Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Technical School 5, Oi Kwan Road Wanchai, Hongkong BETTER communication between school and families is expected at Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Technical School when a Parent-Teacher Association is set up later this year. According to principal Mr Ma Siu-leung, the school had long been wanting to have such an association, but it was only this year that work on it got into full swing. ''Parents will be able to join in school activities and even help in school policy-making,'' Mr Ma said. ''We believe the more parents understand the school, the more they can help their children in their studies. And at the same time, the teachers can get to know the students better through contact with the parents.'' Figures showed that at present only 70 schools have parent-teacher associations, covering less than 10 per cent of the total number of schools in the territory. The Education Department is encouraging schools to set up parent-teacher associations so that parents can participate in school affairs and play a role in the education of their children. Mr Ma said the association would be formed around next month, once meetings with parents and teachers are concluded. Such an association would also help create better relationships with the students, the principal emphasised, which was essential for teaching to be fully effective. Mr Ma, who has been teaching in government schools for 22 years, and joined the school last September, said he wanted to create a ''friendly image'' with the students, rather than one of stern authority. ''Counselling is preferable to punishment,'' Mr Ma explained. ''I always think a teacher should point out a student's mistake rather than scold him. ''We often achieve better results by talking to the students and helping them to see their mistakes and learn from them.'' The school has four separate teams - covering discipline, counselling, activities and careers - to help students live a full and rewarding school life. ''Plenty of extra-curricular activities are available for the pupils to exercise and relax themselves,'' the principal said. A file listing typical student behaviour problems and the kind of help that may be suitable has been compiled recently. The purpose of the file is to alert teachers to any students who may need special attention. At present the school has two Form 6 classes for science and commerce. An arts stream class will be added in the next school year to meet the growing demand for matriculation places. Two Advanced Supplementary-level (AS-level) subjects - Computer Science and Chinese History - will be introduced next year so that students could enjoy a broader curriculum. Founded in 1933, the school celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Highlights of the celebrations will be an open day and a school concert. DESCRIPTION Founded in 1933, the co-educational technical school has 1,184 students, 54 full-time teachers, and an auxiliary staff of 20. HEADMASTER The principal is Mr Ma Siu-leung who holds a Bsc. and a Diploma in Education. Mr Ma has 22 years of teaching experience. TEACHING LANGUAGE English is the chief medium of instruction. ACTIVITIES A wide range of activities available, spread over 32 clubs that cover sports, cultural and artistic interests. SPORTS Popular sports are swimming, badminton, table-tennis and football. FACILITIES The school has 24 classrooms, four science laboratories, a library with 12,000 books, a music room, a football field, a basketball court and an indoor badminton court. SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships include the K. C. Lau Scholarship, Jockey Club Scholarships, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prizes and Scholarships, and Grantham Scholarships. PREFECTS The team of 46 prefects is headed by Chan Kam-kee. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Thorough''.