2012 marks the 54th Anniversary of the establishment of Shung Tak Catholic English College. With the guidance and blessing from God, the 2011-2012 academic year marked another big success for Shung Tak. It was not only because of the remarkable results that our S.6 and S.7 students have achieved in the HKDSE and HKAL Examinations but also the outstanding performances of students across all co-curricular activities.

2012 also marks the end of our 2009-2012 School Development Plan and starting from this September, STC has three new major concerns for 2012-2015. With the new input, we hope we can help our students scale greater heights so as to better prepare them to meet the needs of the ever-changing and challenging future.

Our first major concern is ‘to help each individual understand Christ as a servant and offer service from the heart in their daily life’.

‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen’. -1 Peter 4: 11

We promote service learning as it offers a unique opportunity for our young protected people to get involved in their communities in a tangible way. The school is looking into ways of integrating service with classroom learning so as to engage our students in the educational process, using what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. We hope our students build character by becoming active participants as they work with others to serve in this school, our community of Yuen Long and beyond the local region. 

We also aim to enrich their spirituality as they engage with others on similar journeys. With this we see them embarking upon a new direction for discipleship through stimulating programmes in studies and activities. All these will be equipping our students for future Christian missions and service in our community.

Our second major concern is ‘to provide various learning opportunities for students to develop their abilities, set their own targets and find avenues to reach them independently’.

‘…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.’ -Philippians 4:28

Our students are doing quite well in different academic and non-academic activities organised by the school or other organisations. But for self improvement, I always encourage my students to set their own goal at the beginning of the school year and convince them to work hard according to their set goals so that they could enjoy the fruit of success at the end of the school year. In our Student Handbook, our school asks every Shungtakian to practise continuously ‘Self-evaluation’ and ‘Goal Setting’ during the school year.

I also advise our students to take the SMART approach to draft their own plans so as to help them actualise their plans. The first thing they have to do is have a clear and concrete goal and make sure the goal is relevant to their needs at the moment. This is within their ability and can be achieved if they really work hard for it. They are also advised to set some success criteria which can be measured with some quantitative indicators. And finally they have to draft a very good time-table and adhere to it. We believe if our students always prepare themselves in a SMART manner and make it a habit, they are already on the road to success.

Our third major concern is ‘to foster the holistic development of students so that they will become assertive, caring, responsible and respectful persons, being able to meet the challenges in life and making contribution to society’.

‘You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ -Matthew 5:48

We have been truly blessed as we overcame the great challenge of the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination without much incident and even demonstrated continued standards of excellence that we expect of Shung Tak. But we are all too fully aware that this is not a given and we all must continue to go that extra mile and continue to strive towards always being the best we can be for ourselves and for others.

In addition to academic excellence, we firmly believe that if we wish all Shungtakians take a leading role in society in the future, they must be a mature person with strong Catholic values and virtues. So we truly hope that we, at Shung Tak, can design more effective academic, religious and moral education programmes which will not only improve their academic performance at school but will also develop their sense of personal and social responsibility. We’ll provide opportunities for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations; extend learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and foster a sense of caring for others. Through which, our philosophy of holistic development of students can be realised.

It is truly a credit to the staff, students, parents, alumni and friends of Shung Tak that we continue to operate so effectively in the midst of so many educational changes and challenges. I truly believe that the same resolute determination, support, and loyalty from all stake-holders which have been the trademark of our Shung Tak community for the past fifty-four years will also help us continue to achieve our goals, maintain the level of excellence we have come to expect, and ensure its continued service to the community for many, many more years to come.

And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. -Luke 22:25-27

May the good Lord bless all of our efforts and the growth of Shungtakians during the upcoming school year and beyond.

September, 2012