School Aims

School Motto - "Grasp Principles, Cultivate Virtues" (明道立德)


School Hymn

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a holistic education based on Taoism, placing equal emphasis on students’ moral, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic development. In accordance with our motto “Grasp Principles, Cultivate Virtues”, we are dedicated to helping students develop moral integrity and academic excellence.

Our Commitments

  1. To cultivate a positive attitude towards life.
  2. To develop their ability for life-long learning and explore their potential talent to the full.
  3. To integrate physical education into daily life and alert students to the value of good health.
  4. To promote ‘One Art for Life’ and foster students’ interest in co-curricular activities.
  5. To nurture their spirit of mutual help and serving the community.

Curriculum, Teacher Qualifications & Facilities

  • Our school is a whole-day English medium grammar school.
  • Our education takes a holistic approach, with emphasis on moral education, the teaching of languages and subject knowledge. We adopt both traditional and modern pedagogy.
  • All our teachers have acquired at least a Bachelor’s Degree, with more than twenty of them in possession of a Master’s Degree. More than half of them have been in the teaching profession for more than 15 years. All language teachers meet the Language Proficiency Requirement for English and Putonghua.
  • Our school is air-conditioned. We have developed a well-planned computerized network, an Information Technology Learning Centre, a Multi-media Learning Centre and a Lecture Theatre. In addition to these modern facilities, we have enriched our school environment with an Eco-green Roof, a Solar-power Automatic Weather Station, a Chinese Culture Promenade, an Art Promenade, a Chinese-style garden area, a Botanical Corner, a Patio for leisure gathering and a Nature Trail.

The 6-year curriculum

Secondary 1 to 3 Secondary 4 to 6
Core Subjects
English, Chinese, Mathematics, Life and Society.
Core Subjects
English, Chinese, Mathematics, Liberal Studies.
Integrated Science, Computer Literacy, Chinese History, Geography, Life Education, Putonghua, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education Electives
Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Information and Communication Technology
Geography, Economics, Chinese History, History, Chinese Literature
Business, Accounting & Financial Studies
The 4th Elective: Japanese
Other Learning Experiences Other Learning Experiences

Academic Fulfillment

Confucius, “Be insatiable in learning; be tireless in teaching.”
The school places paramount importance on providing individualized as well as all-round education to every student, hoping that they can be life-long learners capable of thinking independently, exploring the world, innovating and adapting to changes. Through the amalgamation of traditional and innovative approaches, and with the help of information technology, students are facilitated to become self-directed thinkers and learners, able to apply their knowledge to real-life situations.  We put an emphasis on foundation learning with a student-centred curriculum and regular evaluations of student progress. Our teachers are professionally trained in the subjects they teach.

Curriculum Review: In line with the vision of the current education reform, the curriculum has been constantly revised to set clearer key learning points with the focus on knowledge accumulation and flexibility in application. School-based teaching materials have been designed with the principle of students taking the central role in learning, with the aim of achieving the highest learning effectiveness.  Apart from this, we take part in the "Seed" Projects and School-based Support Services run by the Education Bureau and universities to boost the learning effectiveness to the full.

Classroom Teaching: Teachers, taking into consideration teaching objectives and student abilities, flexibly combine cognitive and constructive teaching strategies in order to consolidate students' foundation knowledge, broaden their horizons, enrich their learning experiences, as well as adding fun to their classroom learning.

Life-wide Learning: We offer reading schemes, project learning, cross-curriculum learning, 'learning beyond the classroom' and overseas exchange tours. We also focus on training students' ability in mastering information technology and fostering their creativity.

Language Policy: Students' use of English is of utmost importance in our language policy. In addition, our students are required to reach the basic competency level in Chinese and Putonghua.

Assessments: Continuous formative assessments are held to evaluate student progress in learning so as to give timely feedback and guidance to them. Reports are given out on a bi-monthly basis with the purpose of ascertaining students' learning outcomes.

Awards:Outstanding students are commended with awards in the form of certificates, medals, scholarships, or having their names engraved on the Outstanding Student Plaque of Honour.


  • Our results in the HKCEE and the HKALE have come to the fore. Not only did we attain a 100% pass rate in every subject, but also a 70% credit and distinction rate. In the past twelve years, all our students met the university admission requirements.
  • Our school has been assessed by the Education Bureau as a consistently value-added school for years.
  • Many of our students have received scholarships from the government, and the Education Bureau in the past few years. Some were among the top 10 students in the HKCEE.
  • Some of our students attained 10As in the HKCEE. More than 10 students are admitted to universities and awarded scholarships through Early Admissions Scheme every year.
  • A number of students were awarded the First in Hong Kong and the First in the world in the LCCI Examinations.
  • Many of our graduates have also won prestigious academic awards at the tertiary level. The awards are as follows:
    * Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prizes
    * Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarships (HK$300,000)
    * Li Po Chun Scholarships
    * AXA Scholarship
    * Murjani Scholarship
    * Nehiu Memorial & Tagore Centenary Trust Scholarships
    * Grantham Scholarships
  • Mrs. & Mr. Tong Wai-ki Scholarship (each award amounting to $50, 000)
  • A number of our graduates have made remarkable academic achievements at university. They were awarded the First Honour and their names were on the Dean’s Honours List in recognition of their academic excellence.  Some are pursuing their PhD studies at world-famous tertiary institutions, such as the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Moral and Civic Education

1. Life Education

Xi Ye, “Never relinquish the heart of benevolence, not even for a fleeting moment.”

Principle: Our school is set to equip our students with moral principles for life, based on Confucian and Taoist precepts and contemporary educational theories.  Through learning, students are able to acquire truth and develop virtues.

Course: Life Education is implemented through formal lessons, together with morning assemblies, weekly assemblies, form-teacher periods, monthly moral themes, writing learning journals, reflections on current affairs and participation in activities designed by the Moral and Civic Education Team.

Strategies: All students have to participate in the ‘Whole-person Growth Programme’.

  • All teachers liaise closely with one another to provide all-round care and support for students’ physical, mental and social development.  All students strive to do their best and make constant progress. They aim to keep a good record in their learning profiles.

  • The course of Life Education puts emphasis on the relationship between moral education and living. Students are guided to lead their lives morally and constantly reflect on their own behaviour and on social issues through their monthly learning journal, sharing their feelings and views with their form teachers.

2. Counselling

Li Qi, “Ren, the highest virtue of all, begins with the love of man.”

Aim:      We aim to nourish our school campus with love.
Membership: The Counselling Unit comprises 16 teachers, 2 school-based social workers, as well as over 80 student mentors.  It aims to promote a positive attitude towards life essential for the wholesome growth of students.
Scope of Work:

  • Life Education: To get a better understanding of students’ behaviour at home, questionnaires are collected from parents every 2 months.
  • Tutorial Classes:  Tutorial classes for Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics and classes for the less able students are held.
  • Case Counselling: Class teachers and social workers attend to the personal and individual needs of students, giving them care and support.
  • Peer Counselling:  Our school strives to cultivate in students the spirit of mutual support.  S6 students are assigned the duties of student teachers to assist their juniors to solve problems in both the areas of studies and personal growth.
  • Health Education: There are regular talks and exhibitions on health education. Health Ambassadors are selected to promote the importance of a healthy living.
  • Sex Education:   There are regular talks and relevant activities on sex education, offering students a better understanding of their psychological development in relation to sex.
  • Moral Education:  Group discussions, sharings on current affairs and on stories of moral virtues strengthen the moral education of the young.
  • Award Scheme:   Good Students’ Award Scheme as well as the Exemplary Conduct Actualization Scheme are implemented.
  • A Network of Support: The Students’ Union, Parent-teacher Association and Alumni Association have been established.
  • Mentorship Scheme:   The Student Mentorship Scheme has been set up. Our alumni serve as mentors for our S7 students, giving them advice on and support in their career and academic development.

Through the Good Students’ Award Scheme and the school counselling work, students are helped to set proper goals for life and live healthily and happily.

3. Services

Confucius, “Achievements and Growth should not rest with the self; extend them to your fellows.”

Aim: Our school aims to provide students with all-round learning experiences. Students are encouraged to take an active role to serve the school and the community. Students excelling in both conduct and academic results are selected as prefects to strive for self-perfection and to be models for their fellow students.

  • Social Service Team: Voluntary services, such as flag-selling and visits to the homes for the elderly, are regularly held.

  • Elder Academy: Various kinds of activities catered to the elderly are held to promote the virtue of extending our love and concern to them.

4. Civic Education:

Dong Lin College, “Keeping abreast of family affairs, national development and current issues is of our premier concern.”

Aim:     Students are encouraged to better understand their society and their country so as to enhance the sense of belonging to Hong Kong and our motherland.


  • Through civic education activities such as flag-raising ceremonies and National Day celebrations, students cultivate their concern and love for their community.

  • Students undergo a process of self-reflection on current affairs through board displays, morning speeches, writings and discussions.

  • Students actively take part in Consultation Meeting for Policy Address so as to better understand the policies and voice their opinions on the issues closely related to them.

  • Regular Visits in the territory and the mainland are arranged to enrich Students’ horizons.

Other Learning Experiences

Friedrich, “Co-curricular activities originate from the curriculum and they in turn enrich it.”

Aim: We strive for providing holistic learning experiences to our students so as to broaden their horizons and enrich their social life.  Through diversified activities, students can be well-equipped with different knowledge and skills and enjoy a fruitful campus life.

Strategies & Achievements:

  • Other than Physical Education lessons, our students take an active part in sports and co-curricular competitions. They have won a multitude of awards in various realms such as swimming, basketball and rope-skipping.

  • To facilitate active involvement, students are grouped into four houses, namely, Red, Yellow, Blue and Green House. Forty societies and clubs are run to cater for academic, interests, services and sports purposes.

  • The policy of “One Art for Life” is advocated in our school. Our students’ performance in inter-school competitions is outstanding. We have won the Director of Education Trophy (Music), Honorary Awards (Dance) and territory-wide Championships in Chinese Calligraphy and Visual Arts. Our students also attained outstanding results in HK Schools Speech Festival as well as Best Script and Best Director Awards in Drama Competitions.

  • We have won the highest honours in many international competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad and the Australian Mathematics Competition.

  • Life-wide Learning Day is held to broaden students’ horizons and enrich their learning experiences.

  • To put Going Green into practice, we participated in various Green activities and were awarded Standard Chartered Bank, Environmental Achievement Award and the Grand Prize Winner of Lower Secondary Group in Disney’s Environmentality Challenge.

  • Students’ leadership is fostered through Adventure Leadership Training Programme.

  • Our school was invited by the Education Bureau to be a sister school of the Beijing No. 2 Secondary School. Regular exchange tours are organised to broaden students’ horizons and enrich their social life. 

  • Overseas cultural exchange programmes are run to enhance our students’ growth as a whole person.

  • The Careers Unit implemented the schemes of “Career Planning” & “Finding Your Colours of Life” so as to encourage our students of junior and senior forms to set up life goals for their academic and careers prospects at the early stages.