Fish Marketing Organisation Aberdeen Secondary Technical School 2 Tin Wan Hill Road Aberdeen, Hong Kong RE-PROVISIONING to be a standard school has become a major goal for Fish Marketing Organisation (FMO) Aberdeen Secondary Technical School. The realisation of this goal will remove the school's present restrictions of premises and space. Presently, the school has 13 classes and 12 standard classrooms. But the expansion will increase the number of classrooms to 24 and possibly add matriculation classes to the structure as well. Opened in 1966 as a three-year institute, the school specially provided educational opportunities for fishermen's children. With most of these families going on-shore, from 1978 it developed into a five-year secondary technical boys' school. Having a small campus may have brought students closer to each other and to their teachers, but school officials now think it is time for further growth. ''We have applied to the Education Department but there is no suitable site available at present.. Our preference is to remain in this district,'' said Principal Chang Yee-kuen, who has been heading the school for 15 years. The school is at present feeder-linked to five other secondary schools in the district to enable all eligible Form Five graduates to be admitted to matriculation courses. A small student body of 475 has so far presented obstacles for development. ''Despite our wish to form a student union, we find it difficult because of a lack of Form Six student leaders. It remains a plan on paper,'' Mr Chang said. What exists now are class committees and representatives who liaise for each class. The forming of a Parents Teachers Association (PTA) has also been suggested but again, the small number of students, and thus parent representatives, inhibits its formation. Whether FMO Aberdeen Secondary Technical School will become a standard school soon or not, its educational principles will remain the same. ''As a technical school, our primary aim is not so much to prepare students for entering universities but rather technical institutes,'' Mr Chang said. ''Our emphasis is on a good education that develops integrity and arrests delinquent behaviour, besides catering to student needs and interests through different manual and practical subjects.'' Their students have shown great aptitude for maths, science and technical subjects, Mr Chang said. In 1992, for instance, the Form Three class was the youngest to win one out of the two honorary prizes awarded in a design competition called ''Hong Kong: 2001 Super City'', which attracted entries from more than 100 schools. Ten per cent of the school role is still made up of fishermen's children and a FMO Scholarship has been retained for them. BACKGROUND The school, founded in 1966 as a three-year secondary practical school, was converted into a five-year secondary technical school in 1978. The boys' school has 457 students, 24 full-time teachers and 11 auxiliary staff. HEADMASTER The principal is Mr Chang Yee-kuen who holds a BSc degree and a Diploma in Education. Mr Chang has 26 years of teaching experience. TEACHING LANGUAGE Students are taught in Chinese and English. ACTIVITIES The school offers various clubs and activities including chess, harmonica, sports, gardening, JPC, CYC and DEA. SPORTS Students are encouraged to take part in basketball, badminton and athletics. FACILITIES There are 13 classrooms, a computer room, a chemistry laboratory, a physics laboratory, a design and technology room, a metalwork room, an electronics and electricity room, a basketball court, a table-tennis court and as assembly hall. SCHOLARSHIPS Fish Marketing Organisation Scholarship for Fishermen's Children. PREFECTS There are 28 monitors who are headed by Chan Hon-cheung, Leung Wing-hung and Lo Chan-ho. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Be learned and discerning''