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Our Learning and Teaching Philosophy
A quality curriculum for the 21st century should therefore set the directions for teaching and learning through a coherent and flexible framework which could be adaptable to changes and different needs of students and schools.
Medium of Instruction
We offer both English and Chinese as the medium of instructions. Students will be allocated to study in the respective medium with reference to their previous academic background, personal preference and language competency. For some classes, students from Mainland China and students from ethnic groups will be mixed together in a class, in order to enhance interaction between the two. For Chinese students whose English proficiency is outstanding, they will be offered a choice to use English as the medium of instruction for some subjects while the same for the ethnic minority groups. In addition, given the background of diverse ethnic groups, English, Putonghua and Cantonese have become languages of communication in students’ daily school life.
Junior forms (S1 - S3)
- provision of greater opportunities for purposeful communication both inside and outside the classroom;
- making use of learner-centered instruction to encourage learner independence;
- making greater use of literary or imaginative texts (i.e. language arts) to develop critical thinking and encourage free expression and creativity; and
- promotion of language development strategies , values and attitudes that are conducive to effective, independent and lifelong learning.
The objectives of the Chinese Language Education Curriculum are:
- Improve reading and writing skills, thinking skills, aesthetic skills and self-learning skills;
- Cultivate interest in Chinese learning, good Chinese learning attitude and habits;
- Cultivate aesthetic taste and cultivate temperament;
- Cultivate moral character and strengthen the sense of responsibility to the community;
- Realize Chinese culture and cultivate feelings for the country and nation.
Chinese is a compulsory subject for the non-Chinese speaking students. The Chinese is an adapted Chinese curriculum made with reference to the framework of mainstream Chinese, as well as the Chinese Language Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework. Traditional characters are used and Cantonese is used as the medium of instruction. With the diverse Chinese abilities of the students, group learning and teaching is used and the curriculum is adjusted accordingly. Students need to attend Chinese public examinations, namely GCSE in Secondary 4 and GCE in Secondary 5 and 6.
The overall aims of the Mathematics Education curriculum are to develop in students:
the ability to think critically and creatively, to conceptualize, inquire and reason mathematically, and to use mathematics to formulate and solve problems in daily life as well as in mathematical contexts and other disciplines;
the ability to manipulate numbers, symbols and other mathematical objects;
number sense, symbol sense, spatial sense, measurement sense and the capacity to appreciate structures and patterns; and
a positive attitude towards mathematics learning and an appreciation of the aesthetic nature and cultural aspect of mathematics.
The junior form science curriculum aims at equipping students with basic scientific knowledge and skills through which they may tackle their own daily life problems. Besides, we also focus on the understanding of the nature of science and how science relates to our life and society to promote the sense of being a healthy and responsible citizen.
- to enhance and develop students’ interest in studying history;
- to help students understand the present in the context of the past;
- to enrich students’ knowledge of their own community and culture, as well as other major cultures of the world;
- to develop students’ historical skills and generic skills for further studies and life situations;
- to nurture students to become citizens who have global perspectives, knowledge and sense of responsibility.
Curriculum development is an on-going improvement process. In the PE KLA, we would
develop creativity, critical thinking and communication skills, and nurture aesthetic sensitivity and cultural awareness;
develop arts skills, construct knowledge, and cultivate positive values and attitudes;
gain delight, enjoyment and satisfaction through participating in arts activities; and
pursue a lifelong interest in the arts.