STUDENTS enjoy a lot of freedom today but they do not know how to handle it because of a lack of parental guidance, according to Sha Tin Tsung Tsin Secondary School principal Lisa Yip Sau-wah. 'Students have a lot of spare time after school, but they don't know how to make the most of it,' Miss Yip said. 'This results in a poor sense of self-discipline among young people, which at times leads to disruptive behaviour in class. But then, parents have to work to support their families and this takes up most of their time.' Ms Yip, who has been with the school since 1991, said although such students made up only one per cent of the total school population, they needed to be given special attention. Therefore, the principal said, such students from lower forms were made to join the 'Tsung Tsin Troop' which offered a range of 'active' and 'passive' activities for them. Students are encouraged to join social services by taking care of the elderly, the mentally-retarded and the handicapped. As well as that, they participate in a leadership training programme organised jointly by the school and a community centre, join home economics and computers courses and practise marching with the auxiliary police. 'The idea is to make them understand that they can be of some help to themselves and society.' They also visit boys' and girls' correctional centres and institutions. 'There are about 50 students in the troop at the moment. We have to admit that some of the younger students are not really interested in studies. 'Even if we simplify the curriculum, as the Education Department has suggested, they will still not be interested. 'The only solution is to cultivate in them a good sense of self-discipline,' Ms Yip said. The school recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, which was attended by more than 150 principals, according to Ms Yip. More than 10,000 people joined in the open day festivity with the students and staff. BACKGROUND The Christian school was founded in 1985 and is sponsored by the Shamshuipo Tsung Tsin Church.DESCRIPTION It is a co-educational secondary school with about 1,145 students. The staff comprises 53 full-time teachers, four part-time teachers and nine auxiliary staff.PRINCIPAL: The principal is Ms Yip Sau-wah, who holds a BSc, a MPhil and an MEd. She also holds a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Education. Ms Yip has 17 years' experience as school principal. TEACHING LANGUAGE Students are taught in English. ACTIVITIES The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities which are divided into 30 groups. SPORT Students are encouraged to take part in tennis, baseball, netball and basketball. RECREATION Recreational facilities include a music room, a playing field, a dancing hall and an assembly hall. FACILITIES The school has 24 classrooms, four science laboratories and a library. SCHOLARSHIPS Reverend Josiah Mann Memorial Scholarship; Tang Lai Lor Memorial Scholarship; Yau Yan Ching Memorial Scholarship; Shamshuipo Tsung Tsin Church Scholarships; Yau Tai Wai Memorial Prize in English; Lee Leung Lien Ying Memorial Prize in Chinese; Ting Yin Ling Memorial Scholarship; Sha Tin Tsung Tsin Scholarships. PREFECTS A team of 53 prefects is headed by Cheung Kin-man and Poon Yin-mei. SCHOOL MOTTO 'Faith, Hope and Love'