Speech from Principal 2018-2019
Principal’s Speech on 3-9-2018
Good morning, Supervisor, teachers and fellow students!
It is great to meet all of you again after a long holiday break. I believe that everyone has been refreshed and is ready to face the challenges ahead of you this year.
At 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 altogether 4 new teachers; they are Ms. Kwan Lai Ching an experienced Geography teacher who is going to be the panel head of Geography department and she will teach Geography and History; Ms. Yuen Lai Lan, an experienced English Language teacher who is going to teach English Language at F.4 and F.2 levels; Ms. Tang Sin Ting, our New Chinese Language teacher who is going to teach PTH and Chinese Language of the Junior and Senior Form. Ms. Ying Hoi Kit, another new Chinese Language teacher who is going to teach PTH and Chinese Language of the both the Senior and Junior Form. Let's give a round of applause to welcome them.
There are also new appointments at the Middle Management Level. Mr. Wong Yuk Kin is appointed as the Section Head of the School Affair Section. Mr. Chow Yuk Kwan is appointed as the panel head of the Ethics and Religious Education department. Ms. Au Yeung Wai Yee is appointed as the SEN Co-ordinator. Ms. Ng Pui Ying is appointed as the panel head of the Putonghua department and Ms. Lai Sze Ling is appointed as the deputy panel head of the English Language department. I believe that the school will continue to develop under the new leadership with the collaboration of different stakeholders of the school.
This summer we managed to finish a lot of repair work such as the re-flooring of the basketball court with EPDM material. The cost of this re-flooring work was about 1.65 million so we should be cautious when we use the court. It’s better for you to put on sport shoes when you are going to play ball games on this court. Besides, with the generous donation by parents and alumni, we managed to raise sufficient funding to install a new sound system in the hall, room A51 and the covered playground. I hope you will be satisfied with the quality of the sound system in these venues. Now, we can run forums or talks in these venues with wireless microphones running with a high quality sound system. Another significant repair work that had been done in the summer is the replacement of mal-functioned air-conditioners in a number of classrooms, special rooms and the school library by the application of emergency repair with the Education Bureau. If you are happy with all this repair work, you should thank in particular the effort of two teachers who have spent a lot of time and effort in chasing after the contractors that are responsible for the repair works during the summer holidays, they are Mr. Yung Hap and Mr. Wack Nung Sun. We should also be thankful to teachers who helped organize a number of summer activities for our students.
Let's talk about the performance of the F.6 cohort in 2018 HKDSE exams. The overall result of this year was similar to that of last year though fewer students obtaining the minimum requirement for university entry. Besides, Improvement in the performance in some subjects such as Economics, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History and Chinese History was observed as we have more students attaining L5 or above in these subjects. The % of students with L5 or above was 19.7% which is slightly better than that of last year, i.e. 18.4% and it is also better than that of 2016 i.e.19.1%. 79 students out of 122, i.e. 64.7% of F6 students got an offer of the degree programmes. Among these students, 27 of them got an offer from HKU, CUHK and HKUST. 6C Hon Yu Kiu got 40 points in 7 subjects which is the best result of 2018. He was admitted into the B.Ed and BSc (double degree) of HKU. It is observed that if a F.6 student can manage to have 20 points or above in his best five subjects then it is quite certain that he can secure a UGC funded degree programmed offered by the 8 local universities. May I appeal to all F.6 students to try your very best to prepare for the HKDSE exams. You should take the initiatives to work on suitable exercises or past paper questions or you should form study groups among yourselves to do revision after school so as to equip yourselves with a thorough understanding 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 for this year. We are in the first year of a development cycle in the School Development Plan (2018-2021) and hence we have new major concerns for this cycle and they are:-
(a) To enhance students' ownership in learning so that they can stretch their learning potential to the fullest and (b) To cultivate in students the five core values of Catholic education, aligned with the school spirits, so that they can have a positive attitude towards life.
I believe that what we have promoted in the last development cycle for self-directed learning and goal setting shall form the foundation for you to stretch your learning potential to the fullest. To be able to stretch one's potential to the fullest, you must have good learning habits such as pre-lesson preparation, note-taking during lesson and note-making after lesson so as to form a solid understanding of what has been covered in lessons. Besides, you must have a clear goal setting so as to help sustain your effort before you can reach the fullest potential in your academic studies. The journey of learning will never be an easy one and you might come across a lot of difficulties and temptations that may distract you from putting effort to achieve your targets. Let's remember that the burden put on your shoulder by our heavenly father will never be greater than the ability which has been given to you. With trust in the Lord, we can overcome any difficulties in the learning pathway as long as you do not give up your effort to tackle the obstacles in your learning path.
Besides achieving a better result to surpass yourself academically, we also hope that every student will have a better understanding of the five core values of Catholic education which include, Life, Truth, Justice, Family and Love. This year we will put our emphasis to provide opportunities for you to have a better encounter about the meaning of Love. Let's remember what Jesus told one of the scribes who asked him which is the first of all the commandments, Jesus replied that "The first is this: ‘Hear, O Isreal! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mk 12: 29-31). Knowing that life is a precious gift from our heavenly father, we are loved by him first and so we shall love him with all our mind and strength and we should also love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Hence, we need to be more observant so as to see the needs of people around us, for example, to help our parents with housework, to help our buddies who are struggling with their learning problems or emotional problems, to offer our seats on public transport such as MTR or bus to people who are more in need, to participate in social services for the needy, etc.
Last but not least, I would like to end my speech with the theme of this school year, "Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity." (1 Timothy 4:12). This reminds us that we should be cautious in our behaviour, be kind to everyone around us and make good use of our talents so as to surpass ourselves in all aspects of life.
Thank you and God bless.