1. Gifted Education Programmes outside the regular classroom
(a) Enriched IT Class
We believes that students of the new generation need the ability to make use of IT for problem-solving. Therefore, students can complete a series of tasks according to their own progression when taking the school’s curriculum. Not only can they acquire new knowledge during this process, they can also keep enhancing their problem-solving skills. In addition, the objective of the school’s curriculum is to train students to unleash their creativity, and to design easy-to-use technological products for handling daily work.
We have been selected as one of the eight partner schools in Hong Kong to provide intensive information technology (IT) enrichment training to Secondary Two to Six students for four cohorts from the 2015/16 school year to the 2022/23 school year.
(b) Chinese Gifted Education Programme (中國語文科抽離式資優培育計畫-思維與時事評論)
- Co-organised with gifted education session, Education Bureau (EDB)
- One class is organized in the second term
- 9 lessons (11 hours)
- Class size: 18 Secondary 2 students with outstanding performance in Chinese Language
Two gifted students have a sharing with Chinese Teachers at a EDB Seminar on Learning experiences after the Chinese school-based pull-out education programme.
(c) Senior Mathematics Competition Training courses
- Organized by tutors to train those students who participate in different competitions
(d) Chinese and English Debate Trainings
- Organized by professional trainers to train those students who participate in different competitions
2. Proactive mentoring scheme
In order to maximize guidance for our bright students, we launched a Proactive Mentorship Scheme for students with high academic potential in 2014. The top ten students of each form will join the Excellence Pursuing Club (EP Club) and a teacher will be assigned to them as their mentor. Some activities in the club include accelerated learning, lunch meetings, goal setting, counselling, etc.
Moreover, club members will be awarded an “academic star”. Each star has its own meaning:
Star of Faith (Red):
Teenagers are always too timid to utilize their talents as they stereotype that one’s age limits one’s capability and influence. However, we can make a difference in our social circles even at a young age, as long as you believe you can.
Therefore, our faith must remain resolute during our study life. Faith can mean either confidence or belief. To learn with faith, youngsters should join various extra-curriculum activities to explore and understand their life goals and strengths.
For example, only when you join the debating team will you learn to articulate your thoughts and opinions to speaking out for justice in a convincing way. It is strongly believed that when we excel, we can contribute to our community with faith and fortitude.
Star of Hope (Yellow):
Everyone fails at something and it is never shameful to make mistakes. Nevertheless, teenagers always lose confidence and doubt their abilities when they fail in their first trial.
Therefore, hope is crucial when we study. To learn with hope, we must first understand our own limitations to make failure acceptable. It is not necessary to succeed in our first attempt because we learn more in lessons of failure than in celebration of success.
Each mistake is a valuable lesson to remind us never losing hope when we face adversities. It is strongly believed that we grow more resolute and confident with every disappointment when we learn together with hope and gratitude.
Star of Love (Green):
Love what you learn. There must be something that you love or something that interests you in each subject. Try to generalize the interest to other parts of the subject so that you begin to love what you are learning. When you love learning, you will be empowered with energy and adopt the correct attitude. Love your classmates and share knowledge with each other. The more we share, the more we achieve. It is strongly believed that we can consolidate our basic knowledge and improve our weaknesses when we learn together with love and humility.
Star of Grace (Blue):
When it comes to grace, it is always defined as the kindness unconditionally given by God to human which mostly appears in the form of talents or peers. Some may argue that God divides his grace unfairly to different people, yet, the Creator has promised his grace is sufficient for everyone and his power is made perfect in our weakness.
Therefore, the grace of God is certainly guaranteed in our life journey. To learn with grace, we need to grasp every opportunity so as to achieve God’s work through us. As long as we learn with grace and joy, the overcoming of our weaknesses and shortcomings is assured with the exceling of our capabilities and courage.
Star of Tenacity (Silver):
During the journey of learning, encountering obstacles is inevitable. In spite of our best effort paid, we may experience failure or disappointment. It may be distressing to accept the fact that we have made errors in the trials. Yet, we should never be despair since the pain of suffering failure is only temporary. Remember, “you reap what you sow”. If we continue to work tenaciously, we will make it to success eventually and the joy will last forever. Thus, it is vital to stay strong when things get worse.
Star of Excellence (Gold):
To chase excellence in the journey of learning, we should bear this in mind: be a better me. Everyone has his own weaknesses and limitations. However, we should be fearless to get over our limits and be willing to improve. It does not matter if the improvement is not obvious because we can take baby steps towards excellence. More importantly, it is our attitude which determines how far we can go. Passion always outweighs ability when it comes to pursuing excellence.
Star of Giftedness (White):
Some students may believe that they are not gifted in learning so they choose to give up in the journey of learning. However, once you have found your own way to learn in the course, you can unearth your potential in learning. It is important to believe that everyone has certain gifts from God. Yet never forget that learning requires effort.
We can use effort to top up a shortfall in giftedness. Thus, there is no equal sign between learning and giftedness. We have to discover and treasure our giftedness and work towards realizing our full potential.
These stars also carry other meanings. We hope that students are aspired to get more “stars” in the HKDSE. As Confucius said, “He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.” We hope our students can learn to be good leaders and behave with pride and integrity in society after studying at HTYC.
3. Cater for Learners with Different Needs and at Different Stages
(a) NSS Preparation Program (Summer) for pre-S4 students to equip them with senior level study skills
- Pre-S4 students
- 4 lessons (10 hours),
- Class size: 20 students, 6 groups
(b) English and Mathematics Enrichment Courses after school for junior students who need more support /aim at further advancements in these learning areas
(i) S1 and S2 Mathematics Enhancement Classes
- Second term: S1 (1 class) S2 (2 classes),
- 10 lessons (15 hours),
- Class size: 20 students.
(ii) S1 and S2 English Enhancement Classes
- First term : S1 (2 classes) S2 (2 classes),
- Second term: S1 (3 classes) S2 (1 class),
- 10 lessons (10 hours),
- Class size: 20 students.
(c) Chemistry summer revision classes for S6 students to cater learner diversity
- 2 classes
- Tutor (HTYC alumni)
- Class size: 10 students
(d) S6 Mathematics Enhancement Class
- S6C and 6D
- 10 meetings on Saturday mornings (20 hours)
- Class size: 20 students
(e) Enhancement Education Programmes (Path to Further Studies & Effective Study Skills) for S4 and S5
- 60 S4 and S5 Elite Students with Outstanding Academic Performance / Leadership
- 4 lessons on Tuesday or Thursday after school (6 hours)