CARMEL DIVINE GRACE FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL

Details
  • Secondary School Information
    • School Information
      • District Sai Kung
      • Other District(s) Kwun Tong
      • Supervisor / Chairman of School Management Committee Ms. LI Po Ching
      • Principal Ms. LAM Sui Mei (B.Sc., Cert. Ed., M. Ed.)
      • School Type Aided
      • Student Gender Co-ed
      • School Size About 5600 Sq. M
      • Sponsoring Body Evangelical School Development Incorporation Ltd.
      • Has the Incorporated Management Committee been established Yes
      • Religion Protestantism / Christianity
      • Year of Commencement of Operation 1987
      • School Motto Self-discipline through the understanding of the Word, Service to mankind through faithfulness to the Lord.
      • Parent-Teacher Association Yes
      • Student Union / Association Yes
      • Past Students’ Association / School Alumni Association Yes
    • School Charges
      • S1 -
      • S2 -
      • S3 -
      • S4 -
      • S5 -
      • S6 -
      • Parent-Teacher Association Fee (Annual)($): $100
      • Students' Association Membership Fee($): $13
      • Approved Charges for non-standard items (Annual) ($): $310
      • Other Charges / Fees($): -
    • School Facilities
      • School Facilities: Hall, Library, Self-study Room, English Centre, Student Activity Centre, 2 Computer Rooms, Laboratories, STEM Laboratory, Music Room, Visual Arts Room, Home Economics Room, Geography Room, Design & Technology Room, Computer-aided Design Room, Multi-Media Learning Centre, Physical Fitness Room, Campus TV Studio and Sport Climbing Walls. All rooms are air-conditioned.
      • Facility for Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs: Accessible lift and Accessible toilet.
    • Teaching Staff Information (Including School Head)
      • Number of teaching posts in the approved establishment: 52
      • Total number of teachers in the school: 54
      • Qualifications and Professional TrainingPercentage of teaching staff (%)
        • Teacher Certificate / Diploma in Education : 100%
        • Bachelor Degree: 100%
        • Master / Doctorate Degree or above : 41%
        • Special Education Training : 20%
      • Working ExperiencesPercentage of teaching staff (%)
        • 0-4 years : 11%
        • 5-9 years : 2%
        • 10 years or above : 87%
    • 2019/2020 Class Structure
      • S1 4
      • S2 4
      • S3 4
      • S4 4
      • S5 4
      • S6 4
    • Subjects Offered
      • Subjects Offered in 2019/2020 School YearS.1 - S.3
        • Chinese as the medium of instruction : Chinese Language, Putonghua, Biblical Knowledge, Chinese History, Liberal Studies, Health Education (S.1 & S.2)
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Computer Literacy, Integrated Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Economics, Music, Design and Technology, Home Economics, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Language Across the Curriculum (S.1)
        • Use either Chinese or English as the medium of instruction by class or by group : -
      • Subjects Offered in 2019/2020 School YearS.4 - S.6
        • Chinese as the medium of instruction : Chinese Language, Liberal Studies, Chinese History, Biblical Knowledge
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Mathematics (Extended Part Module 1), Mathematics (Extended Part Module 2), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, History, Business, Accounting and Financial Studies, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education
        • Use either Chinese or English as the medium of instruction by class or by group : -
      • Subjects to be Offered in 2020/2021 School YearS.1 - S.3
        • Chinese as the medium of instruction : Chinese Language, Putonghua, Biblical Knowledge, Chinese History, Liberal Studies, Health Education (S.1 & S.2)
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Computer Literacy, Integrated Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Economics, Music, Design and Technology, Home Economics, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Language Across the Curriculum (S.1)
        • Use either Chinese or English as the medium of instruction by class or by group : -
      • Subjects to be Offered in 2020/2021 School YearS.4 - S.6
        • Chinese as the medium of instruction : Chinese Language, Liberal Studies, Chinese History, Biblical Knowledge
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Mathematics (Extended Part Module 1), Mathematics (Extended Part Module 2), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, History, Business, Accounting and Financial Studies, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education
        • Use either Chinese or English as the medium of instruction by class or by group : -
    • Secondary One Admission, Orientation Activities & Healthy School Life
      • Secondary One Admission Our school will accept discretionary places. Our school will participate in the Secondary School Places Allocation System through central allocation stage (Applicable for admission to S.1 in September 2020 ).Admission criteria and weightings: Conduct: B or above, Academic Performance: 50%, Extra-curricular Activities & Community Services: 10%, Internal & External Awards: 10% and Interview: 30%.
      • Orientation Activities and Healthy Life To help S.1 students adapt to secondary school life, Summer English and EMI Bridging Course, 'Fun Fun to S.1' Summer Induction Programme and S.1 Orientation Day for both students and their parents are organised. When the school commences, S.1 students also take part in lunchtime orientation activities in September, the Big Brothers and Sisters Scheme, S.1 Fun Fun Camp and Christian Fellowship, which help them enjoy their school life academically, spiritually and socially with a positive attitude.
    • School Characteristics
      • School Management
        • (1)School's Major Concerns School theme: Excel in Gifts, Flourish in Life
        • (2) School Management Organisation: The School Managers have abundant experience in education. Adopting a school-based management approach, committees and departments, comprising teachers with expert knowledge, have been set up to oversee the development and operation of the school. The structure of the school is purposely made simple so that teachers can concentrate on their core function: teaching and caring.
        • (3) Incorporated Management Committee / School Management Committee / Management Committee: The Incorporated Management Committee of Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School
        • (4) School Green Policy: To raise our students' awareness of environmental protection, our school strongly encourages everyone to make good use of resources through different aspects. We have lots of recycling bins to encourage teachers and students to collect recyclable products. Every year there are students who join the Green Ambassadors Scheme to promote various environmental protection activities inside and outside school, including visits to environmental protection organisations, cleaning up the beach campaign, etc. Administrative measures are in place to save resources. In each classroom, the guidelines for using air conditioners are displayed clearly and all toilets are equipped with the automatic sensor-switch lighting system.
      • Learning and Teaching Plan
        • (1) Whole-school Language Policy: While English has been used as the medium of instruction (EMI) in all classes for most subjects, we also strive to help students become bi-literate and trilingual. The school-based subject “Language Across the Curriculum” helps S.1 students adapt to EMI learning. To cater for learner diversity, English remedial classes are organised to consolidate students’ knowledge in English while a tailor-made enrichment curriculum is designed for S.1 to S.3 high-achievers to stretch their potential. Our Native-speaking English Teacher and local teachers organise various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, as well as summer English Study Tours to provide students with ample opportunities to hone their language skills to be proficient users of English, and experience life and culture in English-speaking countries. Steps have been taken to improve students' Putonghua proficiency through S.1 and S.2 Putonghua lessons, some Chinese lessons taught in Putonghua and extra-curricular activities. Complementing these measures, another school-based subject “Reading Across the Curriculum” and lessons for extensive reading in Chinese and English have also been scheduled in the timetables of junior forms to promote the joy and importance of reading to learn.
        • (2) Learning and Teaching Strategies: The primary focuses of the junior form curriculum are to develop students’ competencies in Chinese, English and Mathematics, and to encourage students to read extensively, write plentifully and think creatively and analytically. There is a good interface between the junior and senior secondary curriculums. Two examples of such are our school-based junior Liberal Studies curriculum, which emphasizes the training of various generic skills and study skills, and the inclusion of language arts and text grammar in the formal and informal school-based English Language curriculums across all levels. In line with the curriculum reform “Learning to Learn”, teachers are making strides to adopt a student-centred and skill-focused pedagogical approach in order to develop students into lifelong learners. Furthermore, assessment for learning strategies have been developed across different subjects to promote learning and teaching effectiveness. The promotion of STEM education in our school aims at developing a solid knowledge base among students and enhancing their interest in STEM-related subjects. Our school-based STEM-for-all curriculum, including the learning of biotechnology, 3D printing, VR, mBot as well as Design and Make projects, is designed to nurture students’ creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills. Students can extend their learning through joining enrichment programmes and activities - the Robotics Team, the STEM Club and STEM Day. Students are also nominated to participate in STEM-related competitions and have the chance to serve the community by sharing their learning outcomes with students of different schools.
        • (3) School-based Curriculum: 1. Electives: 2X and 3X. Mathematics (Modules 1 and 2), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Chinese History, Business, Accounting and Financial Studies2. Curriculum highlights: S.1 Language Across the Curriculum, S.1 and S.2 Health Education Programmes, Junior Liberal Studies, Junior Reading Across the Curriculum and Senior Biblical Knowledge are school-based curriculums.
        • (4) Development of Key Tasks: In response to the curriculum reform, the four key tasks have been well incorporated into the school curriculum. Moral and Civic Education is promoted through the formal curriculum of Biblical Knowledge, Health Education, Liberal Studies and Class Teacher Periods, and the informal curriculum offered by the joint efforts of the Religious Affairs, Civic Education, Guidance and Discipline and Moral Education Committees. Strategic reading skills are taught and practiced in Chinese Language lessons, English Language lessons, Reading Across the Curriculum lessons, and some other subjects to reinforce students' capability in Reading to Learn. In addition, a series of school-based programmes including book fairs, thematic book displays, book sharing and reading award schemes are held to foster a love for reading among students. Project Learning is embodied in the junior form curriculums for students' development of independent learning skills. e-Learning has been implemented. With good e-learning tools and e-devices, students are provided with different opportunities to use e-tools for interactive learning in the digital age, within and beyond the school hours. With the implementation of these four key tasks, students are expected to be well prepared for the Senior Secondary Curriculum.
        • (5) Career and Life Planning: We have organized various career and life planning activities to help our students from different forms to know and develop their interests and abilities so that they could make more informed career choices other than devising more suitable plans for further studies. Our activities include seminars on life planning, visits to local and overseas tertiary institutions and corporations, mentoring schemes, mock interviews, individual and group counselling service as well as talks for parents.
      • Student Support
        • (1) Whole School Approach to Cater for Student Diversity: Measures to cater for student diversity include: 1. Enrichment and remedial courses to cater for learners' differences; 2. Tailor-made school-based curriculums and teaching materials; 3. Homework Support Scheme; 4. Small class teaching in Chinese Language (S.1) and English Language (S.1-S.3) to cater for learning diversity; 5. High-achievers' classes in English Language and Mathematics (S.2-S.3).
        • (2) Whole School Approach to Integrated Education: The Student Support Working Group comprising Vice Principal, SEN Coordinator, Guidance Master, representative from Academic Committee and Student Counsellor provides suitable support for needy students to help them cope with learning needs and social development.
        • (4) Measures to provide adaptation for Learning and Assessment: S.1-S.5: There are 2 uniform tests and 2 examinations every year. Continuous assessment by coursework, class performance and tests constitutes about 10-15% of students' overall results. S.6: There is 1 uniform test and 1 examination every year. Continuous assessment by coursework, class performance and tests constitutes about 10% of students' overall results.
      • Home-school Co-operation and School Ethos
        • (1) Home-School Co-operation: Every year, the Parent-Teacher Association organizes a series of activities such as interest courses, seminars on parenting and other outdoor activities. In addition, parents participate actively in school programmes like "Salute to Teachers", Sports Days, Swimming Gala, community services and class visits. All the above have fostered home-school collaboration. Parents and teachers view one another as partners in education and a caring community is formed around the students.
        • (2) School Ethos: Our teachers and students have a close rapport. Teachers frequently meet with students after school, helping them with their studies, sharing with them their concerns and worries, and guide them through adolescence. The Discipline and Moral Education Committee, Guidance Committee, Civic Education Committee and the School Social Worker launch programmes like the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Scheme, the S.1 Education Camp, Sex Education activities, exchange tours to the Mainland or other countries, etc. to instill in them self-discipline, correct values, a proper understanding of sex and high moral standards. In Morning and Weekly Assemblies and Health Education programmes, students learn about morality, family ties, emotions, interpersonal relationships and civic responsibilities, so that they may treasure their lives, respect others, and grow and mature.
      • Future Development
        • (1) School Development Plan: 1. Empowering students to be independent lifelong learners through enhancing their Learning to Learn competence - Get Set, Branch Out; 2. Promoting students' well-being and enabling them to flourish through positive education - Feel Good, Do Good.
        • (2) Teacher Professional Training and Development: In the establishment of teachers' learning communities, the school provides various professional exchange channels like peer observation, collaborative lesson preparation, sharing of good practices and lesson study for teachers. Every year, school-based staff training such as seminars, workshops and joint school conferences are held. We have established close partnership with universities for tapping their professional support.
      • Life-wide Learning Activities including Five Essential Learning Experiences, Key Learning Areas, Extra-curricular Activities, Co-curricular Activities, etc. Our students can participate in extra-curricular activities classified into 3 major categories: academic, interest and service. On top of that, they also have opportunities to realise their potentials by taking part in programmes such as English Musical, Variety Show and Overseas Study Tours. Participating actively and enjoying themselves enormously in these activities, students win many prizes and clinch numerous titles in a wide range of inter-school competitions such as sports, music, uniformed groups and robotics.
      • Others Experiential Learning: Various experiential learning programmes are scheduled every year to help students to stretch their potentials, develop their interests and abilities, strengthen their leadership and enhance their class spirit and sense of belonging to school. The well-structured form-based experiential programmes include S.1 Fun Fun Camp, S.2 Training Program, S.3 Growth Camp, S.4 Running Friends, Senior Form Leadership Training Programmes, S.4 high quality Service Learning Programmes and S.6 Graduation Camp. Student Exchange: In order to encourage students to learn outside the classroom and broaden their horizons, various Mainland and overseas exchange programmes, organised either by the school or external organisations, are arranged for the students. Many Carmel students joined such programmes and visited a lot of places around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Beijing and Taiwan. In addition, together with other ESDI-founded schools, the school organised visits to Kurmul International School in Cambodia. Through taking part in voluntary teaching, performances and community services, students learnt to cooperate with one another and understood the need of poverty alleviation in addition to serving others.
      • Direct public transportation to School Buses: 93A, 93K, 93M, 98A, 98C, 98D, 290, 290A, 296M, 297, 690, 694, 798; MTR: Po Lam Station; Mini-buses: 10M, 105, 106, 111 and those that stop at Po Lam Estate.
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