Message from the Principal
8 December 2020
In view of the worsening situation of COVID-19 pandemic, we had no choice but to again suspend our face-to face lessons in early December.
No matter how unfavourable the circumstances are, we put students’ wellbeing and learning as our top priority. Having seen the number of confirmed cases surge over the past few weeks, our teachers started planning for contingency measures for prompt class suspension on campus well in advance by mass printing December’s lesson notes, learning materials and revision packages for students. Students were also asked to clear their lockers in a gradual manner. Teachers, on the other hand, were getting ready to switch to an online teaching mode. At school level, we have all learned from past experiences and bettered our arrangements and practices under this ‘new normal’. We see it as an opportunity to strengthen students’ self-learning skills. During this period, teachers will introduce or recommend topic-related references or self-learning materials to further cultivate students’ interest in learning. To monitor students’ progress, subject assignment records will be sent to parents/ guardians every week so that we can work hand in hand to support students’ learning at home. Other than online lessons and regular assignments, we further help students in need by offering device loan service. We have also applied for Top-up Grant for Supporting Online Learning. Teachers have been trying their very best to ensure quality learning and teaching amid the pandemic.
To compensate for the loss of curriculum time and to further give guidance to our senior form students along their DSE journey, Form 6 students will continue their half-day lessons on campus with additional online lessons scheduled in the afternoon. Whereas for our Form 4 and Form 5, we have also started our afternoon online lessons mainly for the thorough completion of the syllabus, coupled with subject-based remedial and enhancement measures.
With the suspension of face-to-face classes, school activities have indeed become less vigorous. Nevertheless, it gives us more space to review our practices on curriculum, assignments, assessments as well as learning and teaching strategies for our future development. Currently, assignment policy is under review, from frequency, variety, level of difficulty to the quality of timely feedback to students. For our assessment policy, we hope to place greater emphasis on the notion ‘Assessment for Learning’, especially in terms of subject weighting and the ratio between formative and summative assessments.
Wong Tai Shan is a big family filled with love and care. I would like to share with you two notable heart-warming acts. The committee members of our Parent-teacher Association are very thoughtful. They have given their support and encouragement to Form 6 ‘DSE fighters’ by setting up an ‘Energy Boosting Station’ outside the General Office, offering them snacks such as energy bars and biscuits. Members of our Student Union, on the other hand, have prepared some little presents for our Form 6 students as well as our janitors. Inside each gift set, there are candies and hand warmer pads. These presents symbolize the precious character that our students possess, with your kindness, thoughtfulness, care and love. I am proud of you all.
May we all be showered with peace and love in times of difficulties.