Dr. Thomas T.S. Liang
Dr. Thomas T.S. Liang
Ms. Elizabeth Ho
Principal Ho’s new term address 2019
Welcome you all to the new academic year 2019-2020. Let’s set our sights back onto the brand new activities and classes we have prepared for you in this new year.
As we value moral education highly here at SJC, we have set up a GUC (Grow-up Class) every Tuesday morning homeroom, instructed by class teachers and non-class teachers. It is aimed at introducing to students the Seven Habits, which includes principles such as being responsible and taking charge of their own life, planning ahead, work first then play, to think win-win, respect for others, teamwork, and life balance. This will equip students with a common language they can use with parents and teachers.
Furthermore, this year we have introduced a brand new class called MIC (Multiple Intelligence Class), to be conducted during every Wednesday Private Studies, with an earlier starting time. It is instructed by all teachers, each of whom will combine at least two intelligences, ranging from linguistics, logical & mathematics, musical, bodily kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic intelligences, in training our students. This is aimed at instilling in students their earliest potential in their well-rounded development.
There will continue to be Morning Assembly Birthday Celebrations every Friday. Students can celebrate and enjoy their special day with their fellow classmates.
On the other hand, let’s welcome all the new teachers who’ve joined our school. We have the new NET teachers, Ms Lauren, who will be teaching English and GS and HS, Mr Gary and Ms Tsang who will be teaching English. We also have Ms Cao and Mr Cheng, as our new Chinese and Maths teachers respectively. We also welcome the new School Writer, Ms Gloria, who will help with the Aspiring Writers publication, debate team and teaching creative writing. As you all know, we value and emphasize English as our main medium of instruction, and that is why all our subjects are EMI, to the exception of the Chinese subject. With our current and new teachers’ help, students will be able to enjoy their studies in an enriching and fun environment.
In line with our focus on students’ all-rounded growth, we have arranged a series of outdoor activities for students to encourage them to go outside and to integrate their passion in the subjects they study with their various extra-curricular interests. This year we have planned to have a visit to the Science Museum, incorporating both the Maths subject and ICT, a visit to the Central Library, and we’ve also planned to have our P.5 & 6 students visit the Court of Final Appeal (CFA). Dear students, your outdoor activities will have more to come.
Moreover, this year is the second year for our P.5 students to have the opportunity to join the educational camp, and our P.6 students to join the graduation camp, which will also be accompanied by a graduation tour. Last year we went to Australia, and this year we are proposing to go to Japan.
Of course, with all these outdoor activities planned, we cannot ignore students’ physical health, which we hold dearly to our hearts. That’s why this year will be the first year for students to have the opportunity to receive free seasonal vaccination.
With the resources provided by the Quality Education Fund, we will have Campus TV and e-Library room, students can make use of these facilities, we hope they can learn faster and effectively in all-rounded development. Students may feel excited that a science wall will be equipped for the STEM learning too.
Last but not least, alongside with the annual fund-raising for Respect the Elderly, this will also be the first year for us we to organize the Respect the Elderly function, to be held on 10th January, 2020, in which we will invite 100 elders from elderly homes to have luncheon together, different activities will be arranged for them to participate in and have fun with our students. Of course, students will perform on the stage, let the elders feel the warmth of the coming Chinese New Year.
With the new year’s plans all set, as a Catholic school for 58 years, I hope everyone here will strive for the five core values of Catholic education, these are love, truth, justice, family and life which will be life-long beneficially. All students will enjoy your time here at school, imbued with hope, and a passion for seeking truth and love.
Elizabeth HO Yee Ha
It’s an absolute pleasure to meet you all! I am Elizabeth Ho, the new Principal of St. Johannes College (SJC). It is a privilege for me to actualise our school’s mission by constantly looking for new and innovative ways to enrich our students’ learning experiences with teachers and parents together. SJC was established in 1962 by the late Dr. Thomas T.S Liang, who professed his vigorous ideologies and fierce adoration for education stating “I set up the aim of education of our school emphasising moral education as the base academic achievement for use… It can be said that I love the school just as I love my children! It is my ideal, my hope and my interest.”
With his vision in mind, we will also foster the STEM-based programmes, which is a trend that needs to be constantly developed at SJC. It will further stimulate intellectual curiosity and ultimately, all senses of our children.
We firmly believe that students at St. Johannes College are ready to do more than simply learn facts. By fostering STEM, it will lead our children to develop their urge of discovery and analytical thinking; this will enable them to step forward into the future, prepared, for the rapid changes in our world.
As an English-Medium of Instruction (EMI) School, our focus on the children’s mastery of this language, coupled with the specialist languages such as Chinese and Mandarin, will be paramount in achieving absolute success.
We will consistently provision English orientated programmes which cover the majority of the subjects offered; PTH and some levels of General classes, which were previously conducted in Chinese, will undergo a transition into the English language as well.
SJC aims to create an illuminating and bright future for all students; we will conduct annually regulated reviews of our curriculum, adopt unprecedented methodology and focus on student-centred learning to ultimately secure these goals. It is my sincere hope for a vivid atmosphere and through the provision of different opportunities for our children, whether through exploration in outdoor activities or indoor classes, these will strengthen academic rigor for all learners, fundamentally ensuring our students become effective communicators and leaders of tomorrow.
Last but not least, I hope fostering Multiple Intelligences can provide and nurture a holistic and balanced experience for students’ pre-secondary experience. Whether linguistic, mathematic, kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical and nature intelligence, these components must and will give our students quintessential skills and knowledge; conclusively, these will allow them to meet lifelong learning objectives, bolster their foundations to transition well into post-primary institutions and allow them to assimilate into the world’s ever growing education.