Principal's Message

Cheer our Form 6 students up!

Dear Form Six students and parents,

This new year 2022 has come with a new wave of COVID-19 striking hardly at the routines of Hong Kong. Since the outbreak in late February, the number of confirmed cases has continuously hit its record high, reaching ten thousand or more in a day. Current measures to stop virus spread include suspension of face-to-face classes in all kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools, bringing forward the summer vacations in all schools, restrictions on dine-in services at night and temporary closure of many businesses. Amid the severe epidemic situation, strict compliance with the precautionary measures, early vaccination and constant observations on the health of ourselves and others are all key to fighting the epidemic. For students to learn and live better in this new norm, capabilities to properly regulate emotions, persistently develop multi-pronged study strategies and constantly practice healthy lifestyle are vital.

According to the announcement made by the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) on 28th February, the written examinations will tentatively commence in late  April as scheduled, but adjustments have been made for some examination dates to compress the examination period into three weeks (For more details, please visit HKEAA's website: http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk/tc/hkdse/). With the strong blow of this new wave, besides suspension of face-to-face classes and cancellation of mock examination, students are deprived of chances to return to the school campus to attend tutorial lessons and seek for additional guidance from teachers. Despite all the above restrictions, our teachers have prepared mock exercises and arranged online learning lessons to get students more ready for the DSE. We all understand, in the face of the challenges and uncertainties brought by pandemic, anxiety and helplessness when fighting alone can weaken one's mind. My sincere advice to students is 'shared sorrow is half a sorrow'. Proactively sharing confusion and doubts to family, fellows or teachers, regardless of whether their problems can be resolved, is practical to get a relief. 

Given Omicron is highly contagious, students should be more aware of personal hygiene, always put on surgical masks, wash hands frequently, avoid going to crowded places and having meal gatherings. What I genuinely anticipate is my students are at their best to battle against the DSE.

Our school will pay close attention to the latest announcements released by the EDB and the HKEAA and keep students well-informed about the updates and all follow-up measures concerned. It is my earnest hope that parents provide students with more support and encouragement to maintain their positive mindset throughout their revision time. In case of any enquiries, please contact our teachers via email or any instant messaging applications.

Wish you good health and all the best!

Principal Lo Kwok Leung

March, 2022
 


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

We all understand the ephemeral nature of human life. Sadly, this new year 2022 has come with a new wave of COVID-19 striking hardly at the routines of Hong Kong. Current measures to stop virus spread include suspension of face-to-face classes in all kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools, restrictions on dine-in services at night and temporary closure of many businesses. Amid the severe epidemic situation, strict compliance with the precautionary measures, early vaccination and constant observations on the health of ourselves and others are all key to fighting the epidemic. For students to learn and live better in this new norm, capabilities to properly regulate emotions, persistently develop multi-pronged study strategies and constantly practice healthy lifestyle are vital.

All creations are reborn on New Year's Day. A new year marks the new start of setting personal goals. My heartfelt hope is to see students take initiative to set goals based on their learning progress, participation in extracurricular activities or personal habits, regardless of the scale involved. In fact, even restraining one's temper can be a year-round goal so long as that fits individual needs. After goal setting, the most important, but challenging, step is to formulate strategies and put them into practice. As the saying goes, 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. The first step to the kick-off of a journey is always crucial to success, to be followed by taking concrete actions and making necessary adjustments. Here is a thought-provoking story extracted from Atomic Habit written by James Clear.    

On the first day of class, Jerry Uelsmann, professor at the University of Florida, divided his film photography students into two groups.

Everyone on the left side of the classroom, he explained, would be in the "quantity" group. They would be graded solely on the amount of work they produced. On the final day of class, he would tally the number of photos submitted by each student. One hundred photos would rate an A, ninety photos a B, eighty photos a C and so on.

Meanwhile, everyone on the right side of the room would be in the "quality" group. They would be graded only on the excellence of their work. They would only need to produce one photo during the semester, but to get an A, it had to be a nearly perfect image.

At the end of the term. He was surprised to find that all the best photos were produced by the quantity group. During the semester, these students were busy taking photos, experimenting with composition and lighting, testing out various methods in the darkroom, and learning from their mistakes. In the process of creating hundreds of photos, they honed their skills. Meanwhile, the quality group sat around speculating about perfection. In the end, they had little to show for their efforts other than unverified theories and one mediocre photo.

In fact, attempts to make plans without actions are futile. Oppositely, the effort to take concrete actions always bears fruits. Coming up with twenty ideas when writing an outline for an essay, for example, is a plan. Practically picking up a pen to write the essay is an action. Persistent actions like practising writing skills for one to two hours every day are always the practical way to achieve goals.

My anticipation is to see students kick off the new year with clear goals, strategic plans and strong determination to take concrete actions. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a rewarding and healthy year of tiger.

Principal Lo Kwok Leung

February, 2022
 


Embrace the New School Year

It is my privilege to be appointed as the new Principal in this inviting and welcoming 'PO TONG' (Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College) family. In addition to inheriting its long-standing culture with my humbleness and thankfulness, what I am devoted to is aligning the school's policies with updated practice and making necessary changes with my vision and innovation. The continued growth of PO TONG is attributed to our commitment to cultivating students to possess decent personal qualities. With our belief in the motto of PLK's affiliated schools, "Love, Respect, Diligence and Integrity", students are well-nurtured to demonstrate helpfulness, respect for others, diligence and sincerity. 

Moral education tops the list of our aim to provide quality education, so does our great emphasis on students' academic achievements. The result of 2020-2021 graduates in 2021 HKDSE is a remarkable success, with a 99% passing rate and a 54% credit rate averagely in all subjects. This year, students thrived in Biology, 82.6% and 47.8% of whom attained level 4 or above and level 5 or above respectively. Over three-fourths of our graduates successfully enrolled in UGC-funded Bachelor's Degree programmes through JUPAS. Such phenomenal achievements of our graduates can be the aspiration for our current students, providing them with a clear goal to work diligently to obtain better results in the upcoming HKDSE and continue their persistent pursuit of targeted university programmes.  

This year, restricted by the limitations resulting from the pandemic, our opening ceremony had to be conducted by means of playing video recordings in separate classrooms. Since the start of last year, Hong Kong has been experiencing drastic changes brought by the pandemic. Class suspension, half-day schooling, the alternation between online and face-to-face teaching, all these are unprecedented, posing enormous pressure and burdens to teachers no matter when preparing for teaching materials, maximizing teaching outcomes, and offering timely emotional support to students if necessary. May I take this opportunity to extend my sincerest gratitude to all the effort paid by our devoted teachers.    

In the face of the current pandemic situation, half-day face-to-face class arrangements are still suggested. Such mode of schooling is a real challenge to students, indeed assessing whether they are determined and perseverant enough. As a proverb goes, 'When Heaven is about to confer a great office on any man, it first exercises his mind with suffering.' Doubtless, the experience to overcome today's challenge is a good foundation for achieving future goals against all odds. At the beginning of this new school year, I anticipate my students being adaptive to the new norm of learning, setting clear year goals, regulating time to be great at learning. Perseverance is always the key to success. Together with the support rendered by teachers, family and friends, the determination to moving forward is the fuel for clearing all the stumbling blocks. We all look forward to the disappearance of pandemic with the passing of time. When we look back at that moment, our experience to battle against the pandemic has, as time goes by, equipped us with more persistence and abilities to overcome challenges. 

Let's embrace our new school year. With the new goal ahead and the continued support given by teachers and me, we wish our students success in the days to come.  

Principal Lo Kwok Leung

September, 2021