School eyes broad education
'KNOWLEDGE ever aim; wisdom ever claim; vigour we manifest; faith we all profess; honour, love profess; for all truth we search . . .' the lyrics of Sha Tin Government Secondary School's song can be best described as the spirit of the school.
'The school song has much inspired me as it tells the true meaning of pursuing higher education,' Lo King-man, director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and vice-chairman of the Urban Council, said at the school's annual speech day.
He said graduates should grab every chance to learn and explore a wide range of knowledge, and follow a variety of interests to achieve an all-round development.
School principal Gloria Ko Yip Wai-han echoed his views and said the school did not just place importance on academic learning, but was also concerned about a broad development of its students.
'The school is concerned about students developing a wide range of interests, which will enable them to discover their potential and talents,' Mrs Ko said.
As students are offered the challenge to serve the community, the school aims to help them to join in various social service and out-of-school activities.
'Students are encouraged to take part in various social service and extra-curricular activities, such as the Schools Speech Festival, Schools Music Festival and Moral, Civic, Family Life Community Service Project,' she said.
Mrs Ko said she was delighted to announce that students had won a number of awards and prizes in competitions involving these groups and organisations.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the student of the year awards by Mr Lo to Lam Yan and Luk Man-chung.
Mrs Ko said she hoped the awards would enable the pupils to fully understand the meaning of 'outstanding students' and encourage them to have a positive and healthy perspective about life.
'Having become outstanding students in school, no doubt they will be good citizens and even men of talents who can better contribute to society,' she said.
A number of scholarships and service awards were awarded to other outstanding students at the school.
Mrs Ko also expressed her gratitude to the school's senior teachers and her two assistant principals.
'Their great assistance and hard work have enabled the school to enter another year with memories of worthy achievements,' she said.