AGOOD beginning is half way to success. That has been the motto of the Law Ting Pong Secondary School since its inauguration one-and-a-half years ago. With 620 students in Forms 1 and 2 and brand new premises in Tai Po, the school is off to a good start with three emphasis - a close school-family relationship, effective language skills and life education. Overwhelming support from parents made possible the setting up of a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) within three months of the school's opening. They joined their children in cleaning the new school before it opened, organised sales of old books and educational talks, attended school picnics, visits, sports days and are now helping to tutor students on Saturdays. ''When children see us become involved, they feel we really care about them,'' said PTA chairman Mr Cheng Ho-lai. He noticed that his second form daughter, who used to be introverted, has become more outgoing and active in school, following his commitment in her school life. Academically, principal Mrs Emily Ma Fung Wai-yung is fostering a strong English programme, with the focus specially on oral English. ''Hongkong students are weak in spoken English, especially in group discussions; we want to increase their confidence in this area,'' said Mrs Ma. The school became the first to introduce the GAP (GAP Activities Projects) programme locally. The project provides opportunities for A-level graduates from England to have a year's cultural experience overseas. Law Ting Pong sponsors two graduates to teach English part-time in a half-year cycle. Besides conducting lessons for every form, they also train students in verse speaking. ''This has helped the Form 1 girls win the first prize in Group Choral Speaking at last year's Schools Speech Festival,'' said Mrs Ma. A classroom called the ''English Corner'' is open for all to visit during lunch time, with only one requirement - everyone must speak English. This year, further reinforcement comes from an Exchange Students Tutoring programme in which nine undergraduates from the US and Canada at the Chinese University tutor students after school. Tests done at the end of the first term found over 80 per cent of those tutored improved in both listening and speaking abilities. Such encouraging results are balanced with the school's ''Life Education'' project, which is designed to help students develop a positive attitude and to equip them for various situations in life. The 26 topics set in a year cover four aspects - moral, civics, sex and career. The activity-oriented curriculum has drawn excellent response so far. Law Ting Pong Secondary School Area 6, Tai Po New Territories BACKGROUND The school was founded in 1991. DESCRIPTION The co-educational school has 640 students in secondary grades (only Forms 1 and 2). The staff comprises 26 full time teachers and 14 auxiliary staff. HEADMASTER The principal is Mrs Emily Ma Fung Wai-yung, who holds a BA (Hons), a Diploma in Guidance and Counselling in Education and an MA. Mrs Ma has 30 years of teaching experience. TEACHING LANGUAGE Students are taught in both Chinese and English. ACTIVITIES Our school offers a wide range of activities for students, including the Putonghua Club. SPORTS Students are encouraged to take part in volleyball, swimming, badminton, basketball, table-tennis and athletics. RECREATION Recreation facilities include a music room, a covered rooftop/playground and an assembly hall. Students interested in music can join the recorder band. FACILITIES The school has 26 classrooms and two Integrated Science laboratory, a Chemistry lab, a Physics lab, a Biology lab and one computer room. Visits are organised to the Space Museum, Science Museum, Ocean Park and Tai Po Railway Museum. SCHOLARSHIPS There are four categories of scholarship awards, they are for Best Conduct and Service Award (PTA Scholarship), Best Academic Award (Li Chi Wah Shield), Best Student of the Year (Li Chi Wah Shield) and Best Progress Award (PTA Scholarship). PREFECTS There are 53 prefects who are headed by Fan Tsz-hong and Tsui Ting-yan. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Sing, Ching, Sze, Hang''