A SIMPLE yet solemn ceremony marked the official opening of Tsang Pik Shan Secondary School, at which Professor Wang Gungwu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, presided.
The school, situated in Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, opened its doors in 1991. Since going into operation, the school has been steadily upgrading its facilities and striving to create a good study environment for its students.
The opening on March 11 was attended by a large gathering of parents, students, teaching staff and well-wishers.
After the unveiling of the statue of renowned educationist, Madam Tsang Pik Shan, after whom the school has been named, the institution was officially declared open.
A flag-raising ceremony followed, after which guests proceeded to the hall to attend the school's first speech day.
In his address, Professor Wang said every level of the education system should aim at producing all-round citizens who draw on all aspects of experience and knowledge to improve their lives.
Professor Wang pointed out the importance of sports and extra-curricular activities in achieving a balanced development.
He added that ''whatever the challenges that face today's students, it is still true to say that their lives, and indeed those of all of us generally, are enriched with pleasures and opportunities denied to past generations''.
Professor Wang added that it was the duty of the guardians of future generations to ensure that their children had the very best of resources.
He warned students against the many distractions of modern life, and praised them for their ''sterling efforts so far''.
He reminded those who were going on to a higher education that Hong Kong students had a reputation for ''willingness and capacity to learn that was earning them fame around the world''.
In his school report, principal Chan Shiu-ki said that last year the school opened 30 Forms One to Five classes, with around 1,100 students.
The school now has 33 Forms One to Six classes with a staff of 56.
Mrs Wang gave away the awards and scholarships at the prize-giving. A variety entertainment by the students, who gave choral, instrumental and dance performances, rounded off the occasion.