Speech from Principal 21-22
Principal’s Speech on 1-9-2021
Good morning, Supervisor, teachers and fellow students!
2021 is again a very difficult year for most of us as most of the normal school activities such as annual athletic meet, swimming gala, school picnic day, music contest, school information day, Christmas celebration, interschool competition, whole-day school, etc., cannot be held because of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. There is a chance for us to resume all these normal school lives by having more than 70% of both students and staff have received COVID-19 vaccines. Most of the teaching and non-teaching staff have received the COVID-19 vaccines and about 50% of our students have also received the COVID-19 vaccines so it is the remaining half of the student population to decide whether we can have our normal school life such as the whole day face-to-face lesson, training and activities held during lunch time and extracurricular activities to be held after school in the afternoon will depend whether we can have at least 70% of our student population to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. I would like to encourage those who are still thinking about whether to receive the vaccine or not to step up to protect yourselves and your family by receiving the vaccine and at the same time this can allow our school life to become normal as soon as possible.
At the beginning of the school year, I would like to welcome on behalf of the whole school to the new members of the teaching staff. This year we have 6 new teachers and they are Mr. Stanley Chan who will teach English Language at both Senior and Junior levels, Mr. Luk Tsz Yuk who is our alumnus and he will teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and Computer Literacy, Mr. Wong Kwok Hong who will teach Mathematics at both Senior and Junior levels, Mr. Daniel Wong who will teach Integrated Science and Biology at F.3, Ms. Hung Wing Yee who will teach Chinese Language at both Senior and Junior levels, Ms. Tang Yee Ki who will teach Chinese Language and Putonghua at Junior Level. Last but not least, Ms. Hazel Chan, our pastoral worker, will also be our Religious Education teacher at Junior level. Most of them have relevant teaching experience in their subjects and I have full confidence that they can help enhance our learning and teaching performance.
There are also new appointments at the Middle Management Level. Mr. Ma Yiu Chung is promoted to SGM serving as the Guidance Master. Mr. Cheung Man Mau is appointed to be the Head of IT Section and Mr. Chow Chi Keung is appointed to be the acting Discipline Master to replace Mr. Ho Tai On who is leaving us to serve in a leading role in other secondary school. I believe that the school will continue to develop under the new leadership with the collaboration of different stakeholders of the school.
Let's talk about the performance of the F.6 cohort in 2021 HKDSE exam. We didn’t have a top scorer of the HKDSE this year like that of 2019 but we have a better overall performance in the HKDSE exam. We have a higher percentage of students reaching L5 or above (15.5% in 2019, 21.2% in 2020 and 24.3% in 2021) and the percentage of students obtaining the minimum requirement for university entry also increased from 77.0% to 88.0%. 83.7% of our F.6 students, i.e., 98 students got the degree offer in which 80 students (68.4%) got a degree offer from 8 UGC-funded universities. 47 students got an offer of a degree programme from HKU, CUHK and HKUST. 11 students got an offer of SSSDP (Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions) degree and 7 students got an offer of a Self-financing degree from OUHK. The good performance of this year S6 students can partly be explained by the fact that quite a number of them chose to stay behind to form study groups for revision during the last few months of their F.6 study and also their study leave period. 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 programme 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 and past paper questions. You should also form study groups among yourselves to do revision after school like the cohort of last year 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. Besides, we are going to provide more revision materials in the google classroom and install one more printer in room 108 to facilitate your revision and hopefully more students will attain excellent results in the coming HKDSE in 2022.
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 (2021-2024) and hence we have a set of new major concerns and they are: -
(a) To develop students into self-directed learners 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 and Chinese virtues, so that they can have a positive attitude towards life. Our focus is to help cultivate our students to become truly self-directed learners with good learning habits who also have a good understanding of the five core values of Catholic Education. To achieve this, we have set the major concern of 2021-22 to be (i) To enhance the interaction between students and teachers during lessons and to consolidate their learning with e-learning resources so as to develop them into effective self-directed learners with good learning habits and (ii) To cultivate in our students the core values of Catholic education with emphasis on “Justice” and “Truth”. The installation of an 86” interactive panel in each classroom will be the first step to enhance the interaction between teacher and students, however, it is the willingness of each of you to determine whether you can really be engaged in the lesson to allow it to be truly interactive. We would also provide a set of expected learning attitudes of an effective learner which helps provide footsteps for you to follow to develop effective learning habits. Besides, we would also arrange ample opportunities for you to explore the true meaning of “justice” and “truth” so as to have a better understanding of the genuine meaning of these Core values of Catholic Education.
The Theme of School Life of 2021-22 will be “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. (1 Corinthians 13:6-7) 不以不義為樂，卻與真理同樂：凡事包容，凡事相信，凡事 盼望，凡事忍耐。(格林多前書 13:6-7). This helps remind us that we should stand for justice and be patient when things do not go as expected as we should have trust, faith, and hope in our lord that he will guide us to go through the darkness and be able to search for the true meaning of life. You may have heard what the US president, Joe Biden, made his warning to the terrorist in a press conference after the terrorist attack at the airport of Afghanistan, “We will not forget, we will not forgive, we will hunt you down and make you pay.” Is this the teaching of Jesus? Can hatred really drive out hatred? Let’s recall what Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.”… “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” What should be “the will” of our heavenly father? What should be the scenario if “the will” of our heavenly father is to be done on earth? Should we forgive and forget who have sinned against us? This helps remind us that we should never allow hatred to be developed and we should ask what Jesus will do if he is in our situation of facing difficulties in life then we would be able to know how we should response to the challenges lying ahead and be able to continue to serve as the instrument of peace to people living around us!
Let’s recall that life is a precious gift from heaven and each one of you is unique and is provided with different god-gifted talents. You should make the best use of your talents and be a caring and contributive member of your class and a servant leader in the society in future.
May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family throughout this academic year and all the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic could be overcome soon!
Thank you and God bless.