Thursday, January 7, 2016

Message from the Principal (14th December 2015)

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Munsang College
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Message from the Principal (2)
14th December, 2015
Dear Parents and Students,
Please take note of the following:
I. Annual Stakeholder Surveys
  In order to assess the teaching effectiveness of the college, stakeholder surveys are conducted annually to collect opinions from parents, teachers and students for the betterment of the school. This year, we would like to administer the stakeholder surveys in two stages for F.1 and F.6 students. Below is the arrangement for parents.
  F.6 Parents: From 4th January 2016 (Monday) to 8th January 2016 (Friday)
  F.1 Parents: From 14th March 2016 (Monday) to 18th March 2016 (Friday)
  Parents will be invited to complete the Parent Questionnaire (Secondary & Primary Schools) designed by the Education Bureau (EDB). The questionnaire is to be done anonymously and the multiple-choice (MC) answer sheets will be destroyed subsequently. The data collected will be processed by the computer and then submitted to the EDB.
  Each parent will be given a transparent plastic folder containing the Questionnaire, “Parent Questionnaire (Secondary & Primary Schools)” and a sheet of instructions. Parents are invited to read the instructions carefully before answering the questions and not to fold the MC answer sheets. Students must return the MC answer sheets together with the plastic folders to the Class Teachers in the Home Period by the following deadline.
  F.6 Parents: 8th January 2016 (Friday)
  F.1 Parents: 18th March 2016 (Friday)
  Your kind assistance is very much appreciated.
II. Dental Health Examination for F.1 and F.2 Students
  The Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong would provide our F.1 – F.2 students with an oral (dental) health examination at the school. This oral examination has been scheduled for early February 2016 in school hours and is free of charge.
  All the participants are invited to complete a questionnaire before the examination. An oral health report would be sent to the parents of each participant after the examination. Besides, an online motivational interview conducted by dental professionals of the faculty would be arranged for the participants as follow-ups when needed.
  If you would like your child to join this event, please complete and return the corresponding reply slip.
III. F.1 – F.5 First Term Examination Timetable and F.6 Mock Examination Timetable
  Please refer to Appendix 1a and 1b.
  Students should refer to school homepage and AAC bulletin board for the details of the Oral Examinations and the related seating arrangement.
IV. Dropping a F.5 Elective or F.4 Music
  Dropping a F.5 Elective
  According to the assessment criteria stated in the Student and Parent Handbook (P.56), F.5 students who have the First Term Examination result below 30% of the full mark in the elective subjects are not allowed to take the subjects in the Second Term. Other F.5 students whose performance in the elective subjects were unsatisfactory may apply for withdrawal from the subject provided that they have at least 2 elective subjects for the HKDSE Examination. The application letter with parents’ signature should be submitted to Ms. Ting Man Shuk, Head of AAC, on or before 29th February 2016 (Monday).
  Dropping F.4 Music
  F.4 students taking Music are allowed to make application for withdrawal from the subject if they found their performance not satisfactory.
V. Supplementary Class for F.4 and F.5 Students during Christmas Holidays
  Please refer to Appendix 2 for the supplementary class timetable.
VI. Arrangement for F.6 Paper-checking
  Date: 17th to 24th Feb 2016 (6 days)
  Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  Same timetable as usual except the following:
  (a) no class teacher period and reading period
  (b) staying in the home-rooms for the P.E. lesson.
VII. Release of F.6 Examination Report Card
  Date: 11th March 2016 (Friday)
  Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  Venue: To be released in due course on the school homepage
  Points to note:
  (a) Students should collect their Examination Report Cards at the specified date and time.
  (b) Students should wear proper school uniform.
  (c) Students are not allowed to play in the playground.
  (d) Students are to keep quiet in the corridor and NOT to disturb classes having lessons.
  (e) Students should follow ALL the Health Cautious Measures of the school.
  For students who are unable to collect their Examination Report Cards should authorize in writing a representative to collect it. The letter should contain the following information: Name and Class of the student, Name and H.K. Identity Card number of the representative, and signatures of both the parent and student.
VIII. No places for repeat in F.6
  Repeating F.6 may not be a good choice for students with unsatisfactory result in HKDSE Examination 2016 in view of the following factors:
  (a) multiple pathways for F.6 students to pursue further studies under the new academic structure
  (b) limited quota for F.6 elective subjects
  (c) heavy burden incurred from school-based assessment (SBA).
  After detailed deliberation among teachers and careful consideration of the pros and cons, school administration has come up with the conclusion that there will NOT be a provision of places for F.6 places for repeat in 2016/2017. Students are strongly encouraged to try their best in the coming Mock Examination and HKDSE Examination.
IX. ONE F.4 Class of 2 Electives in 2016/2017
  Commencing from the school year 2014/2015, F.3 students who ranked relatively low by the end of the school year (but not repeating) will be allocated to a F.4 class with two electives ONLY.
  (a) more effective use of lesson time boosting students’ performance in the core subjects
  (b) provision of extra lessons for Chinese Language, English Language and Liberal Studies
  The arrangement applies to all F.3 students and F.4 repeaters in 2016/2017.
  From 2016/17 onwards, in view of the reduction in the student population of F.3, in order to have more effective use of human resources, there will be no split class arrangement for F.4 level. However, to continue providing a flexible subject combination and a broad senior form curriculum, the number of elective subject groups will remain the same, i.e. 6 groups for 5 classes in a block.
X. Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund 2015/2016
  The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has set up the Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund since 2002. The fund aims to support needy students (F.1 – F.6) to participate in school recognized and ‘fee-paying’ life-wide learning activities. Activities include visits (both local and overseas), field studies, community services, camps, extra-curricular activities, interest clubs and leadership training programmes.
  Our school is entitled to the fund. Priorities would be given to students according to the following criteria:
  (a) students in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA);
  (b) students in receipt of the full grant of School Textbook Assistance Scheme and Student Travel Subsidy Scheme of the Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA);
  (c) students with financial difficulties.
  Needy students can apply for subsidies from the fund directly via the school. Application forms can be obtained from Connie Lam at the General Office. The completed application forms together with the receipt of payment should be returned to Mr. Yu Kin Man at the General Office directly before June 2016. All the application details will be kept confidential.
XI. Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching 2015/2016 for F.1 – F.5 students
  To further enhance learning and teaching effectiveness, an eClass survey will be conducted from 16th to 17th December 2015 to collect students’ feedback in the following aspects:
  (a) Teaching effectiveness
  (b) Student involvement
  (c) Evaluation of assessment
  (d) Student learning
  As in 2014/2015 school year, the questionnaires are composed of 14 items and take students less than 15 minutes to complete. Statistical results will be sent to the subject teachers and the subject department heads concerned for evaluation of the learning and teaching effectiveness.
  Please make sure you have completed the survey by 11:59 p.m. on 17th December 2015 (Thursday).
  For F.6 level, you have to complete the questionnaire together with the stakeholder survey in the Class Teacher Period in early January 2016. Further details will be released in due course.
XII. Careers Programmes till March 2016
Date Time Event Participants
(D1, Fri)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Career Day for F.5
Writing Personal Statements
(D3, Fri)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm F.4 Promotion & Streaming Talk (1st)
Sessions for Students 3:30 pm,
For parents 7:00 pm
F.3 Parents and Students
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  Reminder to all F.3 parents:
  Spend time to talk with your children about their interests and careers aspirations so as to prepare them to think about their own career and life planning.
  Walk with them with your open-mindedness, understanding and support, and this will help you and your children in their course of choosing elective subjects for their senior years.
On behalf of the College, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Year 2016 !
Yours sincerely,

Appendix 1a
Appendix 1b
Appendix 2

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