Curriculum

Under the new senior secondary (NSS) academic structure introduced in 2009, all students will study a three-year senior secondary curriculum after completing the three-year junior secondary curriculum.  They will then sit for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), which was introduced in 2012 to replace the former Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination.  Subject to satisfactory performance in the HKDSE, students will continue their studies at local universities for four years.

Medium of Instruction

The College adopts English as the medium of instruction. All subjects are to be taught in English with the exception of Chinese Language, where Putonghua is used at levels S.1 to S3, and Cantonese at levels above S.3. For non-Chinese speaking students, Chinese as a Second Language is taught in Cantonese in S1 to S3 and Putonghua in S4 to S5. In accordance with curriculum changes, the core subject Liberal Studies is offered to students in either Chinese or English. The Junior Form subject Chinese History and Culture also uses Cantonese. The College places equal importance on both the Chinese and English languages, and wherever appropriate and feasible, will use both in its written communications with parents. As the spoken language of Hong Kong is Cantonese, it is understood that Cantonese will predominate as a social language inside and outside of the College. It needs to be also stated that as Chinese is the dominant language within Hong Kong, as our MOI is English, it is not always realistic or feasible to ensure that guest speakers or others from outside the College are as comfortable in using English to the extent that we may be. Therefore, it is likely that parent briefing sessions, presentations by guest speakers and so on will require simultaneous translation, often requiring the help of teaching staff.

Subjects offered in Junior Forms

Subjects offered for Junior Forms prepare students for the Senior Secondary Curriculum (SS).  They include English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics, Chinese History and Culture, Integrated Humanities, Science / Integrated Science, Information and Communication Technology, Home Economics, Music, Visual Arts and Health and Physical Education.  French and Chinese as a Second Language are offered as an alternative to Chinese Language and Chinese History and Culture for those non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students.

Subjects offered in Senior Forms

Students in Senior Forms are required to study four core subjects, viz. English Language, Chinese Language / Chinese as a Second Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, plus two to three electives from a fairly wide variety of subjects.  They include Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Information and Communication Technology; Economics; Business, Accounting and Financial Studies; Geography, Chinese History, Visual Arts and Music.  Students who are talented in Mathematics can also choose to study Mathematics Extended Module, and NCS students are free to take French (as an Other Language Course).

Other Learning Experiences

The College believes in providing an all-rounded education and has always encouraged students to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities so that they can learn beyond the classroom. It also holds Department Days and whole-school co-curricular activities within the formal timetable. These activities have always been an integral part of our school life and will contribute to students’ Other Learning Experiences.

The College has implemented a system of keeping a formal record of students’ achievements in the form of Student Learning Portfolios. To facilitate proper record keeping, we have upgraded our computer system so that we can keep a track record of individual students’ achievements in electronic form.

School Based Assessment

School-based Assessment (SBA) refers to assessments carried out by schools as part of the teaching and learning process, with students being assessed by their subject teachers. The marks awarded will count towards the results of HKDSE.
The College has, since its inauguration in 2000, been using internal continuous assessment tools to assess students’ academic performance. The experience and skills so acquired have proved very useful in fulfilling the requirement of SBA under the NSS curriculum.

Liberal Studies

Since 2000, the College has been adopting the teaching approaches currently advocated for Liberal Studies in the subject of Integrated Humanities taught in the Junior Forms. With numerous years of valuable experience, our teachers are well poised to teach the compulsory subject of Liberal Studies under the NSS curriculum.

Teaching initiatives such as individual-based and group-based project learning, researches, debates, reflection reports, etc. have been well developed as good learning tools for our students. The acquisition of skills related to critical-thinking, self-learning, communication and presentation has always been regarded as one of the important objectives in student learning. Social, environmental, current, local and world issues are tackled in different topics within the related curriculum.