would be for teachers to have training that required them to do a lot of physical exercise though both of them are YOUNG and STRONG.  We need a few more “YOUNG” and “STRONG” teachers to become qualified trainers so as to allow us to join this camp again in future.  Nevertheless, the first lesson that we should learn from this project is to be grateful to all the sacrifices of our teachers made, not only to Mr. Yuen and Mr. Yung, but many more teacher advisors that helped arrange so many meaningful events for you to experience.  You should not take everything for granted, you should be grateful to the contribution of your teachers instead.

Students who joined the camp would not only become more physically fit but they should now have a better understanding about their own limits.  I believed none of them would consider that they would be able to do push-up exercise for 20 or 30 times without difficulty before they joined the camp.  Now I guess most of them would not be afraid of doing this push-up exercise any more.  We usually tend to live within our comfort zone and would not easily allow ourselves to experience difficulties and challenges in life so sometimes we tend to pick up simple tasks so as to spare ourselves from tackling problems that need to face a lot of challenges or difficulties.   So, the second lesson that we learned from the Enhanced Smart Teen Project is not to limit yourself by your own belief. We should have the idea of “impossible is nothing” in our mind so that we would have the courage to take up difficult task and as long as you believe that you can accomplish a certain task, you will really have the strength to do it.  If we can have the persistence to keep going with our goals in mind, we will certainly be able to complete our task.  Therefore, don’t limit yourself by your own belief.

The third lesson that we could learn from this project is the true meaning of team spirit.  Students would be scolded and punished by the trainers simply because they could complete the task themselves but not helping their teammates to finish their tasks.  For example, each student would have to iron 2 sets of uniforms every night.  Some of them had not ironed any clothes before so they couldn’t do this well even they had spent more than 2 hours on ironing their uniforms while some of them knew how to do it and could finish their ironing easily.  However, not only the students with uniforms not properly ironed would be punished, those students who did not offer a helping hand to their teammates were also punished as they had no team spirit. 

We are in a team of this school and we should offer a helping hand to people around us. If you have been given some talents, for example, you may be good at Mathematics, Science, Music, Sports or Languages, which does not mean you are given a privilege to become superior over the other, instead, it suggests that you would have more responsibilities to help transform this team into a stronger one that all team members would benefit from the talents of their teammates.  Different persons would have different talents, if all of us could contribute their talents to help one another, we definitely would become a much stronger team.  So let’s remember that we are “ONE SCHOOL, ONE TEAM” and we would take care of all schoolmates as what have been stated in the lyrics of our school song, “OUR COLLEGE CALLS US ONWARD, UNITED MEET THE FOE, AS MARYKNOLLERS ALWAYS, FORWARD TO VICTORY GO!”  So let’s work hand-in-hand to build a better school.


3-9-2012

Principal’s Speech on 3-9-2012

Good morning Supervisor, teachers and fellow students.  
Time flies and I still remember the moment that I gave my first speech to the whole school last year on the school re-opening day.  I have to thank all the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school as they enabled me to have a smooth running of my first year of principalship in KTMC.  Without their support, our school would not be able to achieve so much in both academic and extra-curricular activities last year.  

In the beginning of the school year, let me also introduce the new teachers of the school.  They include our new Native English Teacher, Mr. Daniel Peter Murphy; Ms. Tong Ka Ching Cynthia who will teach English and Mr. Chan Shing Wai, one of our alumni, will teach Chinese and Putonghua.  Let’s give a round of applause to welcome them.

Our school, as usual, obtained satisfactory results in the public examinations.  For the last cohort of A-level Exam, the credit percentage is about 42% while the passing percentage is about 97% which are much higher than the average of HK schools.  The best result of this year is achieved by Cheung Chun Hin from 7M. He got 3As and 2Cs. We have another seven students who managed to get 2As in the A-level examination. Apart from achieving good results in A-level examination, the JUPAS result is also quite satisfactory in which over 66% of F.7 students got the offer of degree programmes.  Among these students, 50 of them got an offer from HKU, CUHK and HKUST.

As for the first cohort of HKDSE students, they obtained a very satisfactory result.  Nearly 78% of them obtained the minimum qualification to apply for local universities and nearly 50% of them got an offer of the degree programme.  Among these students, 59 of them got an offer from HKU, CUHK and HKUST.  The best result of HKDSE is achieved by Lui Tsz Yin of 6E who has 4 subjects at L5** and 3 subjects at L5*.  Another student who has 4 subjects at Level 5** and 2 subjects at Level 5* is Yiu Tsun of 6D.  There are 12 other students who managed to have 4 subjects or more at Level 5* or above.  Some subjects got very outstanding performance in this year HKDSE exam, for example, 12 students attained Level 5** in Liberal Studies and over 70% of students reaching Level 5 or above in Physics.  The performance in subjects like Chemistry, BAFS, Chinese History, Geography and Mathematics are also outstanding as they have a much higher percentage of students getting Level 5 or above as compared with the average of HK schools.  I hope that the F.6 students of this year will attain even better results than that of last year and I hope that we could have a 100% of our students reaching Level 3 or above and 35% of them at Level 5 or above for all subjects so that more students will be able to receive offers from local universities.

Let’s talk about the school development plan of this year.  We are in the first year of a new development cycle in the School Development Plan (2012-2015) so we would have some changes in the major concerns of this year.  These include (i) to cultivate the school spirits in our students and this is “Courtesy”; (ii) to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning through the implementation of assessment for learning; (iii) to cater for student diversity with emphasis on gifted education; (iv) to strengthen the language performance of students so that they can become tri-lingual and bi-literate and (v) to enhance the global awareness of students.

I would like to take today’s opportunity to put forward the stand of our school on the current hot issue about the implementation of Moral and National Education (MNE) Curriculum.  As instructed by the Catholic Education Office that all Catholic Diocesan Schools, including us, would not start teaching Moral and National Education as an independent subject in 2012-13.  An Ad Hoc Committee has been set up by the Catholic Education Office to conduct research and to compile the MNE teaching materials for Catholic schools in Hong Kong.  Cardinal John Tong also instructed us to follow two basic principles in organising MNE in Catholic Schools in his letter issued to Catholic Schools on 21 June 2012 that (1) the MNE must not be so presented as to foster a narrow-minded nationalism or patriotism and (2) the MNE must help students to look at the cultural values, customs, tradition and historical development of our Motherland with a critical mind, cherishing their positive elements while recognizing their inadequacies.  The MNE, if it is implemented in future, must also incorporate Gospel values and those universally accepted core values pertaining to human nature, interpersonal relationships, the well-being of society and global solidarity.

As for the expectation of students’ performance, I would like to emphasize once again the importance of having good language performance of our students in HKDSE examination, especially the English language performance as we noticed that there are students having good performance in subjects like Mathematics or other elective subjects but they could not get an offer in universities through JUPAS because they only attained Level 3 in either English Language or Chinese Language. 

To enhance our language performance, we need to provide a language-rich environment in school.  All the English teachers will continue last year’s practice of using English as the medium of communication with the students both inside and outside classrooms.  I will also join them so you will need to speak to me in English when you come to see me in my office.  We should also fulfill the requirement of producing a genuine EMI environment in teaching and learning EMI subjects.  Students should refrain from asking your teachers to use Cantonese to explain concepts.    More lunch time activities such as English Café will be organized and you should grasp these opportunities to practice your English with either Mr. Murphy or other English Language teachers.

In addition, in order to increase your chance to practice Putonghua, some of the units in Chinese at the Junior Levels will be taught in Putonghua so you should treasure this learning opportunity to equip yourself to be truly trilingual and bi-literate.  
Furthermore, in order to enhance our effectiveness in learning and teaching, we would try out the concept of Assessment for Learning. Your teachers will try to identify ways to check your understanding during the lesson so that they can make necessarily adjustments to enhance the effectiveness of your learning.  To put this into practice, teachers will need to state the learning objectives or learning targets at the beginning of each lesson and they should let you know the evidence that you have to produce so as to indicate that you have achieved the expected learning objectives.  You should also start to build your own self-evaluation mechanism so that you will be aware of what to be learnt in each lesson and how it will be learnt and what evidence is needed to indicate that you have learnt something.    
I believe that you can have a much better performance in your academic studies if     you are more aware of what the key points of each chapter are and know how to master them.
To end my speech, I would like to quote a statement made by Samuel Smiles: “It is not ease, but effort – not facility but difficulty that makes men. There is perhaps, no station in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered and overcome before any decided measure of success can be achieved.”   There are, of course, a lot of difficulties lying ahead in your life that you need to overcome before you can achieve your goals, but you have to believe in yourself that all of you have the ability to become a successful man as long as you can exert your effort persistently to fulfill your target. 
I sincerely wish everyone a fruitful and memorable academic year.  Thank you.


20-03-2012

Principal’s sharing on 20 March 2012

I would like to share with you a message that I read from Kung Kao Po (公教報) a few weeks ago.  This is from an extract of the homily delivered by our Cardinal John Tong during the mass celebrating his promotion to Cardinal in Rome.  He mentioned three important personal qualities that he would rely on so as to allow him to fulfill the role as Cardinal and these are also qualities that would be possessed by people with a successful life.  These qualities have one thing in common as they all begin with the letter “A” and they are “Accept”, “Adjust” and “Achieve”.

        For you, to accept means to accept who you are.  This includes accepting your own strengths and weaknesses.  You have to remember that you are the unique gift from heaven and each one of you has your own qualities so you do not need to have the same attainment in different aspects of life as the one standing next to you.  You have to understand yourself, build on your strengths and do not let yourself down by your own weaknesses.  This is how you adjust yourselves so that you can set proper priorities like arranging time for revision as well as time required for developing a particular talent.  For example, you might be gifted in sports and have outstanding performance in some sport teams; however, you should not spend all your time on sports training and spare no time for revision. This will cause you to lag behind the school academic requirements.  On the contrary, some of you might have very good academic potential but not physically fit.  You should then strike a balance between your study and physical fitness training so that on the one hand you can do well in your study and on the other hand you won’t feel dizzy so easily when you are required to stand for a longer period of time during morning assembly. 

        Different people have different talents. You should try your best to become an all-round person.  You might not be talented in playing soccer but you can become the one who knows how to give a fair comment on a soccer game.  You might not be a talented musician but you can become an audience who knows how to appreciate a piece of fantastic music.  You might not have talent in drawing or making a sculpture but you can become a sensible visitor who knows how to appreciate a piece of art work in a museum.  You might not have good potential in academic study but you should at least maintain a reasonable standard so that you will have a chance to continue your tertiary studies after leaving KTMC. 

                If you could accept who you are and adjust your priorities in life, you will be able to turn yourself into an all-round person.  Then you will be able to achieve what you should achieve in accordance with the talents given to you by God.  Let’s remember these three important personal qualities in life, “Accept”, “Adjust” and “Achieve” and put them into action so that you will achieve your goals and will not regret when you graduate from our college.


01-09-2011

  Good morning Rev. Giampietro, teachers and fellow students.  Today is a very special day for me as this is the first day that I officially begin to serve as the Principal of this school though I have started working here for a few weeks.  I believe that we can meet here today is not simply by coincidence but it should be planned by our heavenly father.   As you can tell from my appearance that I am not young but I am ‘new’. Though I am a new principal, I am a rather experienced teacher as I have served in the teaching profession for 27 years.  I guess you don’t know much about me so let me say something about myself.  I am a born-catholic so it is quite normal for my parents to put me in a catholic primary and secondary school.  I studied in Salesian School which is a catholic boy school located in Shaukeiwan on the Hong Kong Island. Since it is run by Salesian Fathers, I have learnt the characteristics of the students in a catholic boy school.  I joined the University of Hong Kong after the A-Level exam and I studied in the Faculty of Science with a major in Chemistry.  I started my teaching career by joining an EMI catholic girl school, Sacred Heart Canossian College, which has a rather long school history.  It was founded in 1860 so it has a history of over 151 years.  I started teaching Chemistry in this school and I was promoted as the first male Discipline Master of the school in 1990.  Besides serving as the Discipline Master, I was also involved in other school administrative works and I was then promoted to be the Vice Principal of the school in 1995 and once again I was the first male Vice Principal in the school history.  I have served as the Vice Principal for 16 years in which I was in charge of the curriculum development, the financial and resource management, the Information Technology development and the project-based learning. These experiences shaped me into an experienced school administrator but I originally have no intention to serve as the principal of another school until I received a phone call from one of my past students who informed me that Catholic Diocese was looking for experienced school administrators as principals for their Schools and she believed that I would be a suitable candidate for the post.  I started to think whether this was the call from heaven and if this was really a call for me to serve my lord; I would not hesitate to say “Yes, here I’m lord”.  As a result, I wrote my application letter and I was invited to sit for two interviews. Finally, I was appointed as the principal of a catholic diocese school.  I did not ask which school I would be appointed to as I believed that there is a plan waiting for me. I am sure that God will send me to a school with all the necessary support that I would need to develop the school to its full potential.  Ever since I have started working here, I realize that my belief is correct as I have a very good team of competent, experienced and dedicated teachers who can help ensure effective teaching and learning to be happened in classrooms.  Other staff like the janitor staff, the clerical staff and the technical staff is also very supportive.  They help ensure the safety and cleanliness of the school campus; hence learning could be taken place effectively.   Because of this, I have full confidence that I can fulfill my duty properly and KTMC will be developed healthily under the blessing of my lord.

  In the beginning of the school year, let me also introduce the new teachers of the school.  They include Ms. Wu Wing Man who will teach Mathematics; Mr. Tam Ho Chi who will teach Geography and Liberal Studies; Mr. Ho Chung Yin who will teach Integrated Science and Computer Literacy; Ms. Mak Wai Ying, our former teacher, who will teach English Language; Mr. Chow Wui Yan, our past student, who will teach Chinese Language and Mr. Chow Chi Keung who will teach Mathematics.  Let’s give a round of applause to welcome them.

  Our school, as usual, obtained satisfactory results in the A-level Exam this year and the credit percentage is about 36% while the passing percentage is about 95% which are much higher than the average of HK schools.  The best result of this year is achieved by Chan Kai Wai Kevin from 7M. He got 3As and 2Bs. We have another seven students who managed to have 2As in the A-level exam. They are Ho Chun Him (2As, 1B and 2Cs) and Yao Toi Sen (2As & 2Cs) from 7A; Wong Wai Ho (2As and 1B) from 7B; Chan Wai Long (2As, 1B and 1C), Law Chi Ho (2As and 2Cs), Lee Ngai Hang (2As, 1B and 1C) and Ng Chun Kiu (2As, 1B and 2Cs) from 7M.  With the good results in A-level exam, the JUPAS result is also quite satisfactory in which over 60% of F.7 students got the offer of degree programmes.  Besides, five F.6 students got the qualification of early admission scheme as they got 7As or above in the HKCEE in 2010. Now, they have taken different university degree programme this year.  Apart from these, our school representatives won the silver award in “第五屆香港杯外交知識競賽” and they were given a chance to visit Mainland China this summer. 

  Students who got excellent academic results or outstanding performance in extra-curricular activities have definitely gained honours for our school.  Beside this, you can also gain honour for our school if you behave well in public.  I received a letter from one of our neighbours in early August and he mentioned in his letter that two of our students helped to take care of his son who had an accident when cycling along a steep road in Tsui Ping South Estate.  The little boy fell off from his bicycle and he got wounds on his arm, waist and leg.  The two students witnessed this accident and they helped treat the wounds of the little boy.  They also helped inform his mother and called the ambulance to send the little boy to the hospital.  The father thanked the two helpful students and praised the school for educating young men with high moral standard.  This incident made me feel so proud of you and I must thank these two students who demonstrated the good qualities of our students.  These two students are 蔡志凱 from F.5E and 柳楚漢 from F.7A.  They have set a good example for all of us and they have put into practice of what Jesus taught: We should love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

  Let’s talk about the school development plan of this year.  We are still within the development cycle in the School Development Plan (2009-2012) so we would have the same major concerns as last year.  These includes: (i) to cultivate the school spirit, “Modesty” in our students; (ii) to implement NSS plans as this will be the final year of the first cohort of NSS; (iii) to strengthen interactive and effective learning and teaching which need your active participation in class activities and (iv) to cater for student diversity with emphasis on gifted education.  I will want to strengthen the language performance of our students in particular, especially the English language performance.  To fulfill this, we need to provide a language-rich environment in school.  This year, all the English teachers agree to take the initiative to use English as the medium of communication with the students both inside and outside classrooms.  I will also join them and you will need to speak in English when you come to see me in my office.  We should also observe the requirement to produce a genuine EMI environment in teaching and learning EMI subjects.  Students should refrain from asking your teachers to use Cantonese to explain concepts as you are all identified by the Education Bureau that you are EMI capable students that can learn subjects with English as the Medium of Instruction.  You ought to become trilingual and bi-literate.  This means that you could be able to speak and write fluently in both English and Chinese which includes both Cantonese and Putonghua so as to become competitive in future workplace.  We need to immerse in a language rich environment so as to master a language.  Take Rev. Giampietro as an example, he is an Italian priest whose first language is not even English but Italian, he can now speak fluent Cantonese as he has worked in a local factory for many years so he learned the language effectively by interacting with local people in Cantonese.   We have to ensure that KTMC is immersed in a language rich environment so that you can learn and use English effectively.

  I believe each one of you is a unique gift from God and you have been given your own talent that has to be discovered by yourself.  You don’t need to have the same achievement as others. You are a unique person so you have your own strengths and weaknesses.  Please identify them and try to build upon your strengths and enhance areas that you are weak in.  To end my speech, I would like to quote a statement made by Sir Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister in the Second World War: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”.  You are all band 1 students and you should have very similar abilities. The reason why some of you will achieve excellent performance while some will be far behind others is mainly because of the difference in attitude towards study rather than a difference in ability.  I sincerely hope that you will set your own goal at the beginning of this academic year and will try your very best to achieve it so as to excel the potential that God has given to each one of you to its fullness.  
I sincerely wish everyone a fruitful academic year.  Thank you.