Message from the Principal
The school motto “Love, Respect, Diligence, Integrity” of Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College is in line with the Kuk’s objectives in delivering its educational services in Hong Kong. It is our expectation that every student at Lee Shing Pik College will be able to grow under the love and care of the teachers, staff and peers. We believe that they will learn to treat others with kindness and respect. We hope students can respect their elders, be hardworking, responsible and devote themselves to meaningful activities in their leisure time throughout their formative years. There is nothing more important than integrity. It is our hope that our students can treat others with sincerity, be truthful and honest with others and themselves in whatever they endeavor throughout their lives.
It is our belief that “every child can learn”. No matter where and what kind of family a student comes from, he or she will have ample opportunities to learn and be inspired in Lee Shing Pik College. We also believe that children “learn by doing”. Students can learn best and improve themselves through experiential learning activities with the support of school resources and the guidance of teachers; they would become more willing to take the initiative to try out new ideas and to embrace challenges.
In Lee Shing Pik College, we place strong emphasis on the balanced development of all five educational virtues. It is our vision that through the participation in various activities, our students will be well developed morally, intellectually, physically, socially, aesthetically and be able to realize their full potential. We hope that various qualities and talents they have developed in school will become their unique assets and make them stand out from the rest.
We also believe that “coaching complemented with discipline” is the best way to develop students’ self-discipline. Students have to learn to tell right from wrong and understand the rationales behind rules. At the same time, they have to comply with the regulations and bear responsibilities for their own behaviour. We hope that our students will be brought up to be law-abiding citizens with a sense of self-respect and self-discipline.
For the personal growth of the students, teaching students the importance of “respect and responsibility” is our fundamental principle. We believe strongly that those who succeed in life are people who are willing to take on responsibilities and can show respect for their peers and elders. It is our goal to nurture our students to become humble and courteous individuals equipped with social and leadership skills, who can achieve excellence in life and make outstanding contributions to the community.
Principal’s Speech for the School Opening Ceremony
2nd September 2019
Good morning and welcome back, my dear students! Normally, I would start my opening speech by asking you if you had rested well and had spent your Summer holiday wisely, but 2019 summer is not ordinary in any right; in fact, in the view of many, this summer would probably leave with you something that you will be sharing with your children or even grandchildren in the future. If I avoid talking to you about it today, it would be like turning a blind eye on an elephant in the room; but have you not heard enough and seen enough of all the upheaval in the society? Maybe you were present or even witnessed some of the turmoil in your very close community. To have experienced that, you may feel lonely and helpless as the adults you have trusted most and respected most have suddenly stopped supporting your ideals… and so on..
Now, as the new school year begins, your teachers and I would like to create the school as a platform to hear from you, in particular, if you feel that you are under a lot of stress or feel despair, do not be afraid to let out your thoughts to your teachers. But you need to bear one very important guideline in mind when you are expressing yourself in any forms: Please ask yourself if you had been sensitive to the feelings of others. We enjoy our freedom in expression but that is certainly not a justification for your hurting others’ feelings, agitating grievances, imposing threats or fears in others or affronting, insulting or humiliating anyone, and so on….
Before my resuming to the regular content in my opening ceremony speeches, I would like share with you the opinions of a famous journalist, the former editor of Ming Pao, Mr. Kevin Lau Chun-To, who was brutally attacked for apparently no reason except for what he had done in his capacity of a journalist. In an interview, he was asked of his opinions on the current social unrest. He said,
“Do not let hatred grow, I condemn all kinds of violence…I had the highest respect for humanity..…
For the Authority, I would like to say that young people can’t be our enemy, if they have violated the law, arrest them, prosecute them! But don’t take away their civil rights as humans and you certainly cannot take away their dignity as humans, it is a wrongful act to label them as cockroaches and trying to exterminate them!
Unvaryingly, as for the young people, the valiant frontier, they can persist in perusing their course, their claims and their ideals. They have the right to persist and to fight for justice and to resist fate…. But they should never let hatred sew its roots in their hearts. Do not let your anger overshadow your reasons, your clarity. When you expose yourself in violence, one of the consequences is to become a victim yourself; such damage causes scars on your body as well as your mind. Violence would only bring on more violence and would never solve any conflicts. The power of influence and appeal of civil disobedience was never a direct result of any acts of violence; but from noble, courageous, selfless and non-violent acts of sacrifices……”
He would not have admitted to the fact that he had said the above words if he was present today, do you know why? It’s because he had said the above in Chinese and I had taken the liberty in translating it into English for you today.
If I had one advice to you, my students, it would be to advise to make a pledge to put in your utmost effort in learning English and to make it one of your top priorities. As English is the only, truly, international language; if you are not comfortable or capable in using it, you would miss out many precious opportunities to comprehend any news reports from all around the world. It would undoubtedly restrict yourself to the local or Chinese dominated media! The only way to read and understand the truth is through extensive reading from many different sources. So pay an extra effort in learning and using English as from today. You wouldn’t know how it would help you in the future.
Moving on to the normal parts of my speech, I am glad to share with you that during the summer holiday, we had received some very good news; our graduates of the year 2018 had managed to score a record-breaking 40.8% of candidates gaining Level 4 or above and 96.8% of level 2 or above in their HKDSE, resulting in another record-breaking JUPAS offer rate of nearly 70%. I tell you this is not to boost about or to feed any ego; I tell you this because we need to show gratitude and be grateful of our very favorable learning environment that is carefully constructed by all faculty members. They have successfully provided you with a drive to go to a higher plane. Success would only come from failure if you are reflective and committed to refining your practices. I wish this drive would sustain in our school.
This year marks the first year of our school’s development cycle from 2019 to 2022. All teachers have reached a consensus on our two major concerns; one of them is to promote active learning amongst students; and the other is to strengthen our values education programs. It is our agreed goals to see students in playing a more active role in their learning and to nurture more positive values and upright qualities in students.
We would continue our effort in bringing you an eventful and meaningful education through organizing various Life Wide Learning activities as such the school based F.4 Seoul Study Tour. The teachers’ devotion in enhancing leadership skills training for students has also taken on a new page: In order to create more posts and positions for students, we have expanded the number of Clubs and Societies and CCA bodies; and had also introduced a new team of student leaders, that is, our guidance prefect team. The team is set up to serve the needs of our new F1 students and to assist and guide them in their smooth transformation from a primary student and becoming a secondary student. All these are concerted effort of each and every one of our faculty members. So, thank you teachers!
There will be some special assemblies arranged in view of the current social issue with the main focus of counselling and providing an elegant platform for you to express your fears and hopes.
Let’s make this 2019/20 a fruitful and meaningful year. Thank you!
The Principal’s Opening Speech for the Sendai Nika Junior and Senior High School visit on 21st February 2019
Mr. ABE KAZUHIKO, the Vice principal
Ms. OHASHI MICHIKO, the Chief of the Grade Senior 3
Fellow teachers and students from Sendai Nika Junior and Senior High School
Colleagues and students
Good morning, it is an honour and privilege for me to welcome you all, Luckily the weather is on our side today! The sun and I are pleased to offer you a warm welcome. Today marks a very special day in the history of our school for several reasons. It is the first time that we have greeted a convoy of this scale, we are happily receiving 10 teachers and 103 students! It is also the very first time we have greeted visitors from Japan. I am delighted to welcome you to Hong Kong, and thank you choosing our region as your end of school trip’s destination; I hope you are enjoying your stay in our wonderful city as a unique intersection between eastern and western cultures.
Let me tell you a bit more about our school; Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College was founded in 1982, we are situated in Tsuen Wan, located in the west of Hong Kong and it is an important hub for our public transport system as it serves as an interception for various mass transit rails and systems. Our district is mainly residential with some light industrial and commercial activities; if you have time, you should take a walk in the city centre where you will find many delicious local delicacy and snacks too. I would also like you to learn more about another gem of Tsuen Wan, that is our school! This school was established in 1982 by one of the largest charities of Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk is a Non-government organization which has served the Hong Kong community. We currently operate a total of more than 300 service units including educational, social, recreational and cultural units; serving over 100,000 users! Today, you are visiting one of the 17 secondary schools that the Po Leung Kuk operates! We have a total of 714 students, 80 teaching and other staff. I am the forth principal of the school and I have started my principalship since September 2017. Our school is dedicated in providing a well-balanced curriculum to our students; apart from Chinese, English, Mathematics and Liberal studies, our school offer a wide range of elective and technical subjects which ensure a broad and comprehensive knowledge and skill base for their further studies after graduation. We are also very proud of our students; achievement in western folk dance aesthetic, artistic, social and voluntary service, offshore cultural exchange and sports domains. Our school’s campus TV crew is also very professional in making internal television broadcasting and editing every day.
I am delighted to tell you that all of our F5 students, who should be 1-year senior to you in terms of academic progress, will be accompanying you during your stay with us this morning. Please open up yourselves and try to make friends with them; I am sure they are helpful and are full of eagerness in meeting you. You are also arranged to taste some of our lessons this morning, please try your best to participate and immerse into our everyday school life.
I would like to conclude by thanking the JTB, the teachers and students of Sendai Nika Junior and Senior High School and also teachers and students of our school for your effort in making today’s program a success. I am very happy to see that you have got out there, traveled abroad, saw new things, experienced new people, new food and new culture. I am sure that this would help you to grow and be your best self. I wish you all a very successful exchange this morning and assure you of the full support of myself, my colleagues and students.
Mr. ABE KAZUHIKO
Sendai Nika Junior and Senior High School
Principal’s Speech for the Opening Ceremony 2018
Good morning. Teachers and students, a very warm welcome to all of you, especially my Form One students. Let me introduce myself to you first, I am your Principal Fung Nga Sze Agnes. This is my second year serving as the principal of this school, it brings me great pleasure to be here today for the opening ceremony for the academic year 2018-19 of Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College. This is the second time that I made a speech as a School Principal; it actually makes me feel excited, even more excited than last year! Like this morning, new students and old students alike greeted me with smiles, and even waving of their hands. With these warm gestures, I feel that this is a warm and friendly school, and I am a warm and friendly person, I feel that I am right at home! From this day onwards, there will be many chances when we shall bump into each other around campus or in various functions. Please feel free to share with me whatever you are thinking or feeling about your studies, your school and so on. Of course, a simple word of greeting, a smile or even a nod would also be taken as a sign of connectedness.
As some of you may have heard it last year already, but I think it is worthwhile for me to share with you again why I wanted to become a teacher many years ago, it is very simple, I wanted to make a difference. I want to change the world and the people around me. Like my own teachers who inspired me when I was at school, I wanted all my students to become not only knowledgeable but also dedicated, compassionate, wise, humorous, liberal, imaginative, balanced, reflective and thorough. When you become a young person with a career, what people would notice is not your exam grades but the kind of person you are. I am not telling you that your studies were not important (because they were). Rather, I wanted you to see your academic performance as part of a bigger picture, that it is a part of, but not the whole of your whole person development, which is fundamentally more important and long lasting.
If you want to become outstanding in your surroundings, you should start to understand what is professionalism; it is to equip yourself with problem solving skills, communication skills and teamwork spirit in order to survive and stay competitive in the work environment. My dear students, if you are a part of any school team or if you are assigned with any duties or projects, please see them as opportunities to train yourself in becoming a successful person in the future.
While you were enjoying your summer holiday, many teachers and staff were busy preparing for the forth coming school year. As you will soon notice, thanks to the incredible effort of our teachers and janitors, the floor tiles on the 3rd floor as well as all the interior walls of the school premises have all been renovated. I hope you would appreciate their hard work in bringing the school into a more desirable and accommodating place.
Have you spent your summer holiday wisely and meaningfully? I have to tell you, I did. As many of you know, together with Ms. Koo, and Mr Ng, I have participated with 10 students in the school trip to Kenya, in east Africa. It was truly a memorable experience for me, and I hope the students have learnt and grown from the trip too. I can’t wait for their interesting sharing with you soon! Other trips held during the summer included the one to Singapore and many other local activities which are also very impressive, such as the Form 1 orientation parents’ talk, the PLK flag day, Form 1 orientation program; Form 4 student leaders participating in a free movie treat last weekend; all these activities had certainly brought colours to our summer break!
Our 2018 HKDSE results has improved significantly, with an overall passing rate of 94.3%. in particular, we saw a record high passing rate of 99.2% and 97.7% in English language and Chinese language. 3 subjects obtained 100% rate as well. So, well done everyone. The percentage of students gaining the 3322 benchmark for university entrance has increased from 38.2% to 53.8%; and the percentage of students gaining a JUPAS offer has increased from 44.7% to 58.3%; this is very encouraging and I hope our F6 students could be inspired and motivated by the success of their predecessors. Remember, your teachers are here to help you get through your upcoming challenges.
The most outstanding highflyer, 何耀昇 achieved 2 level 5* and 3 level 5, he will study Engineering at HKU; closely followed by 梁綺珊 achieving 1 Level 5** and 3 level 5, she will study Business and Management at the HKUST; and 蕭哲謙achieving 2 Level 5* and 2 level 5 who will study Science at HKU.
Highlights of the coming month include the F4 Beijing Study Tour being sponsored by our sponsoring body, the Po Leung Kuk. A total of nearly 130 teachers and students of our school will be joined with 3 other PLK schools making a total of 600 people visiting Beijing from 16 to 20 of September. In addition, our football team, together with teams from other PLK affiliated schools will enter a tournament in Panyu with teams from Taiwan, Guangdong and Macau.
This year would be the third year of our school’s 3-year School Development Plan, we have two major concerns throughout these three years. One of them is about the promotion of Careers and Life Planning education for both teachers and students; and the other one is to promote English learning further through collaboration among different subjects in the junior secondary levels
As what I always share with teachers and students, Career and Life Planning is an important aspect and we should start planning as soon as possible. As a student, Career and Life Planning is a process of career decision making, from understanding oneself to developing, researching, followed by connecting oneself to exploration of study or training opportunities. All students can plan ahead better for their future and goals they want to actualize in life. As a result of our effort, I am pleased to share with that our JUPAS offer rate for the 2018 graduates has hit a record breaking rate of 58% compared with 44.7% in 2017.
Apart from this, enhancing students’ language proficiency is always our goal. With good command of language, we could learn a lot of knowledge from reading and communicating with others. Over these years, our school has been introducing a lot of measures to enhance the English Language proficiency for our students. For the following three academic years, our school has an intention of collaborating different subject groups to introduce some interesting and innovative measures for you to learn the subject content on the one hand; and polish your English proficiency on the other.
Apart from these two major concerns, we also intend to strengthen the scientific and technological development in school. It is our belief that we should do something more on science and technology in order to equip our students with all the 21st century work-ready skills. We hope that students could be nurtured to be creative, innovative, far-sighted and persistent in problem solving. These are the qualities people need in the 21st century. We hope that we could help develop our students towards these aspects. Hope you all enjoy your life in our school.
Teachers are sometimes referred as ‘gardeners’ as it is their job to help you develop and grow into the best that nature has installed in you. I hope that you could cooperate well with our 1 and let them help you to shine and grow during your years in school.
Finally, I have to share with you quote of one of my teenage idol, Madonna, she said, “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always become a better version of yourself.”
We all are a continual work in progress, so we can’t beat ourselves up for not being where we want to be in this very moment. It takes hard work, dedication, and serious soul-searching to become the best versions of ourselves, but we can always keep striving for better. We can always rise above our self-imposed limits and accept more than mediocrity. In no matter what you are doing, if you haven’t given up yet, then you should be extremely proud of yourself. No one promises us that life is a piece of cake, and it takes a true warrior to see it through to the end.
“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.” ― a phrase so beautifully put by Dr. Brené Brown, a social scientist who is being sought after by millions of followers on Youtube.
Welcome back, my dear students, next time, when you pick up your mobile phone to check onto your favorite social media or online game, can you please remember that your competitors in life may be using their time more wisely and therefore will always be ahead of you. Let’s make it a good start!
Make this a rewarding and fruitful year by making the right Choice, take the Chance and make the Change you want in your life!
Thank you very much.
Principal’s Speech for the Opening Ceremony 2017
Good morning. Teachers and students, I am your new Principal Fung Nga Sze Agnes. It brings me great pleasure to be here today for the opening ceremony for the academic year 2017-18 of Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College. This is the first time that I made a speech as a School Principal; it actually makes me feel excited and slightly nervous. I feel excited because I am deeply honoured to serve as the fourth Principal of this school of 35 years. This school feels both familiar and strange to me as I have served in another Po Leung Kuk school for the last 20 years. While you were enjoying your summer holiday, I have participated in several activities in this school already, such as the Form 1 orientation parents’ talk, PLK flag day, Form 1 orientation program; I was greeted by students and staff with smiles, and even waving of their hands. With these warm gestures, I feel that this is a warm and friendly school, and I am a warm and friendly person, I feel that I am right at home! From this day onwards, there will be many chances when we shall bump into each other around campus or in various functions. Please feel free to share with me whatever you are thinking or feeling about your studies, your school and so on. Of course, a simple word of greeting, a smile or even a nod would also be taken as a sign of connectedness.
The name ‘ Shing Pik’ has a literal Chinese meaning of ‘Gem of a City’ and indeed it is a gem. Its tranquil campus houses a vibrant community of learners and teachers, and its innovative education model and curriculum design was quite well known in the education sector in Hong Kong. The school’s success is a result of its past Principals, teachers, staff and students. It is my greatest honour to become the fourth Principal of the school and I have the greatest admiration for my predecessor, Mr. Au Yeung who retires as from this year and I wish the best in his retirement life.
If I were to name an experience that has the most profound impact in my life, it would be my boarding school life in the UK during my secondary school years. My school teachers and friends not only opened me up to the wonders of a wide range of human knowledge through what they taught. They also shaped my character through what they were: dedicated, compassionate, wise, humorous, liberal, imaginative, balanced, reflective and thorough. When you become a young person with a career, what people would notice is not your exam grades but the kind of person you are. I am not telling you that your studies were not important (because they are of crucial importance). Rather, I wanted you to see your academic performance as part of a bigger picture, that it is a part of, but not the whole of your whole person development, which is fundamentally more important and long lasting.
After graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University many many years ago, I joined an international accounting firm and started my career as an accountant. But very soon, I lost interest in money, I wanted to affect changes and impact in people, especially, young people’s lives. So I became a teacher who teaches people rather than just teaching contents in textbooks. My experience in the business sector enabled me to look at education from a different angle, as I would also demand my students to understand what professionalism is, and to equip themselves with problem solving skills, communication skills and teamwork spirit in order to survive and stay competitive in the work environment. My dear students, if you are a part of any school team or if you are assigned with any duties or projects, please see them as opportunities to train yourself in becoming a successful person in the future.
In my brief reading of the school’s records, our HKDSE results were satisfactory with an overall passing rate of 92%. 6 subjects obtained 100% rate as well. So, well done everyone! The most outstanding highflyer, 黃悦兒 of 6E achieved 1 level5 ** 2 level 5* and 3 level 4; closely followed by 朱穎芝 achieving 4 level 5* and 2 level 5 and 1 level 4.
Apart from I am impressed with what the school has achieved last year, for instance there were several successful and meaningful study tours held, students have traveled to the Czechs Republic, Hungry, Taiwan, Singapore and the Mainland. These trips have surely broaden your prospective and exposure. Two of our teachers Ms. Lo and Ms. Siu have also represented the school and Hong Kong to participate in an international teachers’ exchange program in Tokyo a few days ago, I urge you to follow their suits and make this coming year a meaningful one, it is up to you to make it worthwhile.
Highlights of the coming month include the F4 Beijing Study Tour being sponsored by our sponsoring body, the Po Leung Kuk. A total of 111 teachers and students of our school will be joined with 4 other PLK schools making a total of 680 people visiting Beijing from 17th to 21st of September. All Form 5 students will participate in an overnight adventure based camp from 8th to 9th in September. The purpose of the camp is to continue the strengthening of team spirit amongst students as well as self-confidence within our F5 students who will face much challenge ahead as they approach the final years of secondary school lives.
This year would be the second year of our school’s 3-year School Development Plan, We have two major concerns throughout these three years. One of them is about the promotion of Careers and Life Planning education for both teachers and students; and the other one is to promote English learning further through collaboration among different subjects in the junior secondary levels
As we all know, Career and Life Planning is an important aspect and we should start planning as soon as possible. As a student, Career and Life Planning is a process of career decision making, from understanding oneself to developing, researching, followed by connecting oneself to exploration of study or training opportunities; this approach would enable students in planning ahead better for their future and actualizing meaningful goals in their lives.
In addition, to enhance students’ language proficiency is always our goal. With good command of language, we could learn a lot of knowledge from reading and communicate effectively with others. Over these years, our school has been introducing a lot of measures to enhance the English Language proficiency for our students. For the following two academic years, our school has an intention of collaborating different subject groups to introduce some interesting and innovative measures for you to learn subject content on the one hand; and polish your English proficiency on the other.
Apart from these two major concerns, we also intend to advance the scientific and technological development in school. It is our belief that we should do something more in science and technology in order to equip our students with all the 21st century work-ready skills. We hope that students could be nurtured to be creative, innovative, far-sighted and persistent in problem solving. These are the qualities people need in the 21st century. We hope that we could help develop our students towards these aspects. Hope you all enjoy your life in our school.
Teachers are sometimes referred as ‘gardeners’ in Chinese, as it is their job to help you develop and grow into the best that nature has installed in you. I hope that you could cooperate well with our teachers and let them help you to shine and grow during your years in school.
Finally, I have to tell you my motto in life, ‘Do yourself justice’; it was actually a phrase handed down to me by my favourite teacher, Mrs. Breward. I remember she would always say this phrase to me instead of saying ‘Good luck’ to me right before each time when I sat any exams or entering any interviews. What she meant was that we should all do our best with our talents and potentials but not to be wasteful of our talents, our gifts or our interests, and everything we have got and especially our precious and limited time on earth. Be fair to yourself; don’t waste anything that you own, because, quite sadly, everything passes away, including your youth.
My dear students, next time, when you pick up your mobile phone to check onto your favorite social media or online game, can you please remember that your competitors in life may be using their time more wisely and therefore will always be ahead of you.
Let’s make today a good start, Let’s be productive and effective!
Make the right Choice, take the Chance and make the Change you want in your life!
Thank you very much.