Fides, Spes and Caritas

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 )

School Details

School Details

School Name Kau Yan College
Address Fu Shin Estate, Tai Po, N.T.
Telephone No. 26608308
Facsimile 26620377
Email mail@kyc.edu.hk
website https://www.kyc.edu.hk
School Mission We aim to provide students with an ideal learning environment with which to nurture talents and abilities, as well as to instill in every student the proper moral values based on sound Christian principles. We educate our students to become responsible citizens.

 

Supervisor / Chairman of School Management Committee Mr. Wong Man Sze
Principal (with Qualifications / Experiences) Mr. Chow Ka Kui (BSc, MA)
School Type Aided (Co-ed)
Area Occupied by the School About 6337 Sq. M
Incorporated Management Committee Yes
Name of Sponsoring Body Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong
School Motto Fides, Spes, Caritas
Year of Commencement of Operation 1950
Religion Christianity
Parent-Teacher Association Yes
Student Union / Association Yes
Past Students' Association / School Alumni Association Yes

 

Number of teaching posts in the approved establishment 56 Total number of teachers in the school 60

 

Teacher Certificate / Diploma 100% Bachelor Degree 98%
Master/ Doctorate Degree 63% Special Education Training 41%

 

Years of Experiences (% of Teaching staff)
0 - 4 years 5 - 9 years 10 years or above
12% 7% 81%

 

Subjects offered in 2021/2022 (S1 to S3)
Chinese as the medium of instruction S1 to S3 Chinese Language, Putonghua, Life and Society, Chinese History, History, Ethics / Religious Education, Computer Literacy, Design & Technology, Home Economics, Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education Lessons
English as the medium of instruction English Language, Science, Geography
Adopt a different medium of instruction by class or by group / school-based curriculum Mathematics: There are two groups using English as the medium of instruction. For the other two groups, we use English to teach individual modules
Subjects offered in 2021/2022 (S4 to S6)
Chinese as the medium of instruction S.4 – S.6 Compulsory: Chinese Language; Citizenship and Social Development (S4); Liberal Studies (S5, S6)
Electives: Chinese Literature; Chinese History; History; Visual Arts; Information & Communication Technology; Business, Accounting & Financial Studies
Non-Public Exam Subjects: Ethics/ Religious Education; Aesthetic Development; Physical Education Lessons
English as the medium of instruction Compulsory: English Language, Mathematics (Compulsory Part)
Electives: Mathematics(Extended Part – Module 2), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography

 

Subject to be Offered in 2022/2023 (S1 to S3)
Chinese as the medium of instruction S1 to S3 Chinese Language, Putonghua, Life and Society, Chinese History, History, Ethics / Religious Education, Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education Lessons
English as the medium of instruction English Language, Science, Geography
Adopt a different medium of instruction by class or by group / school-based curriculum From S1 in Academic Year 2022/23, there will be three groups using English as the medium of instruction in Mathematics, Design & Technology, Home Economics and Computer Literacy.
Subject to be Offered in 2022/2023 (S4 to S6)
Chinese as the medium of instruction S.4 – S.6 Compulsory: Chinese Language; Citizenship and Social Development (S4,S5); Liberal Studies (S6)
Electives: Chinese Literature; Chinese History; History; Visual Arts; Information & Communication Technology; Business, Accounting & Financial Studies
Non-Public Exam Subjects: Ethics/ Religious Education; Aesthetic Development; Physical Education Lessons
English as the medium of instruction Compulsory: English Language, Mathematics (Compulsory Part)
Electives: Mathematics (Extended Part - Module 2), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography

 

Secondary One Admission

Our college accepts discretionary places.

The admission criteria and weightings for Secondary 1 (S.1) Discretionary Places (DP) of SSPA:

  1. Phase I: Short-listing applicants on documentary information (60%) - School academic results: 50%; Extra-curricular activities & services: 10%;
  2. Phase II: Interview - Comprehension/analytical power/presentation skills (40%).

Our college will participate in the Secondary School Allocation System through central allocation stage (Applicable for S1 admission in September 2022).

 

Orientation Activities and Healthy Life

The S.1 Orientation programme “The Freshman Academy” of our college includes English bridging courses, use of e-learning tools, English drama workshops, English verse speaking and pronunciation training, dictionary skills, as well as team building activities and discipline training. We also arrange an orientation day for parents to facilitate home-school cooperation.

By taking the following measures, our college has been actively promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and striving to build a hygienic and healthy campus: 

  1. Emphasize the importance of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of contagious diseases; 
  2. Keep students’ health record and pay special attention to those in need;
  3. Supply healthy and hygienic food and beverage options; 
  4. Promote a healthy diet and regular exercise;
  5. Give anti-smoking and anti-drugs education to build a smoke-free-and-drug-free campus.
  6. Join the “Smiley Action in Schools” campaign to provide dental services for the students in need and enhance the awareness of oral health.

 

Remarks

Senior secondary students may choose Applied Learning courses as elective subjects. Students may enrol in ApL courses offered by external course providers according to their own interests and learning needs. Courses may take place at the venues of course providers and are taught by the instructors of course providers.

 

School's Major Concerns

  1. To develop commitment, empathy and resilience by promoting life education, so as to make students affirm the meaning of life, thus lead a fruitful life;
  2. To enhance effectiveness of Learning and Teaching by continued implementation of e-learning;
  3. To support teaching and learning using English as the MOI under the new MOI cycle.

 

School Management

School Management Organisation

There are committees which are responsible for learning and teaching, school development, e-Learning, student learning support, integrated education, assessment, IT support, religious education and affairs, morals & discipline, guidance & counselling, life planning, civic education, co-curricular activities, school promotion and publication, parents and alumni affairs, etc.

Incorporated Management Committee / School Management Committee/ Management Committee

The Incorporated Management Committee is composed of professionals who actively involve in the development of the school, and are in close contact with the faculty. In addition to representatives from parents, teachers, alumni and the sponsoring body, there is an independent member from the educational field.

School Green Policy

  1. 1. Save energy and water in daily uses;
  2. Reduce waste by re-using and recycling resources;
  3. Discuss environmental issues in lessons and assemblies. Encourage students to get involved in recycling schemes and projects based on green concerns;
  4. Install a food waste processor to convert food waste into compost;
  5. Plant flowers and trees in the school campus;
  6. Join the “Solar Harvest” Programme organized by EMSD and teach students about renewable energy by utilizing the photovoltaic system installed.

 

Learning and Teaching Plan

Whole-school Language Policy

In Junior Forms, English, Science and Geography are taught in English and for the other subjects, the Medium of Instruction is determined according to students’ academic result and abilities. Students are allocated to different classes according to the pre-S1 Attainment Test result when they enroll in Secondary One. There would be class re-allocation in Secondary Two.

Our college has been putting in efforts in enhancing the whole-school English atmosphere. Through English dramas, debate activities, assemblies, Speaking Days and publication of KYC Post, we make our students more confident in using English. They can also learn vocabulary and interesting facts when they look around the campus, where we have lots of English posters, decorations and banners with well-known sayings.

 

Learning & Teaching Strategies

The Academic Committee, e-Learning Committee and Student Learning Support Committee lead our teachers to improve the teaching effectiveness and the learning ability of students. The Academic Committee leads the subject panels, organizes peer lesson observation and demonstration lessons, coordinates academic activities organized by different KLAs, offers elite and remedial classes to cater for the students’ diversified learning needs and organizes book fairs, so as to enhance teaching effectiveness and efficiency and create a rich learning atmosphere. This year, the ”e-Learning team” has been upgraded to the ”e-Learning Committee” so that the Committee, apart from exploring effective teaching strategies for e-Learning, can lead our teachers to try them out. Our students would then benefit more from e-learning and self-directed learning by not only acquiring knowledge, but also developing learning skills while strengthening self-confidence. The Student Learning Support Committee encourages students to become motivated learners by organizing learning skills workshops and tutorial classes, promoting gifted education programmes and setting up a school-based Student Talent Pool to enhance holistic school-based gifted education. These measures help students to build a learning routine and make their learning more effective, and finally nurture a positive school climate which encourages students to stay curious and motivated.

 

School-based curriculum

  1. In Senior Forms, Electives: 3X, 2X+ApL and 2X. A school-based curriculum is developed to provide S3 students with basic understanding of Economics and BAFS for better transition to S4. We encourage students to study 3 electives or 2 electives plus 1 Applied Learning course to raise their chance to pursue further studies.
  2. Curriculum highlights:
    1. Students are the subject of learning. They need to develop learning habits, skills and self-learning ability. Through extensive reading, English Language activities and life-wide learning activities, students are encouraged to reach out and learn outside of the classroom to enhance their academic level and develop different potential.
    2. The importance of training in Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics is emphasized in the junior secondary level. Students are encouraged to read more, write more and think more. Small class teaching is implemented in Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics classes so that students' learning diversity can be catered for. Furthermore, there are elite classes of Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Science subjects. We encourage the gifted students to participate in international tests and courses provided by tertiary institutes to broaden their horizon.
    3. The NSS courses and junior secondary courses are closely linked, so as to enhance students' learning ability. The course content is developed in a balanced and diversified manner, with a lot of options and allows smooth transition to students' tertiary studies.
    4. To elevate students’ learning effectiveness, all subjects continuously develop strategies of “assessment for learning” to give students timely feedback.

 

Career and Life Planning

  1. The life planning curriculum is integrated into different activities, such as assemblies, class teacher periods and OLE Days. In this way, students are expected to set targets for their life and prepare themselves better for the future challenges.
  2. Students are encouraged to participate in various activities to discover their own strengths, weaknesses and interests. They are required to take online career interest tests to make better career decisions according to their own interests and talents.
  3. Students can explore different future career possibilities through activities, such as talks, visits, work practices, overseas trips and Career Exploration Days.
  4. Career counselling teachers offer individualized counselling to students. Making use of objective evidence, such as reports of career interest test and HKDSE predicted results, teachers give advice and relevant career information to every student.
  5. Students can get updated career information from through talks, publications and various activities arranged by our college.
  6. We invite tertiary institutions and alumni to organize workshops and mock interviews for senior form students to help them plan ahead for the future.
  7. The Career and Life Planning Room has been set up to facilitate career counselling and provide the latest life planning information and resources.

 

Development of Key Tasks

The e-Learning Committee leads the teachers to investigate, try out and evaluate effective pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies to develop students’ capacities for self-directed learning. Joining the JC Flipped Learning Pilot Project ensure our teachers receive professional support so that they could utilize e-Learning, maximize students’ learning effectiveness and ultimately nurture our students to be lifelong learners who take the ownership of their learning. Some of our English teachers continue to join the EDB "Seed” Project to develop effective strategies to cater for the learning needs of the Gifted and More Able Students in regular lessons. We also continue to be one of the pioneer schools in the Jockey Club Self-directed Learning in STEM Programme. By facilitating Self-directed Learning and STEM Education, we equip our students with essential skills for the changing world. Different KLAs collaboratively design and implement the new reading curriculum in the Reading Periods to promote reading and learning of language-across-the-curriculum(LAC).

 

Student Support

Whole School Approach to Cater for Student Diversity

Our college uses extra funding to provide gifted and remedial classes of Chinese, English and Mathematics for S.1 to S.6. Tailor-made materials are adopted to suit the needs of different students at all levels.

Whole School Approach to Integrated Education

Our college adopted a whole-school approach to help the students with special education needs. By adequate resources allocation, we offer support to students who have special education needs to facilitate integrated education and cater their learning needs, so that we could enhance their learning effectiveness. Our Student Support Team comprises Vice Principals, the SENCO, the Guidance Mistress, SENST, two school social workers, an education psychologist and a teaching assistant (Inclusive Education). Deploying resources holistically and flexibly, we use the “Learning Support Grant” to hire a SENST and a teaching assistant. We also support students’ growth by hiring outside professional services to provide diverse support, such as attention training groups, social and language groups, emotion management programmes, language therapy, occupational therapy and after-school tutorial classes. To ensure that our assessment mechanism is fair to all students, we make special arrangements for internal examinations for the students with SEN and help them apply for Special Examination Arrangements in HKDSE. We also organize seminars, workshops and lunchtime board game activities to create an inclusive campus culture. In addition, our teachers attend professional development programmes, courses, workshops, seminars, webinars and experience-sharing sessions to enhance their professional capacity in supporting the students with SEN.

Education Support for Non-Chinese Speaking Students

Measures to provide adaptation for Learning and Assessment

In order to evaluate students equitably and accurately, and to guide them into the habit of studying with perseverance, tests and exams are held each term, and all subjects have continuous assessments.

Home-School Co-operation and School Ethos

Home-School Co-operation

Taking into account the development of school and the needs of the parents, the Parents and Alumni Affairs Committee designs and holds a wide range of activities and talks related to parenting with the Parent-teacher Association every year. By supporting each other, our teachers and parents have developed mutual trust and a lasting harmonious relationship. Through close communication and hearty co-operation, we are actualising a shared dream that the next generation can grow happily and healthily.

School Ethos

Founded upon the Bible's teaching, our college has always emphasized establishing and maintaining a loving and caring environment, and to build up students' lives by the school motto of "Fides, Spes, Caritas" (Faith, Hope, Love). Parents in the district have long been impressed by our down-to-earth style and the harmonious relationships between teachers and students. Our college aims not only at building up the students' proper attire, words and deeds, but also accomplishing their thoughts and minds. Outside the classroom, our teachers always grasp the opportunity to get acquainted with students and build in-depth relationships through activities such as devotional groups, lunch gatherings, hiking trips, after-class counseling, etc.

 

Future Development

School Development Plan

  1. To implement English Enhancement Scheme and foster the learning atmosphere in English;
  2. To coordinate cross-curricular English bridging programmes to prepare the students to use English as MOI in senior forms;
  3. To facilitate lesson study and foster collaborative teaching and professional sharing;
  4. To nurture students’ self-learning ability and improve their learning effectiveness by effective pedagogies;
  5. To promote the message of “leading a fruitful life” by implementing life education.
  6. To educate students to be virtuous and be good followers of Christ.

Teacher Professional Training & Development

Professional Development Activities are organized on Staff Development Days and teachers are encouraged to attend refresher courses and professional development programmes. Peer Lesson Observation Scheme, lesson study, collaborative lesson planning, mutual lesson observation and post-lesson reflection are implemented to enhance teaching effectiveness.

 

Other Related Activities

Life-wide Learning Activities including Extra-curricular Activities, Co-curricular Activities, etc.

Life-wide learning experience is provided to students, and they are encouraged to develop in areas of art, sports, character and service. There are 25 interest clubs, uniform and service groups, sports teams and academic societies. We provide students with the opportunity to grow to their full potential. Students are allocated to 4 different Houses when they enter Secondary One. The Student Union also holds various functions after school hours and during post-examination periods in order to develop the talents of students and to enhance inter-personal relationship and the cooperative spirit among students.

 

School Facilities

There are 14 special rooms, an assembly hall, a chapel, a student activities centre, a dance room, 2 playgrounds, a multi-media learning centre, 2 computer rooms and a computer-assisted learning (CAL) room. The Career and Life Planning Room and the Integrated Arts Room have been set up to cater for students’ needs. All classrooms are installed with a computer, a projector, a visualizer and a video-player. To facilitate e-learning, we provide tablets and a Wi-Fi network covering the whole campus.

 

Others (e.g. Scholarships, open and Inter-school competition awards, exchange programmes etc.)

We develop strategies to make our students self-motivated learners:

  1. Reading to Learn: Students are encouraged to develop a good reading habit. There are reading periods with elements of reading for leisure and skill-training. The English and Chinese Departments establish Extensive Reading Schemes and prepare supplementary reading materials to promote the students’ love of reading. Students are also trained to think critically and share their reading reviews in the morning assemblies. By doing so, students not only attain language proficiency in the two languages, but also gain knowledge beyond the textbook contents to broaden their perspectives.
  2. Project Learning: Project learning aims to let students combine their knowledge, abilities and attitude through diversified learning experiences, and eventually build up knowledge of their own. To tie in with the NSS System, our college develops students' abilities in handling project learning in junior forms. The focus of S.1 is on defining questions, interviewing and observing. S.2 students are trained in questionnaire design and data analysis. The S.3 course emphasizes the students' ability to investigate and collect raw data. The 3-year basic training helps the students master the skills of project learning.
  3. Information Technology for Interactive Learning: Wi-Fi connection is available in the school campus, which allows convenient access to the Internet and e-learning resources and makes e-learning possible anywhere in the school. eClass provides virtual classes, discussion forums , online assessment and exercises and e-mail functions to facilitate communication and learning among all members of the school via the Internet. Students can utilise the above tools and software to enhance self-directed learning. Also, the school explores the possibilities of using different e-learning platforms and software in order to foster students’ readiness to learn, their learning interest and learning ability by e-learning activities.
  4. Moral & Civic Education: Through the learning activities and discussions in various subjects (especially Ethics/Religious Education and Life and Society), assemblies as well as special activities, our students are guided to establish the correct values and to be responsible citizens.

We use the donations from the sponsoring body, alumni and individuals who are zealous of education to set up scholarships to encourage our students to excel academically, broaden their horizons, and most importantly, uncover and develop their talents in different areas. Our students have won awards in various competitions, for example, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition, Secondary School Radio Drama Competition and Schools Dance Festival, once again showing off their abilities in art and other areas. Our college nominated students to represent Hong Kong to participate in the “International Research School (“IRS”) of STEM- projects” held in The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia, Russia). Through these experiences, the students have not only enriched their scientific knowledge, but also broadened their horizons while keeping themselves abreast of the research and development related to STEM.

 

Direct public transportation to School

Bus Routes: K17, 71K, 72A, 73A, 73X, 75X, 271

Mini Bus: 26, 20B, 20C, 20K

MTR: Tai Po Market Station, Tai Wo Station.

Address: Fu Shin Estate, Tai Po, N.T.

Tel: 26608308

Fax: 26620377