CMA Choi Cheung Kok Prevocational School 1 Tsing Hoi Circuit Tuen Mun, New Territories TUEN Mun-based CMA Choi Cheung Kok Prevocational School has been carrying out two major year-long award schemes to help students improve themselves and develop initiative since the start of the 1992-93 academic year. The first one called Solar Project was introduced to Form 3 pupils to help them set goals for themselves and enhance their self-esteem. Pupils are encouraged to set their targets in four areas - academic, conduct, servicing/extra-curricular activities and award. For the academically good students, they usually expect more from their academic pursuit. However, for the weaker ones, their aim would probably be to do better than their previous effort. ''I realise that many youngsters today lack initiative and, very often, they also have no definite goals or targets,'' said principal Mr Ying Yu-hing. ''Some of them even do not know why they have to study.'' Therefore, the school has worked out this special project for pupils to guide them to think for themselves the goals they want to fulfil and help them develop self-confidence. Through this project, students are expected to improve gradually their academic performance and discipline If they can satisfactorily reach their goals they have set, they will receive a certificate. If they can satisfy all their goals with outstanding results, they will be given a scholarship as an encouragement Another scheme called the Students of the Year Award was organised for pupils from Forms 1 to 7. The award is for those who excel academically and are active in extra-curricular activities and community service. In order to enter the scheme, each pupil has to be nominated by a teacher or three students. The nomination should be endorsed by another teacher. Each nominee should write an article in Cantonese to introduce himself/herself to all teachers and schoolmates. After an interview, seven finalists are selected. They would then stand before the school assembly and say something about themselves. At the final stage, only three finalists will win the scholarship. According to Mr Ying, the school will continue with the Solar Project next year in other forms. BACKGROUND The school was founded in 1984. DESCRIPTION It is a co-educational prevocational secondary school. There are 680 students in secondary grades and 322 in senior forms. The staff comprises 57 full-time teachers and 20 auxiliary staff. HEADMASTER The principal is Mr Ying Yu-hing who holds a BSc and DipEd (CUHK), Adv DipEd (HKU) and a Diploma in Chinese Law (Zhongshan). Mr Ying has 23 years of teaching experience. TEACHING LANGUAGE Students are taught in Chinese and English, with a heavier slant towards Chinese. ACTIVITIES The school offers a wide range of activities for students. Students belong to one of four Houses and may join the numerous academic and interest clubs. SPORTS Students are encouraged to take part in handball, football, volleyball, table-tennis, and track and field. RECREATION Recreation facilities include a playground, a covered playground, a gymnasium and an assembly hall. FACILITIES The school has 18 regular classrooms, six workshops, seven special rooms, three laboratories, two Integrated Science laboratories, and an engineering laboratory. Field trips are organised for science and engineering students. SCHOLARSHIPS Choi Cheung Kok Scholarship, CMA and Donors Scholarship, Chow Yun Sheung Scholarship, Lion and Globe Educational Trust Scholarship, Yip Hing Chung Scholarship, etc. PREFECTS There are 90 prefects who are headed by Lee Suet-yee and Tang Kwok-tung. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Sincerity, Trust, Diligence, Fortitude''