The secrets of success

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 January, 1996, 12:00am

THE Secretary for the Civil Service, Michael Sze Cho-cheung, gave pupils at Sha Tin Government Secondary School three pieces of advice when he spoke at their speech day.

He urged them to sharpen their language skills, to handle momentary setbacks courageously and to consider civic issues.

'Good language skills,' he said, 'are particularly important if you are going into government, commerce or the service industry.' Mr Sze said it was extremely important that students should read, listen and speak a lot.

'Start off with popular, interesting fiction written in lively and modern languages,' he said. Mr Sze added that everyone had to face difficult times in life and urged students not to be daunted by momentary setbacks.

'When you get tripped over, get up quickly, shake the dust off and carry on regardless in good grace.

'Adopt a positive outlook and life is there for you to enjoy.' Mr Sze also urged students to contribute to the continued success of Hong Kong by developing a good sense of civic-mindedness.

'Keep your eyes wide open for what is happening in Hong Kong. Express your views on issues which will affect the well-being of Hong Kong . . . keep Hong Kong clean, and so on,' he said.

Principal Ma Siu-leung paid tribute to the school's former principals, teachers and students.

This year, students achieved good results in public examinations. The 178 candidates who sat for the HKCEE secured 246 distinctions and 628 credits. The percentage of candidates scoring at least five Es was more than 98 per cent.

Chow Shing-yuk set a record for the best results in the history of the school and all secondary schools in the New Territories by gaining straight As in all 10 subjects. Cheung Wai-chung, Fong Chi-hang, Chan Hon-chuen and Yim Pui-yan scored eight distinctions each.

The 62 students who sat for A-levels scored 30 distinctions and 139 credits. Tong Man and Sin Wing-sze gained four distinctions and three distinctions and two credits respectively. Nearly 60 pupils were admitted to the six local universities.

The principal expounded the philosophy of the school on quality education.

'It takes four attributes to make an all-round student. First, students should strive for academic excellence.

'Second, they need to be accountable and pro-active in all their undertakings.

'Third, they should be sensitive to the feelings of others.

'Last, but not least, they should have a sound physique and mental health.' Wong Chun-ngan and Cheung Sin-chun received the Student of the Year Award for excellence.