School Report by Mr. C. L. Fong, the Principal
At the 58th Graduation Ceremony
On December 6, 2017
Mr. Li, Mr. Hsu, Mr. Chu, Mr. Wong, Members of the School Management Committee, Directors of the Association, Distinguished Guests, Teachers and Students,
Today, we are pleased to have our alumnus Mr. Simon Li, JP, Director-General of Civil Aviation of the HKSAR, officiate at our school’s 58th Graduation Ceremony. I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to all guests for taking the time to attend this ceremony. Taking this opportunity, I would like to make a brief report on our school’s performance in the past year.
We made steady progress in the previous school year. For the DSS section, the passing rate of our students who sat in 2017 HKDSE was similar to that of the territory-wide average rate. Over the years, our teachers had put forth great effort in teaching all students, including those with weak foundation since they were enrolled in Secondary 1. We are very glad that most graduates were able to achieve average or above results, continuing their studies afterwards. Furthermore, our school achieved the highest academic-value added since HKDSE first started. English and the core four subjects scored 8, the best five subjects, Chinese and Mathematics scored 7 respectively, while Liberal Studies scored 6. Over 85% of our graduates are continuing their studies either in local or overseas tertiary institutions, enrolled in bachelor or associate degree programs. This fully demonstrates our graduates’ unremitting efforts to improve oneself and their spirit to continuously make new progress.
As for the International Section, the past year has been a year with accomplishment. Not only our teacher team is growing, our student number is also increasing. Year 13 students’ results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program were very satisfactory, once again attaining overall 100% pass rate. Over 30% of the graduates scored 40 or above, all admitted to renowned universities both at home and abroad. Our Year 11 students’ results in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) were also gratifying, with an overall 100% pass rate. 50% of students scored A * and A, and 88% of them scored A * to C. The best student even scored A * or A in eleven subjects. To teachers of both sections who have cared and guided our graduates throughout their school years, these scores are the best evidence of their hard work.
For extra-curricular activities, our students in the DSS section achieved excellent results. Besides gaining 11 titles in the ‘2017 Hong Kong Marching Band Festival Invitational Marching Band Competition’, our Girls Drum Band won one gold and two silvers in the ‘2017 International Youth Marching Band Competition Asia Championships’. Our Girls Drum Band is within the top ranks of Asia’s youth marching bands. Moreover, our Boys and Girls Badminton Team obtained the title of Champion and 1st runner-up in the Inter-school Badminton Championships respectively, taking a leading position among schools. Our students of the International section were also as good as their counterparts in the DSS section. Our Football Team won the U20 Men’s Group Champion of the Hong Kong International School Inter-school Competitions, and our Hockey Team was the Champion in both the Men-Women Mixed and Women’s League Championships. Our Year 12’s Mattew Mak is a member of the Hong Kong Fencing Representative Team. Besides winning the Champion in Men’s Saber in A Grade Competition organized by the Hong Kong School Sports and Federation, he also obtained 1st runner-up in Hong Kong’s Open Competitions. And our Year 11’s Steven Yang also won the Men’s Epee Open Group Fencing Competition among International School organized by Hong Kong School Sports and Federation. In addition, our students received various awards and prizes in Lion Dance, Karate, Speech Festival, Drama, Field and Tracks, Basketball, Dance, Road Safety Patrol, Sand Sculpture and Design Competitions. The above show our students’ hard work and potential in other aspects aside from academic work.
Moral education has always been a focus of our school and ‘Develop student’s self-awareness, build up healthy interpersonal relationship’ was last year’s theme. We encouraged students to express personal comments through their bi-weekly diaries, along with ‘Lunchtime Talent Show’ and ‘Birthday Celebration’. We provided daily opportunities for students to showcase their talents and potentials. We hope that these activities could raise students’ self-awareness, build up their overall sense of satisfaction and strengthen their ties among peers and teachers. As far as we observe, these activities were effective.
Dear graduates, the completion of secondary school education is not an end of one’s learning phase, but a beginning of another. Education is a process of learning to learn. We must embrace life-long learning, persist in what we do, and attain our life goals with perseverance. Also, I hope every one of you will follow the motto of ‘Orderly and Respectful’ when dealing with matters in life. Do your best, strive for excellence, be an asset to our society and serve it tomorrow.
May I express my sincere gratitude to Chairman of the School Management Committee, School Supervisor, and members of School Management Committee for their guidance, trust and support. Moreover, the cooperation among teachers and staff had made my work smoother. We would also like to thank Mr. Simon Li for officiating at the ceremony and posting a good model for the graduates. Finally, my best wishes to the graduates and guests. Thank you.