2019/2020 Newsletter 4

29 Oct 2020

Table of Contents

  1. Annual General Meeting 2020
  2. Membership Drive
  3. Online Retreat: “Unprecedented Challenges…《從未如此經歷過》”
  4. Tea Gathering for Newly-appointed Principals (NAPs)
  5. Our Contribution to the Chief Executive Policy Address 2020
  6. Academic Forum on History Education in Hong Kong: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  7. Self-regulated Learning Festival (SRL)

Dear Colleagues,

Warm greetings from the Executive Committee to you all! Hope that you are doing fine and have a smooth and successful new school year.

I am writing to update you about some news of the Association. Do take a break and read.

1. Annual General Meeting 2020

Our Annual General Meeting this year is scheduled for 1stDecember 2020 at The Cityview, 23 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. You are warmly invited to join.

This year, we are very pleased to have invited Professor A. Lin Goodwin (葛文林教授), Dean and Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, to give a keynote speech tentatively titled “Professional Status and Social Recognition of Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong”. Besides, Mr. Jacky Fung (馮智政先生),Researcher, Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, and Mrs. Ruth Lee (李石玉如校長),Convenor of our Research and Development Task Force, will update you about the research project “How to Promote Hong Kong Secondary School Teachers’ Professional Status and Social Recognition” we are working on. Please check the programme HERE and register by clicking this link by 20thNovember 2020. We look forward to meeting you in our AGM. The minutes of AGM 2019 is attached HERE for your perusal.

According to our Articles of Association, the Executive Committee shall consist of 9 elected members. Our Chairman, Mr. Tang Chun Keung Teddy, and our committee member, Mr. Lo Shiu Ming Tommy, have just retired. Besides, the term of office of Ms. Chan Shin Kwan, Ms. Pang Wai Lan Helena and Ms. Yau Kit Ying Veronica will expire on the day of the AGM. In view of this, we need to nominate a total of 5 replacements. Please note that for any Executive Committee member whose term of office expires and is still a serving principal, he/she can be nominated for re-election.

The other serving Executive Committee members are:

  1. Cheng Kai Lam, Joe
  2. Lau Yiu Hung (Vice Chairman)
  3. Lin Chun Pong (Acting Chairman)
  4. Wan Ka Kit

The Executive Committee can co-opt up to a maximum of 6 members for a period of one year. Co-opted members in 2019-2020 are:

  1. Cheng Kin Tak, Samuel
  2. Cheng Lai Lam, Felix
  3. Tam Cheung Kit Ying, Grace
  4. Lin Mau Tong, Kitty

We invite you to send in your nominations by filling out the nomination form enclosed and return it to us by 11th November 2020. Members are reminded to obtain the consent of the nominee(s) before returning the form. To avoid last-minute confusion, nomination from the floor during the AGM is discouraged.

2. Membership Drive

    1. Full membership (for serving principals) The annual membership drive is now under way. For new principals who are not members yet, you are cordially invited to join us as new members. For members, we are grateful for your continuing support in the past and look forward to having you again as active, enthusiastic members.
    2. Other membership (for Vice-principals, retired and former principals) We value the participation of Vice-principals, retired principals and former principals very much in our Association. Please encourage and support your Vice-principals as well as former principals of your school to join our Association.
    3. Subscription

      Membership Category Subscription Remark
      Full Member

      (Serving principals)

      $300 Annual
      Associate Members

      (Vice principals)

      $200 Annual
      Life Members

      (Retired principals or principals serving more than 10 years before leaving the post)

      $300 One-off
      Affiliated Members

      (Previous Full Members leaving the post before retiring age and serving less than 10 years)

      $300 One-off

      To subscribe, please fill out the relevant membership form, Full/Associate or Life/Affiliated, which can also be found on the Association website, and return it together with a cheque to Ms. Yau Kit-ying Veronica, our Hon. Treasurer. We sincerely appeal to your support.

3. Online Retreat: “Unprecedented Challenges…《從未如此經歷過》”

In face of the social and health challenges, our first-ever attempt to hold an online retreat was met with very positive responses from members. Held on 21st September from 4:00-6:00p.m., there were altogether 68 members participating. The programme was conducted by Father Thomas Kwan. Participants were able to reflect and gain insights through the sharing of Father Thomas, small group discussion and personal quiet time.

Besides this online retreat, we still hope to hold an actual retreat sometime next year. Do stay tuned to our further news on this.

4.Tea Gathering for Newly-appointed Principals (NAPs)

The tea gathering for NAPs was held in the afternoon on 15thSeptember (Tuesday) in Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School. 35 NAPs registered and we are much heartened to have a turn-out rate of 100%. In the gathering, participants had very good time mingling with one another and shared issues of common concerns such as school resumption and student support measures. It is much hoped that NAPs are well supported with our good wishes and encouragement.

5. Our Contribution to the Chief Executive Policy Address 2020

Our paper regarding the CE Policy Address 2020 was submitted to the government in the end of August, the contents of which have also been released in an article titled “就特首施政報告之教育議題進言”. Both the Chinese and English version have been uploaded onto the Association website. For your easy reference, please click HERE. A report on the interview with our Honorary Executive Secretary, Mr. Michael Wong, and our Acting Chairman, Mr. Lin Chun Pong, was also released in the South China Morning Post on 3 October. Details can be found at

6. Academic Forum on History Education in Hong Kong: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Academic Forum was held successfully on 22ndOctober 2020 (Thursday) at Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School. It was jointly organized with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  The Forum began with the welcoming speeches by Mr. LIN Chun Pong, our Acting Chairman and Professor LEE Kit Bing Icy, the Chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  There were around 180 participants including professors, principals, vice principals, curriculum leaders, History teachers, Chinese History teachers and student teachers.

We were very honoured to have three speakers to share their views on History Education in Hong Kong and lead us to reflect on our professional roles. Professor TSANG Wing Kwong (Adjunct Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy, Faculty of Education, CUHK) discussed the professional roles of HKSAR History Teachers and their awareness on history. He shared the readings of different scholars. Professor YIP Hon Ming (Adjunct Professor (Honorary), Department of History, CUHK) used her personal teaching experience to reflect on the paradox involved and gave tips to the participants on how to help student to learn and study history. Ms LEE Suet Kam (Vice Principal, Liu Po Shan Memorial College) shared with the participants on “History Education: Within and Without” from a frontline teacher’s perspective.

The Open Forum brought the Academic Forum to a close with professional dialogue and passion for education and students.

7. Self-regulated Learning Festival (SRL)

This year’s SRL Festival will be held between 1stNovember 2020 and 31stJanuary 2021. The three-month Festival is truly a showcase of different learning and teaching strategies that promote SRL. We hope this is also a platform to develop learning communities among teachers, where they can gain insights and support from each other in their teaching path. Thanks for the very positive responses from 27 schools, a total of 135 lessons will be ready for professional exchanges.

We sincerely invite you to pass the attached information to your teachers and encourage them to take part in the different sessions of lesson observation and post-observation meetings. We hope that the learning communities developed during the Festival would enhance professional development for all participants. Please sign up according to the instructions given by each school.

A Joint-school Professional Development Day will be held on 8thFebruary 2021 at Ho Yu College and Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen). It is our great pleasure to have invited Professor Tse Chi Shing (謝志成教授)of the Educational Psychology Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong as our keynote speaker on “Cognitive Basis of Learning” (學習的認知基礎). On the development day, teachers from SRL network schools will share their learning experiences from the SRL 3.0 Lesson Study Project. We cordially invite you and your teachers to join this Annual Professional Development Day. Please click HERE for the relevant information. To enroll, kindly fill out this google link by 4thDecember 2020. We look forward to seeing you there.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue. Don’t forget to register for the upcoming AGM. Let us meet on 1stDecember 2020. See you.

Pang Wai Lan, Helena

Honorary Secretary