TWGHs Mrs Wu York Yu Memorial College 13-21 On Chit Street, Shek Yam Estate, Kwai Chung, New Territories THE Kwai Chung-based TWGHs Mrs Wu York Yu Memorial College emphasises the academic performance of students while encouraging them to participate in various extra-curricular activities. ''Encouragement is always important so we have a lot of certificates of merit and scholarships to motivate our students to work harder on their studies,'' principal Ms Cheng King-kue said. ''Those with a weaker academic foundation are invited to attend tutorial lessons held every Saturday morning.'' Ms Cheng felt that students' academic performance was generally good. ''We have quite a number of students getting into tertiary institutions each year; but I'm not too satisfied with the school's performance at HKCEE level as I think some students could do much better if they worked harder,'' she said. The headmistress added that since most of the Form One and Form Two students could cope with English as a teaching medium, teachers emphasised English in these years. ''However, we maintain a flexibility in language teaching, changing our approach according to the needs and standard of the students,'' she said. Students in Form Three, Four and Six practise English conversation with part-time native English-speaking teachers after school and sometimes on Saturday. Apart from promoting students' language ability in English, the school also encourages students to develop their Chinese language skills. Senior students give speeches at morning assemblies and to take part in debates; while the junior forms are encouraged to take part in speech training after school. To ensure students receive a balanced education, the school considers it essential to urge them to join extra-curricular activities. First-formers sample different areas of activity - cultural, sporting, community service and special interests - in order to discover their interests and potential prior to Form Two when they are free to choose their own activities. This year, one of the main themes of the school's moral education programme is to help students understand more about disabled people and children in need. The school has invited experts to address students on these subjects, especially what can be done to help in these areas. Activities such as board displays, a slogan competition and visits, will be held later. In addition, Ms Cheng praised the school's hard working teachers who devoted themselves to helping students academically and in becoming valuable members of society. ''Our students are lucky to have these good teachers and I hope they will make the most of their secondary school life, learn how to equip themselves for the future cultivate an awareness and interest in the world at large.'' BACKGROUND The school, founded in 1977, is a co-educational secondary school with 1,141 students, 51 full-time teachers and 20 auxiliary staff. HEADMASTER The principal is Miss Cheng King-kue who holds a BA (Hon) degree and a Diploma in Education. Miss Cheng has 13 years of teaching experience. TEACHING LANGUAGE English is the chief medium of instruction but students are also taught in Chinese and Putonghua. ACTIVITIES The school offers a wide range of activities for students. There are four houses and 24 academic, interest and social clubs. SPORTS Students are encouraged to take part in basketball, handball, football and track and field events, especially long-distance running. RECREATION Recreation facilities include a music room, a basketball court, two covered playgrounds and an assembly hall. Students interested in singing or music can take part in the school choir. FACILITIES There are 24 classrooms, an integrated science laboratory, a chemistry laboratory, a physics laboratory and a biology laboratory. Field trips are organised for Science, Biology and Geography. SCHOLARSHIPS 51 Tung Wah Scholarships are available for all Tung Wah students who gain entry to university. Eight Wu York Yu and Wing Lung Scholarships are also available. PREFECTS There are 48 prefects who are headed by Wong Man-wai and Leung Sim-kam. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Diligence, Frugality, Loyalty and Faithfulness'' is the motto for the school.