Speech from Principal 2016-2017
Principal’s Speech on 1-9-2016
Good morning, Supervisor, teachers and fellow students! It is nice to meet all of you again after a long holiday break and I believe every one of you should have been recharged and got yourself ready to face the challenges ahead of us this 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 3 new teachers; they are Ms. Lao Hoi Pan, an experienced English Language teacher who is going to teach English Language of the Junior Form; Ms. Yip Chi Yan, our new English Language and History teacher of the Junior Form; Mr. Lau Wai Kei, our new LS and Geography teacher. Let’s give a round of applause to welcome them.
Last year was one of the important school years in our school history as it was the year that we celebrated the 45th Anniversary. The four major events that we organized to celebrate the 45th Anniversary were all successfully held. These included the Fun Fair and School Information Day held on 13 December 2015, the School Anniversary Mass held on 6 May 2016 at St. Teresa’s Church; the Anniversary Banquet held on 8 July 2016 and the publication of a special issue of school magazine. These anniversary celebrations helped reunite different stakeholders of the school together and without the unfailing support of teachers, supporting staff and students, these events could not be held so successfully.
Let's talk about the performance of the F.6 cohort in 2016 HKDSE exam. It was much better than the cohort of 2015 though it is still not as satisfactory as compared with that of the cohort of 2014. We still manage to have around 80% of our students obtaining the minimum qualification to apply for local universities and more than 53% of them got an offer of the degree programmes. Among these students, 38 of them got an offer from HKU, CUHK and HKUST. The best result was achieved by 6E Chan Chak Man who got a score of 44 for 7 subjects and he was admitted into the Faculty of medicine of CUHK. An increase in the percentage of students reaching L5 or above was observed in a few subjects as the F.6 cohort of 2016 is more diligent than that of 2015. This once again reinforces our belief that it is the hard work of students rather than the intellectual ability that can lead to better performance in the public exams. May I appeal to all F.6 students to try your very best to prepare for the HKDSE exams by taking the initiatives to work on suitable exercises or past paper questions so as to enable you to have complete mastery of the topics and hopefully 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 second year of a development cycle in the School Development Plan (2015-2018) and hence we still have the same major concerns as that of last year and they are:- (a) To foster students’ ability to demonstrate initiative and take responsibility for learning by implementing self-directed learning and (b) To encourage students to live a meaningful school life through the pursuit of their goals. Why should we promote self-directed learning? It’s simply because learning would not take place unless you would like to take part in it. Learning would become more effective when you are willing to spend time on it and use the most appropriate way that fits your learning style to help construct concepts. We would like to encourage you to take an active role in the learning process, for example, you can have good pre-lesson preparation so that you can read the basic information on your own before attending the lesson and thus a more in-depth discussion can then be held during lessons. Beside having good pre-lesson preparation, we would also expect you to take notes during lessons so that the key concepts that have been covered in the lesson are systematically recorded in your notes that can be used for thorough revision after the lesson so as to build solid understanding.
Self-directed learning would not happen unless you are determined to work on it with a persistent effort. That’s why we encourage you to set SMART goals first at the beginning of the school year. S.M.A.R.T. Goals are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Hence, these are specific goals that are realistic and attainable within a suitable time frame according to your own capacity. Such goals can be monitored or measured with proper means so that you can be notified of the progress of your work. This can be very simple goal such as handing-in all homework in a term or pass in all subjects in every test and exam or learning at least 20 vocabularies a day, etc., After setting the smart goals, you would have to make action plans to achieve your goals and stick to them and you will have to reflect on the progress periodically so as to make proper adjustment which helps you to approach the targets set. You may come across a lot of ups and downs before attaining your goals; however, you should believe that you have been given the strength you need to overcome all these burdens. So let’s dream big and act persistently with endurance to achieve your goals so that you will have a meaningful school life.
Last but not least, I would like to end my speech with a quote about love stated by Mother Teresa who is going to be canonized this Sunday, 4 September in Rome, The quote is “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” Remember the school theme of this year is “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Be kind to people around you and spread God’s love to one another in our daily life by offering a helping hand to someone in need. This is how we can do small things with great love and turns this world into a better one. Thank you and God bless.