Our Principal

Mr Lau Chi Yuen (B.Sc., P.C.Ed., M.Sc., M.Ed.) Email: [email protected]

Principal's Message

Good Morning, Colleagues and Students,

  Today is the first day of this new academic year.  First of all, I would like to introduce our new teachers.  First, we have Ms 李麗華.  She will be teaching Chinese Language and Putonghua.  We also have Ms 吳嘉怡.  She is our teaching assistant.

  A month’s summer vacation is now over.  As this is the beginning of a new school term, I would like to wish everybody a fruitful year.  I hope all of you will understand the importance of hard work, set both short-term and long-term goals for your academic performance and moral development, fear no hardship, work with determination and resist unhealthy social trends.  I firmly believe that, with perseverance and stamina, readiness to take teachers’ advice and eagerness to improve, you can all be future pillars of society, well-equipped with knowledge, good manners, a noble character and capable of lifelong learning.

  It’s Tanghin’s 37th year.  For the past years, the school has been providing students with an all-round education, laying equal emphasis on the five aspects: moral, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic development.  With the joint efforts of both teachers and students, our achievements in various areas of education are encouraging.  I am sure we will continue to climb high and make breakthroughs.

  In the seventh HKDSE, our students’ performance is still satisfying, though there is much room for improvement.  The average pass rate of all the subjects this year is 100.  86.3% of our students attained an average of Level 4 or above while Hong Kong’s average is only 34.8%.  97.3% of our students fulfilled the University Admission Requirement (i.e. 「3322」 or above for the core subjects, plus Level 「2」or above in one elective subject), while Hong Kong’s average is 37.2%.  89.3% of the students attained Level 4 or above in 5 subjects, while Hong Kong’s average is only 20.6%.  99.3% were offered a seat in a local university programme through the JUPAS System and 96.6% were offered a place in a degree programme. On average, each student attained 0.28 (Level 5**), 0.97 (Level 5*), 1.59 (Level 5), and 2.96 (Level 4). 52.35% of our students were admitted into the 3 top universities in Hong Kong, namely The University of Hong Kong (HKU), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU) and the University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  As we can see, our students’ performance is still rather outstanding among all the schools in Hong Kong.  Yet, compared with the previous years, it is not hard to notice that our students’ overall results are not as satisfying as before, and the number of Level 5 attained among different subjects is actually decreasing.  We should not be complacent about the pleasing results attained in the past years.  Instead, we should seriously evaluate our performance after each test and examination, strive hard to make improvement and target excellence.  As students, you should set clear goals, start working hard towards them, face your limitations and find ways to fix them as early as possible.

  In the non-academic aspects, our school managed to have a balanced development and scooped a number of significant awards.  We had brilliant performance in different extra-curricular areas like rope-skipping, beach volleyball, basketball, handball, volleyball, badminton, music, art design, dancing, drama, debating and recitation.  All these testify to our students’ all-round abilities and tenacity.

  In this year’s JUPAS, a hot topic is that some star faculties like Medicine, Law, Global Business and certain double-degree subjects tend to recruit more students through the non-JUPAS system compared to their practice in the previous years.  For example, more than half of the freshmen of the Medicine Faculty of the University of Hong Kong were admitted through IB (International Baccalaureate) or GCE A Level (The General Certificate of Education A Level).  The 8 local universities provide 15000 subsidized degree places every year, among which 13000 are offered to students admitted through JUPAS while the remaining 2000 are reserved for the non-JUPAS candidates.  In other words, under the fierce competition, it is becoming more and more challenging for you to acquire a place for the most popular subjects.  As a saying goes, ‘the early bird catches the worm’. Take action now, plan for your future and work hard to achieve your dream.

  In this year’s HKDSE, there was a student called 鄧麗銘 who was a born albino (a person born with albinism) and she can now retain only 10% of her eyesight.  Despite her physical limitations, she is not discouraged at all.  Instead, she worked with an unyielding passion and passed her examinations with flying colours.  She got 2 Level 5**, 4 Level 5* and 1 Level 4.  She was excited at her results and found it incredible.  She aspires to study Quantitative Finance in the University of Science and Technology so that she can apply her knowledge and skills to help the social enterprises.  Moreover, she would like to make use of her experience as well to invent some technology products to better the life of the disabled.  In the end, she was admitted into her dream subject and university.  She believes that, as a student, it is very important to be an active learner.  For example, when she could not follow the teacher’s demonstration, she would request the teacher to repeat certain steps for her.  To compensate for her shortcomings, she spent more time than her classmates to prepare for the DSE.  She has strong self-discipline.  In her study leave, she spent 6 to 8 hours every day on revision.  She would start with the most difficult subject like Chinese Language Reading Paper at 8 in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, she would go for the relatively less demanding subjects like English Language or Liberal Studies, and her evening hours would be for Mathematics.  When asked to give a piece of advice to the potential DSE students, she said, ‘Every cloud has a silver lining.’  In the face of difficulties, just pluck up your courage, give each other a helping hand and finish the mission together.  I am sure you will have a greater sense of satisfaction in the process than working alone.  Dear students, you all live in comfort.  Do you have the necessary strength and fortitude to fight for your dream?  Can you set long-term goals for yourself and make an all-out effort for them?

  This summer, the World Cup 2018 was of course the talk of the town.  Though all the events are now over, I would like to take this opportunity to share my view with you on football and life. 

  The World Cup is a trial of strength, a challenge to confidence, the fruit of teamwork, as well as a manifestation of energy and expertise accumulated through long periods of football training.  The Germany National Football Team has scooped a number of trophies in the matches held these few years, yet in the 2018 World Cup, it was knocked out of the tournament in the first round.  The traditional football powers like the Brazil National Football Team and the Argentina National Football Team, offered nothing to impress this time.  Instead, the performances of football teams from Iceland, Japan, South Korea and Croatia are truly amazing!  On the other hand, the scenarios in which super football stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, C Ronaldo left the football pitch in dejection still vividly print on your mind, right?  Do they bring us any message or enlightenment?

  In the process of learning, we have to face incessant competitions, successes, failures; then we pull ourselves together and try again.  Life can be seen as non-stop rounds of matches.  The World Cup did give us some insights into life and show us the key to success.

1. Target and Determination

  This year’s first runner-up is the Croatia National Football Team.  When Croatia regained independence from Yugoslavia, it was only a small country of about 4 million people.  20 years ago, she had the experience of being the 2nd runner-up of the World Cup and she has 1ong determined to be the 2018 World Cup Champion.  To reach this target, plans for various attack and defence strategies were drawn up by the coach and the players together, and were closely followed.  Teammates all paid their utmost efforts for success.  In the last 3 rounds, they persisted till the play-offs and never backed down.  Though they ended up being the 1st runner-up instead of the champion, they won public applause.  The same spirit can be applied to studies.  As students, you should also set clear goals for yourself, have an implementation plan and work with determination and perseverance towards your targets.

2. Know yourself – Strengths and Weaknesses

  Iceland is a country with a population of only several hundred thousand, and most of the national football team members are part-time players.  She knows that she is relatively weak compared to other countries in terms of skills and power, so she tried to give full play to her strength and adopted the strategy of ‘steady defence and sudden attack’.  Though she was knocked out in the group match, she left a good impression on everybody.  In fact, everybody has his own strengths and weaknesses.  If we can do constant self-reflection, target our weaknesses and make improvement, we can also fully develop our potential and attain success.

3. Good manners and a noble character

  In this World Cup, quite a number of the ‘labelled’ weak teams came up with impressive performances for the spectators.  Japan is a typical example.  The Japan National Football Team fought her way into the 16 powers with unparalleled team spirit and morale.  Her fans voluntarily cleaned up the grandstand after the match. All these are highly appreciated.  When the team failed in her attempt to go further, the team members were so considerate as to clean up the changing room and put down ‘Thank you’ in Russian before they left. Their sportsmanship and their noble manners are what we should learn.  As we all know, a person of moral integrity commands public respect.  To be a person of good conduct requires long-term cultivation.  We have to abide by the law all the time, consider consequences and act prudently.  Bear in mind that it takes a lifetime to build integrity, but a second to destroy it.

  36 years’ struggle puts Tang Hin among the most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong.  Our achievements certainly does not stem from a piece of luck.  It’s the fruit of more than 30 years’ resolve, perseverance and perspiration.  Dear students, do remember, success never comes easy.  To be a successful person, good conduct, acceptance, tolerance and human respect are the prerequisites.  Together with clear goals for life, a solid plan to realize them and an unfaltering will for learning, I am sure all of you will grow up to be leaders of tomorrow.

  Thank you!

Lau Chi Yuen
Principal
HKTA Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School

3rd September, 2018