DAUGHTERS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS SIU MING CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL

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  • Secondary School Information
    • School Information
      • District Kwai Tsing
      • Other District(s) Sham Shui Po
      • Supervisor / Chairman of School Management Committee Sister Tse Kam Fong
      • Principal Sister Kwok Ming Ying, Anita
      • School Type Aided
      • Student Gender Girls
      • School Size About 6832 Sq. M
      • Sponsoring Body The Mother Provincial of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Hong Kong)
      • Has the Incorporated Management Committee been established Yes
      • Religion Catholicism
      • Year of Commencement of Operation 1973
      • School Motto Purity and Charity (Integrity, Honesty, Love & Concern)
      • 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)($): $150 (life membership)
      • Students' Association Membership Fee($): $15
      • Approved Charges for non-standard items (Annual) ($): Improve school facilities and school printed matter: $308 (S.1-S.5) / $196 (S.6)
      • Other Charges / Fees($): -
    • School Facilities
      • School Facilities: 4 Laboratories, Multi-Media Learning Centre, Information Technology Learning Centre, Library, General Purpose Room, Visual Arts Room, Music Room, Geography Room, Fashion and Textile Technology Room, Food Technology Room, Counselling Room, English Corner, Social Worker Room, PTA Resource Room, Chapel, Garden, Butterfly Garden, 2 Volleyball Courts, Basketball Court, Carpark and 2 Lifts.
      • Facility for Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs: Ramp, 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: 59
      • Qualifications and Professional TrainingPercentage of teaching staff (%)
        • Teacher Certificate / Diploma in Education : 98%
        • Bachelor Degree: 100%
        • Master / Doctorate Degree or above : 69%
        • Special Education Training : 27%
      • Working ExperiencesPercentage of teaching staff (%)
        • 0-4 years : 9%
        • 5-9 years : 5%
        • 10 years or above : 86%
    • 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, Chinese History, Life & Society, Ethics and Religious Education, Putonghua, Visual Arts
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Geography (S.2-S.3), History (S.2-S.3), Social Studies (S.1), Science (S.1-S.2), Computer Literacy, Physics (S.3), Chemistry (S.3), Biology (S.3), Technology and Living, Music, Physical Education
        • 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, Chinese History, Chinese Literature, Liberal Studies, Visual Arts, Ethics and Religious Studies, Aesthetic Development, Physical Education
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business, Accounting and Financial Studies
        • 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, Chinese History, Life & Society, Ethics and Religious Education, Putonghua, Visual Arts
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Geography (S.2-S.3), History (S.2-S.3), Social Studies (S.1), Science (S.1-S.2), Physics (S.3), Chemistry (S.3), Biology (S.3), Computer Literacy, Technology and Living, 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.4 - S.6
        • Chinese as the medium of instruction : Chinese Language, Chinese History, Chinese Literature, Liberal Studies, Visual Arts, Ethics and Religious Studies, Aesthetic Development, Physical Education
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business, Accounting and Financial Studies
        • 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 ).Academic results 30%, conduct (Grade B or above in the 2nd term of Primary 5) 8%, internal & external awards, voluntary service, ECA (or specialties) 8%, others (e.g. her religion, family members attending or graduated from our school etc.) 4% and interview performance 50%. Our school will also take into account the Discretionary Places Rank Order List provided by the Education Bureau where necessary.
      • Orientation Activities and Healthy Life S.1 Preparatory Course is conducted for students to help them adapt to their new English learning environment during summer holiday. In addition, S.1 Learning Strategies Workshop is available to develop effective learning skills and attitudes. S.1 Parents' Gathering and S.1 & S.2 Classroom Open Day are arranged to enhance parents' understanding of their children's learning performance and facilitate the communication within the PTA.Talks, Health Tips, exhibitions, structured lessons for Technology & Living and Physical Education, extra-curricular activities, ball games and sports meet all encourage students to develop healthy lifestyle habits and practices. Most importantly, those activities help students form the habit of engaging in regular exercises and achieve a healthy and strong body.
    • School Characteristics
      • School Management
        • (1)School's Major Concerns Students are expected to eager to learn, to embrace using higher order thinking skills, to improve English proficiency, to build a sense of commitment and self-discipline, to cultivate reading habit and to think independently.
        • (2) School Management Organisation: The Incorporated Management Committee was established since 2013. The School Development and Management Committee and The School Policy and Executive Committee are led by the Principal. The School Policy & Executive Team, mainly comprising senior teachers, is functionally made up of the Student Formation and Student Support Committee and the Academic Development Committee, facilitating and coordinating the work of the 5 sections, namely Student Formation, Student Activities, Academic Development, General Management/Support Service and IT Assisted Education.
        • (3) Incorporated Management Committee / School Management Committee / Management Committee: The Incorporated Management Committee consists of 15 members, they include School Supervisor, Principal, 7 members from School Sponsoring Body, parents and teachers each have 2 representatives, alumni manager and independent Manager, to ensure a full participation in important school affairs.
        • (4) School Green Policy: The objective of the School Environmental Protection Policy is to encourage reducing waste at source and strengthen environmental education. The specific measures are detailed in our Annual School Plan (refer to our school's website).
      • Learning and Teaching Plan
        • (1) Whole-school Language Policy: The unified English language policy is still in force in our junior form as well as our senior form curriculum, except that Chinese Language, Chinese History, Putonghua, Chinese Literature, Liberal Studies, Ethics & Religious Education, Life & Society and Visual Arts are conducted in Chinese. There has been no change in our MOI since the implementation of the fine-tuned MOI arrangements.
        • (2) Learning and Teaching Strategies: Much effort is put into nurturing outstanding and all-round students with positive personal values, caring attitude, civic sense, generic competence and keen attitudes towards thinking and self-directed learning. The provision of Life & Society in S.1 to S.3 ensures smooth articulation with senior Liberal Studies. The contents are more related to current issues so as to raise concerns for the community. To well prepare junior students for the senior subject selection, S.1 Social Studies branches into History and Geography in S.2. To enhance the English language proficiency of students and strengthen their foundation in senior secondary studies, English Literature lessons form an integral part of the junior English Language curriculum and the drama-related training is incorporated into the S.2 English Language curriculum. To better prepare students applying to universities and help those students with different interests and abilities to choose the appropriate electives, combinations of subjects in the arts, science and business streams are offered to students. A self-learning culture is promoted by reading sessions, students are provided with Reading Award Schemes and the Online English Reading Programs during non-school hours. Students apply what they have learnt through different platforms. Imparting knowledge is no longer the principal function of education in the 21st Century. Students should recognize the importance of generic skills training. The learning effectiveness of all students is enhanced through classroom related learning strategies.
        • (3) School-based Curriculum: 1. Electives: 2X and 3X. The School provides a comprehensive and diverse curriculum offering choices from among 13 elective subjects. 2. Curriculum highlights: Ethics and Religious Education and Career Education for whole school, Life and Society for junior secondary, Social Studies for S.1, Aesthetic Development for S.4 and Enhanced School-based Project Training Scheme for individual students.
        • (4) Development of Key Tasks: 1. Moral and Civic Education: Students' positive values are instilled through their daily life experiences and participation in various activities. 2. Reading to Learn: Extensive reading skills have been enhanced through the Morning Reading Sessions, curriculum integration, online learning resources and book fairs. To cultivate a good reading atmosphere in the school campus, teachers and students are encouraged to share their recommended reading. The activities aim to help students acquire skills in "Reading to Learn", develop independent thinking and further develop their abilities in analysis and self-learning. 3. Project Learning: Apart from the subject-based learning activities, the School has implemented cross-curricular project-based learning at junior secondary levels since 1999/2000. Students are required to focus on the study of a particular topic in relation to their areas of learning or daily lives. Through project learning, students can apply knowledge, skills, personal values and attitudes in different domains. Project learning not only helps students develop the ability to construct new knowledge but also equips students with abilities and attitudes for life-long learning. 4. Information Technology for Interactive Learning: The proper use of IT enables students to learn on their own, e.g. seeking information on the Internet, analyzing data, online reading, online revision, online tests, online peer assessment and sharing of learning outcomes.
        • (5) Career and Life Planning: Our school aims at providing ample life planning education and career guidance support to students in different forms. Life planning education is intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to make wise choices in accordance with their interests, abilities and aptitude, thereby connecting their career-academic aspirations with whole-person development and life-long learning. For junior form students, life planning education focuses on understanding self and the ever-changing future society, goal setting and initial career planning. Follow-up is done jointly by our team and E&RE teachers to consolidate their plans. Besides, career talks in relation to S.4 subject selection, its strategy and university entrance requirements are arranged for students. Regarding the senior form students, career exploration and career planning and management are the main components of activities. In addition, a variety of career-related experience activities are arranged for them to explore and reflect upon study choices and occupation choices. As usual, a series of life planning education lessons, individual and group counseling sessions are scheduled. Different tertiary institutions offering multiple pathways are invited to give admission talks to students. Workshop on modification of programme choices and other further study opportunities were also arranged before the release of HKDSE results and individual counseling is also provided after the release of HKDSE results. Our Life Planning Education & Careers Guidance Group has initiated a mentoring programme, namely 'We are Siumingians' targeting to build a better network.
      • Student Support
        • (1) Whole School Approach to Cater for Student Diversity: According to students’ ability in Chinese, English and Mathematics, the most able students from each of the junior levels are allocated to one or two of the classes. Teachers will conduct Gifted Education Training Programme for the most able junior students. Exercises at different levels of difficulty and various learning activities are offered to students with different learning abilities e.g. individual guidance and tutorials in junior Chinese, English, Mathematics and Science; enrichment and enhancement programmes for various subjects in senior level etc.
        • (2) Whole School Approach to Integrated Education: Our school is operating with the Whole School Approach to Integrated Education. The Student Formation Team, including the vice principal, Special Education Needs (SEN) coordinator, panel heads of the core subjects and teaching assistant, has been supporting the SEN students in school. The Learning Support Grant is applied mainly on supporting staff to provide support to the coaching and social skills training of SEN students in need. Special examination arrangement such as time and venue accommodation is provided to necessary students. The school also organizes staff development sessions on inclusive education, and is always encouraging staff to attend professional training programmes such as ‘Catering for Diverse Learning Needs’, to update the knowledge of our staff with time.
        • (3) Education Support for Non-Chinese Speaking(NCS) Students Our school provides additional support for NCS students to facilitate their learning of Chinese: In order to enhance the effectiveness of non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students’ learning of Chinese, regular or adapted Chinese Language curriculum are arranged for NCS students according to their Chinese Language abilities. At the senior secondary levels, our teachers will help NCS students acquire Chinese qualification under the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education. Applied Learning Chinese and IGCSE Chinese are also alternative Chinese qualifications for eligible NCS students.
        • (4) Measures to provide adaptation for Learning and Assessment: Apart from written examinations, different forms of school-based continuous assessment have been adopted to assess students' performance, which include class and practical assessment, presentations and peer evaluation. Moreover, guidance has been provided to students for the development of talents and capabilities.
      • Home-school Co-operation and School Ethos
        • (1) Home-School Co-operation: The committee members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meet regularly and organize various activities such as the Classroom Open Day, the Orientation Barbecue, seminars, Parenting Courses, Family Outing, school uniform lending service, flower-purchasing service for Mother's Day, Parents-Also-Appreciate-Teachers Drive, etc. The PTA offers parents a good chance for interaction among themselves and with the School. The PTA also recognizes students' effort in academic studies by granting scholarships and promotes students' balanced development by sponsoring activities.
        • (2) School Ethos: The school motto is purity and charity with simple and harmonious school spirit. To strengthen students' formation, morning assemblies, class teacher periods, Ethics and Religious Education lessons, Adventure-based Guidance Training Camp are integral parts of the curriculum. Two class teachers are assigned to each class for pastoral care. The Senior Student Helpers Scheme and Tutorial Classes are designed to help newcomers adapt to the new environment and overcome academic difficulties.
      • Future Development
        • (1) School Development Plan: The School Development Plan of this year consists of academic and student formation. On the academic side, morning reading sessions are set up for the whole school. To support extensive reading and arouse students’ interest in learning, students are required to read Chinese and English newspapers as well as reference books in the morning reading sessions. Class teachers promote the "Learning Buddies Programme" on Monday morning. Students are divided into small groups and are encouraged to help one another overcome difficulties in learning. In addition, classroom learning is an important part of learning. Subject departments stimulate students' learning motivation and enhance their learning effectiveness by using different teaching methods. And last but not least, enrich students’ learning experiences by enabling more active and participatory learning opportunities outside classroom (inbound/outbound study tour, competitions, field trips, etc.). In student formation, the school attaches great importance to students' words and deeds, so value education is the key development direction of the school. The school strengthens students' moral education especially the "responsibility commitment" through activities in class teacher period, cross-subject activities and extracurricular activities. From the individual, the family to the social and national levels, the students will expand from the perfection of their own lives to the completeness of the human society. Participation in various activities will enable students to enhance their entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrate the character of Quality Siumingian.
        • (2) Teacher Professional Training and Development: To tie in with the implementation of our school target, the senior secondary curriculum and the teaching of core values in Catholic Education, teachers continue to participate actively in internal and external training programmes for professional development, in the sharing of lesson plans and lesson observation. There are also occasions for inter-school subject-based presentations and discussion during annual joint-school staff development days.
      • Life-wide Learning Activities including Five Essential Learning Experiences, Key Learning Areas, Extra-curricular Activities, Co-curricular Activities, etc. To enhance the all-round development of students, our school offers a wide range of activities which can be divided into four categories, namely Academic Learning, Interest, Services and Religious Belief. There are approximately 40 clubs which include the Chinese, English, Mathematics, L.S. Clubs, Science Club, Visual Arts Club, Moot Court Team, Sport Club, various School Teams, Junior Red Cross, Social Service Group, Campus Reporters, Catholic Society, Catechism Class, School Choir, Chinese Orchestra and Symphonic Band, etc. In order to develop students’ leadership and sense of responsibility, the school arranges a leadership-training programme for more than 100 chairladies and vice-chairladies of the activities. In order to enrich students’ learning experiences, our school joins other institutions to provide diversified opportunities, for instance, the JA Company Program. All S.4 students also participate in the community services progamme, which is co-organized by the The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism Shing Yan Christian Social Service Centre and The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Jockey Club Kwai Fong Youth S.P.O.T.
      • Others The school aims to provide an all-round education to elicit leadership traits so that students may one day lead in various fields. Students are continually urged to develop into persons of noble character, to become multi-talented, to pursue excellence in studies and to become knowledgeable with wide exposure to various situations, sophisticated personal, social skills and competencies in given tasks. To help character-building, there are weekly morning assemblies, Ethics & Religious Education lessons, S.1 Adventure-based Training, S.2 Growth Scheme and other challenging activities. In recent years a Double Class Teachers Mentoring Scheme has been implemented. Teacher-mentors give individual guidance to students to achieve personal goals. Each teacher helps no more than 20 students. The school offers incremental training opportunities for peer leadership. There are elected posts of class committee members starting from S.1. S.2 students can contribute as members of house committees. S.3 students can take up positions of prefects and club committee members. Senior girls can become chairpersons or vice-chairpersons. Different office bearers are given appropriate training. S.5 students can enroll in the Company Program and experience a range of business operations, from the setting up to the closing of a company. Students can also run for Student Association group elections which recently involve 1 to 3 cabinets running for office. The experience in campaigning and forming strongly coherent and coordinated teams, publicly facing schoolmates and being held accountable to them greatly fosters participants’ leadership talent. As for providing wide-ranging exposure to a variety of situations, students participate in exchange programs with local or overseas schools. Cross-border and international exchange programs include those with Seibi Gakuen Junior and Senior High School, Japan and the annual 17-day immersion home-stay program at Marist College in Auckland New Zealand. Study tours have been organized to South-east Asian countries and mainland cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Chaozhou, Sichuan, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore; etc. Individual students went on excursion to Cheng Duo, Wuhan, Japan, the Arctic Sabah and Kenya. The school plans to organize separate annual trips for both senior and junior students such that they have equal opportunities for exposure irrespective of their financial status. The school has consistently worked to develop students' reading, social service, understanding of social issues and mastering of learning strategies in proactive preparation for their commitment in future leading and secondary roles in communities.
      • Direct public transportation to School Bus: Route No. 34, 37, 37M, 38, 47X; MTR: Kwai Hing, Kwai Fong; Minibus: 89, 89B, 89M, 89S, 98.
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