2020/2021 Newsletter No. 2

20 May 2021

2020/2021 Newsletter No. 2

Dear Members,

I am sending you another Newsletter of the year. There are important messages which I would like to draw your attention to. Do take a break in your busy schedule and enjoy reading it.  

  1. Annual Conference (2020/2021) 

    Our Annual Conference will be held on 1stJune 2021 (Tuesday) at 9:00am at The Cityview, 23 Waterloo Road, Kowloon.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 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 share the findings of the research project on “How to Promote Hong Kong Secondary School Teachers’ Professional Status and Social Recognition”

    You are cordially invited to join our Annual Conference. It would be a good break from your busy schedule and you would definitely enjoy meeting and sharing with other colleagues. Please click HERE to enrol in case you have not yet registered. The PROGRAMME of the conference is attached for your reference. We hope to see you all!

  2. Exemption under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) 

    We are delighted to inform you that the Inland Revenue Department replied to us in writing on 12 March 2021 and confirmed that The Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools Limited is entitled to the tax exemption under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) with effect from 22 December 2020.We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our legal advisor, Mr. Lau Kar Wah for his professional advice and assistance throughout the application process.

  3. Happy Hour Forum 

    The Happy Hour Forum, themed “Optimising the Four Senior Secondary Core Subjects” held on 16 April 2021 was well received. Participants were very much concerned about the issue and there were fruitful discussion and sharing among us. Many expressed their wish to be granted more flexibility regarding the EDB guideline that the total lesson time of the four core subjects should not exceed 50% of the total senior lesson time. Our Chairman therefore has conveyed members’ concerns to the Bureau afterwards.

  4. Self-regulated Learning (SRL) Schools “Startup” Sharing Session 2021(SRL學校啟航分享會2021) 

    The SRL task group has conducted an online “SRL Schools Startup Sharing Session 2021” on 13 May 2021. The event helped schools interested in promoting SRL to understand more about the theories of SRL and the practices of different schools.The event attracted 285 principals and teachers from over 40 schools. The responses from the participants about the activity were very positive and encouraging. Quite a number of schools showed their interest in joining the forthcoming SRL network activities.

    The event started with a welcome speech by the Chairman, Mr. Lin Chun-pong, highlighting the key stages of SRL development that the Association has achieved in the past decade.  Then we were happy to have Dr. Stanley Ho Sai-mun to share the theories and strategies of SRL. We were also grateful to Ms. Ella Chan Shuk-man, Principal of Po Kok Secondary School and Mr.  Mak Man-chiu,   Principal of Ho Yu College and Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen) for their genuine and generous sharing on how to kick off,  promote and review the effectiveness of SRL at their schools. In the Q & A session, the two conveners of the task group, Dr. Lau Yiu-hung and Ms. Veronica Yau Kit Ying have joined and exchanged ideas on capacity building, student learning, and tips to develop the SRL culture in schools. Principals and teachers of the participating schools found the three-hour event resourceful and practical.

    To continue the discussion and collaborate further with the startup schools, follow-up activities such as school visits, sharing sessions or workshops will be launched. More information will be released soon.

    Principals interested in the above programmes, please feel free to contact the conveners at any time.

  5. Receiving emails and Whatsapp messages rom HKAHSS 

    To ensure our messages could successfully reach your mailbox and mobile, we would like to remind you of adding 6215-7599 to your contact lists and mobile directory respectively. Let’s stay in touch with all the latest updates from us!

  6. Farewell to outgoing principals 

    The Executive Committee would like to send our greatest appreciation to those who have served in schools for so many years and will be retiring or taking early retirement in the coming September. While reluctantly bidding you farewell, we earnestly appeal to your continued support by joining us as life / affiliated members.Life member: leaving the post of principal upon reaching retiring age or having been in the post for 10 or more years.

    Affiliated member: leaving the post of principal before reaching retiring age and with less than 10 years’ service in the past.

    We are sincerely looking forward to your registration. Simply fill in theLife / Affiliated Membership Registration Formand send it back together with a cheque to our Honorary Treasurer. This is a one-off good act that you should not miss. Let’s keep in touch.

Understand that thereare manychallenges before us, however, as long as we can support and encourage each other, we will be able to face them with wisdom and courage. And we can then work for the betterment of our students.

Pang Wai Lan Helena

Honorary Secretary