ST. CATHARINE'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Details
  • Secondary School Information
    • School Information
      • District Kwun Tong
      • Other District(s) Sai Kung
      • Supervisor / Chairman of School Management Committee Mr. NGAI Sik Shui
      • Principal Ms. HEUNG Yuk Mui
      • School Type Aided
      • Student Gender Girls
      • School Size About 6000 Sq. M
      • Sponsoring Body Anglican (Hong Kong) Secondary Schools Council Limited
      • Has the Incorporated Management Committee been established Yes
      • Religion Protestantism / Christianity
      • Year of Commencement of Operation 1968
      • School Motto Brave, Gentle, Sincere
      • 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)($): $70
      • Students' Association Membership Fee($): $40
      • Approved Charges for non-standard items (Annual) ($): Non-Standard Educational Resources Charges: $300 (purchase of non-standard teaching aids and facilities, employment of human resources, etc.)
      • Other Charges / Fees($): -
    • School Facilities
      • School Facilities: MMLC, Media Room, Computer Rooms, Gymnasium, Pottery Room, English & Chinese Corners, Moral & Civic Education Corner, Liberal Studies Resource Room, Student Centre. Air conditioning in the Hall, classrooms and special rooms. Computers, LCD projectors and visualizers in all special rooms and classrooms.
      • 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: 62
      • Total number of teachers in the school: 65
      • Qualifications and Professional TrainingPercentage of teaching staff (%)
        • Teacher Certificate / Diploma in Education : 100%
        • Bachelor Degree: 100%
        • Master / Doctorate Degree or above : 46%
        • Special Education Training : 28%
      • Working ExperiencesPercentage of teaching staff (%)
        • 0-4 years : 8%
        • 5-9 years : 12%
        • 10 years or above : 80%
    • 2019/2020 Class Structure
      • S1 5
      • S2 5
      • S3 5
      • S4 5
      • S5 5
      • S6 5
    • Subjects Offered
      • Subjects Offered in 2019/2020 School YearS.1 - S.3
        • Chinese as the medium of instruction : Chinese Language, Chinese History, Religious and Life Education, Visual Arts, Putonghua (F.1-F.2), Liberal Studies (F.3)
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Computer Literacy, Geography, History, Technology and Living (Food and Fashion), Physical Education, Music, Integrated Science (F.1-F.2), Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) (F.3)
        • 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, Ethics & Religious Studies, Visual Arts, Art Appreciation, Religious and Life Education
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information & Communication Technology, BAFS, Economics, Geography, History, Technology & Living (FCT), Physical Education, Music
        • 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, Religious and Life Education, Visual Arts, Putonghua (F.1-F.2), Liberal Studies (F.3)
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Computer Literacy, Geography, History, Technology and Living (Food and Fashion), Physical Education, Music, Integrated Science (F.1-F.2), Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) (F.3)
        • 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, Ethics & Religious Studies, Visual Arts, Art Appreciation, Religious and Life Education
        • English as the medium of instruction : English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information & Communication Technology, BAFS, Economics, Geography, History, Technology & Living (FCT), Physical Education, Music
        • 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 ).Rank Order provided by the EDB 50%, Activities & Awards 10%, Conduct & Attitude 10%, Performance in the Interview 30%.
      • Orientation Activities and Healthy Life Every year, the school holds a F.1 Orientation programme at the end of August, introducing the school and the PTA to the parents and new students. A summer English immersion course is organized to help students familiarize themselves with the English learning environment. The Counselling Team also holds a series of activities at the beginning of the school year. The school was awarded with the Gold Award of the Hong Kong Healthy Schools Award Scheme. To foster students with good health is our commitment. We promote balanced diets, exercises, prevention of diseases, smoke-free campus, anti-drugs, safe environment and mental health for healthy life style.
    • School Characteristics
      • School Management
        • (1)School's Major Concerns To further enhance students' and teachers' capacity for life-long learning; To further strengthen students’ positive values through the acquisition of life planning skills.
        • (2) School Management Organisation: Academic, Religious, Discipline, Counselling, Co-curricular Activities, Moral and Civic Education, Careers Guidance committees exist in the school and every teacher takes part in one committee and is involved in deciding and enforcing school policies.
        • (3) Incorporated Management Committee / School Management Committee / Management Committee: The members of the Incorporated Management Committee include representatives from the school sponsoring body, alumnae, parents and teachers, school principal and independent professional.
        • (4) School Green Policy: The Green Society has been set up to promote environmental protection. Activities like recycling scheme are organized to raise students' awareness of environmental conservation. Environmental fashion show is organized in cooperation with other schools. It aims to provide students with an opportunity to put what they have learnt about environmental protection into practice and to enhance their creativity.
      • Learning and Teaching Plan
        • (1) Whole-school Language Policy: Other than Chinese Language, Liberal Studies, Chinese History, Putonghua, Visual Arts, Religious and Life Education, our school teachers use English as medium of instruction (EMI). In order to let students have more exposure to an English-speaking environment, teachers and students are encouraged to speak in English both inside and outside the classrooms.
        • (2) Learning and Teaching Strategies: Teachers always encourage students to develop good and independent reading and study habits including the use of modern technology to search for and identify useful information. The school also organizes English Week and Putonghua Speaking Days. Students are continually developing their language skills through constant practice. The curriculum is continually being developed and refined to cope with the changing demands of society and students' interests. A wide variety of subjects are taught in junior forms to enable students to develop their potential and strengths in different areas, and to enable them to set long-term goals. A variety of courses are offered in higher forms to meet the interests and capabilities of our students. These include courses in Science, Arts and Commercial subjects to enable our students to pursue their interests and aspirations. The school carries out various reading schemes, such as the reading report competition and the Extended Reading Scheme. To further encourage students' interest in reading, there is a reading session after lunch. Also a column has been introduced on the library's homepage introducing recommended books.
        • (3) School-based Curriculum: 1. Electives: 2X and 3X. We offer electives in different strands, namely Science, Technology, Humanities and Art. Under the academic structure, there are altogether 18 combinations of elective subjects for students to choose.2. Curriculum highlights: Scientific Investigations lessons have been implemented in F.2. This specially designed curriculum aims at arousing the interest of F.2 students in learning science, consolidating scientific thinking & process skills, such skills equip them to move forward in the search for and integration of scientific knowledge. The learning & teaching strategies are mainly investigation-based, with scientific thinking & process skills infused and STEM learning elements integrated. Liberal Studies is introduced in F.3 to develop students’ understanding of the Hong Kong Society. By studying contemporary issues, students develop a range of skills for life-long learning and positive attitude towards life.
        • (4) Development of Key Tasks: The school implements various internal and external reading award schemes, such as top reader and book report competitions. Reading time is reserved after lunch every day to promote reading. Teachers also recommend books to students and encourage them to learn through reading. The school has developed an Intranet and Internet system to enable teachers and students to learn using the latest technology. Materials are tailored for students to encourage them to search for information on the Internet. Access rights of a news website is given to students which allows them to read and search all the major newspapers. It is hoped that community awareness can be increased and horizons can be broadened for them. The school offers Liberal Studies for Form 3 students, cultivating in students the drive for self-study, independent thinking and develop good judgment. The subject also develops students’ understanding of the Hong Kong Society. By studying contemporary issues, students develop a range of skills for life-long learning and positive attitude towards life. Scientific Investigations lessons have been implemented in F.2. This specially designed curriculum aims at arousing the interest of F.2 students in learning science, consolidating scientific thinking & process skills, such skills equip them to move forward in the search for and integration of scientific knowledge. The learning & teaching strategies are mainly investigation-based, with scientific thinking & process skills infused and STEM learning elements integrated. Life Education has been implemented in Religious Education in Form 1 to Form 3. The syllabus is designed in good sequence which aims at providing students with opportunities to reflect on issues of moral and civic education and to inculcate in them positive values progressively. Teachers and students explore various issues in class in order to establish the correct values and attitudes towards life. 'Views on money' and 'respect for others' are two of the main issues. In addition, various seminars and activities on moral and civic education are held in assemblies and after-school to foster all-round development among students.
        • (5) Career and Life Planning: Career and life planning is the process of thinking about the future, taking action and exploring directions. Our school puts particular emphasis on developing students' career and life planning. For junior form students, our school organizes different types of activities, such as self-understanding workshops, seminars on how to choose subjects for students and parents and other careers workshops. In this way, students can be inspired to explore different careers, understand the relationship between occupations and interests and set goals. Our school will also help senior form students set career development plans according to their individual interests, abilities and expectations. Activities include career interest tests, workplace visits, job internship programs, mentorship program, multi-path talks, group counselling services, mock release of public examination results, mock interview workshops, workshops on writing a cover letter and resume. Students are expected to step into the world of work and are prepared for lifelong learning.
      • Student Support
        • (1) Whole School Approach to Cater for Student Diversity: The school pays particular attention to cater for student diversity. To make it easier to cater for student diversity, class sizes in core subjects have been reduced where possible and remedial and elite classes are provided. Students who are of average abilities are encouraged to strive for excellence and high achievers are selected to participate in activities including competitions outside school to further develop their abilities.
        • (2) Whole School Approach to Integrated Education: Coordinated by the newly set up Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Student Support Team, with the support of the Counselling and Guidance Committee, form teachers, subject teachers, the school social workers, the educational psychologist and the speech therapist, support measures are in place for facilitating the learning and growth of students. The school also makes use of the Learning Support Grant to implement support programmes such as the executive function skills training program, social skills training program, occupational therapy, and art therapy. With various measures in training, counselling, adapted learning, and home-school cooperation, it is hoped that students can be more ready to tackle the challenges in learning and in their daily lives.
        • (4) Measures to provide adaptation for Learning and Assessment: There is one examination in the first term, and one mid-term test and one examination in the second term. The score obtained in the mid-term test and examination accounts for 80% of the total mark shown on the report card. The remaining 20% comes from continuous assessments throughout the term, including the scores obtained from homework, group projects and quizzes.
      • Home-school Co-operation and School Ethos
        • (1) Home-School Co-operation: The school invites members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to assist the school to organize different activities, such as the 'Fruit Day' to help sell fruit. To strengthen communication between the school and the PTA, a meeting is held with representatives of teachers on a regular basis to discuss various issues and give advice to the school. Different activities are organized for parents and students to promote communication between parents and their children on one hand, and to develop students with a sense of belonging to the school on the other. The PTA also provides funding to improve school facilities so as to enhance the learning environment for students. In addition, scholarships are set up, encouraging students to go for all-round development.
        • (2) School Ethos: The school maintains a healthy, balanced and pleasant ethos. Teachers and students are positive and accommodating. They maintain open minds to embrace new ideas and broaden their horizons. Two social workers and an educational psychologist from Christian Family Service Centre and Sheng Kung Hui respectively provide counselling service for students. The Counselling Committee consists of experienced teachers who actively implement a range of schemes to support students.
      • Future Development
        • (1) School Development Plan: School focus of the year: 1. To further enhance students' and teachers' capacity for life-long learning; 2. To further strengthen students’ positive values through the acquisition of life planning skills.
        • (2) Teacher Professional Training and Development: The school holds Staff Development Days every year to keep teachers abreast of the latest trends and policies in education. Teaching and learning effectiveness are continually developed in these workshops. Teachers are also continually updating their subject knowledge and teaching effectiveness by undergoing further study in their subject areas and in teaching methodology. Teachers are encouraged to take part in peer lesson observation and learning studies.
      • Life-wide Learning Activities including Five Essential Learning Experiences, Key Learning Areas, Extra-curricular Activities, Co-curricular Activities, etc. The Student Union has a long history. The committee members are elected by the whole student body. 50 clubs, relating to academic areas, music, sports, art, culture, religion, uniform brigade, first aid and voluntary services are under the umbrella of the Student Union. It provides opportunities for students to maximise their potential while also developing inter-personal skills and lasting friendships.
      • Others The school, since its establishment, has always offered a well-balanced education for the all-round development of students. The school aims to provide moral education that nurtures students and develops a strong sense of self and includes the virtues of self-respect, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-reliance and self-regard. The school values health education, civic education and environmental protection. Students' academic performance has been encouraging in public exams.
      • Direct public transportation to School Light bus routes: 36A, 35.
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