School Profile

Brief History and Mission of the School

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, reason, religion and in a family spirit of joy and harmony.


Mission of the School

With the teaching of Christ and values of the Gospel, we create an educational environment which is full of joy, love and care. We help our students to live with a clear sense of direction and to find the true meaning of life.

By putting equal stress on the importance of spirituality, virtue, wisdom, physical development, sociability and aesthetic appreciation, we demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that these ideas are integral to our students’ all round development.

We encourage our students to participate actively in the life-long learning process, to apply the acquired knowledge to everyday situations, to cherish their lives and to contribute to community.


School Motto and Class Organization

School Motto

Purity and Charity (Integrity and Honesty; Love and Concern)

Class Organization

There are altogether 24 classes with 4 classes each from S.1 to S.6. Including Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, there are 16 subject modules of 13 different electives offered to each level of S.4 to S.6.

Medium of Instruction and Teachers

Medium of Instruction

English is uniformly used as the medium of instruction at all form levels except for the subjects of Chinese Language, Chinese History, Putonghua, Chinese Literature, Liberal Studies, Ethics & Religious Education, Life & Society and Visual Arts where Chinese is used instead.

Teachers

The total number of teaching staff members is 59 with 64.4% of them holding Master's degrees as their highest education level, 35.6% holding Bachelor's degrees as their highest education level and 96.6% of teachers have received professional qualifications.

Curriculum

In order to cater for the needs of an ever-changing society and the diverse interests and abilities of students, our School offers a diversified curriculum e.g. Life and Society in S.1 to S.3, S.1 Social Studies is split into History and Geography in S.2, English Literature lessons from an integral part of the junior English curriculum and the drama training is incorporated into the S.2 English Language curriculum. Students' thinking skills, generic skills, positive values and attitudes are developed through the implementation of subject-based or cross-curricular project-based learning at all levels, and by the integration of thinking skills and preliminaries of Liberal Studies into different subjects at the junior secondary levels. With regard to elective subjects at senior levels, combinations of subjects in the arts, science and business streams are offered to students. Flexibility of timetabling enables the school to conduct a wide variety of activities. Other Learning Experiences e.g. Aesthetic Education and Career-related Experiences, etc are offered to senior secondary students both within and outside of school hours, which help students broaden their horizons.

The following table shows the subjects offered in 2020-2021

( *– School-based Curriculum )

S.1 – S.3

  1. English Language

  2. Chinese Language

  3. Putonghua (S.1 – S.2)

  4. Mathematics

  5. Ethics & Religious Education*

  6. Chinese History

  7. Social Studies (S.1) *

  8. History (S.2 – S.3)

  9. Geography (S.2 – S.3)

  10. Life & Society (S.1 – S.3) *

  11. Science (S.1 – S.2)

  12. Biology (S.3)

  13. Chemistry (S.3)

  14. Physics (S.3)

  15. Computer Literacy

  16. Technology & Living

  17. Music

  18. Visual Arts

  19. Physical Education



S.4 – S.6

  1. English Language

  2. Chinese Language

  3. Mathematics

  4. Mathematics (Extended Module)

  5. Liberal Studies

  6. Ethics & Religious Education*

  7. Chinese History

  8. History

  9. Geography

  10. Chinese Literature

  11. Economics

  12. Ethics and Religious Studies

  13. Visual Arts

  14. Music

  15. Business, Accounting and Financial Studies

  16. Biology

  17. Chemistry

  18. Physics

  19. Music*

  20. Aesthetic Development*

  21. Physical Education*

Student Activities

Club Activities, Extra-curricular Classes and Special Training

Our School has over 40 clubs and extra-curricular groups. They are divided into various categories, namely Academic Learning, Interest, Services, Religious Faith, etc. Lively and challenging training camps such as the S.2 Student Growth Scheme, S.1 Adventure-based Guidance Training Camp and Student Leaders Training Camp are available to students for the purpose of enhancing their self-esteem and promoting cooperation.

Leadership Groups

The Student Association, the Disciplinary Prefect Association and the Four Houses help 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 Study Tour

Students have opportunities to visit the mainland and overseas countries for cultural exchange e.g. the New Zealand English Study Tour, L.S. Study Tour and Japan Cultural Exchange Tour. Our School participates in the AFS Intercultural Programs and each year hosts an exchange student from abroad. The exchange student joins us in all school events so that our students can have a better understanding of the culture and lifestyle of different countries.

School Awards and Scholarships

  • Outstanding Performance in Subject Awards

  • Improvement Awards

  • Conduct Awards

  • Service Awards

  • Leadership Awards

  • St. Mary Mazzarello's Award and the Retired Principal’s Scholarship

  • May Chan Scholarship of Future Scholars

  • Gerald Siu Scholarship Scheme

  • Parent-Teacher Association Scholarship

  • Outstanding Reader Award Scheme

  • Past Pupil Association – Laura Vicuna Scholarship

  • Outstanding Student Award

  • St. Savio Scholarship

  • Mother Morano Scholarship

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 reflections on the wisdom of life, either in person or through broadcasts.

  • There are Ethics & Religious Education lessons at all levels that focus on the search for true values and positive attitudes through daily life experiences.

  • The School encourages students to take part in long-term community service. It helps to build in students a strong will and a spirit to serve others. Students are expected to make a positive contribution to society and fulfill the civic responsibilities of a citizen.

  • In S.1, Social Studies lessons are conducted in all classes to help students grasp knowledge of local history and geography.

  • There are Life and Society lessons in S.1 to S.3 that help to enhance their civic awareness and prepare them for the Liberal Studies in the Senior Secondary Curriculum.

  • There are two class teachers in each class of S.1-S.6. S.1-S.6 students have 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 reading time in class for S.1 to S.6. Students are offered Online English Learning Programme during non-school hours. They also have opportunities for public speaking in and outside classrooms.

  • Every year, the Life Planning Education and Career Guidance Team organizes various activities to meet the needs of students at different levels in a coordinated, progressive and systematic manner.

  • Junior level students have participated in the “Cross-curricular Project-Based Learning Scheme” since 1999. It aims to develop students’ abilities in self-learning and inter-personal communication. It also trains students’ data collection skills and helps develop analytical minds.

  • Computer Literacy lessons in junior levels focus on the application of common computer software and 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, thereby enabling students to learn more effectively.

Supportive Arrangements for S.1 Students

  • S.1 students are offered an S.1 Preparatory Class, which prepares them for the new curriculum and allows them to adapt quickly to the mode of instruction.

  • S.1 students are helped by the Senior Student Helpers to adapt easily to the new study environment.

  • S.1 classes have two class teachers. This promotes better understanding and a closer relationship between class teachers and students.

  • The “Adventure-based Guidance Camp” allows S.1 students to develop their communication skills, team spirit and problem-solving abilities.

  • The “Sports and Art Development Scheme for Junior Forms” helps to enhance S.1 students’ confidence, perseverance, presentation skills and aesthetic sense.

  • Parents of S.1 students are invited to the Orientation and Parents’ Gatherings for direct communication with the School.

  • Parents of S.1 students have the chance to sit in classes of various subjects to understand further the study environment of their children.

  • Learning Strategies Workshop for S.1 helps to enhance the learning effectiveness of students.

Parent-Teacher Association

The committee members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meet bimonthly to organize or participate in various activities such as the Classroom Open Day, Orientation Barbecue, seminars, Parenting Courses and school uniform lending service. The PTA offers parents a good chance for interaction among themselves and with the School. The PTA also recognizes students' efforts in academic studies by granting scholarships and promotes students’ balanced development by sponsoring activities.

School Target

3-year School Target (2018-2021)

Main Theme: Make Change and Go Forth

  • To help students achieve effective learning and develop positive attitude towards learning through stretching students’ academic potential, developing their interest in learning and maximizing their capacities.

  • To foster in students a sense of responsibility, to demonstrate the character of Quality Siumingian, and enhance their entrepreneurial spirit in response to the new direction of education development.

Implementation Methods

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 in order to support extensive reading and arouse students’ interest in learning. Students are encouraged to help one another overcome difficulties in learning through the “Learning Buddy Programme” which is promoted by the class teachers. 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.

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.

Multiple Pathways for Our DSE Graduates 2020

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