Sheung Shui Government Secondary School 21, Pak Wo Road Sheung Shui, N.T. SHEUNG Shui Government Secondary School is very young as schools go - it was founded in September 1991 - but its students enjoy the full, varied and balanced academic life that has taken many a mature school years to achieve. Strongly backed by a united, forward-thinking Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the principal Mr Peter Tsang Ting-po and his hardworking staff have established certain ideals as their work goals. These goals are seen as necessary to the requirements of the developing district in the north-east of the New Territories. ''An all-round education for students is what every school strives to provide, and we are no exception,'' Mr Tsang said. ''We also try to make up for areas that might still be somewhat neglected in close neighbours in the view of parents.'' The school has been working on a triple curriculum, putting Commercial Studies on an equal footing with Arts and Sciences. Staff and parents have agreed that this is a wise, far-sighted move. ''Hongkong's economic prosperity depends on its international status and its well-developed communication network, finance, information technology and the like,'' Mr Tsang said. ''It is vital therefore that our young people are equipped with knowledge and skills to meet Hongkong's special needs.'' One of the school's forward-looking moves is the introduction of Putonghua from Secondary 1 to 3. Extra-curricular activities ensure that students have ample opportunities to develop their various interests and have an enriching exposure to the arts and other cultural events. Extra-curricular activities range from Boy Scouts and Girl Guides to the Community Youth Club and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Music is given much prominence. The school has a Chinese Orchestra, a school choir and a melodica band. Mr Tsang believes that music should be studied for its own sake, as well as for its educational value in the study of subjects like language. ''The Education Department and the Royal Hongkong Jockey Club have given us funds to buy musical instruments that the students are free to borrow,'' the principal said. Parents on the PTA have also been supportive by donating money towards the purchase of musical instruments. Many students have shown interest in buying the less-expensive instruments. The principal revealed that the student intake at lower secondary level has been especially good. Secondary 4 students who have come over from other schools said they felt ''much at home'' in their new surroundings, with teachers showing a warm interest in their welfare. The school has no formal after-school tutorial classes for academically weak students, but students who need extra help are encouraged to approach teachers during recess, lunch time and after-school for individual guidance. Being comparatively new, the school's structure is still in the formative phase. For the present, there are only classes at Secondary 1, 2, 4 and 5 levels. Two Secondary 6 classes will open in the next school year. DESCRIPTION Founded in 1991, the co-educational secondary school has 960 students, 39 teachers and an auxiliary staff of 15. PRINCIPAL The principal is Mr Peter T. P. Tsang who holds B.A. Honours Degree (University of London) and a Teacher's Certificate. Mr Tsang has 38 years of teaching experience, and has been school principal since 1975. TEACHING LANGUAGE Students are taught in Chinese and English. ACTIVITIES About 20 extra-curricular activities available, ranging from the academic and cultural to social service. Students are strong in the arts, especially music. There is a melodica band (winner at the Hongkong Schools Music Festival), a large mixed choir and a Chinese orchestra. Field trips are organised by the geography, history, art, biology and gardening clubs. SPORTS All kinds of sports encouraged. Football and badminton are particularly popular. FACILITIES There are 26 classrooms, three half-rooms for remedial teaching and counselling, five science laboratories, a library and a school hall. Sports facilities include a soccer field, a basketball court, gymnasium cum badminton courts inside the hall, a roof-top playground and six ping pong tables in a covered playground. SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are being set up by the Parent Teacher Association. PREFECTS A team of 30 prefects headed by Chan Ka-ki and Shum Hoi-yu. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Love, Vitality, Loyalty, Diligence''.