Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School

Daughter of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary
School Emblem
MottoPurity and Charity
School TypePublic
LocationKwai Chung, Hong Kong
Medium of Instruction

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School , founded in 1973, is a girls' secondary school in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong. It is administered under the Grant Code and using .

Brief history

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School is a subsidized girls' grammar school run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Founded in 1973, the school has incorporated the educational philosophy of St. Mary Mazzarello and St. John Bosco, that is educating young people with love and putting equal stress on the importance of virtue, wisdom, physique, sociability, aesthetic appreciation and spirituality in providing quality education to the community.

School Motto

Purity and Charity

Medium of Instruction

English is adopted as the medium of instruction.

Chinese Language, Chinese History, Putonghua, Chinese Literature, Ethics/ Religious Education, Visual Arts and Physical Education are conducted in .

Class Organization

There are 29 classes:

*5 classes each from S.1 to S.5

*2 classes each in S.6 and S.7.

For S.4 and S.5, classes are divided into the Arts, Commercial and Science streams; for S.6 and S.7, classes are divided into two streams: Arts/Commercial and Science.

School Organization and Management

*The School Management Committee, headed by the School Supervisor and consisting of 7 members in all, is responsible for the School's financial management, personnel management and the delivery of education to students.

*The School Administration Committee, headed by the School Principal and including Vice-Principal, 3 appointed and 2 elected teacher representatives, leads and directs the School in all important school affairs.

*The functional teacher groups are categorized into 5 sections, namely Student Training, Student Activities, Academic Development, General Management/Support Services and IT Assisted Education. Groups in the same section are coordinated by the Vice-Principal and senior teachers.

*The teaching staff consists of 60 members, including the Principal, Vice-Principal, senior teachers, teachers and a native-speaking English teacher.

Extra-curricular Activities

;Club Activities and Extracurricular Classes : The School has more than 40 clubs and types of extracurricular activities.
They are divided into 6 categories, namely Academic Learning, Physique, Skills, Art, Services and Religious Belief.
The activities include Science Club, Home Economics Club, Visual Arts Club, Drama Group, Long Distance Running Group, Junior Red Cross, Student Social Service Group, School Choir, Chinese Orchestra, String Orchestra, Melodica Band and more than 10 musical instrumental classes.
To promote knowledge and appreciation of performing arts among students, the School also participates in the School Arts Animateur Scheme organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

;Special Training : Lively and challenging training camps such as the Orientation Wild Training Camp, the Guangzhou Huangpu Military School Training Camp and the Adventure-based Guidance Training Camp are available to students for the purpose of enhancing their self-esteem and promoting cooperation among them.

;Self-governed Groups : The presence of the Student Association, the Disciplinary Prefect Association and the Four Houses helps strengthen the communication between the School and students and enhance students' skills in leadership and organization. Students may form cabinets and stand for election, thereby enriching their experience in democracy and accountability.

;Exchange and Services : Students have the opportunities to visit the Mainland for cultural exchange and providing various services for poor children.

;School Awards and Scholarships :

*Outstanding Performance in Subject Awards

*Improvement Awards

*Conduct Awards

*Service Awards

*Leadership Awards

*St. Mary Mazzarello's Award

*#*Retired Principal's Scholarship

*Siu Wai Hing Fund

*#*Siu Wai Hing Scholarships

*#*Siu Wai Hing Grants

*#*Siu Wai Hing Activity Sponsorship Scheme

*#*Siu Wai Hing Supplementary Grant

*Personal Development Award Scheme

*Parent-Teacher Association Scholarship

*Extensive Reading Program

*Past Pupils' Association - Laura Vicuna Scholarship

*Outstanding Student Award

*Service for Learning Award Scheme

Moral and Academic Development

*School Assemblies and Form Assemblies are conducted each week. S.1 students have additional short assemblies. This is the time when teachers or guest speakers share with students their reflection on the wisdom of life, either in person or through broadcast.

*There are Ethics/Religious Education lessons at all levels that focus on the search for true values through daily life experience.

*A series of training like leadership training camps, military training camps and wild camps post challenges to both mind and body of students.

The "Service Learning Scheme" aims to encourage students to take part in in-school or community service projects. It helps to build up among students a strong will and a spirit to serve others.

The "Self-Actualization Scheme" encourages S.1 students to make continual self-assessment and to set targets and goals for their studies as well as other areas.

In S.1, Social Studies lessons are conducted in all classes to help students grasp knowledge while the use of Putonghua as the medium of instruction in the Chinese lessons is piloted in one of the classes.

*S.2 students also have Civic Education lessons that help to enhance their civic awareness. The drama component has been integrated into the English Language Curriculum with the aim of enhancing students' competence in expressing themselves in English.

*S.3-S.7 students have several sessions on Careers Education which aim at providing direction for early pursuit of both career and life orientation.

For the purpose of upgrading language skills, there is daily reading time in class. Students are offered additional courses of English Pronunciation during non-school hours. They also have the opportunities for public speaking in and outside classrooms.

The Cross-curricular Project-Based Learning Scheme in junior levels has been implemented since 1998. It aims to develop students' abilities on self-learning and inter-personal communication. It also trains students' data collection skills and analytical minds.

*Computer Literacy lessons in junior levels focus on the application of common computer software and the training in logical thinking. All students can have access to the Computer Room during their free time in school. This facilitates their early and quick mastery of information technology.

School Song

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